The Music Boxes Tour and Giveaway! ***with Guest Post***
by Tonja Drecker
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
“I only desire your talent...”
Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay's biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a teacher who’s a burly bear in tights.
When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who offers her classes for free, Lindsey can't believe her luck. In exchange, she must perform in the school’s exclusive midnight shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something’s not right...
One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame Destinée’s growing collection. If Lindsey doesn’t discover the truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.
**Music Boxes was recommended by The Barnes & Noble Kids Blog as one of the 5 Spooky New Middle Grade Books for Campfire Chills!!**
**Now available in audiobook!!**
A Small Record Player
I’m going to end up divulging my age here and, hopefully, not lose too many of you in the process. When I was little, my brothers, sisters and I had a little record player. It was built into a wooden box (I can’t remember what the pictures depicted on the outside), which flipped open like a suitcase. We’d huddle around it, sitting cross-legged on the carpet. I, being the oldest, had the honor of placing the record carefully on the player—how scared I was that I might slip and scratch it! And we’d listen to all sorts of fairy tales. Mostly Disney if I remember right. The journey into the tales was always magic. My one brother always teared up at the ending of The Fox and the Hound. And we’d always tease him about it (as perfect siblings do).
Zooming forward many years (and I’m not saying how many), I’m now excitedly awaiting the release of my own book, Music Boxes, in audio format. I’m going to divulge another secret... I haven’t listened to an audio book since those long past years. As an avid reader, I always have more than enough books around me in written form (and if you follow this tour, you might learn a second reason). So, hearing the narrator, Nance Weber, as she brought Music Boxes and its characters to life was quite the moment for me. When I hear her voice light up the dance studio, pounce down the hall with the cute dog Broussard, or entice dancers as the elegant Madame Destinee, I remember sitting on that rust colored rug, squished between my brothers and sisters, and being lost in another adventure and world.
After finishing her BA in International Studies at the University of Denver, Tonja Drecker spent many years in Europe devouring chocolate, cheese and wine while investigating the birth places of myths, legends and mysterious tales.
Currently residing somewhere in the back woods of the Ozarks, she writes away while tending to chickens, cows and her family of six. Her stories have been published in several collections and magazines including In the Shadow of the Eagle's Eye in REAL GIRLS DON'T RUST (Spencer Hill Press, 2013), A GLOWWORM (Black and White Publishing Company, 2017) and Meringue, Murder and Marzipan in FULL DARK (Obsidian Books, 2017) . She's an avid book reader, professional children's book reviewer, outdoor addict and always in search of a new adventure (based in reality, the imagination, or otherwise).
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