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Laura Pauling | Tag Archive | ancient Maya
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My middle grade cover reveal! Squee!

Wow. I can’t believe I’m here.

I need to clear my eyes and blink a few times to make sure I’m not hallucinating. Maybe take a sip of champagne. That’s how publishing feels at times. Especially with this book. But I’ll be sharing a lot more about that in the coming weeks, leading up to the launch.

HOW TO SURVIVE ANCIENT SPELLS AND CRAZY KINGS will release this November from the up and coming Pugalicious Press.

Convinced that her grandfather, Zeb, needs help, twelve-year-old Bianca persuades her family to fly to the Mayan ruins of Tikal on a search and rescue mission. Impatient, she and her brainy cousin, Melvin, sneak out in the middle of the night and follow the clues to the ancient Maya city of Etza, where the people haven’t aged in 2,000 years. The cousins must learn to work together as they face loincloth-wearing skeletons from the underworld, a backstabbing princess, and an ancient prophecy—one that says in three days the city will be destroyed. They’ll find Zeb and zip right out of there. No problem.

Except, Bianca starts to care for her new friends, and Zeb does not want to be rescued. The fact that a crazy king wants to serve Bianca up to the gods as an appetizer is just a minor technicality. But this ancient evil dude has finally met his match.

Here’s what Anna Staniszewski, author of My Very Unfairy Tale Life, had to say:

Ever wondered what Indiana Jones would be like as a 12-year-old girl? Here is your answer! This non-stop adventure will whisk you off to an ancient Mayan city, throw you into certain doom, and keep you chuckling the whole way through.

If you’d like to be a part of this exciting launch, please click on the link below and fill out the form. You have the choice of accepting an ebook arc in exchange for an honest review; or better yet, sign up for the blog tour this coming December!

Click here to access the google form!

Add to Goodreads!

Thank you so much! And come back next week for a guest post from Ernie D’Elia, the amazing illustrator!

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The secret is out! My good news!

I signed my first book contract! Yay!

Here’s the official PM announcement that several of you pointed out to me!

Children’s: Middle grade

Laura Pauling’s HOW TO SURVIVE ANCIENT SPELLS AND CRAZY KINGS, convinced that her grandfather needs help, a twelve-year-old persuades her family to fly to the Mayan ruins of Tikal on a search and rescue mission; she and her brainy cousin sneak out and follow the clues to the ancient Maya city of Etza, where the people haven’t aged in 2,000 years; due to an ancient prophecy she must hurry…in three days the city will be destroyed, to Jennifer Carson at Pugalicious Press, in a nice deal, for publication in November 2012.

What can I say? It was a now or never kind of deal for me, especially with the whole 2012 Mayan apocalypse. I love this story. I love the philosophy behind Pugalicious Press so I went for it! There’s a longer story behind this story but that can come later.

Okay, and it was kinda cool to see the announcement.

I do feel like a total newbie at the announcement thing. People tweeted and emailed me before I knew it was out! Talk about bad planning. But better late than never. And thank you to anyone who emailed or tweeted their congrats!

I’m really excited to see this story out in the world next fall.

If we survive the apocalypse…

Check out the announcement on Pugalicious Press. I’m officially in the doghouse. Woo hoo!

Any questions about it? Ask away in the comments.

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