Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Another Piece of the Puzzle!

Fear not the unexpected.
The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow hits bookshelves everywhere December 1st, and we've been gearing up to reveal the mysteries of the Begonia House to you!
 
We're exited to announce that Donna Lawrence is the winner of the first edition signed hardcover copy of this exciting new book.
Congratulations, Donna :)

Stop by our COVER REVEAL post to find out more about the journey of this story to publication...
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 her 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?

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Jessica Haight

Jessica: For as long as I can remember, I have always loved stories. I have a certain taste for rhyme, and I enjoy word play. After recovering from the devastation that I was probably not going to be an astronaut (terrible at math), it felt natural to want to pursue writing. I also love to draw, and my inspiration comes from illustrators like Edward Gorey and Barbara McClintock



Stephanie Robinson


Stephanie: Since I was a little girl, I have loved reading and creating stories. When I was younger, I thought I would be a teacher during the year and spend the summer writing books (yes, that is plural). I obviously didn’t understand how much time teaching and writing would actually take. Ever since Jess asked me to co-author The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow, I have been actively pursuing my dreams of being a writer.



The second piece of the puzzle is in place!
To add a little more mystery, we've put together a puzzle that will unveil a second illustration, along with a few other secrets over this upcoming year, so stay tuned!
  
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"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

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57 comments:

  1. Ooooh.
    Bookie lust temptation. Again.
    Congratulations to both of you - and roll on December.

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    1. Elephant's Child- Thanks so much for your comment! We are excited for December, but are appreciating the spring weather. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  2. This sounds like a cute and fun story. :)

    Congratulations Jessica and Stephanie!!!

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    1. Chrys- Thanks so much! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  3. This sounds like a cute and fun story. :)

    Congratulations Jessica and Stephanie!!!

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    1. Thanks, Gloria! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  5. Congratulations! I love the art work in this! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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    1. Lisa- Thanks! We love the illustrators work too! Roman is so talented. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  6. Wow! Congratulations. It has been a long journey for you. I can't wait to see your book finally go mainstream.

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    1. Heidi- It has been a long journey and you have been right there with us from the beginning. Thanks so much for your kind words. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  7. I like creepy old Victorian houses. Looking forward to visiting yours.

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    1. Beverly- Aren't creep old Victorian's cool! We hope you enjoy the Begonia House and its mysteries. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  8. Ooh I like how you are giving away one of your books! I hope the publication is going well - I know how hard you have worked for this :)

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    1. Olivia- Savannah, Publication is going well so far. So interesting to be learning about the process and finding out how it all happens. It has been hard work, but so much fun too! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  9. This sounds like so much fun. It reminds me of the books I read growing up. I would love to visit this house

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    1. Birgit- I hope you get to visit the Begonia House and share in the mystery with Fairday and friends. :) We love that it makes you think of books you read growing up. ~Jess and Stephanie

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  10. Congrats to Donna! And the illustration is looking awesome!

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    1. Meradeth- We are so excited for Donna too! Glad you like the illustration. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  11. LOVE that cover! We're so excited for this to hit the shelves in December -- congratulations!

    ~Michele & Mckenzie @ A Belle's Tales

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    1. Michele and Mckenzie- Thanks so much! We are so excited that you love the cover. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  12. congrats to Donna! And to you! The story sounds wonderful.

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    1. Lynda- Thanks for your comment! So glad the story sounds appealing to you. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  13. Woot.congrats and I love the cover. Looking forward to seeing the finished puzzle..what a fun idea.

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    1. Kimba- We are so glad you like the puzzle idea! It is fun revealing the picture a little at a time. :) Thanks for your lovely comment. ~Jess and Stephanei

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  14. I loved your story! Donna will enjoy it, I'm sure. Congrats to her. Now let's see those secrets.

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    1. Lee- Yeah! So happy you loved Fairday's story. We hope Donna enjoys it too. We really enjoyed her book, Joshua and the Lightning Road. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  15. Congratulations to Donna! And somehow I missed your original cover reveal. Love it!

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    1. SA Larsen- We are so excited for Donna! So glad you got to see the cover now. Thanks for your kind words! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  16. Congrats to Donna! I like the plot for your new book; how exciting to have it actually coming a possibility come December 1st!

    betty

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    1. Betty- It is a dream come true that our book will be out in December! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  17. Hmm, I tried the link to request an Advance Reader's Copy, but it didn't work??

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    1. Lola- So sorry to hear the link didn't work. We just tried it and it works on this end. Maybe the site was having some problems. Good luck if you try again. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  18. Congrats to Donna. I look forward to your release.

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    1. Medeia- We are excited for Donna! Glad you are looking forward to The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow and we hope you enjoy it. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  19. I love this puzzle idea. It's so much fun.

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    1. Kelly- Thanks! It is fun for us too! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  20. I can tell by the blurb that this book is going to be really fun and spunky. Mysteries are awesome.

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    1. Shell Flower- So glad you like mysteries too. We hope you will find Fairday's story spunky and fun. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  22. Just a few months away - very exciting!

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    1. The Armchair Squid- It will be here before we know it! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  23. I am so, so excited for you two... this thrilling and it sounds like a perfect book for Valentina to read, she will be 12 in a few months... I like the idea of it being a mystery, I hope she gets used to having to move so far away from her friends... it can be really tough for some children... good luck with the up coming book xox

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    1. Launna- Thanks for your sweet comment. Valentina is the perfect age for The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow. It is a fun mystery and Fairday has some new adventures in store for her in the Begonia House! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  24. I'm about halfway through and it's an awesome book. Highly recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on a copy!

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    1. Stephanie- How awesome that you are halfway through the book and that you are enjoying it. Your comment made us smile. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  25. I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before (or way too many times) but I've been debating requesting an ARC (e-copy) so I could update my review before your launch (and schedule a post on CarryUsOff to tie-in with your launch) and waiting till the ebook is out so I can place my order ... So excited for you guys!

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    1. Claudine- Thanks so much for offering to read and review and ARC and update your review. We are so excited about hearing your thoughts on the final version. We love that you are sharing in our excitement with us. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  26. Congrats in order all the way round.

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    1. Thanks, Truedessa! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  27. Oh that is so cool. Congrats on this news. I love the black and white picture that goes with this post. Fear Not The Unexpected...I really like that.

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    1. Mary- Thanks! We love the illustration of the house too! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  28. Those shoes are adorbs!

    Congrats :D

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    1. Blodeudd- Thanks! I made the shoes (or I added to the existing shoes). :) ~Jess

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  29. Congratulations! I can't wait to get my hands on this book.

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