Monday, June 25, 2012

Jinnie Wishmaker by D.D. Roy - Review, Excerpt, Guest Post and Giveaway!

Happy Monday!

Welcome to my stop at the Jinnie Wishmaker blog tour! This tour is organized by Goddess Fish Promotions and by the author D.D. Roy. My stop includes a review of the book, an excerpt, guest post by the author and giveaway! Enjoy!

Author: D.D. Roy

Title: Jinnie Wishmaker
Series: Troubled Tweens
Release date: 6th of March 2012
Published by: Casey Shay Press
Reading level: FICTION – Young Adult: Supernatural, Children
Pages/Size: 196 pages
Source: Received from Goddess Fish Promotions and from the author for blog tour


Eleven-year-old Jinnie has a dilemma--she can grant wishes, but she can't control the results.

The school counselor tells Jinnie to join the Troubled Tweens, a group of kids with similar power problems. Maddy’s touch makes anyone explode in anger. Grace can make people like her--as long as they don’t let go of her arm.

But their loose use of magic attracts the attention of the Loki, a group of magic thieves and pranksters. They want to steal an open-ended wish from Jinnie, and it will take all the limited and messed-up magic she and her friends possess to make sure their powers don’t fall into the Loki’s greedy hands.

Jinnie Wishmaker is the first book of the Troubled Tweens series for 9-12 year olds.

My review:

Jinnie Wishmaker by D.D. Roy was a wonderful and warm book! It was well-written, filled with magic and awesome characters!

Regarding the plot:

11-years old Jinnie is a girl with special skills, she can grant wishes. She joins the Troubled Tweens which is a group of kids who all have special abilities. Troubled Tweens faces a challenge in a form of devious Loki, who would like to possess the magic Jinnie and her friends can perform.

I loved this story! I think author did a wonderful job with capturing the age of the kids! It was humorous, filled with magic and it was on spot for the kids of 9-11 years of age. It touched the fight between the good and the evil and Jinnie's story was a very good start for the series!

Jinnie is awesome character who takes the challenges quite easily. She has no problems with her ability and that helps her to fight Loki. I really enjoyed her. I also liked the fact that she can grant wishes, but she has no control over if the result of her magic will be desired. Be careful what you wish for!

Definitely a very good book for kids!

5 Flowers!
5 stars!

Thanks goes to Goddess Fish Promotions for providing me with the review copy!

About the author:

D.D. Roy wrote her first story "Blackie and the Garbage Dump Dogs" when she was in elementary school. As a teen, she tried to destroy her little hand-made books, but if you get a chance to meet D.D.'s mom, she will whip out the one surviving copy, still to D.D.'s total embarrassment.

Her first middle grade novel, JINNIE WISHMAKER, became a Hot New Release on the Nook, and was re-released as a hardcover School Library Edition through Casey Shay Press in spring 2012. Her story book app for the iPad, DUST BUNNIES: SECRET AGENTS, just came out in May through Polycot Labs.

“Aunt Barb, this is so cool! The baby bird is spreading out its wings and preparing to jump!”

Her aunt examined the lower branches, then grasped the lowest one and propped a foot against the bark. “I don’t know if I can do this,” she said.

“You can, you can! Here, I’ll make room for you!” Jinnie scooted further down on her limb, grasping one above for balance. “It’s not far!”

“Easy for you to say,” her aunt said, grunting as she heaved herself onto the first branch. “You look pretty small up there.”

“I AM pretty small!” Jinnie laughed, giddy at the sight of her perfectly arranged aunt hauling herself into a tree.

The baby bird spread its wings again, feathers ruffling, when another chick hopped up to the edge of the nest. Jinnie pointed to Red. “Now look. There’s the mother, and the one baby bird has been practicing spreading its wings. Now a second one is going to try it.”

The first chick folded in its wings, looking out over the yard. Red pecked it firmly on the neck, and it stretched its wings again.

The little bird stepped cautiously away, its tiny claws grasping at the bark. It spread its wings, flapped a few times, then pulled them in.

“It’s scared,” Jinnie whispered.

“I would be too,” Aunt Barb said.

“You can do it,” Jinnie said. The bird flapped again, and the mother took off. This time, the chick hopped a little, spread its wings wide, and pushed away from the tree.

“There she goes!” Aunt Barb called.

They held their breath, but the chick instantly sailed upward, although it flapped its wings at an alarming rate, as though it feared dropping to the ground like a stone.

Aunt Barb nudged Jinnie. “This was wonderful. Thank you for dragging me up here.”

Jinnie shifted on the branch to face her. Her aunt’s clear gray eyes were bright and happy. Emotion flowed to Jinnie and her throat tightened as she understood her aunt’s one true wish. To be a good mother to her niece.

The author D.D. Roy agreed to write a guest post about character creation. Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the author of Jinnie Wishmaker, D.D. Roy!
Character Creation

by D.D. Roy

For me, a story always begins with a what if. What if you were ninety feet tall? What if you got lost in a candy factory right before it closed? The next step is always: what sort of person would this happen to?

For Jinnie Wishmaker, I knew I wanted to explore what would happen if you suddenly were able to grant wishes.

I knew the first step would be to create a timeline of Jinnie’s life during the book. I drew this out, pinpointing the events that would change her. I started with who she was at the beginning of the story, then decided who she would be at the end. Then I added the moments that would move her through this growth.

By the time I had done that, I also had the pivotal scenes of the book laid out. Now I could do the fun things—decide what she looked like, how she talked, whether she was smart or athletic or silly.

I gave Jinnie a pretty serious struggle to overcome, one that has defined her up until the beginning of the book—dyslexia. Because she cannot read well and has fallen through the cracks, she is defensive about school.

I balanced this with a love of nature, and a constant need to be out among birds and deer and squirrels. I also gave her a brother who would help her, an ally when things got really hard.

Like Roald Dahl, I chose to make the adults a different sort of character set all together. While the kids were competent and calm, the grown ups were a MESS. I think this is pretty much the way the real world works.

Creating characters is one of the most fun parts of writing a book. Sometimes I imagine that Jinnie and Mr. Kent and the twins and Marcus are all walking alongside me. Each would notice something different about the sky, the trees, the other people, and the world. By making each of these characters, I get to experience everything in so many more ways than I would without them.


Thank you so much for coming by and writing a guest post for Me and Reading!

Last, but not least, I am glad to inform you that the author is also offering a giveaway!

The author is offering the following prizes to randomly drawn commenters during the tour (this is an international contest):

As a tie in to Jinnie Wishmaker, each blog will have two Magical Mood Rings to give away. Mood rings are a central item in the book as it is how the Troubled Tweens determine if a new member has a magical power or not. Very fun!

For the grand prize, Casey Shay Press is offering their bestselling balloon animal kit. It includes the paperback book Kids Show Kids How to Make Balloon Animals (for the same age group as Jinnie Wishmaker) as well as a professional pump and balloons.

The more blogs you visit and the more posts you comment, the better chances you have to win!!!!

Good luck and start commenting! :) Please do not forget to add your email so we can contact you in case you are picked as a winner! The giveaway runs until Jun 29th.

The tour dates and more informaiton can be found here:
June 18: Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

June 19: Books Are Magic
June 20: Books Reviewed by Bunny
June 21: Writers and Authors
June 22: Amy's Book World
June 25: Me and Reading
June 26: Welcome to My World of Dreams
June 27: It's Raining Books
June 28: Sandra Cox
June 29: Sweet Southern Home
Happy reading!


  1. Wow, what a post! Thank you! Super blog!

  2. This sounds like such a great story for kids.

  3. i like the sound of the book... :)