Tomato and Pea: Blog Tour


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 Erik1name 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

ERIK  t&pcover1_7DBy: Erik Weibel

Published:  August 8, 2013 by CreateSpace

ages 5-10

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:.

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

About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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23 Responses to Tomato and Pea: Blog Tour

  1. Catherine Johnson says:

    Great post, Diane. I’ve tried and failed to write a Space story too. Kudos to Erik for doing it in style!

  2. I think you have to have a great imagination to write a space story and really think outside of the box. Sounds like Erik has done that and added a lot of fun word play and humor!

  3. Darlene says:

    I am also a huge fan of Erik! His book reviews are right on and he is so multi talented. Now he has a book published. Your review of his book is perfect.

  4. Thank you so much Ms. Tulloch! I’m glad you like the book! I think you’d write a great Sci-Fi book! 😀 I’m Tweeting and Facebooking this!

    • Cool! thank you Erik for tweeting and facebooking this. You are very welcome, and thankyou for your lovely encouragement. As I mentioned earlier to Catherine, I must catch up with you later as I have a story that really needs someone with space writing knowledge to look it over for me. Looking forward to your next book! 🙂

  5. stanleyandkatrina says:

    Fantastic review for a wonderful book. We agree with you and loved Erik’s book as well!
    We are new followers of yours and are happy to *meet* you. Have a great weekend,
    Cool Mom/Christine M.
    Tech Support & Assistant to Stanley & Katrina

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I’m sure Erik will be thrilled to know this. Welcome to my blog and do stay awhile. I am so delighted to “meet” you. Enjoy your weekend.

  6. Erik is creating a lovely stardust trail in the blogosphere!

  7. Joanna says:

    Space is a frontier I have yet to cross into in my writing. i am so impressed Erik has. Great review, Diane!

  8. Erik’s book is really going places! Like you, I just couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. Great review, Diane, and so glad you recapped your interview with him.

    If your readers are interested, they can pop over to my blog for a chance to win a copy of Erik’s book.

  9. Kathy Cornell Berman says:

    Thanks Diane, great review. I think Erik is an awesome person. I can’t wait to read the book! Good luck with it!

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  11. Super review, Patient Dreamer. (Diane, rather, as I’ve gathered from the comments. Nice to officially meet you. ;)) I can’t wait to see what Erik comes up with next.

  12. Nice review! I’m reading Erik’s book and it has lots of fun humor! I’m getting my laughs!

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