Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The New Adventures of A.R. Achnid by Sandi Smith



Book Details:



Book Title: The New Adventures of A.R. Achnid (Revised Edition)

Author: Sandi Smith

Illustrator: Kathy Lee

Category: Children's Fiction, 126 pages

Genre: Children's Chapter Book, Animals, Bugs & Spiders

Publisher: Mindstir Media

Release date: January 3, 2017

Tour dates: June 18 to July 13, 2018

Content Rating: G



Book Description:



Harold! There goes that spider! See, he is running on the floor! That spider has to go. He cannot live here anymore!!! Oh, no! Beth looks very, very angry. What has A.R. Achnid done now? Well, before A.R. got into big trouble with Beth, he had a lot of wonderful adventures.



There are ten different adventures in this book. There is the time he went to the circus and rode on a balloon, and then had some shoo fly pie. Another day, A.R. and Rex (a Great Dane, who is A.R.’s best friend) decided to walk all the way into town, and they had such a wonderful time. Then, A.R. and his family went to New York City for the biggest craft fair ever (which was for spiders only), plus many, many other adventures.



Unfortunately, in the tenth story, A.R.’s current living situation is going to need an adjustment. Something changes in the lives of Harold and Beth (the humans) that will make things very difficult for A.R. Come along with A.R. for some fun, and find out what small bundle will cause problems for A.R. and his family.



As A.R. says, “Spiders rule!”



To follow the tour, please visit Sandi Smith's page on iRead Book Tours.



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Meet the Author:





Sandi Smith spent her time as a young girl combing the shelves of the public library. She has always enjoyed the magic that books have to offer and was inspired by her high school English teacher, Mr. Coolidge to embrace the arts. The author found her calling as a writer early one morning as her first story came to her in the form of a poem. Since then she has written more than 15 children’s books, with her most popular series about the adventures of an adorable spider in the A.R. Achnid series.



Sandi is happily married to her inspiration and husband of 40 years, John. She continues to write for her two precious grandchildren. When she’s not penning a new story, Sandi and John like to camp, kayak and to enjoy the simple life in their home in Pembroke, NH.



Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest


Interview with Sandi Smith

What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you?   One summer, my sister and I went walking in the rain. It was a very, very warm summer rain. Walking in the rain was one of my most favorite things to do. We bought an ice cream, sat on the bridge in the middle of the town with rain dripping of our noses, and then we proceeded to stand outside a restaurant under a rain gutter with the water pouring over our heads. People were staring and laughing, and we had so much fun that day.

The scariest?   Probably the home permanents that our mother used to give us for the beginning of school every year.  I was left with emotional scars…lol.

The strangest?  Actually, I was in a store one day, and a very nice young girl approached me, and said, “Are you an artist?”  I said, “No.” She said, “Well, you have an aura about you, and it shows that you are an artist.” I thanked her, and left the store without thinking too much about it.  About a year later, I started writing my books.


What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?   Putting training wheels on my bike (see hobbies below, please).

Any hobbies? or Name a quirky thing you like to do.    I really like to bike ride, but we have not done that for years.  Because of my writing (lots of snacking while I wrote), I have gained quite a bit of weight and am definitely out of shape.  We decided to buy new bikes, and start riding again. Good for our health, our lungs, etc. When we were younger, sometimes we would ride 20 miles a day.  I bought a new bike, but discovered that my balance was off, and I fell. That terrified me, so I thought that was it, and we could never bike ride again.

But my ever-positive husband thought I should try stabilizing wheels (known as training wheels, in the real world).  I refused. I was not going to use training wheels at 65 years of age, but each time I tried to ride my bike, I couldn’t because I kept falling over.  I caved in. I wanted to ride my new bike so badly that I swallowed my pride. My bike is in the shop right now getting “stabilizing wheels” put on.


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