The Misadentures of Hobart Hucklebuck by Stan Swanson is a middle grade fantasy and the tour runs October 13-17 with reviews & author interviews. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
The book is aimed at ages 8-12 but as an adult I found it wildly entertaining and a load of fun!
The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck
Things are not as they should be in Pennywhistle. Enchanted toasters are not toasting, enchanted sprinklers are not sprinkling and Hobart Hucklebuck's origami messenger birds are suddenly attacking him. Someone seems to be draining the power from all of the enchanted items in the village. But who could it be and why have they implicated Hobart's grandfather? The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck: Magic & Mayhem follows Hobart and his friends, Specks Spacklethack and Rosie Rumpleskirt, as they try to solve this mystery and free Hobart's grandfather from the Tower of Tribulation on Mumblemonk Mountain. The trio's investigation into the mysterious happenings on Druid Lane gets them into hot water more than once and ultimately brings them dangerously close to disaster not only for themselves, but the entire village of Pennywhistle.
Stan Swanson is a Bram Stoker award finalist and author of eight books including Horror High School: Return of the Loving Dead (the first book in a young adult horror series co-written with Araminta Star Matthews), Wind Up Hearts (a romance novella with a hint of steampunk), Forever Zombie (a collection of short stories), Write of the Living Dead (a highly-praised writing guide written with Araminta Star Matthews and Rachel Lee) and Return of the Scream Queen (co-authored with Michael McCarty and Linnea Quigley). He is also editor/publisher for Dark Moon Books and Dark Moon Digest. Upcoming titles include Dead Sparrows (a collection of apocalyptic poetry), The Methlands (a horror novel co-written with award-winning author Joe McKinney) and The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck: Pandemonium in Pennywhistle.
Interview with the Author:
1. What are some of your favorite books from when you were a child and did any of these inspire you when writing your books?
I actually learned to read by trying to figure out what characters were saying in comic books. I wanted to know what went with the pictures. As for actual books, I was a sucker for science fiction and fantasy when I was young. And I still enjoy those genres to this day. I think I had every Tom Corbett: Space Cadet that was ever published.
2. What books are you reading right now?
I don’t find much time to read as I used to as I spend most of my time either writing new novels or working with my music. (I am also a singer/songwriter.) The last really good book I read was Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book.
3. Which authors have influenced you the most and how?
I’d have to say Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein and Stephen King. I think I read everything each one of those authors ever wrote, so they had the biggest impact on me.
4. If you could invite any 5 authors to dinner who would you choose?
Stephen King, Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens, Ray Bradbury and Mark Twain. Can you imagine the conversation at that dinner table? LOL.
5. What is your favorite book of all-time (adult)?
I would have to say The Stand by Stephen King. I’ve now read that book four or five times and am about ready to read it again. It’s a classic!
Thank you for the great interview Stan. :)
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