Oct 20, 2014

Book Tour: Curse of the Granville Fortune by Kelly Hashway! Author Interview & Giveaway!

Happy Monday!

It's another beautiful sparkling Monday! Okay...maybe not beautiful..and maybe not sparkling. But I do know what is good about today! You get to read my blog. ;)

I'm quite excited to be apart of this lovely blog tour! Please do enjoy my interview with Kelly and don't forget to enter her giveaway! :)







Title: Curse of the Granville Fortune
Author: Kelly Hashway
Genre: Adventure, Middle Grade
Release Date: October 21st, 2014
Publisher: Tantrum Books
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Find the fortune, break the curse! The hunt is on for an ancient treasure tied to nine-year-old J.B.'s family history. He's been having visions that make him sweaty, lightheaded, and certain he’s turning into some kind of freak—or worse, going insane. But things are worse than he imagined. The visions stem from a family curse. An ancient ancestor was accused of stealing the massive Granville fortune, and now J.B.’s entirely family will suffer.

To break the curse, J.B. must find and return the Granville’s stolen property. But he's not the only one searching for the treasure. As he sets out on his journey through a dark and foreboding forest, he'll battle his worst fears and fight terrifying creatures along the way. And when he meets two others who share the missing pieces of his visions and suffer from the same curse, the three soon realize they need to work together to break the curse before it's too late.







Hi, Kelly! It's a pleasure to have you stop by the blog today! Before we start, why don't you tell us a little bit about your book?

Thanks for having me. Curse of the Granville Fortune is the story of nine-year-old J.B. who must break a curse tied to an ancient treasure before the curse claims him and everyone he loves. Here’s the book blurb:

Find the fortune, break the curse!
The hunt is on for an ancient treasure tied to nine-year-old J.B.’s family history. He’s been having visions that make him sweaty, lightheaded, and certain he’s turning into some kind of freak—or worse, going insane. But things are worse than he imagined. The visions stem from a family curse. An ancient ancestor was accused of stealing the massive Granville fortune, and now J.B.’s entirely family will suffer.

To break the curse, J.B. must find and return the Granville’s stolen property. But he’s not the only one searching for the treasure. As he sets out on his journey through a dark and foreboding forest, he’ll battle his worst fears and fight terrifying creatures along the way. And when he meets two others who share the missing pieces of his visions and suffer from the same curse, the three soon realize they need to work together to break the curse before it’s too late.

1. What inspired you to write Curse of the Granville Fortune?

Growing up, my sister used to draw trees with faces on them and I always thought it would make a great story. It wound up inspiring the setting for Curse of the Granville Fortune.

2. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I’ve loved reading all my life. Books were magical things to me, and I thought the people who wrote them were the most amazing people ever. I started writing in elementary school because I loved the feeling of creating something from nothing—turning a blank page into a story.

3. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I really struggled with the beginning of the book, and I actually had to write the final chapter first so I had a clear ending point in my mind. From there I was able to piece together the rest of the mystery that occurs throughout the book.

4. What books/authors have influenced your writing?

I reread Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series while I wrote Curse of the Granville Fortune. Riordan is my idol and reading his work was very inspiring.

5. Have you ever hated something you wrote?

Of course! I have manuscripts that will never see the light of day, but I don’t consider any writing wasted writing. The more we write, the better we become.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book? If so, what?

I learned I can write non-linearly and have fun piecing chapters together later.

7. What books are you reading now?

The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett, which is middle grade, and Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant, which is a young adult title.

8. Do you like listening to music while you write? If so, what do you listen to?

I listen to music before I write. I find it too distracting while I’m drafting or revising, but music always gets me inspired, so I listen to my iPod in the car when I take my daughter to school in the morning, and once I get home, I’m ready to write.

9. What are three things your reader doesn't know about your book?

1. J.B.’s younger sister Holly was born on his first birthday.
2. There are several puzzles and mazes that J.B. has to solve on his adventure.
3. The setting becomes another character in the book.

10. Do you have any anything specific that you want to say to your readers?


I hope you’ll join J.B. on his adventure and cheer him on as he tries to save his family from a curse that’s generations old.




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Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. 

After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. 

When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.



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Happy reading!




2 comments :

  1. I really like this interview! I also find it hard to write with music because it is distracting. It's also so cool that you are reading Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant! I love his works and have read almost all of them, so I am glad someone else is also enjoying his books ^^

    Check out my review and giveaway: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/10/sedich-review-giveaway.html

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview! Took me a while to actually figure out what I wanted to ask! Thank you for stopping by! :)

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