This book wasn’t easy to write. I was nervous. I wanted to know where Estelle went next, what she dreamed of, who she dreamed with, and yes, does she get to keep kissing the hunky William, but I was worried I might break the story, get bogged down, or I don’t know—blow it.
I’m happy to say that the first reviews are in and I didn’t.
I decided that book two would be a big adventure and a rescue. Estelle of course would be the heroine, but she needed a side-kick, so I chose Angela (you met her very briefly in book one.) So Beyond is two girls on an adventure. Hopefully that doesn’t spoil the story too much.
“I had greatly enjoyed reading Bright but I didn’t have such a visceral reaction as I did when reading Beyond. I can tell when a book is good when I get stressed out and anxious while reading (that’s a good thing) and I can’t put it down to go to sleep because I’ll end up tossing and turning thinking about it instead. By the end of this book I practically had no nails left!” – J.B. Fox
The kindle version will be free from October 14th-October 18th, 2015. I’ll remind you. But if you want to get the paperback version, here it is:
Thank you. I’m writing the third of the series now. And moments away from releasing a romance, Violet’s Mountain.
Will your book club be reading Fly this year? Would you like a list of good questions?
Does Amelia view her constant flying as a curse or a gift? How does her view change over time? And would you like to be able to fly?
Before Amelia met Hank she was happy and carefree, but he explained to her about the water shortage, put her in dangerous situations, and caused her to feel sadness. Do you believe her life was better having met Hank? Was being brought down to earth a happy ending for Amelia?
Amelia’s flight gave her independence and carelessness, and when she felt connected to others, she regained her gravity. Which state, independence or connectedness, do you prefer? What are the downsides and benefits of both?
Though Hank was a lowly guitar-strumming, surfer-boy, he had enough confidence to try and change the Princess’s views about the drought. Once Amelia believed she mattered, she changed the course of her Kingdom’s history. If you believed you could fix a big problem, which would you choose, and what would you do to solve it?
Read Fly by H.D. Knightley along with The Light Princess by George MacDonald. One of The Light Princess’s themes is that gravity, weight, and sorrow are necessary for love. Compare this to the themes of Fly—what are the similarities and differences?
I realized the other day that Gail Carson Levine’s books Ella Enchanted and Ever are listed as for ages 8-12.
I have changed Fly’s listing to the same. It’s perfect for ages 8-12. It’s romantic. It’s a love story. It’s also a punk rock fairytale. My teens loved it, my 10 year old loved it, my friends loved it.
Also, it’s about a Kingdom and a drought, sound familiar? A looming dam?