Lucas Trent 3: Grand Theft Magic by Richard Blunt Book Tour and Kindle Fire HD Giveaway

Grand Theft Magic 2

After a field trip suddenly turns into a near catastrophe Lucas and the others shift into high gear to avenge their injured friend. But when an unexpected foe arrives at the scene they quickly find themselves in a life or death situation that not even their extraordinary skills can solve. Realizing that they have bitten off more than they can chew Lucas desperately starts looking for trustworthy allies, just to find out once again that things are never as easy as they appear at first.

Can they survive the battles at hand? Will they be able to tell friend from foe? Or will the epic quest they have stumbled into be too much for them to handle?

Follow Lucas Trent and his friends through an action-paced story of mysteries, secrets and deceptions and find out…

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Publishing under a pen name to keep his personal life separate from his writing life, Richard Blunt was raised in the heart of Europe, in a nation where English is not the native language. Like his heroes, Richard blunt is nothing more than a shadow – a specter that whispers a story for everyone to hear.

His latest book is Lucas Trent 3: Grand Theft Magic.

You can visit his website at and his blog at


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Each person will enter this giveaway by liking, following, subscribing and tweeting about this giveaway through the Rafflecopter form placed on blogs throughout the tour. This promotion will run from December 3 – March 15. The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, contacted by email and announced on March 16, 2013.

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The Mirror of Yu-Huang by Christine Norris Giveaway Winner!


Our congratulations go out to Beverly, winner of a copy of The Mirror of Yu-Huang by Christine Norris. I’ll contact Beverly now. She’ll have 72 hours to contact me with her mailing information. If I don’t hear from her by then, I will select a new winner.

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The Mirror of Yu-Huang by Christine Norris Interview and Giveaway!

Confucius never said anything about this.

Megan Montgomery, spending her second Christmas in England, was expecting peace and quiet over the holidays. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.

First, the headmistress of St. Agatha’s College for Girls, Megan’s school, her school has strong-armed her father into hosting a huge New Year’s ball at their home. Next, she winds up playing hostess to a Chinese ambassador, his family, and his staff.  While the guests seem very pleasant, Megan is still uncomfortable. She’s been unlucky with houseguests in the past—like one of the guests died kind of unlucky. Of course, he also tried to steal one of the precious magical artifacts that are hidden in the Library of Athena, a cavernous room hidden beneath her home, so it wasn’t totally her fault.  Now hundreds of people will be crawling all over the manor.

Megan tries to relax and enjoy the holidays despite her home being turned into Grand Central, but her worst fears are realized when Megan receives a mysterious Christmas gift, one that links her to the Library of Athena. Now she’s on her guard, hoping to identify the culprit and learn just how much he or she knows about the Library, before someone gets hurt, or worse, she winds up inside another enchanted book.

Thank you for joining us today, Christine. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

Thanks for having me! I was born on a cold winter’s night…wait, no, that’s not right. Actually I was born in the middle of summer, but that’s not what you mean, is it? I just started a career as a School Media Specialist in a Pre-K and Kindergarten school, and I’m a mom to pretty terrific 8 year old boy. I’m still in Graduate School too, finishing that Master’s degree. All of which has come about during the almost ten years that I’ve been writing.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I had a few false starts over the years, wrote some real rubbish that I never finished, got easily distracted by shiny things…oh, look at that! But I started really writing on a continuous basis about 10 years ago. That’s when I started my first book, Talisman of Zandria, and I was really motivated to finish it, which was a first too. I think it was just the right time.

Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?

I am asked this question a lot, and I always have the same answer…I did it on a dare. No, kidding! It wasn’t a conscious decision, only that I loved those stories best. I have never been a big reader of books for grownups, I always say; I sort of just naturally gravitated toward YA.

What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?

I love that I can just let loose and be funny, or sarcastic, or silly. I don’t have to worry about being serious all the time. I can release my inner teenager. The challenge is to not let my adult self get too much control and spoil it, and to remember that things are different than when I WAS a teenager; no one remembers cassette tapes or rotary phones anymore! LOL!

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

THE MIRROR OF YU-HUANG is the third book in the LIBRARY OF ATHENA series, and another adventure about Megan Montgomery and her friends. The headmistress of her school has wheedled her father into hosting a huge formal ball at their big English manor on New Year’s Eve. Which Megan is not happy about, because there’s a big secret at the Parthenon, (which is the name of the manor)—The Library of Athena. That’s a huge secret chamber under the house that holds some really rare and important books, including a collection of enchanted books that protect magical artifacts. The books will suck you inside and make you fight your way out once you find the artifact, of course using every possible opportunity to kill you along the way. So you can see why doesn’t really want a bunch of people traipsing all over. Then she has to play hostess to a Chinese ambassador and his family, and it seems that one of them knows about her secret. She suspects everyone, and eventually she winds up inside one of the enchanted books, chasing someone who wants to steal the Mirrror of Yu-Huang. It’s all very exciting and edge-of-your seat and twisty-turny.

What inspired you to write it?

As I said, this is the third book in the series, but I knew I wanted to do something different. So many books use Greek and Egyptian mythology, which were included in the first two books and I think a good introduction to the series. There aren’t a ton of books that include Chinese mythology, and there’s probably a good reason. It wasn’t the easiest to work with, making Mirror probably the most difficult book I’ve written so far. But I think the end result was worth the work—I am really happy with how it came out.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

All over the place! From the publisher, Zumaya Thresholds ( ), and from Amazon in paperback and Kindle format, and from B& in Nook format, and from Fictionwise. Any bookstore should also be able to get you a paperback copy.

Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?

I’m all over the internet! My website is , my blog is , I’m on Twitter @cnorrisauthor, and I have a Facebook “Fan” page at

What is up next for you?

I have several projects going right now. I just finished a Historical Fantasy/Fairy-Tale retelling story that I am shopping around, and I’m working on getting the next Library of Athena book finished, hopefully this summer. And I’ve got at least another two books in my head, waiting to be written.

Do you have anything else to add?

I just want to say that I appreciate you taking the time to interview me! I hope all your reader enjoyed it, because I sure did. And I hope I can inspire other people who are writers to just keep working at it, and readers to check out my books.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Christine. We wish you much success.

Thanks again!

Christine Norris is the author of several works for children and adults, including the Library of Athena series and the Zandria duology. When she’s not out saving the world one story at a time, she is disguised as a mild mannered substitute teacher, mother, and wife. She cares for her family of one husband-creature, a son-animal, and two felines who function as Guardian of the Bathtub and Official Lap Warmer, respectively. She has also done several English adaptations of novels translated from other languages. She reached a new level of insanity by attending Southen Connecticut State University Graduate School’s Information and Library Science program, so that someday she, too, can be a real Librarian. She currently resides somewhere in southern New Jersey.

Her current book is a YA/Fantasy titled The Mirror of Yu-Huang.

Visit Christine on the web at Connect with her at Twitter at cnorrisauthor and Facebook at

Win a Copy of The Mirror of Yu-Huang!

The author and Pump Up Your Book are offering a FREE copy to one of our readers. Follow the guidelines below for your chance to enter and win.

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Deadline to enter is 11:59 PM Eastern on Sunday, May 29, 2011. Winner will be selected from entrants who followed the guidelines of this contest. The book will be shipped directly to the winner by the author or her representative. The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection is not responsible for lost or damaged goods.

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Interview with Sean McCartney, Author of The Secrets of the Magical Medallions

Joining us today is Sean McCartney, author of the young adult novel, The Treasure Hunters Club: The Secrets of the Magical Medallions.

Thank you for joining us today, Sean. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

I am currently a sixth grade Social Studies teacher at Glenwood Middle School in the Plain Local District of Canton, Ohio. 

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I have always written stories even as a young kid, so it was something that I have always done it just took me some time to be able to write a novel. 

Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?

As a middle school teacher I saw a real need for books that would entertain and help the reluctant reader. We have too many kids that view reading as a chore but I was hoping to change that with The Treasure Hunters Club series. 

What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?

My most favorite part of writing for this group is taking them on an adventure that they could see themselves doing.

I think the most difficult part is keeping their attention with so many other things going on around them. 

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

The story is about thirteen-year-old Tommy Reed and his treasure hunting club friends who receive a medallion from his famous treasure hunting uncle, “Diamond” Jack Reed, and must find the secret behind it before and ancient evil hunts them down. 

What inspired you to write it?

As I said, I thought it important to have a book series that appealed to the reluctant readers as well as the ones who love to read. 

Where can readers purchase a copy?

 Amazon is probably the best bet. With the trouble Borders has been having I am not sure which stores are left.

Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?

Yes, the website is and you can go there to see some short stories, videos and much more about the series. 

What is up next for you?

We are currently in the final edit stage for the second book in The Treasure Hunters Club series which will be released May 7th of this year. The title is Breaking the Beale Code and it is another fun action adventure for the club. 

Do you have anything else to add?

Yes, please go and get yourself a copy of The Treasure Hunters Club: The Secrets of the Magical Medallions. It is well worth it. I hate shameless plugs but I had to give one.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Sean. We wish you much success.

Thank you so much for having me.

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Interview with Nancy M. Bell, Author of the YA Novel Laurel’s Miracle

Joining us today is Nancy M Bell, author of Laurel’s Miracle. This is a children’s book geared toward ages nine to thirteen. We’ll be talking to her today about why she writes for children, about Laurel’s Miracle, and what’s coming up next.

Welcome to The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection, Nancy. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

Thank you for inviting me Cheryl. This is always the hard part because I think I’m pretty boring. <laughs> I am a wife and mother and grandmother living in Alberta, Canada. I love horses and all animals, I have two horses and a pony for the grandkids at the moment. I write for all ages but I enjoy writing for middle grade and young adult the most. There are always horses in my stories, I don’t plan for that, it just seems to happen. I am a full time author which is a lovely gift. It is so nice to have the time to follow my Muse where she leads me.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

Honestly, I have been writing since I was very young. My grandmother had a friend who was an author, her name was Gilean Douglas and she lived on an island in B.C. She encouraged me to keep writing even though no one else really took my scribblings seriously. I had some short stories and poems published in the local newspaper while I was in grade school and high school.

Why did you decide to write stories for children?

I’m not sure I made a conscious decision to write for children. The ideas for the stories come from so many different places and some of them just work better from a young person’s point of view.

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?

I don’t really, you just have to fine tune the ability to see the world from their point of view and filter out things young people wouldn’t be aware of yet.

What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

Getting to be a kid again! Writing for young people is fun and I can use many amusing situations from my own experiences growing up, so in a strange way I get to re-visit my own childhood. Except this time I have some control of the outcome. <laughs>

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

Laurel’s Miracle will be released from MuseItUp Publishing in September, 2011. I am so excited about this book. The basic story line is this: Laurel is a young girl living in Southern Alberta, her mom is diagnosed with cancer and Laurel’s dad sends her to Cornwall, England to stay with an old friend of the family. He is having trouble dealing with his wife’s illness and can’t take care of his daughter while running to the hospital in Calgary and managing his ranch. Laurel meets some new friends and she also comes in contact with a spirit at a holy well. There are many holy wells in Cornwall associated with healing spirits. Laurel is given a riddle to solve, if she can complete her task then the spirits will intervene and save her mother. There is a lot of educational information hidden in the story which makes it kind of fun to write. Laurel and her friends follow the clues across the countryside and follow the famous earth energy line known as the Michael Line. It crosses SE England, from Carn les Boels through St. Michael’s Mount, the CheeseWring on Bodmin Moor, Glastonbury Tor and beyond. Laurel’s journey ends at Glastonbury Tor but how she gets there is quite interesting. The foursome of friends have to deal with many things that are common in today’s world, one of the boys lives with an abusive uncle, they face and deal with some incidents of bullying and like all young people they are gaining confidence and learning to believe in themselves.

There is a good dose of magic and magical creatures which make the story fun as well, a mischievous Cornish Piskie, a sea monster and a shape shifting Selkie. Readers who enjoyed the Harry Potter series or the Golden Compass will find this an enjoyable read.

What inspired you to write it?

I was studying earth energy patterns, ley lines and co-relation between them and the stone circles and religious buildings that crop up along the lines. The idea of introducing this information to young people crossed my mind and I thought what fun it would be to write a ‘quest’ novel.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

The book will be available from MuseItUp Publishing, release date is September 2011. Once I receive the cover art there will be a page in the Muse book store where you can go and click on the ‘notify’ button. Once the book is released you will receive one email telling you it is available and ready for purchase.

Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?

Yes I do. My website is

I am on Facebook and Twitter as well. I post information on my interviews, new releases, book signing etc there.
There is some information on earth energy, ley lines and the source of some of the character’s names on my website. Lots of interesting things.

What is up next for you?

I am promoting my book of poetry, Through This Door,  which released in October 2010. It is a collection of forty-five poems drawing on experiences form the last six or seven years of my life. None of my earlier poetry got included, when I get time that’s another project.

There is another book in the series coming out December, 2011 called A Step Sideways and I am in the middle of a third one which tells the story of Laurel’s grandmother and answers some questions about the back story in Laurel’s Miracle.

Do you have anything else to add?

I want readers to know why I use Nancy M. Bell as my writing name. Quite funny actually. There is another author Nancy Bell who has some books on Amazon and I’m not sure where else, however I received an email from a woman chastising me for using foul language in my book. I wrote back and assured her it wasn’t me but another author with the same name. It took me three emails to convince her I wasn’t the right person. So I use Nancy M. Bell to help distinguish between us.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Nancy. We wish you much success.

Thanks for the privilege of visiting with you and your readers. It’s been fun.