And because it’s Wednesday, there’s a new episode of my podcast Tales from the Other Green Door—Episode 7, “Releasing the Chien-Gardes” : Enter Etienne and Sabine.
While it’s wonderful to get good reviews from adults who have enjoyed my books, I especially like to hear from younger readers such as Piranha T. of Rapunzel Reads, a blog that features “Book Reviews By & For Kids.” (Piranha T.’s sister, Super Kitty, also writes for the blog.)
Recently, Piranha T. wrote a review of Out of Time, and her description of my book is so concise, thoughtful, and precise that I’m tempted to use snippets of what she wrote whenever I want to promote it. (Piranha T. has graciously given me permission to do so. )
Here is the beginning of Piranha T.’s review, complete with a spoiler alert:
Out of Time is the third book in Laurie Graves’s ongoing Great Library Series, preceded by Maya and the Book of Everything and Library Lost. If you haven’t read the other books, skip the description here—there will be spoilers about events in them!
The Great Library Series begins with Maya Hammond, a fifteen-year-old girl thrust into an ancient conflict between Time and Chaos. The mysterious Great Library is part of it, as are the wise Books of Everything, sent to many different worlds to help Time triumph. In the first two books in this series, Maya travels across the universe to aid the Books of Everything and Time in their quest to defeat Chaos once and for all.
If, like me, you read books written for children and teens or have young people in your life, Rapunzel Reads is definitely worth checking out. To my TBR list, I have added several books that the sisters have reviewed. Their posts are well written and to the point and have a clarity that is sometimes missing from the pieces of older writers. Also, sprinkled within their blog are interviews with authors of some of the books that have been reviewed.
Only time will tell what these two sisters will do when they are adults, but I can certainly see them going on to become authors and professional reviewers.
Write on, Piranha T. and Super Kitty!
It’s Wednesday, and that means “Hiding Luck,” Episode 2 of The Wings of Luck, is available from our podcast, Tales from the Other Green Door. In “Hiding Luck,” Jace and Thirret must decide how to protect Ginni the grenog and Tove the onnea from the sinister elf, Donad Ashglade.
Thanks to all who listened to “A Grenog Comes to the Café,” Episode 1 of the podcast. I so appreciate all the kind words and encouragement.
Getting the knack of doing a good recording for the podcast has taken—ahem—a bit of work, but I have enjoyed the challenge, and I feel as though both Clif and I are more sure of how to make a good recording. It seems that old dogs really can learn new tricks.
Anyway, hope to see you at The Other Green Door, where they have the best croissants and magical relics in town.
Today, on this warm, sunny Wednesday in March, we are releasing Episode 1 of our new podcast, Tales from The Other Green Door. The podcast is an offshoot of my novel Out of Time, and it involves two elves—Jace Willowdale and her cousin Thirret Greenwood—and their adventures in Portland, Maine. They run a café called—ta-da!—The Other Green Door, where they not only bake tasty treats but also collect magical relics.
Each Wednesday, for the next eleven weeks, we will be dropping a new episode of “The Wings of Luck,” the first tale from The Other Green Door podcast.
In episode 1, “A Grenog Comes to the Café,” an unexpected visitor turns up at The Other Green Door, setting in motion a dangerous chain of events.
Hope to see you at The Other Green Door, which has the best croissants and magical relics in town.
Here is the trailer for my new podcast, Tales from the Other Green Door, which is an offshoot of my novel Out of Time. The first episode will drop on Wednesday, March 10. Hope you will join me!
As I have noted before, one of the great pleasures of blogging is having friends all around the world and seeing places that I will probably never visit. To add to that pleasure, blogging friends who have a fondness for YA fantasy often read my novels. Occasionally they will even write a review of my books.
My blogging friend Quercus, who lives in England, recently read Out of Time, the newest book in my Great Library Series, and took the time to write a review. Here is an excerpt:
According to the Amazon details the book has 276 pages. It didn’t seem like it. Time flew,and although I spread it over two nights, it finished too soon. If there was another in the series I would definitely buy it right away. Unfortunately, there isn’t.
That’s really all you need to know. It’s less than £3 on Kindle, so what are you waiting for?
Of course, book reviews are supposed to be slightly longer than that so I’ll just add a bit of waffle. The action takes place in a magic county called Elferterre (somebody is showing their French roots again!) , which is a convincing place, and has an excellent talking cat. There are very few books that can’t be improved by the addition of a talking cat, so this is good to see.. Even a talking cat couldn’t improve Don Quixote, but I won’t go into that..
It really tickled me that Quercus caught Elferterre’s French connection. I was also very pleased to read that he would have immediately bought Book 4 if it had been available. (I’m working on it!)
Many thanks, Quercus, for giving Out of Time a close reading and then writing a review of it.
Recently, some of my blogging friends in the United States have mentioned that books they ordered from Hinterlands Press have just been delivered. As the books were mailed a month ago, it seems that Out of Time delivery has not been very timely. Sorry!
When books are ordered directly from Hinterlands Press, they are shipped within a day or two of when the order is received. The pandemic has spurred us into being completely set-up for processing orders from home. We have a scale, and we print labels directly, which include postage. Finally, our postal service picks up packages six days a week directly from our very own mailbox.
What we can’t control is what happens when the packages get to the post office. I think the postal service was extremely stressed over the holidays, and I expect they did their best, given the circumstances.
I hope now that the holidays are over, packages will arrive in a more timely fashion. In normal circumstances, books should arrive within five to seven days of when they are ordered.
Anyway, thanks for your patience and understanding.
As the title of this post suggests, today is the last day for the holiday discount on Out of Time—in the United States, 20% off and free shipping. This comes to a grand total of $12 per book, a real bahgain as we Mainers would say.
I want to thank everyone who has bought the book—sometimes more than one! Because of your support and generosity, this season has turned out far better than I expected.
Let’s face it: 2020 was not the best time to publish a new novel. In a normal year, we would go to different fairs and events, where we always sold a goodly number of books. However, 2020 was not a normal year. Covid-19 put a stop to going to fairs, and home we have stayed. (I’ve watched far too many Star Wars movies over the past week.)
But lo and behold, through my blog and social media, I sold more copies of Out of Time than I thought I would, to friends far and near.
Again many, many thanks.
I appreciate your support so very much.
Many thanks to all of you who have ordered my new YA fantasy novel Out of Time. I so appreciate it. Because of my wonderful blogging friends, my books have traveled all around the world. No small thing for an indie publisher whose budget is as big as a minute.
For blogging friends in the United States who haven’t had a chance to order the book, the wicked good deal on our website is in effect until December 19. The total cost of the book is $12, no shipping fee. (Don’t forget to use the coupon code.) Naturally, I will sign the book if you would like.
Here is the link to our website: https://hinterlandspress.com/
And don’t you think the cover is a festive color for this time of year?
Normally, I don’t post pieces on Tuesday. (My schedule is—for the most part—Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.) But last night, Shane Malcolm Billings, our town library’s former Adult Services Librarian, posted such a wonderful, thoughtful review of my new YA fantasy Out of Time that I thought I would share it.
Here are a couple of excerpts of the review taken from Shane’s blog, In His Own Words:
Laurie Graves is back with Out of Time, the third entry in her Great Library Series. More straightforward in its progression than its two predecessors, with their skillful time jumps and multiple narrative threads, Out of Time is also Graves’s most well-written book yet.
Out of Time is faster and flashier than Maya and the Book of Everything and Library Lost, but somehow deeper as well. Graves expands her cast of characters, continues to develop her lead, and experiments with ever more elements of magic and fantasy. Her writing continues to shine, and she has become even more adept at balancing the action sequences with the philosophizing, the adventure with the quiet reflection. These are special books, which will appeal to a wide range of readers. In these trying times, escapism is more welcome than ever. You will find great escape as well as much food for thought in Out of Time, the strongest entry yet in the Great Library Series.
Many, many thanks, Shane!