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)
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