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Best Friends … Forever?

Today we welcome award winning author, Krysten Lindsay Hager,  to our site to talk about her latest book,  Best Friends… Forever. This is a novel with which many tweens and teens will be able to identify as they deal with the many issues surrounding true friendship. 
BestfriendforeverbannerwebsiteBest Friends…Forever? (Landry’s True Colors Series) by Krysten Lindsay Hager

I have always loved reading books that use humor and have realistic (and relatable) characters. I decided to write the book I wanted to read when I was in middle school and I’m overjoyed it’s now a series where people can follow along on Landry’s journey through dealing with friendships, the ups and downs of school, crushes, and insecurities. Sure, going back to that time in my own life was a little crazy, but lucky for me there weren’t camera phones to capture me dancing in the grade school talent show…while wearing jean shorts. If you’re not cringing yet, let’s just say I also had a moment of “genius” where I thought my super dark brown hair would look amazing with “Sun-In” highlights that actually turned my hair a lovely shade of copper. Sigh.

The Landry’s True Colors Series is a clean reads young adult/middle grade series about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, modeling, crushes, values, and self-image. Best Friends…Forever? was ranked at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values and #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values & Virtues Fiction. True Colors is an international bestselling book. Her new book, Next Door to a Star, will be released on September 1st.

Tag line: Good friends have your back, but some go behind it.

Blurb:  Landry Albright hopes the new year will start off in an amazing way—instead she has to deal with more frenemy issues, boy drama, and having most of her best friends make the cheerleading squad without her. Suddenly, it seems like all anyone can talk about is starting high school next year—something she finds terrifying.

Landry gets her first boyfriend, but then gets dumped just as things come to a head with her friends. She feels lost and left out, but finds good advice about dealing with frenemies from what she considers an unlikely source. Landry faces having to speak up for what’s right, tell the truth (even when it hurts), and how to get past the fear of failure as she gets another shot at competing in the American Ingénue modeling competition.

Excerpt:

I got ready for bed and then stopped to check my social media page one more time and that’s when I saw it — another picture of Peyton, India, and Devon hanging out. They were sitting on the couch with their heads scrunched close together and laughing. It was a cute picture, but then I saw the caption: So glad we could all be together for the holidays. Love these guys soooo much! Best friends forever. #Alltogether #Threemusketeers #BestFriendsForever #ThreeBestFriends #ThreesCompany.

My heart sank. It was India’s caption and anyone who read it would think what a closeknit group of friends and not realize anyone was missing from that photo. Sure, I was in another state, so naturally I couldn’t be there for it, but the way India wrote that made me feel so left out. I mean, what did she mean by the “ʺThree’s Company”ʺ hashtag? And sometimes people tagged friends who weren’t there in pictures and added, “ʺWish you were here,”ʺ but there was no mention of a fourth member of the group.

“Ready for bed, hon?” Mom asked coming into my room.

“Yeah, just signing off.”

“Okay, sleep well.”

I got into bed and hoped I was reading into things, but the knot in my stomach wouldn’t go away.

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Author bio: Krysten Lindsay Hager is a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and writes middle grade, YA, humor essays, and adult fiction. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in Portugal, South Dakota, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.

What people are saying about True Colors (Landry’s True Colors Series Book One):

From Teenage Book Recommendations in the UK: “This is a fantastically relatable and real book which I feel captures all of the insecurities and troubles which haunt the modern teenage girl. It is about a young model who has to go through tough times when she is torn between a life as a model and managing her friendships. You learn which friends she can most trust and which will create the drama typical of teenage life. Follow the life of Landry and try to see if you can find out which are her true friends before their true colours are revealed. This book is all about relationships, hopes and truth. I loved this book!”

From Books & Authors Spot: “This book is such an inspiration for those who just care about their looks and are tensed about them. This thing is looks aren’t everything. This book is related to every teen’s problem. Hager has written a very inspiring novel.”

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Best-Friends-Forever-Landrys-Colors-ebook/dp/B00UIP1N5S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426663576&sr=8-1&keywords=krysten

Amazon international: http://authl.it/B00UIP1N5S

Barnesandnoble.com: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/krysten-lindsay-hager

itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/krysten-lindsay-hager/id890673226?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/search?query=Krysten%20Lindsay%20Hager&fcsearchfield=Author&fclanguages=all

Connect with Krysten:

Website: http://www.krystenlindsay.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/krystenlindsay

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KrystenLindsayHagerAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KrystenLindsay

Novel Launch – The Discovery Set’s Sail!

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I am so proud to announce that  the 2nd Edition of The Ultimate Treasure Quest I: The Jewel of Peru is now available  on Amazon and Teachers Pay Teachers! Here are just a few of the responses  from independent critics so far :

“Jewel of Peru took me on an adventure from page one. Sharon Skretting has captured Peru and deftly woven elements of the culture and geography into a fast-paced treasure hunt. It was well written, entertaining and introduced me to new ideas.   I loved making little discoveries along the way about the people and places. I found some of the features of Peru so interesting, I looked them up the Internet and was delighted to find things just as she described. Fact and fantasy blend seamlessly in this delightful tale.”   —Sara Marchand, Beta Reader

Jewel of Peru is a magical adventure through time, taking Captain Christopher and his loyal crew of orphaned stowaways on a perilous quest in search of Christopher’s missing parents. After his father’s ship is found abandoned at sea, Christopher makes an unexpected discovery on board – The Ultimate Treasure Chest! Unwilling to believe his parents could be dead, Christopher and his friends set sail in pursuit of The Ultimate Treasure with the hope that it will lead him to his mom and dad. When a savage pirate and a corrupt business man join forces to steal The Ultimate Treasure for themselves, the gang must come face to face with the devastating impact of human greed on our planet and figure out a way to reverse decades of ecological devastation before it’s too late. Expertly crafted with young readers in mind, Jewel of Peru is as educational as it is entertaining. Deftly imparting the value of environmental conservation, readers will journey through the stunning landscape of Peru as Christopher and his companions learn what it means to become Master Keepers of the Earth’s greatest treasures.  

—Kelley Fitzpatrick Holland, Quiethouse Copy Editing

Jewel was an enthralling story from start to finish. Once I started this book, I did not want to put it down. Sharon did a fantastic job on creating a unique story that left me wanting more. I haven’t read another book like it, and that is what I loved about it. I loved how readers will learn important concepts throughout this story. The importance of sharing, protecting the environment, etc. Children will also see how greediness can affect others. Sharon did a fantastic job with the world-building. It was well crafted and well thought out. I was able to vividly see everything going on around me.              — Kristina Snyder, Beta Reader

I am excited and pleased with the response thus far, but I want to hear what you think of the Jewel of Peru.  Get your copy today and kindly leave an honest review or post your comment here! I want to know if you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Thanks all,

Sharon

Introducing Lynn Horn to The Quest Teaching Team!

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The Jewel of Peru was written for all readers who love a great story,  but also for teachers who want an effective way to hook students into learning! Here is what a recent reviewers had to say:

The educational value of many of the places and objects that are so well-described here cannot be overstated – from 18th century sea craft to gemstones to the wonders of Peru and the perils the natural world is facing, there is learning material for readers of any age. —Kelley Fitzpatrick Holland

Teachers are always looking for ways to ‘hook’ their  students on reading. Here it is-adventure, danger and intrigue wrapped into one super book!”    —Carol Jones

To provide even more educational value to the novel and its use in the classroom, I am honoured to announce that I have teamed up with  Teacher/Author Lynn Horn to bring you more excellent teaching materials.  She has joined the Quest Teaching team as the creator of teacher products to support my novel, The Jewel of Peru.  She also has many other quality educational products that you might find helpful in your classroom so give her store a look today! The 2nd edition of  the novel has just been released and  is now available for a short time at the introductory price of  99¢.

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“Hi, I’m Lynn from TiePlay Educational Resources. I’ve worked with kids for over eleven years, and I have recently decided to homeschool! I’m a certified teacher for elementary grades PK-6 and SPED Pk-12. I have a B.S. in Exceptional Child, M. Ed, and an Ed.S in Curriculum and Instruction. I have four wonderful children, a great husband, and two fluffy cats. I have many hobbies, cooking, reading, gardening, traveling and creating educational materials for teachers. I am a big history buff and I learn new things each and every day.”
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Best,
Lynn
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