Sara Flutterbye and the Spooky Woods by John Hallis

5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, March 31, 2017!

In this beautifully illustrated book, Professor Sara Flutterbye is excited to be visiting the little town of Baraboo from the Big City. She explains to her waitress at Birdie’s Cafe that she’s planning to camp in the Spooky Woods while she looks for the elusive giant butterflies rumored to live there. Abby, her waitress, tells her that no one stays overnight in those woods because people who do never return. Sara assures her that she’s a seasoned camper and not to worry. Lucky for Sara, Abby does worry. She shares her concerns with her best friend, Leisha, and the two decide to keep a close eye on their visitor. Thanks to their special friend, Tanager, they soon find out that Sara is in big trouble. Can Abby, Leisha, and Tanager rescue Sara in time? Will Sara find the mysterious giant butterflies?

Exclusive interview with the author:

1) What was your favorite book growing up and why?

Big Mutt by John Reese. As a middle-schooler, this book just captured my imagination. The main character is a fifteen year-old boy who ventures across the endless badlands of North Dakota on horseback, in search of a sheep-killing dog. Throw in a bunch of wolves and what’s not to love? I probably read it five times.

2) We’d love to hear all about the specific moment you got the idea for your book. Were you in the shower? Jogging? Out to dinner? When/how did your book idea actually hit you?

The story originated in my pickup truck with my daughter. She always liked it whenever I could tell her a story when we were on the road. It wasn’t until a couple years later when I thought of creating a book out of the story. That happened when I realized my daughter was outgrowing our pickup truck stories and that one day, she wouldn’t ask for them any longer. I wanted to capture a part of her childhood as a keepsake.

3) We love to learn more about authors’ personal lives. What other hobbies and interests do you have?

I enjoy bicycling, hiking, and camping. One of my favorite hobbies is repairing or restoring old equipment. A recent project is an old Oliver farm tractor which hadn’t run in over 15 years. It’s nearly complete.

4) If you could have one super power what would it be?

My super power of choice would be to go back in time. It would be neat to attend historical occasions and find out what really happened. I’d make some timely investments, too.

5) If you could choose one dessert or snack food that you could eat as much as you want of (and never gain an ounce!) what would it be?

I would choose chocolate surprise cookies. Given two choices, I’d pick watermelon, too.

About the author:

John Hallis is a proud Dad and favorite storyteller for his daughter Leisha. From the time she could talk, Leisha would get settled in her car seat and immediately ask her Dad for a story. “And make it a scary one!” she would plead. Through the years, John has told many stories, but the one about the magical, giant butterflies was always a favorite. Visit John online at

Giveaway info:

Title: Sara Flutterbye and the Spooky Woods
Author: John Hallis
Publisher: Happy Hill Publishing
Author website:

5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, March 31, 2017.

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