Well, we have so much to celebrate over these two weeks. Imagine balloons, party-poppers, fizzy drinks, nuts, chips and hamburgers! What on earth are we celebrating you may well ask?
Remember back in January 2012 I interviewed a young man by the name of Erik? I had “met” him through an interview he did on Tara Lazer’s Blog and later won a beautiful picture of a pup from his blog. What followed was an amazing interview “New Kid on the Block” here on my blog, in which we learned that what I thought was a smart fourteen year plus young man who had a mission to one day be published, was in fact only ten years old. Erik had started writing his first story a year earlier, had his own column in a local paper and ran a very comprehensive book review blog. No mean feat for a kid of only ten years old, that’s for sure. We learned how he goes about preparing for interviews with authors to using the clever Hamburger analogy for writing reviews and drafts. (So Hamburgers had to be on the menu for celebrating, naturally!) What impressed us (and I mean many in the online writing world) that had come to know of him, was his humility, dedication, his ability and talent in the use of his imagination and writing, and his unwavering determination. Back then we knew this Kid was going places and one to watch.
I am so proud to be able to announce the release of his FIRST PUBLISHED book….
The Adventures of Tomato and Pea Book 1: A Bad Idea
Published: August 8, 2013 by CreateSpace
Synopsis: From the back page… For years the evil villain Wintergreen has tried to destroy super crime-stopper, Tomato, and his sidekick, Pea, and take over planet Oarg. In a plan gone wrong, Wintergreen traps himself along with his arch-nemesis in a runaway rocket ship that crashes on a strange planet called #EAR-TH”. Now these perennial enemies must learn to work together to survive the dangers on this strange world. Hungry birds, enormous snakes and the giant inhabitants of EART-TH stand between this brawling bunch of aliens and finding a way home.
Why I love it: I was so delighted to get a copy of this book in the post, a real treasure. The first thing that struck me was the lovely crisp bright cover. The next thing that struck me was the wit and clever word play that drew me in the excitement of what was to come. Like an animated movie packed with action one continues to turn the page to see what befalls Tomato and Pea. To be honest with you, I never used to be one to read space-type stories , (until I tried writing one recently), but I found myself chuckling away and glued to this story, eager to know what the evil Wintergreen would do next, and the unusual names of the characters and discriptions was intriguing, my favourite being Poppy, (sensitive, always being yelled at, and very inquisitive…awww!) I also love the themes this expressed, friendship, trust and second chances. It is obvious Erik has a great imagination and has learnt the skill of writing well. He has listened and headed instruction from his mentors, researched, and proves that with hard work and dedication anything is possible if you believe you can achieve it. And what a brilliant achievement this is Well done! This book is obviously the first of many we will see from Erik, there is no stopping him now, and I look forward to reading many more. Congratulations Erik!
You can buy the book at:.
Amazon UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1491201061
Amazon Canada - http://www.amazon.ca/dp/1491201061
Amazon Canada – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/1491201061
Follow his blog tour……
September 8 Erik’s blog – cover reveal and announce blog tour
September 9 Michelle Isenhoff’s blog – Book review
September 10 KidLit Reviews – Book review
September 11 Mother Daughter Book Reviews – Book review
The Story Reading Ape – Guest post by Erik
September 12 Catherine Johnson’s Blog – Book review
September 13 Julie Grasso’s Blog - Book review
By Word of Beth – Book review and giveaway
September 14 Diane Tulloch’s blog – Book review
September 15 Picture Books Help Kids Soar – Book review
September 16 Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog – Interview – Q&A with Commenters and giveaway
September 17 Reading with Rhythm – Book Review
September 18 Julie Rowan-Zoch’s blog – Interview
September 19 Dr. Niamh Clune’s blog – Book Review in rhyme
September 20 S.W. Lothian’s blog – Book review