Spelled: Spotlight (w/ Giveaway!)

By Betsy Schow
Sourcebooks Fire
June 2, 2015

Advance Praise for Spelled
“A cute adventure with romance set in a world full of fairy-tale mash-ups. Readers will love Dorthea’s evolution from spoiled princess to strong, confident heroine… For Oz fans, this work is a great clean-read alternative to Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die.” -School Library Journal

“This wickedly funny, fast-paced adventure has it all: brains, courage, and heart. (Plus a kickin’ pair of heels.) .” --Jen Calonita, author of The Secrets of My Hollywood Life and Fairy Tale Reform School series

“Fairy tale survival rule #1, do NOT read this book late at night. You will wake up your entire family with loud laughter. Fairy tale survival rule #2, if you love the Wizard of Oz, clever fairy tale mash-ups, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing what will happen until the very end, you MUST read Spelled.” --J Scott Savage, award winning author of Farworld, Case File 13, and the Mysteries of Cove series.

“A hilarious and snarky reimagining of the world of Oz, along with many other fairy tales injected throughout, "Spelled" is one fabulous read…Kick off those silver slippers and tuck in with this wonderful tale!” —Senator Sipes, Lil Book Bug (Palmdale, CA)

Book Info:
Talk about unhappily ever after. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the not-so-charming prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving Dorthea with hair made up of emerald flames and the kingdom in chaos. Her parents and everyone she loves are stuck in some place called “Kansas.” Now it’s up to Dorthea and her pixed-off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse…before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.

Betsy Schow:
Betsy Schow is the author of the memoir Finished Being Fat, and has been featured on The Today Show and in The Wall Street Journal. She lives in Utah, but travels the country with Color Me Rad 5k, and partners with nonprofits to teach kids creative thinking and how to reach their goals.

Excerpt from Spelled:
Most of the crowd had dispersed. The final few stragglers looked at me with the all­too-common look of fear mixed with trepidation. Pix ’em. They were just servants. It wasn’t like their opinion mattered.

Only one remained, watching me with open curiosity. He looked to be in his late teens or was magically enhanced to appear so. He could have been a hundred for all I knew. I’d never seen him before in my life. He was handsome enough, for a commoner, even in his worn leather pants and cracked work boots. A foreigner, his hair was unruly and dark auburn, which complemented his tanned but dirt-smudged complexion, though the tall, dark stranger vibe was ruined by his piercing pale blue eyes.

Well, I’d had enough of being a sideshow for the day. “If you’re the new gardener, the hedges are overgrown and in need of a trim.” I pointed in the direction of my father. “While you’re there, you can help the king with the wisps.”

The young man’s expression clouded over, but he didn’t move.

I stamped my foot and pointed more forcefully. “Off with you. Courtyard’s that way. Be sure to clean those awful boots before coming back in.”

“Someone told me I’d find a princess of great worth here. One with the strength to be the hero this realm needs.” He stared at me with those unsettling blue eyes. They were cold, like ice water—made me shiver from head to toe. Then his gaze seemed to search even deeper. Finally, he looked through me, like I was nothing.

In brisk steps, he strode across the marble to the courtyard. But before crossing the threshold, he turned back to glare at me with his lip curled ever so slightly. “It seems she was mistaken.”

Just like that, I had been sifted, weighed, and found wanting.

I felt my own lip curl in response. How rude! Who the Grimm was this peasant to judge me? I was wearing a Glenda original. Original! Not some fairy-godmother knockoff worn by those servant girls turned royal. I was a crown princess, for the love of fairy, and no one dismissed me.

Before I could put the boy in his place—down in the dirt, where he belonged—a clatter came from behind, making me nearly jump out of my shoes. I checked and was relieved that Sterling had simply dropped his sword. By the time I looked back, the gardener was gone.

After stowing his blade, Sterling held up his shield, not in defense of the entrance but so he could look at his reflection. “Clearly he’s blind and doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

I didn’t ask for Sterling’s opinion, but it made me feel better.

Until he opened his mouth again.

“Worth, pffft. I mean, look around at all the jewels. Your palace has everything you could ever want. Honestly, I don’t know what you’re fussing about. Why would anyone want to leave?”

Because a cage is still a cage, no matter how big or glittering the bars are.

And I would find a way free, no matter the cost.


Giveaway: Ruskerville Harry Potter Planner (Ends 4/7/15)

Hello my dear friends and followers,

I have a special and fantastic giveaway for y'all that I have been so excited to do! This is not part of a hop. This giveaway is just because of something I found on Etsy and just knew that I needed to buy one for myself and one for someone else who is pretty dang awesome: one of you!

One winner will get to choose one of these Harry Potter inspired planners. There are 5 different options to select from: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, or Hogwarts. You will also have the option of selecting which month you want to start your planner with or leave the months blank. While you're checking out each of the links for the individual planners, make sure to look at the other pictures of the inside. The images on the inside pages are great and bring a smile to my face!

Overview (from Etsy)
  • Handmade item
  • Materials: polyfrost cover, 28 lb smooth paper, bronze spiral
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from Menomonie, Wisconsin
Since Lou can ship worldwide, this will be an International giveaway. I can hear the squeals from around the globe, y'all! This is so very exciting. I know! Please review the International shipping guidelines Lou has for the shop before you enter so you know 100% what you need to know for that type of shipping. 

I did chat with Lou from Ruskerville on Etsy. Along with letting me use the images from the Etsy page, Lou has also given everyone a chance to buy a planner with a 20% off coupon. You can hang in there until April 8th to see if you are the winner of the giveaway, or you can use the special coupon code Lou made for all of us to use! The coupon code will be available to use now through April 30th, 2015.

The code to use on Etsy for Ruskerville's shop for this occasion is: WORLDOFBOOKS.

Giveaway Details
  • One winner will get to select one Harry Potter themed planner from Ruskerville's Etsy shop. (Value: $20 USD)
  • International shipping is available, so International entries are accepted! 
  • Entrants must be at least 13 years old.
  • No cheating!
  • The winner will be emailed on Wednesday, April 8. 
  • He/she will have 48 hours to reply to the email or a new winner will need to be selected.
  • Smile!
  • Complete as many entries on the Rafflecopter as you'd like. Everyone should definitely enjoy the FREEBIE! 
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Thank you so much for stopping by and good luck to everyone! Remember about the coupon code for Ruskerville's Etsy shop that you can use from now until April 30th. The code is WORLDOFBOOKS.

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop (Ends 3/25)

Welcome to another giveaway! This one is an important one for me since I desperately NEED to clean up my shelves a bit...to make room for new books! Hah! :)

Thank you to Kathy, I Am a Reader, for hosting this giveaway.

Make sure to check out the other blogs participating in this hop. There is a linky at the end of this post or you may click here!
Giveaway Details
  • One winner will get to choose TWO books from the books pictured below.
  • US/Canadian addresses only for this particular giveaway. Sorry!
  • Entrants must be at least 13 years old.
  • No cheating.
  • The winner will be emailed on Thursday, March 26. 
  • He/she will have 48 hours to reply to the email or a new winner will need to be selected.
  • Smile!
For the Twitter follow option, your Twitter account must be an account that is used for more than just a "giveaway Twitter account." That irks me. If you use a Twitter name that is not your "real" account, I will just disqualify you. Please don't waste your time...or mine.
Books to select from, in order from left to right:
The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz (hardback)
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (hardback)
Looking for Alaska by John Green (paperback)
The F-It List by Julie Halpern (hardback)
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (signed hardback)
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson (paperback)
The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller (paperback)
The 100 by Kass Morgan (hardback)
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd (paperback)
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood (hardback)

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Lucky is Reading Giveaway Hop

I'm happy to be participating in this hop organized by Val at StuckInBooks!

Remember that there are quite a few blogs participating for this hop. Check out all of the amazing prizes being offered! You may do this by checking out the linky at the end of this post, or check the list at Val's blog HERE.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and good luck to ya!

Giveaway Details
  • International entrants are welcome to enter as long as The Book Depository delivers to your country (double-check the list).
  • If the winner is a resident of the US, his/her book will be shipped from Amazon. 2-day free shipping is hard to beat. :)
  • If you are entering this giveaway, I ask that you be 13 years old or older.
  • Since it will be someone's lucky day, I will let the winner choose his/her book of choice.
  • NO cheating. Entries will be checked. Please don't be a goober!
  • The winner will be emailed on March 22. He/she will have 48 hours to reply to the email or a new winner will need to be selected.
  • Smile!
For the Twitter follow option, your Twitter account must be an account that is used for more than just a "giveaway Twitter account." That irks me. If you use a Twitter name that is not your "real" account, I will just disqualify you. Please don't waste your time...or mine!

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Book Blogger Love-a-thon: Introduction/Questionnaire

February 21-22, 2015

  1. What’s your name? My real name is Lisa. Internet name is Dizneeee.
  2. Where in the world are you blogging from? North Carolina, USA!
  3. How did you get into blogging in the first place? I originally created my blog to keep up with book challenges I wanted to do. 
  4. How did you come up with your blog name? Dizneeee has been a name I've used online for things, even before blogging. Disney World is one of my favorite places on the planet. Books and Disney just kind of meshed to make the name!
  5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog? It seems that YA Contemporary has taken over my life. It used to be more Paranormal and Fantasy.
  6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews? I will do giveaways, occasionally. Other than that, I don't do any memes. Memes take a lot of time and dedication. I just don't have that time in me.
  7. Best blogging experience so far? Having the opportunity to meet and talk/interview Gayle Forman a couple of weeks ago. The email asking if I would like to do that left me speechless. Well, other than the repeating of, "OhmyGod. OhmyGod. OhmyGod. OhmyGod." You get the picture. :)
  8. Favorite thing about the blogging community? My favorite thing has to be the enthusiasm that everyone has. You can tell it's there in reviews and social media. I absolutely love to see tweets from people when they say that they have no way to word a review for a book. That's pure magic right there!
  9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015! There are way too many to limit it to 5. Seriously. I'll give you some, though: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West, The Cage by Megan Shepherd, The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boeker, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir , The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, and soooo many more!
  10. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read? J.K. Rock's Camp Boyfriend series should definitely have more fans! They are cute, contemporary, lots of cute boys at summer camp, and coming of age books.
  11. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF? I would totally want to be BFFs with Hermoine Granger! Who wouldn't?!?
  12. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? My niece and Disney are two of my main interests, apart from reading, of course. 
  13. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for? It seems that most of my "left over money" goes to clothes shopping...for my niece! Haha! She has so many clothes, but I can't help it. She looks so cute and is so fun to dress.
  14. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing? "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus. I am so not even ashamed to admit that!
  15. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book. Even though only the first book has been released so far, I could honestly see Martina Boone's The Heirs of Watson Island (Compulsion, Persuasion) becoming a TV show. There were so many great details in Compulsion that I could picture them vividly! I would love to see it transferred to a television show, but it would have to be done well. No cheese. No bad actors. It could be amazing! 

That's me in a nutshell. Have any other questions? Do we have something in common? Leave any comments below and I'll gladly answer! Thank you for checking out more about me!