Pump Up Your Book Presents Princess April Morning-Glory Virtual Book Publicity Tour + Win Kindle Fire HD!

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Join Letitia Fairbanks, author of the children’s fiction, Princess April Morning-Glory, as she tours the blogosphere February 4 – April 26 2013 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book! In Letitia’s memory, Kelley Smoot Garrett, her step-daughter, will be on hand to answer interview questions on Letitia’s behalf. This tour is part of a huge Kindle Fire HD Giveaway. If interested in signing up for a review, interview, guest post, book spotlight or book trailer reveal, please let us know by contacting Dorothy at thewriterslife (at) gmail.com or leave a comment below along with your contact information.



At long last, Princess April Morning-Glory emerges as a lost treasure from the golden age of Hollywood.

Written and illustrated in 1941 by Letitia Fairbanks, the niece of silent film stars Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford, the seemingly traditional children’s book is transformed into a modern-day fairy tale that will captivate child and adult readers alike.

Letitia was inspired to create portraiture for the characters of Princess April Morning-Glory from film stars of the day. John Barrymore, and Letitia’s cousin Douglas Fairbanks Jr., provided glamorous inspiration through their then-current films. The Wicked King’s (Barrymore) costume was sparked by his role as Louis XV in Irving Thalberg’s 1938 Marie Antoinette, while the hairstyle resembles his eponymous role in Archie Mayo’s 1931 Svengali. Prince Chivalry was inspired by her cousin’s (Fairbanks) sword-fighting role in David O. Selznick’s 1937 The Prisoner of Zenda.

Viewed as unconventional when it first debuted – up until then, no one had thought to meld a Disney-like moral tale with a swashbuckling adventure – the story centers on the prescient acknowledgment that we create our destinies by the choices that we make.

The main narrative is focused around the brave and courageous Princess April who must first transcend darkness and evil before she can realize her true potential. Intrigued by the Great World and its sense of adventure, a young Princess April decides to abandon the familiarity of her home in Fairyland and undertake a voyage into the unknown. Once outside the Enchanted Forest, she finds comfort and friendship in the company of various creatures who ensure her safe passage.

But returning home proves more difficult than at first she realized. In order to go back to Fairyland, a friendly wizard informs Princess April that she must first accomplish three good deeds. Can Princess April resist the temptation of darker forces and summon enough courage to continue doing good deeds? And if she dares to hold true to herself, will it someday lead her back home again?



Letitia Fairbanks, the niece of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford, lived a life guided by artistic passions. In 1939, wanting to commemorate her late uncle, Letitia began work on Princess April Morning-Glory, allowing a creative outlet for combining her lifelong loves: painting, writing, and illustration.

Holding firm to her artistic identify, Letitia gravitated toward portraiture, landscapes, and still-lifes. She was also a biographer, co-authoring Douglas Fairbanks: The Fourth Musketeer, with Ralph Hancock. Her marriage to Hal Smoot in 1966 marked the beginning of a particularly joyful and creative period. Needle points and annual Christmas cards, which featured a painting from the previous year, not to mention her role as a wife, mother, step-mother and grandmother brought her much fulfillment. After a life rich in artistic accomplishment, Letitia passed away in September of 1992.




Kelley Smoot Garrett was born in Dallas, raised in Manhattan and has lived the life of a West Texas wildcatter as well that of an IT professional. At one time or another in her life she’s called places as diverse as Scourie, Scotland; Austin, Abilene and Midland, Texas; Singapore; Paris; and Auckland, New Zealand — home. She is proud to be the daughter of Sue Ashby and Harold Smoot and the step-daughter of Letitia Fairbanks Smoot. She currently lives with her husband Danny Garrett, three cats, and one happy only-dog, Moxie in the Texas Hill Country.



Pump Up Your Book and Kelley Smoot Garrett are teaming up to give you a chance to win a new Kindle Fire HD!

Here’s how it works:

Each person will enter this giveaway by liking, following, subscribing and tweeting about this giveaway through the Rafflecopter form placed on blogs throughout the tour. If your blog isn’t set up to accept the form, we offer another way for you to participate by having people comment on your blog then directing them to where they can fill out the form to gain more entries.

This promotion will run from February 4 – April 26. The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, contacted by email and announced on April 27, 2013.

Each blogger who participates in the Princess April Morning-Glory virtual book tour is eligible to enter and win.

Visit each blog stop below to gain more entries as the Rafflecopter widget will be placed on each blog for the duration of the tour.

If you would like to participate, email Dorothy at thewriterslife(at)gmail.com. Last day to sign up is February 25. What a great way to not only win this fabulous prize, but to gain followers and comments too! Good luck everyone!


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Princess April Morning-Glory Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule


Monday, February 4 – Interview at Minding Spot

Tuesday, February 5 – Guest Blogging at I Am a Reader Not a Writer

Wednesday, February 6 – Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Friday, February 8 – Interview & Guest Blogging at Mom with a Kindle

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Thursday, February 14 – Book Spotlight at Paperback Writer

Friday, February 15 – Book Spotlight at Butterfly-O-Meter Books

Monday, February 18 – Guest Blogging at My Reading Table

Tuesday, February 19 – Book Review at Writing and Other Ways Into the Heart

Wednesday, February 20 – Book Review at Thoughts in Progress

Monday, February 25 – Book Review at My Devotional Thoughts

Friday, February 26 – Book Review at Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

Monday, March 4Book Review at Community Bookstop

Tuesday, March 5 – Book Review at My Cozie Corner

Wednesday, March 6 – Book Review at Adventures of Frugal Mom

Thursday, March 7 – Book Review at Review From Here

Friday, March 8 – Book Review at Bookworm Lisa

Monday, March 11 – Book  Review & Guest Blogging at Waiting on Sunday to Drown

Thursday, March 14 Book Review at Hollywood Daze RESCHEDULING

Friday, March 15 – Book Review at Hanging Off the Wire

Tuesday, March 19 – Book Review at It’s Time to Read Mamaw

Thursday, March 21Book Review at Blooming With Books

Friday, March 28 – Book Review at Love Books! Book Reviews

Monday, April 1 – Book Review at Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Tuesday, April 2 – Book Review at Classic Children’s Books

Wednesday, April 3 – Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt

Thursday, April 4 – Book Review at Books for Kids

Monday, April 8Book Review at Bless Their Hearts Mom

Wednesday, April 10 – Interview at The Writer’s Life

Thursday, April 11 – Book Review at Margay Leah Justice

Friday, April 12Book Review at Coffee and a Keyboard

Monday, April 15 – Interview at Examiner

Tuesday, April 16 – Book Review at My Reading Table

Wednesday, April 17 – Book Review at Vic’s Media Room

Thursday, April 18 – Book Review at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Friday, April 19 Book Review at Books Books the Magical Fruit

Monday, April 22 – Guest Blogging at The Writer’s Life

Thursday, April 25 Book Review at Literarily Speaking

Friday, April 26 – Book Review at 4 the Love of Books

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