Blog Tour: Kingdom Above the Cloud

Blog Tour

Kingdom Above the Cloud

(Tales from Adia, #1)

By Maggie Platt
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: April 17th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Allegory
Synopsis:
What if the nine Fruit of the Spirit and the Seven Deadly Sins were locked in a battle for control?
Abandoned as infants, Tovi and her twin brother were raised by an eclectic tribe of warm, kind people in a treehouse village in the valley. After her brother’s sudden disappearance Tovi questions her life and her faith in an invisible King. Ignoring her best friend Silas’ advice, she decides to search for her brother in the kingdom on top of the mountain.
Above the cloud, the Council of Masters receives their orders. Tovi and her brother are the objectives. King Damien has a plan and Tovi is the key. The Council of Masters want her, but will she remain unscathed?
Amidst the glamour of the kingdom above the cloud Tovi is torn between her own dark desires and unanswered questions. It starts with a snake and a crown. When the ring is complete, will her life be over?
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About the Author

Maggie Platt is a writer, traveler, cancer survivor, and dreamer. Her greatest joys are being Auntie M to her amazing nieces and nephew and sitting with students and friends over cups of coffee and deep conversations. She works at her alma mater, Anderson University in Indiana, and she lives in a cozy little cottage nearby where students come to sit on her couch just to laugh, cry, and talk about life.

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Character Interview with Girl on the Brink’s Chloe Quinn

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Meet Christina Hoag.

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Christina Hoag is a former journalist for the Miami Herald and Associated Press who’s been threatened by a murderer, had her laptop searched by Colombian guerrillas and phone tapped in Venezuela, hidden under a car to evade Guatemalan soldiers, posed as a nun to get inside a Caracas jail, interviewed gang members, bank robbers, thieves and thugs in prisons, shantytowns and slums, not to forget billionaires and presidents, some of whom fall into the previous categories. Kirkus Reviews praised Christina as a “talented writer” with a “well crafted debut” in Skin of Tattoos (Martin Brown Publishing, 2016), a gangland thriller. Her YA thriller Girl on the Brink (Fire and Ice, 2016) was named to Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2016 YA list. She also writes nonfiction, co-authoring Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence (Turner Publishing, 2014), a groundbreaking book on violence intervention used in several universities. Christina makes her home in Los Angeles and lives on the web at http://www.christinahoag.com.

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Meet “NAME” from Girl on the Brink.

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Chloe Quinn is 17 years old and lives in Indian Valley in northern New Jersey, where she is a senior at Indian Valley High School. She plans on attending Boston University in the fall to study journalism. Her dream is to be a foreign correspondent. She works as a reporter at the Indian Valley Weekly News and serves as an editor on her high school yearbook.

Now onto the interview!

Today we interview Chloe Quinn, the main character in Girl on the Brink, a YA novel by Christina Hoag about dating violence. The novel relates Chloe’s intense but ultimately tragic romance with a quirky aspiring actor named Kieran Dubrowski. It was named as one of Suspense Magazine’s top YA books for 2016.

So Chloe, tell us a little about yourself.
Let’s see. I’m 17 and a senior at Indian Valley High School in Indian Valley, New Jersey. I’m on my school newspaper and yearbook. My mom is a sculptor and my dad a concept artist for the entertainment industry. I have a younger brother, Tyler. We generally get along okay.

You’re obviously the “girl on the brink” the title refers to. What’s that all about?
That refers to what happened to me over the summer between my junior and senior years. It was pretty earth-shattering, actually. It started when I was doing an internship at the local weekly paper. I was doing a story about the upcoming Multicultural Fair in town and went to interview the man who runs it, Ed Yamamoto. He owns a local garden center. It was there that I met Kieran. He worked for Ed.

So far so good. What happened?
Kieran basically took one look at me and wanted to go out with me. It was very flattering, although thinking back on it, I didn’t even like him that much at first, but suffice to say, he grew on me, and we had a very intense, whirlwind kind of romance. It was really like something out of the movies. I’d never met anyone like Kieran before. He was nineteen, so a little older, and he wanted to be an actor. He was taking acting classes and working at the garden center. He was really different, like he had all these quirks. He loved peanut butter and pickle sandwiches.

Sounds great.
It was until it wasn’t. He started changing, going into rages in an instant like a Jekyll and Hyde, getting really jealous, not wanting me to see my friends. I didn’t notice it at first, I guess I kind of justified it, then it got worse and I actually got scared. But he would apologize, give me presents, tell me it wouldn’t happen again. He also told me that he had had a really rough childhood and I was convinced that if he got help, he could cure himself and we’d have the perfect relationship.

I’m guessing that didn’t happen.
Despite my best efforts and his promises, it did not. Instead it got worse and worse, and my life spun out of control. I lost my friends. I was lying to everyone. I looked terrible all the time. I finally broke up with him. It was really, really hard because I didn’t want to break up with him, if that makes sense.

Sure. You wanted it to work out but you finally saw it wasn’t going to.
That’s basically it. All the details are in the book. But that wasn’t even the end of it. Kieran wouldn’t leave me alone, and eventually the police got involved.

The police?!
Yeah, he made up a bunch of stuff about me in revenge and went to the cops. It was really scary but luckily for me, I learned all about investigative reporting during my internship and I was able to prove my innocence. It’s kind of a long, involved story.

I’ll bet. I’m dying to read the book to find out the details. Obviously you survived this experience. What’s next for you?
I’m going to Boston University next year to study journalism. My dream is to be a foreign correspondent. By the way, the other thing that happened that summer was my parents split up so that was another trauma in my life.

You’ve certainly been through a lot. Thanks for sharing your story with us.
Thanks for interviewing me. Before I go, I’d like to mention that the ebook of Girl on the Brink is going to be on sale for just 99 cents until April 23. And we have a new short story collection from my publisher called Kick Ass Girls of Fire and Ice YA, which is available as a free ebook on Amazon, Smashwords and Nook. It has a story about one of my best friends, Jade, (I’m in it, too) and a pretty bad situation she found herself in after going to the carnival one night.

Thanks, I’ll definitely pick those up!

Thanks Chloe and Christina Hoag for visiting today!

Girl on the Brink is on sale for .99 until April 23! Check it out here.

Naomi Release Blitz + Excerpt + Character Interview + Giveaway

Blog Blitz

Title: Naomi
Series: Maggie Trilogy
Author: Mya O’Malley
Genre: Paranormal Mystery/Romance

Loved reading Maggie?
Follow Naomi and Bryce’s story in this new gripping paranormal mystery- sprinkled with a touch of romance.

Naomi has a knack for attracting attention from ethereal beings—whether she wants it or not. Newly engaged to her sexy neighbor, Bryce, she has little time to celebrate and plan for her upcoming wedding, because no sooner does she wrap up a heartbreaking cold case than she finds herself right back where she started, searching for answers alongside ghostly spirits.

This time, however, Naomi learns that things are not what they seem as a man from her past quickly becomes her worst nightmare. If she’s not careful, this man might crush her hopes and dreams forever as he proves to be her most difficult opponent yet.

Still, Naomi tries to focus on her relationship with Bryce. Can it withstand head games and cruel intentions? Naomi makes it her mission to keep Bryce and his daughter safe from harm, but will true love be tough enough to withstand her adversaries?

Naomi must keep her eyes wide open and question everything— and everyone—in order to survive.

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Streaming sunlight filtered across the room, waking her gently. Incredibly enough, Nick had not graced Naomi with his presence during the night. Nor had she been plagued by nightmares. Who cared why she was given a reprieve, she would take it. After the night she had shared with Bryce, she felt positive about their future. All thoughts of Genna were long gone. The time alone with Bryce was exactly what they had both needed.

“You know what, Nick?” she called out, feeling refreshed. “I’m not afraid of you. We’ll deal with this unfortunate situation and then you’ll leave me to get on with my life.”

She was met with silence. Hm. Where was he? And for that matter, where did ghosts go when they weren’t lurking around?

“Well, fine. I’m pretty sure you can hear me. I have a book to write, and an appointment to make.” Shaking her head slightly, Naomi chuckled as she considered what others would think of her walking around talking to herself.

It was too early to call the doctor’s office, but never too early for a cup of coffee. Coffee first, then she needed to make up for the time she had lost with her writing yesterday.

Words flowed seamlessly as Naomi made the most of her upbeat mood. After practically begging for an appointment with Nick’s doctor, which she had no luck securing on such short notice, she had received a follow-up call stating there was a last minute cancellation for a late afternoon appointment. She would need to figure out the best questions to ask. She couldn’t just come right out and ask what he knew about Nick’s supposed drug problem.

Seconds had slipped to minutes and now Naomi realized she had completely lost track of time as at least a half hour had passed. Nick had invaded her thoughts and interrupted her writing once more. Gone was her carefree mood. Nick, tell me what you need me to do.

It wasn’t that easy and she knew it. Even Maggie’s kind soul had such difficulty conveying her thoughts to Naomi. Maggie had spoken in riddles and then she had eventually pieced together the clues and solved the puzzle of her death. Nick was being a tyrant. He projected his words more forcefully and in a more direct way. Then why the hell couldn’t he just come out and speak to her, tell her what happened?

A chill prickled Naomi’s scalp as she heard a strange noise. She turned around, instantly locating her cat across the room. It was coming from upstairs and it sure as hell wasn’t Zelda making that racket.

With each approaching step Naomi took up the stairs, the sounds grew louder. One of the voices she detected sounded an awful lot like a woman. No, not just any woman, but Maggie. Or rather, a distorted version of Maggie.

Afraid of what she would find when she walked into her bedroom, Naomi tried to steady her thumping heart. She would need to confront Nick and his demons head-on.

He stood holding his head, wailing. She heard Maggie screaming, she heard Ryan, and yes, Nick. What was she witnessing? The only person in the room other than her was Nick. But how was he doing this?

He faced her, eyes black and soulless. Sucking in her breath, she walked backward toward the door.

“Oh no, you don’t,” Nick’s words boomed. “You get to join me in the fun.” His sick eyes gleamed as his hand reached out for her. Sucked back into the center of the bedroom, she fell to the ground with the force of Nick’s spirit pushing her. Now it was just her and Nick, the other voices a play on his thoughts—a trick of the mind.

“No, no . . .” she wailed, crying out for someone to help her.

Beside her, Nick sat on the floor. She could feel him there, but was afraid to look. Heavy arms pulled her into his dark embrace.

And then she saw what plagued his troubled mind. She saw, from his point of view, Maggie and Ryan falling to their deaths from that high cliff, his hand reaching out. He was too late. She felt the depth of his fear, his grief. The images he had shared with Naomi sucked her down into her own place of bleak despair.

Darkness dissipated and her ragged breathing slowed. He had been gone for minutes, she knew that, but she wasn’t ready to open her eyes. He wouldn’t make this easy for her. He would make her suffer, just as he had. Nick would make Naomi feel every ounce of the pain he had experienced, even more if he could muster it.

He could make it so much easier on both of them. She knew he could.

But he wouldn’t.

It was to be a game of cat and mouse. Just how long would he make her suffer?

 

It’s wonderful to get a chance to sit down and talk, Bryce. It seems you and Naomi have been at it again, getting wrapped up in the spirit world, that is. Tell me about it.

 

Bryce: Well, I think Naomi would all the credit there. She’s the one who attracts these lost souls. It’s as if she’s a magnet for the paranormal. Seems like every time I think things will quiet down, another spirit turns to Naomi, seeking closure.

 

Is that a bad thing?

 

Bryce: (laughs) Actually, I hate to admit it, but no. I think one of the very things that drew me to Naomi is her gentle, generous soul. I believe that’s why these lost souls gravitate toward her. And, hey- life never gets boring, that’s for sure.

 

I can only imagine. Without giving away any of the story, I will say that you and Naomi have been through a lot in this book. I worry that all of the stress may cause problems with you and Naomi.

 

Bryce: Oh, Naomi’s had a rough time, but she’s such a strong person. I won’t lie when I say our love will be tested. I don’t have the connections to ghosts like Naomi does, so I can’t imagine what she goes through while trying to help these souls, but I admire her dedication to these spirits. She certainly has a gift.

 

Yes, absolutely. I do recall her determination, but I also remember the paranormal became all consuming for Naomi in the book, Maggie. That must be difficult to deal with.

 

Bryce: When Naomi sets her mind on something, she gives it her all. What could be more admirable? Sure, at times, it’s frustrating, but when you take a step back and consider the big picture, it’s all worthwhile. I wouldn’t have her any other way.

 

What a wonderful role model Naomi must be for your beautiful little girl, Holly.

 

Bryce: The best. Naomi selflessly considers the safety of both myself and Holly before worrying about herself.

 

Why do you suppose these ghosts are connected to Naomi, I mean, I know she’s a kind soul herself, but have you ever considered there could be another reason?

 

Bryce: Every single day lately, but that’s for another time and another story.

 

Wait– are you saying there will be a third book in the Maggie series?

 

Bryce: Yes- it’s in the works now. This will be the last in the Maggie trilogy. This one had really opened my mind to all of the possibilities of fate, destiny and the paranormal.

 

Sounds amazing. I can’t wait to read it. Thank you, Bryce, it’s been wonderful talking with you. I can’t wait to see what you and Naomi have in store for us next. Is there a title to the upcoming book that you can share?

 

Bryce: Thanks, DDB. It’s been a pleasure talking with you as well. I suppose I could give you the title- the final book in the Maggie trilogy is titled Entangled Souls.

 

Wow- that sound absolutely perfect for the series.

 

Bryce: Oh, just wait.

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Mya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter and three step-daughters. The family also consists of two boxers; Destiny and Dolce and a ragdoll cat named Colby. Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students.

Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child. Mya spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She is a romantic at heart and loves to create stories with unforgettable characters. Mya likes to travel; she has visited several Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica. Mya is currently working on her tenth novel.

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