Sunday, April 1, 2012


Also, welcome to "Blogging From A to Z April Challenge."  Today's letter is "B" for "Burt" - Marissa Burt, that is! To access the entire list of participants, go HERE. Also, at the end of the month one follower of this blog will win a $20 Amazon Gift Certificate. Just fill out the rafflecopter form HERE to be eligible for the drawing.

Marissa Burt
Ages 9-12

Today marks the official release of STORYBOUND (HarperCollins), a new middle grade fantasy novel.

Don't miss the chance to WIN AN ARC (advanced reader copy) signed by the author. This is a separate giveaway from the A to Z Challenge. Details are at the end of this post.

Inkheart meets The Neverending Story in this sweeping fantasy about a twelve-year-old girl who falls into a magical world – and discovers that it may be up to her to save it.

In the land of Story, children go to school to learn to be characters: a perfect Hero, a trusty Sidekick, even the most dastardly Villain.  They take classes on Outdoor Experiential Questing and Backstory, while adults search for full-time character work in stories written just for them.

In our world, twelve-year-old Una Fairchild has always felt invisible.  But all that changes when she stumbles upon a mysterious book buried deep in the basement of her school library, opens the cover, and suddenly finds herself transported to the magical land of Story.

But Story is not a perfect fairy tale.  Una’s new friend Peter warns her about the grave danger she could face if anyone discovers her true identity.  The devious Tale Keeper watches her every move.  And there are whispers of a deadly secret that seems to revolve around Una herself…

With the timeless appeal of books like A Wrinkle in Time and the breathtaking action of Inkheart, Storybound has all the makings of a new classic.  Brimming with fantastical creatures, magical adventure, and heart-stopping twists, Storybound will leave readers wishing they too could jump through the pages into this enchanting fairy-tale world.

Kirkus Reviews says: “Readers who love fantasy may see an opportunity to snuggle up with a cup of cocoa and unravel the plot, which twists and turns in on itself, with happy surprises.”

I recently had a chance to ask Marissa Burt about STORYBOUND. Here's what she had to say:

1.  Tell us about STORY BOUND in one sentence:
When Una Fairchild gets transported to the magical land of Story, she must discover who has Written her In and why.

2. What inspired you to write Storybound?
I've always loved to read, and my favorite books have been the ones that invite the reader to participate in the story.  Good books like this always leave me with a bittersweet feeling: I'm satisfied to reach the end of the story, but I'm sad to say goodbye to the characters. So I imagined a land where characters continue on about their business without nosy readers peering over their shoulders, and I wondered what would happen if a girl from our world fell into theirs.  And that idea grew into Una Fairchild's adventures in STORYBOUND.

3.  What books did you enjoy reading as a child?
What a tough question!  When I was about Una's age, my favorite book was probably SOLO'S JOURNEY, by: Joy Smith Aiken.  I used to file my fingernails to be like claws, so I could imagine I was one of the cats in the book.  I also discovered THE LORD OF THE RINGS and ANNE OF GREEN GABLES around this time, books I still reread almost every year.

4.  What books do you enjoy reading now?
I love all sorts of books!  Fantasy and mystery novels are at the top of my list, though I'll try just about anything.

5.  What can we expect from you in the future?
The sequel to STORYBOUND, STORY'S END is due out in early 2013, so keep a lookout for that.


Win an ARC (advanced reader copy) signed by the author. To participate, please leave a comment below. You don't have to be a follower of this blog to participate, but extra entries can be earned by tweeting this post or posting it on facebook. Just be sure to tell me you did. The giveaway will remain open until April 17th.


  1. Thanks for the giveaway! :) I love books with plots like this.

    1. This sounds like such a fun book, you've got me intregued. I would love to enter to win.
      coreenamcburnie at gmail dot com

  2. This sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  3. I haven't gotten my hands on this one yet, so thank you for the opportunity! I love the idea of this story.

  4. Yay! :D This book seems so awesome. I would love to win a copy of it. <3 Hoping it is international, though :)
    Love, Carina

  5. Great interview Laura and Marissa. I love the one sentence pitch that makes me glad this is the next book I'm reading. Let someone else win because I have an ARC for Marissa's interview in May. Good luck with your debut Marissa.

  6. Fantastic interview, and I'm enjoying your A to Z theme so far!

    Kayla @ Bibliophilia, Please

  7. Awesome, thank you for the giveaway!

  8. I keep hearing great things about this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. This book sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I would love to read STORYBOUND with my daughter thank you.


  11. I've been looking forward to STORYBOUND for months! Good luck with it, Marissa!

  12. Thank you for the giveaway! I'm really excited about this book!

  13. This sounds so good! I'd love to win a copy! I'm trying to find more MG books to review on my blog. I am an old follower.

  14. Sounds great! I count MG as YA when I want to on BooksYALove!

  15. First of all, the cover of the book catches my eye everytime! Very attractive. The premise of the book is very interesting and definitely makes me want to read it. Thanks for a chance to win it!

  16. This sounds like a really good story. My daughter would love to read it.

  17. This sounds like a really good book my daughter would love to read

  18. I'm itching to get my hands on this one. Thanks a lot for the giveaway. :)

  19. wow, attractive cover and very interesting plot! Thanks for sharing!

  20. i enjoyed the interview and learning more about the author and book
    thanks for the chance to win!

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

  21. I've wanted to read this book ever since I first saw the cover. Thanks for the chance to win it! I follow you via email.

  22. I would love a chance to read this
    helldog3 at

  23. I love the sound of this book, I would love to win it!

  24. thanks so much for the contest! this sounds so fun!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  25. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Looks interesting, thanks!

  27. Can't wait to read this one!

  28. Amazing cover!
    cast454 at hotmail dot com

  29. It sounds really good, thank you for the chance to win. :D

  30. Sounds awesome! Thank you. Blog follower!

    lisalueddecke at yahoo dot com .


  31. I LOVE the Neverending Story (novel) and have read the Inkworld series as well. Storybound is one of those books that keeps catching my attention. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  32. Phew! I just made it. I would love to read this. I have never been big on fantasy until Harry Potter, and I was a late comer to that, too. Storybound sounds like I would love it. This is the type I actually found I love. No more vampires and werewolves please.

    The cover looks very appealing.

    Would love to win. morris(dot)suem@att(dot)net

  33. Entering the world of fairy tales. Hmmm. Could be scary, but never boring.


    hg195 at yahoo dot com