Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Water and the Wild Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway!

Today I'm so excited to feature this awesome book by K.E. Ormsbee, The Water and the Wild!  K.E. (aka Kathryn) is going to give us an insider introduction to her main character, Lottie. :) I'll also be giving one lucky reader a chance to win an autographed copy! Here we go!

A green apple tree grows in the heart of Thirsby Square, and tangled up in its magical roots is the story of Lottie Fiske. For as long as Lottie can remember, the only people who seem to care about her are her best friend, Eliot, and the mysterious letter writer who sends her birthday gifts. But now strange things are happening on the island Lottie calls home, and Eliot's getting sicker, with a disease the doctors have given up trying to cure. Lottie is helpless, useless, powerless—until a door opens in the apple tree. Follow Lottie down through the roots to another world in pursuit of the impossible: a cure for the incurable, a use for the useless, and protection against the pain of loss.

Meet Lottie Fiske!
Kathryn: Hello! I’m tickled pink to be dropping by Stories & Sweeties. Thank you for hosting me!

Today, I’m pleased to introduce you to Lottie Fiske, the twelve-year-old heroine of The Water and the Wild who journeys to the magical world of Albion Isle on a quest to save her best friend’s life. That’s what the jacket flap of the book will tell you, but who is Lottie Fiske, really? Let me better acquaint you with these ten fun facts:

Fun Fact # 1
Lottie’s favorite item of clothing is her periwinkle tweed coat. She wears it even on warm days. Why periwinkle? Because a) periwinkle is a fabulous word and b) it’s my own favorite color.

Fun Fact #2
Lottie’s birthday is March 17, which technically makes her twelve and a half when her story begins on a rainy September day.

Fun Fact #3
Lottie’s full name is Charlotte Grace Fiske. The name Charlotte is a tribute to one of my favorite children’s books, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.

Fun Fact #4
Lottie lives on Kemble Isle, a fictional island off the coast of New England that experiences harsh winters and vibrant autumns. More specifically, she lives in a town called New Kemble, on a street called Thirsby Square, in a boardinghouse run by her stuffy guardian, Mrs. Yates. New Kemble is modeled after the city of York, England.

Fun Fact #5
Lottie’s favorite meal is an omelet stuffed with extra sharp cheddar cheese, onions, tomatoes, and green peppers. Ever year, the boardinghouse cook whips up one of these omelets for Lottie’s birthday breakfast. Lottie’s favorite treat is sweet-so-sours, a candy she and her best friend Eliot often exchange.

Fun Fact #6
Lottie’s favorite song is “Gymnopédie No. 1” by composer Erik Satie. When she was younger, Lottie heard the piece performed by a visiting orchestra in New Kemble’s town hall, and she was mesmerized. She still keeps the program from that night’s performance tacked on her bedroom corkboard.

Fun Fact #7
Lottie has a very high tolerance for pain. She rarely cries or complains when she injures herself.

Fun Fact #8
Lottie has never owned a pet, though she’s always wanted a dog. Little does she know she’s about to make the acquaintance of some magical animals who go far beyond the definition of “pet.”

Fun Fact #9
Lottie’s best friend is Eliot Walsch, a boy who loves to paint and lives atop a calligraphy shop called The Barmy Badger. Her worst enemy is Penelope Bloomfield, a girl from school who owns a parakeet and says very nasty things in a deceptively sweet way. 

Fun Fact #10
Lottie is an excellent cyclist. She was through with training wheels at age five and travels nearly everywhere in New Kemble by bicycle. She harbors the secret dream of one day owning a motorcycle.


There you have it! Ten fun facts about Lottie Fiske. And should you join Lottie on her journey in The Water and the Wild, I hope these facts make the read extra enjoyable!

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I was born and raised in the Bluegrass State. Then I went off and lived in places across the pond, like England and Spain, where I pretended I was a French ingénue. Just kidding! That only happened once. I also lived in some hotter nooks of the USA, like Birmingham, AL and Austin, TX. Now I'm back in Lexington, KY, where there is a Proper Autumn.

In my wild, early years, I taught English as a Foreign Language, interned with a film society, and did a lot of irresponsible road tripping. My crowning achievement is that the back of my head was in an iPhone commercial, and people actually paid me money for it.

Nowadays, I teach piano lessons, play in a band you've never heard of, and run races that I never win. I likes clothes from the 60s, music from the 70s, and movies from the 80s. I still satiate my bone-deep wanderlust whenever I can.

Last but not least, the lovely folks at Chronicle are letting me give away one signed copy of The Water and the Wild!
Enter below; contest closes May 9, 2015

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  1. Gorgeous post Becky :D I have not heard of this book before now, but ohh, it looks pretty awesome :D The cover is oh so gorgeous. <3 Love the guest post :) And ack. Awesome giveaway. But I am curious.. is it open to Norway too? :D (Probably not, but doesn't hurt to check, lol. <3) Anyway. Amazing tour post sweetie :) Thank you for sharing. <3

  2. idk but this looks like a really unique story :D

  3. Love the fact that she's a cyclist! Wish that i could travel around the city with only two wheels like her!