Tuesday, June 20, 2017

EMILY AND THE SPELLSTONE by Michael Rubens / Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway

Hello and welcome to Day 2 of the Emily and the Spellstone Blog TourTo celebrate the release of Emily and the Spellstone by Michael Rubens (6/13/17), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Michael and 10 chances to win a copy of Emily and the Spellstone, as well as a Grand Prize GiveawayToday we're thrilled to have Michael stop by Mundie Kids. Before I share his guest post, and the epic giveaway, here's a little bit about his newest release:


By: Michael Rubens
Published by: Clarion Books
Released on: June 13th, 2017
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound
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Emily picks up a stone that looks like a cell phone but has unexpected magical powers. It's a Spellstone! Now that she has become an unwilling Stonemaster—one who wields the power of the Stone—she has to figure out Spellstone technology fast if she is to survive a hair-raising adventure among giant dogs, demons, clones, mean girls, and deeply wicked people who want the Stone. A witty tale of a quiet girl who discovers she's a hero when she needs to be. Stonemasters rule!


Here are some of the things you will find on my bookshelves (other than my own books, which is sort of embarrassing):

  • - A complete series of Dragon Ball books in the original Japanese. A long time ago I studied and worked in Japan (I actually graduated with a degree in East Asian Studies), and read the series as a way to improve my Japanese – it’s incredibly inventive, funny and entertaining, the artwork is topnotch, and most importantly, it’s written at just the right level of complexity (Japanese-learners take note: it has furigana next to the kanji so you know the pronunciation without looking them up).
  • - Other foreign language books, including lots of novels in Spanish. I speak Spanish, too, and periodically read books in the language so I don’t forget it. I’m fascinated by other languages. 
  • - Works on philosophy, including the collected works of Montaigne. This are usually gifts from my dad; I’ve even read some of them. Mostly they – like the foreign language books -- are on display to make me look smart. 
  • - Lots of genre fiction, in particular lots of Elmore Leonard. 
  • - The complete collection of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and also all the Raina Telgemeier books. My daughter – the owner of those books -- is standing next to me right now and reminded me to include them (I actually think they’re pretty brilliant, too). 
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Stop by WordSpelunking tomorrow for day #3 the tour!


Michael Rubens is the author of two YA novels, Sons of the 613 and The Bad Decisions Playlist, and one novel for grownups, The Sheriff of Yrnameer. A correspondent and producer for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, he has also been a producer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His writing has appeared in places like The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts, Salon and McSweeney's. He lives with his family in Brooklyn. Visit his website at www.michaelrubens.com

Follow Michael: Website | Twitter


  • One (1) winner will receive signed copies of Spellstone and Michael’s 2 YA novels, Sons of the 613 and The Bad Decisions Playlist, as well as a custom Spellstone phone case!
  • Enter via the rafflecopter below
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  • Ends 7/2 at midnight ET
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June 19th — Bookhounds 
June 20th — Mundie Kids
June 21st — WordSpelunking 
June 23rd — Positively Book Crazy 
June 26th — GeoLibrarian
June 27th — YA Books Central 
June 28th — A Dream Within a Dream 
June 29th — Book Swoon 
June 30th — Crossroad Reviews


  1. This is a great giveaway! would love to win for my kids library! Thank you!

  2. I think my daughter would love this! The story is very imaginative.

  3. I had no idea his collection of books included works in Japanese and Spanish.

  4. Awesome blog tour post :D That cover is so pretty. Sigh. Curious about this book now :)

  5. These look like great books for my son to read


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