Blog Tour: The Truth Commission by Susan Juby


About the Book

Open secrets are the heart of gossip—the obvious things that no one is brave or tactless enough to ask. Except for Normandy Pale and her friends Dusk and Neil. They are juniors at a high school for artists, and have no fear when it comes to asking their classmates for the truth behind the gossip. They are the Truth Commission. But when one of their truth targets tells Normandy, “If you want to know about the truth, you might want to look a little closer to home,” she realizes that there are some truths she might not want to uncover.

 This dryly funny, knife-sharp novel, written as “narrative nonfiction” by Normandy herself, features footnotes, illustrations and a combination mystery/love story that will capture readers from the first page. Susan is currently at work on her next YA novel, set in the same art school as THE TRUTH COMMISSION.

About the Author

Susan Juby is the bestselling author of the internationally popular Alice MacLeod books, which were made into a television series, and the critically acclaimed novels Getting the Girl and Another Kind of Cowboy. Her work has won the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, been selected as a Children’s Book Sense Pick, a Kirkus Editor’s Choice, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and been shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, an Edgar Award, an Arthur Ellis Award, and the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Susan lives in Nanaimo, B.C., Canada, the setting for many of her books—including this one. Visit her online at www.susanjuby.com, follow her on Twitter @thejuby, or check out her hilarious video series, “The Writer’s Life,” on YouTube.

Two Truths and a Lie Game

Below, I’ll be listing a little intro of myself. There will be two true statements and one lie. It’s up to you to guess which is which!

Hello! I have almost waist-length hair. I’m going to meet the President Stephen Harper in a few days, and I can speak 5 languages!

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Leave a comment below—try to guess which of the above statements was the lie. Let’s see if you can catch me red-handed 🙂

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Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins: Blog Tour and Author Q & A!


About the Book

Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has been returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant with Bee.Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him.  The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her…or make her more powerful than ever.

You can buy the book here:

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Author Q & A

Today, we have a very special guest. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m honored to present to you, Rachel Hawkins, author of the Hex Hall series and the Rebel Belle series!

Hello, Rachel!

*Rachel says hi*

The Enchanted Book: Are your characters based on yourself/real people?

Rachel: Not really! Characters are my favorite part of writing, so I always say the people in my head are much more interesting than the people I know in real life. 😉 (Sorry, Friends and Family!)

TEB: Do you talk to your characters while writing a story, to get into the mood?

Rachel: While I have been known to talk to MYSELF on more than one occasion, no, I’ve never talked to my characters. Because the character stuff is so important to me, I feel like they’re always already there, waiting to talk, no mood required.

TEB: Which one of your characters do you feel you most relate to, and why?

Rachel: I’m definitely not an over-achiever like Harper, so I’d say David (without- sadly!- the ability to see the future.) I was also a spelling bee champ, and while my school didn’t have a newspaper, I worked on the yearbook staff. Plus I TOO have been known to rock some plaid.

TEB: Do you feel sometimes as if readers perceive your characters differently than what you expected?

Rachel: Oh, sure, all the time! But that’s what’s really great about books- they belong to me when I write them, and then to everyone else once they’re done. I love seeing different interpretations of people I created, love how people will view characters through their own personal prisms.

TEB: Greek mythological aspects like Oracles and Paladins play an important role in the Rebel Belle series. Did you initially plan on adding these to your works?

Rachel: Oracles yes, Paladins, no. I had actually wanted to write a book about an Oracle for awhile, and when I started playing around with the idea for Rebel Belle, it occurred to me that it might be more fun to have a BOY Oracle. What would that mean, could there even be male Oracles, etc? And of course, if I had a boy in a traditionally female role, I thought it would be fun to play around with the idea of a girl in a more traditionally masculine role, hence the Paladins!

TEB: How would you feel if you had to kill off one of your dear characters?

Rachel: I have done it multiple times now, and it’s ALWAYS a  bummer. I’ve always said I won’t kill off a character just for shock value, that it has to feel right and make sense, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t suck.

TEB: Do you listen to music while you write? Any favourites?

Rachel: I do, but I usually like to put on something like 8Tracks or Pandora rather than particular songs. I’m usually looking for a kind of mood as I write, not something too specific.

About the Author

   Rachel Hawkins is the author of Rebel Belle and of the New York Times best-        selling series Hex Hall. She was born in Virginia and raised in Alabama. Though she  was never a homecoming queen or a debutante, Rachel does have an extensive tiara  collection and once came very close to being and Azalea Trail Girl (it’s a thing, trust  us). Find Rachel online:

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*Thanks to Rachel Hawkins, Rachel Lodi, and the team at Penguin Random House! This was only possible because of you ❤

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Max Blizzard and the Gem of Camelot by Patrick Hatt


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Max Blizzard and the Gem of Camelot
By Patrick Hatt
Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis:

Max Blizzard was like any other drone living in Earth’s realm until the arrival of his eighth birthday. On that day his imagination awoke and Max started thinking for himself. He was an outcast the moment he let people know about his imagination.That moment also unknowingly set forth a chain of events years in the making. By having imagination, Max had given Sir Dreadvent exactly what he wanted, a way into Camelot’s realm.

Now Max and his friends, Trudesile and Lester, must complete the quest that Max’s father, Merlin, set out for him years ago. They must find the Gem of Camelot to defend the realm from Sir Dreadvent’s and his sevesties. Their perilous journey will take them from the shores of Merlinia and the ship of Davy Jones to the fields of Avalon, in the hope that they can save Camelot, save Earth and save all the lost realms that have been consumed by Sir Dreadvent and his sevesties on their quest to remake the universe.

A tale about where your imagination can lead if you choose to follow it, with creatures large and small joining Max Blizzard on his journey. King Arthur, Oberon, Hercules, Apollo and other heroes of imagination believed to be myth will become truth as Max and his friends face the trials ahead. Let your imagination lead the way to Max Blizzard and The Gem of Camelot.

My Review:

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I felt like a little kid again, reading this book based partially on medieval concepts, like King Arthur, and fairytales. It’s about a boy and his two friends who go on a journey to protect Earth and their new home, Camelot.

Aside from the fact that the story closely relates to Harry Potter, I  found this a really fun, light-hearted read that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

The characters were enjoyable and the book was filled with non-stop action, getting more interesting as the story progressed.

Overall, I’d rate this book 4/5 stars. It is a great piece of work.

Author Bio:

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Patrick Hat can be found in the East Coast of Canada. He hates writing these things but doesn’t mind talking in the third person. He dabbles in a little of this and a little of that, not afraid to attempt something new.

He is owned by two cats, one of whom has his own blog, It’s Rhyme Time. Yeah a rhyming cat, who knew? He would be considered a both person when it comes to cats and dogs. He is also quite the movie and TV buff. As you can probably tell does not take himself seriously and has more stuff in his head than is needed. Thus the novels adjust one more form of release. Thanks for the visit and enjoy!

Links:

http://rhymetime24.blogspot.com
https://twitter.com/PatHatt24
http://www.pathattbooks.com
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NF3DKPG

Oh, and a SURPRISE GIVEAWAY!

The author is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card OR $25 Pay Pal cash (winners choice)

Enter giveaway here!

* Thanks to Sage’s Blog Tours for giving The Enchanted Book a chance to become a Tour Host!