Spotlight on Jaclyn and the Beanstalk (Mary Ting), Interview, Plus Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to spotlight Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting!

 Read on for more about Mary and her book, an interview, plus an giveaway! 

 

 

 

Meet Jaclyn and the Beanstalk!

What fate awaits a girl who hears monsters at night…

Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest man who once fought for the king, he now teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits—and her sword. 

But he has a secret. And his secret may have a connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him. 

Upon hearing “monsters” are terrorizing the small villages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn’s father and his friends head out to hunt them … but they don’t return.

Armed only with her sword and three magic beans—a gift from a mysterious old woman—Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her father. 

On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk, catching her when she falls.

She isn’t the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her childhood friend and secret crush, is following her. 

Jaclyn and Jack will have to work together to save not only their fathers, but the townspeople the beasts plan to lay waste to before it’s too late.

 

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Meet Mary Ting!

Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed. 

 

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YABC:  What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

I’ve always wanted to write a reimagining of a fairy tale, but most are already done. So, I picked one that no authors I’m aware of had written about and switched the gender. Thus, Jaclyn and the Beanstalk (Book One in the Tangled Fairy Tales Series).



YABC:   Who is your favorite character in the book?

I have two, Jaclyn and her father. Their bond is heartwarming. They are both amazing characters, and they stand out from the rest.



YABC:  What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

Without spoiling the chapter … I would have to say when Jaclyn fights the monsters. There is one huge twist in that chapter the readers will not see it coming.



YABC:   What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I love how the lance glows at the tip. It was exactly how I imagined it would look on the cover. Also, I love the details on the beanstalk. I can feel the grandness just by looking at it. The artist, Sam Shearon, did an amazing job.

YABC:  What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018?

A YA Thriller, Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor (Oct 2018).



YABC:  What’s up next for you?

My YA Science Fiction/Dystopian, ISAN: International Sensory Assassin Network (May 2018, Vesuvian Books) is in development with Boilermaker Entertainment and Arclight Films. We still have a long road ahead for a movie, but I’m very excited for this journey. I have another book coming out in 2019 titled Ronin Witch (Vesuvian Books). It’s a YA Urban Fantasy laced with Japanese mythology. Also, the second book in the Tangled Fairy Tales Series, Redd Riding Hood, will be available in 2019.

YABC:  Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

Revising. I love going back and reading and editing what I have already written. Revising is the part where I get to put colors into the story after the foundation is done.



YABC:   What would you say is your superpower?

Juggling family life, writing several books at once, and driving my son and daughter to/from school, which is a 3-hour per day commute.



YABC:  Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

I have two dogs named Mochi and Mocha. They are my four-legged children and make the harsh world better. The cause close to my heart is called 4 Paws for Ability.

 

 

Jaclyn and the Beanstalk

By: Mary Ting

Publisher: Vesuvian Books

Release Date: September 4th, 2018

 

 

 

 

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Two winners will receive a signed copy of Jaclyn and the Beanstalk (Mary Ting) ~ (US & Canada)

 

 

 

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What fate awaits a girl who hears monsters at night

...

Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest m

an who once fought for the king, he now

teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits

and her sword. But he has a secret. And his secret may hav

e a

connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him.

Upon hearing "monsters" are terrorizing the small vill

ages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn's father

and his friends head out to hunt them

...

but they don't return. Armed only with her sword an

d three

magic beans

a gift from a mysterious old woman

Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her

father.

On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk,

catching her when she falls.

She isn't the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her chi

ldhood friend and secret crush, is following

her.

Together, Jaclyn and Jack must battle to save not only the

ir fathers, but the townspeople the beasts

 

What fate awaits a girl who hears monsters at night

...

Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest m

an who once fought for the king, he now

teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits

and her sword. But he has a secret. And his secret may hav

e a

connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him.

Upon hearing "monsters" are terrorizing the small vill

ages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn's father

and his friends head out to hunt them

...

but they don't return. Armed only with her sword an

d three

magic beans

a gift from a mysterious old woman

Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her

father.

On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk,

catching her when she falls.

She isn't the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her chi

ldhood friend and secret crush, is following

her.

Together, Jaclyn and Jack must battle to save not only the

ir fathers, but the townspeople the beasts

plan to lay waste to before it's too late.

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Renee Moore on Thursday, 06 September 2018 13:48

I love, love, LOVE, re-tellings of old fables. Especially when the main character is a strong woman! Beautiful cover.

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I love, love, LOVE, re-tellings of old fables. Especially when the main character is a strong woman! Beautiful cover.
Fedora Chen on Saturday, 08 September 2018 01:02

Love the sounds of this, and the cover is definitely eyecatching!

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Love the sounds of this, and the cover is definitely eyecatching!
Marisa Fort on Monday, 10 September 2018 19:34

Love the cover, it is beautiful! The synopsis sounds awesome!

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Love the cover, it is beautiful! The synopsis sounds awesome!
Debra Branigan on Sunday, 16 September 2018 15:42

I am looking forward to this book. The cover is attractive and would encourage fantasy readers to pick it up. I think the storyline is great. I can't wait to read it and pass it on to a middle school classroom.

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I am looking forward to this book. The cover is attractive and would encourage fantasy readers to pick it up. I think the storyline is great. I can't wait to read it and pass it on to a middle school classroom.
Karen S. on Wednesday, 19 September 2018 21:36

Im a sucker for a retelling done right. I keep seeing and hearing about this book. It sounds so good!

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Im a sucker for a retelling done right. I keep seeing and hearing about this book. It sounds so good!
Amie Lambert-Gaudet on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 13:01

Great cover. I love how fierce, but still feminine Jacqlin looks.The staff in her right hand radiates a feeling of power and leadership. I also very much enjoyed the synopsis. I am adding this book to my to #readandreview list.

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Great cover. I love how fierce, but still feminine Jacqlin looks.The staff in her right hand radiates a feeling of power and leadership. I also very much enjoyed the synopsis. I am adding this book to my to #readandreview list.
Penny Olson on Saturday, 29 September 2018 23:19

This sounds like a great retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. I love the cover.

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This sounds like a great retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. I love the cover.
Courtney Gendreau on Sunday, 30 September 2018 20:07

I love the idea of this story, and it has an amazing cover!

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I love the idea of this story, and it has an amazing cover!
Danielle Hammelef on Wednesday, 03 October 2018 07:24

The cover is beautiful and powerful. The synopsis promises a unique retelling of this tale and I'm excited to read this book.

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The cover is beautiful and powerful. The synopsis promises a unique retelling of this tale and I'm excited to read this book.
Dan Denman on Wednesday, 03 October 2018 15:24

I like the cover design. This sounds like a fun take on the classic tale.

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I like the cover design. This sounds like a fun take on the classic tale.

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