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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Return to Cardamom Blog Tour {Interview and Giveaway}

I'm excited to have the Return to Cardamom Blog Tour stopping by today! Below you'll find info about the series, a character interview, and a giveaway...

About Return to Cardamom
Return to Cardamom by Julie Anne Grasso
Return to Cardamom
 (Caramel Cardamom Trilogy, Book #2) 
by Julie Anne Grasso 
July 17, 2013 
Pages: 136 (Paperback) 
Recommended Age: 9+
Life is sweet for Caramel and things are finally getting back to normal. Well, as normal as it can be for a telepathic elf who can train trees and control computers, but she soon finds life on Cardamom is not all cupcakes and apple cider. A saboteur is hiding in the rainforest canopy, and the elves’ precious cardamom export has been wiped out. Caramel is certain it’s another trick of Alexander222 and her Aunt Isabel, but no one will believe her, and the clock is ticking. She must expose the saboteur in time to save the crop or the Elves of Cardamom will lose their livelihood. Caramel won’t rest until her theory is proven. While she is on the hunt, she makes a shocking discovery, one that will change everything.  


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The Buzz About Book 1: 

Escape From the Forbidden Planet

Escape from the Forbidden Planet by Julie Anne Grasso

"Julie Anne Grasso has created an action-packed story featuring a range of interesting and imaginative characters (i.e., elves, the Alexanders, and other creatures), intergalactic travel, advanced medical and scientific technology, and complex environmental and conservation issues. Escape From the Forbidden Planet contains an intricate plot which slowly unfolds until you're hooked and you are left on the edge of your proverbial seat wondering what will happen next." ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews, 5 Stars

"It's part geeky, part science, and part fun, all brought together to become this awesome book called Escape From The Forbidden Planet. I would recommend this book to reading age kids and adults who like sci-fi kids books. Definitely something different. I really enjoyed reading it!" ~ Michael S., Amazon, 5 Stars

"I loved this book. Super great series for middle graders. I loved Caramel. She has a great attitude and determination. I really admired how she was focused on getting home, saving her family but also made the best of being stuck on an alien planet. Definitely a book with great role models for kids. I really hope there is more to come where this came from. Kids need books like this with catchy stories, solid characters who have good values that they can relate to." ~ Unorthodox Mama, Goodreads, 5 Stars.

 Get your FREE COPY of Escape From the Forbidden Planet by Julie Anne Grasso July 17 to 21, 2013. Available for 99 cents after July 21, 2013. ***

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Today we have a real treat for you folks.
It’s not often you have a telepathic elf and an inventing clone together for an interview, but oh… I correct myself, we have Caramel with us today and Alexander222 will be coming to us live from his super secret hiding place amongst the stars. He is of course on the run from the Chairman of the Intergalactic Council for crimes committed against the Elves of Cardamom. 
So Caramel, welcome to my blogosphere! Tell me, what’s it like being able to read people’s minds?
Caramel chuckles and her cheeks turn the color of a Santa Claus suit
Thanks for inviting me Aeicha. Well, I can read your thoughts and I know you are totally craving a cupcake right now, but I suspect that could be any time of the day, am I right?
Aeicha turns a shade of plum.
But seriously Aeicha, it’s cool, but it’s not really that big a deal on Cardamom. We can all read thoughts. It’s pretty bad manners to do what I just did though.
So you have never been tempted to read your friends or families thoughts?
Caramel looks like she has just eaten a bad curry
Yeah, sometimes, but the last time I did that I found out a bit more than I bargained for.
Really Caramel, tell all. What did you find out?
Caramel coughs a few times
Well, I can’t really tell you because that would give away some of the story and I know Ms Grasso who writes down all my adventures wouldn’t be too happy with me. She’s a nurse too you know. My mum tells me you never cross a nurse, or one day you might end up needing cardio pulmonary resuscitation and she might just run a bit slower than usual.
Mental note, never cross Ms Grasso, unless I offer her a cupcake for appeasement. Tap tap tap. Oh, what’s that, oh, yes, of course, Alexander222 is on the line.
Tell us Alexander222. What did you really do in order to be a fugitive?
Oh, please, it was all a misunderstanding. In book 1 you may have heard how I discovered an amazing reaction by adding cardamom pods to a sticky toffee syrup. A truly incredible invention if I do say so myself. Well, those pesky elves of Cardamom weren’t going to just hand over their pods, so I had to improvise. And oh well, … Isabel, (Caramel’s Aunt) was the obvious choice really. That stuffy old King Carob was never going to strike a trade agreement with me so I got rid of him so to speak.
Meanwhile Caramel is gripping her seat
Yeah by forcing him into service on your home planet of Ishqwartz, as well as exiling me and my parents to a forbidden planet!
Yes, but it all worked out in the end and I hear Caramel had a great deal to do with that. So Caramel, what have you been up to since returning from the “Forbidden Planet”?
Caramel’s relaxes in her chair
Well, I have been studying healing at the Elf-care, but it’s almost summer so I will be going back to visit my friend Jemm in the rainforest canopy. I’ll be able to continue my tree tending training while I am there.
Wow, Caramel, healing and tree tending, is there anything else you can do.
Caramel looks sheepish
Oh, well I can control computers with my thoughts too, but I only just figured that out. You will find out more about that in Ms Grasso’s sequel “Return To Cardamom”
Well, Caramel, if I am ever in need of a virus scan, I will know to ask you instead of using that silly program I installed the other day that never seems to work.
Caramel nods excitedly
So Alexander222 will we be hearing more from you in Ms Grasso’s book 2, or are you going to just stay in hiding for the whole book.
Oh, Miss Aeicha, you are in for the ride of your life. Yes I will be back in book 2, and I can guarantee you that pesky little elf isn’t going to thwart my plans this time. Mark my words.
Caramel rolls her eyes.
Well, that’s about all we have time for. Don’t miss out on Ms Grasso’s gripping sequel, “Return to Cardamom, ” available right now on Amazon and hop on down to the rafflecopter below to get yourself in the draw to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Julie Grasso - Author Julie Anne Grasso is an Australian author with a background in paediatric nursing. She spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed great courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories about a little girl elf just like them. Add in some very funky technology, her love of science fiction and desire to impart great values through her little girl elf named Caramel and there you have it, the Adventures of Caramel Cardamom Trilogy was the result. Julie lives in Melbourne with her husband Danny and their little elf Giselle. Most days she can be found sipping chai lattes, chasing a toddler, and dreaming up wonderful worlds that often involve consumption of cupcakes.  

Facebook page: Julie Anne Grasso Books
Twitter: @Jujuberry37
Goodreads Author: Julie Anne Grasso

 Return to Cardamom Blog Tour Giveaway 

Return to Cardamom by Julie Anne GrassoAmazon $50 Gift Card
Prize: One winner will receive a copy (print in U.S./Canada & e-copy interntionally) + a $50 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash
Contest runs: July 17th to August 7th, 11:59 pm, 2013 
Open: Worldwide
How to enter: Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. 
Terms and Conditions: A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. If you have any additional questions - feel free to send us an email! 


Jambo said...

Hurrah, thanks so much for joining me on the blog tour and for the interview Aiecha. It was totally Elvo.

Virtual cupcakes to you....

Julie Anne Grasso

Renee C. said...

That was AWESOME! Love, love, love your interview with Caramel and Alexander 222. lol They are just as I'd imagined they would be. Thanks for taking part in the Return to Cardamom Blog Tour Aeicha!

And trust me, I agree about never crossing a nurse! ;)

Hummingbird (20SecondsWithMC) said...

This interview is hysterical and so well done. Nice job all around. Now to find a cupcake --- or two. ;)

Cathy L Murphy said...

Wonderfully imaginative interview! Again with the mention of yummy things to eat! As I always say "there's always room for dessert!"