Uma and Imp by Larisa Villar Hauser is the book for Day 10. A fantasy adventure featuring a young orphan girl and her invisible imp friend for boys and girls aged 9 and over.
Seven years after her parents’ mysterious death, Uma is no closer to the truth.
Why did Mum and Dad go to Peru? And what were they looking for?
When two crooks start asking questions, Uma sees her chance. But El Jefe is dangerous – and Uma is in over her head.
So can Uma find out what happened to Mum and Dad? And will her friend, an invisible Imp with attitude, be anything more than Trouble?
Desperate for answers, Uma risks everything … and uncovers a secret of her own.
Sounds exciting doesn't it? Larisa is offering three copies of UMA & IMP in a Christmas Lucky Draw! Just go to the Contact page on www.impprintbooks.com and send a message with “CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY” in the Subject heading
Or you can buy a copy here:
Larisa Villar Hauser writes books for children. Her first published work, UMA & IMP, was released in 2014.
Larisa lives in London and has spent stretches of time in New York, Austria and Brazil, where she expanded her horizons and her overdraft.
Although Larisa always wanted to write, she was in her thirties before she started work on her first book - an unpublished crime fiction novel that now acts as a draught excluder.
It took Larisa over seven years to complete UMA & IMP - she is confident that her next book will be completed in at least double that time.
I asked Larisa to tell us a bit about herself
Do you have any favourite family Christmas traditions? If so, what are they?
For me, a big part of Christmas is The Candles. Not that I have pyro tendencies but there is something about cold, dark nights and shadowy candle-lit rooms.
As a child, the best thing about Christmas was coming downstairs to a tree decked with flickering candles. The heat brings out the incredible smell of pine, and candles are much more alive and vibrant than electric tree lights. Of course, nobody would take the risk these days – and very sensibly! A couple of weeks ago I was reading the Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson. She describes the three different precautions the adults in the story take in case the Christmas tree catches light! I do miss it, but now I stick to an assortment of tea lights and scented candles dotted round the room out of harm’s way. It’s still magical.
When do you open your Christmas presents?
I grew up in an Austrian/Spanish household, so to me Christmas is all about Christmas Eve. A big, festive meal with cheeses, cold cuts, pickles of all kinds, freshly baked bread followed by Spanish desserts like turrón (a sort of nougat) and polvorones (powdery almond cakes). All this led up to a post-supper walk in the cold and coming home to presents under the tree. I still like my presents on Christmas Eve.
If you could invite any author living or dead to share your Christmas lunch, who would it be?
For me, it would have to be George Eliot. Not only is Middlemarch my most favouritest novel ever but I think it would be just amazing to sit down with Mary Ann Evans and speak to a pioneer female author about her life as a woman and as a writer.
What book would you like to find in your Christmas stocking?
Christmas is a nostalgic, hunkering down kind of time so I would like the leather-bound Complete Sherlock Holmes. Then it would be candlelight and a glass of something warming to snuggle up and revisit those brilliant creepy classics. Maybe I would even pick up a few tips on how to write suspense!
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Thanks for dropping by, Larisa. Marry Christmas!