This past week we gave the spotlight to Miss Percy’s Pocket Guide to the Care and Feeding of British Dragons, Quenby Olson’s Comedic Fantasy novel, the first book in A Miss Percy’s Guide series. Our Roadies brought a wide selection of content to this show with their reviews, interviews and more. Now it’s time to bring the show to an end and it’s my pleasure to present you with the encore!
Quenby Olson lives in Central Pennsylvania where she spends most of her time writing, glaring at baskets of unfolded laundry, and telling her kids to stop climbing things. She lives with her husband and five children, who do nothing to dampen her love of classical ballet, geeky crochet, and staying up late to watch old episodes of Doctor Who.
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Miss Mildred Percy inherits a dragon.
Ah, but we’ve already got ahead of ourselves…
Miss Mildred Percy is a spinster. She does not dance, she has long stopped dreaming, and she certainly does not have adventures. That is, until her great uncle has the audacity to leave her an inheritance, one that includes a dragon’s egg.
The egg – as eggs are wont to do – decides to hatch, and Miss Mildred Percy is suddenly thrust out of the role of “spinster and general wallflower” and into the unprecedented position of “spinster and keeper of dragons.” But England has not seen a dragon since… well, ever. And now Mildred must contend with raising a dragon (that should not exist), kindling a romance (with a humble vicar), and embarking on an adventure she never thought could be hers for the taking.
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NOVEMBER 17TH – THE KICKOFF
Whispers & Wonder – guest post: Heroines + IG spotlight @whispersandwonder
“I want to write stories that remind everyone the world is not only for the young. Books too often tell us that if our magic letter didn’t arrive at age eleven or if we didn’t pull a sword from a stone in our teens then we’ve already missed our chance. But as a nearly forty-one year old woman, I want to show my children that there will never be a time when they are no longer worthy of love and adventure. I am still worthy of love and adventure.”
Westveil Publishing – review
“Olson definitely has strong skills when it comes to writing characters who are so raw, real, and genuine that you can imagine sitting down to tea with them and wouldn’t mind long spans of just “hanging out” with the characters without plot. Fortunately, though, there is also plot.”
Sadie’s Spotlight – spotlight + IG spotlight @sadiesspotlight
33 South Textworks – review
“All in all, an absolute joy to journey through Mildred’s great adventure; which is also a journey through empowerment and self-confidence. I very much hope to see more of Mildred. You should too.”
@apocketfuloftomes – review + IG spotlight
“It’s witty, inventive, heartwarming and reminds me a bit of Pride and Prejudice. The writing style is easy to follow and fast-paced. Mildred is a captivating and refreshing protagonist. I find this one unique since I rarely read books that feature a middle-aged woman as a protagonist. Watching her world slowly transforms into an adventurous one is satisfying.”
@ofproseandspells – review + IG spotlight
“Miss Percy was a delightful character, and I enjoyed seeing her slowly came out of her shell as she expanded her horizons.”
Armed with A Book – review + interview
“I can gush more but I think this is a book that everyone would enjoy. It is fun, fast-paced and adorable. I want you to pick it up.
The cast is well throughout and I felt like I got to know all of them. There are stressful times in the plot when I cheered extra hard for the characters and wanted them out of harm’s way. I was glued to this book and read it within a few days.”
Rusty’s Reads – review
“I have heard this book compared to Terry Pratchett, Douglass Adams and Jane Austen, but honestly it is 100% Quenby Olson. She is an author of the highest quality and holds court with these other favorites in her own right.
This will be a book that will stick with me for a long time. Honestly, I have already placed this as one of my top 3 favorite all-time self-published books, and when asked recently by someone what book they should read next, this was my immediate recommendation.”
Fantasy Book Critic – interview
Sue’s Musings – review
“Taking place in the fictional town of Upper Plimpton in Wiltshire, during the Regency period, Miss Percy’s Pocket Guide to the Care and Feeding of British Dragons is a humorous and whimsical story, with an enchanting plot.”
Dragon Hourglass – review
“I found Mildred’s journey of rediscovering the self, with the help of a certain unlikely vicar and a young dragon quite enjoyable indeed.”
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