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Alice Parker’s Metamorphosis

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Alice Parker’s Metamorphosis, by Nicola Palmer, is a delightful tale of a young girl transitioning into her teen years. For Alice, though, the transition is a bit different. I won’t spoil the magic of her transformation, but I will tell you that she is not as alone as she thinks she is at the time. Children will be able to relate to Alice feeling alone during stressful times only to be warmly supported out of nowhere. Alice’s support system is as magical and wonderful as she is herself. Watch for minor characters in the early part of the book foreshadowing that support later!

The book is not all sunshine and beauty, however. As soon as she is warmly welcomed into her new world, Alice is sent to rescue a man from a dangerous situation. This adds tension to the story, but it’s not too dark. This book is great for upper elementary kids, or preteens who need a break from dark paranormal or vampires.

Alice Parker and the Mind Magician, the second book in the series, is now available.

Book 3 of Alice Parker’s Adventures will be released at the beginning of August 2012.

Nicola Palmer: Favorites

Nicola, what are your three favorite parts of your book, Alice Parker’s Metamorphosis?

1. The metamorphosis  – obviously!

2. Alice: ‘I don’t do nice.’

3. ‘There she was again!  That blonde girl in the mirror who looked perfectly normal, but was gradually realizing she was anything but.’

Those are great picks! My own favorites are:

1. The Finwip society. What a great concept! I am totally entranced by the notion of fairies evolving to exist in modern human society. Without giving too much of a spoiler, I’ll say that the village of the Finwips is a special place that will stay with you long after you put the book down.

2. The wings themselves on the new age fairies were beautiful and unique. I loved their description and the explanation as to why they were so different.

3. Alice’ brother is a typical older brother. He ignores her and keeps to himself. But he makes my favorite list because he is completely supportive when she begins to change.

Come back tomorrow for my review of Nicola’s book.

Nicola Palmer: Interview

Nicola Palmer, author of Alice Parker’s Metamorphosis

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Hello!  If you have already read one of my books; thank you so much.  I really hope you enjoyed getting acquainted with Alice and discovering Finwip society.  I love to hear from my readers, so your feedback is always welcome.  You never know – perhaps your suggestions will appear in the next book!
What was your favorite book as a child or teen?

If I must limit it to just one: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I had lots of favorites!

 

I find it interesting to know what environment people write in. Do they use a pen and paper, laptop? Quiet room, music or what? Dog at their feet? Cat on the desk?

I write the outline notes for my books using pen and paper – I like the flexibility of being able to jot down ideas wherever I am, indoors or outdoors, in the car (not while I’m driving!)

The story itself is written on my laptop sitting at my desk.  I’m afraid I prefer silence for concentrating!  My dog, a very moody Golden Retriever named Lewis, is usually sulking at my feet.  He despises my laptop; he sees it as competition for attention!

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

My aim was to take readers on a fantastic journey of discovery, using characters and an environment which are real enough to make it believable.  However, I can’t deny that a message is always beneath the surface, and that is, ‘it’s OK to be different.’  In fact, it’s an advantage!  Life would be so dull if we were all the same.
What sort of Starbuck’s coffee would your characters order?

Alice and Sarah are very loyal to the Coffee Cauldron!  They don’t drink coffee, so they always have a hot chocolate with the works.  Thomas likes the occasional Caramel Macchiato, while Grandad is a fan of Americano.

Come back tomorrow to learn about Nicola’s (and my) favorite parts of her book.

Nicola Palmer: Author Bio

Nicola Palmer lives in Warwickshire, England, where she writes fantasy adventures for children aged 9 – 99.  She studied Modern Languages at Exeter College, Oxford, which fueled her passion for literature and inspired her to write for young readers.

Alice Parker’s Metamorphosis is her first book.  The series begins as a light-hearted fantasy, but as it progresses, the themes become more mysterious and the characters darker.  In Book 2, Alice Parker & the Mind Magician, Alice encounters the power of mind control.

Book 3 of Alice Parker’s Adventures will be released at the beginning of August 2012.

Unfortunately, Nicola doesn’t have her own magic letterbox, but she loves to be contacted via one of the links below:

nicolapalmerwriter@gmail.com

http://nicolapalmerwriter.blogspot.com

http://facebook.com/AliceParkersAdventures

http://twitter.com/nicolalpalmer

Come back tomorrow for an interview with Nicola Palmer.

Nicola Palmer: Book Synopsis

Alice Parker’s Metamorphosis

synopsis

Thirteen-year-old Alice Parker knows something isn’t right; mysterious aches and pains, a craving for sugar that’s out of control. Suddenly she is top of the class in every subject.

Baffled by what is happening to her and feeling at odds with the world, Alice can’t take much more. Only when she collapses and experiences a life-changing transformation does she discover why she is different.

But this new, incredible identity brings its own challenges and Alice isn’t convinced she can rise to them. She just wants to be normal!

The fact is she’s anything but…

Book 3 of Alice Parker’s Adventures will be released at the beginning of August 2012.

Come back tomorrow to meet Nicola Palmer, author of Alice Parker’s Metamorphosis.

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