Best of Summer 2013 KidLit Giveaway Hop ~ Down the River and Awakening Rose Author Guest Post & Giveaway

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Hi there everyone, Paul here today back with the Best of Summer 2013 Kid Lit Giveaway Hop. I’d once again like to give a great big thank you to Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Katie at Youth Literature Reviews for hosting. You guys are the best, and thanks so much for hosting and promoting kid lit! Okay, now for a guest post by Ann T. Bugg.

I have read and reviewed all three of her Before Happily Ever After series, and she has guest posted here as well. Click here for her guest post and my review of Through the River and Into Snow (Snow White), book 1 in the series.

Now a bit about the author from her website: Ann T Bugg: (Ann T. Bugg is the pseudonym for author June Kramin. For more info on her women’s fiction, visit June Kramin).

 photo AnnTBugg_zpsd78d0a46.jpgAnn T. Bugg is queen of her castle in southern Minnesota where she lives with her knight in shining armor (who has come to her rescue more than once) and her own little Princess Valerie. The pets in her kingdom come in all shapes and sizes, as do all the critters that make their way out of the enchanted forest. She enjoys horseback riding and long walks with her dogs, but writing will always be her first love…

…well, writing and cute cartoon men 😀

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Be sure to check out Ann T. Bugg’s FB page, Amazon page (where you can subscribe to email alerts for new releases!), and her website. Now for the Goodread’s blurb for Down the River and Awakening Rose:
There is no magic mirror around, no sign of a frog or a possum, as Valerie and Samantha get ready for a canoe trip down the river with Val’s dad. As they wait for him by the river, their world transforms before their eyes. Through the stormy sky, a dragon approaches. With the help of a young man who suddenly appears, they take cover.
Discovering a baby dragon hidden in his knapsack and his intentions with it, they know what they are sent here to do. They didn’t expect the task at the end of their adventure: to help awaken a sleeping princess.
If you’ve read the books, then I’m sure that you love the characters of Val and Sam every bit as much as I do (and that’s a lot). Have you ever wondered where the inspiration for those two came from? Well, wonder no more. Now for the guest post:

Thanks for inviting me here, Paul!
My Before Happily Ever After series is a middle grade (ages 8-12) fantasy series where my main characters, Valerie & Samantha, relive familiar fairy tales & folklore. Each book is a stand-alone tale. You can pick up anywhere & not worry about being lost. Book one gives you more backstory on the two of them & starts you off with how their journey begins, book two is a Rapunzel tale, book three is a fun new take on the young King Author and so on.
As far as the main characters and where they came from, the Valerie & Samantha in the books are based on the real deal. Valerie is my daughter & Samantha is really her best friend. After much deliberation, I did not change the names to protect the guilty! 😉 They are as opposite in real life as they are in the books. The dialog comes easy for me because it is probably as close as it can get to how they really act. Even when Sam’s little brother, Josh, gets thrown in to the series, you’ll find the poor little boy often being dismissed by the girls, as siblings do. (I reward him in a later book for having to endure TWO older sisters 😉 )
When I started to write the 1st book in the series, it was an easy decision to use them as the base for the characters. A lot of what they have done over the years has made its way into the series and I love it. There are books that I haven’t read for years. When I get in them to start editing, I find myself in great belly laughs. “I forgot they used to do that!” and so on. (Of course I am waiting for e-mails from parents, yelling at me for teaching their kids some of Sam’s “ditties”, but I’ll cope. *evil grin*) Two weeks at summer camp or reading one of Ann T Buggs books – you’ll get the same results. LOL
I have a lot of fun at libraries, talking with kids – especially when I’m able to bring Valerie along to pick on her 1sthand. I haven’t written any books in a few years, but things the two of them have done over the years have been edited in. 
Valerie is also my cover & sketch artist. She did book #1 when she was only 14. She’s had her art college picked out for years. It’s so great at this age to know what you want to do when you grow up! (I’m still trying to figure that out!) 
The next release is scheduled for November – it’s a fun new twist on the Jack & the Beanstalk tale.
Thanks again for having me!
Down the River and Awakening the RoseHappy Reading!
Ann T Bugg
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Thanks so much for stopping by, now on to the giveaway! Head on down to the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win your choice of any of the four books from the Before Happily Ever After series (print copies US only, ebooks for international winners). Don’t forget to leave us a comment and tell us what fairy tale you would like to find yourself in the middle of in honor of Val and Sam. Then be sure to “hop” to all the other great Kidlit blogs by clicking the links below to check out all the great giveaways.

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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.

One Comment:

  1. I love fairy tales- so I think it would be fascinating to end up in any of them. My favorite is The Twelve Dancing Princesses- so I guess I would pick that one. Thanks so much for the giveaway and for the review. This series sounds really good. 🙂

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