How to Survive Ancient Spells and Crazy Kings AND Shifting Pride Blog Tour Day 2

Today News Blaze is reviewing SHIFTING PRIDE. I hope you hop on over there to see what they say!

If you missed yesterdays’ review by Liz at Devoted Mommy of 3, click here. 🙂


Laura Pauling’s middle grade, How to Survive Ancient Spells and Crazy Kings, is launching and I get to share in the fun!!! Be sure to check it out. It’s a fun and creative adventure that pulled me in from page one.


Published by Pugalicious Press

When Bianca and Melvin brave the jungle to rescue their grandfather, they stumble upon the ancient Maya city of Etza, where the people haven’t aged in 2,000 years. They must learn to work together as they face loincloth-wearing skeletons from the underworld, a backstabbing princess, and an ancient prophecy that says in three days the city will be destroyed.

No problem. They’ll find Zeb and zip right out of there. The fact that a crazy king wants to serve Bianca up to the gods as an appetizer is just a minor technicality. But this ancient evil dude has finally met his match.

Here’s a short interview with Laura Pauling.

1. You write a lot of action-packed, mystery, spy-thrillers. What do you love about the genre?

I love a good action story that is framed with great emotion too. I love heist and spy movies. But I love them even more if there is a good character arc and the main character is struggling with an aspect of their life, usually the relationships, family and friends.

Most often the books I pick up have some sort of secret to be revealed. I see that word in the description and I want to buy the book.

2. I particularly love your global settings. FUN! How do you choose a locale for your novels?

Ha, this one’s easy. I didn’t understand the ancient Maya. I couldn’t grasp their life style or why they would make human sacrifices. So I started there. I wanted to understand their way of life beyond temples and sacrifice.

Writing is a process and I learn something new with each book whether it’s a culture, a different part of the world, or something about myself that a particular story brings out.

3. What do you enjoy about writing Young Adult and Middle Grade, respectively?

During college summers, I worked as a camp counselor. I graduated with an elementary degree and then taught second grade for three years. I loved my children’s lit class. There’s something about children’s literature that captures the soul.

During the elementary and then especially in middle school, life is full of change. Our logic and reasoning ability develops and yet we want to still be a child too. Magic is still possible as long as we believe. Magic happens in the real sense of magic but also in the sense of wonderment for the life going on around us. I love that. The honesty. The mistakes. The misconceived ideas about life and ourselves.

When I wrote my first young adult novel, I fell in love with that genre too. I love teens’ independency and spirit of free will. Again, the future is ahead of them and nothing will get in the way. At the same time, kids and teens struggle with everything adults do: sadness, grief, losing a friend, moving. Except for them, it’s often the first time.

With both genres there’s so much to explore.

Thanks so much, Laura!

How To Survive Ancient Spells and Crazy Kings released last week. Pugalicious Press did a fantastic job, and I’m extremely happy with the results. This book would make a fantastic gift for boys or girls who enjoy adventure stories with lots of excitement! You can purchase it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You can read the first chapter here.

Thankfully, my journey is just beginning and I’m excited to see where it leads.

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