Sign-up open for the ALL FOUR STARS blog tour!

The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy HolczerHappy Thursday, folks!

First off, the winner of The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer is…

Natasha Wing!

Congrats, Natasha! I hope you love this beautiful book.

Second order of business–check out this lovely button:

all four stars tour button

And it means what it says–All Four Stars will be going on a tour! Of blogs! Hosted by the terrific blogger-reviewers at The Midnight Garden!

TMG-blog-button-219x300In case you aren’t familiar with it, The Midnight Garden is a site that evaluates young adult (and some middle grade) books with an adult reading audience in mind. As an adult who reads kidlit almost exclusively these days, I love that idea–and think that All Four Stars, with its humor and foodiness, is a perfect fit for the crossover audience. 🙂

Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule

LOVE.

(And I also love that The Midnight Garden’s reviews are so well-thought-out and well-written! Why, just the other day they featured one of my favorite books of this year, Strange Sweet Songand I couldn’t agree more with the review.)

Anyway, the All Four Stars tour will feature interviews, guest posts with fun foodie bonus content, and reviews, and of course I’ll share links here when they’re live in July. If you are a blogger and would like to be part of this tour, check out this post. (I’ll also be doing interviews and such outside of the tour, so no worries if we’ve already set something up separately.)

Thirdly and lastly, Kirkus Reviews has weighed in on All Four Stars. They are notorious harsh and persnickety critics, so overall I’m very pleased with the positive things they had to say about my debut novel, like calling it an “entertaining story about the joy of following one’s bliss.” You can read the full review here.

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Huzzah for THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY (and giveaway!)

On May 1, one of the loveliest books I’ve read in a while hit the shelves: The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer.

The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy HolczerTwelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she’s found it her mother says it’s time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels and will always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.

After her mother’s sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she’s never met. She can’t imagine her mother would want her to stay with this stranger. Then Grace finds clues in a mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on. Maybe itis her mother, showing her the way to her true home.

I’d been wanting to read it ever since Tracy and I were co-entrants in the 2011 Baker’s Dozen Agent Auction at Miss Snark’s First Victim. We both signed with agents shortly after the auction, and both ended up selling our books to Putnam shortly after that. (I know, what are the odds?)

The lucky thing about having the same publisher is that I was able to snag an advance copy of Secret Hum (which I’m giving away–find out how to enter below!), and it was just as incredible as I had hoped. But you don’t need to take my word for it: check out this starred review from Publishers Weekly! (It also has a star from School Library Journal, and a rave review from Kirkus.)

In addition to its beautiful writing and meditation on loss, this book has a fantastic collection of quirky characters and some very nice moments of humor, too. Here are a few of my favorite funny lines.

As they prattled on about manure and weather and other boring nonsense, I tried to think.

Fifteen minutes later, Grandma showed up with my duffel, wearing her usual prune face and lumberjack costume.

“He likes her because of her bra size…And is she decent enough to be insulted? Nope. She goes around smoothing her shirt and posing this way and that like she has something to be proud of. Plus she eats meat.”

Intrigued? Here’s where you can purchase a copy of The Secret Hum of a Daisy.
Once Upon A Time | Amazon | B&N
{For an autographed copy, order through Once Upon A Time, and don’t forget to mention in the purchase comments that you’d like it signed}

You can also enter to win my advance copy of The Secret Hum of a Daisy by leaving a comment on this blog post. Cranes play an important role in this book, so if you have a favorite bird, please share what it is and why you like it.

Thanks so much for reading this post! Tracy also has an official blog tour going, where you can learn more about this wonderful book and enter to win a Secret Hum “bag of treasure,” including a $20 Amazon gift card. Here are the stops!
May 6: Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire
May 7: Leandra Wallace
May 8: Heidi Schultz
May 9: AuthorOf
May 10: Read Now, Sleep Later
May 11: Kidlit Frenzy
May 12: Literary Rambles
May 14: Smack Dab in the Middle

Find Tracy online here:
Website  | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook | Smack Dab in the Middle

Good luck in the giveaways! I’ll announce a winner for the advance copy next Thursday, 5/15.