Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Welcome to the Begonia House!

Written by Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson 
Illustrated by Roman Muradov

 The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow hits bookstores everywhere in December 2015


This month marks the countdown to the release of this exciting, new middle grade mystery, and we're creaking open the foreboding front gates to give you a sneak peek at the secrets hidden within...



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, CT, where she's absolutely certain she'll die of boredom. 


As if leaving Manhattan and her best friend Lizzy, the only other member of her elite Detective Mystery Squad, wasn't bad enough, Fairday is stuck living in the infamous Begonia House, an old Victorian with dark passageways, a gigantic creepy 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 an ancient mirror, a brass key, and a strange picture of a red-haired lady are the first in a series of clues that takes Fairday, Lizzy and their new squad member, Marcus, on an amazing adventure and reveals secrets about the Begonia House that they never imagined.



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?




Be sure to stop by Friday for a BIG reveal that will put another piece of the puzzle into place. ;)


A few reviews on the beta copy 

"I loved the opening chapters of The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow, and was immediately captivated by the characters. The writing is great and very accessible. I'm sure children and young adults will love it." Jenny Nimmo, Author of Midnight for Charlie Bone

"I absolutely love this book! The writing is terrific; the pacing is perfect; the characters are well-conceived and fleshed out; and all I want to do is keep reading!" Gina Shaw, Editorial Director, Original Book Publishing for Scholastic Book Clubs

"I LOVED this book! The characters are all complimentary and endearing. The writing keeps you in suspense and wondering what is going to happen. Just like in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter Series... it all made sense and was revealed in the end... which is what makes her books, and this book enticing. The wording and figurative language used is FANTASTIC! The well-placed, enriching words will help to develop young readers’ vocabulary. There are so many great teaching points regarding word choice, figurative language, and voice in this book. I want to be a part of the DMS... I want to solve a riddle... and I want to explore the many enchantments of the Begonia House!" Kristen Yoder, Elementary School Teacher 



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46 comments:

  1. Thanks and congratulations and good luck!! I can't wait to read it, especially after having read the excerpt you post a while back. You must be so excited.

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    1. Alex- We are so excited! It is hard to believe our book will be out in a year. Thanks so much for your kind words and support. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  2. Very cool! And how awesome to get blurbed by Jenny Nimmo! I love her Charlie Bone books. Congratulations!!

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    1. Sherrie- We love her Charlie Bones books too! We were beyond excited when she wrote a blurb for us. Thanks! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  3. How exciting, I'm delighted to hear this.

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    1. Thanks, Tracy! We appreciate your support and of course we are thrilled. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  4. Sounds like a great book! I will definitely have to check it out in a couple of days. Congratulations!

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    1. Sherry- Thanks so much for your sweet comment. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  5. Ooooh.
    More temptation put in my weak-willed way...

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    1. Elephant's Child- You have a way with words. :) Thanks! ~Jess and Stephanie

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  6. Yeah! So happy to hear that this is finally going to be out mainstream.

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    1. Heidi- Thanks so much! It is a dream come true. :) Thanks for all of your support! ~Jess and Stephanie

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  7. Congrats and this sounds quite good. As a young reader I loved mysteries.

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    1. Kimba- We loved mysteries too. Thanks for your comment! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  8. This sounds so good - I love a great middle grade mystery!

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    1. Kimberly- Thanks! Glad you like the sound of it. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  9. This sounds like a lot of fun. Who doesn't love a good mystery? I'll be looking for this.

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    1. Rosi- Thanks! We agree- we always enjoy a good mystery. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  10. Huge Congrats. This book sounds like all kinds of fun. If you are doing a cover reveal or blog tour and need a place to pit stop, please let me know.

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    1. Sandra- Thanks so much! We really appreciate your offer of doing a cover reveal. We will have some information in tomorrow's post- but you can always contact us and we can give you additional information. You are so kind to offer! Thanks SO much! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  11. Congrats!!! That Is so wonderful! And the illustration is just perfect! Can't wait to read this :)

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    1. Meradeth- Thanks! We adore Roman's illustration too! We want to get copies framed for our offices. :) Thanks for your comment! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  12. Congratulations, Jess & Stephanie!

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    1. Thanks, Claudine! You have been such a help to us and we can't thank you enough. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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    1. Patty- Thanks! We are thrilled! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  14. This looks wonderful!!! Wow… so excited for this… <3

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    1. Morgan- Thanks! Loved your comment! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  15. Yippee and yeehaw. Congratulations!! Happy, happy, happy!! Cannot wait to read it. See you Friday. xoxoxo

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    1. Robyn- Your enthusiasm is awesome and brought big smiles to our faces! Thanks so much! See you tomorrow. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  16. I love this! So creepy and delightfully mysterious! This is a perfect modernization of Nancy Drew, and I'm sure it'll be a big success! :)

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    1. Lexa- Your comment is awesome! We love a creepy mystery and Nancy Drew rocks! :) Thanks so much. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  17. Oh my goodness yay!!! I'm so happy for you girls XD

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    1. Thanks, Adriana! We appreciate your kind words. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  18. We are so excited for you! We love this story and the wonderful characters you've created. Congratulations, ladies! *hugs*

    ~Michele & Mckenzie

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    1. Michele and McKenzie- You two have been fabulous to us from the start! We loved your review and McKenzie's amazing interview with us (she asked awesome questions). Thanks so much for your support. *hugs back* :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  19. How exciting! I look forward to reading the book.

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    1. Thanks so much, Medeia! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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    1. Thanks, Cherie! We are so excited and can't believe it is really happening. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  21. Eeek! So exciting :D I love love love that picture. <3 This book sounds amazing. Congrats you guys :)

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    1. Carina- Loved your comment! So happy to hear you love the picture so much. So do we! I could look at it for hours. :) Thanks for your sweet comment. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  22. That's so awesome that your book is coming out next year! You must be so excited! I love the sounds of this mystery! And what a cool setting! Congrats! :)

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    1. Molly- We are over the moon excited that our book will be out in a year. Thanks for your kind comments. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  23. Very high praise from the author of Midnight for Charlie Bone. I'll definitely have to read The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow when it comes out next year. This must be a super exciting time for both of you (:

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    1. Adriana- Thanks! We were so excited to get such a positive comment from Jenny Nimmo. :) We are super excited for next December and we can't wait for you to read The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow! ~Stephanie and Jess

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