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A Crockpot by @TDrecker | Music Boxes Book Tour and Music Box with Swag / $20 Amazon GC #Giveaway | #MiddleGrade #Fantasy

Music Boxes by Tonja Drecker is on virtual book tour. The middle grade fantasy stops at Readeropolis with an author guest po...

Music Boxes by Tonja Drecker is on virtual book tour.

The middle grade fantasy stops at Readeropolis with an author guest post.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a music box with swag or a $20 Amazon GC (1 winner each) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

A Crockpot

When I was around seventeen, I won a crockpot at one of our church’s yearly festivals. I remember my mother insisting I didn’t need it and might want to give it to one of the other members. But there was no way I was giving up my crockpot because I was sure it was a necessity, at least, later in life. I never used that crockpot. I went off to college (it wasn’t allowed in the dorms) and after graduating, moved to Europe and married my husband. The crockpot didn’t work with their electrical set-up, so my sister got it. But I wasn’t completely wrong. After moving back to the States five years ago, my crockpot (a different one) has taken a larger role in life. 

As a writer with four children (only two haven’t left for college yet), a crockpot is a huge bonus on days I need to meet deadlines or simply get lost in my writing (and us writers never want to break a good writing stream when it flows). Oh, and I can’t forget what a blessing it is during certain days filled with farm work! I just throw everything into the pot in the earlier part of the day and have a healthy, home-cooked meal waiting for the family in the evening. It’s a life saver.

The crockpot also reflects my writing. When I have a story idea (they pop up often), it’s easy to get excited and believe it’s the best tale in the world—a guaranteed bestseller. But I stuff these ideas into a folder—and the back of my mind—and let them stew. Just like my crockpot. Some disappear quickly. Others take longer to fade away. Those which continue to cook are the ones I start paying more attention to. I stir them, add ideas like ingredients and take a taste now and then. I’m not a quick writer. My plots and characters develop, grow and simmer away. If the story tastes good at the end of the day, it will land on the table and, hopefully, be enjoyed.

Music Boxes
by Tonja Drecker
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy 

I only desire your talent...”

Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay's biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a teacher who’s a burly bear in tights.

When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who offers her classes for free, Lindsey can't believe her luck. In exchange, she must perform in the school’s exclusive midnight shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something’s not right...

One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame Destinée’s growing collection. If Lindsey doesn’t discover the truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.

**Music Boxes was recommended by The Barnes & Noble Kids Blog as one of the 5 Spooky New Middle Grade Books for Campfire Chills!!**

**Now available in audiobook!!**

After finishing her BA in International Studies at the University of Denver, Tonja Drecker spent many years in Europe devouring chocolate, cheese and wine while investigating the birth places of myths, legends and mysterious tales.

Currently residing somewhere in the back woods of the Ozarks, she writes away while tending to chickens, cows and her family of six. Her stories have been published in several collections and magazines including In the Shadow of the Eagle's Eye in REAL GIRLS DON'T RUST (Spencer Hill Press, 2013), A GLOWWORM (Black and White Publishing Company, 2017) and Meringue, Murder and Marzipan in FULL DARK (Obsidian Books, 2017) . She's an avid book reader, professional children's book reviewer, outdoor addict and always in search of a new adventure (based in reality, the imagination, or otherwise).

Follow the tour HERE for special excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!


  1. Thanks so much for letting me stop by on your blog today!

  2. The book cover brought back memories of when I had a music box as a kid.

  3. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win. The cover reminds me of simpler times

  4. I like the cover. It def draws me in. Thank you

  5. Sounds like an interesting story.

  6. The cover is very interesting!

  7. The cover shows something ordinary but gives it a mysterious edge.

  8. I have always loved music boxes and very interesting so this is great and awesome tor ead.

  9. The cover definitely makes you look twice!


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