I consider myself a Harry Potter fan, even if perhaps I haven't quite earned the "atic."  I loved the books, read most of them more than once, own a collector's edition of Beedle the Bard, saw all the movies, wrote a novel length fanfiction to cope with the series ending, and heck, even started up a Harry Potter Finer Things Club with my sister and nephews.

But I have limits, and honestly...the idea of Pottermore creeps me out.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's a brilliant marketing strategy for Rowling Inc., and I admire good business, but come on, when is enough enough already?  Or is it just fickle me that thinks this way?

Irregardless, my attention has been stolen all of the sudden by a whole 'nother P-man.  If its a fresh iteration on a magical English boy you're looking for, I've got an excellent recommendation for a series of books that scratches that middle grade fantasy itch.  It doesn't get as deep and dark as the Harry Potter series (ahem, Suze) but it's got plenty of colorful and scary characters and is so much fun, not to mention hilarious.

I speak of the Peter and the Starcatchers series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.  It's an alternative universe prequel to Peter Pan and answers all sorts of questions I've always had.  If that's not enough to entice you---the stories include talking dolphins.  Talking dolphins!

Barry and Pearson didn't intend to write a fourth book, but they had so many fans ask for it, they drummed up some fantastic inspiration and wrote Sword of Mercy.  I'm not quite finished with it yet, but it's probably my favorite of the series.

Prize Announcements:

Congratulations to Liz Fichera on the recent release of Craving Perfect, and on a much lesser scale for winning a signed copy of Three Daves and a little 80s mood music over at Liza Sanchez's Romance Author blog.

Thanks for entering to win, Liz, and thanks for hosting me, Lisa.

And congrats to me for winning two books!  The Summer We Came to Life by Deborah Cloyed at the super fun Chick Lit is not Dead blog
Sondrae Bennett's Arctic Winds in the Sizzling Summer  Author Extravaganza.

I'm excited to read both!

Since I'm so book happy today, I'd like to share a couple photos of Three Daves and the Summer Lovin' Anthologies on tour at RomCon in Denver with other OminiBook Buddies.  Much thanks to Omnific Publishing's hard working marketing staff. 

The lovely Killian McRae is hosting today's 
Meet an Author Monday 
blog hop.  

It's your chance to hop on and hop along to mix & mingle with new-to-you authors and those you already know and love.


Suze said...

My sister is practically begging me to read the rest of the Potter series!

Jennifer Lane said...

Way to go, winner! (and giver-awayer). Are we doing the Meet an Author Monday blog hop today? I wasn't sure what we decided. Off to write my Monday post! Jen xx

Jennifer Lane said...

Please ignore that question. I found it on Killian's blog!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to Liz! And I think Pottermore is milking the franchise a bit.

BannedLibrary said...

I've had my eye on these books for a while and wondered about them. I like Ridley Pearson so now I'll definitely give these a shot! Thanks

CarolOates said...

Just call me IcePotion212. lol Eric is Skullsky33. Yep, we are on the Pottermore Beta list and I stayed up 2 nights to get us there, and even had a chat with Eric about how it's okay to be put in Slytherin. :D

Tara Tyler said...

great! i need something to read that my middle guy might want to steal from me =)

Michael Di Gesu said...

Congrats Liz, and you too Nicki...

This series sounds wonderful. I just might have to check it out!

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm not interested in Pottermore. I had hoped Pottermore would be... well... more.

I don't know this series. Interesting that the story he hadn't planned seems to be the best.

fallen monkey said...

Gol' damn, I keep forgetting I need to finish that series! I love my new Kindle, but somehow I want to read those in paperback... Was so excited to hear how all the Omnific books sold at the conference - someone new is probably enjoying your words as we speak!

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