Blog Tour Stop: The Beginner’s Guide to Winning an Election by Michael R. French

I don’t really read anything to do with politics, but this book was quiet interesting. A high school student who is accused of hacking an election against a boy who is running (which she was on his team), decides to fight back by running against him.

Synopsis

In 2025, the “youthification” of democracy has inspired younger candidates to challenge the ineffective and hypocritical gray-hairs in Congress. Running for student body president at an Indiana high school, political novice Brit Kitridge takes on incumbent Matthew Boltanski, who, with help from a mystery backer, already has his eyes on Washington. Brit gains courage and insights from a wise history teacher on how to win, but ultimately finds a maze of deceit and corruption in her school. Is exposing the truth enough to win the election?

I love any book with a girl who is a bad***, who has no fear, and will stand up for what they believe in. This book definitely showed this with Brit. She was kicked out of a running team because she was accused of hacking, runs against the popular boy in school for revenge, and finds deep, dark secrets of both the boy and his friend.

But, the more I read it, the more I started seeing today’s problem. I don’t really like anything politics, so I kept it in my mind that this is a book for the young adult, and to inspire girls to be strong, and to stand up for what they believe in, and no one can tell them they cannot do it.

I give the book five stars. Because I was a teenager (long ago), and I am raising my little to be a strong and independent woman. This is definitely the book for the girls who strive to be the best.

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Blog Tour Stop: Interview with Fiona Ingram

I had the pleasure of doing an interview with Fiona Ingram for the book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper for the blog tour. Hope you enjoy it.

Coffee with Lacey: Why don’t we start by letting the readers know a little bit about you.

Fiona: I was born and raised in South Africa. I started off as a storyteller aged ten, entertaining my younger brothers and their friends with tales of brave kids embarking upon adventures, usually populated with monsters, vampires and other interesting creatures. Then I graduated to writing plays which my (4) brothers and I would act out for my long-suffering and very patient parents. Then I wrote comical poetry for the family, and finally after being an actress and drama coach for a while (after university and overseas training), I drifted into writing and publishing, somewhere I am happiest! I’ve travelled a lot and lived all over the world, so I enjoy that adventures aspect of life. I love books, reading, music, theater, dance, anything cultural, and I also teach novel writing for an online college. I love animals and have two dogs and one cat. I love tea and my favourite dessert is Creme Brûlée. I judge restaurants on the quality of their puddings . . .

CwL: What made you decide to write a book that can be compared to Indiana Jones for kids?

F: The story has almost become a legend now, but I went to Egypt with my mom, my two nephews then aged 10 and 12, and once we’d come back, I decided to write a short story with them as the heroes. I thought it would be a lovely short story for them to remember the trip. Things go out of hand, as they usually do when a story decided to write itself, and a book series and many awards later . . . Here we are with Book 3: The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper!

CwL: I admit, I just heard of this book, and the others are in my TBR pile lol. Can you tell the readers what your other books are about?

F: The first book (The Secret of the Sacred Scarab) was the result of the trip to Egypt. That was the start of the quest, and Egypt is an excellent place to start any adventure because it is so full of history, mythology, ancient artifacts, and it just yells adventure! The next book, The Search of the Stone of Excalibur, takes the young heroes to England and Scotland and the quest continues as the kids search for seven ancient mystical stones of power.

CwL: There is a lot of action in this book, there are so many things that happen that can give you whiplash. When does ideas like these best come up?

F: My late mother always asked me how I think up all these new adventures and I said to her, “I really don’t know. I just do.” But, in fact, halfway through Book One I already knew I needed extra books for my heroes to save the world, so I planned their adventures to take place in exotic locations and including mythology that has always fascinated me.

CwL: Besides your books, what other authors do you enjoy?

F: I like actions and adventure, with some speculation fiction like Michael Crichton and intelligent political thrillers like Frederick Forsyth. I love all the Terry Pritchett books as well; that quirky dry humor appeals to me. I also enjoy researching my books and really like nonfiction books on history, geography, mythology, and archeological finds. I also love a good crime novel, but not too gory, more cozy murder mystery, if murder could ever be called cozy . . . Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot sleuthing adventures for example.

CwL: Any new books coming out in the future? How about different stories?

F: Definitely four new books in the series to complete the 7-book adventure quest, and I am committed to those. Right now, I am busy with Book Four int he series. After that, I have no idea. I’ll think of something, I’m sure.

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XOXOXOXO,

Lacey