Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Middle Grade LUV: The TROUBLE With TOADS


Yes, that would be me. Why, you gorgeous people ask yourselves? Uh-hum...I am a major FROG-FAN!! Did I ever tell you I used to own a frog named Froggy-Doggy-Doggy? A stuffed animal frog, but I owned him. Why haven't I written a picture book about  him, yet??? *rushes off; makes quick notes*

Anyway, when I first heard about this book, the one just below me here. Yeah, right there. I knew it had to be spotlighted on my site. Just look at it.

*waiting for you to drop your eyes* Doo-dee-doo.... Cute, huh?

trouble with toadsThe Trouble with Toads by Danyelle Leafty

 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.

  Author 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."

Book Blast Giveaway
$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends 6/10/13
a Rafflecopter giveaway   Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Prize value $50 US.

HURRY & Enter!!! And hey, did you have a favorite stuffed animal when you were a kid? Maybe your stuffed animal and Froggy-Doggy-Doggy could meet in his picture book.


  1. This looks adorable! And great giveaway!

  2. Great except. I love Middle Grade!

  3. Wonderful! Tweeted, Facebooked, and Liknkedin.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  4. This sounds like a really fun book, after all, who HASN'T wanted to turn their sister into a toad?

  5. I love Danyelle's books, and that cover if delightful!

  6. I like that quote from Albert Einstein, and I like the book description too; it's nice that it focuses on a character who sympathizes with the "ugly stepsisters" rather than the main heroine, because usually it's the other way around.

  7. I didn't know Danyelle had a MG out! This looks fantastic. I'll have to check it out.

  8. This sounds like a fun read. I'm excited for Danyelle. And the I Am A Reader Not a Writer book blasts sounds like a great promotion tool. Better than just an interview on her blog.

  9. Sounds awesome! Thanks for a chance to win it! The cover is too cute.

    1. I think this is going to be a favorite MG read of mine. It sounds so much like book I of my MG series, which has been on hold because of the activity with my YA novel. Can't wait to get writing MG again.

  10. Oh my goodness, how cute is that? My daughter would eat this book up!

  11. Sounds adorable. I can picture my daughter curled up with it :)

  12. This looks so good! I also wanted to turn my sister into a toad!

    All the best!


    1. Haha! I hear you there, only I had a little brother. :)

  13. It is a pleasure going through your post. I have bookmarked you to check out new stuff from your side.

  14. How fun! Just the title is irresistable!


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