Blog Tour: Storm from the East

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Storm from the East (Glass Alliance #2)

By: Joanna Hathaway
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: February 11th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, High Fantasy
Synopsis:
Battles, revolution, and romance collide in Joanna Hathaway’s stunning, World Wars-inspired sequel to Dark of the West
Part war drama, part romance, Storm from the East is the second novel in Joanna Hathaway’s immersive, upmarket YA fantasy series that will appeal to readers of Sabaa Tahir, Marie Rutkoski, and Evelyn Skye.
War has begun, and the days of Athan’s and Aurelia’s secret, summer romance feel a world away. Led by Athan’s father, the revolutionary Safire have launched a secret assault upon the last royal kingdom in the South, hoping to depose the king and seize a powerful foothold on the continent. Athan proves a star pilot among their ranks, struggling to justify the violence his family has unleashed as he fights his way to the capital—where, unbeknownst to him, Aurelia has lived since the war’s onset. Determined to save the kingdom Athan has been ordered to destroy, she partners with a local journalist to inflame anti-Safire sentiment, all while learning this conflict might be far darker and more complex than she ever imagined.
When the two reunite at last, Athan longing to shake the nightmare of combat and Aurelia reeling from the discovery of a long-buried family truth come to light, they’ll find the shadow of war stretches well beyond the battlefield. Each of them longs to rekindle the love they once shared . . . but each has a secret they’re desperate to hide.
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About the Author
JOANNA HATHAWAY was born in Montréal and is an avid storyteller who was inspired to write after reading her great-grandfather’s memoirs of the First World War. A lifelong history buff, she now has shelves filled with biographies and historical accounts, and perhaps one too many books about pilots. She can often be found reading, traveling, or riding horses.
Her debut novel DARK OF THE WEST is the first in a World Wars-infused fantasy series of forbidden love and deadly revenge. STORM FROM THE EAST will hit shelves on February 11, 2020.
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Blitz: The Ruins

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The Ruins
T.H. Hernandez
(The Union #2)
Publication date: June 16th 2015
Genres: Adventure, Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult

Heartbroken, grief-stricken, and wracked with guilt, seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor returned to the Union, leaving behind the boy she loved.

Now, she and her friends must find a way to do the impossible – warn the citizens of the Union about an impending rebel attack without alerting the government and risking retaliation against her friends in the Ruins.

When every move Evan makes is thwarted, it soon becomes clear she’s being watched. Faced with a daily fight to stay one step ahead of her pursuers, she returns to the Ruins. But life in the Ruins has its own dangers, and soon she’s fighting a different battle – to stay alive long enough to discover the truth.

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EXCERPT:

Grief, guilt, heartbreak, fear, loss, and abandonment all swirl in my head, creating a vortex of pain and confusion keeping me awake.

Three days ago I was planning a future with the boy I love. Cyrus was going to come back to the Union with me. We were going to figure out a way to warn the citizens here or stop the attack. Together. Now his brother is dead and Cyrus stayed behind, unwilling to abandon the rest of his family.

The scents of honeysuckle and fresh-cut grass float on a late summer night breeze. I stare up at the clouds from the chaise lounge on the balcony. A thick marine layer inched its way in from the coast hours ago, blanketing the sky and obscuring the stars I was hoping to see. With the moon hidden and the Union lights off for the night, darkness envelopes me.

Over the soft murmuring of desalinated ocean water burbling through the aqueduct, I hear the door slide open behind me and sit up. My bio-dad, Eddie, walks out and takes the spot beside me.

“Can’t sleep?”

I shift to my right, giving him more room. “No. You?”

He shakes his head, his cinnamon-colored wavy hair sweeping across his shoulders. “My grandmother used to say if you can’t sleep, it means you’re awake in someone else’s dreams.”

That’s a comforting sentiment. Is Cyrus dreaming about me right now? Or is he like me, too afraid of the nightmares to close his eyes?

Eddie presses his lips together and studies me for several long seconds. “Are you ready to tell me where you’ve really been all summer?”

His question catches me off guard. I thought he bought my story, the one I told him when I came back. The one Lisa fed him while I was in the Ruins. Posing as me, she texted my mom and Eddie from my tablet with regular updates on our fake adventures sailing off the southeastern coast. When I first showed up here yesterday afternoon, he didn’t seem to care where I’d been or what I’d been up to, only that I was here at all. I’m definitely not ready to have this conversation with him.

“I don’t know, are you ready to tell me where you were for the first twelve years of my life?”

He shifts his weight on the chaise next to me and sighs. “I don’t know how many times I can apologize.”

“You think another ‘I’m sorry’ is going to fix everything?”

He rubs his palms on his thighs and stands. “You’re welcome to stay here as long as you’d like, but you might want to ratchet the anger down a few notches.” He moves toward the door before turning back. “You’re going to have to forgive me some day.”

I raise my head and turn toward his dark silhouette. “Why? You think sending me a ticket and letting me hang out with your new kids makes up for everything?”

“No,” he says quietly, “because hanging on to all that anger and resentment isn’t healthy.” He walks back into the house, sliding the door closed behind him.

With a heavy sigh, I fall on my back and stare back up into the blackness. Seriously? After being nothing to me for three-quarters of my life, where does he get off being all parental right now?

 

Author Bio:

T.H. Hernandez is the author of young adult books. The Union, a futuristic dystopian adventure, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.

She loves pumpkin spice lattes, Game of Thrones, Comic-Con, Star Wars, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home.

When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats, and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, affectionately referred to as “the puppycat.”

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Blog Tour + Guest Post: The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper

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Book Summary

A plane crash! Lost in the jungle! Hunted by their old enemy, will Adam, Justin, and Kim survive long enough to find the Third Stone of Power? With only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, the kids make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the lost city of stone gods, where the Stone of Power might be located. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task. Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

 

Print Length: 318 Pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Adventure
Publisher: Bublish, Incorporated (November 2017)
ISBN: 978-1946229465

 

The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper is available to purchase on Amazon.com

 

The Guest Post

The Joy of Writing for Children

 

Although my writing career began at the bottom rung of a very small magazine, I have always written, even if it was just plays which we acted out for my long-suffering parents when I was young. I have four brothers (a great cast) and we would create grandiose plots gleaned from books and dress up and act it all out. By the way, my parents would also pay for ‘tickets’ to these fantastic performances. I also had a long-running serial to entertain my younger brothers and their friends – a ghost story in weekly installments called Gruesome Gables. This involved monsters, vampires, skeletons, coffins, a haunted house, a dungeon filled with nameless terrors, and heroic children based on us, of course.

My parents were really poor while the five (yes, five!) of us were growing up, so we read what was on the bookshelves. We entertained ourselves with a fantasy world that we created from the books we read, generally the traditional children’s classics. That world was very special, very poignant, and it was hard to relinquish it and ‘grow up.’ In a way, writing for children is how one can revisit that amazing world.

I began writing for children purely by accident. Being a journalist, I have written loads of articles, but a book? It just ‘happened!’ My mother was the catalyst. Then in her late 60s, she had always wanted to visit Egypt. She also invited my two nephews, then 10 and 12, to accompany us. It was an amazing trip, filled with interesting experiences. My nephews were at that wonderful age where everything is new, exciting, and possible. Their enthusiasm was totally infectious and their delight at everything we saw or did got me thinking. Ultimately their enjoyment and passion for the trip proved to be the inspiration for my first children’s book.

When I returned, after we’d admired the souvenirs and the many photos, I thought I’d write a short story based on our experiences, naturally including myself (a journalist) an intrepid globe-trotting grandmother, and two young boys. That was the beginning of it all. The short story became a novel, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and the novel became a children’s adventure series (The Chronicles of the Stone) because at the end of the first book I realized that the story had grown into something quite spectacular.

My books are aimed at middle grade readers, ages 9/10-14, around the real ages of my nephews when we went on the trip. I am not sure if I chose the first book or if the book chose me because I ended up feeling very comfortable with the workings of the 10-12-year-old mind. I fostered and later adopted a disadvantaged African child the same year of the trip. She was aged 11 and that also added to my experience with a middle-grade reader. Surprisingly, adults also love my books, and so many people have told me that reading these stories makes them feel like a child again, open to adventure and the excitement of something fun and interesting.

Although I have written a number of historical romances and collaborated on an adventure epic, I love my children’s book series. There is something unique about the world of children’s literature. It is magical, the possibilities are endless, and you’re limited only by your imagination. If only we could keep our childlike imagination and beliefs as we step into adulthood.

 

FionaIngram.jpg (1).jpgAbout the Author

Fiona Ingram is a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, she was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked her new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with her mother and two young nephews. They had a great time and she thought she’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, she had changed careers. She has now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in her middle grade adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book,

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and one already for Book 3! She also teaches online novel writing for aspiring authors and she finds that very satisfying. Relaxation time finds her enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, theatre or ballet. She loves doing research for her book series. Fiona loves animals and has written two animal rescue stories. She has two adorable (naughty) little dogs called Chloe and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.

 

You can find Fiona at –
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/secretofthesacredscarab/
Website: www.chroniclesofthestone.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/FionaRobyn
Author Site: http://www.FionaIngram.com
Blog: http://fionaingramauthor.blogspot.com
GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2868182.Fiona_Ingram

Blog Tour Schedule Below:

Today @ The Muffin
What goes better in the morning with coffee than a muffin? Grab your cup of morning brew and join us today when we celebrate the launch of Fiona Ingram’s book, The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.  You can read our interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com
August 14th @ Write Like Crazy
Make sure you stop by Mary Jo’s blog Write Like Crazy where Fiona Ingram talks about why your child doesn’t like reading and how to fix this.
http://www.writelikecrazy.com
August 15th @ Girl Zombie Authors
Come by Christine’s blog where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on writing about different places for kids.
https://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com/
August 16th @ Jessica Samuel’s Blog
Come by Jessica’s blog today where Fiona Ingram talks about how to transform your non-reader into a reader.
https://jessicasamuelsauthor.com/
August 19th @ Madeline Sharples’ Blog
Stop by Madeline’s blog today where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts with young writers on writing and creating characters.
http://madelinesharples.com/
August 20th @ Mari’s #JournalingPower Blog
Stop by Mari’s blog where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on developing characters that children will relate to.
https://www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog
August 20th @ Bairn’s Bard
Stop by Rebecca’s blog Bairn’s Bard today where you can read a post by Fiona Ingram’s daughter and also you can read about Rebecca’s thoughts on the book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
https://bairnsbard.wordpress.com/
August 21st @ Cover2Cover Blog
Stop by Steph’s Cover2Cover where you can read Fiona Ingram’s blog post about choosing books for your kids.
http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/
August 22nd @ Look to the Western Sky
Come by Margo Dill’s blog Look to the Western Sky where Fiona Ingram writes about her experiences fostering (and later adopting) an illiterate African child who is now a lovely young woman who loves reading.
http://margoldill.com/
August 22nd @ A New Look on Books
Come by Rae’s blog where Fiona Ingram writes about the joy of writing for children.
https://anewlookonbooks.com/
August 26th @ Writing for Children with Karen Cioffi
Come by Karen’s blog where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on how to encourage your kids to start writing.
http://karencioffiwritingforchildren.com/
August 27th @ Mommy Daze: Say What??
Stop by Ashley’s blog where Fiona Ingram talks about helping kids read better with homeschooling. A must read as school is about to start!
https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/
August 27th @ Rebecca Whitman’s Blog
Come by Rebecca’s blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about using computers to improve reading skills.
https://rebeccawhitman.wordpress.com
August 28th @ Jennifer’s Deals
Stop by Jennifer’s blog where she shares what she her thoughts about Fiona Ingram’s incredible middle grade adventure book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
https://www.jennifers-deals2.com/
August 29th @ Jill Sheets Blog
Stop by Jill’s blog where she reviews The Temple of the  Crystal Timekeeper and shares what she thinks about the book.
https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/
August 30th @ Story Teller Alley
Visit Veronica’s blog and check out her thoughts on the book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
http://storytelleralley.com/blog
August 31st @ Mommy Daze: Say What??
Make sure you stop by Ashley’s blog again where she shares her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/
August 31st @ Rebecca Whitman’s Blog
Stop by Rebecca’s blog again where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about writing a children series.
https://rebeccawhitman.wordpress.com/
September 1st @ Cathy C. Hall’s Blog
Visit Cathy’s blog today where Fiona Ingram shares the top ten things you never knew about Mexico!
https://c-c-hall.com/
September 2nd @ Break Even Books
Come by Erik’s blog Break Even Books where Fiona Ingram talks about how to make your books both enjoyable and educational.
https://breakevenbooks.com/
September 3rd @ Beverly A. Baird’s Blog
Join us over at Beverly A. Barid’s blog where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on developing a children’s series.
http://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com
September 4th @ Cathy C. Hall’s Blog
Make sure to come by Cathy’s blog again where she shares her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
https://c-c-hall.com/
September 5th @ Jill Sheet’s Blog
Come by Jill’s blog today where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on writing for children.
https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/
September 5th @ Ali’s Bookshelf
Stop by Ali’s blog where Fiona Ingram talks about whether books can help children cope with life.
http://alisbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com
September 7th @ Beverly A. Baird’s Blog
Join us at Beverly’s blog again for her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s adventurous book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
http://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com
September 7th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog
Stop by Anthony’s Blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about why a book series is so good for non-readers.
https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/
September 9th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog
Make sure to check out Anthony’s blog again where you can read his thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/
September 10th @ Misadventures with Andi
Come by Andi’s blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about why children love reading about other countries and cultures.
https://misadventureswithandi.com/
September 10th @ Whitman’s Academics
Stop by Rebecca’s blog where Fiona Ingram’s talks about turning a non-reader into a reader.
https://whitmansacademics.wordpress.com/
September 12th@ Coffee with Lacey
Stop by Lacey’s blog where she reviews Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
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September 13th @ Coffee With Lacey
Be sure to stop by again when Lacey interviews author Fiona Ingram and chats about her newest book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com
September 14th @ World of My Imagination
Come by Nicole’s blog where she shares her opinion about Fiona Ingram’s middle grade fiction book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com
September 15th @ Story Teller Alley
Stop by Veronica’s blog Story Teller Alley to read Fiona Ingram’s post on how she came about to write the series The Chronicles of the Stone. 
http://storytelleralley.com/blog

Guest Review: Escape From Samsara

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***Disclaimer: I received this book in an exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

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ESCAPE FROM SAMSARA

Guest Reviewer: Adriana

 

While I found this book an interesting read as an American it was a bit confusing to me with the British English terminology. The main male character seems to be in an older age range which was a new twist I have yet to encounter. There is a mystery to solve and he is the character chosen to handle the task. Both his father and sister have gone missing. He still has his mother which in her own right is quite a character as well. During his mission to find his missing family members he encounters even more odd occurrences then I truly expected the story itself had a lot of interesting twists to this, however I did find it a little more than confusing trying to figure out certain aspects of the story line not only due to being an American English reader but there was a number of grammatical errors.

Reviewing the cover of the book it’s nicely done, however I would have chosen a bit of a different cover image. The free copy I received has no influence on my review itself.  The reason I gave the book a 3.5 star review was due to the above for mentioned issues that I personally took into consideration.

I would still recommend this book to other reader’s cause I did find it comical even though I had my issues it is still a great read for those who like comedy and a bizarre fantasy twist added to the mix! I feel in my personal opinion that the author could have more successful endeavors if he focused on making a series out of it where one aspect could have been the  portion of what was supposed to be today’s society.

Then he could have made a second book out of the time traveling portal and branched that into many series of novellas due to the nature of the portals abilities itself.

The  reason why I suggest that as a change for the author to consider is I do see great potential there, however it was hard for me to enjoy the book itself fully due to what I am calling a ping pong effect. The bouncing between this era, and all the odd story twists makes you have to try to figure out what is even happening while you are in the middle of the story or paragraph even. I would also recommend some more editing being performed on the context of the pages since some of the errors I commonly found were simple misspellings. I hope that this review  doesn’t come across to harsh I just would like to read more from

This author and as I stated if the book or books are reworked a little bit adjustment wise I think it would vastly improve the enjoyability factor for all reader’s. This being said I did enjoy the book itself it had some odd comical aspects and the author for me truly put his own unique touch on how a mystery can be told.

 

RATING : 3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS

 

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Storm Raven Tour

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Storm-Raven-Just-Front-Cover.jpgStorm Raven
by K. Hanson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: December 15th 2017

Summary:

YA Fantasy with Pirates!

Captain Nereyda and her first mate, Brynja, lead a band of pirates as they seek out grand adventures and loot vulnerable merchant ships. However, when they attempt an overly ambitious raid, Nereyda and her crew are captured by Commander Erhan of the Imperial navy and separated. Nereyda is pressed into service aboard a ship to patrol the treacherous waters of the Shattered Sea. Meanwhile, Brynja and the rest of the crew are sent to a life of hellish labor deep in an Imperial mining prison camp.

While serving her sentence, Nereyda is shipwrecked on an unknown island. As she explores it, she stumbles into some ancient ruins and finds…something. Whatever it is, it wakes a part of Nereyda that she had not felt before. Something that could help her free the rest of her crew and return to life on the sea, if only she can learn to control it. Unfortunately, Commander Erhan is also on the island. Nereyda must escape him, get off of the island, and rescue her crew before the commander can stop her and before her crew withers away in the oppressive mines.

Read the first three chapters here: http://www.khansonbooks.com/storm-rav…

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Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075PHRY5R/

 

Guest Post

Listening to the right music is a huge part of my writing process. I assembled quite a long playlist for writing Storm Raven, and it has since expanded as I’ve been working on the second book in the series. Since the main character, Nereyda, is a pirate captain, my playlist is naturally packed with pirate-themed music. It contains the soundtracks to the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Other random tracks and albums have been added that seem to fit a mood I want to set. Most of the time, music sets a general atmosphere to me to write, but sometimes specific songs speak to specific scenes. I can highlight a few tracks here, along with what kind of scenes they support.

Stealing a Brig from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FXgEbaNCfA
This song is fantastic for setting the mood for naval action scenes. There is a scene early in the book where Nereyda needs to pilot the Storm Raven through a storm, and I used this track to inspire me and set the energy for an exciting scene.

The Pyre by Kevin MacLeod – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOexdRkSrJ8&t=165s
I use this track to set the mood for a night in a tavern where Nereyda is surrounded by friends. It can also be good for the moments when I need to write a rousing speech. The piece has a warmth and friendliness to it that give it an uplifting feeling.

When the Devil Calls by Blues Saraceno – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoF-vUL3IpM
Since pirates are outlaws, I wanted some music that had a bit of a rebel vibe. This song, and other similar songs, help give me that badass sound I sometimes crave for various scenes.

Those are just a few of the tracks in the long playlist I’ve assembled, but I think they provide a glimpse of the kinds of music I like to use to set the mood for writing about a sassy pirate captain. If you want to check out the full playlist, you can see it here on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/122228527/playlist/4ki1xAmhjuYfdlaYQ9OWgb?si=1tVuolx3TJC_iTZd15LXFw

K Hanson 667x960.jpgAbout the Author

K lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he works as a software developer. In his spare time, when he isn’t writing, he enjoys reading, working out, playing video games, and spending time with his wonderful fiancee, Bobbi. Some of his favorite authors are Tom Clancy, George R. R. Martin, and Sarah Maas.

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The Phantom of New York Blog Tour + Interview

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The Phantom of New York, volume 1 – Peter and the Crown
by A.L. Janney
Genre: MG/YA Adventure
Release Date: December 2017

Summary:

‘This is a story about vigilantes and magic.

About prophecy and hope.
About a boy and his hotel.
When twelve-year-old Peter Constantine wakes up in the Crown Hotel with a new identity, life is over as he knows it. But perhaps that’s not such a bad thing…
A dangerous man Peter only knows as “The Client” is after his family, so they’ve relocated to New York City. With help from unlikely friends living at the glamorous hotel, including the ghost on the tenth floor, Peter’s new life begins. Soon, however, he learns of a plot to destroy his new home, a plot only the Phantom can foil.
Peter and the Crown is the first book in the Phantom of New York series, an adventure for readers aged ten and up. If you like smart, funny characters and “can’t put it down” escapades, then you’ll love Alan Janney’s Phantom of New York series.’

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Interview with A.L. Janney

Rae:     Peter and the Crown, volume one of Phantom, is about a boy moving to New York City and finding destiny awaits.

Janney:    Yes, well phrased.

Rae:      There is an old prophecy and it’s about Peter, but he doesn’t know it yet. I think perhaps what I liked the most about the book is the Crown Hotel.

Janney:    Good! The Crown is a magnificent and magical place, and I’m proud of it.

Rae:     I want to live there. I love the map of the hotel.

Janney:    Yeah the artist, Anne Pierson, is great, isn’t she.

Rae:     Is the Crown based on anything?

Janney:    The Plaza, in NYC. It’s in a similar location, with a similar feel, and similar appearance. The Plaza is a beautiful and storied place, and so is the Crown.

Rae:     It’s so fun that Peter hardly ever has to venture outside.

Janney:    I learned something from Jerry Seinfeld. I’ve learned a lot from him, actually. He says that people like returning to a place. One reason they watched his show is because they wanted to go back to the apartment with Jerry and George and the rest. It’s comfortable and familiar and we liked ‘living’ in it.

Rae:     I feel that way about the Crown.

Janney:    Good! You felt that way about Howarts too, I’m assuming.

Rae:      Definitely.

Janney:    Older readers felt that way about Cheers, and Friends, the television shows. We want to live in Narnia and Redwall, and in the Shire and Rivendell. Andy’s room, from Toy Story. We return to a place we love, and that’s why we kept buying Potter books, or at least one of the reasons. We want to go back to Hogwarts. Do you remember the final book? Harry spends the first half or more of Deathly Hallows outside of Hogwarts, on a rambling quest. I skimmed through. Hurry up and get me back inside the castle.

Rae:     So the setting is just as important as the character.

Janney:    Possibly. My favorite character in the Star Wars movies might be the Millennium Falcon. There’s a reason the movie trailers always show the cockpit—we love it. I grew up on board the Falcon, so to speak. The new movies keep taking me back there.

Rae:    What makes the Crown Hotel so special?

Janney:    First of all, Peter feels like it’s alive. As though it can communicate with him. It’s a self-contained world full of wonder and magic and surprises. It has villains, a princess, safety, danger, history, prophecy, all of it. I want readers to feel a warm glow when they find themselves inside the Crown. Take a deep breath. All is well. You’re home.

 

About the Author
Winner of the 2016 National Indie Excellence Award!
You work hard.
I write adventures.
Let me entertain you.
My favorite adventurers: Ender, Frodo and Sam, Rand, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, Katniss, Spenser, Peter and Alicia and Amy (from The Passage), Jack Ryan, Dirk Pitt, and many others, including my two sons and my super hot wife.
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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Partnership With:
YA Bound Book Tours
YA Bound Tour Button