It’s my birthday! – $10 Amazon GC Giveaway

Today is my birthday! To celebrate, I’m giving away a $10 gift card to Amazon to a randomly selected reader who posts a picture of a dragon in my honor somewhere on social media today! (tag me in it so I can count it — (Facebook  | Instagram  | Twitter)

Update on The Dragon’s Cave Publication

the-dragons-cave-coverI turned in my edits for The Dragon’s Cave to Kindle Press last week, so I expect to hear in the next couple of weeks when my book will go on preorder and the final publication date. I think it could be as soon as six to eight weeks from now!

If you nominated it on Kindle Scout, you’ll receive it when it goes on preorder (they’re hoping you’ll be the first reviewers!).

Tucson Festival of Books

I’m lucky to have a huge book festival right in my home town. I took the kids to the Tucson Festival of Books to check out our new favorite author, Shannon Messenger.  If you haven’t read her series, Keeper of the Lost Cities–we highly recommend it!

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I snapped a photo of Shannon Messenger at her book signing.  Yes, that’s a necklace made of flowers that my son made for me that morning–lol!

nataliewrightWe also picked up the first book in local Tucson young adult author Natalie Wright’s the Akasha Chronicles. The ebook version is FREE on Amazon–check it out!

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Ben the Dragonborn by Dianne Astle #MMGM

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A dragon book!  My favorite thing.  Dianne Astle’s Ben the Dragonborn is available for just $2.99 right now. Check it out!

What can a fourteen year old boy do to stop a war between humans and merfolk? Ben is about to find out, for the Guardian of the Six Worlds has chosen him to go through a portals to a watery world of merfolk and monsters. Everyone, including Ben, thinks a huge mistake has been made.  Ben’s afraid of water and he can’t swim.  There appears to be nothing to recommend Ben as the best choice on five worlds . But the Guardian knows something about Ben that no one else does: Ben is Dragonborn.  Ben must discover the secret of his own true self.

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About the Author

Dianne was once asked what kind of animal she would be, if she could be an animal. The person who asked the question was shocked when Dianne said she’d like to be a dragon. There are times in everyone’s life when being able to fly high and breathe fire sound very appealing. However, if you can’t be a dragon, or have a dragon as a pet, then the next best thing is to write books with dragons in them and get a dog. Dianne lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Doug, his three cats and her beloved dog Thomas. Thomas gets Dianne out walking almost every day, which is the next best thing to flying on dragon wing. Dianne rescued Thomas, but he is rescuing her one walk at a time.

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The Dragon’s Cave has been Selected for Publication!

I’m so thrilled to report that The Dragon’s Cave won the Kindle Scout nomination for publication and will soon be published by Kindle Press!  I’m not sure of the release date yet, but everyone who nominated me will receive a free Advance Review Copy (ARC) before it’s published.

I understand there may be another round of edits before it goes to press, so that will probably determine the publication date.  I’ll keep you posted as I hear more.

I’m so excited!!

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Landry’s True Colors Series by Krysten Lindsay Hager #MMGM

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I’m delighted to showcase Landry’s True Colors Series by Krysten Lindsay Hager today. The first book is only $.99, so it’s an easy one-click to check this out for yourselves!

True Colors (Book One in the Landry’s True Colors Series)  is on sale for 99 cents in ebook format (on all the international Amazon sites) and has just released in paperback! Check out the first book that started Landry Albright’s journey into finding her real friends and her true self.

Series Info: The Landry’s True Colors Series is a clean reads young adult humor series about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, crushes, and self-image. It’s a clean reads book so it’s suitable for ages 11 and up.

True Colors Blurb: Landry Albright just wants to be one of the interesting girls at school who always have exciting things going on in their lives. She wants to stand out, but also wants to fit in, so she gives in when her two best friends, Ericka and Tori, push her into trying out for a teen reality show modeling competition with them. Landry goes in nervous, but impresses the judges enough to make it to the next round.

However, Ericka and Tori get cut and basically “unfriend” her on Monday at school. Landry tries to make new friends, but gets caught up between wanting to be herself and conforming to who her new friends want her to be. Along the way she learns that modeling is nowhere as glamorous as it seems, how to deal with frenemies, a new crush, and that true friends see you for who you really are and like you because of it.

What people are saying about the Landry’s True Colors Series:

From Teenage Book Recommendations in the UK: “This is a fantastically relatable and real book which I feel captures all of the insecurities and troubles which haunt the modern teenage girl. It is about a young model who has to go through tough times when she is torn between a life as a model and managing her friendships. You learn which friends she can most trust and which will create the drama typical of teenage life. Follow the life of Landry and try to see if you can find out which are her true friends before their true colours are revealed. This book is all about relationships, hopes and truth. I loved this book!”

From Books & Authors Spot: “This book is such an inspiration for those who just care about their looks and are tensed about them. This thing is looks aren’t everything. This book is related to every teen’s problem. Hager has written a very inspiring novel.”

“Krysten captures the teenage girl today. The struggles are real, the issues are something children have been dealing with since before I was a teen, and oddly-Krysten captures the readers! I was prepared for another “Mean Girls” story. This is NOT that. This is the real story of teenage girls! You watch Landry flower into a young woman who finds out trust is an invaluable item to find, and friendships are hard to seek genuine realism in. You will learn about relationships with not just friends, but peers, boys, and others. The details put into the book will draw you, and make the story so much more realistic. Krysten expresses emotions beautifully through her writing, and the story flows flawlessly…” By Candice J. Conway Simpson

True Colors, is just a dazzling story of how middle school kids show their true colors of jealousy, drama, loss and gains of friendship. However, the way Krysten wrote her story; she wrote it with passion, creativity and honesty that this story line could be placed in anyone’s life at any age.” Review by Double Decker Books

“Krysten Lindsay Hager understands what it means to be a teen today, and she writes with an authentic voice. Landry, the main character, is funny, lively, and very real. Readers will relate to her struggles with friends and family, self-esteem and self-discovery, boys and school and life in general. It’s fun to read about Landry’s blossoming modeling career and the changes it brings.” Review by Author Diana Jenkins

Excerpt:

The competition was for girls between the ages of thirteen and seventeen, but it felt like Ericka, Tori, and I were the youngest ones there. I only saw a couple of girls from school, and the lineup looked more like something you’d see on a music video set. All the girls were gorgeous, and they had these curvy womanly bodies. I looked like a skinny little kid next to them. The first girl walked out, and I heard the judges say she “owned the runway,” and, “walked like a gazelle.” I was starting to feel ill. I wasn’t sure which way it was going to come, but I knew I had to find a bathroom — fast. I started to get out of line when Ericka grabbed my wrist.

“It’s almost time,” she said. A tiny bit of spit flew out of her mouth and hit my cheek.

I wasn’t sure why she was so intent on me going through with it, but she had a death grip on my arm, so I didn’t have much of a choice. Her number was called and she walked out to the stage. One of the other girls said she walked like a kid with sand bucket stilts on her feet, but she came back with a smirk on her face like she knew she’d get chosen.

“They said they had never seen such long legs,” she said.

Tori was next.

“She walks like a gorilla at feeding time,” said the girl behind me. I went next, and I tried to focus on not tripping over my feet. My mom’s pumps had a rubber sole on the bottom, which probably wasn’t the brightest idea seeing as my shoes were making squeaking noises as I walked. I was so nervous I couldn’t stop smiling as I walked. I looked like the plastic clown who blows up balloons with its mouth at the Pizza Palace. When I got to the end of the runway, I tried to cross my feet to turn like the other girls had, but I over rotated and ended up doing a full spin which made my kilt fan out and gave the mall walkers a view of my blue underpants. I tried to act like it was intentional and did an extra turn. One of the judges put her hand up to stop me, and I held my breath as she started to speak.

Book Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96jxcUH54hU

Best Friends…Forever? (Book 2):

Landry Albright hopes the new year will start off in an amazing way—instead she has to deal with more frenemy issues, boy drama, and having most of her best friends make the cheerleading squad without her. Suddenly, it seems like all anyone can talk about is starting high school next year—something she finds terrifying.

Landry gets her first boyfriend (her crush, Vladi), but then gets dumped just as things come to a head with her friends. She feels lost and left out, but finds good advice about dealing with frenemies from what she considers an unlikely source. Landry faces having to speak up for what’s right, tell the truth (even when it hurts), and how to get past the fear of failure as she gets another shot at competing in the American Ingénue TV show modeling competition. Will she get a second chance with her friends, fame, and Vladi?

BFF book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFp2fPFbvTQ

Landry in Like (Book 3):

Things seem to be going well in Landry Albright’s world—she’s getting invited to be on local talk shows to talk about her modeling career, her best friends have her back, and her boyfriend Vladi has becoming someone she can truly count on…and then everything changes.

Suddenly it seems like most of the girls in school are into hanging out at a new teen dance club, while Landry just wants to spend her weekends playing video games and baking cup-cakes at sleepovers. Then, Yasmin McCarty, the most popular girl in school, starts to come between Landry’s friendship with her best friend Ashanti. Things take a turn when Yasmin tells Vladi that Landry is interested in another boy. Can Landry get her relationships with Ashanti and Vladi back or will she be left out and left behind?

Landry in Like book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CsGREKFQco&feature=youtu.be

Author Bio:

Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, the celebrity world, values, and self-image in True Colors, Best Friends…Forever? Landry in Like, Next Door to a Star and Competing with the Star. Best Friends…Forever? was ranked at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values & Virtues Fiction and True Colors is an international bestseller. True Colors won the Readers Favorite award in 2016. Krysten’s next YA novel, Dating the It Guy, will be released on March 21. Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Bellbrook Times, the Beavercreek Current, the Grand Haven Tribune, and on the talk show Living Dayton.

Author social media links:

Website: http://www.krystenlindsay.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/krystenlindsay/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KrystenLindsayHagerAuthor

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/krystenlindsay/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KrystenLindsay

Purchase:

Amazon US paperback: http://amzn.to/29gsqPw

Amazon US ebook: http://amzn.to/29tp2EF

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/29ilH8v

Amazon UK ebook: http://amzn.to/29mv46L

Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/29gCDe2

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Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/29xKc3k

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Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/29oFynI

Barnes and Noble Nook: http://bit.ly/1S5wUuk

itunes: http://apple.co/1Ue5lNm

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/true-colors-17

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The Weaver Tales by Kai Strand #MMGM

2dc41-mmgm2It’s another Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday!

 

Today, I’m featuring MG author Kai Strand and her Weaver Tales.

Visit the village of The Tales, where residents are called Word Weavers, and speak in story. Each book in the series is a standalone story with a new set of characters. All except the one little gnome-elf, Unwanted, who manages to stir up trouble whenever he grants a wish.

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In a town of word weavers, Mary suffers through her third year of Novice Word Weaving. Mary thinks her troubles are over when she meets a gnome-elf who grants her a wish.  But instead of weaving a better story, she’s weaving strange yarn charms to accompany her still pathetic tales.

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The Wishing Well a story of not letting others define you.tww-front-cover

Molly Minstrel is treated worse than Cinderella by her mom and sisters. When Molly meets the magical creature, Unwanted, she wishes her problems away. However, you must first understand what you need before knowing what to ask for. Molly will have to look within for the solution to her troubles.

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tld-front-150The Lumpy Duckling a story of friendship and expectations.

Lumpy may be hefty with a misshapen mouth, but he’s funny and the most loyal friend Wheezy could ask for. When she meets Unwanted, she casts a wish for people to be able to see her best friend like she does. Her wish nearly kills him.

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Excerpt from Lumpy:

Chapter One

Sneezy Wheezy

The only thing they have in common

is that they are best friends

“Now where has that girl gone?” Mrs. Frickles grumbled. “Eloise Talemaker?”

Eloise popped up from behind the lab table. A clump of frizzy red hair, an escapee from her pigtails, rested like a veil over her left eye. She blew at it ineffectively. “Here, Mrs. Frickles. I guess I was carrying my folder upside down, because my papers fell out. I’m just retrieving them, ma’am.”

The teacher lifted her gaze to the ceiling before taking a deep breath. A frequent reaction she saved for the girl who squatted to the floor again and continued scooping up her papers. “Very well, Eloise. Make it quick.” Glancing across the room she smiled fondly at Wendell and checked his name off on the roll sheet.

Not one to allow an opportunity to make fun of a less popular classmate pass her by, Tosh hissed a tale at Eloise.

“Sneezy Wheezy—such a klutz.

The start of class she is prolonging,

by dropping all her prized belongings.

She should just sit on her…butts.”

Eloise, or Wheezy as all the kids called her, shook her head. “Tosh, stick to horror stories. Rhyme isn’t your thing.”

“Horror?” Tosh crossed her arms over her chest and spun on her lab stool presenting her back to Wheezy.

Smiling to herself, Wheezy stuffed her papers into her folder. Tosh’s usual style of Word Weaving was actually a pretty standard storytelling voice, nothing close to horror, but Wheezy couldn’t resist the dig at the girl’s mean personality. With all her papers collected, Wheezy scrambled onto her own stool at the table next to Tosh just in time for Mrs. Frickles to start the day’s lesson.

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About the author: Kai Strand writes fiction for kids and teens. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was an EPIC eBook Awards finalist. Her young adult title, King of Bad, soared to the publisher’s #1 spot in its second month and stayed on the Top 5 Bestsellers list for eight months. She is a (very lucky) wife and the mother of four amazing kids. The most common sound in her household is laughter. The second most common is, “Do your dishes!” She and her family hike, geocache, and canoe in beautiful Central Oregon, where they call home. Learn more about Kai and her books by visiting her website: www.kaistrand.com.

Through the Mirror and Into Snow by Ann T. Bugg #MMGM

I’m featuring a $.99 bargain MG book today for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday–check out Through the Mirror and into Snow by Ann T. Bugg. Here’s the scoop:

When best friends Valerie and Samantha discover a magic mirror in Val’s 100-year-old barn in southern Minnesota, they eagerly go througbook-1-6x9h it. Immediately they run into the young Snow White, who has just escaped the huntsman. The girls vow to help her find her father, knowing the dangers that await. On their journey, the fun-loving double-trouble duo quickly discovers they are caught up in the middle of their favorite fairy tales.

Having the knowledge of the stories as their only weapon, Val and Sam help two other princesses, make a surprising friend and discover they have a fairy godmother of their very own.

Excerpt:

“This is not just a mirror,” Samantha whispered as she put her hand on the glass to touch it. To their surprise, it passed through as if nothing were there. All they could see was the end of her arm and what appeared to be the forest. She pulled her arm back in a hurry, worried that her hand would no longer be there. Sam carefully inspected the back of her hand, flipped it over and studied her palm, then wiggled her fingers. The two of them stared from Samantha’s hand back to the mirror with their mouths as wide open as their eyes.

“That so did not just happen!” Samantha put her hand back through again. She stopped when they saw the possum walking away, getting smaller and smaller.

“A magic mirror!” Valerie shouted. “No way! I have been waiting my whole life for something exciting to happen to me!” Without another minute of hesitation, Val squeezed her body through the narrow frame, leaving Samantha sitting there with her mouth wide open.

Buy now for only $.99 on

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Ann T. Bugg is the Queen of her castle in northern Minnesota where she lives with her Knight in shining armor (who has come to her rescue more than once) and her own little Princess Valerie. The pets in her magical kingdom come in all shapes and sizes, as do all the critters that make their way out of the enchanted forest. She enjoys horseback riding and long walks with her dogs, but writing will always be her first love.

(Ann T. Bugg is the pseudonym for author June Kramin. For more on her women’s fiction, visithttp://www.junekramin.com/)

website:http://www.beforehappilyeverafter.com/

fb page:https://www.facebook.com/AnnTBugg/

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Waking up in Medieval Times – The Dragon’s Cave #MMGM

I’m sharing an excerpt today from The Dragon’s Cave, my first middle grade novel. It’s up for nomination on Kindle Scout (please, please, please go and nominate it?).

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Seamus opened his eyes, blinking to make out the picture in front of him. Treetops. Filtered sunlight. The air smelled woodsy.

“Seamus, what are you doing, boy? Taking a nap?” a man’s voice said, his English—or was it Scottish?—accent unfamiliar.

Seamus scrambled to his feet and dusted himself off. And then froze.

What was he wearing? Tights? Leather lace-up boots? And where on earth was he? It appeared to be some sort of meadow, not…his mind grew fuzzy trying to remember where he had just come from. All he remembered was the brightest flash of light he’d ever seen.

“Seamus!” the man snapped.

His head jerked up, and he realized the older man was speaking to him. “Yeah?”

The man frowned. “You mean, yes, sir.

Bewildered, he peered around for some clue to help him understand where he was and what was happening. A flicker of panic bubbled up in his chest. Realizing the man waited for a response, he said, “Yes, sir?”

“Come. Supper is ready.” The man wore strange clothing—a cream-colored tunic with the emblem of a crimson dragon embroidered on the front, like a knight from the Medieval Dinner Theatre where his mom once dragged him. Something about the knight seemed familiar, although he had never seen his face before.

He glanced down and realized he, too, wore a tunic with a crimson dragon. Was this some crazy dream? He touched his face. Who was he? Did he appear different? Had he somehow fallen into another boy’s body? Some kid in medieval Scotland? A tickle on his neck made him bring his hand back to find shoulder-length hair. He pulled it out to see the color—a darker brown than his sandy-blond mop back home.

The knight’s eyebrows drew together. “Come on, boy, what is the matter with you tonight?” He didn’t wait for an answer, just turned and walked away while Seamus trotted to keep up. They entered a clearing where many other knights milled about, some sitting on logs and rocks eating, some standing and talking. A large tent on one side bore the same dragon emblem they wore on their tunics. A fire burned in the middle of the clearing, and a large kettle hung over it, suspended by a chain and a tripod of sticks.

The sight of a boy his age made goose bumps prick his skin. Andy. The memory of their parting scene came back in a rush—Lacey falling in the wash, Andy’s joy that he couldn’t race, the bolt of lightning… Had it struck him? Had he died and come here, to this place? It sure didn’t seem like any version of heaven he’d ever imagined. Nor did it appear to be hell or even purgatory. What was this—medieval times?

The Dragon’s Cave

by ROSE-MARIE LYTTLE

Only one boy can decode the dragon’s magic…

A DRAGON’S TREASURE. A GREEDY KING. ONLY ONE BOY CAN RESTORE BALANCE BEFORE THE MOUNTAIN IMPLODES. Seamus’s day couldn’t get any worse. His best friend stops speaking to him, his cross-country coach benches him, and lightning strikes him down, right in front of his middle school. But it does get worse. When he wakes up from the lightning, he finds himself trapped in the body of a squire in medieval Scotland, preparing to face a dragon.

I need your help! Please vote for The Dragon’s Cave in Kindle Scout

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Please help me out by giving The Dragon’s Cave a vote over at Kindle Scout. If The Dragon’s Cave is selected for publication by Kindle Scout, you will receive an early, FREE copy of the book as a thank you for taking the time to vote.

You can read the first two chapters for free by joining my newsletter.

Also, be sure to enter to win the giveaway of hardcover books of the two JK Rowling scripts, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay and The Cursed Child.

 

 

How does the Fantastic Beasts script work as bedtime reading? #MGMM

 Not sure about how reading a screenplay works as a bedtime story?  I tried it out and I have the full report, complete with my kids’ feedback!

Welcome to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday. Today I’m sharing about the latest J.K. Rowling release and MG favorite, Fantastic Beasts.

We’d just finished the seventh Harry Potter book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and faced the sad prospect of no “H.P.” at bedtime. Reading the Harry Potter series had been a united activity–both my eleven year old and my eight year old looked forward to our nightly reading. For Katie Rose, it was her second time listening to me read the whole series, but she was no less engrossed at 11 than she was at 7.  My son Owen had gone from being a reluctant listener when we started (“I think it’s too scary for me”) to being the one who started asking at 7:30, “Is it H.P. time?)

None of us wanted the nighttime goodness to end, so I promptly ordered the Fantastic Beasts screenplay and The Cursed Child script.

When we worked through the Harry Potter series, we always finished reading the book first and then watched the movie.  In the case of Fantastic Beasts, we watched the movie first. I do think that helped immensely, filling in the visuals that aren’t present when reading a screenplay. I guess we’ll find out how important seeing the movie was first when we dive into the script of The Cursed Child. 

Overall, I would call the adventure a success. The one major downside–it went all too fast. A two hour movie script does not compare to the entire Hogwarts school year in terms of how many nights it took us to devour the thing (just a few!).

I brought my kids out to talk about the experience. Here’s what they thought:

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Was it harder to listen to me reading a screenplay vs. a book?

Katie Rose:  YES!

Owen:  It was harder to understand, but it helped when you’d say who said something (the screen directions), it helped.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: If we hadn’t seen the movie, would it have been impossible to understand?

Katie Rose:  I would’ve understood it, but it would be harder.

Owen:  Yeah.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Was it better than Harry Potter book or not as good?

Both:  Not as good.  Owen: I like Harry Potter better

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Did the fact that there were no kids in this book influence how much you liked it?

Both: No.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: If someone else had written this, and it wasn’t connected with the Harry Potter world, would you still like it?

Owen: Yes, either way.

Katie Rose: I liked it because it was set in the Harry Potter world.

Rose-Marie Lyttle:  Tell me, what was your favorite thing about Fantastic Beasts?

Katie Rose:  I liked the beasts.

Owen:  I liked the Obscurus and the beasts.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Which beasts in particular?

Owen: I liked them all.  The little thing that steals gold (The Niffler) and the leaf-guy stick thing (bowtruckle) the Swooping Evil.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Anything you didn’t like about the story?

Both: No

Rose-Marie Lyttle: How would you rate it on a scale of 1-10?

Both:  9

Rose-Marie Lyttle: So what would HP be?

Both: 10.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Now that you’ve read a screenplay, are you more interested in theater?

Katie Rose: I really want to be a director and this taught me more terms. I’d rather read a book, but if I was directing a movie or was in a movie, I would appreciate a screenplay more than a book.

Owen:  It shows you where the camera would be pointing– it gives you directions.

So there you have it!  JK Rowling unites our family once more!  Tonight we begin The Cursed Child. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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