I’m so excited that today is the day the illustrated hardcover of the first book in the Unicorn Island series is released! You can order it here at your favorite bookseller.
Be sure to sign up for my live virtual author-in-conversation TONIGHT, February 9th, at 7pm (EST) with author Fleur Bradley and hosted by my favorite local bookstore, The Doylestown Bookshop. We’ll be chatting about books, the author life, and taking questions! Register here for free: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/donna-galanti-in
You’ll also definitely want to enter my super fun unicorn-themed giveaway. Check it out at the bottom of this post!
It’s been a wonderful journey writing the Unicorn Island series and it all started with my publisher who said, “I’d like for you to write a book about a girl who has to take care of a unicorn.” And of course, I said YES to that because … unicorns! They are magical, wondrous, and mysterious. 🦄
From there I plotted the story out and then ran away to spend five days in a cabin at The Highlights Foundation to write it from start to finish. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!
It was so fun to get my advance author copies in the mail from my publisher, Andrews McMeel. They sent me a whole box of books! Here I am opening it. 😊
Wonderful news has been rolling in about the book and here are some advance reviews …
I loved writing middle grade so much. It’s a special time in a child’s life. They have one foot in magical childhood where anything is possible and one foot in the path to becoming an adult. An amazing part of this journey for me and being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, is that I got to share this journey with my Little Sister, Ashley, who is an avid reader and a joy to spend time with. I also got to dedicate the book to her which arrived just in time for her birthday!
My publisher, Andrews McMeel, also created a fantastic book trailer for Unicorn Island. Take a look!
Watch for book 2 in the Unicorn Island series, Secret Beneath the Sand, to release this May on the Epic! platform in a 5-part serial with the hardcover out winter of 2022.
The illustrator Bethany Stancliffe did such beautiful work in bringing Unicorn Island to life. Take a look here at some of her work.
Have you ordered Unicorn Island already? Then I have a gift for you! Email me your receipt and address and I’ll mail you a bookmark and autographed book plate! Just let me know who to personalize it to. Email: donna(at)donnagalanti.com
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Check out #newrelease Unicorn Island! Because beyond the mist lies a magical secret waiting to be discovered. “A fast-paced magical adventure.”-Kirkus Reviews. Order the illustrated hardcover: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Unicorn-Island/Donna-Galanti/Unicorn-Island/9781524864705 #unicorns #childrensbooks
Thank you and happy reading! –Donna
C. Lee McKenzie says
Thought I’d pop in and say another congrats, Donna. Keep in touch.
Donna Galanti says
Lee, thanks so much for the congrats and support!
Stephanie Fairday's Blog says
Congratulations! I am so excited for you! Enjoy every minute of this release. Kids are going to love this story/series. Wishing you all the best.
Donna Galanti says
Thanks so much, Stephanie! I’m so glad you enjoyed Unicorn Island. It was fun to write more in the series to come out soon!
Natalie Aguirre says
Happy Book Release Day! Very excited for you!
Donna Galanti says
Thanks so much, Natalie! I’m looking forward to being on your blog, Literary Rambles, in March! 🙂