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TU PUBLISHING-MONSTER IN THE MUDBALL, WOLF MARK, AND CAT GIRL’S DAY OFF GIVEAWAY
And the story of how Tu Books started is as amazing as any road to publication story. It was the dream of its publisher, Stacy Whitman. Keep in mind that what I’m sharing is from my perspective, not hers. I’ve followed her blog for a long time because her passion was fantasy books, like me. She had gotten laid off as an editor of another fantasy publisher and was working as a freelance editor. She needed health insurance so she had to get another day job.
Stacy lived on the west coast, I believe Utah. She had a dream to start a small press that promoted diversity in MG and YA fantasy and sci-fi books. So she started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000.00 in one month. I was excited about what she was doing and contributed. I kept watching, but the campaign wasn’t doing well. She had raised only between $3,000-$4,000 in the first two weeks and the amount wasn’t growing. Then at about week 3, a few people did auctions for her and she crept up to raising about $7,000. I decided to contribute a little more, hoping for her that enough people would do the same and help her reach goal.
I checked the Kickstarter campaign almost daily and then one day it went from the mid $7,000 to $10,000. I was so excited for Stacy. She posted something on her blog about it. After that, she wasn’t there for about a month to six weeks and I wondered what was happening. Then she posted again to let us know that Lee & Low Books had created an imprint, Tu Books to do exactly what she wanted to do and she was the publisher. And she’d moved to New York City. Isn’t that an amazing story of following your dream?
So here are the books from Tu Books I’m giving away today.
Here’s blurb of THE MONSTER IN THE MUDBALL from Goodreads
And it’s kind of Jin’s fault that Zilombo got loose.
Jin tracks the monster, but he can’t figure out how to get her back into the artifact from which she hatched. Then Jin meets Chief Inspector of Ancient Artifacts A. J. Zauyamakanda—Mizz Z, for short—who has arrived to inspect the artifact. She and Jin team up to find Zilombo.
Joining them is Frankie, Jin’s older sister, who has lost their baby brother—and Zilombo is the most likely culprit for his disappearance. Zilombo gains new, frightening powers every time she hatches. Now the monster is cleverer than ever before . . . and she likes to eat babies!
Will Jin’s baby brother be next on Zilombo’s menu? As the monster’s powers continue to grow, Jin, Frankie, and Mizz Z must find a way to outsmart Zilombo!
And here’s a blurb of WOLF MARK from Amazon:
Luke King knows a lot of things. Like four different ways to disarm an enemy before the attacker can
Luke hopes that this time, he’ll finally have a normal life. He’ll be able to ask out the girl he likes. He’ll hang out with his friends. He’ll be invisible—just as he wants.
But when his dad goes missing, Luke realizes that life will always be different for him. Suddenly he must avoid his father’s kidnappers, while at the same time evading the attention of a mysterious clique of Russian hipsters, who seem much too interested in Luke’s own personal secret. Faced with multiple challenges and his emerging paranormal identity, Luke must decide who to trust as he creates his own destiny.
And here’s a blurb of CAT GIRL’S DAY OFF from Amazon:
Nat Ng comes from a family of the super-Talented: levitation, lie-detecting, chameleon-like blending into one’s surroundings. Her Class D (as in dumb) Talent of talking to cats isn’t something they ever discuss and she’d rather no one—ever—knew about it anyway. Her life would be over if she became forever known as Cat Girl.
Thanks to Tu Books for providing the books for this giveaway. (One I won from another blog). To enter, all you need to do is be a follower (just click the follow button if you’re not a follower) and leave a comment telling me which book you'd like (no guarantees) through October 26th. I’ll announce the winner on October 28st. If your e-mail is not on your Google Profile, please leave it in the comments.
If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. You must be 13 or older to enter. MONSTER IN THE MUDBALL is for US residents only. The other two books are for U.S./Canada residents though there will only be one Canada winner at most due to postage costs.
Here’s what’s coming up:
Next Monday, I’m interviewing author Ruth McNally Barshaw’s 10th grade daughter for my ASK THE EXPERT series and giving away a copy of THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US and THE HERO’S GUIDE TO STORMING THE CASTLE.
Next Wednesday, I’m interviewing my awesome critique partner Lori Sawicki, who recently self-published her MG contemporary story, THE POWER OF TWO. It’s a fantastic contemporary story about bullying and friendship. I loved the vivid, complex characters Lori created in Jamie and Pru.
The following Monday, I’ll be giving away my signed ARC of EXILE, book two in the MG fantasy series by Shannon Messenger and a signed copy of her YA fantasy, LET THE SKY FALL, and sharing about getting to meet Shannon. It was SO awesome!
And don't forget our Tuesday Tips and Casey's Thursday agent spotlights.
Hope to see you on Monday!
Posted by Natalie Aguirre on Wednesday, October 16, 2013