Be sure to check out the full schedule of this year’s 3rd Annual March MG Madness and enter to win a box of 6 books!
I'm so thrilled to be starting off this year's March MG Madness with one of my favorite middle-grade authors, Robert Gray! Robert's Nightmare Series is such spooktacular fun and all kinds of awesome. I got the chance to sit down with one of my fave characters from this series for an interview, plus there's a fab giveaway...
EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHRIEKS (BOOK 1) For fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows, life can be summed up in one word—horrible. She has the most horrible friends. She lives in a horrible old castle. Even her family is a bunch of horrible monsters. However, in the monster-inhabited world of Gravesville—a world where messages are sent through Ouija boards, jack-o’-lanterns get facials to suit their moods, and the worst thing Eve has to deal with are those annoying zombie tourists who overrun her favorite graveyard during the Halloween season—horrible means wonderful. And everything for Eve is perfectly horrible. But her life is about to go head over heels when a mysterious group known as The Source starts terrorizing Gravesville. Now she must move to the human world—where everything is opposite ... and for Eve, that's absolutely adorable!
EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHADOWS (BOOK 2) Ever since encountering The Source and its minions on Halloween, Eve Hallows has found life surprisingly quiet … not to mention adorably boring! So when Dad receives a Ouija message that she must return to Gravesville, Eve couldn't be happier—at least until she discovers the Director of URNS, also known as the Grim Reaper, has a special job for Eve … one that will lead her to New York City and to the true identity of The Source.With The Book of Shrieks offering zero help and a new URNS agent driving the school boys—and Eve!—crazy, Eve's beginning to realize this whole saving-the-world nonsense isn't what it's cracked up to be.All this and she still has to find The Book of Shadows....
EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHIVERS
So far, Eve's summer vacation has been uneventful, but when her grandparents—traveling all the way from the monster world known as Gravesville—appear at her doorstep, she learns that the URNS Director has gone missing. Worse, a new director, bent on destroying humans, has taken over URNS. Eve and her family are no longer safe in the human world, and as they race to escape this new threat, Eve stumbles into a trap, which forces her back to Gravesville along with her family and friends. But once there, everything goes adorably wrong, and her best chance to get out of this mess is to seek out The Book of Shivers and the elusive author Sedrick Creach—the only creature who knows the secrets of the Nightmare Books. Unfortunately for Eve, searching for Sedrick and the next book in the series will reveal uncomfortable details about her own murky past. Once again, Eve and her friends find themselves on an incredible adventure—one that involves underground battles with bloodthirsty creatures, a lightning-fueled train, and some unexpected new allies. Hilarious and bone-chilling, this third book continues the story of an unlikely hero trying to save not one, but two worlds … This time around, though, Eve's not sure she can even save herself.
Robert Gray is a writer. If that job description doesn’t impress you, how about fantasy writer? Too general? Well, he doesn’t get insulted if you call him a horror writer. If horror’s not your thing, then scratch out horror and replace it with suspense. And for the kiddies, you can slap on a YA or MG in front of that title. Gray lives in Bushkill, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.
Hello, Steve, and welcome to Word Spelunking! Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting with us today.
So, as a human friend to someone who was raised by monsters, in a world filled with monsters, can you tell us what it’s like to know and love Eve Hallows?
Oh, Eve is totally cool. Ever since she moved here, my life has been all sorts of exciting—battling evil mutations and saving worlds and all that stuff. And she has a monster family, too. Seriously? That's just awesome with a side of epic.
What’s one special thing you’ve come to learn about Eve, that readers may be surprised to learn about this horribly awesome girl?
She'll probably get embarrassed that I'm mentioning this, because she thinks she's all kick-butt and junk, but she cries at horror movies, like all the time. Whenever the monster dies at the end, it's waterworks city with her. Everyone else is walking out of the movie theatre all pale and traumatized and she's got tears running down her face. It's too funny.
Since meeting Eve and her family, you’ve experienced and come face to face with some crazy, scary, thrilling things! What has been some of the most memorable things you’ve experienced or encountered so far, as Eve’s friend?
Jasmine. Jasmine. Jasmine.
You recently took a trip to Eve’s homeworld, Gravesville. Can you tell us what that was like?!
Best trip ever! Gravesville is like Disney World … except maybe for the fact that some of the characters want to kill you. And, yeah, don't even bother trying to get an autograph. Monsters aren't in to that stuff. Who would've thought? The rides in Gravesville are amazing, though, which more than makes up for the grumpy attitudes.
If YOU were able to turn into ANY monster and reside in Gravesville, what would you become? Why?
A werewolf, definitely. They like to party hard and put off their responsibilities, which is pretty much how I roll, too. Hmm, now that I think about it, I found this long hair on my chest the other day. Maybe I am turning into a werewolf. After everything I’ve seen over the last year, it wouldn’t surprise me.
As you may know, some kooky fellow named Robert Gray is sharing Eve’s (and your!) story with the world in his Nightmare Series! Can you tell readers, in ONE sentence, why they should give these books a try?
I would hold off on buying these books, at least until I start getting paid for all this world saving we’re doing. Seriously, we do all the work, and the guy sitting in his comfy chair gets all the cash. So not fair.
Ok, one last question: You stop by Eve’s family’s restaurant, Ghoulicious Pizza- what delectable pizza concoction do you order?!
Pssh. I'll eat anything there. It's all delicious. And since I work there, I eat for free. Bonus!
Thank you SO MUCH Steve (and Robert!) for stopping by and chatting with me today! If you haven't had the chance to read this series yet, GET ON THAT! I can't recommend these fantastic, fun books enough!
Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
The awesome Robert Gray has generously offered up a $25 GC to Amazon for one lucky winner. You could buy some cool middle-grade books with that gift card...I recommend The Nightmare Series! ;)
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