We're All a Little Mad Here - Interview w/ Wendy Spinale +GIVEAWAY


Everland and Wendy hold a special place in Christy's heart because Wendy was Christy's first interview! We couldn't resist catching up with Wendy at YallWest to chat her upcoming novel, Umberland. Wendy is local for us so we love checking in with her.

Everland is a steampunk retelling of Peter Pan, which is continued in Umberland - a book set in the world of Wonderland. Umberland is a journey book; the characters are past their first set of hurdles in book one and now have to figure out what's next for them. We are introduced to new characters, new settings, and new challenges. The virus has mutated and accelerated, hitting some very close people hard. It's up to the Duchess (Alice) and Maddox (Mad Hatter) to find a forbidden apple for Doc to extract the cure. But the labyrinth is a danger place where those who are sickest go to die in peace.

This book is full of twists and turns and OMG moments. Wendy really lets her characters run with their impulsive choices, reminding us that the teenage brain is still very much a formation in progress. We were hooked through the end and can't wait for book 3. 

While we wait, check out our interview with Wendy and be sure you add Umberland (and Everland!) to your collection next week!



UMBERLAND (Everland #2)
by Wendy Spinale
Published: May 9th 2017
Publisher: Scholastic
Find It: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, TBD, iBooks, Goodreads

What began with a reimagining of Peter Pan and Wendy now twists into a stunning version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass!

Gwen, Pete, and the others have escaped from Everland. But the safe haven they hoped to find at Alnwick Castle doesn't exist. With the Queen of England on her deathbed, Duchess Alyssa has stepped in to lead, but things have gotten worse as the cure Doc created for the Horologia virus has mutated, accelerating the disease. The only possible solution he can think of is to go back to the virus's origin: an extinct poisonous apple.

Legend has it a tree bearing the apple might be found at the center of a deadly labyrinth hidden deep within Germany. A place that no one in their right mind enters. Leaving Pete in charge of the survivors, Alyssa sets out with only her sword, her wits, and the help of Maddox Hadder, a wild boy who oversees the castle gardens. To get to the center of the maze, she'll be forced to battle monsters more terrifying than her darkest nightmares.

But can anyone truly survive the madness of the maze? And what if there's no apple to be found there?


About Wendy

I must admit, I have lived an extraordinary life and will forever be grateful for the opportunities I have had.

I was the middle of three kids, my older brother being deaf for as far back as I can remember. At the time, I didn't realize how much that would later impact my life. I was a sign language interpreter for a short time (although I'm extremely rusty now), taught my kids to sign as infants, and now am using that experience in my current manuscript.

During college I was living in southern California working for Disneyland as a Cast Member in the Entertainment Department. I met my husband there who was also a performer. After four incredible years working with the Mouse, we moved to his hometown in the Bay Area.

I eventually got my Bachelor's in Kinesiology and worked in the fitness industry for ten years before a knee injury ended my career. Not sure what to do with my time, I applied to job posting to be an online journalist. I loved writing, but had no experience. I didn't hear back so I wrote up a review about a local restaurant and sent it to them to prove I could do the job. Twenty-four hours later, I was a journalist with AOL Media/Pleasanton Patch.

I spent three great years with them before cut backs forced me without a job again. That's when I started writing my first novel, which went nowhere. Dozens of rejection letters later. I started a second book. A year later I was offered representation by Thao Le from Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and within another six months I was offered a book deal. EVERLAND (Scholastic) is scheduled to debut Summer of 2016!

Today I live in the Bay Area with my husband and three sons who are my biggest fans. While they're off at work and school, I bounce ideas off my four-legged, furry family members, Odie and Sammy.


Follow the Tour

Week One:
5/1/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Interview (Starting This Tour Off Right!)
5/2/2017- A Glass Of Wine Blog- Review
5/3/2017- Margie's Must Reads- Excerpt
5/4/2017- Swoony Boys Podcast- Review
5/5/2017- Brittany's Book Rambles- Guest Post

Week Two:
5/8/2017- BookHounds YA- Review
5/9/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
5/10/2017- History from a Woman's Perspective- Review
5/11/2017- YA Books Central- Interview
5/12/2017- Emily Reads Everything- Review

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9 comments:

  1. I'm so excited about a steampunk retelling of Peter Pan!

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  2. this book really puts a twist on my favorite fairy tales. This will be fun to read.

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  3. I read Everland when it first came out and thought it was fun, so I'm sure I'll love Umberland too. Thanks for the chance!

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  4. Eeep, I loved Everland and Wendy is so lovely! This is wonderful, thank you for sharing :D

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

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