Kid Lit Giveaway Hop – The Tree of Mindala

Kid Lit Giveaway Hop PosterWelcome to the first Kid Lit Giveaway Hop, hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews.

We are celebrating Children’s Book Week (May 13 to 19, 2013) by providing all of YOU, our loyal followers, with the opportunity to win fabulous children/teen’s books, gift cards, cash, or other prizes by hopping around to the almost 100 participating blogs/authors listed below in the Linky List. What better way to celebrate Children’s Book Week?

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Our Prize – 3 Lucky Winners will each win an ebook copy (any format) of The Tree of Mindala by Elle Jacklee
Tree of Mindala

Contest runs May 13 to 19, 2013
Please leave a comment and tell us about your favorite fantasy forest (from a book, of course!) to enter this giveaway.

This is a middle grade fantasy novel, published this year, equally appealing to boys and girls.

Description: Soon to be twelve-year-old Miranda Moon’s overactive imagination has landed her in trouble again. This time, she’s been suspended from school. Since her Halloween weekend just got extended, her parents decide to take her and her straight-laced younger brother, Marcus, to her late grandparents’ old cabin. That suits Miranda just fine. She’s always felt there was something special about the place. Besides, she has a knack for making the best of things. But when Miranda finds a curious water globe hidden in the cabin, she and Marcus are catapulted into a world even she never imagined. A world where everybody already knows their family name and magic flows through the trees. A world called Wunderwood. But their arrival happens to coincide with the release of a sinister warlock from a forty-year imprisonment. Thornton Crow resumes his deadly agenda to find the source of Wunderwood’s magical power, the Tree of Mindala, and seize it for his own. As Miranda learns of her own connection to Thornton, she realizes that it’s up to her to end his cruel and relentless cycle of death that would steal not just magic, but also hope. With only the cryptic words of a prophecy to guide her, she holds the fate of the entire realm as well as the safety of Marcus and the newly found branches of her family tree in her hands. Miranda’s signature optimism is put to the ultimate test when she chooses to carry out the task that will save Wunderwood… or doom it forever.
(Contest details shown twice to be easier to find.)
Contest runs May 13 to 19, 2013
Please leave a comment and tell us about your favorite fantasy forest (from a book, of course!) to enter this giveaway.

Keep reading for a guest post from author Elle Jacklee!
Elle JackleeWhen The Tree of Mindala was first released, a friend and fellow mom said to me, “It’s a little like having another baby, isn’t it?” Of course, nothing can compare to the experience of becoming a mom, but it was hard to deny that, in some ways, she was right…

First the idea for a story is conceived, much like that moment of human conception when not much about the finished product is clear, only that something truly amazing has happened. Then, as time goes on, details become sharper, and things start to take shape. You begin to feel connected to this miracle that grows each day. Before long, it’s a part of you and you’re a part of it.

There are days, in both scenarios, when the euphoria of creation has you walking on air. There are also days when you’re just a tiny bit (okay, maybe more than just a tiny bit!) afraid about what will happen once your newest addition meets the world. Will everybody adore your pride and joy as much as you do? Will the world appreciate the beauty that is your crowning achievement? And will you ever get a full night’s sleep again? But soon you realize there’s no turning back, so there’s really no point in worrying about any of that.

When I was expecting my first child, I daydreamed about what he would look like, which personality traits he would get from me and which from his dad, etc. It wasn’t long after he was born before it was clear that some of my expectations were not entirely “accurate”. Likewise, when I first sketched the characters in my book, I thought I had a pretty good idea of who they were. But as the story unfolded, some of their personalities emerged in ways I hadn’t expected. They had taken on a life of their own. With my children as well as my fictional characters, I’m still amazed at how their personalities continue to evolve. And in both cases, things just seem to go better when I allow them to be just who they are!

Now that they (my children and my book!) are here in the world, I no longer concern myself with those doubts I had while they were on the way. Deep down, I always knew that in the end it would all be worth it, and it has been. I just tell myself, just as I will tell my children, to always be true to yourself and always do your very best. And ultimately, doing one will be the same as doing the other.

As a proud mom, the stories that I will always be most interested in watching unfold will, of course, belong to my children. But I’m excited to share that I’m currently working on the second installment of the Wunderwood series, The Triad of the Tree. I’m really enjoying delving deeper into the characters and I can’t wait to share more of Wunderwood’s history with readers. But between my kids and this new addition on the way, one question still remains: will I ever get a full night’s sleep again? But I guess it doesn’t really matter… there’s no turning back now!

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33 Responses to Kid Lit Giveaway Hop – The Tree of Mindala

  1. Patty says:

    My favorite forest from a fantasy book has to be the Forbidden Forest in the Harry Potter series – so many interesting creatures in there, and some key scenes, too.

  2. Julie Grasso says:

    Well, I am a little biased as I love the rainforest in my own book LOL, but I do love also love “The Forbidden Forest also in the Harry Potter Series. I think the forest in the Hobbit is also pretty amazing. Great Giveaway, and hope you have an awesome book week.

    • Thanks, Julie! I think I prefer Lothlorien to Mirkwood as far as forests on Middle Earth… but there was a lot more excitement in Mirkwood. I hope you have a wonderful book week, too!

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  4. Barb says:

    I’m reading “Wicked” and that has me remembering “The Wizard of Oz” and that reminded me of The Haunted Forest.

  5. Georgia Beckman says:

    I don’t read much fantasy so I’m going to have to revert to Hansel & Gretel! However, my grandchildren enjoy fantasy very much. Thank you for participating in this giveaway!

  6. charlotte says:

    This sounds like a fun book! I’m going to go with the Wood Between the Worlds, in the Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis.

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  8. andie says:

    The Forest in “The Nutcracker.” My memory is vague but I remember it intrigued me as a kid.

  9. Jemima Pett says:

    I like forests anyway, and have orienteered competitively for many years, which takes you into the heart of some beautiful ones – all over the world. But for fantasy ones – well, I like Fangorn and the Hundred Acre Wood (which does exist, but I think it counts., doesn’t it?) and Badger’s Forest in Wind in the Willows.
    Lovely book and a great giveaway, thanks!

  10. Sarah says:

    Forest of Sorrows, I think it was called, in the Valdemar series? I guess I don’t know many forest by name.

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  12. nicole krutz says:

    the haunted forest!

  13. Tina says:

    My favorite forest is the one in Shannon Hale’s Goose Girl series, specifically in the book Forest Born. I love her books so much!

  14. esivy says:

    I guess it qualifies as fantasy if it is just made up, because mine would have to be the hundred acre woods from Winnie the Pooh. That’s because we moved onto a 1.5 acre lot when my oldest was 2, and he called his new yard… his hundred acre wood!

  15. Carol says:

    Fangorn Forest, home of the Ents. I have never lost my childhood wonder of the Ents.

  16. Oh, Mirkwood Forest – no doubt! Elves…need I say more? I just love that cover and the book sounds great. Thanks so much for the giveaway. 🙂

  17. Karen Arrowood says:

    My favorite forest is from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!

    Thank you for participating in this hop. 🙂

  18. Anneke Craig says:

    My favorite is Fangorn Forest from the Lord of the Rings. The Ents were such interesting and unique characters.

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