Welcome Back Guest Julie Moffett!

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:

Cozmo

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

Dude—The Game

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.

Kwirky

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!

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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.

33 Thoughts

  1. Hi Julie,

    The best gift I ever received (and I received it as a child of about 14 or 15) was a book called The Season by William Goldman. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s best known for his work in Hollywood as the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, and The Princess Bride. But the season was about the world of Broadway. Every play that opened on Broadway in the 1967-68 Season is a chapter and is used to discuss a different aspect of Broadway.

    It’s not a perfect book. Even making generous allowance for when it was written, it’s almost painful to go back and read the stereotypical (and negative) through-line he has on gay people.

    Nevertheless, it was the perfect book for me and I read it over and over again (much like a younger child might read Goodnight Moon hundreds of times). My godmother (who gave it to me) knew I loved theater, but had no idea the impact it would have on me. I saw my first Broadway show (at least my first on Broadway – I’d seen local theater and touring companies all my life) in 1964, so I was already hooked by the time The Season arrived under the tree. And it took me almost a decade to wangle my way into a job that would send me to New York where I could scratch my theater-going itch. But once I made it there, I managed to indulge in an orgy of theater-going every time. In fact on one memorable day, because of a very strange confluence of events, I was able to see four Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

    I’m still an enormous fan of Broadway and theater in general, and it really all goes back to getting that book. Of all the presents I ever received, it’s the single one that I still treasure to this day.

  2. I have two gifts I think qualify for being the best: I received my Schnauzer for my 5th birthday and on my 7th birthday my Nana gave me a Readers Digest dictionary. My dog became my best friend, as I was a very lonely, only child! The dictionary opened up the world of knowledge and words to me! It still remains with me after 52 years!
    Julie, this series is also for the young at heart! It will be the Nancy Drew of this generation of girls and for those of us who still love a good YA book!

    1. Oh, you are SO sweet to say that! I loved Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift and Trixie Belden and felt like they were my childhood friends. I think it strengthened my desire to become a writer, even though I wrote my first book in the 2nd grade and sold it for a penny a read on the playground. It was my first best-seller! Lol!! Thank you for sharing about your beloved dog and the dictionary. Love the combination! 🙂

  3. Welcome back, Julie! One of the best gifts I received was contacts my freshman year in college. They were a luxury back when I was growing up and I was so surprised to get them as a gift!

    1. What a unique and cool gift! I got contacts in the 7th grade (the hard ones) and wore them until I was out of grad school. I LOVED them because I was vain and hated my glasses. Haha! Then I got dry eye and I had to switch to glasses, which I’ve had ever since. 🙂

  4. One of the best gifts I’ve ever received was several Nancy Drew books. I love reading mysteries. Every Christmas we would get several new books which was really the best present. Books are still at the top of my wishlist.

    I know a girl who would absolutely love to read the Whit Knight series. Actually, I would too!

    1. I still have the ENTIRE original Nancy Drew series (and most of the Hardy Boys, too) sitting on my son’s bookshelf RIGHT NOW! I will never part with them. LOL! I think me writing the White Knight Series proves I never grew out of Nancy Drew. Lol! 🙂

  5. DUDE! Thanks so much for this list – I have a 15 y/o daughter and a 13 y/o son, so this list is great! My favorite presents were a set of purple glittery candlepin bowling balls and a sleek black sled that had hand brakes I could use to steer it. Nowadays, everything seems to be gift cards and electronics, but what I wouldn’t give to see that “WOW!” expression on my kids’ faces. I remember Christmas being shiny, red-vest-for-Daddy-and-dress-up-for-the-rest-of-us-y, with a big, bright tree and white candles (electric) in every window. It was very special.

    Happy holidays to all from us in VT.
    -J

  6. Welcome back to the Wickeds, Julie. One of the best gifts I ever received was a wooden rocking chair for my bedroom. It wasn’t fancy. I think my parents had bought it at an unpainted furniture store and my dad painted it while. I was about to turn thirteen, we’d moved to a new town and I had a new bedroom, and most of all, it wasn’t a toy. It showed my parents recognized I wasn’t a kid anymore. I kept it forever and passed it on to my son’s family. I think it went (with my blessing) in their last move, but it gave me a great deal of joy for a long time.

  7. Best gift ever was my very own typewriter. . .a vintage Underwood. I was 10 years old and used it for everything. Consequently, I’ve never learned to type “properly” but managed to grow up to be a writer anyway. Tops on my Christmas lists back then were always the latest Nancy Drew and Judy Bolton books.

  8. My family loves escape rooms. As a surprise, my husband and daughter booked a room for my birthday this year! Can’t wait to try out a new room.

    1. Hi Mia,

      OK, I’ll confess my ignorance. What’s an escape room? My imagination is conjuring up several possibilities, but none of them seems remotely likely.

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