We are pleased to be coordinating a Book Review Blitz for the middle grade book, “Reality Natalie” authored by Katie Sparks. Love the premise behind this one and can see the appeal for tweens and teens (Blitz ends March 20, 2015).
Details About This Blitz
You will be provided with an electronic copy of the book (mobi, epub, pdf). You will have until March 20, 2015 to post a review to Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, and/or your website (posting to Amazon is mandatory; posting elsewhere is optional). Once you post your review to one or more of these sites, you will have the opportunity to enter a draw for a $50 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash) using the Rafflecopter widget below.
NOTE: Reviews must be at least 5 sentences specifying what you liked (or didn’t like) about the book and who you would recommend the book to if asked. We understand that some of you may not enjoy the book – ALL REVIEWS are welcome but we do expect honest, fair, and thoughtful reviews of the book. Regardless of whether you enjoyed the book or not, please tell us why – constructive feedback is always helpful to an author. Reviews appearing on Amazon before January 20, 2015 are not eligible for this blitz.
*At the conclusion of the Book Review Blitz, I will be posting excerpts from the reviews on Amazon, and other sites and will be including links back to your post if you posted a review of the book on your website. *
About the Book
Title: Reality Natalie | Author: Katie Sparks | Publication Date: October 15, 2014 | Publisher: Firedrake Books LLC | Pages: 150 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 13
Book Summary: When the most popular kids’ TV show, Kidz Konnection, decides to hold auditions for a guest host spot, the show’s BIGGEST fan decides to audition.
[Cue Natalie Greyson]
Eleven-year-old Natalie is determined to overcome her habit of turning into a tongue-tied, air ball burping, runny-nose disaster whenever something embarrassing happens in front of an audience so she can audition for the coveted role. As the show’s biggest fan, no one could possibly deserve it more than her!
Except a GIANT obstacle stands in her way: her parents deny her permission to audition.
To make matters even worse, Natalie’s naturally talented best friend, Kailyn, decides to audition too, and will stop at nothing to win. With their friendship suddenly in question, Natalie turns to her blog, In A “Nat” Shell, to vent her frustrations, but Natalie’s emotional outpouring and lies only creates more anxiety for herself. With the stakes high, Natalie goes against her parent’s wishes and decides to audition, but Kailyn has her own secret plan to be Number One, even if it means doing so at the expense of her best friend. Can Natalie find a way out of the drama and into the spotlight? Or will the competitive pressure cause her to lose her ultimate dream along with her best friend?
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The Buzz About the Book
“…Author Katie Sparks pleasantly surprised me with her well-written prose and spunky characters. Reality Natalie is about a young girl, Natalie Greyson, who has high ambitions and dreams…[and] wants to audition to be a guest host for a popular kid’s show. What really impressed me is the way Sparks handled the competition between friends. Sparks kept it real, she didn’t glamorize her characters…I highly recommend Reality Natalie. It teaches life lessons through fun and thoughtful prose. This is Sparks’ debut novel, but hopefully it won’t be her last.” ~ Carol Thompson, Readers’ Favorite
“I like Natalie. She’s a real kid–the kind who’ll try to sneak a second cookie into her lunch, or get angry at a friend, or offer her second-best pencil to a classmate in need. She has issues with her parents, thinking she’s the odd-kid-out as they deal with the stress of twins and careers, but she has a good relationship with them, nonetheless. They talk. They work stuff out. Natalie knows she can voice her fears and be heard–when she tries find a good time for conversation, anyway.” ~ 5 Star Review, V. Rundell, Amazon
“I loved how Sparks created characters with heart and soul. I cheered with Natalie when something went her way, and could feel her pain when things didn’t. Reality Natalie truly is a wonderful slice of everyday life, complete with annoying classmates, pesky siblings, and friends that don’t always do what you want. Great book filled with lots of surprises that will make readers everywhere clamor for more. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Kym B., Amazon
About the Author: Katie Sparks
At a very young age, Katie Sparks discovered the magic of books. She counted on weekly library visits and treasured receiving her first library card at the age of five. At six, she wrote her first story called Baby Carrie (still in her collection today!) Katie knew then that writing would be in her future.
By day, she is an editor for the parent consumer line at a non-profit medical association and enjoys working closely with authors and industry professionals. Immersed in the publishing industry in both her professional and personal life is a dream come true. On weekends you will often find her writing and sipping coffee at one of the many unique coffee shops in Chicago, spending time with family and friends, or curled up with a new book.
Katie has been an active member of SCBWI for the past seven years. She lives in Chicago with her devoted and extremely vocal cat Moe.
Before you sign up, please remember that I have a three strike policy. If you sign up for a Book Review Blitz and I send you a copy of the book, you are expected to follow through and post reviews (minimum the mandatory option as described below). Unless you provide me with an explanation, failing to post in three blitzes will result in your ineligibility to receive free copies of books through Mother Daughter Book Review’s Promotional Services.
Step 1: Sign-up for this blogger opportunity using the Google Doc Form below
Step 2: Receive and read a copy of the book
Once you sign up to participate in this Book Review Blitz, you will receive a Dropbox invitation to grab an electronic copy of the book you requested for review. If you do not receive this email within 3 days of signing up, please send me an email to let me know: renee(@)motherdaughterbookreviews(.)com and be sure to remove the brackets in the email address. I will send you an email reminder to post your review 14 days, 7 days, and 1 day before the blitz ends.
Step 3: Post your review of the book to Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, and/or your website
Once you finish reading the book, you may post your review to Amazon and/or elsewhere. Posting to Amazon is mandatory while posting to Goodreads, B&N, and/or your website is optional. Posting to any three sites will earn you an extra 5 entries into the giveaway. Posting to Amazon U.S. is preferred, but if this is not possible, you may post to your home country’s Amazon site. The deadline for posting your review is March 20, 2015 (i.e., the Rafflecopter widget will be closed for entries).
Here are the links to the book:
AMAZON: Post Your Review Here (or visit your home country’s Amazon site)
Step 4: Enter the giveaway for your chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash).
Once your review is posted publicly on Amazon and/or elsewhere, you can enter the giveaway below, making sure to add your links as requested. You can find the link to this blitz in the menu above under “Current Blitzes”. Good luck and thanks so much!
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