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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37 Responses to My middle grade cover reveal! Squee!

  1. Andrea September 10, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    How exciting, Laura! It sounds like such a fun book!

  2. Natalie Aguirre September 10, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    So excited for you Laura. Love your cover and your story sounds fantastic.

  3. Sheri Larsen September 10, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Very happy and excited for you!! An MG … I heart MG. You’ve just given me motivation to finish (or at least find some time to work on) both my MG stories. I miss them.

    This story looks fabulous!

  4. Laura September 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Thank Natalie!

    And thanks, Sheri. It’s hard to choose between writing middle grade and young adult. I love both!

  5. Creepy Query Girl September 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    OMG Laura, that is seriously a gorgeous gorgeous cover and the whole thing looks just amazing! Huge congreats!

  6. Brenda Corey Dunne September 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    What an awesome cover, Laura! Congratulations! 🙂 🙂

  7. Louise September 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Love the cover! And the book sounds like sheer delight. Congratulations!

  8. Kelly Polark September 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Your cover is AMAZING!!! My daughter will love this book. She loves Percy Jackson and adventure books so she’ll love it more that the mc is a girl too!

  9. Alex J. Cavanaugh September 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    Congratulations, Laura!!

  10. Anna Staniszewski September 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Yay, congrats!!!

  11. Laura September 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Thanks everyone! 🙂

  12. Karen Lange September 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Congratulations, Laura! I’m excited for you! 🙂

  13. Heather Kelly September 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Hell, yes, I’d like to be involved in the blog tour! CONGRATS LAURA!!

  14. Lydia K September 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    It looks great! Congrats, Laura!

  15. Susan Sipal September 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Laura, I absolutely LOVE the cover, and I’ve been hearing fabulous things about Pugalicious Press. Can’t wait to read this. It sounds like fun. I’m going now to sign up for your blog tour!

  16. Kristine Carlson Asselin September 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    LAURA!!!! I’m so excited this book is finally going to be out in the world for kids to read–it’s so wonderful and funny and cool. Congratulations, and I have to say it, “Woof!”

  17. Laura September 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Wow! You guys rock! Thanks so much! 🙂

  18. Mirka Breen September 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    This is one *fabulous* cover, Laura.

  19. Donna K. Weaver September 10, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    How fun is that book and congrats!

    Just finished reading Spy Like Me yesterday. There are more coming. RIght?

    • Laura September 10, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

      Yes! The sequel to A Spy Like Me will (hopefully) be released before Christmas! Yay!

  20. Leigh Moore September 10, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    Awesome, Laura! This book sounds like so much fun! I totally signed up for the blog tour. I bet this would be one my daughter would like to review–LOL! 🙂 <3

  21. Laura September 10, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    Awesome! Thanks, guys!

  22. Jemi Fraser September 10, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    Awesome! Blurb, cover, quote – love it all!!! 🙂

  23. becca puglisi September 11, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    Awesome news! So excited for you 🙂

  24. elle strauss September 11, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    So exciting, Laura!!

    I’d be happy to feature you on my blog, anytime!

  25. Talli Roland September 11, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    It’s fab, Laura! Very eye-catching.

  26. Jennifer Hoffine September 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Yay! So exciting! It looks great!

  27. Ghenet Myrthil September 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    What a fun cover! Congrats!! 🙂

  28. Margo Berendsen September 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    I love the cover and the title and the blurb! About time someone did a young Indiana Jones as a girl!

  29. Lynda R Young September 11, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    congratulations, Laura!!! And such a striking cover too!

  30. Karen Strong September 12, 2012 at 1:08 am #

    Congrats Laura! My god-daughters would eat this up! They love stuff like this.

  31. Charmaine Clancy September 12, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    This sounds like something right up my street – love these kind of adventure stories! Well done 🙂

  32. Susan Kaye Quinn September 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    GREAT cover – so perfectly middle grade! Sorry I’m late to this … signing up…

  33. Laura September 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Thanks so much for all the tweets, congrats, and support! They mean the world!

  34. Patti September 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Looks like a fun read. Congratulations.

  35. Stina Lindenblatt September 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Love the cover and the concept sounds great! Wow, December isn’t too far away.


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