Happy Book Birthday to MY book THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST!
In this middle-grade novel, a boy washes up on a mysterious, seemingly uninhabited beach. Who is he? How did he get there? The boy can’t remember. When he sees a light shining over the foreboding wall of trees that surrounds the shore, he decides to follow it, in the hopes that it will lead him to answers. The boy’s journey is a struggle for survival and a search for the truth—a terrifying truth that once uncovered, will force him to face his greatest fear of all if he is to go home.
I’m so excited you’re at the party for THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST. Join in the fun…
You’re listening to the sounds of a mystical beach: ocean waves lapping, trees swaying in the breeze, birds tweeting, crabs scurrying. Listen on MyNoise.net.
There isn’t a lot to eat on the beach, except some sea grapes the Boy found in the trees. But here’s what he’d like to have at his party: pizza, cake, chocolate, soda, turkey sandwiches and ice cream. He can imagine it; can you?
The Boy tells himself “Once upon a time…” stories when he gets scared, which is a lot. His stories are about knights and wizards and heroes and himself, like “Once upon a time there was a boy who wasn’t afraid.” Join us in telling “Once upon a time…” stories. Type them into the comments below. (Make sure you enter the giveaway too.)
The Boy gets comfort from a piece of fabric he found in his pocket. He thinks everyone should have a piece of fabric like this, so they can make their own courage.
THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST is written by me, Samantha M Clark, and published by Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster. Read more about me on my About Me page.
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Once upon a time there was a boy who met a girl and fell in love, and they’re living happily ever after.
The best “once upon a time…” story ever! 🙂 xox
Once upon a time, your book debuted! Congrats!
Yay!! I love this “Once upon a time…” story. Thank you!
Congrats, Sam! Can’t wait to read this.
It’s day 2 for you and I bet the feeling is still awesome!
Yes! It’s been a busy week, so I’m only just getting back to this page, but it’s still feeling awesome. 🙂
What surprised you, if anything, about the publishing process?
Hmm, that’s a great question, Danielle. There were so many surprises. The fact that they mailed out the first set of laid out pages — not every publishing house does that now. The work that went into the cover, interior and jacket design. And mostly, the amazing support from so many people, at the publishing house as well as on social media. This has been a wonderful experience.
Congrats again on your book!
Once upon a time, you became an inspiration to want to be published authors. Happy to share your good news!
Awww, Danielle! A wonderful “Once upon a time…” story. 🙂 Thank you
Do you look forward to school visits and book signings?
Yes! It’s so much fun meeting readers and hopefully helping to make new readers. When I was a kid, we didn’t have school visits and I didn’t think authors were real, live people. I think it’s great for kids to learn that early on, so they can learn that they can become an author or whatever they want to be too.
Are you open to Skype visits if school can’t afford travel expenses?
Hey! Sorry for the late reply. Trying to catch up and I’ve got a lot of comments to catch up with on here. 🙂 But YES! I’m always happy to do a full presentation via Skype to schools. I also offer free 15-minute Skype Q&A sessions for classrooms and book clubs who have read the book. Click on the Speaking part of my menu for more info, and contact me to schedule.
Once upon a time there was a teacher who wanted to read all the books!
I LOVE this Once upon a time… story. Mine would be the same with author. 🙂
I’m still in love with the shooting stars on your cover graphic! Hoping to see some myself this summer.
Yes, me too! I could watch it all day. 🙂
Once upon a time, all my favorite authors came to my hometown to talk and sign books.
That would indeed be a happily ever after. 🙂
Once upon a time I kept finding great reviews on your book. Congrats!
Thank you! 🙂
Once upon a time, your debut book became a best seller.
🙂 That would be amazing!
When I see my teacher friends again this fall, I can give them your contact info about school/classroom visits.
Please do! Thank you
Once upon a time, a little girl dreamed of being an author and her dream came true!
Once upon a time all kids and adults had access to exciting books to read.
Once upon a Time, I was brave, just like your boy.
Once upon a time I traveled to my favorite lake for vacation.
Once upon a time I read more great reviews on your debut book.
Once upon a time, I washed up on an island with some amazing writers and we all shared inspiring stories and talked about The Boy, The Boat, and The Beast and it was glorious.
🙂 A wonderful story!!
Once upon a time every child learned to read.
The debut authors this year have so much talent and are so generous with their time too. Thank you for all your hard work bringing readers an exciting book to read.
Thank you, Danielle. I read the other debut books coming out this year and I’m so honored to be among them.
I’m going to share one my two year old made up.
“Once upon a time, there was a car driving and it rolled and tumbled! Then it drove back to the city. Then it was rolling and rolling and flying upper, upper, upper!”
Because right now when I read “Once upon a time” I hear it in his voice 😂
Love this! The best “Once upon a time” story yet.
Once upon a time, indie book stores thrived and customers preferred to shop for books there with personal, customized service and recommendations.
Once upon a time, I was brave even to step out of my comfort zone and try new things and see new places.
I hope your author panels went well. Someday, I hope to attend one of your talks.