A very warm welcome to the lovely and talented author, Bish Denham. I'm thrilled to be able to share my blog with Bish today and to let the world know that her second novel The Bowl and the Stone is OUT NOW! So grab your copy! You're in for a treat!
Bish, I've been looking forward to this day for weeks. So pleased you've joined me and happier still that you've brought along Sam and Nick. Please go ahead and tell everyone about your new novel.
Thanks for inviting Sam, Nick, and me to have a chat, Nicola! They’re excited to be here, and have brought a tall, cool pitcher of limeade and cookies to share with everyone.
Bish: So, tell us why the two of you are such good friends.
*they look at each other and smile*
Nick: Obviously, it’s because of my charm.
Sam: *lightly punches Nick’s arm* He’s about as charming as a mongoose.
N: Seriously, it’s because Sam doesn’t tease me about having such a hard time with school. She helps me.
S: Seriously, it’s because Nick makes me laugh.
Together: We’re practically twins!
S: We say the same thing at the same time a lot.
N: Or finish each other sentences. And Sam’s not afraid of things like a lot of girls.
B: Like what?
N: Like bugs and exploring the bush.
S: That’s because I taught you.
B: How come you have such a hard time with school, Nick?
N: *shrugs* I like school okay. It’s just that numbers don’t stay in my head, my handwriting is terrible, and I can’t spell worth a darn. Oh, and it’s hard for me to sit still for very long. *knee bounces up and down*
S: That’s because his brain is going a mile a minute. He’s always thinking about something to do, something to make.
B: But you like to read?
N: I LOVE to read.
S: It’s the only way he can be still, otherwise he’s up and doing.
*Nick grabs a cookie and slurps some limeade*
S: Such a slob. *he grins*
B: So do you two have a favorite story?
N: Any kind of adventure, like Treasure Island, Tarzan, Call of the Wild.
S: I like those stories, too, but I also like the Oz Books.
N: Oh yeah, I forgot about those. And she likes history.
S: LOVE history!
B: What about ghost stories?
*they look at each other*
N: Used to like ‘em, but since Sam and I got haunted—
S: Not so much.
B: If you could give one piece of advice, what would it be?
S: *no hesitation* Don’t judge people by how they look.
N: *stares up at the ceiling, rolls eyes around*
S: He’s having a brain fart.
N: *makes a face at her* I’d say be nice to people, you never know when you might need the one person you’ve been mean to.
S: *sticks her tongue out at him*
B: Well, thanks for talking with us. I hope everyone has enjoyed the Sam and Nick Show.
S. & N.: Thanks for having us over, Nicola!
It's been lovely to have you all and thank you for the cookies. Wishing you all much success with The Bowl and the Stone. Great cover by the way! Enjoy the rest of your tour.
About the Author
Bish Denham, whose mother’s side of the family has been in the Caribbean for over one hundred years, was raised in the U. S. Virgin Islands. She still has lots of family living there whom she visits regularly.
She says, “Growing up in the islands was like living inside a history book. Columbus named the islands, Sir Francis Drake sailed through the area, and Alexander Hamilton was raised on St. Croix. The ruins of hundreds of sugar plantations, built with the sweat and blood of slave labor, litter the islands. Then there were the pirates who plied the waters. It is within this atmosphere of wonder and mystery, that I grew up. Life for me was magical, and through my writing I hope to pass on some of that magic.”
The Bowl and the Stone: A Haunting Tale from the Virgin Islands, is her third book and second novel. You can find Anansi and Company: Retold Jamaican Tales and A Lizard’s Tail, at Amazon.com.
To learn more about Bish, you can visit her blog, Random Thoughts. She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter @BishDenham and at Goodreads.
Pirates. Explorers. And spooky ghost hunters.
It’s 1962. Sam and her best friend, Nick, have the whole island of St. John, in the U. S. Virgin Islands, as their playground. They’ve got 240 year-old sugar plantation ruins to explore, beaches to swim, and trails to hike.
But when a man disappears like a vapor right in front of them, they must confront a scary new reality. They’re being haunted. By whom? And why? He’s even creeping into Nick’s dreams.
They need help, but the one who might be able to give it is Trumps, a reclusive hunchback who doesn’t like people, especially kids. Are Sam and Nick brave enough to face him? And if they do, will he listen to them?
As carefree summer games turn into eerie hauntings, Sam and Nick learn more about themselves and life than they could ever have imagined.
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