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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Year the Swallows Came Earl Blog Book Tour - Day Three

For this final day in this blog book tour for The Year the Swallows Came Early I would like to do three things. First of all I want to tell you that the author of this book has generously offered two signed copies of her book which she will send to two of you lucky readers. Drop me a line if you want to be in the drawing for these giveaways. Please give me your name and address in your email.

Next I want to give you a little information about Kathryn:

When Kathryn was thirteen years old, her mother sent her to New York City over the summer to visit her grandmother, who was a science fiction author. After seeing how her grandmother could make the characters in her books into whomever she wanted, Kathryn decided that she, too, wanted to become a writer someday. Years later, after teaching elementary school, and taking many classes, she now writes full time and lives with her husband, two sons, and her dog, Holly, in Monarch Beach, California.

Kathryn was born in New York City, but grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. She holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University. Her favorite thing to do is walk her dog, Holly, who, she says is so smart, she can practically empty the dishwasher. She also likes organizing absolutely anything, including messy garages, closets, and even cluttered junk drawers. If she could, she would eat the same thing for lunch everyday, which would be a ham, Swiss cheese, and tomato Panini, a green apple, and a chocolate soufflĂ©.

You can find out more about Kathryn on her splendid website.

And finally, I want to talk about food. Yes, food. Food plays an important role in this book. More than anything Groovy wants to become a chef, and she begins to see that people often have an affinity for certain foods. They also turn to certain foods when they are upset, happy, or angry. I thought it might be interesting to find out from you what kinds of foods you like to eat when you are happy or sad.

I'll get the ball rolling by telling you what I like to eat at the high and low moments in my life. When I am happy I eat large amounts of fruit. I crave fruit salads and fruit tarts. I like to cook outdoors and enjoy the world around me. When I am blue or upset, I don my cozy clothes and hanker for homemade macaroni and cheese, chicken soup, and baked pasta dishes. I want warm scones and a cup of tea.

I'd like to add that am also very partial to stawberries dipped in chocolate, which is one of the things that Groovy makes in this story. You will find her recipe at the back of the book.

Please visit the other sites participating in this blog.

A Christian Worldview of Fiction, All About Children’s Books, Becky’s Book Reviews, Booking Mama, Cafe of Dreams, Dolce Bellezza, Fireside Musings, Homeschool Buzz, Hyperbole, KidzBookBuzz.com, Looking Glass Reviews, Maw Books Blog, Never Jam Today, Novel Teen, Reading is My Superpower

Thank you for this splendid book Kathryn. I look forward to the next one.


Anonymous said...

Wow, two free books! Cool beans.

This was one of the best books, so I'm glad to know two of your lucky blog readers are going to win The Year the Swallows Came Early.

If your readers want another chance to win, Becky's Book Reviews, Fireside Musings, and All About Children's Books are also giving away free books this week.

Thanks! I love your blog!

Kathryn Fitzmaurice said...

Thank you very much for hosting me on your blog this week. It was a wonderful expereince!

Nicole said...


When I am happy, I like mashed potatoes.... or maybe eating mashed potatoes makes me happy...

When I am sad I like prefer to drink hot chocolate or tea.

When I am angry, I need something chewy.

Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Food. I have to say, for me, it's a cup off coffee in a cozy place on a cold rainy day, preferable across the table from a good friend.

I thought it was great that Kathryn included the recipe for the chocolate covered strawberries!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book. I loved the first chapter, which I read on Amazon. If I don't win, I'll definitely spring for it.

Comfort food for me is homemade tapioca pudding with a scoop of a really good jam swirled throughout.


Anonymous said...

Whoa! Sorry I'm new at this posting comments business. First I signed off with the name of a friend of mine that I was thinking about--Janice--instead of my own--Janie. Second, I didn't see a place for my e-mail address so I don't know how you would let me know if I win. It's jolougheryATyahooD0Tcom. Thanks--hope this does the trick. Janie

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