Calling all quirky book lovers! The witty writing style of Kara LeReau will have you entertained from start to finish. The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters is a series based on Jaundice and Kale Bland, two sisters who would rather be darning their neighbors’ socks and eating cheese sandwiches, but instead find themselves on face-paced, dangerous adventures. When their parents left on an errand years ago, the sisters never expected to find out that they were galavanting around the world on high-stakes missions, nor do they have any plans to join them. But life doesn’t always go as planned, and Jaundice and Kale find themselves in the midst of the action. Join them on their adventures in The Jolly Regina and The Uncanny Express.
We had the chance to talk with Kara LaReau about The Unintentional Adventures, as well as ask her some questions about herself.
3 ?s about The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters: The Uncanny Express
What are three words you would use to describe your book?
Magic, mystery, marshmallow.
What can fans of The Jolly Regina expect from this new Bland Sisters unintentional adventure?
Similar to The Jolly Regina, you’ll find a lot of humor and subversions of adventure tropes (this time, it’s Agatha Christie mysteries, particularly Murder on the Orient Express) and traditional gender roles. Also, there’s a bit of a twist at the end, so hang on, folks!
Were there any other character names in the running before you settled on Jaundice and Kale?
Never. That was a case of exactly the right names coming to me at exactly the right time!
3 ?s about Kara LaReau
If you weren’t a writer, what would you want to be and why?
Probably something to do with cooking and baking, my other passions. When I’m feeling really insecure about my writing, I fantasize about quitting and opening a B&B.
What is one book that has stuck with you since you’ve read it?
Lately it’s The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Van Glaser, which continues to warm my heart, even in this snowpocalyptic winter.
What is one item in your fridge that tells us about you?
A bottle of Champagne — bubbly and fun at parties.
There are several ways to enter the giveaway! The winner will receive both books signed by Kara and an awesome bland swag pack!
Here are the different ways to enter:
-On Instagram -tag a friend or repost our post about these books
-On twitter -follow us, like and retweet our tweet about this blog!
Each will earn one entry! Good Luck!
Thank You, Kara, for allowing us on the Uncanny Express Blog Tour!
Kara LaReau was born and raised in Connecticut. She received her Masters
in Fine Arts in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College
in Boston, Massachusetts and later worked as an editor at Candlewick
Press and at Scholastic Press. She is the author of picture books such
as UGLY FISH, illustrated by Scott Magoon, and NO SLURPING, NO
BURPING! A Tale of Table Manners, illustrated by Lorelay Bové; an
award-winning chapter book series called The Infamous Ratsos, illustrated
by Matt Myers; and a middle-grade trilogy called The Unintentional
Adventures of the Bland Sisters, illustrated by Jen Hill. Kara lives in
Providence, Rhode Island with her husband and son and their cat.