Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Virtual Book Tour - Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure by B.K.Bostick

Welcome to my stop of Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure Virtual Book Tour! You will see my review, there is an interview with the author B.K. Bostick and a giveaway! Three in one!

Author: B.K. Bostick
Title: Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure
Release date: 8th of October 2011
Published by: Cedar Fort
Imprint: Bonneville Books
Reading level: FICTION - JUVENILE: Action & Adventure (incl. Interactive Adventures): Action & Adventure
Pages: 256 in Paperback

From Goodreads:

When his grandfather dies, Huber Hill is devastated---until he opens Grandpa Nick's mysterious box. An old gold coin and directions to a hidden Spanish treasure send him and his friends off on an mind-blowing adventure, but he's not the only one on the hunt. Filled with dangerous animals and cryptic puzzles, this book will have you on the edge of your seat until the last page.

My review:

It is already second middle grade book I am reading during the last couple of months and even though I do not belong to the targeted group, I really enjoyed this book. B.K. Bostick created a wonderful book for kids and touched many serious issues for children and he did it in a way, that it was fun to read. I read Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure in one sitting, I could not put it away and when the last page was read, I wanted more!

Huber is a sweet guy who loses his beloved grandfather who left him a box with mysterious hints about a Spanish treasure. From that moment the author takes you away to the adventure which you will never forget. Huber and his friends are set off to find the treasure and on their way they learn a lot about each other, friendship and what is important in their lives. The book is action packed, funny to read and the characters are adorable. Huber is a sweet and adorable boy who experiences lot of things during the book – harassing, loss of his beloved grandfather, sudden friendships and of course adventures!

What I really liked about Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure is that it is a story which is in general filled with hope and it leaves you with an emotion that whatever difficulties we might meet, life is still enjoyable and beautiful. It is a very positive book and I highly recommend it for parents for their kids. And I would add that read it yourself before giving it to your kids, you will definitely enjoy it!

5 Flowers!

Author of the Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure, B.K. Bostick was so nice to give an interview for Me and Reading.

So ladies and gentlemen, please welcome author B.K. Bostick!

First section of the interview is about author, second section is about his books, writing them, about characters etc, third part is about his favorites.

Part I

MAR: Please describe yourself with few sentences. Who are you?

BKB: Author. Husband. Nerd. That about sums it up.

MAR: What inspired you to want to become writer?

BKB: Since I was little, I’ve enjoyed making up and writing stories. When my third grade teacher accused me of plagiarizing an original story I created, I knew I may have a knack for it.

MAR: Who did you want to become when you were a kid? What did you dream about?

BKB: I wanted to work for Nintendo and make Super Mario Games (I still do- but Nintendo hasn’t called back :( )

MAR: What brought you to writing? When did the idea of writing your first book formed?

BKB: My grandpa. He would always tell me stories about Spanish treasure hidden up in the mountains. I always imagined going on these wild adventures to find treasure. As I grew older, I realized that the real treasures were the stories my grandpa told me. Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure is my way of passing his stories on.

MAR: What do you do when you are not writing? Do you have any hobbies?

BKB: I play guitar, tennis, watch way too much Netflix and make these terrible spoofs like this-

MAR: What is the most difficult aspect of being a writer for you?

BKB: Finding the time to write, especially with a clear mind and without interruptions.

MAR: If you wouldn’t be a writer, what would you be and do?

BKB: Exactly what I do- I’m a teacher mentor for Western Governors University. I love helping people become teachers and fulfill their dream of helping kids.

MAR: Who or what is your Muse?

BKB: My wife, JulieAnn. She believes in me even when I don’t.

MAR: Did you ever experience writer’s block when the writing process just wasn’t moving ahead?

BKB: Absolutely- it’s the worst. I find that if I just force myself to write something though, even if it’s horrible, it gets the juices flowing and I can go back and improve upon it.

Part II

I really loved Huber Hill and The Dead Man’s Treasure, so, let’s talk about the book and characters and your yet not-published books.

MAR: Where did you get the idea for Huber Hill and The Dead Man’s Treasure from? How was the book born?

BKB: My grandpa’s stories of Spanish treasure hidden in the mountains definitely inspired the back story. The grandpa in the story is based on him. The other characters are a hodgepodge of different people I know. Scott has a lot of characteristics my best friend growing up had. Hannah is a lot like my wife, and Huber is like a lot of students I used to teach- quiet but resilient and tenacious.

MAR: Which character do you love most in Huber Hill and The Dead Man’s Treasure? Which character can you mostly relate to?

BKB: My favorite has to be Scott- he makes me laugh.

MAR: Will there be a sequel to Huber Hill and The Dead Man’s Treasure? 

BKB: Yes. Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coronado will be released in the fall of 2012.

MAR: There were many important topics related to school and especially middle graders what you touched in your book. Have you experienced bullying during your own school time or as a teacher? What do you think would solve the problems?

BKB: I dealt with it a lot as a teacher and school counselor. I noticed that many times, the bully doesn’t view himself as such, they feel they’ve been wronged or in their mind, that they’re being bullied. I tried to show that perspective between Scott and Huber. I think once a kid can see things through the eyes of someone else, they’re a lot less likely to bully. However, under no circumstances should the behavior be ignored or tolerated.

MAR: I think the aspects and different sides of friendship were wonderfully written in your book. What does friendship means to you personally?

BKB: It’s what makes life worth living. If there's one theme to the story, it's that relationships with friends and family are invaluable- of much more worth than any kind of physical treasure.

MAR: I must ask you about new books to be published. What will it be about? Anything you can tell us already?

BKB: The ending of Dead Man’s Treasure leaves a big question unresolved. The question will be answered in Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coronado (Oct. 2012). The story will take place in Salamanca, Spain.

Part III – Favorites

Who is your favorite author?
Jerry Spinelli

What is your favorite book or series?
I have a few- RedWall, Harry Potter, Holes, and Maniac Magee.

What is your favorite book blog you follow?
Yours, of course!

What is your favorite song?
Man of the Hour by Pearl Jam.

What is your favorite season?

What is your favorite food?
Ham and pineapple pizza with slivered almonds.

What is your favorite car?
My Dodge Ram

What is your favorite color?
Red (I’m a University of Utah Ute Fan)

What is your favorite movie?
Lord of the Rings- Fellowship of the Ring

What is your favorite time of the day?
Right when I get off work

What is your favorite weather?
Blizzard! It forces you stay indoors to read or write.

Thank you so much for the interview!

Author Bio:

B.K. Bostick, author of Dead Man's Treasure, resides among the magnificent Rocky Mountains. In addition to writing, he has spent his career in education. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Utah and his Masters in Psychology from Utah State University. He has worked as a teacher, after school program coordinator, junior high school counselor, and most recently as a teacher mentor for a University. He loves spending time with his lovely wife and two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys eating cheetos and watching old episodes of the Twilight Zone.

B.K. Bostick  be giving away a replicated gold coin/bookmark to each reader who goes to his author page on Facebook and clicks the "like" button. In addition, one lucky follower of Me and Reading who also likes my page will receive a free e-copy of the book at random.
Go to: Here are the links to the book trailer and Treasure for Alyssa site: Book Trailer

So leave a comment, you have to be follower of this blog and Like B.K. Bostick's FB page! The giveaway will run until the end of the blog tour - 31st of August! don't forget to add your GFC and email.

Good luck!
The next stop of the blog tour will be:

Happy reading!


  1. Congratulations on Your very impressive website.
    I shall follow You regularly.
    All good wishes!

  2. It was very interesting. I enjoyed this :)

  3. @ EESTI, thanks for coming by! I am glad that you liked what you see. :) Good wished to you, too!

    @ak, thanks, sister! :) Love you, too!


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