Oct 31, 2014

The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden Book Trailer Reveal!

Happy Friday & Halloween!

This year has gone by real quick! I hope everyone is having a spooky Halloween and enjoying bucket loads of candy!

Today I'm finally going to make some cupcakes! Decorate it with some green and yellow frosting. Have no clue on how to make it scary though.

OH! Me and a 40 others will be starting our first day in the BookBlogWrimo TOMORROW! Come check it out it out HERE if you want to join us!

To make this day even more spooky, here is the book trailer reveal for Alys Arden's young adult paranormal book, The Casquette Girls!





Title: The Casquette Girls
Author: Alys Arden
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: October 31st, 2013
Publisher:  fortheARTofit
Buy Links: | Amazon | B&N |
Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.
* * *
After the Storm of the Century rips apart New Orleans, Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return to the city following the mandatory evacuation. Adele wants nothing more than for life to return to normal, but with the silent city resembling a mold-infested war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal will have to be redefined.

Events too unnatural – even for New Orleans – lead Adele to an attic that has been sealed for three hundred years, and the chaos she unleashes threatens not only her life but everyone she knows.

Caught suddenly in a hurricane of eighteenth-century myths and monsters, Adele must quickly untangle a web of magic that links the climbing murder rate back to her own ancestors. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has a secret, and where keeping them can be a matter of life and death – unless, that is, you’re immortal.







             


I am in love with this trailer! I couldn't tear my eyes away and I can't wait to pick up my copy and start reading this! What do you guys think of Alys Arden's book trailer? Let me know in the comments below! :)




Alys Arden grew up in the Vieux Carré, cut her teeth on the streets of New York, and has worked all around the world since. She still plans to run away with the circus one day.










Connect with Alys Arden!





Happy reading and I hope you guys have a great Halloween! 





Oct 29, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #3!

Happy Wednesday!


It's almost November and yet it feels like it's still summer. I just finished with my Tae Bo Billy workout and I am exhausted! I can still feel it in my legs and tush! What about you guys? What kind of workout do you like to do? Do you enjoy doing a video workout or using gym equipment?

Today's post is going to be a little short and I apologize for that. I have so much going on with school, my writing, and my cooking website, (which will be up and running soon!) but I still wanted to post something today. :)

I haven't done a Waiting on Wednesday for a little while and I've been eager to do it again so here it is! The book I am dying to read is..




Empire of Shadows (Bhinian Empire #2)!
Perfect for fans of romantic fantasies like The Girl of Fire and Thorns and Graceling, Empire of Shadows takes readers on a spellbinding journey into a world with a divided society, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and deeply laid conspiracies.

Cast out by her family three years ago, Mara turned to the only place that would take her—an order where students train to protect others. But Mara is stunned when guarding a noble girl in the Empire's capital turns out to be more dangerous than she could've imagined. More shocking still, Mara finds the boy she thought she'd lost forever outside the gates of her new home.

Mara knew the dizzying capital city would hold dangers. How could she have known that her heart, as well as her life, would be at stake?




Can I just say one quick thing? What a freaking AWESOME cover! This is the second book in the series and even though I haven't read the first one, I will be picking it up tonight. 

What book are you eagerly anticipating? Let me know in the comments below! 


Happy reading!




Oct 28, 2014

Sassy's Baking Tips!

Happy Tuesday!

It's almost Halloween! This year, I don't think I'll be dressing up as anything, costume and make up wise. It's not really fun when you live in a country that doesn't really celebrate with scary costumes and such.

I will, however, be making some delicious Halloween decorated cupcakes! Pictures and recipe will be up soon!

Will you guys be dressing up this year? If so, what are you guys going as? Tell me in the comments below! :)

So today's non book related topic is..Sassy's Baking Tips! Some of you might know that I am an aspiring chef so this topic was bound to happen! ;)





Today's baking tips will be all about cupcakes.



1) Don't Use Cold Ingredients - I've done this before, and it has not turned out well. I suggest you wait about 15 minutes to let ingredients such as eggs or butter to come to room temperature. It will be easy to mix with everything else and it will come out perfect!

2) Don't Over Mix the Batter - Lots of chefs say this, and it's true. You should not mix the batter because it will crush the air bubbles that help make cakes light and fluffy.

3) MEASURE! - Be careful with how much you put into your cupcake liners. You do not want to get all excited about having this delicious chocolate cupcake, but once you look at them, they are all a mess on your muffin pan! I  always feel my cupcake liners about 1/2 to 1/3 full and they come out perfectly. 

4) Don't Leave in Pan - When you remove your cupcakes, try and remove them gently and place them on a cooling rack or a plate. If you leave the cupcakes in the hot pan, they will continue to cook and can dry out. 

5) Don't Skimp Out on the Frosting! - The frosting is the sealer for cupcakes. Swirl some delicious chocolate frosting on that cupcake!



      


Makes 12

Ingredients:
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup of unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
¼ cup of vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 tsp of vanilla extract
2 tsp of baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/3 Cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup whole milk

For the Frosting:
1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tsp of mint extract
2 1/2 cups of confectioner ugar




                                                                        Process

1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your cupcake tin with liners and set aside.

2) In a small bowl, mix together the flour, salt, vanilla and baking powder, and set aside. 

3) In a mixing bowl cream together the sugar, oil and butter. Add the eggs and cream together until you get a smooth mixture. Add the dry ingredients and slowly add the milk. Mix everything to combine. DO NOT OVERMIX! Make sure you give everything a good stir with a spatula from the bottom to incorporate any bit that wasn't mixed.

4) Scoop the batter into your lined cupcake tin, make sure it's only filled ¾ of the way up because they will rise. Bake for 20 minutes and let cool for about 45 minutes before frosting.

5) To make the frosting, combine together all the frosting ingredients and mix together to combine. Add the frosting in a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. 


This cupcake recipe was just delicious! It was moist and fluffy, just like a cupcake should be. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you do try it! 


Happy reading!



Oct 27, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday!


Mexico needs more Starbucks. My god, how is a girl supposed to survive Monday without any Starbucks?!

But I do know one of many secrets to surviving yet another dreadful Monday. A good book!




Feisty teenage thief Maeko and her maybe-more-than-friend Chaff have scraped out an existence in Victorian London’s gritty streets, but after a near-disastrous heist leads her to a mysterious clockwork cat and two dead bodies, she’s thrust into a murder mystery that may cost her everything she holds dear.

Her only allies are Chaff, the cat, and Ash, the son of the only murder suspect, who offers her enough money to finally get off the streets if she’ll help him find the real killer.

What starts as a simple search ultimately reveals a conspiracy stretching across the entire city. And as Maeko and Chaff discover feelings for each other neither was prepared to admit, she’s forced to choose whether she’ll stay with him or finally escape the life of a street rat. But with danger closing in around them, the only way any of them will get out of this alive is if all of them work together.



Everyone who knows me, knows that I don't stick to just one book. I can read a big book and have it done in two or three days, (depending if I'm really interested in it) and the minute I finish with that book I'm off to another one.

I'm going to read this book first and then move onto Phobic by Cortney Pearson.  I also have a few other books that I signed up for review, so keep an eye out for those! :) 

Don't forget to leave a comment below letting me know what you're reading this Monday. 





Happy reading!



Oct 26, 2014

Sweet T and the North Wind by Cat Michaels |Review|

Happy Sunday!

Today I'm going to try my best to write about four blog posts for the BookBlogWrimo, come up with Tuesday's non book related topic, and try to write a review for a book I just finished.

Obviously, I won't be able to finish because I currently just finished a short book, and I'm on the verge of grabbing another book off of my shelf. Lord help me..

The short book I just finished is Sweet T and the North Wind by Cat Michaels. Please enjoy my review and don't forget to leave a comment below telling me what you think! :)







Title: Sweet T and the North Wind
Author: Cat Michaels
Genre: Adventure, Childrens
Release Date: November 1st, 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
My Rating: 5 stars
Buy Links: | Amazon |
Last time a powerful North Wind blew across the lakes, strange things happened. And the winter when Tara turns ten years old, the North Wind blows sharp, and the lakes freeze solid by Thanksgiving. Old-timers from the village warn everyone to take care.

Tara, or Sweet T as Grandma calls her, is tired of being cooped up indoors on this coldest winter day, and she tries to make the best of the situation.

But when Tara makes a wish that is dearest to her heart, T's ordinary afternoon leads to an hour of magic that takes her on a journey of discovery and a ride she’ll never forget.

This tale of a family across the generations weaves enough magic and whimsy to keep children turning the pages. It also gently raises real-life issues about aging.

"Sweet T" entertains while opening the door for children to discuss, in age-appropriate ways, the illness of a beloved family member.






When Tara or Sweet T as her Grandmother likes to call her, is bored one cold evening, she can't help but pay a visit to her brand new scooter tucked away in the basement. Little does she know, she's in for a big magical surprise!

Let's just say, my heart is now in a puddle on the floor. This was such a heartwarming, cute story and I  couldn't help but smile while reading it. The author put such great detail into this story, I felt as if I was there.

When Tara first found out the magic of her scooter, I did have a little bubble of excitement. Usually, I don't read much of the book blurbs just because I like to keep the surprise, but with this book, I didn't read what it was about at all.

You can imagine my surprise when the scooter started to talk! This is definitely a book to read while being snuggled up in a blanket with some hot chocolate!


Happy reading!



Oct 25, 2014

Books, Coffee & Hotties..Oh My! #2

Happy Saturday!

It is finally the weekend for me and I am soo pumped! *looks down* I really have nothing to do other than read. Ah, the many things you get to do while living in Mexico.

So, this morning, my mom calls me over and shows me this book. Want to know the name? Talina in the Tower. Do you know what the character likes? Reading, cooking and magic.

HOLY FREAKING BURRITOS. I think someone is stalking me..  I need to read this book pronto!







                                           This meme was created by Sassy & Dangerous.  

"Books, Coffee & Hotties..Oh My!"  is all about the title itself! We discuss a particular book we are crushing on, a coffee we just can't live without, and that one hot guy we just love to stare at! 





I've just finished up Taste Test by Kelly Fiore and now I'm about to read this one! The cover..wow. The minute I saw it, I just had to give it a shot. I'm super pumped and I can't wait read/review it!





                                                           To serve 8, you will need;

1 prepared 9" Chocolate Crumb Curst
8 oz of Semisweet chocolate chips, melted
2 8 oz Blocks of cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of regular granulated sugar
2tbsp of milk
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1/2 tsp of instant espresso powder
Chocolate chips, for topping

Process:

1) In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, both sugars, milk, espresso powder and vanilla extract. Whip with an a spatula or electric mixer for about two minutes. Add the melted chocolate and mix for another two minutes.

2) Pour into the crust and sprinkle the top with chocolate chips. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours before serving.


My family and I found this to be EXTREMELY rich so I would advise you take a small piece instead of a big one. :)




I'm pretty sure a majority of us have seen the Princess Diaries with Ann Hathaway and Chris Pine. And I'm pretty sure we have all fallen for Prince Nicholas. 

Those eyes though..holy Neptune. I absolutely loved him in the Princess Diaries movie and This Means War. Both of those movies have to be on my top ten favorite list.

What do you guys think of my hottie? Like or dislike? Let me know in the comments below! :) 


Feel free to use my meme on your blog anytime! It's always fun to see others participating! 


Happy reading!




Oct 23, 2014

Free Cute Halloween Wallpaper Designed by Sassy & Dangerous!

Happy Thursday!


So, since it's almost Halloween, I decided to spice up my desk a little bit. By spice it up, I mean I only have two little ghosts on it and I used a little bit of gauze to wrap around on this painting above my desk, and then I created two little ghosts to go on either side of it. Oh yeah..I'm very creative.. Note the sarcasm.

I also re-organized my books by taking them out of my desk drawers and placing them on top of my desk. It looks somewhat a little better, but I'm hoping once I get my own room, I'll be able to have a bookshelf. *happy dance*

I do have a decent sized chalkboard that I want to hang up right beside my desk and I think it would look perfect. I'm wanting it to be like a vision board for me. Put things that will motivate me, my dreams, accomplishments, ect.

Now, I know a lot of you love Halloween like I do. So I decided to make a cute, fun wallpaper and share it with you guys!






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If you guys like it, let me know! I always love hearing feedback :)

Also, don't forget to nominate Sassy & Dangerous Best of the Book Blogosphere Awards 2014 in the category Young Adult! Click HERE to nominate!


Happy reading!




Oct 21, 2014

Mother's Love Can Conquer Any Fear! by Subhash & Sujata Kommuru |Review|

Happy Tuesday!

I'm here again with another review! Before I write it though, I just want to say that this will be short, and it will have a different format since it was only 32 pages and it's a kids book. :) 


I received this copy for an exchange of an honest review but, in no way did that change my thoughts on the book.



Title: Mother's Love Can Conquer Any Fear!
Author: Subhash & Sujata Kommuru
Genre: Kids, Adventure, Family
Release Date: October 1st, 2014
Publisher:  Kommuru Books
My Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: | Amazon | B&N |
Shastriji is a wise old chicken who always has an answer for "How...." until comes the vile crow Kaalia, who is up to no good. Shastriji's ideas to deal with Kaalia backfires one after the other. Is Kalia‛s tyranny going to end? What if the right question is not "How" but "Why?"

A funny and action packed story, glorifying motherhood. A Mother‛s love takes center stage to fight against all odds and propels Ganga to do something that dazzles everyone in Anand Nagar.







When I came across this book, I thought it looked pretty cute. The minute I received this book, I started reading it and I enjoyed it. The story line was wonderful and it had a cute touch of family love.

I was, however, disappointed in the illustrations. I felt as though a little kid colored everything in and just handed it to the publisher. 

This one didn't bother me at all because I find Indian names to be quite unique and easy for me to pronounce, but when you'reading this to a three or four year old, they will be too focused on how to actually pronounce the names instead of focusing on the story itself. 

Overall, it was a quick, cute read and I recommend it to anyone of all ages.



Also, don't forget to nominate Sassy & Dangerous Best of the Book Blogosphere Awards 2014 in the category Young Adult! Click HERE to nominate!




Happy reading!



I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter |Review|

Happy Tuesday!


First off, I just want to say that I know today is Tuesday and I am supposed to post something non book related, but I have been dying to post this review, and I just can't wait any longer! Alright, now that has been said.. :)

OH! On Sunday, I watched The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time, AND Revenge  I literally peed my pants because of the excitement. OUAT was just awesome. I am in love with Mr. Gold and Hook. I also love that *spoiler alert!* Elizabeth Mitchell plays as the new snow queen! She is just perfect for the role! If looks could kill, I swear, Hook would be dead.

And to make the excitement even more awesome, I finally finished my review on the first book in the Gallagher Girl series! Keep on scrolling to read my review ;)





Title: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Adventure
Release Date: May st, 2006
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
My Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: | Amazon | B&N |
Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it's really a school for spies.

Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real "pavement artist"-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she's on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.









Ally Carter has created a lovely world of kick ass spies just for girls. When I first picked up this book, I was hoping I wouldn't be disappointed..and I wasn't! I flew into this book with nothing but excitement and I loved every minute of it. The characters were beautifully written, there was cute humor and a touch of romance in it, and I loved it. This book was a fun, quirky read and I would recommend it to anyone!




Cammie: Like any other fifteen year old girls, Cammie is clueless about boys and so are her friends. After losing her dad, it's been a bit hard on her and her mom. But things start to spice up as a cute boy enters her life..

I loved Cammie. She was a complete blast. She was smart, funny, and full of adventure. She cared about the people around her and I found that to be refreshing from the previous books I've read.

I wasn't really into Josh as Cammie was though. He just didn't..click with me and even though I didn't like him as much, it was a cute relationship between the two.

When I was younger, I loved the idea of being a spy. Having these cool gadgets, wearing a kick butt outfit.. everything about being a spy, I wanted. Diving into this book, I fell in love with it. I felt as if I was Cammie and I was apart of that amazing world.



Bex & Liz: I LOVED these two! They were witty, fun, and they were some kick ass spies! With Bex, she was the more out-going type. She loved a challenge and I liked her character more than anyone else.

But with Liz, she was the shy little nerd and I found her to be adorable. She preferred to stay inside the lab and work with other things instead of being out in the field.


Overall, this was a quick, delightful read and I would recommend it to anyone who wants some adventure!

Let me know in the comments below if you've read this book and what you thought!


Happy reading!




Oct 20, 2014

Come Join Me & Others in the BookBlogWrimo!

Happy Monday!

I just came across this link and I am exited to announce that I will be participating in the BookBlogWrimo! Here is what it is all about.


                                                   

                                                       Click image to find out more!

                                                     

Basically, it’s a lax version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers. I created prompts for each day, discussing different topics around books, blogging, and books + blogging.

There’s no word count requirement, no daily writing requirement, very little requirements in general. Just post the posts on the day they should be posted!

Your answers to the prompts can be as short or long as you like.


I have actually participated back in 2012 for NaNoWrimo and I completed about 55,000 words and being able to participate in this, it just seems like tons of fun! 

*cracks knuckles* Time to turn up the music and get my writing groove on! 

           

                                               Here is the BookBlogWrimo schedule!



Week 1


  • 11/1 – History of Your Blog - Tell us how you got started! When did you start your blog? Why? What have been some of your trials and tribulations? How many pigs did you have to sacrifice to get people to see your Facebook posts?

  • 11/2 – How You Read - Paperback? Hardcover? Ereader? Smartphone? Bookmarks, note taking in the margins, or highlighting? Tell us some of your reading rituals!

  • 11/3 – Where You Read - Pretty self-explanatory. Bonus for a picture!

  • 11/4 – Why You Blog - Again, self-explanatory.

  • 11/5 – Where You Blog - Bonus for a picture!

  • 11/6 – #TBT – Favorite Childhood Books - What were some of your favorite books way back when? This could be a read from before you could read, or what you spent summers by the pool with in high school.

  • 11/7 – #FlashbackFriday – Blog’s First Design - This one’s fun! Oh, how blogs evolve! Go to WayBackMachine.com, enter your blog’s URL, and take a screenshot of what you used to look like!


Week 2


  • 11/8 – Your Blogging Toolkit - We could all blog smarter! Share some of the best tools in your blogging arsenal.

  • 11/9 – Your Blogging Workflow - Lifters can take their #gymflow and shove it. Share your blogging process and rituals using the hashtag #blogflow.

  • 11/10 – Memes You Meme - Do you #ThrowbackThursday or indulge in a little #ManCandyMonday? Share some of your favorite meme posts from your blog or social media pages.

  • 11/11 – #Top10Tuesday – Most Popular Posts - Head on over to Google Analytics or wherever your stats are located and find the 10 most popular posts on your blog. Link to them, talk about them, tell us why we should love them.

  • 11/12 – Advice for Newbie Bloggers - Be Yoda. Share your secrets. Do or do not, there is no try.
  • 11/13 – Your Review Process - Do you write your review the second you finish the book? Months later? Take notes as you read?

  • 11/14 – Your Ratings System - A lot of blogs have ratings policies or systems. Some don’t, but they really do. What makes you decide how many stars to give?


Week 3


  • 11/15 – Favorite Book Blogging Things - Feel free to talk about the wonderful host of BookBlogWriMo and how much you love her.

  • 11/16 – Least Favorite Book Blogging Things - Yeah, sometimes blogging is a pain in the ass. Tell us why.

  • 11/17 – Favorite Book Tropes - Friends with benefits? Manic pixie dream girl? What cliche-type things do you never get sick of?

  • 11/18 – Favorite Subgenres - Self-explanatory.

  • 11/19 – #WaitingOnWednesday – TBR Books - Name some books on your TBR shelf and why you’re looking forward to reading them.

  • 11/20 – #TBT – Best Books of 2014 - Do a top 10, top 20, or hell, top 100 list of books you’ve enjoyed this year.

  • 11/21 – #FlashbackFriday – Your First Reviews - Link up to your some of your first reviews. Feel free to get reflective.


Week 4


  • 11/22 – #ShowMeYourShelves - Take a picture of your bookshelves, whether they’re physical or Kindle folders. It’s always fun seeing how people organize their books!

  • 11/23 – Book Boyfriend Criteria - What do you look for in a book boyfriend? Build your dream man. Book boyfriend examples and pictures of hot guys encouraged.

  • 11/24 – Reading Cave Fantasies - You know those awesome reading nooks on BuzzFeed and Pinterest? Describe what yours would look like.

  • 11/25 – How You Deal with Book Hangovers - Pig out? Take a nap? How do you deal?

  • 11/26 – Cheating on Books: TV & Movies - What are your favorite ways to cheat on books?

  • 11/27 – Authors You’re Thankful For - Who’s sitting at your dream Thanksgiving table?

  • 11/28 – Book Pet Peeves - What plot lines or stereotypes make you cringe or DNF?


Week 5


  • 11/29 – The Future of Your Blog - Where do you think you’re going? Get in touch with your inner Miss Cleo.

  • 11/30 – #BookBlogWriMo Wrap Up - Tell us what you thought of this “challenge!” It will be helpful in future planning. It’s also another chance to give your BookBlogWriMo posts some extra inbound links, and show some love to posts from other participants.



Sounds like fun, right? I can't wait to start and also see what everyone else will write!



Happy reading!




Book Tour: Curse of the Granville Fortune by Kelly Hashway! Author Interview & Giveaway!

Happy Monday!

It's another beautiful sparkling Monday! Okay...maybe not beautiful..and maybe not sparkling. But I do know what is good about today! You get to read my blog. ;)

I'm quite excited to be apart of this lovely blog tour! Please do enjoy my interview with Kelly and don't forget to enter her giveaway! :)







Title: Curse of the Granville Fortune
Author: Kelly Hashway
Genre: Adventure, Middle Grade
Release Date: October 21st, 2014
Publisher: Tantrum Books
Buy Links:  | Amazon | B&N | iBooks | The Book Depository |
Find the fortune, break the curse! The hunt is on for an ancient treasure tied to nine-year-old J.B.'s family history. He's been having visions that make him sweaty, lightheaded, and certain he’s turning into some kind of freak—or worse, going insane. But things are worse than he imagined. The visions stem from a family curse. An ancient ancestor was accused of stealing the massive Granville fortune, and now J.B.’s entirely family will suffer.

To break the curse, J.B. must find and return the Granville’s stolen property. But he's not the only one searching for the treasure. As he sets out on his journey through a dark and foreboding forest, he'll battle his worst fears and fight terrifying creatures along the way. And when he meets two others who share the missing pieces of his visions and suffer from the same curse, the three soon realize they need to work together to break the curse before it's too late.







Hi, Kelly! It's a pleasure to have you stop by the blog today! Before we start, why don't you tell us a little bit about your book?

Thanks for having me. Curse of the Granville Fortune is the story of nine-year-old J.B. who must break a curse tied to an ancient treasure before the curse claims him and everyone he loves. Here’s the book blurb:

Find the fortune, break the curse!
The hunt is on for an ancient treasure tied to nine-year-old J.B.’s family history. He’s been having visions that make him sweaty, lightheaded, and certain he’s turning into some kind of freak—or worse, going insane. But things are worse than he imagined. The visions stem from a family curse. An ancient ancestor was accused of stealing the massive Granville fortune, and now J.B.’s entirely family will suffer.

To break the curse, J.B. must find and return the Granville’s stolen property. But he’s not the only one searching for the treasure. As he sets out on his journey through a dark and foreboding forest, he’ll battle his worst fears and fight terrifying creatures along the way. And when he meets two others who share the missing pieces of his visions and suffer from the same curse, the three soon realize they need to work together to break the curse before it’s too late.

1. What inspired you to write Curse of the Granville Fortune?

Growing up, my sister used to draw trees with faces on them and I always thought it would make a great story. It wound up inspiring the setting for Curse of the Granville Fortune.

2. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I’ve loved reading all my life. Books were magical things to me, and I thought the people who wrote them were the most amazing people ever. I started writing in elementary school because I loved the feeling of creating something from nothing—turning a blank page into a story.

3. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I really struggled with the beginning of the book, and I actually had to write the final chapter first so I had a clear ending point in my mind. From there I was able to piece together the rest of the mystery that occurs throughout the book.

4. What books/authors have influenced your writing?

I reread Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series while I wrote Curse of the Granville Fortune. Riordan is my idol and reading his work was very inspiring.

5. Have you ever hated something you wrote?

Of course! I have manuscripts that will never see the light of day, but I don’t consider any writing wasted writing. The more we write, the better we become.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book? If so, what?

I learned I can write non-linearly and have fun piecing chapters together later.

7. What books are you reading now?

The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett, which is middle grade, and Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant, which is a young adult title.

8. Do you like listening to music while you write? If so, what do you listen to?

I listen to music before I write. I find it too distracting while I’m drafting or revising, but music always gets me inspired, so I listen to my iPod in the car when I take my daughter to school in the morning, and once I get home, I’m ready to write.

9. What are three things your reader doesn't know about your book?

1. J.B.’s younger sister Holly was born on his first birthday.
2. There are several puzzles and mazes that J.B. has to solve on his adventure.
3. The setting becomes another character in the book.

10. Do you have any anything specific that you want to say to your readers?


I hope you’ll join J.B. on his adventure and cheer him on as he tries to save his family from a curse that’s generations old.




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Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. 

After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. 

When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.



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