Tour and Giveaway for Alicia Connected: The Big Gift by Derek Fisher

Join us for this tour from June 28 to July 16, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Alicia Connected: The Big Gift by Derek Fisher

Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  86 pages

Genre:  Middle Grade Fiction

Publisher:  Securely Built

Release date:   May 2020

Content Rating:  G for everyone.


Book Description:

Alicia has finally entered a new world of technology when her parents give her a tablet for her birthday. She has watched and listened to her friends who have already been enjoying the games and apps in a connected world that Alicia has yet to experience. Until now. But using technology can bring a set of challenges that are new to both Alicia and her parents. Understanding the different apps and games and how to use them properly can be tricky. Will Alicia know how to use it in a way that is fun and allows her to connect with her friends while being safe and secure? Both her and her parents will face the excitement and challenges together as she jumps headfirst into using her new tablet.



Alicia Connected: The Big Gift by Derek Fisher is a really good book teaching children and teens alike about the safety of the internet. I think it is a clever way to tech this young age by using one of their very own. As Alicia tells the story, you child is more likely to listen than if we as parents tell this story. Fisher cuts to the chase as he not only explains but give examples of the new gadgets called tablets, phones, ipods and other gadgets I don’t know about. His warnings are firm but he also introduces them to this new way of life. We may not like it as parents, but this is a while new world for our kids. I want them to know and understand the fun things, yet be aware of the bad part of the internet as well. 

If you have children old enough for a smartphone or tablet, this would be an excellent book for your child’s library. And since this is all taught in early, young classes, I believe the classrooms could benefit greatly to have this book on hand. This would make a wonderful gift for your child’s classroom. And if you are like me and don’t have small children. Buy a copy or two and donate it to the school closest to you. And oh, I almost forgot about the amazing illustrations here in this book. Heather Workman does a fabulous job creating illustrations to go perfectly well with each page in this book. I love her detail to each character, especially those adorable facial expressions. The vivid colors and well, everything expressions in the book fit perfectly well together. And a big thanks to the editor, Kim Burger for making sure this book was perfect for our reading. 

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


Now join me with an interview with Derek Fisher

Do you have another profession besi des writing? 

I am an adjunct instructor at Temple University where I teach a course in secure software development. I am also a vice president at a financial organization where I help protect the software that we develop. Both experiences have provided me opportunities to learn about the different issues that impact users of technology which has helped me write this book.


How long have you been writing? 

Although this is the first book that I’ve published, I was one of the few students in school that was happy about writing research papers. I enjoyed the process of researching and putting ideas to paper. However, I did write a few simple stories when I was younger. The one I remember the most is “The man who loved hot dogs”. I even illustrated it myself.


What is the last great book you’ve read?

I tend to read a lot throughout the year and I try to alternate between books for work as well as books for pleasure. The books that I seem to enjoy the most are the ones about wide open spaces and about individuals pushing themselves. I’ve read a few in the past few years about hiking the Appalachian trail or setting out on adventures in Alaska. However, if you look at my reading history, many of the books are history books. I am a lover of history so I’ve read as much as I can about events and individuals throughout history. 


If you could go back in time, where would you go?

Being a fan of history, I would have loved to have lived during the early 1900’s when many of the big inventions were being introduced. Electricity, vehicles, some of the big architecture and construction projects were underway. It was a time when everything seemed possible. I’m sure that in 100 years, people may say the same about the period we’re in now.


Any hobbies you like to do. 

I am an amateur gardener. I enjoy taking seeds early in the year and being able to baby them until they produce fruits and vegetables. It’s a very calming hobby and takes my mind off of work with the added benefit of some fresh food occasionally.


Buy the Book:

Amazon ~ B&N ~ IndieBound

Author Website



Meet the Author:

Derek Fisher has spent decades in the computer engineering field with the last decade in cybersecurity as a leader, speaker, and instructor. His passion has been to take complex security topics and make them simple and easy to understand. He holds several security certifications and teaches cybersecurity at Temple University where he is also an external advisory board member to the cybersecurity program.

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ goodreads



Tour Schedule:

June 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

June 28 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway

June 29 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

June 30 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway

July 1 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

July 2 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review

July 6 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway

July 7 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

July 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 9 – Reading is My Passion – book review

July 12 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

July 13 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 13 – @twilight_reader – book review

July 14 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

July 14 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

July 15 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review / giveaway

July 16 – Kam’s Place – book review


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ALICIA CONNECTED: The Big Gift Book Tour Giveaway

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