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/
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Spellfall Academy Book 1 – The Claiming of Souls by Jessa Lucas

All Hallows’ Eve begins with a séance and ends with a cold, limp body.
Mine, in case you are wondering.

I’m Michlynn Carrow, and I’m a basic witch who’s definitely not prepared to be this level of undead. My hair has turned a deathly shade of grandma, baguettes fall through my hands as if I’m on some really uncool no-carb diet, and now there are these sinister spirit people lurking in the corners of the school– who only I can see.

Clearly, my seventh year at Spellfall Academy has more in store for me than Brewing & Stewing 101 and Practical Magic For the Modern Alchemist… all because I tried to ask my mother’s ghost why she went on that killing spree a decade ago.

Enter Soren Cain, the brooding and emotionally detached transfer student from my mother’s alma mater. He claims he has the answers to my little undead problem, but he’s only handing them out if I help him rally a team of witches to pull off some super shady soul magic. But the thing about Soren is that he has secrets of his own– secrets that bind us together. Secrets that are a gamechanger for the whole Witching World.

Secrets that could send me down the same destructive path as my mother.

Admission to Spellfall Academy of Enchantment is now open! Venture into the magical underground world of Paris in this YA fantasy featuring a found family of misfits, a pinch of dystopian scifi, and the beginnings of an enemies-to-lovers romance.

(P.S… there’s a unicorn!)

File Size: 4044 KB
Print Length: 383 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: November 29, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07YK3421F

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Storybook Academy: The Keeper by Kylie Marcus

One Girl. Five Prince Charmings. Who Said Happily Ever After Is Only For Two?

After my grandfather died, he left me one thing: a magical book. Now I’m enrolling at an Academy for fairy tale characters and it’s up to me to put their stories back together.

There are just a couple problems:
1.Last time I read a bedtime story, I was six.
2.It’s not like people are walking around introducing themselves as Prince Charming.
3.And speaking of princes – the princes I do meet aren’t interested in their princesses – but they’re only interested in kissing me?!

My grandfather’s letter said the fate of both this world and my own rests on my rewriting the fairy tales. That’s a lot for a sixteen-year-old to deal with let alone throwing in some villains who only want to see me fail.

Once Upon a Time as we know it, will never be the same.

Disclaimer: This is a Why Choose?/Reverse Harem story where the heroine falls for many heroes and does not pick just one.

File Size: 2087 KB
Print Length: 208 pages
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07VQWZG7M

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Interview with Leonard Bassed, Author of The Witch Port Video Game

Writer-actor-singer Leonard Bassed was born in the town of Middleburg, Mpumalanga and raised in Johannesburg.  He started taking vocal lessons at age eight and studied drama throughout his high school years.  A mentor encouraged him to pursue an acting career.  Leonard went on to complete acting classes in both South Africa and later Los Angeles.  Currently, when not writing or singing, Leonard continues to study acting techniques with the renowned Margie Haber Studio in Hollywood. In his free time, he enjoys travel, reading and movie going.  His latest book is The Witch Port Video Game.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: https://leonardbassed.com/

Facebook page for author: https://www.facebook.com/leobassed/

Twitter page for author: https://twitter.com/LeonardBassed

 

 

Where did you grow up?

While I was born in the town of Middleburg Mpumalanga, I grew up in the city of Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

When did you begin writing? 

I started out drawing first, and the second we learnt our A, B, Cs my budding literary career began although my writing back then was plagued with bad spelling and grammatical faux pas, but it was my start [he jokes]. 

Do you write during the day, at night or whenever you can sneak a few moments?

I’m a huge proponent of found time, it’s literally something I have to steal to do. Writing is something I have to pull myself away from. If left to my own devices I’d be holed up in my room for days on end.

What is this book about? 

The Witch Port Video Game follows the lives of three ordinary high school friends that study at a prestigious performing arts school. The three friends Martin Robinson, Mackenzie Hollister and Francesca Dubois derive supernatural powers after they play a mobile phone video game which a girl named Bianca Morris introduces to them on one of their jaunts into the City. Bianca follows them back home where she enrolls in their school joined by the mysterious MacQuoid brothers Logan and Crayton, this sparks a deadly battle for power in the fictional town of Cradle Creek and ultimately alters the course of their lives forever. 

What inspired you to write it?

I got the idea to write my book, The Witch Port Video Game, in June of 2014 after a trip I made to Los Angeles, California in the USA. While in the States I studied at The Acting Corps and met people from all around the world. I was inspired by their accents and so the pilot script was born, but upon its completion I’d grown to attached to the characters and world I had conjured which resulted in the novel, the first in the series. 

Who is your favorite character from the book?

I definitely love all my characters, to choose one would be sacrilege. I personally relate the most to Martin but find myself rooting for the baddies at times, they are just so intriguing and without them well we wouldn’t have a story, they bring the conflict. 

Was the road to publication smooth sailing or a bumpy ride?

The road to getting published was without a doubt a bumpy one to say the least. I chose to self-publish my book The Witch Port Video Game and the whole process was a rather steep learning curve. To say nothing about the stigma attached to indie-publishing people tend to be reluctant to read your work if you don’t go through the traditional route, my saving grace in regard to my book is its commercial appeal and the fact that its geared toward a younger demographic who are typically more open to e-books and indie-publishing.

If you knew then, what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently?

Absolutely, in hindsight there are definitely things I would have done differently, but in life you don’t know what you don’t know, that’s why they say “experience is the best teacher.”

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book? 

Readers are encouraged to visit my website at www.leonardbassed.com, all updates will be posted there as well as the purchase links. 

Do you have a video trailer to promote your book?  If yes, where can readers find it?

I’m currently in the middle of a virtual book tour press campaign and yes there is a book trailer coming soon. The link to it will be posted on my website and social media platforms, so stay tuned.

What is the best investment you have made in promoting your book?

The best investment I made in promoting my book was getting a great PR team on board. I enlisted The Barrett Company a PR firm based in Los Angeles to help market my book.

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with aspiring authors everywhere?

I can’t over emphasis the importance of having your work edited professionally. Whether you choose to self-publish or go the traditional route it shouldn’t make a difference, editing is not a luxury it’s a must. You will thank me for this advice later trust me.

What is up next for you? 

Well, as I mentioned before I’m currently in the middle of a virtual book tour press campaign and I’m already hard at work on the sequel, Witch Port Igniting The Coven which I look forward to sharing with you all.

Is there anything you would like to add?

In closing I’d like to thank you for this interview, I really had fun answering these questions. I invite everyone that enjoys magical realism to grab a copy of this book, Witch Port Igniting The Coven coming soon…

 

Coming in September: The Umbrella Academy Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion by Gerard Way

With a new Netflix series, the award-winning graphic novels are back!

Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance, Doom Patrol) and Gabriel Ba (Two Brothers, Casanova) have earned accolades on separate projects, and finally return for the latest chapter in the bizarre lives of their former teen superhero team.

Faced with an increasing number of lunatics with superpowers eager to fight his wunderkind brood, Sir Reginald Hargreeves developed the ultimate solution . . .

But their past is coming back to hunt them. Collects issues #1-#7.

* Features an introduction by Eisner Award-winning creator Jeff Lemire!

Series: Umbrella Academy (Book 3)
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dark Horse Books (September 17, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1506711421
ISBN-13: 978-1506711423

You can pre-order at Amazon and Books-a-Million and other online retailers.

New Release: Barely Alive by Melissa Woods

Violet thought being bitten by a zombie was the worst thing that could ever happen to her.

She was wrong.

Violet has been a prisoner for two weeks. She has no idea how to escape, the community of Harmony is trading people for supplies, and she still has the whole half-zombie thing to deal with. With all that’s going on, the last thing she has time for is another romantic complication. But when it rains, it pours.

If Violet and her friends can thwart Ezra’s dark plans for the people of Harmony, while avoiding the hordes of mindless flesh-eating zombies —then maybe she’ll have time to worry about her personal life.

In the final installment in the Alive? series, our favorite half-zombie will come face to face with hordes of the undead, murderous survivors—and the one thing she’s always feared most.

Will Violet be strong enough to survive? Or has her luck finally run out?

File Size: 6005 KB
Print Length: 269 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing (August 5, 2019)
Publication Date: August 5, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07TLNYBJ7

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Coming This Fall: The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into the country under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of a Texas oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother’s birth through the lens of his camera. Photography–and fate–introduce him to Ana, whose family’s interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War–as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel’s photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history’s darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence–inspired by the true post-war struggles of Spain.

Includes vintage media interstitials, oral history commentary, photos, and more.

Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 – 9
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Philomel Books (October 1, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399160310
ISBN-13: 978-0399160318

Links to pre-order can be found here.