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Spotlight featuring Geoffrey Saign’s Magical Beasts series (Guardian, the Choice #1 and Guardian, the Quest #2) w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #fantasy #YA @geoffreysaign

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Geoffrey Saign will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.  Book one is on sale for $0.99, book two is also on sale for $2.99. 

 

A demon haunts Samantha Green’s dreams.
And she fears it’s coming for her…

When wildlife prodigy Sam and her crush—quirky handsome Jake—are attacked by a dragon assassin, Sam discovers her secret past. A past connected to a supernatural giant cat and a glowing faerie.

Sam is quickly pulled into a high stakes battle for the world. Everyone, including a creepy ancient villain, wants her supernatural staff, which she doesn’t know how to use. Sophisticated ninja dragons, a kong-sized gorilla, and mysterious beasts offer help—but are they friends or enemies? Sam has a big heart, but will her love for all creatures tear her life apart?

To survive the hardest choice she’s ever made, Sam will have to unlock the hidden power inside her.

Ready or not, Sam is about to find out if she has what it takes to be a guardian…

Guardian: The Choice is the new exciting start of a magic-filled fantasy four book series starring a powerful heroine, a tough brawny hero, and a slew of not-so-friendly magical beasts.


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Sam and Jake must capture a magical golden dragon—or Jake dies. Can Sam can save the man she loves? And will she have to die to do it?

But everyone wants the golden dragon, including the powerful Evil One, who has been hiding for centuries and has sworn to destroy all of life. No one can be trusted. Death Matches and ancient secrets test the guardians as never before.

Sam fears that whatever she does, she won’t be able to save Jake…nor stop the Evil One.


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IAN BOTY awards = Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards

CHOICE won the Young Adult category.

Guardian: The Choice was selected as Finalist in “Fantasy,” and “Young Adult” category winner!

And Guardian: The Choice was selected as the “Outstanding Young Adult” category winner!

Read an Excerpt from Guardian: The Quest

“Manticore,” I murmur. “He’s beautiful.”

“Do you need glasses, Sam?” Jake shakes his head.

“Well, he is,” I insist. “If you ignore that we have to fight him.”

“You’re right! Why didn’t I see that?” Jake flips a hand. “He’s kind of beautiful in a I’m going to tear you to pieces and chomp your limbs off kind of way.”

“Hello!” I say loudly. “We’re your friends!”

The manticore keeps walking and snarls at me.

“You do have a way with wild animals!” Jake winks at me.

“Shut up. We could die here you know.”

“Good point.”

The beast is a deformed Lesser which must have been away from KiraKu’s water and air too long—even longer than Biggie, given the mutation it went through. Lessers are the basis for all mythological creatures in human legends, but the ones we’ve met so far were able to talk with reason. This creature appears disturbed, with no visible vulnerabilities. Worse, I don’t want to kill it. It makes me even angrier at Kert.

Uncle Biggie calls in his singsong voice, “Be nice now, wittle kitty. All’s gonna be okay now.”

The manticore stops and snarls, wagging its head as if to shake Biggie’s soothing voice out of its ears. Several years ago I watched Uncle Biggie calm down a whole warehouse of nervous wild animals in minutes, so I’m hopeful.

About the Author:

Geoffrey Saign’s love of wildlife led him to write the award-winning fantasy series, Magical Beasts. He often experiences the magic of nature and wildlife while hiking and swimming. He has a degree in biology and has assisted in field research on hummingbirds and humpback whales.
Geoff loves to sail big boats, hike, and cook—and he infuses all of his writing with his passion for nature. As a swimmer he considers himself fortunate to live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota. See what he’s up to at on his website.

Website: https://geoffreysaign.net/magical-beasts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/geoffreysaign
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/geoffrey.saign
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/755980.Geoffrey_Saign

Guardian: The Choice is on sale for $0.99 during the tour:

Guardian, The Choice: https://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Choice-Magical-Beasts-Bookebook/dp/B07V651Z6B
Guardian, The Quest: https://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Quest-Fantasy-Adventure-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07Z2FFXP2/ref=sr_1_3

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Excerpt, Giveaways, Interviews

Author Interview and Excerpt featuring Krysten Lindsay Hagar, In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety (a Cecily Taylor Series book #2) w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #interview #YA @KrystenLindsay

In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety

by Krysten Lindsay Hager

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GENRE:   YA

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BLURB:

Cecily feels like she has it all: great best friends, the beginnings of a career as a model/actress, and she’s dating her favorite singer, Andrew Holiday. Then Cecily’s best friend Lila begins to ditch her every time Lila’s boyfriend calls. Cecily feels lost, but she and Andrew begin connecting more and she’s never been in a relationship where she felt so understood. Andrew even begins to confide in her about his anxiety. Soon Cecily experiences her own anxiety on a magazine photo shoot, but she manages to impress the magazine staff. Just when it seems like all her dreams are coming true, everything comes crashing down when a photo of Andrew with another girl appears online. He swears nothing happened, but Cecily is crushed. She feels like she’s lost two of the people closest to her.

Was her perfect relationship real or was she in over her head?

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Excerpt Three:

One day I had the career and the guy of my dreams. Then Danielle King came along. If people could be trusted, maybe it would have been okay, but they can’t. They suck. And now my dream relationship was gone and no one would ever know what had actually been in my grasp.

How can a person go from having a whole life with someone, and then it ends like you were never even together? No wonder people talk about how awful divorces are. That must hurt a million times more. Sure, I don’t have to see Andrew every day at school like I did Zach, but it seems like Andrew was everywhere. I went to the grocery store with my mom and they were playing one of his songs because he’s technically a local.

 Andrew’s music was always what I listened to when I was sad. His heartache music got me through the worst times and now, not only could I not stand to listen to it, there was now the chance I could end up hearing music about our breakup. Actually, I didn’t know which was worse: the possibility he’d use our relationship as inspiration for a song, or finding out I was barely a blip on his radar and not even warranting a mention.  

What was I supposed to do with my life now?


Welcome Krysten Lindsay Hager! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself. 

 

I write YA books and also have a middle school series (The Landry’s True Colors Series). I’m also currently working on some rom-coms for adults. I like to write funny, feel good books with happily ever afters.

Is In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety a single title, or part of a series? 

 

It’s part of the Cecily Taylor Series that follows a teen getting to embark on the life she’s always dreamed of where she’s acting and dating the singer/songwriter she’s been a fan of for years.

What were your inspirations for the story?

 

One of my inspirations was my own childhood music crush (George Michael) and applying those feelings to the book. There are certain songs from back then of his and a couple other musicians that bring out a real reaction in me and they inspired a lot of the book.

Please share your setting. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most? 

 

I created my own town in Michigan because I visit lake towns every summer and I already used another (Grand Haven) in books I’ve written (Next Door to a Star and Competing with the Star). This setting, Blue Arbor, is if you took Ann Arbor, Michigan and had a lake nearby. I needed it to be near a beach for the music video shoot, but I wanted somewhat of an urban feel to show that this isn’t a small town.

When did the writing bug first bite? 

 

I started writing as a kid and my mom wanted me to prove I was serious about it so she started signing me up for workshops and writing conferences before I even graduated high school. It was so overwhelming going to these things feeling like such a kid, but her idea was to throw me into the deep end of the pool to see what I’d do. I ended up feeling like this was exactly where I belonged. She told me later that my dedication to it (even when I was overwhelmed) made her realize this was something I was committed to doing.

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

 

I read a lot of different types of books like mysteries (particularly teen ones), non-fiction, rom-coms, literary fiction, YA, and middle grade. I love May Sarton, Sylvia Plath, Cathy Hopkins, Ann M. Martin, Judy Blume, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Tolstoy.

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

 

Can I include ones who have passed on? Not trying to be creepy, but I would LOVE to have a chat with F. Scott Fitzgerald and May Sarton. Oh, and Paula Danziger! To just sit and listen and maybe take notes.

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

 

I read, watch TV, pay attention to too much news, spend time messaging with friends, and journaling.


What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?

 

Read and take classes and go to conferences. Honestly, it’s the only way I was able to learn the business. I sacrificed a lot of stuff to save up for those because they weren’t cheap, but that’s what helped me. I mean, you need training for any job you go after and writing is no different. 

 

Also, before you put a book out make sure to publish some articles or something so you get used to feedback on your work. I’ve seen people epically meltdown because their first experiences with strangers criticizing them was on their “baby” that they devoted everything to and it was brutal. It helps to get your feet wet first by putting other material out there.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star,  Landry in Like, Competing with the Star, Dating the It Guy, and Can Dreams Come True. True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for childen/teens. Competing with the Star is a Readers’ Favorite Book Award Finalist. Landry in Like is a Literary Classics Gold Medal recipient.

Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on Living Dayton.  

Author links:

Website: http://www.krystenlindsay.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/krystenlindsay/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KrystenLindsayHagerAuthor

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/krystenlindsay/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KrystenLindsay

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VRYS65N/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07VRYS65N

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07VRYS65N

Amazon Japan: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B07VRYS65N

Amazon IN: https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07VRYS65N

 

Book One: https://www.amazon.com/Dreams-Come-True-Cecily-Taylor-ebook/dp/B079S3KJSH

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

 

Krysten Lindsay Hager will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 
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Excerpt, Giveaways, Interviews

Interview of C.C. Bolick featuring Fear Justice w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #YA #UrbanFantasy #99 cents

Fear Justice

by C.C. Bolick 

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GENRE: YA Urban Fantasy

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BLURB:

Seventeen-year-old Rena Mason counts the days until she can leave for college. Every night her father drinks himself to sleep, leaving her to care for her younger brother. When her father is kidnapped by terrorists, her dreams of freedom become a nightmare.

Stunned that her father has a history with these terrorists, Rena knows she must run or be their next victim. She learns the tough guy at school has a reason to look after her – he’s working for a government agency with the same goal as the terrorists: find a woman who disappeared eighteen years ago. Time is running out since only this woman’s special gift can save the world from a looming nuclear attack.

Rena can’t trust anyone, especially not the stone-cold agent she’s falling for. Can they save the world before Rena’s feelings trap her in an agent’s fight for justice?

Fear Justice contains elements of fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal, with a clean romance. It’s the first book in an exciting new series called The Fear Chronicles.

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Excerpt Two:

“Rena,” Dad said. “Are you okay?”

I turned to where he stood, a few feet from the camper’s door. “It’s nothing. Thought I heard a noise in the woods.”

He walked to the edge of trees and peered into the darkness beyond. In his right hand, he held a bottle of water. His left hand, bent and scarred making his fingers barely able to move, hung at his side. “There’s nothing here but a squirrel. Surely you’re not afraid of a squirrel.”

“I’m not afraid of anything,” I said.

Dad smiled and walked toward the water’s edge. “I believe you on that one.”

I moved to stand by his side. “Did you fix the pool?”

“Good as new or until someone else loses a retainer and stops it up. Are you thinking of going swimming?”

“Not tonight.”

“What are you thinking of, Rena?”

“Where did Coach Andrews find you?”

“Sleeping off a hangover in the back room of a bar down on Railroad Street. Jacob told me you were worried, and with good reason. I promise not to let that happen again.”

“I thought something might have happened to you. I should have called you when—”

Dad put an arm around my shoulders. “No, I should have called. I let my demons take over and I wasn’t here to look after you and Alfie.”

“We were fine.”

“Because of you. I never imagined you growing up without your mother. I always knew the day would come when you realized what I really am inside. Your brother still has a way to go.” He looked down at me. “Thank you for not making him hate me yet.”

“No one hates you, Dad. We just want you to be here. Really here, with us all the time, not out drinking.”

“I deserved that.” Pulling away, Dad moved closer to the water. “You’re strong, Rena, like your mother. And smart. Thank goodness you didn’t turn out like me.”

“I’ve been applying for scholarships. My counselor thinks I’ve got a good shot at getting money for school. I’ve kept a 4.0 in every class and I want to get into a school that teaches aerospace engineering.”

“You want to be an engineer?” His eyes stayed on the water. “That would make your mother proud.”

“What about you?”

“Everything you do makes me proud.”

“I want out of this town,” I said, barely above a whisper. “I don’t want to live like this.”

If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?  At times I’ve distanced myself from people who would probably never understand why. It’s part of being a writer and truly living in my own stories. I’d apologize to them.

If you could keep a mythical/ paranormal creature as a pet, what would you have? If I didn’t choose a unicorn, my children would disown me.

How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre? I write from my heart using the voices of my characters.

What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received? The best is when someone suggested I switch from writing in Word to Scrivener. My efficiency in writing a book tripled, which helped with many other time-crunches in my life. The worst is when someone told me I’d never be a real author if I self-published. I had a dream of reaching readers and I’ve accomplished that. The rest takes time no matter how you publish.

Are the experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Okay, legal disclaimer time … My books are works of fiction and I would never write about a real-life person or event. Joking aside, I think as an author all of my books are based heavily on the experiences of my life. Write what you know, right? But since this is fiction, it’s a hundred times more exciting than my life.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

C.C. Bolick grew up in south Alabama, where she’s happy to still reside. She’s an engineer by day and a writer by night—too bad she could never do one without the other.

Camping, fishing… she loves the outdoors and the warm Alabama weather. For years she thought up stories to write and finally started putting them on paper back in 2006. If you hear her talking with no one to answer, don’t think she’s crazy. Since talking through her stories works best, a library is her worst place to write… even though it’s her favorite!

C.C. loves to mix sci-fi and paranormal—throw in a little romance and adventure and you’ve got her kind of story. She’s written nine books including the Leftover Girl series, The Agency series, and The Fear Chronicles.

The Book is on sale for $0.99 during the tour. 

Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07N53W6CK

Author Links:

www.ccbolick.com

https://www.facebook.com/CCBolick/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15857316.C_C_Bolick

https://www.instagram.com/cc_bolick/

https://twitter.com/ccbolick

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