The winners of Julie’s giveaway are Julia Christina Hoover and Carol J. Perry. Please email her your information through her website. Here’s a link: https://www.juliemoffett.com/Contact.html
I’m so happy to welcome back Julie Moffett who is here to talk about her YA spy/mystery series White Knight. Her latest book in the series is Knight Moves.
It’s a Mystery—What to Buy My Tween/Teen for the Holidays?
Angel Sinclair, the geeky teen in my brand new young adult spy/mystery novel, KNIGHT MOVES, is a gamer, loner and a geek. When Angel and her geeky friends get tapped to try out for a super-secret spy academy, will they have what it takes to make it? If not, will Angel be able to keep the only two friends she’s ever had? And, if she DOES keep them, what should she get them for Christmas? Yikes! Who knew having friends could be so complicated?
Have no fear! Enter the author of the above novel, me—Julie Moffett! Not only do I write about teens (as well as adults!), but I happen to HAVE a tween. As a result, I’ve done some research on what’s hot for the tweens/teens in your life this holiday season. So, if you have a child, niece, nephew, grandchild, godchild, or neighbor in that age group, sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and let me do the work for you.
So, here’s what hot this year:
If you’ve got money to burn, Anki’s expanded Cozmo’s Code Lab teaches kids coding and give them a platform to create and customize new experiences and games. Highly recommended for the coder/geek in your household. For ages 9+. Cost: $179.99
During each round of this game, players simultaneously (and continuously) call out “dude,” as it is written on their card (such as “dewd”), trying to match inflection with another player. The player with the most matches wins the game. I DON’T get this game at all, but dude, I’m told it’s totally fun. Ages 13+. Cost: $10.99
KiiPix Smartphone Picture Printers
I have to admit this is pretty cool! Connect your phone directly to this portable, instant film printer to turn smartphone snaps into vintage-inspired printed photos, with no special app or battery required. Ages 13+. Cost: $39.99
Harry Potter Building Kit
No holiday is complete without something from Harry Potter!! Kids can re-create Hogwarts with this four-level building kit (not Legos), featuring a movable grand staircase, a potions’ room, a treasure room with the Mirror of Erised, and a lot more. Ages: 9+. Cost: $99.99.
Quick wit and cheeky confidence are as important as knowledge in this fast-moving game for two to four players in which you decide the answers. Players answer as many questions as they can before the sand timer runs out, and opponents may challenge them if they don’t show confidence in their answers. Ages 10+. Cost: $16.99.
White Knights Series
Of course, don’t forget to pick up a set of the White Knight books HERE to go along with your choices! The books are appropriate for ages 11+, but are especially enjoyed by those who are Nancy Drew/Trixie Belden fans and young at heart. J
Readers: Feel free to let me know which presents above intrigue you, or suggest any good ones I missed. Happy Holidays!
Check out Julie’s Lexi Carmichael Mystery Series here.
Giveaway: Let me know one of the best gifts you’ve ever received to be entered to win a copy of KNIGHT MOVES. Geek girls Rule! Winner will be randomly chosen 12/6 and announced on this thread! Good luck!
Julie’s Bio: Julie Moffett is the bestselling author of the long-running Lexi Carmichael Mystery Series and the young adult White Knights spin-off series featuring really cool geek girls! She’s been publishing books for 25 years, but writing for a lot longer. She writes in the genres of mystery, young adult, historical romance and paranormal romance. She has won numerous awards, including the Mystery & Mayhem Award for Best YA/New Adult Mystery, the HOLT Award for Best Novel with Romantic Elements, a HOLT Merit Award for Best Novel by a Virginia Author (twice!), the Award of Excellence, a PRISM Award for Best Romantic Time-Travel AND Best of the Best Paranormal Books, and an EPIC Award for Best Action/Adventure Novel. She has also garnered additional nominations for the Bookseller’s Best Award, Daphne du Maurier Award and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.
Julie has a B.A. in Political Science and Russian Language from Colorado College, a M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and an M.Ed from Liberty University. She has worked as a proposal writer, journalist, teacher, librarian and researcher. Julie speaks Russian and Polish and has two wonderful sons.