Back to the Future – A Giveaway Hop Across Time ~ A Guest Post by Julia Hughes, author of A Raucous Time

PhotobucketHello everyone, Paul here! Today we are joined by Julia Hughes, author of the YA book A Raucous Time. Let’s recap what’s currently going on here at Sher A. Hart blog first. Make sure to check out the 3rd Annual Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop and be sure to check out Daynight by Megan Thomason Book Blast & Blog Tour posted earlier by Sher. Stop by  The Circle of Tivedon Blog Tour as today is the last day to enter. Then there is the Sunshine Syndicate tour and huge giveaway. Our 1000 follower No Strings Attached Giveaway started last week and runs through today, with a box of books to a US winner and a $20 Amazon gift card to an international follower And two more giveaways are open for another week, including the blog tour of Rise of the Fire Tamer by Kailin Gow, and The Freak of Nature Book Blast. All are set to open in a new window so you won’t lose your place here.

I would like to thank Kathy at I Am A Reader Not A Writer and  Book Haven Extraordinaire for hosting the Back to the Future – A Giveaway Hop Across Time. Author of A Raucous Time, Julia Hughes has been kind enough to give away 2 autographed paperbacks as well as 2 ebooks. Julia has also been kind enough to offer to ship the books to Europe, the US, and Canada. Thanks Julia!.

Today Julia is guest posting for us. I have to preface her post with fact that I struggled at times with some of the “British English” in the book. The setting and dialogue, including words I had a bit of difficulty deciphering are all part of what made me enjoy A Raucous Time so much. The subsequent discussions I’ve had with Julia regarding this fact was the inspiration for her post. So without any further delay I give you author Julia Hughes guest post: Musings on British & American English.

 photo backtothefuturehop_zps6c129f60.jpgHi Paul, and thank you so much for your review on “A Raucous Time“. I showed it to the Celtic Cousins. Rhyllann laughed and said his only flaws were being too good looking and having a pain in the butt for a cousin. Wren smiled and said you’re one smart guy, and then asked if you were up for a trip to South America? He reckons he knows where to find the Lost City of Gold, “El Dorado”. Provided of course that pesky American Indiana Jones doesn’t get to it first!

I smiled too, when you mentioned the odd word of “British English” gave you pause for thought, but I knew a smart guy like you would figure it out! As the late great Irish writer George Bernard Shaw once said: ‘England and America are two countries divided by a common language!’ I’ve total confidence that your readers are just as brilliant at interpretation as you, and will have no trouble translating the odd unfamiliar term – or curved ball! 

King John’s treasure does exist, El Dorado, the Lost City of Gold may prove to be a myth, (though I hope not for the Celtic Cousins’ sake!), but language, and the ability to communicate ideas freely between ourselves adds a richness to life that is beyond value.

Several times in his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy Tolkien reminds us “All that’s gold does not glisten“. Compared to the romance of French and Italian, our shared language isn’t the prettiest – but by heavens, it’s stood the test of time! I think the key to its success is the manner in which it keeps evolving –  of course having our American cousins take up the baton and sprint out the stadium with it has put new life in the old girl! The English language has become an international treasure. One that allows us all to share in some amazing adventures: Whether by traditional story telling; or in 3D on Hollywood’s silver screen, to the magic of printed words on paper and lately, kindle.

With over a million words to choose from, we’re sometimes spoilt for choice, but not me – at least not today! I want to say a heartfelt “thank you” for inviting me to share in your “Back to the Future” blog hop, I feel extremely lucky to take part in this particular adventure!

Also, if you’re a children’s book author (from picture books up through YA) who doesn’t have a blog, or if you’re a reader who wants to share book reviews on our blog, please contact Paul or me. We provide free training and free books to review here. In return, we ask for a six month commitment. After that you can stay with us or start your own blog.

I also wanted to remind you that Julia Dweck’s  picture book Cat or Dog for President is free today only on Amazon in honor of the fifty-seventh presidential inauguration. Whether or not you like the current president, you’ll love this imaginative picture book, and so will your children, grandchildren, friends’ children, you get the idea. So don’t wait, click the title above or the picture below, and a new window will open on Amazon.

Thanks for stopping by everyone. I hope you enjoyed Julia’s brilliant guest post as much as I did. Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below for  a chance to win a copy of A Raucous Time.

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  1. Popped over from the WLC Blog Follow program on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!

  2. Hi There! Thanks for stopping by! I’m excited for the new program and making my way through the list!

    Paul R. Hewlett

  3. Hmmm… I don’t see a Rafflecopter- but I will try back and see if it pops up. I think this book looks wonderful- I just love the cover. I had a close friend growing up from England, and I think that has helped me to pick up on some English terms I find in books. What a great guest post.

    • Hi Jess,
      Sorry about that 🙁 Thanks for pointing it out. Should be fixed now. I think you’ll enjoy this book. I did, and I struggled with some of the words. In fact, I loved it!

      Paul R. Hewlett

    • Thanks for fixing the Rafflecopter. I came back and entered. I want to read this book because it looks interesting and I enjoyed your review and the fact that you enjoyed it even though some of the terms were a little tricky. 🙂

    • You’re welcome. I’m so sorry about that. It is a great book. I need to find time to read the other Celtic Cousins books and I also have a short story called Crombie’s Christmas on my Kindle I want to read. So many great books, so little time 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping & sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  4. Because it sounds like an awesome read and I’m due for an awesome read : )

  5. I like the cover and love discovering new authors and new books!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Hi Meghan,
      It is a great cover! Another amazing work by Cover designer/photographer Laura Wright LaRoche. I think you’ll really enjoy discovering this book, it has it all. Thanks for stopping by & sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  6. First of all, I like the cover and second I read some things about this book and it sounds totally amazing!

    • Hi Andd,
      The cover is wonderful, another spectacular work by Laura Wright LaRoche at LLPIX Photography. I’m happy that think it sounds totally amazing! I think it is, so best of luck and thanks for stopping by.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  7. What a great cover! Popped over from the WLC Blog Follow program on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!

  8. Popped over from the WLC Blog Follow program on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!

  9. The reviews on this book are great, and a hidden treasure book can’t miss. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Hi Marilyn,
      Thanks for stopping by & sharing. It is great! A treasure hunt, two mischievous youngsters with everything stacked against them, what’s not to love. Oh yeah, and DI Crombie is a great character too.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  10. This sounds like a fun adventure story.
    THanks for the chance to win.

  11. It sounds like a fun YA book that I can enjoy as well as my children

    • Hi Karla,
      It is. How old are your children? I think any YA audience will enjoy it, just curious. I do think the older they are, the more they will enjoy it though. It is a really great story. Thanks for stopping by & sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  12. Sounds like a good read. I’m sure my granddaughter would love it!

  13. It seems like a fun quick interesting read!

  14. I like the blurb.

  15. It seems to be a book I`d enjoy, and I like that Celtic stuff is envolved.
    I would also like to thank the author for being kind enough and offering to send books to European readers. I really appreciate that! 🙂

  16. Hi Dita,
    I’ll make sure Julia is aware of your appreciation. It is a very kind gesture. The Celtic angle is great. Good luck. Thanks for stopping by & sharing.

    Paul R. Hewlett

  17. I have to admit that covers get me to read a book first and this one is eyecatching. 🙂

    • Hi Rebecca,
      I’m with you regarding covers. I did a post a while back on book cover and interviewed cover artist Laura Wright LaRoche, who did this cover. That’s where I came across it and had to read it. Boy, am I glad I did! Thanks for stopping & sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  18. The first reason I’d like to read the book is because it’s a book! That’s the “I’m that nerdy” reason #1. Other than that, and specifically for this book, I think the cover is an instant attention grabber (I want to know what the greenish light is!). Also, it has that Celtic myth going for it and time traveling adventure, so it pretty much becomes a must read because you just sort of need to know what happens! 😀

    Shelly Hammond (I seem to be lurking around a lot of corners lately it seems!)

    • Hi Shelly,
      Great comment! Thank you for sharing. The cover caught my attention too. The green, the treasure, the Celtic myth, you name it. Great book. I hope you get a chance to read it and enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  19. I love adventure stories, and like the idea of it being between cousins/family as opposed two people who fall in love (which, apparently happens all the time now if you’re a pre-teen or older). And I gotta say, the perfect 5 star rating on Amazon is a little intriguing as well…

    • Thanks for stopping by & the comment. I loved this book and can’t wait to read more about the Celtic cousins. It had everything I look for in a book (except for the British English words/phrases which I comment on in my review).

      Paul R. Hewlett

  20. Awesome! Def love a good action adventure! 😀 Thank you! Samantha Deen

  21. I’d like to check this out and add it to my classroom library. Thanks!

    • Hi Katie,
      I’d bet Julia would like to have you put it in your classroom. What age level do you teach? Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  22. I would love to read this book because it sounds like a great story! I love books with a sense of adventure to them. Thanks for making this available to those in Canada as well 🙂
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com in RC

    • Ms. Hughes has been very kind to shop paperback copies to various locations, I’ll be sure to tell her you appreciate it. It is a great story and a wonderful adventure. Good luck. Thanks for stopping by.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  23. It seems like the type of books I’m usually interested. Maybe my son would enjoy it also.

  24. I love the cover…. Would love win this one.

    • Hi Ash,
      Yes Julia and Laura Wright LaRoche did a wonderful job on this cover. It is an eye catcher indeed. I was drawn to the cover myself. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  25. Thanks for the giveaway! I’m interested in the book because the cover looks amazing! The story sounds very interesting also, but the cover really grabbed my attention & the title just screams mischief to me! michelle (at) momscholar (dot) net

    • You’re welcome Michelle. It is a wonderful cover by Julia and Laura Wright LaRoche. You hit the nail on the head when discussing the Celtic Cousins with the word mischief! Thanks for stopping by & sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  26. I would love to win this book because it sounds like such a wonderful adventure story and has great reviews! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win!

  27. I would love to read it cause it looks like a book that will have a great Adventure in it and who doesn’t like adventure.

  28. I’ll read anytime of book and this one looks as interesting as the next – sign me up – hope to win.

  29. brett- thanks for the give away. 😀

  30. Because I love everything fictional and the plot of this books seems appealing. 🙂

    Raluca P.

  31. I love the idea of this book… I like adventure stories especially if after i am done my oldest will snap it up and read it… very big on reading in this house. Thanks for the chance.

    • Hi Jeanette,
      I think this sounds like a perfect book for your household. Congratulations on making reading BIG in your house. Thanks so much for stopping by & sharing. Good luck!

      Paul R. Hewlett

  32. Sounds like a great book! thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  33. I’d love to read this book because it seems like an interesting book
    Botezatu P.

  34. I want to read because the cover looks great and the plot sounds interesting.

  35. I think my kids would love this book so that would be a good reason to read it!

  36. The story sounds great! my daughter and niece would LOVE to read it.

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