THE DEAD HOUSE MIRROR TOUR – Kaitlyn’s Favorite School Subjects
Aug 19th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer


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Diary of Kaitlyn Johnson,

Date Unspecified

I wanted to go to school when Carly did. She would moan endlessly about it over the years, and sometimes . . . sometimes I hated her for it. I learned to read because mum was happy to teach me after work. Dad would lend a hand now and then too, but I didn’t enjoy those nights very much.

I was unhappy, and Carly could sense it, even though I never said anything. One day she left a copy of The Outsiders on my dresser. Her post-it read: Have to read this for school. Thought it would be boring but was actually kind of cool. Thought you’d like to see.

I read it in hours. I loved it. I wanted more.

I broke the rule about not invading each other’s space, and I rifled through he school bag. Found a stream of English homework that she hadn’t done, next to notebooks upon notebooks of science homework that she’d done, and then some.

I think that was the first night of the new routine. It helped her, and it helped me. She would bring me the books she was reading for English; I would have a night filled with more than just boring infomercials and home movies, and she would have her essays ready to go the next day.

English literature saved me from myself. I will always remember that. Every book was a new secret, a new adventure, a new tale.

Literature, language—words.

They are the study of life.

Check out the UK portion of this tour for today:  Delightful Book Reviews


Novel Secrets Blog Tour: ALL WE HAVE IS NOW – Lisa Schroeder reveals something special & giveaway!
Aug 17th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer




by Lisa Schroeder

Published: July 28, 2015

Publisher: Scholastic

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In the NOVEL SECRETS Blog Tour, readers will discover some fascinating behind-the-scenes information connected to brand-new YA novels! I’m thrilled that author Lisa Schroeder is sharing some information that none of us would EVER have known just from reading her latest book, ALL WE HAVE IS NOW. I’m always fascinated by how authors infuse parts of themselves in their books. Lisa is no exception. Read her “I Wish Everyone Could Visit the Enchanted Forest,” to find out why she included this special place in her book.

NOVEL SECRETS BLOG TOUR – check out the following posts:

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–  Giveaway ends August 22nd.

I Wish Everyone Could Visit the Enchanted Forest

by Lisa Schroeder

In my new novel, ALL WE HAVE IS NOW, Vince and Emerson go around helping people do fun things as they make wishes Enchanted forest 2come true before a meteor is due to destroy North America in a little over twenty-four hours. One of the places they end up going is a place called the Enchanted Forest in Salem, Oregon. What some people may not realize is that this is a very real, and very special, place, dreamt up and built by a man named Roger Tofte. In 1964, he purchased twenty acres of land and for the next seven years, he spent all of his spare time building a small amusement park smack-dab in the middle of a forest (thus the name).

Enchanted forest

Lisa Schroeder at THE MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY display!

The fact that it feels a teensy-bit “homemade” adds to the charm of the place. I’m lucky in that I’ve been visiting the Enchanted Forest since I was a little girl. Much of it is based on children’s stories and fairy tales, so you can see why I love it so much. Over the years, they’ve added various rides in an effort to continue to attract visitors, but the trail that takes you down Storybook Lane at the beginning of the park has hardly changed in forty years. Here, visitors get to say hello to Humpty Dumpty, wave at Little Red Riding Hood, and take a trip down Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole, among other things. It’s so fun to write about cool places most of the world doesn’t know about – definitely feels like letting people in on a well-kept secret.


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