Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Mischief Series by Amanda M. Thrasher

Welcome to my stop on the book blog tour for The Mischief Series by Amanda M. Thrasher. This blog tour was organized by Lone Star Book Blog Tours. On my stop, I have info on the series and a fun interview with the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Starbucks gift card and books. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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SERIES TRAILER:
Watch the series trailer below or by clicking here.
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Title: Mischief in the Mushroom Patch
Series: The Mischief Series #1
Author: Amanda M. Thrasher
Publication Date: February 20th 2013
Print Length: 146 pages
Genre: Children's Fantasy Adventure
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Where do fairies get their magical fairy dust?

After leaving the mushroom patch without permission, two mischievous fairies find themselves in more trouble than they can handle. Boris, with a broken ankle and a bent wing, is unable to walk or fly, and Lilly must devise a plan to escort him safely back to the mushroom patch. As with all actions, there are consequences! Lilly and Boris have broken colony rules and wasted precious fairy dust. Sentenced to work in the dust factory, the two learn a valuable lesson about the production of fairy dust, but can they survive the foreman?

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Title: A Fairy Match in the Mushroom Patch
Series: The Mischief Series #2
Author: Amanda M. Thrasher
Publication Date: February 20th 2013
Print Length: 162 pages
Genre: Children's Fantasy Adventure
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Lilly, Boris, and Jack are back!

The three friends are together again in this newest addition to the Mischief Series. A natural disaster has taken the elders by surprise, and the scientists are unprepared. Damage to the colony is inevitable! Can the Master Engineers devise a plan to save the colony before they lose their home? The fairies' Kick-a-Berry Match has been postponed as well, and the fairies must find new ways to entertain themselves until the pitch dries up. Along the way, they make a new friend named Pearle, and though she cannot walk, she can fly with ease.
 
Valuable lessons about friendship, teamwork, and perseverance will be learned as the fairies embark on their newest adventure.

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Title: Spider Web Scramble
Series: The Mischief Series #3
Author: Amanda M. Thrasher
Publication Date: February 14th 2016
Print Length: 170 pages
Genre: Children's Fantasy Adventure
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Every third year, on the fifth full moon, the Mushroom Patch holds a magical Spider Web Scramble. Excitement buzzes through the forest as the fairies prepare to scramble the magical webs in order to complete the course. As a special treat, the elders disclose that the stars will be coming down to join in and play. A wish will be granted for the fairies who are pure of heart and manage to beat the clock, locating the star that has their name etched on it. With the no-fly rule in place, teamwork is the only way Pearle can complete the course. But little do they know that possible danger is in their midst. Will the magical spider web scramble be postponed? Will the stars grant Lilly, Boris, and Jack their wishes? Find out in this delightful magical adventure.

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Title: Stranger in the Mushroom Patch
Series: The Mischief Series #4
Author: Amanda M. Thrasher
Publication Date: February 15th 2022
Print Length: 212 pages
Genre: Children's Fantasy Adventure
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Gold Recipient of The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA)

Lilly, Boris, and Jack Are Back! Get Ready for a Human Attack!

Who knew a slimy moss bomb war between friends would lead to an adventure of a lifetime! From strategizing with the elders for their playful battle to, of all things, escaping the clutches of a human! It doesn't take long to learn the fairies shockingly have more in common with the child than they ever could have imagined. Broderick, everyone's favorite spider, provides the goodies, and Lilly supplies the fairy songs and games. Filled with twists and turns, adventure, and fun, find out if the fairies and the elders can help the stranger reunite with her family. Or will there be a human attack?!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amanda M. Thrasher was born in England, moved to Texas, and resides there still. She’s an award-winning author of Young Adult, General Fiction, Middle Grade, Early Reader Chapter, and Picture Books. Amanda is a multiple Gold Recipient of The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA), earning the award in multiple categories, including Young Adult, General Fiction, and Early Reader Chapter Books. She is also a multiple Gold Medal winner of the Readers’ Favorite International Book awards, a New Apple Literary Award, and has earned a first-place North Texas Book Festival award.

Amanda founded and is the CEO of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, an independent publishing company. She shares her writing and publishing experience with others through school visits, book signings, trade conferences, and workshops for aspiring writers of all ages.

In addition, Amanda was contracted to write a graphic novel for the Driving on the Right Side of the Road Program. The publication is part of the Driving on the Right Side of the Road (DRSR) program, developed by the Law-Related Education Department of the State Bar of Texas Law Focused Education, Inc., and the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center with funding from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas Department of Transportation. The program’s purpose is to offer a preventive educational program to encourage responsible decision-making when it comes to obeying traffic laws and following safe practices. The graphic novel titled What If … A Story of Shattered Lives was adapted into a reader’s theater for as few as five speakers or as many as twenty-six.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:
- What was your path to becoming a writer like?

Like most writers, writing has always been a part of my life, from writing poetry and short stories as a child to creative writing becoming my favorite class in school. I wrote several MS just for fun before being published and continue to write today. Words are fun, and creating stories that other people like is the most rewarding part of being an author.

Writing Mischief in the Mushroom Patch forever changed my writing course from dabbling in words to writing for a reason.

- Tell us about the inspiration behind The Mischief Series.

The inspiration behind The Mischief Series was brought about by a commitment to write a fairy story for my mom. My mom, Irene Yvonne Mulroy, loved fairies and collected all things fairy. A particular fairy statue, sent to her as a gift from her sister from England, became the inspiration for my main character Lilly. I wrote my mom Mischief in the Mushroom Patch. She became ill but made me promise to finish it. Though she never saw it in print, I was able to read her seven of the fifteen chapters and tell her what I knew the ending would be; she loved it. My mom made me promise to finish the story and continue to write. I kept that promise. I am thrilled that other people enjoy the series as much as I believe she would have.

- Tell us about the characters that can be found in each book in The Mischief Series.

The main characters of The Mischief Series are Lilly, Boris, and Jack. The supporting characters are Pearle, Rosie, Ivy, Broderick, and the Elders.

Lilly adores the color pink; everything she wears is pink. She's helpful and inquisitive, but her desire to help others often comes across as slightly bossy. Her friends do not mind this; they are amused by it, especially since Lilly appears to be unaware of how she takes charge of every situation.

Boris is one of Lilly's best friends. He's clumsy and has trouble flying due to his balance, but he has a lovely disposition and is liked by everyone.

Jack is nearly always found with Boris; he's also one of Lilly's closest friends. Jack can fly fast, is mischievous in a playful way, and wants to be an explorer when he grows up. If there is trouble to be found, Boris and Jack are typically the first two fairlings that come to mind.

Pearle is a unique character inspired by a girl, Jeni, whom I had never met. Jeni's mom purchased Mischief in the Mushroom Patch, and after reaching out to me, she said, "My daughter would have loved this book." Her daughter was no longer with her, and she went on to ask if I would create a character that had a disability because Jeni always said, "Where are the books for me."

I thought about her email for a while before I answered. When I responded to her, I asked if I could have a moment to think about her request. I wanted to be sure to honor and respect my mom, who I had written the book for, and to respect her daughter, whom I never knew. After a while, I sent her a sample chapter introducing beautiful little Pearle. Beverly, Jeni's mom, loved it, and from that chapter on, Pearle was introduced as part of The Mischief Series.

Pearle cannot walk, but she can fly with ease. She is loved by all and never feels sorry for herself. She can often be found giving the other fairies a ride on her chair, which the Elders refer to as her chariot, and playing a game called 'Spin a fairling green.'

Rosie and Ivy are friends.

Broderick is a spider that knits fabulous matching hats, scarves, and mittens for Lilly and the others. He loves to bake and watches over the fairlings when they play in his webs.

Elders: Mademoiselle Francesca, Madame Louise, Monsieur Pierre, and Monsieur Claude are the principal elders that supervise and teach the fairlings.

- Does Stranger in the Mushroom Patch, your fourth book in the series, need to be read as part of The Mischief Series or as a stand-alone book?

Stranger in the Mushroom Patch and the other Mischief books were written to be enjoyed as stand-alone books and part of a series. Though Mischief in the Mushroom Patch is the first installment of the series, if books 2, 3, or 4 were read first, the reader could easily follow along and enjoy each book, fully understanding what was going on in each storyline.

- What kind of response from readers have you received?

I've been thrilled with the response that I've received. People that read the books to their kids, classroom, or kids that have read the books themselves love the adventures of Lilly, Boris, and Jack. I've had some lovely emails and interactions with readers that assure me the characters and adventures are a pleasant change from many books we see today for young readers. The Mischief Series was purposely written to be timeless, whimsical, and a lovely fantasy adventure with likable characters everyone can enjoy. I've been told that the gentle life lessons entwined throughout the pages are a lovely touch. I think the beauty of this series is the innocence of the characters, theme, and storyline. I hope my readers continue to love Lilly, Boris, and Jack.
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GIVEAWAY:
Win a $50 Starbucks gift card, signed copies of the books in the Mischief Series, and a copy of Captain Fin by Amanda M. Thrasher. (US only)
(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prizes. The author, Amanda M. Thrasher, assumes all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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3 comments:

  1. Such a cute series! Seems perfect for read-alongs with parents & kids. Thanks for sharing i

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  2. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  3. What an awesome book trailer! This is such a fun series! Thanks for sharing!

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