Spotlight, Interview & Giveaway- POIKO: Quests & Stuff, by Brian Middleton

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Title: POIKO: Quests & Stuff
Author: Brian Middleton, Rebecca Taylor (Editor)
Pub. Date: April 12, 2022
Publisher: Wonderbound
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 128
Find it: Goodreads, Books2Read

A new adorable anthropomorphic adventurer awaits, and his name is Poiko! Perfect for fans of Mouse Guard, Little Robot, and Hilda!

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN “AVERAGE” DAY FOR POIKO!

Have you ever had to deliver a care package to a dragon with allergies? Have you ever been waylaid by a school of space fish? That’s just an average day for Poiko, the kingdom’s most reliable courier. The world can be a big, scary place, but it can also be wondrous. Sad things can happen, but there are always good friends to turn to, or new friends to make. And no matter what, there is always, always someone who could use your help. Poiko learns all these lessons and more every time he brushes his tail, pulls on his hoodie, and steps out into a new adventure. The philosophical whimsicality of Calvin & Hobbes meets the fantasy-scapes of Adventure Time in this modern-day classic.


Praise:

“In this sincere and exuberant fantasy adventure … Fanciful, visually engrossing backdrops and the sprawling cast of characters bring to mind classic Sunday comic aesthetics.”― PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Poiko: Quests and Stuff will delight young readers and drop them into a world that’s magical and interesting while reflecting something incredibly human in the way the characters interact with their community.” — Eliza Viera ― Gate Crashers

#1 Weekly pick from Good Comics for Kids!

Download DIGITAL ITEMS (Bookmarks, Digital Wallpapers, and Poster), HERE!


Holiday Interview with Brian Middleton:

The Winter Holidays and YOU!

What Winter holidays do you celebrate in December and January … and how do you celebrate them?

Christmas and New Years Eve. For Christmas, My wife and I wait for our daughters to wake up and then watch them as they open their gifts.. We hang out together for a little and then head to my in-laws for Lunch, Dinner and eventually more gifts! For New Years we gather at my sister-in-law’s house to play video games and ring in the new year together!

What traditions are old family traditions?

We don’t really have any old family traditions.

What traditions are ones that YOU’VE started?

My wife and I give the girls a new set of pajamas on Christmas Eve, then we make Hot Chocolate and watch a Christmas movie with them. It’s a good soft lead into the big day.

What sort of activities during the holidays are your favorites?

Just being with family. That “surrounded by family while turkey and sweet potatoes are just a reach away” feeling is one of my favorites.

What activities do you like the least?

Doing the dishes after all of that cooking!

What are your favorite holiday memories from childhood?

When I was young, my extended family would gather at my grandmother’s house. After we ate, some of us would go into the empty parking lot across the street and play “two-hand touch” football. I loved that so much.

What are your favorite holiday memories from adulthood?

Seeing my daughters experience Christmas is always a blessing. It makes the holiday feel fresh and new for me, while also drawing me back to my childhood memories.

What are your favorite holiday foods?

Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Corn and Stuffing is my ideal meal, year round 🙂

 What makes these Winter holidays so special for you?

The idea of “Peace on Earth and good will towards men” is something that I love. You see a lot of charity and generosity at this time of year, which lifts my spirit. And again, I can’t say enough how much I love the big turkey dinners at this time of year!

Anything else you’d like to talk about that is holiday-related?

I hope it’s awesome for you lovely readers, and that your spirits are lifted!

The Winter Holidays and … your characters!

How do your book’s characters celebrate the holidays? Do they celebrate with family & friends?

I think Poiko and Kensie likely make the rounds to see all of the friends they have met through the year as they make their deliveries. They start early in the day and don’t get home until late. Kensie probably still has a schedule to keep them on track, but is a little more lax with how they keep to it.

  What do they eat?

Whatever they can get their hands on as they make their way around. I imagine that Poiko would eat at every house and Kensie would be a little more reserved. I feel like he is probably a shy eater.

 What do you think they’d like to do?

I think they end up playing music wherever and whenever the opportunity arises. I think there is a little bit of the Christmas Spirit in their day to day lives, so I don’t think they act much different during the actual holidays.

If your book’s characters visited during the holidays, how would you celebrate with them?

I would definitely get everyone together to play some punk rock Christmas carols! I can’t imagine how awesome it would be to hug my characters and tell them that I love them. That would be a great day!

Would your character like to say anything to readers for holiday cheer?

However you celebrate, I hope it’s awesome for you, and I hope your spirits are lifted!


About Brian Middleton:

brianBrian Middleton has been telling stories in one form or another for his whole life. His first comic book (published by his brother’s 4th grade teacher and the school’s copy machine) sold out at the distributor level. After that there was no looking back! He continued drawing as the years went on and wrote several short stories. Eventually he married the woman of his dreams and together they started a family. At this point his mind began to drift back to his first creative passion: comic books! After dipping his toe in the water with a handful of self-published and work-for-hire comics he decided to take the deep dive and create his first series, Wulfborne. The three issue mini-series, published by Scout Comics, released in February 2019 to rave reviews. The comics review site, Reading With A Flight Ring, called the book “an understated masterpiece of fiction” and called Brian “a madman, a fool and a genius”, which, as far as anyone knows, is all true. With the creation of Wulfborne complete Brian has turned his creative attention toward his next project, Poiko: Quests and Stuff. The rest of his attention is focused squarely on his one wonderful wife, two beautiful daughters and six (feel free, dear reader, to fill in here the adjective of your choice) cats.

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 Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win finished copies of every book featured in the WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERBOUND from VAULT tour, US Only.

1 winner will win eBooks of every book featured in the WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERBOUND from VAULT tour from iBooks, International.

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Ends January 17th, midnight EST.

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERBOUND from VAULT Comics Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 

The Science Fiction, Fantasy, and spooky stories young readers imprint from VAULT Comics! 

Count on a flurry of activity around all WONDERBOUND original graphic novel middle grade titles! 

Here’s a list of all of the titles & authors participating in the tour! Check out each individual blog/Instagram/or booktok (schedule below) for more details on each book!

GHOSTER HEIGHTS by Corey Landsell, Kelly Mellings, & Lisa Larose (Illustrator)

HELLO, MY NAME IS POOP by Ben Katzner & Ian McGinty (Illustrator)

KENZIE’S KINGDOM by Shea Fontana & Agnes Garbowska (Illustrator)

POIKO: Quests Stuff by Brian Middleton

THE BROTHERS FLICK: THE IMPOSSIBLE DOORS by Ryan Haddock & Nick Wyche (Illustrator)

THE UNFINISHED CORNER by Dani Colman & Rachel “Tuna” Petrovicz (Illustrator)

VERSE  

VERSE BOOK 1: THE BROKEN HALF by Sam Beck
VERSE BOOK 2: THE SECOND GATE by Sam Beck

WRASSLE CASTLE

WRASSLE CASTLE BOOK 1: LEARNING THE ROPES by Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover, & Galaad (Illustrator)
WRASSLE CASTLE BOOK 2: RIDERS ON THE STORM by Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover, & Galaad (Illustrator)
WRASSLE CASTLE BOOK 3: PUT A LYD ON IT! by Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover, & Galaad (Illustrator)


Sadie’s Spotlight will be featuring  an interview with Brian Middleton, artist/writer of  POIKO: Quests Stuff  on the 14th.

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 Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win finished copies of every book featured in the WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERBOUND from VAULT tour, US Only.

1 winner will win eBooks of every book featured in the WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERBOUND from VAULT tour from iBooks, International.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ends January 17th, midnight EST.


Tour Schedule:

12/12/2022 Lady Hawkeye Feature WRASSLE CASTLE/IG Post
12/13/2022 Mythical Books Feature KENZIE’S KINGDOM/IG Post
12/14/2022 Sadie’s Spotlight Feature POIKO/IG Post
12/15/2022 YA Books Central Feature THE BROTHERS FLICK/IG Post
12/16/2022 Two Chicks on Books Feature GHOSTER HEIGHTS/IG Post

 

Week Two:

12/19/2022 Little Red Reads Feature THE UNFINISHED CORNER/IG Post
12/20/2022 The Book View Review/IG Post
12/21/2022 Sandra’s Book Club Review
12/22/2022 Pickagoodbook Review/IG Post
12/23/2022 Locks, Hooks and Books Review/IG Post

 

Week Three:

12/26/2022 Not In Jersey Review/IG Post
12/27/2022 Nonbinaryknightreads Review/IG Post
12/28/2022 @carlysunshinebooks IG Review
12/29/2022 @pages.for.sanity IG Review
12/30/2022 Review Thick And Thin Review/IG Post

 

Week Four:

1/2/2022 OneMoreExclamation Review/IG Post
1/3/2022 @froggyreadteach IG Review
1/4/2022 A Blue Box Full of Books IG Review/LFL Drop Pic
1/5/2022 FUONLYKNEW Review
1/6/2022 See Sadie Read Review/IG Post

BBNYA Semi-Finalist Spotlight: Emma and the Minotaur, by Jon Herrera

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This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 50 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 15 finalists and one overall winner.

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website or take a peek over on Twitter: @BBNYA_Official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (If you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.


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Emma and the Minotaur
by Jon Herrera
Publisher: Self-Published
Length: 207 Pages
Genre: Fantasy
Age Category: Middle Grade (Upper)
Date Published: 8 April 2020

All stories are true. All legends are real. Emma Wilkins must face the monster in the woods for the fate of the world.

Emma Wilkins is eleven years old and lives on Belle Street. Determined to help her new friend, Jake Milligan, she embarks on a mission to find the boy’s missing father.

Awaiting Emma in the shadows of Glenridge Forest is a world of magic, secrets, and creatures of myth and legend returning from exile.

On her way to an impossible confrontation, Emma must conquer her fears and find the courage to face the monster in the woods. At stake are the fates of those she cares about most and that of the entire world.

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Author Bio

Born in El Salvador during the civil war, Jon Herrera immigrated with his family to Ontario, Canada at the age of eleven. Settling in the Niagara Region, Jon attended university, graduating with a degree in Physics and Mathematics. He has always had a keen interest in creativity in its many forms. His writing is the result of a love for fantasy and science fiction. A long time sufferer of anxiety and depression, Jon uses his perspective and experiences to ground his work.

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