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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Wiggly Squiggly Princess

Publication Date: November 11, 2013

In the first book in The Wiggly Squiggly Princess series readers meet Princess Squeakers and her family, the Royal VonTootens.
Ages: 0 – 8
This book contains fart jokes and may cause your children to giggle uncontrollably.

Interview with Alissa Dix
1.  What inspired The Wiggly Squiggly Princess?
My daughter – we always called her ‘Princess’ and she was super wiggly when she was a baby.  We started calling her our wiggly squiggly princess and one day I was like “That’d be a great name for a book!” – the rest is history.
2.  What is your ideal writing space?
My ideal writing space would be a small home office with a desk and a desktop – kid free.
3.   Where do you actually write?
Usually on my lunch at work.  There’s no way I could get anything done in my house.  The kids always need something, the house needs cleaned, or Josie tries to crawl/walk on my laptop.
4.  What kind of music do you listen to while writing?
Emo – usually the Spill Canvas station on Slacker radio.
5.  Did you base any part of this story or the characters off of real life?
Yes!  The VonTootens are based off of my family.  Their names are actually nicknames that we had for each other!  (Even the dog and cat are based off of our pets) The family friends and the ‘bad guys’ aren’t based off of real people though.  I will probably use real grandparents and cousins as the series progresses as well!
6.  What made you decide to become an author?
I enjoy writing – I figured I might as well do something I enjoy.  What really made me decide to become an author was Amazon’s KDP – since it opened up the possibility for anyone to get their work read.
7.  What are you reading right now?
My Tethered Soul, by Dorothy Dreyer – I’m reviewing it for a book tour.
8.  What is your favorite part about this book?
Honestly?  That it is a little piece of my family… and it’s just fun.
9.  What was the most difficult thing about writing this book?
Editing!  Every time I’d think it was done, I would find something else I needed to fix.  I’m still working on getting the cover of the paperback version to show up how I want it.
10.  If you were a dessert, what would you be?
A hot fudge sundae with vanilla ice cream and rainbow sprinkles – but not whipped cream or cherries.
Princess Squeakers FUN FACTS!
1.  Besides cheese and apple pie, I really like pizza and chocolate… and broccoli!  Not together of course… that’d be gross.
2.  I can do a cartwheel to the left, but not the right. (I’m left handed – lefties are the besties!)
3.  I can figure skate forwards and backwards and do some easy jumps.  I can’t do a triple-moo-cow, but I can bunny hop!
4.  Until I was four years old, I believed my brother when he said my hair was orange from eating too many carrots.
5.  My brothers and I race to see who can brush our teeth the longest.  I don’t usually win, ‘cause the toothpaste is too spicy.
6.  My favorite dolly is named ‘Miss Dolly’.  I also have a duck stuffed animal that I sleep with every night named ‘Ducky’.
7.  I can sing the ABCs forwards AND backwards.
8.  I want a pet dragon.
9.  I really, really want a pet dragon.  Or a unicorn.  Or a unikitty.
10.  Even though I fight with them a lot, I really love my big brothers!  When they aren’t being stinky, they are super fun to play with.

About the Author
Alissa lives with her husband, step-son, son and daughter in a sleepy little town in Ohio. She has learned there are many, many, many different versions of Power Rangers and that five year olds know the difference between all of them.In addition to many freelance writing projects, she is the primary blogger on and

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Middle Grade Giveaway !!!

Pinky's Favorite Reads for Kids is pleased to be able to Giveaway to one lucky reader a copy of Guinea Dog 3 and My Zombie Hamster....

Guinea Dog 3
By Patrick Jennings
Ages 8-12
Publication Date: August 5, 2014

“Youngsters will eagerly jump in for another fast, fun read.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Another cute and laugh-out-loud entry in the series.”—School Library Journal

An award-winning, hilariously funny middle-grade series about guinea pigs who act like other pets will move its author, Patrick Jennings, into the ranks of much-loved writers, such as Louis Sachar and Andrew Clements.

When Rufus, Murphy, Lurena, and their pets go camping, they meet Pedro, a shy boy who seems afraid of just about everything--especially the water. One thing leads to another and the kids go into a nearby town to buy him a pet to cheer him up--a guinea pig, naturally. Yet what they bring home may look like a guinea pig, but it can swim--like an otter!

Guinea Dog has appeared not only on many state lists, but on county and school district lists as well. Here are just some of its appearances: Hawaii NeNe Award Nominee, Washington State Sasquatch Award Nominee, Massachusetts Children's Book Award Honor, Florida Sunshine State Master List, Kansas Winner of the William Allen White Award, Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee, New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award Master List, and Texas's Cy-Fair Horned Toad Tales List.

My Zombie Hamster
By Havelock McCreely
Ages 8-12
Publication Date: July 8, 2014

“Think Shaun of the Dead for a middle-school crowd.”—Publishers Weekly

“The perfect pick for readers who are interested in zombie action, but who are not ready for gore.”—School Library Journal

“Packed with references to action and sf movies, this comic horror zips along like a fluffy little rodent in an exercise ball. Minor gore will please Goosebumps fans.”—Booklist

A laugh-out-loud funny middle-grade debut with a scary twist, My Zombie Hamster will appeal to readers who like their animal stories mixed with chills. Fans of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps Most Wanted series will grab this one right up.

Matt Hunter and his buddies are looking forward to Christmas--actually, they're looking forward to receiving the latest sword-and-fantasy video game. But Matt's parents have other thoughts--they give him a fluffy little mammal, a hamster called Snuffles, for the holiday. And his grandmother makes it worse by giving him a hamster cage and wheel. But the hamster isn't all that cute--at least not after part of its cheek and belly fall right off--without bothering it a bit!

And why is it staring at Matt with black beady eyes and a lean and hungry look? Say hello to Anti-Snuffles, the zombie hamster! Or better yet, run! This series combines middle-school readers' passions: humor, animals, and scary stories, into one unbeatable package.

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