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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Happy Book Birthday, Garden of Ravens by Krystal Jane Ruin with Giveaway!



A collection of dark poetry that journeys through folklore, twisted tales, mental breakdowns, and depression. 

We hide in shadows
We wither under layers
Sunlight is for beautiful people
Darkness is for us



And here she is...
Krystal is a writer of paranormal and supernatural fiction residing in the Tennessee Valley. When she’s not writing, she can be found sipping matcha frappucinos and searching for unicorns in the wild.


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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

IWSG: Boom! Bang! Never Saw That Coming


It's IWSG time!

Every first Wednesday of the month, this group of writers come together to offer support, advice, encouragement or simply to let out frustrations and woes. Writing is a tough journey, and we don't have to go it alone.

Thanks goes to the brain behind this group, Alex J. Cavanaugh! If you want to join in or find out more (because there is so much more to this group) then head on over here.

Special thanks goes to this month's co-hosts:  Renee Scattergood,Sadira Stone, Jacqui Murray, Tamara Narayan, and LG Keltner!



August is upon us.

August is upon us?

August is upon us!

Nope, this isn't a play on punctuation or even a hint at any deep meaning or thoughts. It's me freaking out because...
Holy Crow! Where did the summer go?

I do wish I'd had more time for blogging, and I'm not even going to start on how bad I was at visiting others. (Talk about embarrassing!)  I'm planning on changing these problems this coming September because things will surely slow down by then, and I'll have tons of more time on my hands.

Right?

Yeah, I don't believe it either.

Well, before I dive into this month's question, there are a couple quick things I'd like to shout out.


A few days ago, I received the cover for the audio book version of Music Boxes! Plus, I heard the first two chapters and am over the moon. The voice actress, Nance Weber, has to be one of the most talented individuals ever. Yep, I'm a total fan.



Also, I'm busy this month on the book signing front. I'll be at the Barnes and Noble in Rogers, Arkansas from 11 am to 2 pm this Saturday, August 10th. Then, I'll be at the Barnes and Noble in Springfield, Missouri from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, August 17th. If you just happen to be in either of these areas and have a little time on your hands, feel free to pop by and say 'hi'! I'd love meeting every single one of you.


And now, off to the meat of this month's IWSG:

Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you'd forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?

Yes. Yes. And again, yes.

I once sent out a query and received a full request fourteen months later. It never lead to anything...or maybe they don't respond to fulls for several years?

And as to surprises in my writing, these happen constantly. Although I'm a plotter (mostly), characters and story lines tend to have a mind of their own. For example: Broussard in Music Boxes loves apples. There's even an apple on the cover. I'd never dreamed he, as a dog, would like apples, nor did I ever think apples would have anything to do with the story. But obviously, that's not what Broussard wanted. Lindsey met him on the street just like she should, and...Boom!...suddenly he demanded an apple. Tricky dog!

Or let's take my current WIP. One of the main characters, Myra, is helping her parents finish up the mushroom harvest. The plot was flowing along nicely as she chatted with her mother about executions and the new boy at the market and knives and such (regular mommy-daughter sorts of things). Then... Bang!...suddenly she's insisting that they take a trip the next day to an underground lake. Why? I have no clue. But that lake became one of her favorite spots in the world and harbors more symbolism and memories than I would have ever believed. (*ahm* That's if my co-author agrees. She hasn't shared this secret with him yet)

That's one of my favorite things about writing. No matter how much I plan or mold or map out, the characters and plot take on a life of their own. There's no telling what surprises they have in store. It's always so exciting!


What about you? Enjoy a crisp apple? Ever talk to your mother about the horrors of death magic? Are you an audio book fan with a favorite voice actor/actress?

Does your writing surprise you too?




Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Wednesday Whittleings — Tension with Tenses!


Wednesdays are my day to randomly babble. Sometimes about children's books, others about writing, and whatever else strikes my mind. Random thoughts...random whittleings.



First, I need to thank the wonderful people up in the Gallatin, Missouri area and Daviess Public Library. I was up there last week to present Music Boxes and ramble on a bit about writing...and boy, can I ramble! Luckily, they were very kind and patient, and simply a wonderful bunch. So, here's my special thanks to you!!!

*****

In two weeks, school starts again.     (Oops. I'm not suppose to mention the 's' word in our household)

My co-author (with whom I'm writing a series) has been happily reminding me that I'll have more writing time and can pick up the pace soon. Which he's right...although I grudgingly admit that. Especially since we've run into a little disagreement. Well, more of a friendly contemplation?

(We never argue. Not really. I promise.)

We've declared a Tension with Tenses! And it's as fun...frustrating?...as it sounds.

A story can be told in so many ways. First person? Third person? Or maybe even second? Or perhaps, the omnipotent narrator? And what about past, present or future?  See? It can be a real struggle.

For fun, we took a sentence or two out of our WIP and shoved them into every tense we could think of. The results had us laughing...but then, we laugh a lot. Here are some examples:


Second person, present tense: 
A chill runs down your back, despite the warmth of the day heating through the door. If your talents are discovered, you'll be executed on the spot.

This one hit the ultimate 'no' buzzer. Why? Well, we have four main characters. None of them are 'you'.  (But it was fun to try!)


First person, past tense:
A chill ran down my back, despite the warmth of the day heating through the door. If my talents were discovered, I’d be executed on the spot.

This one is not bad, but we have four main characters...each receiving their own chapters. We decided this up-close-and-personal approach would get a bit out of hand with so many heads.


Third person, future tense:
A chill will run across Myra’s back, despite the warmth of the day heating through the door. If her talents are discovered, she’ll be executed on the spot.

And this one? We added a few more sentences for fun and...Holy Crow! All of the 'will' s, 'need to' s and other future tense constructions make for quite the stumbling read.


It didn't take long to whittle the list down:
Second person in any tense?  Nope. Just plain awkward. And confusing. Definitely confusing.

Future tense? Not going to happen.

First person? Maybe. If we didn't have four main characters. Even if we decided to go for this one, our 3rd/4th characters would make it difficult. These two are, in many ways, actually one character. Kind of. Not really? Somewhat.  Let's just say that they have a unique plot, which is proving tricky even when the distinction between them is in clear-cut third. Putting both into first person would add a new level of insanity. Or possibly genius? I think it's better if we don't go there.

Omnipotent narrator? Uhh...I wouldn't even know where that all-knowing being would come from. A squirrel?


That leaves us with third person in either past or present tense. While our example sentences work fine in both...and wouldn't cause any problems...I'm a past tense fan. My co-author, however, thinks he might prefer present tense.

See, it's...

Tension with Tenses!!!


So, I did what any good writer would do.

Research.

There can't be many books out there, which are written in present tense and qualify as being successful. There's no way I would enjoy reading a third person, present tense novel. Right?

Let's just say I did a crash dive on that concept.

*splat*

Did you know that the following books are written in present tense? (I'm choosing young adult and fantasy/scifi/dystopian examples, since our own book heads in that direction)

The Hunger Game series
Divergent
Delirium
Red Queen series
An Ember in the Ashes series
Matched series
and the list goes on...and on...and on...

Yep. My argument that past tense is king/queen was dissolved. Worse yet, I obviously don't mind reading present tense either. Since I was proven dead wrong, I'm now open to either possibility. But now, so is my co-author.

Of course, he is.


Present or past?

Past or present?

Whoever thought that tenses could be so tense!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

IWSG - Speaking Novels, Men in Tights and Voice Actresses


It's IWSG time!

Every first Wednesday of the month, this group of writers come together to offer support, advice, encouragement or simply to let out frustrations and woes. Writing is a tough journey, and we don't have to go it alone.

Thanks goes to the brain behind this group, Alex J. Cavanaugh! If you want to join in or find out more (because there is so much more to this group) then head on over here.

Special thanks goes to this month's co-hosts:  Erika Beebe, Natalie Aguirre, Jennifer Lane, MJ Fifield, Lisa Buie-Collard, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!


I completely missed last month's IWSG, which speaks novels about my entire Summer. Now, if only these novels also happened to reflect the amount of writing I'm getting done.

Summer is so distracting! Luckily, my current project is co-authored, and that's been forcing me to keep up a half-decent writing pace. We've just started the third round of edits and will be searching for beta readers around September/October. Or so I hope.

Before I head off into this month's question, I do have a super-duper, extremely exciting announcement to make.

Ready????


MUSIC BOXES IS COMING OUT AS AN AUDIO BOOK!!!


I was so excited when my publisher decided to do this. She was sneaky too and kept it as a surprise until after the auditions had already started.

It's so strange to listen to others read my book, but I enjoyed listening to the voice auditions...I'm awed by people who can read so well!  I'm even more awed by the woman, who was chosen and accepted the offer.

I could listen to her for hours, and the way she expresses the characters is amazing! To say I'm excited is (obviously) an understatement, and I can't wait until the world has the chance to hear it.


And now, on to this month's question:


What personal traits have you written into your character(s)?


Hmmm...I think my characters all have a little bit of me in them, but I've never purposefully or knowingly given them any of my traits. I have used quirks from other people I've seen or met or know, though.

For example, Mr. Lagunov from Music Boxes is a burly bear in tights. My daughter had a ballet teacher like that once. This gentleman wasn't Mr. Lagunov; he wasn't Russian nor did he complain about posture and have a ton of hair (actually, he was heavily balding). But he was a larger gentleman and in his upper years. A jolly man, who loved the kids and whose presence simply warmed the heart.

And when he put on his ballet outfit...

Well, let's just say that when I wrote Music Boxes, he had to be included.



What about you? Do you feed some of your traits into your characters? Or how do you handle them?


Monday, June 17, 2019

Happy Book Birthday, Windy Hollow by Tara Tyler!!!

Tara had a long journey to get this book published!

WINDY HOLLOW
Beast World MG Fantasy Series, book #3
by Tara Tyler
Available NOW!

In BROKEN BRANCH FALLS, Gabe and his friends go on a quest to save their school, blowing up all the rules, and discover their origins.

Then they go to CRADLE ROCK and meet some real live humans, scaring them into attack mode. The Beasts realize they have to spread the truth ASAP.

Now, school's out, and Gabe is ready for a break from all the drama...

Gabe and his friends fly over the Great Sea for the wedding of the century: a dragon prince and a beautiful harpy. But Gabe can't relax on this vacation. Besides competing in rigorous wedding events, he overhears the nearby human village WINDY HOLLOW is in danger from an evil human scientist and a vengeful were-ogre experimenting on beasts. Gabe and his friends risk crossing the mountains to help, despite several warnings. 

Maybe he's going too far this time, but he's in too deep to quit. It's do or die, hopefully not die!

Paperback ~~~ Ebook

And here are my thoughts...because I already have read it!

Gabe and his friends head off into another unexpected and exciting adventure...one that is even more thrilling than the first two.

Excitement and expectations run high as Gabe and his friends are invited to attend a wedding, which being between a dragon prince and a harpy, is bound to be something to see. Toss in the knowledge that the Council is about to reveal to everyone that humans and beasts, and this is an experience none of them want to miss. Unfortunately, evil is not far away. A horrible scientist is lurking in the dark shadows of the castle above. Gabe and his friends are told to stay out of it, but they know they can't do that.

This is the third book in the series, and I recommend reading them in order since the characters and background information does help understand this book better.

Gabe and his friends are a spunky, brave and a 'not-always-listening-to-what-they're-told-to-do' bunch of teen beasts. They are kind-hearted, have a great moral compass, stand with each other, and yet, have all those problems younger teens tend to have. There are misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and mistakes...but they always work out in the end. Although these are beasts, they are as human as any human can be. 

Boring is not the word for this book. From the first moment on, something is always happening and the tension builds from chapter to chapter. What appears at first to be a simple problem, layers with secrets and mutates into a challenging adventure. There are many twists and turns, and surprises. It's hard to put this book down until the last page. Among all of the adventure, there are also lovely messages about friendship and trust. 

This is a read fantasy fans are sure to enjoy.



Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over the US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her husband and one boy left in the nest. She has two series, Pop Travel (sci-fi detective thrillers) and Beast World (fantasy adventures), plus her UnPrincess novella series where the maidens save themselves. She's a commended blogger, contributed to several anthologies, and to fit in all these projects, she economizes her time, aka the Lazy Housewife—someday she might write a book on that... Make every day an adventure!

twitter: @taratylertalks
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Check out the WINDY HOLLOW Release Blog Tour schedule:

6/20 - Heather Holden - How does she Create such Awesome Art?
6/22 - Ellen Jacobson - Interview
6/24 - Patricia Lynne - Keeping Magic Alive
6/26 - MJ Fifield - Fantasy World-Building
6/30 - SA Larsen - Special Newsletter & a Vlog?!
7/1 - Tara's IWSG post with updates and a Special Guest!
7/3 - Alex J. Cavanaugh - IWSG Day - Fantasy Movies
7/4 - Tonja Drecker - Kids in Books
7/8 - Christine Rains - Levels of Romance
7/10 - Heather M. Gardner - Binge Watching TV
7/15 - Tyrean Martinson - Hiking!
7/17 - Julie Flanders - Gotta Have Friends

And of course, there's a giveaway!
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wednesday Whittleings - Splash Down!



Wednesdays are my day to randomly babble. Sometimes about children's books, others about writing, and whatever else strikes my mind. Random thoughts...random whittleings.


I'm late this morning thanks to a very busy weekend. But then, Summer break and having the kids at home tends to do that. It's not just the kids which are keeping me on my toes. Book events add to the stress...uh.... fun!

Since I don't have a 'baby-sitter' and take the kids with me everywhere I go, we've been shaking things up to keep these events interesting. How? We make day trips out of them!

Saturday was a book signing in Ozark, MO....which meant a trip out for ice cream (who can say 'no' to ice cream?) and a trip to an old Mill...which turned out to be a bit of a bummer. The entire thing was under construction and behind a chain-linked fence :( 

But that doesn't ruin the fun! 

Tuesday was a book talk and rock painting in Mountain View, MO followed by Rocky Falls Shut-Ins....






The kids are now convinced that my book events are super fun to attend (with things like this afterwards)

Then, we went to see Avengers Endgame (yeah, we were late with this) and....
well...
honestly...
we were disappointed.

While we understand what Marvel was doing and wanted to give the entire thing 'deep meaning' and wrap it up with a sense of humanity and personal notes....  

Sorry. We don't want superheroes with personal notes. 

I mean, how fun is it to dream about being your favorite superhero when you watch him wrap things up like that? A superhero holds a special place in a child's heart. They are the impossible dream of strength come true! They stand for all which is right and the power Good has over Evil. And this movie....well, it destroys that mirage. 

When writing, I've been told not to undercut the 'power' of my own characters. While things can weaken them at times and while they do need to develop and learn, once we chop their feet out from under them without any chance of getting back up, we've killed them. The awe, which they inspire disappears with them. The sense of magic is gone. In Kidlit, this is not a good thing. Kids need to dream...to hold those heroes with them forever.

Reality bites. They know that too. Being able to believe in the impossible dream with these heroes is one of the wonders of being a child.

So for us, the move was a thumbs down. While the effects were top-notch and the fight scenes amazingly cool, the story line blew it.

And what's up with all women heroes now walking around with chips on their shoulders? I mean, I love strong women (go get them, girl!), but I'm slowly growing weary of this silly mold feminism is trying to push. Can't we as women be strong and kind and humble and be willing to ask for help when necessary and wise? Arrogance and 'get out of our way' is not a great trait in my opinion. For any gender.

OH, and while I'm on movies (I'm ranting today), we were excited about seeing the trailers (we're kind of strange in that way) and thought 'Cool! let's see what new movies are coming!' We were hit with Toy Story 4, the next Star Wars, and The Lion King. All remakes or continuations. Seriously? We're beginning to lose hope on the originality end of things too.

I mean, they could make an awesome kids/family movie out of Music Boxes. Just saying :)

To wrap up my whittleings...here's a couple pictures from our Memorial Day BBQ. We weren't going to do anything special, but then my oldest called and wanted to celebrate. So, we ended up having a wonderful day then too.




Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day and are staying safe from the severe weather. And what are your thoughts on 'movies'?

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wednesday Whittleings—Walking on the Wings of an Airplane


Wednesdays are my day to randomly babble. Sometimes about children's books, others about writing, and whatever else strikes my mind. Random thoughts...random whittleings.


'Walking on the wings of an airplane' describes this last week in so many ways.

In the sense of freedom...   My youngest two are officially on Summer vacation since Friday, and my oldest two finished up their last Semester tests at college last week. While the oldest ones will stay in their apartments and work during the next months (college is expensive), we still will have more opportunities to meet up with them. Summer fun can begin!

In the literal sense...    With the new found freedom, I was able to get all four kids together for a family trip to Saint Louis and the City Museum. Don't let the name fool you—this place has very little to do with a museum in the traditional sense. It's a several story, gigantic climbing and sliding playground with caves, shoots, slides, jungle knots and all sorts of things. One highlight is a small airplane mounted a couple stories in the air with twisty stairs leading up to it and bridges leading away from it. To get to one of these tight, skinny, very high pathways, one must walk across the wing to the very tip and then, climb down. Not something for those who have problems with heights.


So tangled in the tree! (My one son had trouble weaving around the limbs)


In the sense of soaring spirits...  Friday held a huge surprise on the writing end. Music Boxes appeared on the Barnes and Noble Kids Blog as second on their list of recommended spooky middle grade reads for campfire chills!  I was shocked, honored beyond belief and have been celebrating ever since. To think that the B&N blogger noticed Music Boxes and placed it among best-selling authors and from the big publishing houses is just... just...  

Well, to say that I'm blown away is an understatement.


 I'll be happy to have a day or two now with my feet back on the ground... or maybe, another walk on the wings would be fun!


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Wednesday Whittlings on Thursday!


Wednesdays are my day to randomly babble. Sometimes about children's books, others about writing, and whatever else strikes my mind. Random thoughts...random whittleings.


I've been horrible about posting on here the last months, and even this week, it's landed on Thursday instead.

This is another high-hectic time of year for our family. Kids are on their last week of school (yes, this is worse than when they actually get out...and we get to sleep in!) Everything on the farm is growing...growing...growing! Which means mowing...mowing...mowing! Vegetables need to be planted and some, like radishes and lettuce, are ready to be picked . Kitties are being born. Chicks are about to hatch. Wood is waiting to be split and more dead trees need to be cut down and chopped.

Life is in full-swing!

My older kids stopped by this week and decided I needed house plants to care for too.






I love them! And I sincerely hope I don't forget to water them.

And on the writing front...it's the same hip-hoppity-skip to whatever takes top priority at the moment. In other words, chaotic. It doesn't feel like I'm getting anything done on this end, but somehow, I must be:

—The co-authored fantasy is in its first round of rewrites. Yep, first draft is done! Actually, the first draft has sprouted into two books...a bit like some of my plants. There was simply too much plot for one book.

—The middle grade mystery is slow going, but I've started chapter two.

Music Boxes is a daily duty. Marketing never ends! I have several events lined up for this Summer and more in the making. If you want to see where I'll be and when, you can head on over to...   https://www.amazon.com/Tonja-Drecker/e/B07NTMHFV5


How is you Spring going? If you have kids, when are they out for Summer vacation? How's your writing going? Any special plans during the next weeks?




Wednesday, May 1, 2019

IWSG - Everything's growing!


It's IWSG time!

Every first Wednesday of the month, this group of writers come together to offer support, advice, encouragement or simply to let out frustrations and woes. Writing is a tough journey, and we don't have to go it alone.

Thanks goes to the brain behind this group, Alex J. Cavanaugh! If you want to join in or find out more (because there is so much more to this group) then head on over here.

Special thanks goes to this month's co-hosts:  Lee Lowery, Juneta Key, Yvonne Ventresca, and T. Powell Coltrin! 



Spring is here! While everything is turning green and flowers are blooming and jackets have hit the storage bin for the next months and days are getting longer and...

Work on the farm is exploding!!!  As a writer, a part of me mourns the passing of winter.  Those long hours of writing poof into dust as real-life work sets in. And the worst of it?  While the cows are calving and barn cats nurse their new kittens and my old hen sits on her nest hoping her eggs will hatch (she does this every year and every year gives up after about two weeks...silly hen), my plot bunnies decide to multiply too! Spring sets off my muse, and I think part of it is my muse's snarky humor to remind me that my writing time has been cut down drastically during the next months.

But I trick him!

I jot down the better ideas into a folder...which by the way, is a stuffed cave with so many ideas they'll never all see the light of day and are doomed to collect cobwebs and dust. One or two 'lucky' bunnies will get to hop around in my head the next months (yes, brush hogging up and down the field and up and down the field leaves LOTS of time for hopping), and maybe...just maybe, they'll turn into a real, full fledged, fuzzy story and gain my full attention come winter again.

Do you have seasons of writing too? When do your plot bunnies multiply?

Need a barn kitty?????? (I have too many!!!!!)

Plot kittens? Hmmmm.....

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

IWSG - In the Search of Pixie Dust


It's IWSG time!

Every first Wednesday of the month, this group of writers come together to offer support, advice, encouragement or simply to let out frustrations and woes. Writing is a tough journey, and we don't have to go it alone.

Thanks goes to the brain behind this group, Alex J. Cavanaugh! If you want to join in or find out more (because there is so much more to this group) then head on over here.

Special thanks goes to this month's co-hosts: J.H. Moncrieff, Natalie Aguirre, Patsy Collins, and Chemist Ken.



I still haven't caught up with life thanks to a very busy March, and it doesn't appear that things will slow down soon...especially with Spring now here on the farm.

And that's why my search for the magical jar of pixie dust has been on high swing.

Where is it? This is a question I've been asking for years. And it fits so well with this month's question...

Is that magical fate?


If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be? 

This is a no-brainer for me. The first chapter. Always and definitely.

For some reason, it's those first words and that beginning scene which have me rewriting and rewriting and rewriting dozens and dozens of times. Perhaps even hundreds. I want to grab the reader right away and have them caring about the characters and diving into the world from the very first page. But which words are perfect? Which moment will draw the reader in? How should the characters make their first appearance? I have no problem writing the first draft of that very first chapter when my plot bunnies start hopping around (They tend to get overly excited). But I always come back and rework it. Over and over again.

And again.

And again.

See why I need to find that pixie dust?

Plus, pixie dust is great to sprinkle on the house for renovations and housework and gardening and...

So, my search goes on!


What about you? Which part of writing would you use your wish for? Or are you looking for that jar of pixie dust too?

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

IWSG - Villains and Music Boxes


t's IWSG time!

Every first Wednesday of the month, this group of writers come together to offer support, advice, encouragement or simply to let out frustrations and woes. Writing is a tough journey, and we don't have to go it alone.

Thanks goes to the brain behind this group, Alex J. Cavanaugh! If you want to join in or find out more (because there is so much more to this group) then head on over here.

Special thanks goes to this month's co-hosts:

Fundy Blue, Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard!


Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

I love this month's question because it's something I've never thought about before, and it makes such an interesting point. The idea of writing from the villain's point of view...well, it's done but not often. I've never considered writing a story from this direction, but then, I write the stories as the characters come to me. Maybe a villain is waiting in the dark corners of my mind. After seeing this question, I'll be keeping my eye out for them to step out and say something.


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In my writing life:

I have been working on a new WIP with another writer, a co-authored project, and am enjoying it tremendously. But I haven't been getting to it as much as I'd like these last days because....


MUSIC BOXES came out yesterday!!!

I've been partying all week...

Oh....and as far as 'villains' go, the one in this story captured my heart in a wicked way!


Print ISBN 9781939844569 $12.95, 6x9 trade paperback, 158 pages
eBook ISBN 9781939844576 $3.99 EBook available in all formats

Juvenile Fiction: Girls & Women - Fantasy & Magic - Performing Arts/Dance



Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay's biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a teacher who’s a burly bear in tights.
When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who offers her classes for free, Lindsey can't believe her luck. In exchange, she must perform in the school’s exclusive midnight shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something’s not right...
One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame Destinée’s growing collection. If Lindsey doesn’t discover the truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.

Amazon / iTunes / Barnes & Nobel / Kobo / BAM / Goodreads


I have my 'party' post up here with a few from the amazing review snippets it's received so far (I'm so excited about the amazing amount of kind words!) Go ahead and join in because who doesn't love a fun celebration?


There's a giveaway too!

The giveaway will run from midnight (EST) on the night of February 21st, 2019 until midnight (EST) on the night of March 15th,  2019. Entries will be made through the Rafflecopter. One winner will receive a music box (the one found in the book video:https://youtu.be/ww_RY4IVg3w) with the author’s golden signature on the bottom as well as swag (US addresses only). The second winner will receive an Amazon GC of $10 (US). The second winner must be in possession of a qualifying US Amazon account.

The contest is open to U.S. residents only, ages eighteen and over. No purchase is required for entry. All winners must claim their prize 48 hours after notification. Winners will be announced on www.tonjadrecker.blogspot.com on Saturday, March 16th 2019 by 10:00am (EST). All addresses and personal information will be used only for prize allocation. Sponsor, Tonja Drecker, assumes no responsibility or liability of any kind. Please email all questions to tonjadrecker@gmail.com.
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So what about you? Are you a villain observer or do you stick to the hero/heroine side of things?


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Happy Book Birthday to Music Boxes!!!

It's release day for my debut novel!!!



via GIPHY

And it's time to celebrate!!!
For any of you who don't know what novel I'm speaking of
(and you really should considering how much I've been screaming it
out the world the last months...)

Here it is...



MUSIC BOXES
Middle Grade Magical Realism 
Modern Fairy Tale
For ages 9 to 12 
(But I think EVERYONE should read it because...well, I'm the author!)


“I only desire your talent...”


Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay's biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a teacher who’s a burly bear in tights.
When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who offers her classes for free, Lindsey can't believe her luck. In exchange, she must perform in the school’s exclusive midnight shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something’s not right...
One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame Destinée’s growing collection. If Lindsey doesn’t discover the truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.




Every celebration needs...



via GIPHY

Since I can't provide cake...which is a real bummer... 
how about...


GOODIES!!!

Pre-order/order your book (ecopy or print) before midnight (EST) on Friday night, March 8th, send a copy of your proof of purchase to  tonjadrecker@gmail.com along with an US mailing address, and you will receive an envelope with exclusive swag (bookmark, sticker, bracelet etc). 


And BOOK BUZZ!!!


If I don't celebrate the wonderful reviews which have been coming in now, then when???
(There are many more, so head on over to Goodreads to find them!)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41452109

"Deliciously creepy with a side of sinister, Drecker weaves an enticing story of talent, jealousy, and dark magic." 
Dianne K. Salerni, author of The Eighth Day series

"An enchanting mystery young readers will enjoy."
Kids Bookshelf

"...an enduring tale of friendship, magic, and the power of love. Five stars!"
Tamara Grantham, award-winning author

"...Music Boxes will enchant you."
P.K. Hzero, author

"The magical parts are enchanting, the exciting parts heart-pounding, and the poignant moments completely wrenching."
Ilana Waters, USA Today bestselling author

"...will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last spin of the music box."
S.A. Larsen, International award-winning author

"A powerful story with a compelling, mystical tale of adventure."
Reader's Favorite, 5-star review

And let's not forget...
PRIZES!!!


The giveaway will run from midnight (EST) on the night of February 21st, 2019 until midnight (EST) on the night of March 15th,  2019. Entries will be made through the Rafflecopter. One winner will receive a music box (the one found in the book video:https://youtu.be/ww_RY4IVg3w) with the author’s golden signature on the bottom as well as swag (US addresses only). The second winner will receive an Amazon GC of $10 (US). The second winner must be in possession of a qualifying US Amazon account.

The contest is open to U.S. residents only, ages eighteen and over. No purchase is required for entry. All winners must claim their prize 48 hours after notification. Winners will be announced on www.tonjadrecker.blogspot.com on Saturday, March 16th 2019 by 10:00am (EST). All addresses and personal information will be used only for prize allocation. Sponsor, Tonja Drecker, assumes no responsibility or liability of any kind. Please email all questions to tonjadrecker@gmail.com.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


And one last video for fun!!!




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