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Cover reveal for The Way of the Wombat

It’s live! Here’s the cover for THE WAY OF THE WOMBAT: QUEST FOR GRAY IRONBARK! Follow the link to the original post over at Me, My Shelf and I to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the book (when available Feb. 2nd) and a WhomBat Thorn (a really cool foam sword)!

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Which Way would you follow?
When Laz, a young wombat, goes from playing a game with his friend Kita in their idyllic tribal village to witnessing the nightmare of a Tasmanian devil attack, he reacts in the only way he can: he fights back. He accidentally kills a devil while trying to save his sister, but his sister is still taken captive. To make matters worse, the tribal elders banish Laz, Kita and Zeeg—the three youths who fought back—for failing to follow the way of the wombat.
Frustrated and adrift, the three friends embark on a quest through red rocky deserts and deep eucalyptus jungles to discover their own way. With a cheerful koala warrior as a guide and a wise platypus as their trainer, they hope to survive long enough to find a legendary weapon that could save their tribe and Laz’s sister from the devils. But danger lurks around every tree…
Find your own Way at WhomBatz.com!

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What do you think?! Hope you like it as much as I do. Happy Holidays, everyone!

adriannestricklandAdriAnne shares a home base in Alaska with her husband, but has spent two cumulative years living abroad in Africa, Asia, and Europe. While writing occupies most of her time, she commercial fishes every summer in Bristol Bay, because she can’t seem to stop. Her YA sci-fi/fantasy, WORDLESS, launched August 8th, 2014 from Flux Books. You can follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook.

A foray into middle grade involving wombats (this is actually happening)

Howdy all! Sorry I have been MIA—crises of various sorts and sequel due dates have kept me away (yes, I just turned in a revised version of LIFELESS, the sequel to my YA sci-fi-/fantasy debut, WORDLESS, to my editor!).

But, now I’m back and I have some wild news involving wombats and writing middle grade fantasy adventure.

You heard correctly: wombats!

In case you didn’t know, wombats are adorable, furry, and, at times, ferocious marsupials that live in Australia. Check them out:

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Or, for my purposes, sometimes they look like this:

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The wombat above is roughly what the star of my new middle grade series, The Way of the Wombat, looks like. The first installment, THE QUEST FOR GRAY IRONBARK, kicks off February 2nd, 2015! But first, there will be a cover reveal Dec. 22nd—coming right up, so keep an eye out for it! Not only that, but I’ll be revealing some a few of the amazing illustrations along the way and giving away cool prizes.

Check out the book’s description below:

Which Way would you follow?

When Laz, a young wombat, goes from playing a game with his friend Kita in their idyllic tribal village to witnessing the nightmare of a Tasmanian devil attack, he reacts in the only way he can: he fights back. He accidentally kills a devil while trying to save his sister, but his sister is still taken captive. To make matters worse, the tribal elders banish Laz, Kita and Zeeg—the three youths who fought back—for failing to follow the way of the wombat.

Frustrated and adrift, the three friends embark on a quest through red rocky deserts and deep eucalyptus jungles to discover their own way. With a cheerful koala warrior as a guide and a wise platypus as their trainer, they hope to survive long enough to find a legendary weapon that could save their tribe and Laz’s sister from the devils. But danger lurks around every tree…

Add it to Goodreads here, or pre-order the ebook on Amazon here!

How did this happen, you might ask? It’s a valid question, since I typically write YA.

The truth is, I wouldn’t have done it on my own. WhomBatz, LLC, a foam sword company, approached me to write the backstory for their line of toys, geared toward ages 8-12 and based around their mascot, a wombat. As I’ve said, middle grade isn’t usually my thing, but I’ve always wanted to write a story about anthropomorphic animals, since I essentially grew up ingesting Brian Jacques’s Redwall series (I even wrote a poem around said-series in fifth grade that was published in my elementary school anthology *looks self-important*).  Not only that, but I would get to explore a whole new type of animal—marsupials!—in a less common landscape—the Australian outback.

Also, one of the founders of WhomBatz just so happens to be my husband, and he asked nicely.

Since WhomBatz wanted The Way of the Wombat to be entirely in their control as far as release, distribution, marketing, branding, etc, they’re acting as the publisher. It’s fun—while I get more control, too, I still have an editor, an illustrator, a book designer, a marketing plan, all funded by someone else, so it’s been a pretty new and exciting experience.

I’m really proud of this book and WhomBatz’s incredibly awesome line of toys, and I hope you all will enjoy them too!

So, like I said, keep an eye out for The Way of the Wombat: The Quest for Gray Ironbark, coming February 2nd, 2015, and its cover reveal on December 22nd—there will be all sorts of fun prizes, including free books, gift cards, sneak peeks at the art, and foam swords! And check out WhomBatz here!

Xx,

AdriAnne

adriannestricklandAdriAnne shares a home base in Alaska with her husband, but has spent two cumulative years living abroad in Africa, Asia, and Europe. While writing occupies most of her time, she commercial fishes every summer in Bristol Bay, because she can’t seem to stop. Her YA sci-fi/fantasy, WORDLESS, launched August 8th, 2014 from Flux Books. You can follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook.

Meet BookYArd Member, AdriAnne Strickland!

Since there are 14 of us hanging out here at the BookYArd, and my book, WORDLESS, debuts this new year of 2014 (like the majority of our books), I thought I’d use the number 14 in my introductory post. So without further ado, here are 14 semi-random facts about me and my book!

  1. I was a bibliophile who wanted to be an author before I knew what either of those words meant.
  2. Before I wanted to be an author, I wanted to be Indiana Jones.
  3. I also wanted to be an otter in Brian Jacques’ Redwall series. I sort of still do.DSC_0371
  4. Every summer in Alaska, my husband and I commercial fish for red salmon on our boat that I named the CATCH-22.
  5. The release date for WORDLESS—August 8th, 2014!—was partially determined by my fishing schedule.
  6. Eden City, the setting of WORDLESS, was inspired by Geneva, Switzerland, where my husband grew up.
  7. I am addicted to em dashes—it’s a problem.
  8. I’m also addicted to kimchi. I ferment it in five gallon buckets and then I eat all of it.
  9. I’m not addicted to, but am deeply love with micro-brewed beer from Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and Michigan.
  10. While WORDLESS only has a touch of romance in it—but definitely a touch!—I’ve read GRACELING about 500 times for the intense romance. *swoon*
  11. The tagline for WORDLESS was inspired by the religious phrase, which I came across during my research for a previous book, but the story itself is not religious at all.Wordless tagline crop
  12. I lived in China and was once conversant in Mandarin Chinese, but now I’ve been falling down on the job.
  13. I cooked over a wood fire and hauled water from a river on an everyday basis while living in the fishing village of Ebodje, Cameroon, for a few months.ebodje meal
  14. My name has a capital A in the middle of it.

In summation, much like this list my life is semi-random and more than a little crazy. Nice to meet you!

Come say hi to me on Twitter @adriannems or on my website!