Saturday, July 14, 2012

Author Interview, Exclusive Cover Reveal & 2 Book Giveaway with Lisa Orchards, author of the Super Spies series!

We want to welcome author Lisa Orchards to Libby Blog!

Please tell us about yourself...
Well let's see...I'm married with two boys ages 7 and 5. I'm a stay at home mom. This year will be the first year that I won't have one or both kids at home so I'm hoping to get a lot of writing done.
When I'm not spending time with my family or writing I enjoy nature, especially hiking in the woods. I run and enjoy reading too.

What was the first story you ever wrote?
Hmmm...the first story that I ever wrote is the story about one of my neighbors. Her Japanese, or Chinese Teahouse was destroyed by an act of vandalism when she was on vacation. At that time my friends and I formed our own detective squad and investigated the crime. Of course, we didn't solve the mystery, but I wrote a story about it and in the story we caught bad guys. LOL! That's why fiction is so fun! The bad guys are always put away!

How has life changed since publishing?
I've become busier! Now, I'm not only writing but I'm trying to promote my books. I do author visits to classrooms, guest blog posts and teach writing workshops, but it's something that I really enjoy.

Why the mystery genre?
I developed my love for mysteries and thrillers when I started reading Nancy Drew, and to this day I love mysteries. So, it was natural for me to choose the mystery and thriller genre for my books because that's what I love to read.

Do you have a favorite mystery team/series?
When I wa younger I loved Nancy Drew, The Bobbsey Twins, and Trixie Belden. Now, I love the Dan Brown books and Richard North Patterson. I also love human drama too, like Jodi Picoult and Sue Monk Kidd.

Now for some fun...

Who is your favorite villain and why?
I don't have a favorite villain from a book, but I do have one from a movie. The movie is "Diehard" and I loved Hans Gruber as the villain. He was smart. Alan Rickman did an excellent job as the villain.

What is your favorite meal?
LOL! This is a hard one because I love all kinds of food. I love pizza and seafood. Those are probably my two main loves. :)

What is your favorite music album?
Another tough one because I love music. My favorite bands are The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac and Rush. At the moment, I listen to Rush's album "Spirit of Radio" whenever I'm in the car. To me that album has a lot of positive energy in it.

What is your favorite candy?
LOL! I didn't eat candy for a long time because I was trying to eat healthier, but now that I have kids I let them have candy occasionally and I have been known to indulge also. :) So, right now my favorite is Tootsie Rolls, just like my main character Sarah. :)

What is your favorite movie?
I'd have to say "Love Actually". It's such a "feel good" movie.

Thank you so much for stopping by Libby Blog for an interview Lisa! 
If you'd like to connect with Lisa, you can find her at www.lisaorchard.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter @lisaorchard1 


Release date: March 13, 2012
Published by: Astraea Press

The book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle's with her sister, Lacey. She's not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission. The Super Spies can't understand why anyone would want to murder the "Cat Lady" until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. Will the police listen to the Super Spies? Or will their facts go unheard?

We are very excited to reveal the cover for Book 2: The Super Spies and the High School Bomber 


Release date:  July 26, 2012
Published by:  Astraea Press


This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister, Lacey, are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she's filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents' disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it's too late?

Lisa has graciously offered up an eBook of both Book 1 AND a Pre-order of Book 2 as a giveaway! 
The giveaway runs from July 15 to July 22. 
Good luck!

Rules...
*Must live in the U.S. to enter.
*Must be 13 or older to participate.
Libby Blog is not responsible for any lost or damaged items in the mail. The winner will be notified via email and must respond with their address and book selection within 48 hours, or a new winner will be selected.

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for allowing me to be a guest today! It's greatly appreciated! :)

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  2. thanks for the giveaway. Gale pgan427@yahoo.com

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  3. If any one wants to follow me, you can find me at these social media sites.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Orchard/328536613877060

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/lisaorchard1

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  4. wonderful giveaway. thank you so much
    lisa(at)vetteklisa(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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