Thursday, June 2, 2016

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Super Spies Series by Lisa Orchard

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~Don't forget to check out the GIVEAWAY below!~

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Genre: Upper Middle Grade Mystery/Thrillers
Publisher: 
Astraea Press
Publication date: March 13, 2012
Number of pages: 277

In a small town in Michigan, fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman and what's worse? One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death.

Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own investigation. The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they 
​start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the investigation. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer.

Or die trying...
Genre: Upper Middle Grade Mystery/Thrillers
Publisher: 
Astraea Press
Publication date: July 26, 2012
Number of pages: 366

This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes ​suspicious. She decides to investigate. ​
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The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?
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Genre: Upper Middle Grade Mystery/Thrillers
Publisher:
 Astraea Press
Publication date:  May 28, 2013
Number of pages: 331

​Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are at it once again when they learn their missing parents’ cell phone has been traced to Alden, Michigan. When the FBI declines to continue the investigation, Sarah takes matters into her own hands. She calls upon the Super Spies and they delve into the situation. Suddenly, the teens find themselves immersed in small town intrigue and mystery involving a menacing stranger, who Sarah dubs “The Stalker." But when Sarah learns he’s connected to her parents’ disappearance, she’s 
determined to find out what that connection is. The Super Spies embark on a journey that leads them into a web of corporate corruption at its highest level that leaves innocent victims in its wake. Can they find the proof they need to stop the greedy corporation before it’s too late?
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Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. She was hooked on books by the fifth grade and even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then. Her first published works are the “Super Spies Series.” These stories revolve around a group of friends who form their own detective squad and the cases they solve. “The Starlight Chronicles,” is the next series that Lisa created with musical misfit, Lark Singer as her main character.

Lisa resides in Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she’s working on the next book in the Starlight Chronicles Series along with a few new ideas that may turn into stand-alone novels. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.
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1. How did you get started as an author?  What or whom inspired you?
I've known I wanted to be a writer since fifth grade. I would have to say books like the Nancy Drew series and the Bobbsey Twin series inspired me.

2. What writing project are you currently working on?  What can you tell us about these projects?
I'm working on a upper Young Adult Thriller. I've just completed it and I've sent it to my third Beta reader. I've gotten great feedback from the first two, my sister's the third one, and she's the toughest. :)

3. What authors inspire your writing?
I would have to say Celeste Ng, Gail Forman, Jodi Piccoult, and Harper Lee

4. What period of history interests you the most?  Does this influence your writing?
I'm very interested in the World War II period of history. I haven't written a story during that time, but I love reading them. My favorites about that time period are "All the Light We Cannot See," "The Nightingale," and "The Book Thief."

5. What inspired the idea for the Super Spies Series?
I would say my own desire to be a detective when I was a teen. My friends and I formed our own detective squad and even did some investigating. When I looked back on those experiences, they sparked the ideas for the Super Spies. I've got a great idea for a fourth book, but I've got to finish a couple of projects before I start it.

6. Do you write full time or part time?
I write part time and work part time

7. Where is your favorite place to write?
In front of the fireplace when there's a  fire in it during the winter. During the summer I like to either sit out at the picnic table or in front of the window so I can look outside.

8. How frequently do you hear from your fans?  Do you have a fun and/or weird fan story you can share with us?
I hear from them occasionally, usually during a writing workshop. I hear more from the parents, and they're always telling me how much their child enjoyed my stories.

Here's my fun fan story, I had a mother of a reluctant reader contact me. Her daughter would always fight her when it came time to read. Out of desperation, she decided to try my first Super Spies book, "The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer." Her daughter loved it. She read it twice and then proceeded to read the other two books in the series. She even plays "Super Spies" with her friends. That is such an awesome feeling when you know someone enjoyed your work that much. :)

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***3 1/2 stars***

For the age these books are written for, I think they are well written and interesting enough to keep a young lady's attention.  The girls get into enough dangerous situations that you'll cringe with fear and gasp with relief when they are safe again.  :)   Sarah can be a little on the sassy side but the three girls get along well enough and there'll be some laughs at some of their interactions.  

*Thanks to SLBTours and the author for complimentary copies of these books for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

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