*trumpet fanfare* Hello everyone, and welcome to the blog tour of Penny’s New Beginning! Anika Joy, a well-known blogger from around these parts, is publishing her first-ever novella, and I’m participating. 🙂 And I’m also going to be sharing the next round of Book Madness, so make sure to read the whole post! 😀
Before we begin,
The blog tour of Penny’s New Beginning begins today, March 21st, and ends on the 23rd. Make sure to check out all of the lovely blogs participating in the tour! (A list of tour participants will be included at the end of this post.)
For my part of the tour, I’m going to be spotlighting the book, reviewing the book, and interviewing the author.
Can they save Utopia?
Nine-year-old Penny Hearting has just moved to Nassau with her family, and is completely convinced that a mermaid rescued her from drowning, but no one believes her. So, she takes matters into her own hands and goes on a search for the mermaid that rescued her.
Ten-year-old Emmy is the princess of Utopia, an underwater city populated by mermaids. But, when her evil aunt, Cassandra, takes the city from her father, the King, her only option is to seek help from the girl who she rescued from drowning.
When these two lives collide, can they and another friend save their homes from disaster?
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Anika Joy is a daughter, sister, and child of the one true King. She loves to write books, sing in choir, and bake treats for her family. At the age of 4 she taught herself to read and wrote her first short story when she was 8. That story was later published in a kid’s magazine when she was 11, which sparked her dream of becoming a published author. She is now very happy to see that dream come true.
Anika currently lives with her two sisters, two brothers, and parents in North Dakota, and feels very blessed to be awaiting the arrival of another little sister.
To start, I want to congratulate Anika for all of her accomplishments – from starting a blog to getting her very first novella published! She’s a very young writer and is already starting strong. *claps* Fantastic work, dear!
Penny’s New Beginning is a pleasant, charming story filled with adventure. The story is short and sweet, and makes for a quick read. It’s a perfect story for children, and the mood is light and fun. It was a little young for me, but I still enjoyed it very much and it is a good read for older kids as well.
The characters were likable and realistic, although I wished I could have gotten to know some of them a bit more. The plot’s pace was very quick and went from one thing to the next to the next, which I didn’t particularly enjoy.
But other than these things, Anika’s story was fun, entertaining, and overall a wonderful read. 🙂
Where did your love for words and writing originate?
I started reading when I was four, and I loved it. I could spend just hours reading at a time, and that’s pretty much what I did. My mom always had this ginormous, old book titled “Little Women” sitting on her bookshelf. When I was 8, I decided to read it. It was 700 pages long but I finished the whole thing in a week. Ever since, Little Women has been one of my favorite books (besides KOTLC of course). I started writing shortly after (when I was 9) and have been doing so ever since.
What inspired you to write Penny’s New Beginning? Where did you get the idea?
The Little Mermaid was my favorite movie back then, so I wanted to write something about mermaids. I can’t really remember where I got the idea for the plot and characters…it was a while ago, though.
What was the most challenging process of creating this story?
Editing. I wrote this when I was 9 and had no idea of grammar and lines and spacing. Gah, it was a total mess. But, I managed to make it decent enough for beta-readers and then an editor (thanks again, Abi!)
Why did you choose to self-publish instead of the traditional way? Do you have any advice for young writers who are interested in exploring indie-publishing?
I chose self publishing because I wanted to publish it fast and without a lot of hassle. My advise is: never give up. Sometimes, I’m being lazy, and I need to finish the cover of the book before the deadline, and I just don’t want to do it, and then I end up finishing it two days before the book comes out (yes, this is a true story). But, I just need to push myself out of the “I don’t want to do this” stage and JUST DO IT. Never. Ever. Give up.
What are your hopes for your novella? Where do you hope to see Penny’s New Beginning in the future?
I don’t expect a whole bunch. I don’t really expect it to be a NYT Bestseller any time, but I hope to see one of my novels there sometime. I hope that people enjoy it and like it. That’s all a writer could ever really want.
A big thanks to Anika for having me as part of the tour! It was an honor to be able to read her story and help spread the word of her lovely novella. 🙂
Now, moving on to round 2 of Book Madness! Are you ready to see who is moving on to Round 2, and what the new matchups will be? 🙂
Let’s start with the bracket:
The matchups for this week aren’t ideal genre-wise, but I can’t really help it. 😆
VOTING WILL END on Sunday, March 26. Make sure to get your votes in before then to make ensure that your favorite books win!
Phew! That was a lot of things all in one post, non? Well, I hope you enjoyed!
Make sure to check out Anika’s blog – as well as the other blogs participating in the tour – for more on Penny’s New Beginning. And be sure to pick up a copy of your own!
And before you go, could you give your opinion of my design? I’ve been playing around with some graphic designs, and I was trying out a new color for my blog.
And lastly, make sure to get your TWPC entries in by Sunday, March 26th.
All right, you guys can go – I promise! 😀 Thanks for reading, everyone. 🙂