When Amber Elby asked if I would like to participate in the blog tour for the second book in her trilogy based on Shakespearian lore, I was so excited! She has put together a blog tour where on each stop, a new page of the book will be unveiled and there are also little interview sections at each stop. For October 7, we will be looking at page 7 of Double Double Toil and Amber Elby's favourite places to travel! You can check out the first book here.
Six months after the events of Cauldron’s Bubble...
Alda is stranded in her remote cottage, unable to recreate the magical object that allows her to travel between time and place. Meanwhile, Dreng’s home with Miranda on a distant island begins to crumble. They both escape to Fairy Land, where they become embroiled in a battle of immortals as the clans of Queen Titania and King Oberon fight for supremacy. In order to restore order and return to their worlds, Dreng must rely on his adversary, Caliban, while Alda discovers an ally in the mysterious Ophelia. In a realm where only humans can die, will Alda and Dreng save themselves and, more importantly, each other? Or will they succumb to the fantastical powers in play?
Double Double Toil continues to build on the world introduced in Cauldron’s Bubble by intertwining Shakespeare’s plays in a unique and exciting way, introducing their stories to new readers and established Bard fans alike. Elements and characters from Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet combine in this fast-paced tale of magic and adventure. Read on…
Amber Elby's favourite places to travel!
Sometimes I think that I would rather be anywhere but where I am. That is why I travel.
My tastes in vacations vary drastically depending on my mood, the time of year, and, of course, budget. My favorite “let’s go this very moment” destination is the American Southwest. I live in Austin, Texas, so technically I’m in the Southwest, but my home still has green grass and deciduous trees and rolling hills instead of mountains. A “short drive” to the northwest (6-12 hours) lands you in New Mexico, a state with mountains and deserts and snow. Within 45 minutes, one can go from snowtubing at Cloudcroft to sledding on the glistening sand dunes at White Sands National Monument. The entire Southwest region, from the Rio Grande to the Four Corners to California, is diverse and magical and desolate, and this variation is also what makes it an exciting destination.
Whenever I have the means, or whenever plane tickets go on sale, my family and I enjoy spending time in Britain. Although we love London in small doses, especially its theatres and museums, the crowds and noise can become too much rather quickly. So we instead escape to the countryside, the castles and moors of the North. Our favorite haunt is Haworth in Yorkshire, home of the Brontë family, where we hike the footpaths and appreciate idyllic small town life. My daughters also enjoy castles like those in Skipton and Scarborough, which is the final resting place of our favorite Brontë sister, Anne. During our most recent trip in 2017, we drove across the country from St. Bee’s to Robin Hood’s Bay, but we eventually hope to walk that distance (once the girls are taller with more endurance). In the near future, we hope to explore the southern coast of Cornwall and return to the castles of Wales.
Despite my preference for remote destinations, my family often visits Walt Disney World in Florida. We have taken our daughters fifteen times in seven years because it is, in a word, easy. That is not to say it’s not exhausting (it is), but Disney offers a convenient vacation that is pretty much guaranteed to please everyone in our family. We usually drive there (my travel motto is “only fly if you have to cross an ocean”), so we also experience sites like the Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana and destinations like Fort De Soto and Tarpon Springs on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Despite the frequency of our Disney vacations, we plan different activities each time yet still enjoy returning to our favorite rides and attractions and the nostalgic feelings they evoke.
Whenever I talk about traveling, I can’t help but smile. The adventure, wonder, and novelty of visiting new places will never cease to create magic in my life.
Book launch: Austin, Texas at Malvern Books on October 14 at 2:00 pm.
Panels: Mid-Cities Teen Book Fest at North Richland Hills Library in Texas on October 20 from 11:00 to 5:00pm.
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