Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Janet Lee Carey talks Library Love - Dragonswood Blog Tour

I’m excited to welcome author Janet Lee Carey to the blog today. Her new book, Dragonswood, releases very soon and it is pretty darn amazing!


Thanks for inviting me to do a guest post here at The Fiction Enthusiast, Christie. By the way I like your sprouting books!

photo by Heidi Pettit

I’ll just sit down and make myself comfortable here on your blog today if I may?

Go for it, Janet.

Today I wanted to talk a bit about my new book DRAGONSWOOD (Dial Books, Jan 2012), and spread a little Library Love along the way.

One Girl. Bound by Fate. Breaks free.

In a dark time when girls with powers are called witches, Tess escapes the witch hunter and hides with a mysterious huntsman until magical voices draw her deeper into Dragonswood where she learns the secret of her birth. Caught between love and loyalty, Tess chooses the hardest path of all – her own.

Dragonswood launches in just two days. Readers can find it on bookstore shelves, online, e-book format, and in libraries across the U.S. 

Library Love

I’m especially excited to know it will be on library shelves. I have a special place in my heart for libraries because I spent a lot of time there as a child. Exploring the aisles, I fell in love with the endless stories crammed on the dusty shelves. Stories I could take home and read for free. It’s difficult to find anything that’s free to the public these days, but all of us can still enter a library and check out a book or video without putting down a single penny. For those who can’t afford to buy books or don’t have another way onto the internet, this gateway to knowledge provides an essential freedom. (Not to mention a warm place out of the wind and rain.)

Library Lions Roars 

In 2010 I decided to put my library love into action and created the Library Lions blog  http://LibraryLionsRoar.blogspot.com . As an author I want to support the ongoing health of our public libraries. I’m also very concerned at how fast libraries are vanishing from our public schools. We can’t let this happen in our schools.  We need to stand up together and Roar!

At Library Lions blog we Raise a Roar for Public Libraries and School Libraries across the U.S. Readers learn about amazing youth programs in their communities, librarians search the blog to dig up new program ideas to try in their libraries. In the past two years I’ve interviewed people like NYPL’s children’s librarian Elizabeth Bird, showcased school libraries from coast to coast, hosted Banned Books Week galleries, and interviewed fellow authors about their Library Love.  

“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.”
   --Neil Gaiman

When I think of Dragonswood tucked into the library shelf – free to any reader who wants to check it out – I smile.


Thanks so much for stopping by, Janet!

Dragonswood Trailer:

"Painful, cathartic and cautiously hopeful; a fairy tale for those who have given up on believing in them, but still yearn for happily ever after." -- Kirkus starred review

Follow the Dragonswood Blog Tour

Read my review of Dragonswood

Giveaway Details:

Up for grabs is a signed paperback of Dragon’s Keep and a hardcover of Dragonswood

Open to residents of the US
Ends 1/10
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  1. Thank you for your great work and… this Blog is a really pleasant surprise! Keep up the good work!

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  2. I <3 my library! I visit it usually a couple of times a week, sometimes more!

    I love that Neil quote!

  3. Dragons Keep was a great young adult novel. The character Rosalind tugs at the reader's heart as she is trapped by a 600-year-old prophecy, her over protective mother, and dragons.