a mystery winner…and a gorgeous new give-away!

Hello friends! Today I’ve got a winner for the Edwardian mysteries AND I have another set of books to give away!Β 


Our winner is Rebecca Newman. Congratulations! Please e-mail me at jillswanson61@gmail.com with your the-mystery-of-the-clockwork-sparrow-cover-imageshipping address and I’ll get those off to you.

Meanwhile, I’ll include the links again for purchasing these, as they are not available on Amazon.
The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow
The Mystery of the Jeweled Moth
The third title in this set — The Mystery of the Painted Dragon — is due out in the UK in early 2017. Not sure when it will be available in the U.S.

Today, courtesy of my daughter who’s a dynamite bookseller at one of our Twin Cities independent bookstores, I have another giveaway. I’ll call it the Globetrotter Giveaway! There are two parts to it.


City Atlas, illustrated by Martin Haake, written by Georgia Cherry
published in 2015 by Wide Eyed Editions

This beautiful volume takes us on a world tour, visiting some of its most impressive cities. 30 cities in all, from Lisbon to Helsinki, Cape Town to Montreal.


Each city is presented on a two-page spread, a travel guide of sorts. Museums, cathedrals, castles, and monuments are here. Food to try, street art to spy. Gardens and parks, waterways and harbors, pepper the pages with intrigue! There’s also always an individual saying hello in a local language, plus the country’s flag, a couple of stats, and something hidden to search for in the illustration.


Go ice-skating in Toronto. Wander Wenceslas Square in Prague. Listen to some Mariachi bands in Mexico City. Sample a pumpkin rice cake in Seoul. It’s just the ticket to crank up your wanderlust.


There’s no in-depth information here. Just a snapshot of what you might see visiting these places, a tantalizing look at the differences in what home might look, sound, and taste like. It leans heavily European, with 16 European cities, 5 in the U.S. and Canada, 3 from Latin America, 4 from Asia, 1 in Africa, and 1 in Australia.

Along with that, some of you may remember another spectacular volume I reviewed awhile back, Atlas of Adventures. It has a similar format, but it covers an entire country on each two-page spread.

Wide Eyed Editions is creating Activity Fun Packs to go along with these books, and I have the one for the Atlas of Adventures.


There are 8 scenes and 7 maps to color, drawn in lovely clarity by Lucy Letherland and printed on really quality paper, plus a sheet of colorful round-the-world stickers and a pull out poster with an illustrated world map on one side and a chart of the world’s flags on the other.


I’d say the coloring here is geared for a child ages 7 or 8 and up. Lots of juicy detail.


I’m giving away these two beauties, wishing you hours of ooh-ing and ah-ing over the splendid diversity in our world.

To enter, just comment before next Wednesday, October 19, telling us what world-class city you’d love to visit next. U.S. shipping addresses only or I’ll go broke πŸ™‚ And just a heads-up — I have a couple more giveaways for the next few weeks so please come back!