Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A new Roald Dahl on the block!

I'm excited to be a part of the blog tour and cool giveaway for Adam Sidwell's book, EVERTASTER, which launched in 2012 and his new book, EVERTASTER, THE BUTTERSMITH'S GOLD, which is *Brand New*. (There is a Rafflecopter to enter below and the deadline is July 2).

I read EVERTASTER last winter and it was one of my absolute favorite MG books from 2012. It's unique, funny as heck, mysterious, intriguing, quirky and yes, I liken him to Roald Dahl, he's that good. I especially loved the family dynamics and the Very Cool Mom in the book who does hair-brained things to keep her family together during a very wild ride around the world.

Pick up this book, read it alone, read it with your family, laugh out loud, and enjoy every single minute! Recommended for all ages and both boys and girls.

I also got the chance to interview Adam about his writing journey, which is below the Tour Info! 

Happy Reading, dear friends!

P.S. I got to meet Adam at a writer's conference a month ago and he was charming and lovely in person, too.


The Buttersmiths' Gold
Everyone knows the most coveted treasure of the Viking Age was blueberry muffins. Blueberry muffins so succulent that if you sniffed just a whiff, you'd want a whole bite. If you bit a bite, you'd want a batch; if you snatched a batch, you'd stop at nothing short of going to war just to claim them all.
Young Torbjorn Trofastsonn comes from the clan that makes them. He's a Viking through and
through – he's thirteen winters old, larger than most respectable rocks, and most of all, a Buttersmith. That's what he thinks anyway, until a charismatic merchant makes Torbjorn question his place among the muffin-makers. When Torbjorn lets the secret of his clan's muffin recipe slip, he calls doom and destruction down upon his peaceful village and forces his brother Storfjell and his clansmen to do the one thing they are ill-prepared to do: battle for their lives.

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About The Buttersmiths' Gold
The Buttersmiths' Gold is a spin off novella in the Evertaster series that tells the story of two Viking brothers and their adventurous past. The Evertaster series (Book #1 released June 14, 2012) is about Guster Johnsonville, who goes searching for a legendary taste rumored to be the most delicious in all of history. Along the way he meets a slew of mysterious characters, including two Viking brothers Torbjorn and Storfjell. The Buttersmiths' Gold is their story. 124 pages. By Adam Glendon Sidwell. Published by Future House Publishing.
Evertaster, Book #1:
A legendary taste. Sought after for centuries. Shrouded in secrecy.
When eleven-year-old Guster Johnsonville rejects his mother’s casserole for the umpteenth time, she takes him into the city of New Orleans to find him something to eat. There, in a dark, abandoned corner of the city they meet a dying pastry maker. In his last breath he entrusts them with a secret: an ancient recipe that makes the most delicious taste the world will ever know — a taste that will change the fate of humanity forever.
Forced to flee by a cult of murderous chefs, the Johnsonvilles embark on a perilous journey to ancient ruins, faraway jungles and forgotten caves. Along the way they discover the truth: Guster is an Evertaster — a kid so picky that nothing but the legendary taste itself will save him from starvation. With the sinister chefs hot on Guster’s heels and the chefs’ reign of terror spreading, Guster and his family must find the legendary taste before it’s too late.

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Book Trailer  
Author Adam Sidwell
In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Transformers and Tron. After spending countless hours in front of a keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is delighted at the prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few deftly placed adjectives. He’s been eating food since age 7, so feels very qualified to write this book. He once showed a famous movie star where the bathroom was. Adam currently lives in Los Angeles, where he can’t wait to fall into the sea.
Blog Tour Giveaway
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends 7/2/13
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. 

Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the participating author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Prize value $25 US.
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Adam Sidwell, In His Own Words: 

In March of 2008 I took a chance and quit my job so I could write a book. I was working as an animator on the movie Speed Racer at the time. In between that and Transformers 2 I wrote a draft for Evertaster in about 3 months. I revised it over the course of the next few months, while working, and then sent it out to 5 agents and 5 publishers, all of which gave me form rejections except for one: Alyssa Henkin at Trident Media Group. She was interested in representing me, and I was elated. I guess I wasn't crazy! Someone from New York was calling me to say so. 

We worked on the manuscript for 2 years, revising and editing, until we finally took it on submission to the big publishers. This time, Evertaster got a glowing response. The editors were saying things like: 

"I love the characters!"
"Wonderful adventure!"
"Great writing!"

We even had one big publishing house that was going to buy it and have it illustrated throughout. Then the devastating news came: that editor left the company and the whole deal fell through. So we ended up with nothing, and the other editors were too concerned that books about food don't sell. What about books about adventure? I thought. I suggested we try some smaller presses. Alyssa wisely suggested I do it myself. So I did. And it has been a very, very good choice.

The book has grown steadily, enough to justify writing another book in the series (The Buttersmiths' Gold), and now, this summer, I'm writing another one after that (the forthcoming Delicious City).

My best marketing tips I can give anyone is that you have to put yourself out there to sell your book, or no one will ever know it exists. I spent the summer setting up in Farmer's Markets, or signing in cafes, doing everything I could to meet readers and come in contact with traffic. People love meeting authors, so it's great to get out there and shake hands. I'm very happy about publishing the book myself. It has given me the control I need, as well as allowed me to make a living writing. And it's allowed me to control the product and make it what I want.

I write more about that journey here:

Thank you, Adam, and I'm wishing you the very best in a long and successful career!!!


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