Sep 04

Lila: The Sign of the Elven Queen Book Tour

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Welcome to the blog tour for Lila: The Sign of the Elven Queen by Mark J. Grant!  This tour is sponsored by Pump Up Your Book.  Read on for a summary, a video and biography of the author and a chance to read the first chapter.  We’re also giving away a Kindle Fire HD!  You can view the entire tour schedule at Pump Up Your Book.


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About the Book:

Lila is a polite six-year-old girl who lives with her mama and papa in New York City. She has two cats, and would now like to have a dog–except dogs are not allowed in her apartment building. After thinking about it for awhile, Lila asks her parents if she can have an invisible dog. Her parents agree, and together they decide to name the dog Fluffy. On their way to the pet store to buy invisible supplies for the invisible dog, a black and white Aussie appears from around the corner and introduces himself to Lila, saying, “My name is Fluffy.”

In a series of fun adventures that follow, Fluffy introduces Lila and her family to the invisible people of Iceland, who live inside the boulders of Central Park and the cornerstones of New York City buildings. One day, the invisible people discover that the birthmark on Lila’s left forearm is the sign of their Elven Queen, and just as she turns seven, Lila is made a princess. Can anything be better than that?


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Lila had learned to be polite at a very early age. She was six years old now and she recalled that her mother had given her instructions about being polite more than once, but she could not remember exactly when her instructions started. She seemed to think that it began at about three, but she was not quite certain. Three was a half a life ago and it was similar to being sixty and trying to remember something that took place when you were thirty, but she wasn’t exactly sure about that either, being nowhere close to sixty.

To be more precise Lila had only learned about sixty recently, and it seemed such a large number that there must not be many numbers past sixty and if there were they couldn’t be that important. She knew that adults frequently mentioned numbers bigger than sixty but she could not imagine what they were for or why anyone would care. Sixty was quite large enough, thank you, and it hurt her head to try to imagine any numbers that might exceed that one.

Five dolls was something she could understand, and perhaps ten or fifteen might be useful as you wanted to have different conversations with your special friends, but it would take many days to converse with sixty dolls so that she dismissed that amount of dolls out of hand. Lila had met a girl once at school that claimed to have zillions of dolls bought by her father who worked in some street with really high walls or something, but she saw no value in any of it and anyway, she didn’t believe her because so many dolls would not allow for any space for people or cats or dogs and everyone knew that parents and children and pets must have someplace to eat and sleep. Dolls were important, of course, but people and animals more so, of that much she was certain.

Lila had asked her mother about this once. “Mama, why can dolls sleep anywhere, but people all sleep in beds and our animals all seem to have places that they have chosen for sleeping?” Her mother had explained that people prefer comfy places, and floors and the like are not comfy, while the cats and dogs chose sleeping places for reasons that people could not understand. She got the first part of this as she had personally tried to sleep on the floor just to see what it was like, and it was not nearly as comfy as her bed. Floors were useful for walking or perhaps crawling when you were much younger but she was in agreement with her mother that floors were not so much for sleeping.

Now some of her dolls did sleep with her on her bed. This was one of the decisions she made at night right before she went to sleep: which dolls would accompany her to bed. Every night was different, she was one day older after all, and so different choices had to be made, but this just seemed to be the way of growing older. Of course, it also partially depended upon which dolls behaved during the day and which ones had provided some sort of amusing conversation. Dolls, just like her mother and father, could be quite cranky at times, and so on those days they were not allowed to sleep with her. Lila had decided that she had to put up with cranky parents because, what could be done, but that her dolls were a different matter. It seemed quite unfair really. Her parents tried to control her all of the time but she had no control over them, and the difference between being a child and being a parent seemed quite distinct, but if that was the way it was, at least she could control her dolls.

Now Lila was neither a big six nor a little six but she was certainly a very big-eyed six. She had the largest eyes of any six-year-old in the city in which she lived, which was New York City. There are many people that lived there of course, and you could wander from Manhattan to Brooklyn and look around, but she could claim the biggest eyes. It was uncertain how this took place as both her father and mother had normal sized eyes, but not Miss Lila. It may have been that God decided she should see better than most, or that she should be set aside as a very particular little girl. We will never really know the reason of course, but the largest eyes on this side of the Hudson River are what she had and of that there is no question.

They were not the bug-kind of eyes nor were they the protruding type, but just eyes like saucers that she used for the tea parties that she had with her dolls. Her mother favored fancy blue tea cups and saucers and Lila liked the white ones with all of the interesting scrolls that she thought might mean something, kind of like the writing that her mother kept trying to get her to understand. It was just that the books with writing but without pictures seemed so dull and commonplace, that it was hard to pay attention to them, especially when the dolls wanted to have a conversation.

Each doll had a distinct personality. This was because each one reminded her of some person that either she knew or wanted to know, such as some of the people in TV shows or some of the singers that seemed quite beautiful to her. She had no idea how one became a singer actually or even how one got to be on a TV show, but they both seemed so glamorous that she supposed some of her dolls must be relatives of these people. This did bring about a sort of problem for Lila. She had asked her mother many times about this, but just who was a relative and who was not was quite unclear. There was Mama’s mother and Papa’s mother and she understood that they were her parent’s mothers like Mama was her mother.

How one became a mother though was a great uncertainty, though Mama had said she would explain when she was a few years older. Lila was actually quite glad of this because even though she was a very inquisitive child, she had this feeling in her tummy that the explanation would be long and complicated and make her head hurt just like when she considered numbers larger than sixty. Lila knew it had something to do with men and women and the difference between them, but as far as she was concerned, Mama was her parent and Papa was her parent and that was quite enough to know, thank you.

Now Lila’s family had two cats. One was a normal enough looking furball, but the other was very strange and particular. His face was odd, his smile was lopsided, and when he smiled, which was rarely, his fur stuck out in a very peculiar manner. This cat did not look at all like the cats in the cat books that Mama read to her, so it was a question of either having a strange cat, or that Mama was showing her strange books. It took Lila almost three days to decide this issue and it was somewhat painful because Mama had told her that the cat book cats were perfectly normal. She finally concluded that Mama would not mislead her so that it must be her cat who was not quite like other cats. Lila did not love this cat any less however, as one might imagine, but accepted him for who he was and as a member of the family. This decision was also useful at school.

Some of the girls at her school, never mind the boys because they didn’t really count, were also a little strange and they reminded her of her cat. She at first thought to stay away from the strange girls, but then after the cat decision, she realized that they might be her friends after all, even though they were not quite like her. She was a well-liked child, and Lila was often invited for sleepovers and here was where she learned why some of her new acquaintances were similar to her cat. It was because the parents were similar to the cat.

Lila then concluded that odd parents make odd children but that being strange was not so bad in itself—they were just different, which could be either good or bad. The trouble of course, was figuring out which was which, but as long as they were nice and fed her and she was not scared, then she felt that they were fine. This was a big revelation for Lila—strange could be fine and the people that were strange could be fine, just in a different way from Mama and Papa and her. She was relieved, finally, that she got this settled in her mind because she was afraid it was going to be another some number over sixty kind of problem.


Mark J. Grant

 About the Author:

Mark J. Grant, a graduate of Occidental College, has been on Wall Street for thirty-seven years in various senior management positions. He has run capital markets for four investment banks and been on the boards of directors of four investment banks. Grant also writes “Out of the Box,” a commentary on the financial markets that is distributed daily to approximately 5,000 large money management institutions in forty-eight countries. He is the author of Out of the Box and onto Wall Street: Unorthodox Insights on Investments and the Economy (Wiley, 2011). LILA: THE SIGN OF THE ELVEN QUEEN is his first novel.

Visit his website at www.princesslila.com.


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  1. 137
    Terry Cross

    I didn’t have one

  2. 136
    Deborah Hogue

    I don’t remember having an imaginary friend but I loved my raggedy ann and Shirley temple dolls

  3. 135
    Buddy Garrett

    I didn’t have an imagery friend.

  4. 134
    Tanya White

    My imaginary friends name was Han and He was my age.. we always played together lol

  5. 133
    Barbara Butler

    I don’t think I had an imaginary friend

  6. 132
    Richard Hicks

    Puff the magic dragon was one of my friends

  7. 131
    Michelle Tucker

    Honestly, I don’t remember ever having one.

  8. 130
    Beverly Metcalf

    I didn’t have one, but my son had one when he was little.

  9. 129
    Julie Hawkins

    I don’t think I had an imaginary friend

  10. 128
    tina reynolds

    I dont remember having one

  11. 127
    Dave L

    I don’t remember his name, but my imaginary friend was an alien like E.T. Thank you for the great give-away. Happy holidays!

  12. 126
    Faith I

    The dog I had to give away became my imaginary friend.

  13. 125
    Vicki D.

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend. I had two sisters to play with.

  14. 124
    Mary Hall

    Henry Higgins was my favorite imaginary friend!

  15. 123
    Krystle(Baking Beauty)

    I didn’t have one

  16. 122
    Joseph Davis

    As a child my imaginary friend was a Ninja who taught me the art of Ninjitsu and how to master stealth.

  17. 121
    Angela Cash

    I don’t remember having an imaginary friend as a child but I grew up on a farm and had lots of pets to play with.

  18. 120

    My imaginary friend was a pirate

  19. 119
    kathy pease

    Honestly I don’t remember having an imaginary friend

  20. 118
    Geoff K

    I had an imaginary friend named Pierre who was French, wore a beret, and liked to draw and paint.:)

  21. 117
    Barbara Stenby

    His name was tipper \& he was a big shaggy dog

  22. 116
    Sky Sparkle

    My imaginary friend was a dog name pooki.

  23. 115

    I don’t remember having an imaginary friend.

  24. 114
    Andrina G

    I don’t remember ever having an imaginary friend.

  25. 113

    I had an imaginary friend named Scott.

  26. 112
    Vanessa Nettesheim

    I had an imaginary dog friend. I don’t really remember his name lol.

  27. 111
    Tara Woods

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend.

  28. 110
    Ava Chavez

    I didn’t have one.

  29. 109
    Jae Park

    My imaginary friend was Barkley, a large St Bernard dog. Thanks!

  30. 108

    I know I had one but I don’t remember

  31. 107
    Michelle H

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend as a child… a lot of imagination powered animated toys though.

  32. 106
    Susan Smith

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend.

  33. 105
    Hesper Fry

    I truly did not have one.

  34. 104
    Donna M. Clark

    I had an imaginary twin sister. Her name was Dawn. She would get me in so much trouble.

  35. 103
    Carolyn Daley

    I had no imaginary friends as a child.

  36. 102

    I didn’t have one

  37. 101
    Colin Glendon

    A dog named shadow

  38. 100
    Jen Russell

    I did t have an imaginary friend…mine must have gotten bored and left town. 🙁

  39. 99
    Shana F

    I did not have one. My brother kept me busy enough 🙂

  40. 98

    Dont remember having one.

  41. 97

    I was the youngest of eight so there was no time or space for imaginary friends in my house:)

  42. 96
    Lisa V.

    I never had an imaginary friend.

  43. 95
    Ross Hassel

    I didnt have one.

  44. 94
    Sara Wagner

    I never had an imaginary friend as a child.

  45. 93
    Ruth Anderson

    I am too old to remember if I had an imaginary friend ,I grew up with 6 of us kids so I probably did’nt need one .

  46. 92
    Dan D

    I had 5 brothers and a sister, I didn’t need an imaginary friend, I needed some privacy!

  47. 91
    Heather Garcia

    A dog named bruiser!

  48. 90
    kristin sims

    i never did have one, but i was jealous of my friends that did!

  49. 89
    Kristi Blackstone

    Rather than an imaginery friend, I had a doll who I thought was real named Jessika, and everything I did wrong… got blamed on Jessika.

  50. 88
    Kevin I

    Didn’t have one ,frowny,

  51. 87
    Jim W.

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend

  52. 86
    amy williams

    I honestly don’t remember having one

  53. 85
    Eva Andrew

    I don’t remember having an imaginary friend as a child.

  54. 84
    Linda Lansford

    I don’t remember

  55. 83
    Dan Ladd

    Tim, the really smart rabbit.

  56. 82
    Danielle Papsis

    I had a twin sister and a dog to play with. didn’t have an imaginary friend per se but we had great fun playing whatever we could dream up.

  57. 81
    Jessica T.

    I wish I had an imaginary friend

  58. 80
    Sherry Eckman

    I used to pretend I was talking to Aliens and they were my friends..

  59. 79

    Sister Sue..a Nun.

  60. 78

    I had more than one imaginary friend, however I don’t remember any names :/

  61. 77
    Sam Rohr

    I would love to get this kindle

  62. 76
    Emily Nelson

    I had a pet rock that I painted and named “Skippy.”

  63. 75
    Ken Haggerty

    I hadn’t one. Even the imaginary kids didn’t like me. That’s why I read books.

  64. 74
    Marc Hoff

    My wife had an imaginary horse named Glitter.

  65. 73
    Maggie M

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend. I have 2 sisters and we kept each other so busy we didn’t have time for an imaginary friend.

  66. 72

    It was a ninja that helped me defend the house from bad ninjas! Of course, I was the better ninja

  67. 71

    My childhood imaginary friend was an unicorn with a purple horn and a rainbow tail ~

  68. 70
    Stephanie Shipley

    I don’t remember ever having an imaginary friend but when I was a toddler I had a life-sized doll that I was very attached to and even put make-up on her and did her nails.

  69. 69
    Candace Fortner

    I never had an imaginary friend. I was an avid reader and just imagined what i read in books.

  70. 68
    Therese Prendergast-Rooney

    The Lamp Pas. It was my version of a cross between my grandfather and a lamp shade on his head.

  71. 67

    I had an imaginary friend named Tommy.

  72. 66

    I didn’t have one

  73. 65

    I always had a cat so I never had an imaginary friend. I just talked to my cat lol.

  74. 64
    Toni Porter

    I never had an imaginary friend. I was an only child, and therefore was the center of my mom’s attention. I’m also an introvert, so I was perfectly fine playing by myself. Maybe those reasons contributed to me never having unseeable friends.

  75. 63

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend as a child or at least I don’t remember having one.

  76. 62
    Sarah Harding

    I never had an imaginary friend.

  77. 61
    Regina M


  78. 60
    Candie L

    I am getting so old that Icannot remember who they were. Thank you

  79. 59

    My mom said that I never had one

  80. 58

    My imaginary friend wasn’t a particular person…..Sometimes it was an animal, sometimes another kid. I had a lot of fun!) I’d blame any dish breakage on them:)

  81. 57

    I honestly didn’t have an imaginary friend growing up.

  82. 56

    No one.

  83. 55
    Christy Maurer

    I don’t remember having an imaginary friend, but my daughter had an imaginary dog named Cheetah.

  84. 54
    Elizabeth B

    A mage

  85. 53

    I had an imaginary friend named Jesus.

  86. 52
    david reich


  87. 51
    Meaghan F.

    I know I had a few, but I don’t remember any of their names now.

  88. 50
    Anna Hammes

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend :(…. thanks!

  89. 49

    I didn’t have one, but I read a ton of books so they were kind of all my friends. 🙂

  90. 48
    Denise B.

    I didn’t have an imaginary.

  91. 47
    william english

    willie abbott

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  93. 45
    sherry fundin

    I never had an imaginary friend. Thanks for the giveaway.

  94. 44
    Debra Holloway

    My imaginary friend was a magical little girl named Tara. She could make wonderful things happened when we played.

  95. 43

    My imaginary friends were all the characters from the books I read and the tv shows I loved 🙂 We’d have our own adventures 🙂

  96. 42

    I didn’t have one.

  97. 41
    John OBrien

    I don’t remember having one. I think I had a good imagination, but not in that direction I guess.

  98. 40

    Didn’t have one.

  99. 39

    I had an imaginary rabbit friend!

  100. 38
    Paige Chandler

    I don’t remember having an imaginary friend. 🙁

  101. 37
    Sharon Underwood

    Didn’t have one

  102. 36
    Chrystal D

    I didn’t have one, I was too busy bossing my brothers around!

  103. 35
    Sarah Lieurance

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend. I grew up with 3 older brothers so I had to be tough. I could not show weakness (at least what they considered weakness). LOL

  104. 34
    yohanna baez

    I don’t recall having one, I just had some many cousins n

  105. 33

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend other than my books. I had plenty of company (sometimes too much) with my siblings and neighborhood friends. 🙂

  106. 32

    I had an imaginary friend named ‘Ping’ who always walked me to the bathroom and waited outside the door when I needed to go in the middle of the night. That’s the only time I saw her.

  107. 31

    I didn’t have one ~ but I loved to play with my dolls

  108. 30
    Janice Crespo

    Didn’t really have an imaginary friend – I mostly shared thing with my cat and dog – they understood me like my family never did

  109. 29

    I don’t remember having one. As a child I liked to play outside and would watch tv. I liked to pretend to be some of the people I saw on television.

  110. 28

    I don’t remember having an imaginary friend–my friends were in books.

  111. 27
    Carl White

    Avalon the beautiful cheerleader who was going to take my virginity.

  112. 26

    I had plenty of siblings! I didn’t have time for an imaginary friend!

  113. 25
    Karen A.

    I don’t remember having an imaginary friend…I had lots of dolls to talk to.

  114. 24
    Kelly Nicholson

    Who was your imaginary friend as a child?

    Johnny shadow

  115. 23

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend that I can remember.

  116. 22
    Courtney Renee

    i never had one!

  117. 21
    Crystal Rogers Walker


  118. 20

    I want to win I want to win

  119. 19
    Cynthia C

    i didn’t have an imaginary friend

  120. 18

    My sister and cousins played Rich Richer and Richest and one of us was the boyfriend. I was always richest.

  121. 17
    Kate F.

    I had three imaginary friends, two girls and one boy.

  122. 16
    steve weber

    never had one.. my nephew has one called “Proper”

  123. 15
    natalie nichols

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend.

  124. 14
    Stephanie Larison

    I don’t think I ever had one, not that I remember.

  125. 13
    Amy H

    I din’t have one, but I did try to imagine Cornilius from Thumbalina was my friend.

  126. 12
    Anna A.

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend but I remember daydreaming a lot.

  127. 11
    Becca Wilson

    I did not have one as a child.

  128. 10
    Megan Parsons

    I didn’t have one

  129. 9

    According to my mommy I didn’t have one, which would makes sense because I don’t ever remember having one! Lol

  130. 8

    I did not have one that I can recall.

  131. 7
    Angela Ke

    I didn’t but my son’s friend was Arco and they were always going to New York City.

  132. 6
    Tari Lawson

    I can’t recall any imaginary friends. I did talk to my animals though.

  133. 5
    Traci McCormick

    I don’t remember having an imaginary friend.

  134. 4
    Ann Fantom

    I don’ t remember having an imaginary friend as a child

  135. 3
    Margaret Smith

    My friend was Chris, a cat that would protect me.

  136. 2
    Erica Barnes

    Mine was a family of cats that would have lots of misadventures.

  137. 1
    Leslie Galloway

    I had Tim and Suzy and their dog Izzle. They went to live with their grandparents when I went to school. 🙂

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