A to Z Challenge 2016: W is for Welcome to Monstrovia

WWelcome! Today, April 27, 2016 as a thank you for dropping by, you can download an e-copy of my novella, Forever and Always FREE! No strings attached. http://www.amazon.com/Forever-Always-Susanne-Matthews-ebook/dp/B01CEVSEFA

Thank you for dropping by Living the Dream. We are down to the last four letters of the alphabet. Today,  for the letter W, I want to talk about the importance of encouraging the love of books in children and teenagers. The stories I loved as a child may not appeal to the youth of today. As an English teacher, I often had to teach novels and short stories the kids didn’t want to read. I’d hear them complain all the time about how boring the books were. We have to make sure that at some point they get to choose their own reading material, so that they can learn to enjoy reading and books. I’d like to introduce you to Mark Newhouse, an author who writes books for today’s preteens and teens.


In this Silver Medal Benjamin Franklin Book Awards first book of a comedy-mystery series, Brodie Adkins is thrown into the wacky world of Monstrovia, where he encounters flying serpents, deadly giants, and a monstrous murder mystery only he and his lawyer uncle, Jasper Doofinch, can solve! Kids of all ages won’t be able to put it down until the hilarious surprising ending.
From the Author
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WELCOME TO MONSTROVIA was great fun to write. I just loved the laughs and twists in this crazy mystery, modeled after my boyhood idols, Perry Mason and Sherlock Holmes. Imagine finding out your uncle is the famous Doofinch the Defender, lawyer for mythical monsters and fictional folk, and you must assist him in a baffling case of murder involving a brave, but stubborn teenage girl and a bunch of crazy witnesses and dangerous encounters with monsters, giants and more. I knew kids would get a lot of laughs and surprises as they tried to solve this funny mystery. My hope is that this special series will give kids positive role models and introduce them to the fascinating world of lawyers and the courtroom with a lot of fun twists.

I want kids to feel they can solve problems, and as a teacher, I loved using humor to help them learn. In WELCOME TO MONSTROVIA, the page-turner adventure introduces fascinating things about law while kids laugh. I loved when one mom reported, “Now I may have a future attorney in the family.”

Please, don’t give away the surprise ending!!! I know you’ll want to come back for Book 2, The Case of the Disastrous Dragon, out soon. And thank you for your kind reviews.

headshot V1Bio: Mark H. Newhouse

Comical monsters and underdog heroes have won him many awards for his books and stories, but his favorite reward is hearing children laugh at his humorous adventures such as those in WELCOME TO MONSTROVIA, winner of the Benjamin Franklin Book Award Silver Medal. Book 2 The Case of the Disastrous Dragon will be out soon.

Mark won the Teacher’s Choice Award (Learning Magazine) for THE ROCKHOUND SCIENCE MYSTERIES, where kids catch crazy crooks by fun experiments like making ice pops. He won First Prize in the Florida Writers’ Association competition for his comical YA horror, THE MIDNIGHT DIET CLUB, now also a great audio book. His picture book, ALICE IN BATSYLVANIA, another 1st Prize RPLA winner is loaded with fantastic illustrations by Dan Traynor.

Mark contributed stories and was editor-in-chief for HOLIDAY HELPINGS, THE STORY SHOP, and CRITTER CAPERS, filled with funny stories for children and families. His suspenseful adult books are published by Solstice Publishing. He has won many honors for short stories which appear in a number of anthologies. For a complete list and updates, visit www.markhnewhouse.com.

Mark thanks you for your support and a special thank you for those kind enough to add their reviews. “A few years ago, I got the greatest fan letter from a little boy thanking me for my ROCKHOUND detective series and ending with: “I know all authors are rich. Can I swim in your pool?” If I had one, you’d all be invited, but watch out for funny monsters!


Amazon Mark H. Newhouse  link  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001K8Z7YU

Welcome to Monstrovia   http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692518959

Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/mark.newhouse.904

Twitter https://twitter.com/MarkhNewhouse

Website  http://www.markhnewhouse.com


Now, please hop over to the A to Z Challenge List to check out other incredible blogs.A2Z-BADGE_[2016]


13 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge 2016: W is for Welcome to Monstrovia

  1. This sounds like a fun series for children.

    My husband and I have always been voracious readers. We read to our babies even before they were born. They love to read, too. The favorite series of the two youngest when they were little was the Warriors. It was about cats. It kept them reading and fed their love of reading even more. 🙂

    Thanks for another great post! Have a blessed night.

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