Tuesday, September 6, 2016

THE DREAM WALKER, by Michelle Murray


The Dream Walker 
by Michelle Murray
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From Goddess Fish Promotions, 
a new tour for the first book in 
the Land of Mystica Series, for MG, 
by Michelle Murray, The Dream Walker.
Michelle will be awarding all three books 
of the Land of Mystica Series to one 
lucky randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter 
during the tour.  Make sure to follow along with the
rest of the tour (here) and leave your comments.  The more
you leave, the better your chances of winning!  Enjoy the tour!


GENRE:  Middle grade fanstasy

BLURB:
Miranda is plagued by vivid dreams of a another world. A world of castles, forests, Ice Caves, and dragons. She goes to a bookstore to see why she is having these visions, and learns she is a Dream Walker. Miranda heeds the call of need, and travels to Mystica. For years, the wizards have been trapped in stone. Now, one curious boy has released Midnight. Midnight gathers an army, and prepares for war. Miranda needs to find the white wizard Lightning and free from his stone prison. Can Miranda free Lighting and save Mystica?

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Excerpt:

The spell book was worn and torn at places. It was musty and full of mildew. Yet, Midnight could make out one spell. This spell was all he needed. The spell trapped people’s souls in stones. 

Midnight traveled to Mystica looking for the ingredients for his spell. It made him giddy and somewhat impatient to have the spell he needed. Being impatient, he decided to travel in smoke form. It made for far faster journeying. A trail of  black smoke zipped through the air of Mystica. 

His first landing was a waterfall on the west side of the Dwarf  Mountains. Materializing into his wizard form, he landed softly on the crevice of the mountain. His smoke form would not help him here, so he was forced to travel the rest of the way on foot. Precariously, he made his way across the slippery rocks to the back of the waterfall. Blue water splashed his robe, face, and hands. The sound almost deafened him, and drowned out everything else. Levitating himself to the other side, he only managed to hit his head on the cliff. As he rubbed his head, he landed with a splash in the cool water. He swam, paddling madly with his arms to fight the currents to the cave at the end of the waterfall.  Climbing out of the water, he reached the sandy terrain of the ledge. He shook the water off his robe, and gathered five stones. One stone for each of the wizards he wanted to entrap. The stones were clear, almost opaque. They fit in the palm of his hand, and were smooth and round. Polished by the water. 

Triumph filled him! Mystica would be his! A laugh, maniac in nature, escaped his lungs. Morphing into cloud form, he continued on to the next ingredient. He needed fire flowers next. Fire flowers were flowers with orange petals and a red center. They had double petals that resembled the two suns on Mystica.   They grew on the heart of an island in the middle of Lily Lake. Lily Lake breamed with seaweed, algae, and green moss. It was more of a swamp than a lake. Fish swam beneath the green slime, often biting each other. The island itself had sharp green thorny plants all around the perimeter. In the very center, was a clearing with the fire flowers. Midnight came down from his smoke form on the island, snatching his robe on the thorny plants.  Blood trickled down his arm from the thorns. He barely noticed. The blood dripped down into the water, making the fish hungry. Grabbing his cape from its entanglement, he strode purposely forward. Ripping the fire flowers from their beds, he added them to his potion bag. Fish from the water jumped from the lake and started attaching him. Swarms of fish with sharp fang like teeth came toward him. They bit into his skin leaving red marks and spilling more blood. The blood called more and more fish from the water. Surrounded by attacking fish, Midnight said a spell:
Clouds of dark
Clouds of black
Take these fish back!

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Michelle is a married working mother of two fine young men (her children). She lives in Wisconsin. When not writing, she enjoys reading especially science fiction/fantasy and classics.
Her favorite authors include Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Margaret Weiss, and Colleen Houck.
She also enjoys doing painting and crafts, and spending time with her family. She enjoys going for walks, and swimming. She has been known to jump in Lake Michigan with no life jacket!
She has been writing since high school. Michelle took a break from writing to concentrate on raising her children.
She has an app on her IPad that gives her a word of the day and poem of the day.

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You tube the dream walker land of mystica series

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

ENLIGHTENMENT, by Liz Keel

Enlightenment
by Liz Keel
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From Goddess Fish Promotions a new tour
with YA Fantasy Author
Liz Keel, and Enlightenment.

Liz will be awarding 2 randomly drawn 
commenters each a $10 Amazon or 
Barnes and Noble GC via rafflecopter during the tour.
So make sure to leave your comments and follow
along with the rest of the tour...and thx for stopping by
Thornton Berry Shire Press.

GENRE: Fantasy/YA
BLURB: 
After losing everything, all seventeen-year-old Thea wanted was to be a normal teenager. Instead, she was attacked by a mysterious creature she thought only existed in fairy tales. Now thrown into the unknown realm of Faey, Thea is forced to determine the difference between reality and fantasy, in a world ruled by a dark elite and a society wracked by intolerance and prejudice. With the support of her new friends and a mysterious dark haired, blue-eyed guardian watching her every move, Thea will discover that when it comes to Faey, nothing is what it seems. Will her courage and desire to save this new world from darkness be enough? Or will Thea be the next victim to fall to the dark whispers of fate..
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Excerpt 
I awoke to an incessant bleeping and hushed whispers of ‘So 
young’ and ‘Such a shame’ and it was at that point I knew both 
of my parents were dead. Upon opening my eyes, a numb feeling 
began to take over as I realised I was in the local hospital with 
doctors giving me sympathetic looks and calling me sweetie 
whilst a nurse asked me who they should contact. That was an 
easy answer: no one. My parents had both been only children 
and their parents, my grandparents, had died when they were 
young. 

There was no one else.

A couple of hours later Eli turned up with his family. Who’s 
Eli? Explaining him isn’t exactly one of the easiest things to 
do, as our relationship was complicated to say the least. 
Foremost, he’s my best friend, even with his over-protective 
nature, which I think stems from his need to look out for me, 
kind of like how I imagined a brother would for a sister. This 
would make sense as I’ve always been really close to his family, 
who seem to have been in my life for forever. Yes, it was helped 
by the fact they lived in the same neighbourhood as us and that 
he went to the same high school as me; but more than that Eli 
seems to have been there at all my major life events. From losing 
my first tooth, to falling off my bike and then taking me for walks 
in the forest when I needed the company, he’s always been there, 
someone I could rely on.  And again on this eventful day, he 
turned up knowing exactly what I needed: for someone not to say 
anything, but instead just to sit with me. He completely ignored 
his mother’s sobs as he only had eyes for me, walking quickly 
over to my bed and wrapping his arms around me. He pulled me 
onto his lap and once again I seemed to fit perfectly as he 
cocooned me, wrapping his arms around my back, his warmth 
spreading through me like a drug. We were both seniors but he 
looked older, probably due to the growth spurt he had had over 
the summer. At six foot one he was a whole seven inches taller 
than me and had these tanned muscular arms that were freakishly 
strong, probably due to his part-time job as a labourer on the local 
farm. His dark blond hair spent most of the time being brushed 
back from his forehead, as it always fell into his eyes, but it 
always really suited him that way. One of the things I loved most 
about him were his eyes, which sparkled different shades of 
emerald green and I swear just looking at them let me know how 
he was feeling. On that day they had been a dull green.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I live in Surrey, England, a short walk from the beautiful Windsor Park, with my husband Richard and our two gorgeous children Noah and Olivia. For me, writing is nothing short of an addiction and I often find myself sneaking out to my writing shed for just a few minutes, which can often turn into hours of pure, unadulterated bliss catching up with my characters and continuing their story. In-between writing, I teach in a primary school where there’s never a dull moment! I will also often be found Kindle in hand, reading a wide variety of genres but with YA fantasy and paranormal romance at the forefront of my reading list. Although I’m currently writing the second book in the Driel trilogy, other characters involving all things fantasy, paranormal and YA romance are jockeying for position, wanting me to write their story next, so watch this space! It is such a privilege to share my stories with you the reader. Thank you enough for taking the time to find out more about me. 
To find out more about Liz, visit her website: www.lizkeelauthor.com

Enlightenment will be $0.99 during the tour.
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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

SIGN OF THE GREEN DRAGON, by C.Lee McKenzie


A Book Blast Tour hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions,
a new, MG fantasy 
Sign of the Green Dragon
by C. Lee McKenzie
Some of you may recall this author from an in-depth interview
we did back in May 2015, for the addition of her AMAZING 
short story, in an anthology celebrating Alice in Wonderland, 
called Beware the Little White Rabbit..check out 
that terrific interview here (C. Lee is under day five).  
In the meantime she pulled together her dream of 
writing about a dragon and here it is. 
 C. Lee will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC 
to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. 
The more you follow along with the tour, the better your chances
of winning...enjoy the rest of the tour...leave us a comment to
let us know you were here...thx for participating!

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BLURB:

When a wall of their cave hideout crumbles, three boys discover a skeleton, clutching a treasure map. They set off to trace the story of an old murder, but stumble into a modern crime, and confront ancient Chinese dragons.

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Excerpt: 

Sam inched forward and aimed the flashlight inside. “Uh oh.” 

“What?” Joey gasped.

“It’s a ... well, kind of a ... skeleton.”

“Awww,” Roger screamed, ran, tripped, and sprawled on his stomach.

“It can’t hurt you, Roger,” Sam said. “Come on. 

Take a look.” One thing about being in a family of paleontologists, you got used to bones.

Roger quick-shook his head. “No. No. No.” 

Joey took three slow steps and stood next to Sam. “Sweet. A dead guy. Man, let’s get out of here.” 

“Hold this.” Sam handed Joey the flashlight. “Keep the light on him, okay?” 

The skeleton was partly covered by a tattered shirt and pants. Bony fingers clutched a wooden box with a piece of thin metal about two inches long on its top. 

Reaching inside, Sam tried to pry the box from the skeleton’s grasp, but the finger bones fell through the rib cage and clattered to the bottom of the chest. The box lodged between the ribs. 
The light jiggled in Joey’s hand. “Come on Sam, enough already.” 

Sam picked up the thin metal piece from the top of the box, and held it under the light. One end of it was bent at a right angle. A faded red tassel looped through the other end. 

“Here, take this.” Sam handed Joey the strange object, then reached inside the chest and gripped the box. He lifted it slow and easy. It could be a trap. It could be dangerous. His hands twitched and the edge of the box caught on a rod that held the chest lid open. He barely snatched the box free before the lid crashed down. 

What sounded like an angry dragon exploded around the cave. 

The walls trembled, and the floor heaved under foot.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

C. Lee McKenzie has a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication. Her greatest passion is writing for young readers. Sign of the Green Dragon is her third Middle Grade novel. Alligators Overhead and the sequel, The Great Time Lock Disaster were her first two. She has traditionally published four young adult novels: Sliding on the Edge, The Princess of Las Pulgas, Double Negative and Sudden Secrets.

AUTHOR’S NOTE:

I'd like to highlight the fact that I always have a free ebook (a different one every few months) available on my website for visitors. http://cleemckenziebooks.com 





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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

THE LAST OF THE FIREDRAKES by, Farah Oomerbhoy


 

From Goddess Fish Promotions, a new ya fantasy tour,
THE LAST OF THE FIREDRAKES
from award winning author
 Farah Oomerbhoy.
The Author will be hosting a $10. gift card so be sure to
add your name to the copter below...and please
enjoy jumping around the blast today!
Please leave us a comment so that we know you were here...
thx, from TBSP.

GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy
BLURB:

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn't seem so bad.

Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms--including killing anyone who stands in her way. Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora's arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.

With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.
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Excerpt:

Later that night, after I had eaten well and rested, we set out for the midnight market. I followed Kalen along the small path, from Pixie Bush into the very heart of Goldleaf Forest.

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It seemed to me that we had been walking for quite a while when I could suddenly hear voices and noises quite clearly in the quiet forest. We came to a large clearing, and the delightful sight left me spellbound. The forest was alive, radiant and subtly lit by pretty, different-colored lanterns hanging from the towering trees. Beautifully decorated stalls and multicolored tents had sprung up all over the place. Some were nestled between the tall trees, and some were haphazardly placed around the edge of the clearing, forming a slightly wonky circle. Fae of all sizes, shapes and colors wandered around, having a marvelous time. There were dryads, naiads, brownies, and little pixies with wings who flitted about the place in groups, laughing and eating at the food stalls.

We came to a stall, which was manned by a small, funny-looking fae with a pointy nose and long ears. Kalen identified him as a gnome. He was selling some strangely colored liquid in glass bottles and was haggling unashamedly about prices with two old ladies, whom I thought were very sweet.

As we walked through the market, Kalen chattered on.

“Although some of the larger towns have shops that sell magical ingredients for potions,” Kalen was saying, “this is the only place you can find some of the really rare items.”

I followed Kalen, who was entering a green tent, where the sign outside read: “Buy a plant for your home and garden.” That sounded quite interesting. Maybe I could buy a plant for Kalen’s mom—she had really helped me, after all—but I remembered I didn’t have any money.

The tent was not what I expected at all. The inside was bewitched to look like a large green house; like the forest, it was much larger inside than it appeared from the outside. The moonlight shone through the glass ceiling, and rows of plants and flowers lined the sides of the tent. We decided to explore.

I walked through the rows of plants, looking at the labels that were written next to them. There were strawberry plants in a small tray, growing wonderful, juicy strawberries, each one of which had a dollop of cream on the top. The sign near it said: “Grow your own strawberries and cream.”

“Try one,” said Kalen. “No one is watching.”

I couldn’t resist; I loved strawberries and cream. I popped the whole strawberry into my mouth. It was delicious and the cream was thick, fresh, and sweet. It was wonderful.

“Lovely, yes?” said Kalen.

“I nodded, since my mouth was full.

“Ms. Herbchild is wonderful at growing things. These strawberry plants with cream are one of her new inventions, but you can only grow them on trays inside the house, or the gnomes lick off all the cream.”

I made a face at the thought of eating a strawberry that had been licked by a gnome.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Farah Oomerbhoy is a young adult writer with a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. Her debut novel, The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of The Avalonia Chronicles started on Wattpad where it received a Watty Award in 2015 and over 1.5 million reads. Since publication, The Last of the Firedrakes has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards, become a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards and become an international bestseller. Farah lives with her family in Mumbai, India where she can be found checking for magical portals in every closet.

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Purchase The Last of the Firedrakes:
 B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-last-of-the-firedrakes-farah-oomerbhoy/1122237810?ean=2940152166156
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