Book Blast & Giveaway: Paragon by Shauna Alderson

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Shauna Alderson will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stopson the tour.

Now that high school is over, Randi just wants to live her quiet life in her little town, but it doesn’t feel right without her friends there. Ever the daredevils, they’ve gone to seek adventure in the capital city of Grandin, and Randi can’t help but feel left behind. Not to mention she definitely can’t stop thinking about that kiss she and Eddy shared before he left.

When Randi discovers a mysterious mark on her skin that matches an illustration in “A Handbook on Paragonhood”, she’s thrown into a world of powerful gods and ancient magic that she thought only existed in the myths. She’ll have to step out of her comfort zone—and into the dangerous streets of Grandin—to find a way to protect herself and the people she loves.

Randi’s not the only one with a secret, though, and she finds herself questioning who she can trust. Randi will have to wrestle with what it means to be a Paragon and how far she’s willing to go to do what’s right.

With the fate of the world on the line, can she live up to being one of the chosen?

Read an Excerpt

Louis comes into view as I round the corner of the restaurant into the simple, well-kept yard. He’s facing the other way, holding a wooden staff, not even wearing a coat. I’m about to call out and let him know I’m there, but before I can, he spins in a circle, extending the stick as gracefully as if it were a part of his arm. His movements are soft and flowing as he twists around a large cobbled circle in the middle of the yard. It looks like a gentle dance, but it’s evident from the way he maneuvers the stick and guards his torso that it’s also a fight.

Louis comes back to a neutral position and bows to an invisible adversary before him. “That was the swan,” he says, making me jump. “And this is the dragon.”

He steps aggressively, each strike hard and fierce. He jabs the staff out before him and twirls, nearly horizontal with it. A few stances later, he accidentally whacks himself in the shoulder with the practice weapon.

He bursts out laughing. “It’s not my best form.” He approaches me while massaging his shoulder. “Good thing you’re not my grandma, or you’d make me practice until I got it right.”

“I like the swan better, anyway.”

“Me too.” He blinks as a raindrop falls on his cheek. We both turn to the sky as thunder rumbles in the distance. “Looks like it’ll be a downpour.”

About the Author

Shauna Alderson began writing teen fantasy even before she was a teen. After she “grew up”, she completed creative writing courses (and a BA in Development Studies) at the University of Calgary. When not reading or writing, she can usually be found teaching ESL, composing on the piano, creating art, or volunteering abroad. She also enjoys dessert, Studio Ghibli films, and being the silliest person she knows.

Website: https://shaunaalderson.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AldersonShauna

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Paragon-Shauna-Alderson-ebook/dp/B0851YGGTW/
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/paragon-shauna-alderson/1136514085?ean=9781643901275
Chapters: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/paragon/9990058018816-item.html
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/paragon-8

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Interview with Ray East and Sam D., Authors of Voluspa: A Magical World (Kindle Fire Giveaway)

Ray East and Sam D have moved to Voluspa and live in the Forest of Skotos with their 5 year old daughter and a pet Typhon.  They visit Earth with the help of an Empath from time to time. Ray East did her masters in Phsychology from Univeristy of Sussex and has worked as a counselor for adolescents. Sam D used to teach at a SPJC before he moved to Voluspa.

Their latest book is Voluspa: A Magical World.

To learn more about Sam D and Ray East, visit their website: www.magicalworldofvoluspa.com

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Thank you for joining us today, Ray. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

Firstly I am a total bookworm. I have always loved reading. I have worked as a counselor in the past but at present I am a stay at home mom who loves to write in her spare time.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I have written all through school and college for local newspapers, neighborhood journals, college periodicals and as such.

Why did you decide to write stories for children?

I think children have more fun and they usually have a more open mind. Besides it so rewarding to be able to write something for children,which would inspire them or catch their imagination.

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?

I think so. A younger audience is so much more impressionable when compared to an adult one. You have to be careful what kind of message your book is conveying or what kind of role model your book characters turn out to be.

What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

My stories are my way of connecting with the younger generation. Getting feedback from a young reader telling me that she/ he completely related to my character, that’s the best feeling …

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

VOLUSPA- A Magical World, is a YA fantasy. It is a crossover between urban fantasy and paranormal romance with a mythological and dystopian twist. This book showcases a unique coming of age story of a fifteen year old girl who struggles with the ramifications of forbidden love, obscure parentage and in essence struggles to find her place in a world that is threatened by her very existence.

What inspired you to write it?

I wanted to create this magical world which would be fundamentally similar to ours but yet so exotically different that it will capture the fancy of the readers. I also wanted to showcase the character of Amy as a constantly growing, learning, strong individual – a very ordinary girl who chooses an extraordinary life.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

It’s available in Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I would urge my fans to go and request it at libraries and bookstores.

What is up next for you?

I am at present working on the second book in the Voluspa series. It should be available sometime in November.

Do you have anything else to add?

Join Amy and Drake’s journey for the next few months and win a Kindle fire and other gift certificates.  Details on www.magicalworldofvoluspa.com

Thank you for spending time with us today, Ray. We wish you much success.

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Here’s how it works:

Each person will enter this giveaway by  liking, following, subscribing and tweeting about this giveaway through the Rafflecopter form placed on blogs throughout the tour.

This Kindle Fire promotion will run from August 6 – October 26. Winner will be  chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, contacted by email and announced on October 27, 2012.

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One lucky person who comments the most  on Sam D. and Ray East’s blog stops will receive a $50 gift certificate.  The blog host  who receives the most comments through the tour will also receive a $50  gift certificate!