Blog Tour + Giveaway: A Curse of Mayhem

Title: A Curse of Mayhem (Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions #2) | Author: Sunayna Prasad | Genre: Middle Grade| Publisher: Self-published | Release date: October 2018

Book Description: History, like magic, has a habit of repeating itself.

It’s been six months since thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy left magic behind for good. Or so she thought…

Then the enchanted objects that protected her disappear. Now a skeleton named Errol has cursed her with magical powers that keep getting her in trouble. Suddenly strange things are happening with disastrous effects, and if Alyssa can’t remove the magic, she will lose everything she holds dear. In order to get rid of her unwanted wizardry, Alyssa will have to boost her bravery and confidence and determine who Errol really is. But every time Alyssa uses an enchantment, Errol is one step closer to getting his flesh back and becoming alive, and he will do anything to achieve his goals…even if it means destroying Alyssa’s happiness.

Originally published in 2016 as “Wizardry Goes Wild” and “The Unruly Curse” in 2019, “A Curse of Mayhem” is book two in the exciting and suspenseful “Magical Missions” series.


My Thoughts: Alyssa McCarthy finds herself living with her godfather and navigating a whole new environment — new house, new school, new friends. The last thing she wants is magic shooting out of her hands in class, at parties or during cheerleading practice. But that’s exactly what happens. Try as she may, Alyssa can’t seem to control the magic and as a result, gets in trouble at every turn. Truly, a curse of mayhem.

Meanwhile, the evil wizard Errol, now only a skeleton, converses with the soul of Master Beau to get back his flesh and find Alyssa. Using an invisibility cloak, Errol moves through society, stealing what he needs to become whole again and promising Alyssa communication with her dead parents if she helps him. But news of an exhumed grave set Alyssa in a whole new direction with a dark mystery to solve.

In the second book of Sunayna Prasad’s Magic Missions series, enchanted technology and wild wizardry, flying monkeys and winged unicorn zebras, join to create the surreal world surrounding Alyssa McCartney. This time with even more eccentric results. Her loyal friends stand by her side, even when inflatable snakes come alive and human-headed dinosaurs appear without warning. But with the wizard police under a sleeping spell, no one can help Alyssa, except herself. Written for young readers aged 8-12.

BUY THE BOOK:
Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Kobo
Add to Goodreads
Meet the Author:

Sunayna Prasad enjoys writing fantasy books for children, as well as cooking, creating artwork, watching online videos, and blogging. She has also written The Frights of Fiji, formerly titled as From Frights to Flaws. She is passionate about modern life, fantasy, and world-building. Aside from her website, she also has a blog about different creative and entertaining topics, including fiction and writing, called “Sunayna Prasad’s Blog”.
Sunayna has graduated from college in May 2017. She lives in Long Island, NY.

Connect with the Author:   website ~ twitter 

Enter the Giveaway: Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a set of ebooks or a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js

Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Frights of Fiji

Title: The Flights of Fiji (Magical Missions, Book 1) | Author: Sunayna Prasad | Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, 128 pages | Publisher: Amazon KDP | Release date: October 2018

Description: A world of magic and adventure awaits…

Sent to live with her strict, aloof, and uncaring uncle after her parents are killed in a car accident, twelve-year-old orphan Alyssa McCarthy longs for the life she used to have—one filled with fun and love. Then one stormy night, a message appears in the raindrops on the window that will change everything.

“Your life will never be the same again, as magic will interfere.”

Before long, Alyssa is kidnapped by Master Beau, a banished sorcerer with a mysterious connection to her who can only regain his power by weakening hers. Suddenly hurled into a world of wizardry filled with fantastical beasts and marvelous technology beyond her wildest imagination, Alyssa must defeat Master Beau if she ever wants to get home again. But Master Beau will stop at nothing, including using Alyssa’s friends, to ensure he is triumphant.

My Thoughts: Alyssa McCarthy has a fairly mundane life — school, study and chores — until mysterious messages begin to appear and the incredible events they warn her about come true. When a marble statue helps her convince her family and friends that magic is real, she begins an adventure that will change her life forever.

A contemporary, fantasy-adventure, The Flights of Fiji takes place between modern day America and a mystical world set in tropical Fiji. Surviving a a freak storm is the first of many struggles Alyssa will face in a dangerous cat-and-mouse chase through parallel worlds. Evil sorcerers, enchanted technology and tween dynamics blend together in this upper middle grade fantasy.

BUY THE BOOK:
Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Kobo
Add to Goodreads
Meet the Author:

Sunayna Prasad enjoys writing fantasy books for children, as well as cooking, creating artwork, watching online videos, and blogging. She has also written The Frights of Fiji, formerly titled as From Frights to Flaws. She is passionate about modern life, fantasy, and world-building. Aside from her website, she also has a blog about different creative and entertaining topics, including fiction and writing, called “Sunayna Prasad’s Blog”.
Sunayna has graduated from college in May 2017. She lives in Long Island, NY.

Connect with the Author:   website ~ twitter 

Tour Schedule:

May 4 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
May 4 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review of The Frights of Fiji
May 5 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
May 6 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
May 6 – Rosco’s Reading Room – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 7 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 7 – Books and Zebras – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 8 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 8 – Karma Readz – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 8 – Books and Zebras – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway
May 11 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / guest post / giveaway
May 11 – Gwendalyn’s Books – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 11 – Ingo Sparkles Books & More – book review of The Frights of Fiji
May 11 – Karma Readz – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway
May 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 12 – Splashes of Joy – book review of A Curse of Mayhem
May 12 – Gwendalyn’s Books – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway
May 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 13 – The avid reader – book spotlight / giveaway
May 14 – Bookworm for Kids – book spotlight / giveaway
May 14 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 15 – Bookish Quest – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 18 – michellemengsbookblog – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 18 – Ingo Sparkles Books & More – book review of A Curse of Mayhem
May 19 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway
May 19 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
May 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 20 – She Just Loves Books – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway
May 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway
May 21 – Books for Books – book spotlight
May 22 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 25 – michellemengsbookblog – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway
May 26 – Bookish Quest – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / author interview / giveaway
May 26 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
May 27 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / author interview / giveaway
May 28 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway
May 29 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway


Enter the Giveaway

Enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the ebook or a $25 Amazon gift card. Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. Good luck!

Storeybook Reviews Giveaway + Review

So pleased with the “5 paws up” rating for Arabella and the Magic Pencil from Storeybook Reviews.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is magical and will draw young children into a world of make-believe.

Storeybook reviews

Plus, there’s a giveaway! Visit Storeybook Reviews and enter to WIN a copy of Arabella and the Magic Pencil. Hurry, the contest ends on April 18th!

🌟 As seen on Mommynificent and the Sunday Post! 🌟

Sneak Peek – Inside Arabella and the Magic Pencil

Siblings Day is just around the corner and Arabella knows just how it feels to have a sibling. Sort of like this…😊😧😭😡🙄🥰

Any child with a sibling can appreciate the range of emotions in Arabella and the Magic Pencil. Take a look inside the book, read by the author (that’s me!), illustrated by Australian artist, Shaney Hyde and published by EK Books.

ATTN: Teachers, librarians and homeschool educators: Free activities including Teaching Notes, paper dolls and coloring pages are available that support learning with Arabella and the Magic Pencil. Download activities that are aligned with primary learning curriculums here or on EKBooks.org. Or contact me on the form below and I can send you the documents via email.

Have fun learning at home with Arabella and the Magic Pencil!

P.S. Get a copy of Arabella and the Magic Pencil ~ now over 50% off!

As seen on…

Laura's Lovely Blog

Celebrating Pencil Day

March 30th is National Pencil Day marking the day that Hymen Lipman received the patent for attaching an eraser to the end of a pencil in 1858.

While other writing instruments seem to dominate the picture book scene – crayons, chalk, even markers – the ubiquitous pencil is finally getting its moment. 

Here is a collection of sharp, pencil-themed picture books to share with young readers on Pencil Day.

When Pencil Met Eraser
Written by Karen Kilpatrick and Luis O. Ramos, Jr.
Illustrated by German Blanco 

Ever wonder why there’s an eraser on every pencil? This picture book tells the story of how Pencil and Eraser became friends. When Pencil draws on the pages of the book, Eraser erases part of Pencil’s work, and the book becomes a canvas for their different takes on creativity–until they discover their artwork is better when they work together. 

Linus the Little Yellow Pencil
Written and illustrated by Scott Magoon

Linus and his eraser, Ernie, don’t always see eye to eye. But with the family art show drawing near, these two will have to sharpen their collaboration to make something neither one could do on their own!

The Pencil
Written by Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula
Illustrated by Charlene Chua

Susan and her sister, Rebecca, love watching their mother write letters to people in other camps. Their mother has one precious pencil, and she keeps it safe in her box for special things.

Pencil’s Perfect Picture
Written by Jodi McKay
Illustrated by Juliana Motzko

Pencil is trying to draw the perfect picture for his dad. So, he asks his friends Brush, Pastel, Marker, Crayon, and Chalk what makes their art perfect. But they each have a different answer. How will Pencil be able to create his own perfect picture?

Arabella and the Magic Pencil
Written by Stephanie Ward
Illustrated by Shaney Hyde

Arabella is a beloved only child who has a picture perfect life until her brother, Avery, arrives. While she loves him, it’s sometimes hard to like him. She spends her days creating marvellous things with her magic pencil and ignoring him. But when Avery spoils a proper tea party, Arabella erases him from her life. Oops! How can she get him back? 

Celebrate Pencil Day by reading one of these great picture books and try out this simple pencil-themed activity for kids.

Arabella’s Magic Pencil Craft Download

Happy Pencil Day!

Pencil Day Giveaway

March is the time to celebrate lucky leprechauns, four-leaf clovers 🍀 and…pencils. ✏️

Yes, March 30th is Pencil Day and I’ve been looking forward to it since the release of my picture book, Arabella and the Magic Pencil!

What better way to celebrate than a Giveaway Hop hosted by BookHounds? I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift certificate and a copy of Arabella and the Magic Pencil in honor of the mighty pencil! 🎉

In addition, I’m excited to share a DIY Pencil Craft that’s perfect for preschoolers and primary students who want their very own magic pencil, just like Arabella.

Download the FREE step-by-step craft activity and celebrate Pencil Day with a custom-made magic pencil.

Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway and visit the dozens of book-related blogs offering prizes in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop!

Click here to enter the RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!

Good luck 🍀 and Happy Pencil Day ✏️ !

1. BookHounds2. BookHounds YA
3. Stuck In Books (US) ~4. Storey Book Reviews
5. Jean Book Nerd6. Mina Burrows
7. All the Ups and Downs (INT)8. Author M. L. Hamilton
9. Lili Lost in a Book10. Kristi’s Book Nook
11. Savings in Seconds12. Angel’s Guilty Pleasures (INT)
13. MYTHICAL BOOKS (INT)14. Heidi Reads. . . (US)
15. Choose Life Choose Words16. Rockin’ Book Reviews
17. icefairy’s Treasure Chest (INTL)18. Sweet Romance & Mystery
19. Literary Rambles (INT)20. Writer with Wanderlust
21. SSLY – Smile Somebody Loves You22. Romance by Beverly (US)
23. The Kids Did It24. Says Me Says Mom
25. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape26. Hearts & Scribbles (Int)
27. Brenda’s Book Blog28. Every Free Chance Books (US/INT)
29. Christy’s Cozy Corners (US) ~30. Author MK McClintock
31. Craves the Angst Book Blog [US]32. Mid-Life Goddess Book Giveaway
33. Author Ana Jolene (INT)34. Long Tail Writing (US)
35. Maureen’s Musings36. Life Within The Pages (INT)
37. Family Friendly Blog

For more information about Arabella and the Magic Pencil, visit the Books tab, the EK Books webiste or see reader reviews on Goodreads. Thanks!

🌟 As seen on Sunday Post and Booknificent! 🌟

2020 NSW Premier’s Booklist

I’m honored to learn that Arabella and the Magic Pencil has been included in the 2020 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Booklist. The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge is an Australian program that aims to “encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students and enable them to experience quality literature”. The accompanying booklists give children a wide range of quality books to choose from as they attempt to read 20-30 books, depending on age, between March – August 2020.

For more information about the challenge or to see the official booklists by age group, visit the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge website.