Music Boxes

6:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 11 Comments

How far would you go to have what you most desire?

Work hard. Study hard. Lie. Sneak. Use dark magic...

Wanting something in the worst way is a very dangerous thing.

I had the pleasure of beta reading this story and it's a good one. Young Lindsey will do anything to be a famous ballerina, so working with Madame Destinee is a dream come true. The dream turns to nightmare as Lindsey begins ot realize that Madame Destinee will sacrifice everything and everyone to maintain her talent.

Music Boxes
By Tonja Drecker
Middle Grade Fantasy / Performing Arts
158 pages
Dancing Lemur Press
Release date: March 5th, 2019
Ages 9 to 12

·         ISBN-10: 1939844568
·         ISBN-13: 978-1939844569

Book Blurb:

“I only desire your talent...”

Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay's biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a teacher who’s a burly bear in tights.
When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who offers her classes for free, Lindsey can't believe her luck. In exchange, she must perform in the school’s exclusive midnight shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something’s not right...
One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame Destinée’s growing collection. If Lindsey doesn’t discover the truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.

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All about the author...

Tonja Drecker is a writer, blogger, children’s book reviewer and freelance translator. After spending years in Germany exploring forgotten castles, she currently resides in the Ozarks with her family of six. When she’s not tending her chickens and cows, she’s discovering new adventures, nibbling chocolate and sipping a cup of tea.

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The giveaway will run from midnight (EST) on the night of February 21st, 2019 until midnight (EST) on the night of March 15th,  2019. Entries will be made through the Rafflecopter. One winner will receive a music box (the one found in the book video: with the author’s golden signature on the bottom as well as swag (US addresses only). The second winner will receive an Amazon GC of $10 (US). The second winner must be in possession of a qualifying US Amazon account.

The contest is open to U.S. residents only, ages eighteen and over. No purchase is required for entry. All winners must claim their prize 48 hours after notification. Winners will be announced on on Saturday, March 16th 2019 by 10:00am (EST). All addresses and personal information will be used only for prize allocation. Sponsor, Tonja Drecker, assumes no responsibility or liability of any kind. Please email all questions to

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  1. Reading this gave me the chills! Thanks so much for the shout-out, and I'm thrilled you enjoyed the book :)

    1. You're most welcome and thank you for writing such an enjoyable read!

  2. Thank you for featuring Tonja's new release, Elizabeth.

  3. Congrats to Tonja on the release!

  4. Go Tonja! Congratulations and good luck! Spooky story for sure! Thanks Elizabeth for hosting Tonja!

  5. Sounds like a super spooky story for kids. (And for old broads, too?)

    Congratulations to Tonja, and I wish her much success with her new book.

  6. Ooh, this sounds like a fun, suspenseful story.
    Congratulations, Tonja!

  7. Congrats Tonja. Such great story, so imaginative. I really enjoyed reading it.


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