Friday, July 22, 2016

Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy Blog Tour!


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This is my stop during the blog tour for Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy by Paula Berinstein. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 18 till 31 July, you can view the complete tour schedule here.



Facebook group event

On 28 July, Paula Berinstein will do an event in the Blind Date With a Book Facebook Group. There will be giveaways, discussions and more!



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You can get Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy for free at Amazon, B&N, Kobo or Smashwords!



Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar ConspiracyAmanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy (Amanda Lester, Detective #1)

by Paula Berinstein

Genre: Mystery/ Detective/ Fantasy

Age category: Middle Grade



Blurb:

Amanda Lester wouldn’t be caught dead going into the family business. Her ancestor, Sherlock Holmes’s colleague Inspector G. Lestrade, is a twit. Nevertheless her parents refuse to see his flaws, and she’s going to a secret English school for the descendants of famous detectives whether she likes it or not.


When Amanda arrives at the dreaded school, she considers running away—until she and her new friends discover blood and weird pink substances in odd places. At first they’re not sure whether these oddities mean anything, but when Amanda’s father disappears and the cook is found dead with her head in a bag of sugar, they’re certain that crimes are taking place.


Now Amanda must embrace her destiny and uncover the truth. The only snag is that arch-villain Blixus Moriarty, a descendant of Holmes’s nemesis Professor James Moriarty, might be involved, and he doesn’t like nosy little girls interfering in his business.

Interview:
When did you decide to become a writer?
The mid-1990s. I was running my own research business, and many of my clients were writers. At some point I realized that they were having more fun than I was and I wanted to do what they did. I didn’t start with fiction though. For more than twenty years I wrote nonfiction. It was only after I finished producing my podcast, The Writing Show, in 2012 that I decided to do novels. By that time I felt that I knew enough about writing fiction and was ready.
What genre are your books?
The first three books in my Amanda Lester, Detective series are middle grade. The later ones move a little more into early YA territory. I’m pretty sure my next series will be for adults, but I’m not sure what genre yet. Maybe historical fiction. I’ve really got the bug for that.
What draws you to this genre?
I think when you write for kids you can let your imagination soar. Kids don’t have a problem suspending their disbelief, so you can make up worlds and events and even characters that wouldn’t work so well in books for adults. For example, you’d have a hard time setting a story for adults at a school for the descendants of famous fictional detectives. The idea of criminals conspiring to make money by using pink sugar as a weapon—absolutely a kids’ thing. And employing purple rainbows as a tool to find . . . well, I don’t want to spoil the surprise. Read Amanda Lester and the Purple Rainbow Puzzle, the third book in the series, to find out.  
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead characters from your most recent book?
I’m not familiar enough with twelve- and thirteen-year-old actors to answer that. I will tell you, however, that I have always envisioned Professor Scribbish, the evidence teacher, as looking a bit like Rufus Sewell, and Darius Plover, the director who mentors Amanda, as Viggo Mortensen.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
I would love to meet William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens, two of the greatest writers in the English language. I suppose I wouldn’t even have to make conversation. They were both big talkers. All I’d have to do is listen. But that would be quite an adventure.
What is your favorite quote?
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Which is not to say that I don’t admire and strive for consistency. It’s just that there’s a time and place for it and a time to cut loose.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
I have to say that I am in awe of Diana Gabaldon and her Outlander series. I wish I had thought of something like that, and I wish I were as excellent a writer as she is. Of course then there’s J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. I suppose you hear that all the time, though, don’t you? By the way, it isn’t the money I’m interested in. I just wish I’d written something as wonderful as those books.
Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Yes! I am planning to do an audiobook version of Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy. I have found an amazing narrator, an English actor named Allan Corduner, who played Severus Snape in several of the Harry Potter videogames. He’s also done a lot of audiobook narration and of course, TV, film, and theater. His voice is—well, it’s golden. Here is a sample of him narrating The Book Thief. When I heard him, my heart leapt! I should have more information about the project soon!

Review:

*I received a free copy for review from Lola's Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review*

So, where to start? I really enjoyed the mystery and idea behind this book. I loved the unexpected surprises, and the unknowns that kept me guessing. It kept me reading, and I wanted to know more! The twists and turns kept me guessing, and there was always something new to discover.

Sadly I wasn't as crazy about the main character,bbut I liked most of her friends, and the mystery kept me reading, and it was overall a fun read. I wish I had liked Amanda more, but the story was a fun read, and I was glad for the chance to read it!

I really enjoyed how her friends worked together, and were able to work as a team, despite Amanda's controlling tendencies, and were all willing to do their part. I love seeing each of their strengths come into play as they worked to solve the mystery, and to keep up their grades!

You can find Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy on Goodreads



Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy is free now on all vendor sites! Grab your free copy here:

- Amazon

- Amazon Paperback

- Barnes & Noble

- Kobo

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Get the box set with the first four books in this series!

Amanda-Lester-box-setAmanda Lester box set (Amanda Lester, Detective #1-4)

by Paula Berinstein

Genre: Mystery/ Detective/ Fantasy

Age category: Middle Grade/ Young Adult

Release Date: July 4, 2016



Blurb:

"Sherlock Holmes meets Nancy Drew meets Harry Potter."



This set includes all four Amanda Lester, Detective books from the first year at the Legatum Continuatum Enduring School for Detectives.



Book 1, Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy

Book 2, Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis

Book 3, Amanda Lester and the Purple Rainbow Puzzle

Book 4, Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks' Secret



Amanda Lester wouldn’t be caught dead going into the family business. Her ancestor, Sherlock Holmes’s colleague Inspector G. Lestrade, is a twit. Nevertheless her parents refuse to see his flaws, and she’s going to a secret English school for the descendants of famous detectives whether she likes it or not.



When Amanda arrives at the dreaded school, she considers running away—until she and her new friends discover blood and weird pink substances in odd places. At first they’re not sure whether these oddities mean anything, but when Amanda’s father disappears and the cook is found dead with her head in a bag of sugar, they’re certain that crimes are taking place.



Now Amanda must embrace her destiny and uncover the truth. The only snag is that arch-villain Blixus Moriarty, a descendant of Holmes’s nemesis Professor James Moriarty, might be involved, and he doesn’t like nosy little girls interfering in his business.



Follow the exciting adventures of the girl who learned that sometimes you need to be part of something larger than yourself.




You can find Amanda Lester box set on Goodreads



You can buy the Amanda Lester box set here:

- Amazon

- Amazon UK



Paula BerinsteinAbout the Author:

Paula Berinstein is nothing like Amanda. For one thing, she’s crazy about Sherlock Holmes. For another, she’s never wanted to be a filmmaker. In addition, compared to Amanda she’s a big chicken! And she wouldn’t mind going to a secret school at all. In fact, she’s hoping that some day she’ll get to build one.



You can find and contact Paula here:

- Website

- Facebook

- Twitter

- Goodreads

- Paula's blog on Goodreads

- The Writing Show podcasts

- Newsletter



Giveaway!

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy. Open International. These are the prizes you can win:

- One $40 Amazon gift card

- Two copies Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy (hardback edition)

- One copy Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (hardback)

- One Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged, narrator Jim Dale

- One Nancy Drew videogame from Her Interactive (winner's choice).

- One surprise book, you pick the genre. Paperback only.



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2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for being part of my tour, Kathleen! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book!

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