Saturday, 22 October 2016

Spotlight: The Sailweaver's Son (Sky Riders of Etherium Book 1) by Jeff Minerd

About The Sailweaver’s Son

The Sailweaver’s Son is a unique fantasy adventure story that has charmed readers young and old. It takes readers to the world of Etherium, where mountains rise like islands above a sea of clouds and adventurers travel the skies in sail-driven airships.

The main character is a young man named Tak who rescues the sole survivor of an airship destroyed under mysterious circumstances. This act of bravery draws Tak into the politics of a brewing war between his kingdom and a race of underground creatures called the Gublins.

Suspecting the claims made by the kingdom’s warmongering Admiral are false, Tak sets out to discover the truth, accompanied by the irksomely intelligent daughter of the local wizard and his friend Luff. The three undertake a dangerous journey to the underworld to meet with the Gublins.

The adventure will take Tak from the deepest, darkest underground caves to a desperate battle on Etherium’s highest mountaintop. It will force him to face his worst fears, and to grow up faster than he expected.

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Author bio:

Jeff Minerd’s YA fantasy adventure novel, The Sailweaver’s Son, was released by Silver Leaf Books in September 2016. Jeff has published short fiction in literary journals including The North American Review. One of his stories won the F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Competition, judged by the late novelist and NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse.

Jeff has worked as a science and medical writer for publications and organizations including the National Institutes of Health,MedPage TodayThe Futurist magazine, and the Scientist magazine. He lives in Rochester, NY.

Book excerpts

[excerpt 1]

 He’d seen nothing like it in his life. No sky rider ever had. It was an enormous bubble. Twice the size of the battleship. As it rose into the sky, the bubble wobbled and shimmered, squished into lopsided potato-like shapes then snapped back to roughly round. It was more or less transparent, but its rippling surface glistened with a rainbow of colors where the sunlight played on it. The bubble rose with alarming speed, rolling this way and that with the wind. It was not on a collision course with the battleship—yet. It was some distance off the port bow.

The lookouts didn’t see it until it was too late. As the giant bubble drew level with the battleship, Tak heard the faint ringing of alarm bells. The ship came to a full stop, propellers going still, sails slanting upward to create drag. Tak could imagine the startled looks on the faces of the men on deck. He was wearing such a look himself. Then the wind shifted and gusted again. The sky riders have an old saying: Our lives rely upon the wind, and the wind is not reliable. The saying proved true for the men on the battleship. The wind took hold of that bubble and hurled it directly at them.

Too late, the captain cried the order to turn hard to starboard, trying to veer away. Too late, the propellers leapt to life and the ship lurched, listing heavily with the effort of making the turn while men scrambled in the rigging to adjust the flapping sails. Large battleships like the Vigilance are known for their strength and forward speed, but they are not known for their maneuverability. The bubble hit the ship broadside and enveloped it entirely.

And then both ship and bubble exploded into a burst of fire that left a glowing yellow spot like the sun behind Tak’s eyes, which had snapped shut. When he opened his eyes, blinking, the bubble was gone and the ship was engulfed in flames. The sails were ablaze. Horrified, Tak watched as burning men leapt from the deck like showers of sparks, their flaming parachutes useless.

As Tak sat stricken in the stern of the Arrow, gaping in shock and disbelief, he felt the first rumbles of the giant explosion in his chest. He felt hints of its heat on his face. And then he saw the shock wave expanding in all directions from the ruined ship.

Including his.

[excerpt 2]

"That’s comforting,” Tak said. “Turn your back.”

Brieze turned her back. Tak and Lothran completed their exchange of clothes. Lothran tied the white mask about Tak’s face. It smelled of some unpleasantly medicinal substance. Tak hoisted the tray of tea and edibles onto his shoulder and made ready to exit the front door masquerading as a member of the wizard’s island people. Brieze licked her hands and did her best to smooth down Tak’s wild hair. Ordinarily Tak would not have put up with anyone running their—ugh!— licked hands through his hair. But in this case he found he didn’t mind so much.

“One more thing,” Brieze said, laying a hand on Tak’s. “Your ring. That certainly will get you spotted.”

Tak looked down at his left hand. “You want me to give you my family ring?” he asked. Removing and handing over one’s family ring was a symbol of surrender. There were stories of men in the Kingdom of Spire who had preferred having their hand cut off—or being put to death—rather than hand over their ring.

“Just for now,” Brieze said. “I’ll give it back. I wouldn’t want it to give you away.”

Tak patted at his new clothes with his free hand, looking for a pocket into which he could stow the ring. But Lothran’s simple clothes had no pockets. Tak suspected that Brieze knew this.

“The tea is getting cold,” Brieze said. She drew herself up to her full height and looked down at him with a deep, dark-eyed gaze that Tak, without meaning to, felt like a warm glow in the center of his chest. His hand tingled pleasantly where her fingers rested upon it. Goosebumps blossomed along his forearm.

He gave her the ring.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Release Day Celebration: The Extremely Epic Viking Tale of Yondersaay by Aoife Lennon-Ritche with Giveaway

Hello Readers! Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
The Extremely Epic Viking Tale of Yondersaay by Aoife Lennon-Ritche
presented by Tantrum Books!
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Happy Book Birthday, Aoife!
This winter, siblings Ruairi and Dani Miller visit their ancestral homeland: the legendary Viking island of Yondersaay. Even with Granny Miller's storytelling to pass the time, the pair manage to find trouble. In less than twenty-four hours of their arrival, Ruairi is mistaken for the lost Boy King of Denmark, kidnapped by Vikings, and scheduled to be sacrificed at sundown. Granny isn’t very pleased.
But when everyone except them goes Viking, the three turn to Granny’s epic tales of the legends of Yondersaay, The Gifts of Odin, and King Dudo the Mightily Impressive for clues. But not all stories end happily, and Ruari, Dani, and Granny will have to write their own happy ending.
The Princess Bride meets Vikings in this enchanted tale of high adventure, buried treasure, villainous treachery, violent ends, and – of course – true love. Aoife Lennon-Ritchie's debut middle grade novel, THE EXTREMELY EPIC VIKING TALE OF YONDERSAAY, is a humorous and heartwarming story for readers ages 9+.
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The Extremely Epic Viking Tale of Yondersaay by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie Publication Date: October 11, 2016 Publisher: Tantrum Books
Irish actor and writer Aoife Lennon-Ritchie studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, the Universita di Catania in Italy, University College Dublin in Ireland, and the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Aoife holds diplomas, degrees and a Masters in the multiple fields of business and information technology, English and classic literature, theatre and creative writing; she looks forward to doing her PhD in Film and Media. Always searching for new adventures, Aoife has lived in the UK, France, Greece, Italy, and several US cities, including Chicago, New York and Pittsburgh. She speaks three (and a half) languages. Although she was once an investment banker, she much prefers acting, fencing, writing, and being a mum. She currently lives in Cape Town with her handsome husband and two small children.

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My question was about- Top Ten Playlist or the Dream Cast :)

Oooh, a playlist! I love putting those together. My family doesn’t love it so much. Especially when we get into the car, all set for a long journey across South Africa, or up and down the US east coast visiting friends, and they have to put up with me singing. The whole way.

So, my top list of songs that torment my family are:

Hey Ya by Outkast. They all love this song, the first time I play it.
Happy by Pharrell Williams, is another one they love. I don’t tell them that the version on my mp3 player is the 24 hour version.
After several hours of Happy and Hey Ya, I’ll throw in Somewhere over the Rainbow. Now, you might think ‘what’s wrong with that? That’s a lovely song.’ It is, but my husband, who LOVES playing the toy ukulele that might daughter got for Christmas, can play precisely two songs on it. Yes. Two songs. Somewhere over the rainbow is song number one.
Song number two is the music that goes over that heart-breaking montage at the beginning of the movie UP. He only sort of knows that, so has to keep restarting. That’s the next song on my list.
I am a cruel, cruel mother.
Then my children remind me that we’re ON HOLIDAY and supposed to be HAVING A NICE TIME. So I switch to a nicer list, full of songs I know they’ll love. Here are a few we all love to rock out to in our car:
Tell me why I don’t like Mondays by the Boomtown Rats. Sad but fun.
I would walk five hundred miles by The Proclaimers. My husband is Scottish and it’s a law that this song must be played at least once a year in every Scottish household.
My five year old son loves Ghost Town by Adam Lambert. We have great conversations about what the writer of the song means when he says his ‘heart is a ghost town’.
I’m a big The Cure fan, so I’ll put Caterpillar Girl and Love Cats on the list. I also love Adele, so let’s put Send My Love on there. Both my children love Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cindy Lauper, and Sia’s Chandelier. Later on in the journey, when’s everyone’s feeling a little sleepy, I’ll switch over to Schubert and Elgar. Or N.E.R.D. down low.

Excerpt 1
Going to Yondersaay

“Ready to go, Mum and Dad?” Granny bellowed down the Millers’ front hallway. Ruairi and Dani struggled in after her, laden down with her piles and piles of trunks and hatboxes and suitcases.
“Not quite yet,” Mum said, and the three heard a door slam at the back of the house.
“Well, get a move on!” Granny shouted. “The taxi is picking us up in an hour to take us to the airport. We can’t miss that flight as there’s only a thirty-minute layover in Dubai, and there’s only one flight this week that will take us from there to Copenhagen and on to Berlin, and from there, it’s a wee hop to Dublin airport, a wee-er one to Inverness, and in the middle of all that, there’s the ferry, the catamaran, and the helicopter until finally we catch the Yonder Air flight to Yondersaay.”
Mum emerged from the living room looking less than delighted with the sudden change in Christmas plans. “We’re nearly ready, Granny.” She turned to her children. “Has Granny told you? She’s feeling a little bit homesick, so Dad and I have agreed that we’ll all go up to Yondersaay for Christmas this year. On three conditions—” Dani and Ruairi started whooping and cheering immediately and took no notice of Mum’s three conditions, which were all about safety and good manners and the usual nonsense.
They hugged their mum and shouted, “Yaaaaaay, we’re going to Yondersaay!”

Excerpt 2
The King of the Danes
“It wasn’t today or yesterday,” Granny began again. “It was a long, long time ago when the world was warmer, and some believed the sun moved around the earth. There was a Viking of old called King Dudo the Mightily Impressive, lord over all Denmark. King Dudo was a big man, broad and tall, with tanned skin tight across bulging muscles and long reddish-blond hair that fell in thick waves to his elbows—a mighty warrior. All who fought with him worshipped him, and those who fought against him trembled in fear at the very sight of him. An adventurer, he pillaged and plundered as far north as the turn in the world and as far south as the oceans of sand.
“One bright autumn, King Dudo and his warriors set sail from their homeland to the northern-most seas of the world. They wore thick layers of skins and furs against the cold of the northern air.
“Among their number on this westward voyage was a famous monk from the lower lands called Brother Brian the Devout and Handy with Numbers. Brother Brian had the gift of navigation and was an expert star-reader. His job was to guide King Dudo and his Viking warriors to the northern lands.
“After roiling upon the waves for many weeks, their supplies diminishing, and cramp and fatigue setting in, the Vikings were anxious for the sight of land. Surprised they had not found land yet, some began to doubt Brother Brian’s ability. A whispering campaign started at the backs of the longships: “Brother Brian has gotten us lost!”
“Now, while it is true that Brother Brian was tasked with getting the Vikings safely to and from the lands of the north, only King Dudo knew that Brian had another task—another secret task.
“It had long been suspected that in the middle of the northern-most seas, between the homelands of the Danes and the far-off lands, below the turn in the world but beyond the craggy cliffs of Land of the Scots, lay an island. This island was often the subject of the songs and tales of the kingdom’s official storytellers, the court skalders. The stories described it as an enchanted island, cloaked in secrecy. The island was called Yondersaay.
 “Viking legend tells that after death, the most worthy Viking warriors would meet in Valhalla, the Hall of the Dead, for a final battle. Anything a Viking had buried in his earthly life would be his once more. His true armor, weaponry, or wealth stayed buried in the earth while its ghostly copy awaited him in the afterlife. So it was, every Viking, before he died, buried his prized weapons and his most coveted jewels in preparation for this final battle.

Excerpt 3
The Little Secret

Granny had to shout now because of the noise of the wind on the gangplank of the ferry she, Dani, Ruairi, and Mum were boarding. Granny was eating the steaming hot pie Mum had gotten for her in a sailor bar in the port. They huddled close together and shuffled up the gangplank in their winter clothes.
“About three weeks into the voyage,” Granny bellowed, “a few days after the warriors started wondering why they hadn’t found land yet, dusk fell on a clear, calm ocean. The night was full of light from the crystalline moon, and Brother Brian turned a little in his position in the prow of the lead longship and made a long slow nod of the head toward King Dudo, closing his eyes as his head reached its lowest position. It was a very cool move. Brother Brian had been practicing it in his head for weeks. He waited for King Dudo to take his seat beside him.
“‘We are close,” Brian said to Dudo and looked to the stars, then back down at the books and scrolls and charts laid all about him and back up to the stars again. “‘All my information, all my years of training, and all my expertise tell me we are very close.’
“The boat glided quietly through the water. Most of the Vikings were sleeping. Not so much as a seabird disturbed the stillness of the night. The monk and the king looked hopefully all around; it felt to them that they could see for miles. If the island was there, they would see it.
“They looked and looked. An hour passed, two hours passed, then three. But no land came into view. All of a sudden, King Dudo swung his head around to the left. ‘Shh!’ he hissed. Brother Brian swivelled his gaze around and looked hard, but he couldn’t see anything. ‘It sounded like—’ King Dudo said, stopping short.
“‘Like what, my lord?’ Brian asked.
“‘Oh, nothing, it’s ridiculous … but for a minute there, I thought I heard children laughing.’
Brother Brian gasped, clutched his chest, and went pale.
“‘It’s nothing,’ King Dudo continued. ‘The ocean is playing tricks on my mind.’ Dudo’s shoulders sagged, and he let out a big sigh. ‘This is ridiculous! What am I thinking? A magical island in the middle of the ocean … Enough. Time to let it go. Let’s get back on track and deliver my men to land.’

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Thursday, 6 October 2016


Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Life in the Danger Zone by Patricia B. Tighe
Be on the look out for this upcoming release from Swoon Romance!
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Sixteen-year- old Rose Mulligan’s plan for the summer cruise with her grandparents is simple—read mysteries in the sunshine and see historical sites. It doesn’t include joining a young people’s tour group or crushing on a boy whose flirting runs hot and cold. And it definitely doesn’t include being accused of theft.
Sam Briggs also has a plan for the trip—hang out with his uncle and cousins, and avoid thinking about his stupid parents. But when family members pair-up with strangers, Sam is left wanting to hit something. The only bright spot is shy, constantly blushing Rose, a girl he really needs to avoid. She’s too nice for a meaningless hookup. Then why can’t he stop thinking about her? Determined to clear her name, Rose decides to find out who the real thief is. It quickly becomes clear that everyone has secrets. Dangerous secrets. But by the time Sam starts helping with the investigation, Rose is wishing she could forget the whole thing and just focus on his intense gaze and lopsided smile. There are only a few days left on the trip after all, and they’ll never see each other again once it’s over. Right? But it’s too late. Danger has a way of finding you, whether it’s disguised as a cunning thief or a swoony boy.
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Life in the Danger Zone by Patricia B. Tighe Publication Date: November 1, 2016 Publisher: Swoon Romance
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Patricia B. Tighe
The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in West Texas with her husband and dog. She eats way too much pizza, drinks way too much coffee, and watches way too much NFL football. On the bright side, she also reads and writes teen fiction. She promises to include as much romance, angst, and adventure as possible in her books.
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Tuesday, 4 October 2016


Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
Clanless (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins
presented by Month9Books!
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Happy Book Birthday, Jennifer!
Striker Gryphon has lost his position of honor among the Ram, and is now a hunted man. A traitor.
Zo, the object of his affection, was murdered by members of his former clan. To honor her memory, he journeys to the highly secretive Raven “Nest” to warn strangers of their impending demise—though it could cost him more than just his pride. He doesn’t know that Zo is very much alive and in another part of the region assisting Nameless refugees over a mountain swarming with wild men known as “Clanless.” As each struggle to make sense of what their lives have become, they fight and claw to reach the Allied Camp, their last hope in bringing peace to the region. But the road back to one another is treacherous and uncertain. And freedom will come with a price.
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Clanless (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins Publication Date: October 4, 2016 Publisher: Month9Books
Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.
Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.
What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.
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Jennifer Jenkins
With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.
Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).
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Friday, 30 September 2016

Blog Tour+Guest Post:The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy

The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy
Publication Date:  June 15, 2016
Publisher:  Rebelight Publishing

Art is Gabrielle's passion, but her parents have other plans for her future-marriage to a man three times her age who holds nothing but disdain for art. Gabrielle is determined to escape life as the baron's trophy wife and the confinement of traditional roles. She flees her privileged home in the French countryside for Paris and the grandmother who understands her passion. When she cannot locate her grandmother, Gabrielle is left on her own in the City of Lights. The art world of Paris, 1900, brims with excitement, opportunity, and risk. Should Gabrielle trust her new friends, or will they take advantage of her hopes and dreams?


Brenda Joyce Leahy has travelled to France five times but finds there’s always more explorations awaiting her. She loves historical fiction and thinks she was born a century too late but can’t imagine her life without computers or cell phones. So, perhaps, she arrived in the world at just the right moment to tell this story.

She grew up on a farm near Taber, Alberta but now lives with her family near the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Alberta. After over 20 years practising law, she has returned to her first love of writing fiction. She is a member of several writing organizations, including the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI): her profile there is The Art of Rebellion is also profiled on the Humber School of Writers’ website at Brenda is also a member of the Historical Novel Society:, and leads a YA/MG writers’ critique group in Calgary.

The Art of Rebellion is her first Young Adult novel, published by Rebelight Publishing, spring 2016.

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The Guest Post

The dream cast because I want to know how the author picture the characters in their minds?

Wow, this was a bit of a tough question because I’m less familiar with younger actors who could play the roles of my characters. I asked my critique group for some help on this. Once I gave myself over to the question, it was so much fun so thank you for asking!!
Here goes:

Gabrielle – I’d definitely ask for Lily Collins – I loved her in The Blind Side; more recently in Love, Rosie and The Mortal Instruments. She has a naïveté about her but passion and toughness, too. A close second would be Shailene Woodley, from the Divergent series because she has a softer, gentle side to her toughness.

Philippe -  OK so don’t laugh but I had in mind a younger version of Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, with that strong jaw and dark curly locks. But I think you were asking for actors, so I would love to see Scott Eastwood (Clint Eastwood’s son) or Matthew Daddario (Shadowhunters) as Philippe. Another great choice would be Sam Claflin (Me Before You, and Love,Rosie with Lily Collins!).

Maman – Judi Densch would make a daunting Maman but is probably too old for the role (Maman is in her late forties),so I’d say Toni Colette, Sandra Bullock or French actress Marion Cotillard (Academy award winner, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises).

Babette – There are many actresses who could play Babette. I see her as china doll pretty, yet something rotten lurking beneath her lovely exterior. So, I’d see Mila Kunis, Britt Robertson(The Longest Ride) or Katie Findlay (How to Get Away With Murder) as good choices. Eva Green (Casino Royale) could play this role fabulously but might be too old now for the part.
Gaston – Oh, this one is fun to cast! Either Johnny Depp or Robert Downey, Jr. would equally play this suave but dangerous man.
Papa – Ralph Fiennes. Can’t think of anyone else who fits the bill.
Genevieve – French actress Audrey Tautou (Amélie, Da Vinci Code), although she’s a bit older she could pull this off.

Bernadette – I think the French actress Clémence Poesy (Harry Potter – she played Fleur) would be perfect for Gabbi’s best friend.

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September 19-30, 2016
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·         Two (2) winners will received a physical copy of The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy (US/Canada)
·         Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy (INT)

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·         Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy (INT)

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