Friday, August 2, 2013

Guest blog and Giveaway with Stacia Deutsch

Thank you for having me on your blog today.  I am so excited to be here and this book is special to me because it’s my first green-focused release. LUCKY PHOO will be first and foremost, an epublication. I was an environmental studies major my first two year of college – being green is really important to me. I am thrilled at this opportunity to explore the paper-free eUniverse.

I’ve been writing for years. I’ve had about sixty books published, and been on the New York Times Best Seller list, but this is my first foray into the eWorld of novels.  When I partnered with my friend Rhody Cohon to work on LUCKY PHOO we fell in love with the story and the characters. Three girls, a magical dog, fashion, movies, and romance – what wasn’t to love?

The characters were kids we knew. The complexities of their lives felt familiar. This cute little dog comes in and seems to make everything better for a while. Who wouldn’t want a little Phoo of their own?

The question that came up, as we worked on the novel, was would 7-11 year old kids read electronically? We desperately wanted this to be an eBook, to explore the greenest publishing medium and reach kids through their iPads, Kindles, Nooks, and cell phones –my own 12 year old daughter reads on her phone constantly.

I took a Facebook poll of my friends. I asked if they knew if kids were reading electronically. I was surprised at the result. The answer was a resounding “Yes.” I had honestly thought that kids didn’t have access to eReaders and preferred print books, but it turns out that kids do read electronically.

In the teen young adult market, electronic reading is very popular.  Publisher’s Weekly reported in 2012, “Digital sales are booming for YA fiction.”  But what about the younger readers? Could we reach them with a book like LUCKY PHOO?

Reports are showing that eBook sales to tweens and younger readers are on the rise. reported in June 2013 “In Canada and the U.S., eBook sales among kids has increased 10 times since 2010.” That’s good news as we venture into this unchartered territory.

Electronic books are the wave of the future. It might be early for younger kids to embrace this technology that limits the toll on the environment, and for that reason, the book will be available also in print, but it is our hope that LUCKY PHOO will be one of many books that younger readers choose to download, read, and enjoy.

The book is on sale for 0.99 cents for the month of August. Find out more at Or Find the book on Amazon at

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Lucky Phoo
Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon

Genre: Children’s Mid Grade (ages 7-11)

Publisher: Imajin Books

Date of Publication: August 1, 2013

Number of pages: 109
Word Count: 43,000

Cover Artist: Ryan Doan


Book Description:

Seventh grade best friends, Caylie Jiang-Kahn, Lauren Blindell, and Sabrina Robinson have busy middle school lives.

Sabrina wants to make a movie about their friendship, but a stray dog shows up and ruins the day. In frustration, Lauren curses, “Oh Phooey.” The name sticks. The crazy mutt will forever be named Phoo.

Sabrina pieces together bits of the footage she shot. She highlights Phoo’s silly antics and puts the video up on a movie contest website.

The video goes viral and suddenly, Lauren, Caylie, and Sabrina are celebrities at school. When a volunteer at the dog shelter sees the film, she assumes the dog belongs to the girls and calls them to come collect Phoo.

The girls arrange to take turns caring for Phoo until he can be adopted.

While sharing Phoo, Caylie, Sabrina and Lauren begin to notice that if the dog is around, lucky things seem to happen. The moment he’s gone…the luck disappears.

When they all need the dog’s magic at the same time, it’s up to the girls to decide once and for all: Is Phoo truly a lucky dog?

Review blurbs for LUCKY PHOO

“With punchy dialogue and a fast moving pace, LUCKY PHOO takes readers on a wild adventure as three friends try to share fostering duties of a lovable stray dog.” —Marianne Mitchell, author of FIREBUG

“Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon are two very best friends who write books together, which is very lucky for their readers. You’ll want to share LUCKY PHOO with all your friends, too!” —Jennifer J. Stewart, author of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF A THIRD WORLD KIND, Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award List; Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award List; Arizona Grand Canyon Reader Award List

"LUCKY PHOO is a great story about friendship, love and responsibility--Phoo, the lucky dog who wanders into Sabrina's, Caylie's and Lauren's world is indeed  lucky--although maybe not as lucky as these girls whose life he changes." Terry Trueman, Printz Honor Author of STUCK IN NEUTRAL

"Okay, full disclosure: I LOVE good, strong, dog stories--Lucky Phoo is precisely one of those!" Terry Trueman, Printz Honor Author of STUCK IN NEUTRAL

About the New York Times Best Selling Authors:

Rhody Cohon wishes she could adopt a million pets! Until her house is big enough she'll pamper the few she has and help others find the perfect home.
Find Rhody at

Stacia Deutsch sits at the keyboard crafting stories all day and then, plays with her own crazy, lucky, dog at night. She and her three kids live in Southern California. You can visit Stacia at or on twitter at @staciadeutsch.

Twitter: @staciadeutsch  

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Kimberly Mayberry said...

Great site! Thank you for the giveaway!

Tiffany H said...

This looks super cute! I wish I had been able to be on the tour to promote this! Thank you for the giveaway!