Kindle Giveaway – Lila: the Sign of the Elven Queen by Mark J. Grant

markAuthor Mark J. Grant

Mark J. Grant, a graduate of Occidental College, has been on Wall Street for thirty-seven years in various senior management positions. He has run capital markets for four investment banks and been on the boards of directors of four investment banks. Grant also writes “Out of the Box,” a commentary on the financial markets that is distributed daily to approximately 5,000 large money management institutions in forty-eight countries. He is the author of Out of the Box and onto Wall Street: Unorthodox Insights on Investments and the Economy (Wiley, 2011). LILA: THE SIGN OF THE ELVEN QUEEN is his first novel.




The Story Behind Lila: The Sign of the Elven Queen by Mark J. Grant


The book was inspired by a dinner party at my house. I had some friends over and they were complaining that there were no nice books, no fairy tales, no Alice in Wonderland’s available in the world any longer. They said every book had he who could not be named or giant spiders or monsters or vampires or skulls and crossbones. There was nothing out there to read their kids or have their older children read.


This was quite a topic of conversation. I said that they had to be kidding but if that was the case then I would write such a book. It would be a lovely fantasy that would not scare any child. They all looked at me with some disbelief but I did exactly what I promised.Lila—the sign of the Elven Queen is my answer to their unhappiness.


The world is seen through the eyes of a six year old girl. She not only struggles with each new twist of life that is tossed in her way but mama also teaches her not just to grow up but to become a young lady.


The building that in which she lives in New York City does not allow dogs so she talks her parents into allowing her to have an invisible dog. On a cold and snowy Saturday papa takes her to the pet store to get the invisible supplies for her invisible dogs. Fluff, an invisible Aussie rescue dog comes around the corner and introduces himself to Lila just as Lila and papa are about to enter the store.


There are then magical adventures at school and meeting the invisible people from Iceland of whom some have migrated to New York. They live in the cornerstones of downtown buildings there or in the boulders of Central Park and a number of interactions take place. It is also discovered that Lila has a birthmark, The Sign of the Elven Queen, which allows for a lunch with the Queen and Princess of the invisible people that takes place in “Boulder I, Parliament House.”


Towards the end of the book Fluffy is revealed to be much more than he seems, Lila gets to become a princess and all of this just as she turns seven.

Lila is a modern day fairy tale and my gift to the world.



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Lila is a polite six-year-old girl who lives with her mama and papa in New York City. She has two cats, and would now like to have a dog–except dogs are not allowed in her apartment building. After thinking about it for awhile, Lila asks her parents if she can have an invisible dog. Her parents agree, and together they decide to name the dog Fluffy. On their way to the pet store to buy invisible supplies for the invisible dog, a black and white Aussie appears from around the corner and introduces himself to Lila, saying, “My name is Fluffy.”

In a series of fun adventures that follow, Fluffy introduces Lila and her family to the invisible people of Iceland, who live inside the boulders of Central Park and the cornerstones of New York City buildings. One day, the invisible people discover that the birthmark on Lila’s left forearm is the sign of their Elven Queen, and just as she turns seven, Lila is made a princess. Can anything be better than that?




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Pump Up Your Book and Mark J. Grant are giving a Kindle Fire HD!

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  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one Kindle Fire HD.
  • This giveaway begins September 2 and ends November 29.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, December 2, 2013.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
  • Only U.S. citizens can win the Kindle Fire.

Good luck everyone!

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  1. I dont really have an imaginary friend when I was a child. Well… maybe you could count my dolls? They were my babies 🙂 all 20 of them

  2. I didn’t really have an imaginary friend, but my mom told me there were times I’d insist on being called Unico (after some fictional unicorn) and would refuse to answer you until you addressed me by that name. What little girl doesn’t LOVE unicorns!

  3. My imaginary friends name was Sam….. lol

  4. D'Aulan Collins says:

    my childhood imaginary friend was kitten, she was a princess that lived in the crawl space in my attic bedroom.

  5. I liked to play school, so my imaginary friends were all my students.

  6. I never had an imaginary friend that I remember. But what a great premise and I can’t wait to read it.
    Thanks for the contest

  7. I never had an imaginary friend, but I did imegine myself as a princess all the time!

  8. I did not have any imaginary friends as a child.

  9. I don’t remember having an imaginary friend. I had 2 older brothers and a younger sister to play with, along with tons of books.

  10. I did not have imaginary friends as a child, unless you count the characters in the books I read.

  11. I do not recall having an imaginary friend. My younger sister and I would pretend we were princesses.

  12. i do not believe i ever had one as far as i can remember

  13. I don’t remember ever having an imaginary friend. I didin’t need one…I had 2 sisters! I vaguely remember our little brother had an imaginary friend, but I don’t remember his name.

  14. I didn’t have an imaginary friend.Thanks for the contest

  15. I don’t believe I had one either…although I had many stories running through my head.

  16. I don’t recall having an imaginary friend. I had 2 sisters to play with. Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. I didn’t have a imaginary friend but my sister did

  18. Linda Kish says:

    I never had one. Maybe they weren’t common in the 50s. Either that or I led a dull life.

  19. I didn’t have an imaginary friend as a child, but I would spend hours reading my favorite books.

  20. I didn’t have an imaginary friend as a child but liked Pikachu!

  21. Blessed Assurance says:

    I don’t remember having one.

  22. I had imaginary siblings. Always wanted to be part of a large family, and in my imagination I was.

  23. Peggy Hopkins says:

    My imaginary friend didn’t have a name other than my friend, but she had everything that I didn’t have and always share it with me and treated me like the sister I always wanted to have.

  24. As a child, I never had an imaginary friend. I think it was because I had a twin sister and we always played together so I had no need of an imaginary one. We did pretend we were fairy tale characters or comic book characters, tho. I always wantd to be the Cowboy nd her the Indian. Geez we were not politically correct were we?

  25. didn’t have an inaginary friend

  26. I had an imaginary friend named Katie :p

  27. Gargamoyle from Smurfs. I used to buckle him in the car when we’d go on rides. lol

  28. My imaginary friend was Susie, because I had 2 sisters one was 7yrs. older and one was 7 yrs. younger so I guess I made up a sister I could play with. Thanks so much for the chance to win a Kindle. I have wanted one for over 2yrs. now. I have Kindle on my PC and smart phone. It’s not the same. Good luck to all & Happy Reading! 🙂

  29. I don’t recall having one, unless stuffed animals count.

  30. Rebecca Roth says:

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend as a child.

  31. I had a Wonder Woman doll that I took everywhere and she was my BF during my childhood.

  32. I wish I’d had an imaginary friend! I guess it wasn’t necessary as I grew up with four other siblings!

  33. I named her Margaret! -Louly

  34. I didn’t have an imaginary friend when I was little that I can remember. Lila: the Sign of the Elven Queen sounds like an adorable book. I’m going to share it with my niece. She will absolutely love it. Thanks!

  35. I had a friendly fairy to whom i share all my sorrows and happiness !! i know this sounds absurd but its the fact ! Hehe influence of fairy tales 😉

  36. I had several imaginary friends. Bark my invisible dog and I my other friend. Her or they! that changed on what i was doing or playing. Sometimes it was a boy. any older women. a baby! They changed all the time but never the dog

  37. christine mondy says:

    I don’t recall having one, but I do remember talking and playing with all of my stuffed animals.

  38. Can’t say I had one.

  39. alicia hamley says:

    According to my mom, I didn’t have one. I was a child that was always inventing fun make believe games to play, and was very creative.

  40. I never had a imaginary friend when I was little.

  41. alvin from alvin and the chipmunks