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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit Starring: Amanda Ashby's SOPHIE'S MIXED UP MAGIC

Introducing Amanda Ashby’s new middle grade series, Sophie’s Mixed up Magic! Books one and two were just released. Here’s more information about them.

Book One: Wishful Thinking (May 31st Puffin)

Be careful what you wish for…
After eleven year old Sophie accidentally gets herself turned into a djinn, she starts to think that it might not be so bad after all. (Of course, that’s after she gets the whole orange skin problem sorted out.) Who wouldn’t enjoy having the power to grant wishes! But when Sophie develops RWD (Random Wish Disorder) and can’t STOP granting wishes, things get more than a little mixed-up!

Book Two: Under a Spell (May 31st Puffin)

And that spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E…
As Sophie gets used to her magic, her relationship with the adorable Jonathan Tait is blossoming. There’s only one problem: Jonathan’s twin sister, Melissa. She’s a total mean girl who seems intent on making Sophie’s life miserable. On top of that, Melissa somehow seems to sense that Sophie has powers–and manages to bind Sophie to her in a totally self-serving way. Can Sophie figure out a way out of this–without ruining her chances with Jonathan?

Book one and two are a simultaneous release and watch out for book three in October…

Our Interview:

KRISTINA: Would you ever try writing in another genre?

AMANDA: Before I wrote young adult and middle grade books, I spent many years writing romance and chick lit novels. I still really enjoy writing romantic comedies and I’m actually thinking of self-publishing some of those stories, so watch out!

KRISTINA: Who is (or who are) the Young Adult author that turns you into a fangirl?

AMANDA: I’m a huge fan of Jonathan Stroud. I didn’t read his books until after I did my Sophie books and I remember thinking, “ah, so that’s how you write a djinn book.” Anyway, he’s amazing and I would be very bouncy if I ever got to meet him!

KRISTINA: What is your most favorite (or, weirdest, craziest, funniest, most touching etc.) comment you’ve received from a fan?

AMANDA: I was at a writing festival last week and this lovely teenage girl came up and told me that my aura was amazing and that she could tell how much I loved doing what I did. I was deeply touched!

KRISTINA: What are the last five young adult books you read?

AMANDA: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, Nightpeople by Antony Eden,  The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson and Shipbreaker by Paulo Bacigalupi (phew – thank goodness for Goodreads or I never would’ve remembered)

KRISTINA: Are you on twitter? Where can we follow you?


KRISTINA: What are you working on now?

AMANDA: I’m just about to start revising my next young adult novel, Demonosity. I’m pretty excited about this book. It’s a lot darker than anything I’ve done before and it has a lot of cute, complicated boys in it!


Amanda Ashby was born in Australia and after spending the last sixteen years dividing her time between England and New Zealand, she’s finally moved back and now lives on the Sunshine Coast. When she’s not moving country, she likes to write books (okay, she also likes to eat chocolate, watch television and sit around doing not much, but let’s just keep that amongst ourselves, shall we?)

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book, You Had Me at Halo was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award, and her first young adult book Zombie Queen of Newbury High was listed by the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age 2010. Her latest release, Fairy Bad Day, has been selected by Voya as one of their Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2012 and is a SCBWI Crystal Kite Award finalist for the Australia/NZ region. To find out more, please go to

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