Friday, December 4, 2015

Celebrate: The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow & Giveaways

This week I'm celebrating:
1) I'm getting caught up on laundry, cleaning, and cooking -- and hubby is helping.  Yay!
2) Congrats to Jessica and Stephanie on their new release THE SECRET FILES OF FAIRDAY MORROW -- Woohoo!!

Title: The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow
Authors: Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson
Illustrator: Roman Muradov
MG novel, published by Delacorte Press/Random House Kids Books

Eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow is less than thrilled that her family is moving thousands of miles from civilization to the quiet country town of Ashpot, Connecticut, where she’s absolutely certain she’ll die of boredom.

As if leaving Manhattan and her best friend, Lizzy, the only other member of the elite Detective Mystery Squad, weren’t bad enough, Fairday is stuck living in the infamous Begonia House, a creepy old Victorian with dark passageways, a gigantic dead willow tree, and a mysterious past. 

Before she can even unpack, strange music coming from behind a padlocked door leads Fairday up a spiral staircase and into a secret room, where she finds an ancient mirror, a brass key, and a curious portrait of a red-haired lady. These seemingly unrelated items prove to be the first in a series of clues that takes Fairday, the visiting Lizzy, and their new squad member, Marcus, on an amazing adventure.

Can the members of the Detective Mystery Squad piece together the puzzle before it’s too late? Or will whatever’s causing trouble find Fairday and her friends first? 

Catch the Book Buzz...

"I really enjoyed this book. It was a marvelously done, debut, thriller novel. Ms. Robinson and Ms. Haight are great authors that really pull you into their story. I couldn’t get out until that final sentence. And, by then I wanted more. To say I want a second book is an understatement. The writing style is compelling, and makes me feel as if I was there with Fairday and her friends. I really like the illustrations in the book. They are like the ribbon on a present, or the icing on the cake. I give this book five out of five bookworms!"~ Erik Weibel/ This Kid Reviews Books 
"Mixing realism and fantasy, Haight and Robinson’s debut opens with 11-year-old Fairday’s move from Manhattan to a small town in Connecticut, where her relentlessly cheerful parents plan to turn a dilapidated Victorian into a bed and breakfast. No sooner has the family arrived than eerie sights and sounds begin to haunt Fairday. The house turns out to hold dark secrets that everybody in town suspects but nobody can explain: a perfect mission for Fairday and her best friend Lizzy’s Detective Mystery Squad (DMS)."~ Publishers Weekly 

"Fifth-grader Fairday Morrow's new home lives up to its spooky reputation, but she and her companions in the Detective Mystery Squad find out why. At Begonia House, strains of bagpipe music issue from behind a padlocked door, grains of sand in an hourglass have stopped falling, and a malevolent weeping willow looms in the backyard. A magic mirror shows an invisible door; a wardrobe hides secrets and a portal. Ruby Begonia vanished more than 50 years ago. Is there also a ghost? Fairday has a new, helpful friend in classmate Marcus, and her best friend Lizzy can visit on weekends to help solve the mystery. What more could readers want?" ~ Kirkus Reviews


Jessica Haight is a true New Englander, with a deep desire to be near the ocean and a love of the four seasons. She enjoys drawing while standing up and cultivating magic in her garden. She easily floats away in the pages of a good story and is still waiting for her owl from Hogwarts.

Stephanie Robinson lives with her husband in a quiet town, though not as quaint as Ashpot. After teaching fifth grade for almost fifteen years, she is now enjoying her role as a school media specialist. 

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My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

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Foxy's Friday Freebies!

Foxy has been nosing around the net
When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Friday Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors

Here are Foxy's suggestions for Dec 4, 2015:

Free Dark Fantasy eBook – Download completely FREE Drayton by Tony Bertauski, about an immortal who tries to help people while hiding his true, dangerous nature. Get the novella free on Kobo or get it and 4 more books free by signing up for Tony Bertauski’s Newsletter. I loved the novella and gave it 5-stars on Amazon!

Free $15 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of 3 ebook series The Gray Haired Knitting Detectives Series by D.E. Haggerty, about a knitting club of Jessica Fletcher wannabes who solve crimes and matchmake while they’re doing it, the author is giving away a $15 Aazon card via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. Hurry—only 2 days left! (ends Dec 6)

Free SciFi YA eBook and $25 Amazon Gift Card - Win Crimson Earth by Anna Soliveres, about a part-cyborg girl who finds herself desired as a weapon by both sides of a war, and a $25 Amazon card. Enter via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Dec 9)

Free 2 Romance Novels and Amazon $20, $10, & $5 Gift Cards – Win a paperback of The Girl’s Got Secrets by Linda Kage, about a girl drummer who gets into a “guys only” rock band by pretending to be a guy and then falls for the lead singer, plus winner’s choice of a paperback by Ada Frost, plus a $20, a $10, and two $5 Amazon cards. Enter via rafflecopter on the Mythical Books blog. (ends Dec 13)

For Foxy's other Freebies, go to the Freebie page.

If anyone has a FREE short story (for download or online at a free ezine), novella, novel, special giveaway, or author service, please let Foxy know so she can plug you here!  Write to: laura.6eg(at)


JeffO said...

Congrats to Stephanie and Jessica! Have a great weekend, Lexa--make sure to leave yourself time for something fun with all that work you're doing!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Big congratulations to Jess and Stephanie!

Jackie said...

Yay for getting caught up on household things! It's a great feeling!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Congratulations to Stephanie and Jessica. Wow does The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow ever look like a great read! I want that book for sure. And the illustrations in that trailer are wonderfully spooky.

Congratulations on getting caught up with all the household stuff. (I am so pathetically behind!!!)

Have a great week-end.

Julie Flanders said...

Congratulations to Jessica and Stephanie!! How exciting. And congrats to you for getting caught up on household work. That is my exciting plan for the weekend.

Have a great weekend, Lexa!

Julia Thorley said...

It must be the week for catching up on chores, because that's what I've been doing, too. 'Fairday' looks like great fun.

Kate Larkindale said...

Chores are on the horizon for me too.... Must be that pre-holiday conscience or something. Congratulations to Jessica and Stephanie on their book release!

Stephen Hayes said...

The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow sounds like a compelling take for young folks and old folks alike.

TheCyborgMom said...

I love when I get help with the housework! My hubs made chili the other good!

Suzanne Furness said...

Glad to hear hubs is helping with the chores!
Congrats to Jessica and Stephanie on their new book.

DMS said...

Lexa- Thank you so much for hosting us on your blog. We really appreciate your support! Hope your weekend is wonderful. :)
~Jess and Stephanie

DMS said...

Jeff O.- Thanks so much! :)

Alex- Thanks! :)

Elizabeth- Yeah! Awesome that you like the trailer and that our book sounds good to you. :)

Julie- Thanks! We are definitely very excited. :)

Julia- So glad Fairday's story looks fun to you. :)

Kate- Thanks for the good wishes. :)

Stephen Hayes- We are so happy that The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow sounds like a good read to you. :)

Suzanne- Thanks! :)

So fun visiting with all of you! Thanks for your comments.

~Jess and Stephanie

T. Drecker said...

No ghosts here... which is too bad because maybe I could convince them to help out with the household. Enjoy the extra help, Lexa!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

It's so much fun seeing this book all over the blogosphere. Congratulations, Jess and Stephanie.
Congratulations to you, Lexa, for catching up on laundry, cooking, and cleaning. You make me feel lazy.

klahanie said...

Hey Lexa,

Your anxious wait for my eagerly anticipated comment is over! Yay! :)

So very good of you, Lexa, to feature the good news about the release of Jessica and Stephanie. Um, start again, as in the release of their book and nothing to do with a pardon from the Governor!

Thanks for all the other links, Lexa.

A good weekend to you, my friend.

Gary :)

messymimi said...

Hooray for husband help, and thanks for reviewing what sounds like a really great mystery!

Anonymous said...

Getting caught up on the household chores is quite an accomplishment. I'm always behind on at least one of them. Congrats to Jessica and Stephanie! It sounds like an intriguing mystery. Have a great weekend!

L.G. Keltner said...

Jessica and Stephanie's new book looks great!

I love getting help with the housework, but it's a rarity. My boys like to help with the dishes on occasion, though.

Have a great weekend!

Michelle Wallace said...

Congrats on the laundry, cleaning, and cooking progress... accomplished with hubby's help! It must be a huge relief.
Nothing beats team work!
Congrats to Jessica and Stephanie.

DMS said...

T. Drecker- If you get any ghosts to help with the housework be sure to let us know. :)

Beverly- We are so happy you are seeing The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow all over the blogosphere. Yeah! :)

Klahanie- Awesome to see you on Lexa's blog! Isn't she awesome! Your comment made us smile. :)

Messymimi- Glad you like the sound of our mystery book! :)

Lorilmaclaughlin- Thanks for your good wishes. :)

L.G. Keller Thanks! We are happy that The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow looks good to you! :)

Michelle- Thanks so much!

We loved hearing from everyone. Thanks!
~Stephanie and Jess

Cathy Keaton said...

Congrats to you, Lexa, for catching up on laundry and cleaning! I know how that feels, and it really is such a relief.

This book sounds super interesting! I think I'll go check it out. That mystery is just too good to leave alone.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Do you and your hubby want to come catch my housework up? ;)

Congrats to the ladies on the book. It sounds awesome!

I hope you have a great weekend, Lex!

DMS said...

Cathy- Yeah! We are so glad our book sounds interesting to you. If you get to check it out- we hope you love it. :)

Kim- Thanks so much! :)
~Jess and Stephanie

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

A huge congratulations to Jess and Stephanie. Your book cover looks awesome and the story sounds wonderful. Here's hoping I win a copy for my grandchildren.

Lynda R Young said...

Congrats to Jessica and Stephanie

Kelley said...

Kudos on getting caught up on the domestics. After being sick for 2+ weeks, I can't imagine it!

Catherine Stine said...

Congrats to Jessica & Stephanie. And yay to the hubby helping you clean. My husband ran the roomba this morning (the robot vac). It kind of freaks me out because it creeps up behind me. Hey, there's surely a horror story in that somewhere.

Natalie Aguirre said...

So excited for Jess and Stephanie! And yay for getting housework caught up especially with your husband's help.

cleemckenzie said...

More kudos for these two! And a great end of year to you.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats on the book Jessica and Stephanie. Thanks for the freebies Lexa.

Anonymous said...

It's a great feeling getting caught up. I'm seeing Jessica and Stephanie everywhere. :)

DMS said...

Joylene- Good luck winning a copy for your grandchildren! We loved hearing your comments about the cover. We think Roman did an amazing job with the
illustrations! :)

Catherine- Thanks a bunch. :)

Natalie- We appreciate your support! :)

Lee- Thanks! :)

Sheena-kay- Thanks so much! :)

Medeia- We are so happy to be visiting so many fabulous blogs this month. We have loved seeing you around the blogosphere! :)
~Jess and Stephanie

Rhonda Albom said...

Congratulations Jessica and Stephanie!
The book looks like something my children would have loved.

Misha Gericke said...

Congrats Jessica and Stephanie! Kick-ass trailer, ladies. :-)

Crystal Collier said...

These ladies are making the rounds. Way to go, ladies!

Loni Townsend said...

Yay for getting caught up on everything.

Grats to Jessica and Stephanie!

DMS said...

Rhonda- Thanks so much! :)

Misha- We are thrilled that you love the trailer! :)

Crystal- Awesome to see you at so many of our stops. :)

Loni- Thanks a bunch!
~Jess and Stephanie

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