My 13 y.o. daughter reviewed it for us, here, and very much enjoyed it.
The author is offering the following prizes to randomly drawn commenters during the tour (this is an international contest):
As a tie in to Jinnie Wishmaker, each blog will have two Magical Mood Rings to give away. Mood rings are a central item in the book as it is how the Troubled Tweens determine if a new member has a magical power or not. Very fun!
For the grand prize, Casey Shay Press is offering their bestselling balloon animal kit. It includes the paperback book Kids Show Kids How to Make Balloon Animals (for the same age group as Jinnie Wishmaker) as well as a professional pump and balloons.
So comment today AND follow her tour (if you click on the banner over there on the left, it'll take you to a list of her tour stops)! The more you read and comment, the better your odds of winning. You could be introduced to a great new author AND win a some really fun prizes!
I asked D. D. to share some things about herself we wouldn't guess... and I completely enjoyed her answers. Check it out... the blog is yours, D. D.!
#5. I hate ice cream. Yes, I know. I’m a freak. My parents were shocked. My kids love it. (They eat my servings.) All I can say is that frozen ice cream gives me the willies and melted ice cream ranks right up there with bamboo in the fingernails in terms of torture. ICK.
#4. I have seen a ghost. I worked in a house that was haunted in college. I didn’t believe it at first but one afternoon I was working by myself, and the doors started slamming. Thinking someone was playing a joke on me, I rushed out of the office just in time to see the woman everyone claimed to have lived there, waiting on the stairs in a long old-fashioned dress. And she was mad! I think she wanted the place to herself, so I skedaddled.
#3. I am afraid of escalators. I’m pretty sure one day I really am going to get flattened like a steam roller and go right under the end just like the stairs do. To combat this, I always, ALWAYS jump the last stair. So do my girls, although they aren’t scared. They just think it’s fun.
#2. I always sneeze three times. When I was a little girl, someone told me it was good luck to sneeze three times in a row. At first I did it on purpose, but now, it happens every time, whether I want it to or not.
And the #1 thing you’d never guess about me: I break rules. Actually, if you knew me, you’d guess this in an instant. I tend to think of rules as guidelines. Possibly suggestions. But real rules—well, most of the time they just seem made to be broken. Seriously. The minute I see a sign that says No Food or Gum, I feel an incredible need for Hubba Bubba. No photography. La la la, I’m holding a camera by my hip, snapping the shutter. Because really, when it’s important, you already know not to do it. You don’t need the rules. I’m not going to dive off cliffs or drive on the wrong side of the road. I got THAT. But if you tell me, No running. Well, I’m probably going to break into a sprint.
You are warned.
Her first middle grade novel, JINNIE WISHMAKER, became a Hot New Release on the Nook, and was re-released as a hardcover School Library Edition through Casey Shay Press in spring 2012. Her story book app for the iPad, DUST BUNNIES: SECRET AGENTS, just came out in May through Polycot Labs.
The school counselor tells Jinnie to join the Troubled Tweens, a group of kids with similar power problems. Maddy’s touch makes anyone explode in anger. Grace can make people like her--as long as they don’t let go of her arm.
But their loose use of magic attracts the attention of the Loki, a group of magic thieves and pranksters. They want to steal an open-ended wish from Jinnie, and it will take all the limited and messed-up magic she and her friends possess to make sure their powers don’t fall into the Loki’s greedy hands.
Jinnie Wishmaker is the first book of the Troubled Tweens series for 9-12 year olds.