Pop the Bronze Balloon

The Crimson Five make their International Debut!

Available November 10, 2020

In the newest book in the Crimson Five middle grade series, Kia Krumpet and her team of young inventors embark on the Swirl and Spark Creativity Tour, the highest level of the Piedmont Challenge. To solidify their spots at the Piedmont Inventor’s Prep School once and for all, they’re challenged to create a final life-changing invention with Team France and Team Switzerland.

Everything changes when the Crimson Five stumble upon a hidden invention with a secret and discover that someone else is pulling the strings in the competition. In order to save Piedmont, and the futures of all kids with big dreams around the world, Kia, Ander, Mare, Jax, and Jillian must find a way to unlock the invention and lead a new connected team—the ultimate test of imagination and teamwork.

Preorder Info: Amazon Barnes & Noble IndieBound Goodreads

Hi there! Welcome to swirl & spark. I’m so happy you stopped by!

This website is a compilation of my thoughts and dreams and everything in between. It’s my author site, but also a place where I blog about writing, setting goals, and chasing dreams. I love connecting with anyone interested in that kind of stuff, so if you’re wondering about the books I write, how I finally got published (after ten years!) or what it’s really like to live a writer’s life, grab a latte or power smoothie ~ whatever fuels you today. That’s what I’ll be doing!

Oh, and by the way, I’m thrilled to introduce to you my middle grade novels, SPIN THE GOLDEN LIGHT BULB, FLIP THE SILVER SWITCH, and the newest: POP THE BRONZE BALLOON (November 10, 2020) the three books in the Crimson Five series. For more information on them, click on The Crimson Five Books.

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I hope you find some motivation while you’re here because if there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love inspiring my friends to make their dreams come true. No matter what your goal, no matter what your wish, know that it is possible and that you can make it happen. It took me so long to hold my first published books in my hands and if I can make my dream come true, so can you! So, are you ready to chat books and dreams? Me too!



6 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Hi Jackie! Your blog is amazing!! What a fantastic idea! Once I started tab-clicking, I couldn’t stop! I can tell how much time and love you put into this and just wanted to let you know it is very much appreciated (for kids of all ages (-:). Look forward to reading more soon! Melyssa

    1. Hi Melyssa! I’m glad you found the site…and so glad you like it! Thank you for your sweet words. Your comment made my whole day:) I love writing and it’s nice to connect with other people who are on this crazy writing journey too! Jackie

  2. I hope it can live up to your expectations and your kids’ too! I can’t wait to read all the great stories that will (I hope) appear on these pages! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  3. As the Mom of two budding authors, I’m excited that this blog is out here and available as a resource to them. Thanks for this…looking forward to checking back often!

  4. What a great (and novel) idea. There are countless stories out there just waiting for a boost of confidence or courage to take flight. A guiding hand or thoughtful critique can and will make the quantum jump from inspiration to reality for your readers. Congratulations and best wishes on your blog. I look forward to following it and tracking the readers as they emerge from writing mode to author.
    Robert Boothby

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