Sunday, June 30, 2013

Greta Burroughs 99¢ Blog Tour


Today I have the delightful Greta Burroughs on my blog. Her books are written with heart and are full of love. I have read a few of her books thus far but I have yet to have the pleasure of really talking to her and learning about her life! I can’t wait so I am going to just dive right in!!!!

Hi Greta love! If you could change one thing about our world, what would it be and why?

I would change people’s attitudes. So many folks just don’t care about how their actions affect others, our environment or events. They are negative influences that can easily be changed if people stopped to think about what they are doing. One smile, one good deed or one compliment can have a ripple effect and make a big difference.

That is a lofty goal. I so agree with you! You seem like the kind of person who lives up to those expectations too! 

Okay, if you knew the exact date of your death down to the minute, what would you change about your life starting tomorrow?

I have always tried to be a positive person but I would make a concentrated effort to do better. All the things I usually put off until tomorrow would be accomplished today, if possible. I would spend more time with our kids (two-legged and four-legged) and try to give them my undivided attention and give more hugs to them and my husband. When I depart this Earth, I want people to be glad they knew me and have plenty of good times to remember.

I have the feeling you have already accomplished those goals Greta and I am certain your friends and family (two-legged and four-legged) receive plenty of love from you. :-)


If you could go back in time to when you were seven years old, what wisdom or advice would you pass on to yourself?

I was a fat kid and a bit obnoxious. I would tell myself one piece of Grandma’s cake was enough and I didn’t need to eat three pieces before leaving the table. As for being obnoxious, what could I tell myself that my mother didn’t say to me? For one thing, I’d be meaner than she was and give myself a kick every time I started getting on people’s nerves. 

I have a feeling you are being a bit hard on yourself here. Aren’t most kids somewhat obnoxious at some point? Oh, what do I know????

For what are you grateful?

I have so many things to be grateful for. I had the best parents in the world, even though I never realized it until later on in life. My husband is my best friend and a wonderful gift that keeps on giving. Through him, I have a wonderful step-daughter and her family. We don’t have a fancy house or lots of material things but I have everything I need. We have been blessed with a good life and I am happy. What more could I want?

It is so good that you are able to appreciate that! How lovely!

Who is your favorite character from your book and why? 

Alyson from the Wee People books. She’s a little like me - a goofball that means well but not always successful. Plus, she was named for my mother.

That is really nice.

Tell us please about one of your books. 
Genre

MG/YA fantasy

One Sentence Synopsis

Two boys fall into a strange new world and discover they can accomplish the impossible with a little help from their friends.

Love that Greta!!!! I adore the inspiration that you share in your stories!

Description

Gerald and his best friend, Vernon discover a mysterious spot in the woods where Gerald visualizes a miniature village complete with wee inhabitants. He enjoys going back to that spot and watching the day to day activities until trouble starts in the village and he tries to convince Vernon that the "visions" are real and the wee people need help. 
While trying to prove that the whole thing is just Gerald's wild imagination, the boys literally fall into the new world and get caught up in a war. The boys come up with ways to keep the invading force from entering the village but another solution has to be found in order to put an end to the conflict. 
Along with a few companions from the village, Gerald and Vernon embark on a quest to face down the deranged forest god who instigated the mayhem. The dangerous path is laid out by an ancient prophecy, but not everything goes as planned.

Excerpt 

Why they had to hurry, Gerald did not know but something in the back of his mind kept telling him that time was running out. It took a few minutes, but all the boys were finally awake, a little groggy but ready to move.
The problem was that everything seemed to be happening in slow motion. The heat was almost unbearable. It was a major effort to put one foot in front of the other. Gerald reminded the rest of his team that it was Miach’s way of keeping them from reaching their destination. But this time the illusion did not stop when he mentioned the forest god being up to his old tricks.
This time it was no illusion. The walls burned their hands, the hot air burned their throats. The floor was sticky with some kind of hot substance that burned their feet through their shoes. They began to hear a distant sound like the laughter they had heard earlier.
Cian fell to his knees and cried out in pain as the scalding liquid burned his skin. “I can’t go on, just leave me here to die,” he screamed.
Tomas reached out to his brother and tried to help him up. It was no use; he was too weak and exhausted. In a very weak voice he said, “You all go on. I’ll stay with Cian. I can’t go another step anyway.”
No one else said a word, the other two boys were too tired to talk, too tired to walk, too tired to care.
This was not supposed to be happening. Gerald did not remember this from his nightmares. Something was wrong. He yelled to whoever was listening, “Did we take a wrong turn or something? Stop it Miach, stop it. You want me, leave my friends alone.”
That just made matters worse. The scampering, unseen creatures came out of nowhere. They did not just run past this time but stayed and started pinching and biting the legs and arms of Gerald’s companions. For some strange reason though, the creatures did not bother him.
All four of his companions were down, rolling around on the ground trying to fight off the shadowy figures. The screams intensified from his friends as the burning liquid covered their bodies and the creatures’ biting turned to gnawing. Gerald could hear pieces of flesh being torn away as the other boys were being eaten alive. The laughter was all around them now bouncing off the walls and echoing through Gerald’s head.
“Stop it, stop it now. Please, I’ll do anything you want, Miach, just stop the noise, and stop torturing my friends.”
Total silence fell. All the gnawing, screaming and laughter were gone. Gerald did not know if the total lack of sound was worse than all the noise. He noticed a light shining above him. He looked around and realized he was all alone.
A voice spoke inside his mind and said, “Anything I want, huh,” followed by a soft, haunting chuckle.

My Review:

This is a story about bravery and putting others before yourself among many other things. This book was filled with positive messages and was told in an entertaining creative way. I really enjoyed this adventurous journey and was rooting for Gerald and Vernon to save the day. The writing seemed effortless and the narrative was easy to follow. Even though this book is mainly for young boys I enjoyed reading as the mysterious adventure unfolded. There was a sophistication to this saga that made me have to really think and pay attention so I wouldn't miss a thing.


"Vernon could not concentrate on his schoolwork. All he could think about was the stupid promise he had made the night before. Why did he agree to accompany his friend into those woods at night? He started to think he was as insane as Gerald. There was no way to back out now. He had to keep his promise, but he was not going to go unprepared."

Thank you so much for sharing with us today Greta. I am loving getting to know you. Please keep writing!!! You have so much to give!!!

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Author’s Bio

Greta Burroughs loves to read. No matter where she is, there is always a book close at hand. Her love of reading began at an early age and blossomed over time to include many different genres, her favorite now being fantasy.
As a preschool and elementary school teacher, Greta tried to instill the joy of reading in the children she worked with. Books were an important part of her classroom and story time was the highlight of the day.
It has been a while since Greta was in a classroom but she had lots of experience in reading to children of various ages and remembers what they enjoyed listening to. She tries to incorporate that knowledge into her work as an author and believes it makes her a better writer of children's and young adult books.
She now resides in SC with her husband, Robert and three dogs. Greta has six books published at the present time; three children’s books in the Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat series, two MG/YA fantasy entitled Gerald and the Wee People and House on Bo-Kay Lane, and a nonfiction account of her experiences with an autoimmune blood disorder called ITP - Heartaches and Miracles.



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