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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Let the Countdown Begin! ARC Giveaway~ UNDER THE BOTTLE BRIDGE

Less than a month from now, my 4th book will be released!

This is a story full of legacy, traditional arts, mysterious messages, changing friendships, and hearth milk.

It's a story about an uncle trying hard to be a parent and a child trying hard to parent herself.

It's a story about impossible searches.

Most of all, it's the story of Minna Treat, a young girl with a big heart, a somewhat smart mouth, and a secret quest.

And there's a dog in it, too.

To enter the giveaway, tell me which type of traditional artisan you would be, given the chance (or tell me one that's not on the list!): 

Blacksmith
Silversmith
Glassblower
Chandler (candlemaker)
Woodworker/Woodcarver
Weaver
Potter
Tailor/Seamstress
Cobbler
Cheesemaker
Baker

A winner will be chosen on 8/11. UPDATE: Via Random.org, the winner of the ARC is Faith Hough! Congrats, Faith! DM me on Twitter and let me know your preferred shipping address. The next giveaway will be on 8/16 over at From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors.

In the weeks leading up to Gilbreth, New York’s annual AutumnFest, twelve-year-old woodcraft legacy Minna Treat is struggling with looming deadlines, an uncle trying to hide Very Bad News, and a secret personal quest. When she discovers mysterious bottle messages under one of the village’s 300-year-old bridges, she can’t help but wonder who’s leaving them, what they mean, and, most importantly…could the messages be for her?

Along with best friend Crash and a mystery-loving newcomer full of suspicious theories, Minna is determined to discover whether the bottles are miraculously leading her toward long-lost answers she’s been looking for, or drawing her into a disaster of historic proportions.




19 comments:

  1. Good morning Jessica! In my dreams, I'd love to be a potter. I think the feel of that clay, shaping it to your liking, and just being lost in the imagination of what will I make, would feel so exhilarating! I guess there's no time like the present - I
    should take classes!

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Diane! And yes! Take a class! I'll bet there's something pretty close to Palmer Lake.

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  2. SOOOO cool! Congrats. What can I do to help? I would love to blog about it when you say go! Artisan craft? Glassblower (I've seen this done it Queechee Vermont and it's incredible) or maybe Cheesemaker (I love cows AND cheese!)

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    1. Thanks for entering! I'd go woodworker, glassblower, or cheesemaker, I think--too hard to decide!

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  3. Ohhh! This is going to be a fun read! I would love to be a weaver or a cheesemaker! YUM!

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  4. I'd want to be a seamstress or a baker. :)

    I can't wait to read this one!

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    1. You already are both, m'dear :) Thanks for entering!

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    2. Of course! I am so excited for this book to come out!

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  5. So...I've done 7 of those things non-professionally. :) And making cheese is super fun. You should do it!
    I'm so excited for any book that deals with traditional crafts, but especially this one since you wrote it. :)
    I know it's not on the list, but I'd want to be a master calligrapher...

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    1. YES! Oh, the beauty of the written word! With the increased focus on computers/texting, I fear that beautiful handwriting is becoming a lost art. I love seeing images of historical letters.

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  6. Congratulations, Jess. Your books are so cool, and now #4 is on its way. You must be over the moon.
    To answer your question, I think I would be a weaver.

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    1. Thank you so much, Elizabeth! I first became fascinated by traditional crafts when studying medieval guilds in 6th grade social studies class~ I made a Weaver's Guild diorama!

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  7. I would be a potter or a baker. Congratulations on your upcoming release! I'm very excited for you and can't wait to read about Minna!

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  8. Thrilled with your success, blacksmith is what I would probably become because I would be forced by my parents... But I would like glassblower if given a choice.

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    1. Thank you, Brian! Glassblower is definitely a cool choice!

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  9. Congratulations, Jessica. What a proud moment. I would choose glassblower to create beauty.

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    1. Thank you, Patricia! Glassblower is one that's at the top of my list (I'm partial to woodworker/woodcarver as well).

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