Bland Voyage.

I knew this day would come. I just didn’t realize it would seem to come so fast.

I’ve devoted the past 2+ years of my life to Jaundice and Kale Bland. For the majority of the time I worked on The Jolly Regina and The Uncanny Express and Flight of the Bluebird, I was suffering from a chronic (and chronically-misdiagnosed) bronchial infection, so you might say I’ve given this series my heart and soul AND lungs.

This final adventure, Flight of the Bluebird, was especially fun for me, as it allowed me to pay homage to the Indiana Jones movies, which are among my favorites (well, Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade, specifically — I’m not a big fan of Temple of Doom, and don’t even get me started on the travesty that is Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). The chase scene involving the Daughters of Sekhmet (a fierce biker gang) is an almost shot-for-shot recreation of one of the chase scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the moment where Beatrix Airedale goes over the embankment (and is feared lost by the Bland Sisters) is inspired by a similar scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade!

So it’s hard to say goodbye for many reasons. But Flight of the Bluebird sees the Bland Sisters embarking on a new set of adventures (no spoilers — I won’t offer any further details), and I’m off to chart some new horizons, too. Aside from the Infamous Ratsos series (of which there are still three remaining stories I’m working on!) I also have a new chapter book series in the works, and a picture book with Caldecott Award-winning genius Matthew Cordell. And I have a new project about go go on submission (fingers crossed).

I like to think that just as there’s so much of me in Jaundice and Kale, they’ll always be with me, in my mind and heart (and yes, maybe even my lungs). I hope you’ve enjoyed this series, and even though it’s over, you can be sure you haven’t heard the last of me. This ride’s just getting started, folks.

P.S. The winner of my pre-order giveaway is Carolyn Davis! Congratulations! I’ll be in touch!

P.P.S. I hope you’ll join me on my Flight of the Bluebird Blog Tour this week — if you still want to enter to win a signed copy of the book, my friends are offering lots of giveaways! Here is the schedule (though the Storymamas blog is down today, they’ll be running their giveaway through their Facebook, Twitter, and IG accounts):

P.P.P.S. If you don’t end up entering or winning any giveaways and you’d like a signed copy of Flight of the Bluebird (or any of my books!) you can order from my local indie! (Just be sure to put your personalization in the Order Comments section so I know how to sign it.)

P.P.P.P.S. If and when you do read and happen to enjoy Flight of the Bluebird, and/or any of the other Bland Sisters adventures, I’d appreciate it if you’d leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. It REALLY helps.




A Bland New Book

Fasten your seatbelts.

The final book in the Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters trilogy is taking off on January 8, 2019. It’s called Flight of the Bluebird.

I’m still getting used to the idea that this is the last book I’ll ever write about Jaundice and Kale. (Though it’s certainly not the end of their story, as you’ll see when you read it.) Despite how challenging this series has been to write, these girls have thoroughly charmed me. I hope you’ve been charmed (however-Blandly), too.

And I hope you’ll help me celebrate this final chapter. I’ve partnered with my neighborhood indie bookstore and I’m running a preorder contest over the next month — I’ll choose three winners, and each winner will receive signed and personalized hardcover editions of ALL THREE Bland Sisters adventures, as well as 2 pieces of mystery swag!

Here’s how it works:

  • Preorder Flight of the Bluebird (link here) and I’ll sign and personalize it once it’s published on 1/8/19. Be sure to add how you want it personalized in the order comments. (While you’re at it, feel free to order any and all of my other titles, and I’ll sign/personalize those, too — if you order soon, you’ll get them in time for the holidays!)
  • Email me here with a photo/screenshot/printout of your receipt. That counts as one entry to win!
  • You can also promote Flight of the Bluebird on Twitter or Instagram; use the hashtag #FlightoftheBluebird and mention me (@karalareau) so I see it. Each time you promote the book counts as another entry to win!
  • The contest ends at 11:59pm EST on January 7, 2019. I’ll then draw the three winners and they’ll be announced here and on my Twitter and Instagram feeds on pub day, January 8, 2019. US mailing addresses only.

Thank you so much for supporting my books and accompanying me on this however-unintentional adventure — good luck and BON VOYAGE!