Blog Tour Kick Off & Giveaway – The Trouble with Toads by Danyelle Leafty


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trouble with toadsThe Trouble with Toads

Once upon a time a young girl wanted revenge. But first, she wanted to be beautiful.

Twelve-year-old Bettony has read enough stories that begin with ‘Once upon a time’ to know what happens to the ugly stepsisters at the end, and she’s determined to escape that fate by any means necessary—even by magic.

Unfortunately, when it comes to magic, there is no place for regret, refunds, or exchanges. Even if you accidentally turn your older sister into a toad.

If Bettony wants her Happily Ever After to end well, she’s going to have to find a way to turn her sister back into a person before their mother finds out she’s been dabbling with magic and grounds her for life.

Tracking down the family magic turns out to be surprisingly easy. Now, if only it came with directions . . .

THE TROUBLE WITH TOADS (45,000 words) is the first book in a new upper MG series The Secret Stepsister Society. The second book will be released Summer 2013.



danyelleAuthor Danyelle Leafty

Danyelle Leafty writes upper MG and YA fantasy, and is the author of THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA series. Danyelle has always loved fairy tales, and prefers stories where someone gets eaten, or at the very least, transmogrified. Much of her inspiration has come from fairy tales, because as G.K. Chesterton so aptly states, “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

In her spare time, she collects dragons, talking frogs, and fairy godmothers. She also collects books, and one day hopes to make a house out of them. She enjoys learning languages, fiddling with her harp, and perfecting the fine art of mothering. (It’s a lot like trying to herd chickens during a lightning storm while a goat stampede is going on.)

One of her heroes is Albert Einstein, particularly for the following quote: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The most important thing is not to stop questioning.”

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Top 5 Authors
1. Patricia McKillip: I love her luscious prose, wry sense of humor, and beautiful stories. While I love most of her novels, my absolute favorite is Riddle-Master.
2. Diana Wynne Jones: I’ve devoured pretty much every one of her MG and YA books. I love her humor and the way she weaves magic and Big Impossible Things into the every day. It was hard to choose, but my favorite of her novels is Howl’s Moving Castle.
3. Patricia C. Wrede: I love the way she fractures fairy tales so delightfully. She is the first author who opened the doors of Magic and Story to me. My favorite of hers is a tie between Dealing With Dragons and Sorcery and Cecelia (or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot).
4. Vivan Vande Velde: Another fracturer of fairy tales and teller of virtual reality gaming stories. The first book of hers I met, A Well-Timed Enchantment, remains my favorite although her Never Trust a Dead Man had me laughing so hard I cried. 🙂
5. Catherynne M. Valente: I adore her elegant prose and the way her stories make me feel like I’m discovering fairy tales and reading all over again. I particularly love her Fairyland books.
Top 10 (er, 11) Books I’m Dying to Read
1. The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin (Modern day retelling of Hansel and Gretel, plus it has a delicious name!)
2. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chinani (I love fairy tales and fairy tale tropes!)
3. Doll Bones by Holly Black (Delightfully creepy.)
4. The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente (Part three of the Fairyland series. Can’t wait to devour!)
5. Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merri Haskell (For just in case.)
6. Fearless by Cornelia Funke (Loved the first book in the series, Reckless. Beautiful prose and haunting story.)
7. A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan (Everything’s better with dragons!)
8. Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt (I love Lindsey’s books–they all have heart and humor.)
9. The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde (Really enjoyed The Last Dragonslayer. Can’t wait to see what the Quarkbeasts are up to now.)
10. Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff (Fairy tales!)
11. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (It had me at Japanese Steampunk. :D)

Blog Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 6/28/13

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  1. +JMJ+

    An MG author who quotes G.K. Chesterton and loves Diana Wynne Jones?!?! I should check her out! =D