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Friday, March 2, 2012

Welcome to Shellie Neumier

Shellie is joining us to day on the YA/MG Blog Bonanza. As well as tell us about her new release "Wishing Ring" Shelley has also given visitors something to do. A puzzle and a colouring page. Happy puzzling. Over to Shellie.

The King’s castle stands alone atop Grand Ur Mountain, but even that does not match the solitude surrounding Princess Ali. With a carrot-shaped nose, she trudges through her princess duties with the most unfortunate face. With her pet greybar (a creature with the head of a greyhound, body of a polar bear, and wings of an eagle) as her only friend, Ally dreams of becoming a beautiful princess.
When Cory, a ninja-in-training, drops through the royal chimney, he does not intend to enlist the help of anyone, much less a girl, but she holds the key to the Creator’s map. The ancient map marks the secret hiding place of the magic Wishing Ring, a ring grants the wearer one wish.
Cory’s mysterious need for the ring and Ali’s dream of a beauty send the pair to a forgotten land. Only the war ravaged clan of Odana can translate the map’s key. But even if they manage to find a translator, the question remains—can they beat the Ogre who guards the ring?


“Are you going to help me, or not?” the voice cried.

“I thought you didn't need my help.”

“Just pull on my foot.”

“Didn't your mother teach you any manners?” Ally posted her hands on her hips once more.

“Oh for the love of flies, will you pull my foot, puhleez?”

“I'd be happy to,” she said. Ally stood, reached forward, and grabbed the ankle. But when she pulled with all her might, the voice cried out in pain, and the foot hadn’t budged an inch. Ally paused, rubbed her nose, and thought for a second while the boy whimpered from the chimney. “Hold on for a second.”

“No problem, I'm not going anywhere.”

Ally raced down the hall and into the kitchen. There, Wakoshoo lay on his mat beside the warm stove. His legs kicked the air as he dreamed.

“Wakoshoo, come.” Ally hated to waken her friend, but a boy's life could be at stake. On the other hand, maybe it was just his pride. She snickered. Whatever the stakes, she wanted to know who hung in her fireplace and why.

URL for the puzzle and coloring page:


Rosemary Gemmell said...

I do like the sound of that book, Shellie! Great idea to have a puzzle and colouring page.

Edith Parzefall said...

I've read The Wishing Ring and loved it. Funny, charming, enthralling and full of amazing twists. Wish you great success with this novel featuring fascinating creatures.

Lisa Lickel said...

Aha! So this is where you are today - nice seeing you around. I agree with Edith, lovable, quotable book. I'll save it for the someday grandkids.

Michelle Pickett said...

The blurb sounds wonderful, something my twins daughters would devour. Excellent idea to include the coloring page!

Very nice excerpt!

Marva Dasef said...

MG fantasy after my own heart. I love plenty of humor in my fantasy, the ones I read of course. My personal fantasies know no boundaries (I love the 'no know' phrasing).

Marva Dasef said...

I meant 'know no' of course. That'll teach me to write comments with half a brain.

Sue Perkins said...

HI Shellie
Hope you're having a good time on the Blog Bonanza. I'm very pleased to have you as my guest. The Wishing Ring sounds like my kind of book.

Wendy said...

In a word: 'I'm off to buy Shellie Neumier's The Wishing Ring!" sounds magical. I know 3 young sisters who will love it.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Congratulations on your book. It sounds like a great story for young readers and the not so young like me. :)

Shellie said...

Oooh, I'm so sorry I didn't drop in sooner! (That'll teach me to have a 'no-tech' weekend:D. Just wanted to try it once...:D) Thank you all for your sweet words and thank you for letting me drop by, Sue! I hope those of you who are thinking about reading it, enjoy it and thank you so much, to those with the kind words! Lisa, you're too funny:D. And Edith, I'm so glad you liked it:).

Off to see what kind of crazy trouble I can get into:).

PS. my apologies for the name mix ups in this post. I grabbed an older version and didn't catch the name switches:(. And that would be why I have a deep respect for editors:). hee-hee-hee.