Thursday, July 7, 2011

On The Go With Amanda Ashby + Giveaway

Today I'm pleased to welcome Amanda Ashby. Leave a comment to win a copy of her new book Fairy Bad Day.

You have been given your Dream Vacation. Where are you going & what are you doing?
Oh, I love this game! I would go to Italy because I still regret that I somehow skipped it when I was traveling through Europe—okay, I didn’t skip it, I just forgot to get out of the train on the way to Greece (which considering the trip was something like 20 hours is a little bit stupid!) Anyway, I want to have about three or four weeks so I can do Tuscany as well as Rome, Florence and Vienna, and obviously apart from seeing lots of amazing and very worthy things I will eat gelato all day everyday!

What if you could travel to a different time period?

Regency period just to see if it was as awesome as Georgette Heyer made it out to be!
Are you a planner or a seat-of-the pants traveler?

I’m a panster who wishes that she was a plotter so I try my hardest to plot but it NEVER works. My brain just likes to through sensible suggestions out the window and change its mind ALL the time!
What's the worst thing that's ever happened to you on vacation?

We were on a train going through Spain and hadn’t validated our Eurorail passes so that they would last longer. We thought we could act dumb and pretend that we didn’t know we were meant to if we got caught. We did get caught and it turns out that Spanish train police have NO time for tourists who act dumb. We got away with a caution, though for awhile we thought we would lose our passes, which had cost a lot of money. We definitely never made that mistake again.

About The Book:

It’s going to be a fairy bad day

First, my rightful designation of dragon slayer is STOLEN right out from under me by Curtis Green. Sure, he’s really cute, but that doesn’t give him an excuse.

On top of that, I am assigned to slay fairies. I know what you’re thinking—how hard could it be, right? Wrong! These menacing beasts with their tiny hipster clothes and mocking sarcasm love taunting me. And they won’t STOP!

But the thing that tops my list of stuff to ruin my day? That would be the GIANT KILLER FAIRY that I have to hunt down and slay because I am the only one who can see it. There is someone who can help me. Unfortunately…it’s Curtis.

"Teens with a taste for the paranormal school story and a tolerance for raucous humor will be involved with and amused by this romantic fantasy. The exciting plot, humor throughout—often provided by the little fairies—and relatively innocent romance between characters will grab readers and keep them involved. " Kirkus Reviews

"In a fun mashup of the modern and the magical, Ashby (Zombie Queen of Newbury High) creates nicely developed characters and supports them with strong plotting and zippy writing. Laced with humor, danger, and romance, this book will have readers smiling all the way to the last page." Publisher's Weekly

About Amanda:

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia, and has spent the last fifteen years dividing her time between England and New Zealand before finally deciding that to move home. When she's not moving country, she likes to write books (okay, she also likes to eat chocolate, watch television and sit around doing not much, but let's just keep that amongst ourselves, shall we?)
She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. As well as writing, she works part-time at the children/teen desk of her local library, which basically means that someone pays her to talk about books. Her debut book, You Had Me at Halo was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book Zombie Queen of Newbury High was listed by the New York Public Library's Stuff for the Teen Age 2010.

To win a copy of Fairy Bad Day, please leave a comment! 


  1. Georgette Heyer would not have lied to us. I'm positive that the Regency era rocked.

  2. The Book Looks great Sydney!
    I loved the questions and answers!
    I would go to Italy too!

    All best,

  3. Yeah, I'd have to say Italy's on the top of my list as well. Although if I were on my way to Greece,I might forget to get off the train as well. Those are my two must-someday-see destinations.

  4. Italy sounds like it would be lots of fun!!!
    The book sounds really good!

  5. Clare ScottJuly 08, 2011

    Worst thing that even happened to us on holiday was defintely 9/11. We were due to fly home from Fiji that day but this horror unfolded and ... the planes weren't flying... and we were stuck! I was almost tempted to try to swim home, such was my desperation to get home (NZ) to my family. The eventual flight home was a nightmare - no one spoke a word apart from the essentials, and when we landed, people kissed the ground. The nice thing was in the midst of all this turmoil a young American couple had their wedding on the beach - sort of grounded us and reaffirmed that, whatever the circumstances, life goes on and love is eternal.
    Would LOVE to experience that for real in Italy too - land of my ancestors!!!

  6. This book looks so cute! I can't wait to read it.

    arallison at gmail dot com

  7. AnonymousJuly 09, 2011

    I've only visited Italy once- when I was 10. So it's about time I go there again! I hope to visit Rome soon :)

    I would love to be entered in the giveaway if it is open internationally!


  8. LOL that synopsis was awesome. I feel like the fairies are roaches/mice. They may be small, but they're so hard to kill.