Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Fun & Giveaway with Amanda Ashby

Please welcome Amanda Ashby, author of the new middle-grade series Sophie's Mixed-Up Magic. Want to win copies for your favorite reader? Leave a comment below! 

What's your favorite summer memory?
In Australia summer means Christmas and once when I was ten, I received two Trixie Belden books and a big bag of Twisties (which are like Cheetos). I then spent the whole day under a tree reading and eating. I have still yet to top that day!
Ice cream or popsicle? What's your favorite flavor? 

Coffee flavored ice cream. Yum!
What will you be reading this summer? 

It’s my winter over here and as soon as I finish Game of Thrones (hahaha - how appropriate since winter really is coming!) I will be reading Bitterblue and Grave Mercy. I’m smiling at the prospect!!

Book One: Wishful Thinking

Be careful what you wish for…
After eleven year old Sophie accidentally gets herself turned into a djinn, she starts to think that it might not be so bad after all. (Of course, that’s after she gets the whole orange skin problem sorted out.) Who wouldn’t enjoy having the power to grant wishes! But when Sophie develops RWD (Random Wish Disorder) and can’t STOP granting wishes, things get more than a little mixed-up!

Book Two: Under a Spell 

And that spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E…
As Sophie gets used to her magic, her relationship with the adorable Jonathan Tait is blossoming. There’s only one problem: Jonathan’s twin sister, Melissa. She’s a total mean girl who seems intent on making Sophie’s life miserable. On top of that, Melissa somehow seems to sense that Sophie has powers–and manages to bind Sophie to her in a totally self-serving way. Can Sophie figure out a way out of this–without ruining her chances with Jonathan?

Book one and two are a simultaneous release and watch out for book three in October…

About The Author

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia and after spending the last sixteen years dividing her time between England and New Zealand, she’s finally moved back and now lives on the Sunshine Coast. 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. Her debut book, You Had Me at Halo was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s 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. Her latest release, Fairy Bad Day, has been selected by Voya as one of their Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2012 and is a SCBWI Crystal Kite Award finalist for the Australia/NZ region. To find out more, please go to

To win copies of both books, please leave a comment! 
I'm out having my own summer fun so I won't be selecting a winner until mid-July 


  1. Cute books! My daughter would love to read these! THANKS for the chance!!

    1. Taffy! You're the winner!!! Please email me your address @ sydneysalter AT mac DOT com. Thanks!!!

  2. Sounds super cute! I can't believe she loved Trixie Beldon too! I found some of the books and had to get them!

  3. sounds like a great read!