Monday, September 17, 2012


Quote for the week:  Oh yes, the past can hurt. But, you can either run from it or learn from it.  From the movie Lion King, 1994

Today, it is my pleasure to host the awesome author and critique partner, Kai Strand, who's here to tell us about her new book, SAVE THE LEMMINGS.

Kai Strand writes fiction for middle grade and young adult readers. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards. The Wishing Well: Another Weaver Tale is set in the same storytelling village as The Weaver. She is a (very lucky) wife and the mother of four amazing kids. The most common sound in her household is laughter. The second most common is, "Do your dishes!" She and her family hike, geocache, and canoe in beautiful Central Oregon, where they call home.

To find out more about Kai’s books, download companion documents, find links to her published short stories and discover all the places to find Kai both virtually and in person, visit her website: She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to send her an email or visit her facebook page, Kai Strand, Author. 

My new novel, Save the Lemmings, isn’t about lemmings at all, really. Here’s the blurb:

When Natalie’s Texty-Talky invention makes her an overnight sensation, the media digs until they find a way to smear her goody-goody image. When her best friends start believing what they read, Natalie’s sunny spirit is pushed to its limits. How will Natalie stop the lies and win her friends back? And who will SAVE THE LEMMINGS?

However there is a sub-plot in which Natalie supports the Save the Lemmings! Foundation. This is symbolic as much as it is fun. So, why lemmings? Why not Save the Sea Otters?

World English dictionary lists its second definition of lemming as such: a member of any large group following an unthinking course towards mass destruction. In Save the Lemmings, Natalie’s sudden fame turns sour when a local reporter releases a story that smears her goody-goody image. She ends up trapped inside her own home to avoid fueling the media fire. Her friends and the public act like lemmings when they blindly believe the reports of her drug use or of her stealing the design for her invention.

You may scoff, “Unbelievable!”

Unfortunately, it isn’t off base. Last year author J.K. Rowling testified to a London courtroom how press intrusion made her feel like a prisoner in her own home. She said that having reporters camped on her doorstep was "like being under siege and like being a hostage." In the same courtroom inquiry, actress Sienna Miller testified that a stream of personal stories about her in the tabloids led her to accuse family and friends of leaking information. Turns out her cell phone voice mail had been hacked. You can read more about their testimonies here:

We don’t meet many of the people we read about on a regular basis. Often the only information we learn about them is what is reported on-line, or in magazines and newspaper articles. Don’t be a lemming. Next time you are reading a story that seems sensational, ask yourself if you can trust the source before passing judgment on the subject.

About the Book: SAVE THE LEMMINGS!  8th grade inventor, Natalie Isabelle Cailean Edwards is the N.I.C.E. girl who finishes last with the kids in school. Sappy inspirational phrases and monochromatic outfits have all but her best friends wrinkling their nose at her. When Natalie’s invention, the Texty-Talky, goes nationwide, she becomes an overnight sensation. Suddenly her days consist of photo shoots and interviews with little time left for her friends. A local reporter shatters her good-girl image by reporting a graffiti incident and the media launches into a smear campaign. It is so bad, even her friends start to believe the stories. Will Natalie be able to overcome the lies being printed about her? Pick up your copy of Save the Lemmings from the publisher’s website: or on Amazon:


Thank you, Kai, for visiting with us today.  You leave us with some very good thoughts.

Watch for my review of SAVE THE LEMMINGS. Coming soon.

Happy Reading


  1. Great post! This book looks really good.

  2. Thanks for hosting me Beverly. It's always a pleasure to visit with you and your readers.

    Thanks, Kelly! It is so easy to take the words we read online at face value and forget how easy it is to print half truths. No lemming here! Or at least not an intentional one ;-)

  3. It is, Kelly. I'm reading it now. You gotta love Natalie. She's so human. :)

  4. Hi Kai and Bev. Wow, another awesome book to add to my pile! Great post!

  5. My pleasure, Kai.

    The story is a good lesson for us to remember not to believe everything we read or hear.

  6. Thanks Darby! You can add it through Goodreads so you won't forget it - well that is if your tbr pile is as big as mine ;-)

  7. So many books to read, Darby. So little time to read them. :)

  8. Sounds like a great book with an important message.