Monday, 3 December 2012

Borrow ROOT BOUND for a Bit (and support your local library)...

ROOT BOUND is beginning to appear in public libraries! So please trot on down and bring Under home with you for a while. 

If your library has copies but is not on this list, please tell us.  If your library doesn't have it yet, be sure to ask your librarian to order it. 

The following locations are confirmed, although the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system appears to be still processing them. 

Denver Public Library, Denver, Colorado (eCatalog)

Central Library
Ross-University Hills

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Buffalo Region, New York (eCatalog)

Central Library  
Audubon Library  
Clarence Library  
Clearfield Library  
Crane Branch Library  
East Aurora Library  
Grand Island Library  
Hamburg Library  
Kenmore Library  
Lancaster Library  
Orchard Park Library  
Anna M. Reinstein Library  
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library  
West Seneca Library

Siouxland Libraries, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (eCatalog)

Main Library  
Caille Library  
Oak View Library  
Ronning Library
Brandon Library

Friday, 16 November 2012

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials Reviews ROOT BOUND!

Many thanks to Libby McKeever from the Whistler Public Library in Whistler, BC. for this lovely review of ROOT BOUND in CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials at U.Manitoba. She writes:

"Root Bound is a fantasy tale steeped in myth and influenced by the stories of Perseus and Medusa and guided by the goddess Ceres. Gough’s Basement Brownies are fun, well drawn characters with their own quirky and interesting traits. (Recommended)"

Read the full article at CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

Friday, 26 October 2012

Anna Lee Everhart Reviews ROOT BOUND!

Many thanks to book reviewer Anna Lee Everhart for a lovely review of ROOT BOUND.

Ms. Everhard writes:
I didn't know what to expect with this YA Fantasy book, but I was pleasantly surprised with Ms. Gough's smart and well developed story! Her choice to combine classic children's literature and Greek and Roman mythology with new fantasy ideas was unique and likely to inspire youth to re-examine or experience the classic literature for the first time.

Read the full review at Anna Lee Everhart's blog, Thoughts for Today

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

The Midwest Book Review on ROOT BOUND!

Midwest Book Review has reviewed Root Bound for their October edition! Here's what they say: 

Witchcraft seems frightening at first, and only becomes more so as you learn more. "Root Bound" follows young Emma as she discovers someone who is most definitely a witch in her new home with her father. Drawn into a world of mysticism and fae brownies, she finds the road home for her is a long and complicated one. "Root Bound" is a fine and much recommended addition for young adult fantasy collections.

-Midwest Book Review

Click the link to find the original review, plus lots of other great children and YA book recommendations!

Read the complete Midwest Book Review here!

YA Book Giveaway (EIGHT Titles!)

Contest Alert! Enter to win Root Bound, plus SEVEN other YA titles! Yep, that's right, EIGHT YA books are yours for the taking. And, as if that's not enough, you can pick your format: print or ebook! Follow the link for details...

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Enter to Win ROOT BOUND!

How far will YOU go to find your way home?
Win a Signed Copy of ROOT BOUND and find out!

Enter at Goodreads for your chance to win one of three SIGNED copies of ROOT BOUND. Giveaway ends on Sunday, September 23, 2012 and is open to residents of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.  Good luck, one and all!

Click here to enter:

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Kirkus Reviews ROOT BOUND!

The Kirkus Indie review of ROOT BOUND is in, and I'm delighted to say they liked it!  Here's an except:

"Gough cleverly mines that book’s legends, folk tales and Greek mythology, along with the works of Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll, to create settings and challenges that pay homage to classic children’s literature. At times, the narrative, geared for children ages 10 and up, can seem a bit derivative, but the charm is genuine and the laughs are frequent, as when the goddess Ceres first appears as a female Jabba the Hutt, attended by nymphs gone to seed. Gough also makes ample use of nonsensical rhythms and onomatopoeia to keep a lively pace, and her imagining of Under’s vast framework of roots and rocks is richly realized in earthly textures and sounds. The theme of finding one’s place in the world underlies the plot in this, the first in the four-part Emma and the Elementals series. Although magic abounds, it’s satisfying to see Emma find her identity with her own power.

"A lighthearted, whimsical confection that will delight both kids and their parents’ inner child. "

-Kirkus Reviews
Read the complete Kirkus Review here!

Monday, 6 August 2012

The Gossip Lady Features Root Bound

The Gossip Lady, a mainstay of the Portsmouth Herald and, gives up the dirt on Root Bound in last weekend's Spotlight!

Here's the scoop:

Gossip: Former Portsmouth woman publishes 'Root Bound'

By Jeanné McCartin
August 02, 2012 2:00 AM
Gough briefs Portsmouth on 'Root Bound'

Tanya Karen Gough, who lived most her childhood in Portsmouth, and returns regularly to "home base" to see family, just published "Root Bound." "Root Bound" is a young adult book and the first in the series "Emma & the Elementals." This is Gough's first published novel, though not her inaugural attempt at writing or publishing.

There are those black and white notebooks filled with childhood poetry back in Portsmouth, says Gough, now of Canada, and — a tad later — contributions to: Sourcebooks Shakespeare series; the first Juno Awards Web site (Canada's Grammys), the Internet Shakespeare Editions (at u.Victoria), and other Shakespeare publications and English-as-a-Second-Language textbooks.

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Don't forget...copies are available at RiverRun Bookstore, while supplies last!

Monday, 23 July 2012


How far will YOU go to find your way home?
Win a Signed Copy of ROOT BOUND and find out!

Enter at Goodreads for your chance to win one of five FREE copies of ROOT BOUND. Giveaway ends on August 12, 2012 and is open to residents of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.  Good luck, one and all!

Click here to enter:

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Root Bound Now at Kobo and B&N

Root Bound is now also available in eBook  from Kobo and Barnes & Noble! Follow these links to download the book in your preferred format:

Root Bound at RiverRun

If you live in the New Hampshire seacoast area, you can now pick up print copies of Root Bound at RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH. Signed editions are available, for a limited time. Thanks for supporting local writers and book stores!

Monday, 25 June 2012

And the Reviews of Root Bound Keep Coming!

Here's a review from another young reader, 9 year old Emma from east coast USA.

Emma writes:

"Root Bound is one of my favorite books and I have read LOTS!!! I can really connect with the character, Emma and not just because my name is Emma. While I was reading the book I saw that the next book "Water Works" is in the making I will simply DIE if I do not get that book!! The book is great I have recommended it to almost everyone I know. My favorite character ( besides Emma ) is either Piers or tiny Mat. I love how Piers is sooooooooooooo obsessed with his breakfast, and how Mat thinks he is so much better then everyone else. Root Bound is an amazing book and I hope that everyone who reads it loves it as much as I do." 
 -Emma P., Age 9 (USA)

Visit our Kid's Review Page for more comments from kids.  Or submit yours via our contact form

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Boys Say...Root Bound is Great!

Boys like Root Bound, too! Here's a review from Sal (12 years old):

Sal writes:

"I just finished your book. It was great! Totally bodacious. I specially liked how the Basement Brownies were called Basement Brownie and how there was an Under and an Over. I liked how the houses had roots that and could sneeze. I also found it interesting that everyone had a counterpart. It was interesting how the skinny Brownie "Piers" was obsessed with food when you would think a fat brownie would be obsessed with food. It must be hard when the name of your species is a food. It was a fun read. I think other kids would like it too."
-Sal, Age 12 (USA)

Visit our Kid's Review Page for more comments from kids.  Or submit yours via our contact form

Thursday, 21 June 2012

The First Root Bound Review Is IN!!!

Here it is, the first official review of Root Bound!  I'm beyond excited to note that it comes from one of our young readers, the very fantabulistic Clare.  Clare is 9 years old and lives in Canada.  

Visit our Kid's Review Page for more comments from kids.  Or submit yours via our contact form

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Root Bound Goes Digital!

Root Bound has just gone live on in Kindle format and on Smashwords in Kindle, ePub, LRF and Palm Doc! Now you can grab Root Bound while you're on the go.  

Root Bound eBook editions are just $2.99.

Smashwords: Buy Root Bound in your favourite eBook format

Amazon: Buy Root Bound for your Amazon Kindle

Click here for a complete and current list of places to buy Root Bound.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Off and Running!

Root Bound by Tanya Karen Gough, Cover Image
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Buy Root Bound Now!

Exciting news! Root Bound is now available for sale in trade paperback format from  We'll be rolling out wide distribution for both print and eBook versions shortly, so be sure to check back regularly to see the latest venues.  You'll always be able to find the complete list of current suppliers here

Buy Root Bound in paperback format at

Kindle eBook is up next at Amazon.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

How Far Will You Go to Find Your Way Home?

It's been a long journey since Root Bound first sprouted as a tiny seedling in my brain. It has since grown into a fully formed book with a life all its own. Meanwhile, my life has taken me in all sorts of directions, and I got caught up in their tangled roots.

Lately, though, the basement brownies have been bugging me almost every day, wondering when they will finally be introduced to the inhabitants of Upper. And, by Foundation, it's about time that I did.

Root Bound will be released in print and eBook very shortly. Please be sure to check back soon!