Launching Sisters to WitchCamp
Genre: Middle grade fantasy
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Cover Artist: Charlotte Volnek
Sixth-grader J.J. learns there are no easy breaks in life.
When J.J. discovers the opportunity to send his maddening sisters off to WitchCamp, he has fantasies of a delightful summer. However, J.J. and his friend are soon off on a ride they didn't anticipate -- one that lands them in a chilling mess of witch hunts and creature feasts.
With his creative ideas, J.J. utilizes their risky escapades to escape. But making deals with superhuman creatures just lands them in hotter water.
Now it’s up to J.J. to save them all from certain death by being more imaginative and daring than ever before.
“Crack open your piggy bank and we’re out of here.” I propel DaveyBoy to Main Street, and hit the costume store. Diving in to a pile of wigs, I pull out two that will do the job. My wig is shiny black and the hair hangs down to my elbows. DaveyBoy’s is a brown mop of frizz, which extends halfway down his back.
The manicurist looks like she’s ready to call the crazy house when we saunter in to her salon and ask for fake long nails. Money does the trick, though, and soon enough we exit with long nails polished in black.
DaveyBoy clears his throat. “Um, J.J., what exactly are we doing? Are we going to a costume party?”
“Don’t you get it, dude? Our long hair and nails are tickets to the WitchCamp!”
He walks straight into an electric pole.
“Ouch.” I wince.
He rubs his temple and looks at me with puppy dog eyes. “Tell me you’re joking.”
“A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. But, cheer up, buddy. Think of it as an amazing adventure we can add to our list of summer escapades.”
Hi Michelle, thanks for having me!
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Ever since I was little, I have dreamt of levitating off the ground, drifting around like a ghost.
In my conscious state, I’d pick drawing. To me it seems like magic when an artist captures life on canvas.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I recall the exact place I was standing in my kitchen when I received my final formats. It was so rewarding to see I accomplished my goal.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
To think twice before doing away with your siblings.
Chocolate chip biscotti with a mug of hot chocolate if you insist on “real” food. Otherwise, I have a long list of junk food that all are favorites.
What book are reading now?
“The Freedom Thief” by Mikki Sadil, a fellow Muse It Up author. Ms. Sadil researched the era (Civil War) extensively, and it pains me that the horrors in the book were true to life then. Yet, the story captivates me, and I must follow through with Ben, the courageous teen who is determined to help his father’s slave escape.
What’s your favorite season/weather?
Spring. I love seeing the rebirth of the foliage and flowers, especially now that I live in Canada and don’t see green for five to six months!
What was your favorite children's book?
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. It was the first book I read all by myself!
Beach or Pool?
Both my grandmothers lived near the beach (different oceans, though), so I associate the beach with warm memories. However, I’m not so fond of swimming at the beach ever since I took Ecology back in college.
What is one book everyone should read?
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. It will even calm down over-stimulated video game junkies enough to fall asleep.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Well, I have a YA fantasy being released soon, but that’s under a different pen name. It’s the first in a series and I will be wrapped up in this project for awhile. But eventually I would like to write another MG fantasy featuring the characters from Launching Sisters to WitchCamp, just for fun. I’ve enjoyed my time with them, and would hate to say a final goodbye.
LRS has a master’s degree in psychology. For more than ten years she pretended to be working while she was on the floor enjoying playtime with kids.
She has lived on the eastern and western coasts of the U.S.A, as well as abroad, and currently resides in Canada with her family. Wherever she is, she can’t pass by a toy store without going inside.
When she's not writing, she can usually be found in her kitchen, where she’s either baking (and sampling) cookies or stirring a pot. (Unfortunately, she has yet to find a magical spoon.)
two gift cards of $10 each to the MuseItUp bookstore