Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Blog Tour: The Dragon's Gate by Barry Wolverton with Giveaway!


Synopsis


An engrossing fantasy, a high-seas adventure, an alternate history epic—this is the richly imagined and gorgeously realized second book in acclaimed author Barry Wolverton’s Chronicles of the Black Tulip, perfect for fans of The Glass Sentence and the Books of Beginning series.

A magical white jade stone and a map inscribed in bone that may be the key to an even greater mystery—this is the treasure Bren and Mouse have found buried on the Vanishing Island.

Mouse is determined to follow the map to a place called the Dragon’s Gate, convinced it will explain who she really is and the powers she possesses. Bren has had enough adventure for one lifetime and would like nothing more than to return to his father in Map. But nothing goes according to plan when the survivors of the Albatross are rescued by Lady Jean Barrett, a charismatic archaeologist with a sense of destiny.

Barrett is on a quest for the Eight Immortals, ancient artifacts she believes are buried in the tomb of China’s first emperor—the location of which has been hidden for nearly two thousand years. The only way for Bren, Mouse, and Barrett to all get what they want is to work together on a dangerous journey into the heart of China, a kingdom long closed to outsiders, where the greatest secrets about Mouse and Bren are waiting to be unveiled.

Praise for The Dragon's Gate:

"In his signature style, Wolverton cleverly overlays intricate plotting with ancient Chinese legends and history (including the Dragon Boat Festival and the Terracotta Warriors) and creates a thrilling, fast-paced story that flies by. Fans will wait with bated breath for the third book in the trilogy." -- Kirkus

"More mystical artifacts, wild things, and mysteries more puzzling than ever. This second installment picks up right where The Vanishing Island left off, and fills in enough blanks to remind readers of Bren's last perilous adventure. Pick this up to keep readers on the hook for the upcoming third book."-- Booklist


EXCERPT


From Chapter 3: The Silk Road

The series’ new main character, Lady Jean Barrett, has entered the story with a bang — stealing a valuable map. Now she’s in hiding, trying to figure out what the map shows.


     Outside, her horse neighed.

     Barrett hurriedly rolled up the map and stuffed it into her sack, just as she saw the shadow of a stranger fall through the door.


     She had time for one move: grab her clothes or her sword. When she heard a voice—a man’s voice—she went for the sword.


     The man who walked in was slight of build and appeared to be Chinese. He had short dark hair, a trim mustache, and a fuzzy beard that dangled off his chin. He wore a wide-brimmed, black silk hat and a black robe that reminded Barrett of a priest’s, except the robe was cinched with a colorful belt and had a pair of white cranes embroidered on the front. It was obvious from the look on his face that the last thing he expected to find in an abandoned caravansary on the abandoned Silk Road was an armed woman in her underwear.

     “I don’t speak Chinese, but I’m sure you can understand this,” she said, brandishing the sword with the flair of a stage actor.


     The man stopped in his tracks, his eyes going from the silver blade to the scarlet sheath. “The Tamer of Beasts,” he said breathlessly, and then he fell to his knees in front of her.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I have been writing for children for 20 years, helping create books, documentary television, and online content for Discovery Networks, National Geographic, the Library of Congress, Scholastic, and Time-Life Books, among others. Inspired by authors such as Lewis Carroll and Mark Twain, as well as folk tales and mythology from around the world, I love to combine wordplay and humor with dramatic plots to create rich narrative worlds for readers.

My debut novel, NEVERSINK, was named the Children’s Book of Choice by Literacy Mid-South for their Read Across America program in 2014. The first book in THE VANISHING ISLAND trilogy is available now.

WEBSITE: http://www.barrywolverton.com
TWITTER: @wolvertonhill
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FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/wolvertonhill/
INSTAGRAM: @wolvertonhill


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Book Blitz: Journey to the Rift by Cathi Shaw with Giveaway!

Journey to the Rift
by Cathi Shaw

Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: November 3rd 2016
Ink Smith Publishing

Summary for Goodreads: 


A dangerous quest into a forbidden land wasn’t exactly what Brijit Carnesîr was planning after her graduation from the Academy. For years she has looked forward starting her life as a member of the Coimirceoirí and she is thrilled to discover that she has been chosen as the Academy Apprentice of her year. But despite the fact that she has been longing to go to Séreméla and work with the Elders, it soon becomes apparent that her fate isn’t as rosy as it appears to be. First, she is paired up with a grumpy male apprentice from Stone Mountain, Weylon Forborrow. Second, it doesn’t take her long to discover that the Elders are not taking her to Séreméla, as tradition dictates. Instead, Weylon and her are sent to The Rift, a dead land tainted with evil. Even before they join the Elder royalty at Tèarmann, an ancient fortress on the cusp of the Rift, Brijit discovers that the Elders are hiding too many things. She is given the task of helping the Princess in birthing the long awaited Queen of the Elders but nothing is as it seems. There is talk of an old and forgotten Prophecy, Weylon is attacked by a creature from the Rift and her grandmother is killed, after revealing a secret that rocks everything Brijit knows about her past. Soon Brijit questions everything she had been led to believe and, worse, she realizes that the future of Séreméla and all of Five Corners is in jeopardy, unless she can find a way to save it!  


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As they stepped onto the landing, Weylon let out a curse and began to run toward their rooms.

“Weylon, what are you doing?” Brijit called as she hurried after him wondering what could cause such a reaction. He didn’t reply but in a moment he didn’t need to, Brijit saw what had sparked his response.

The door to her room was open and two figures were fleeing down the hallway in the opposite direction of the landing. She watched in horror as Weylon chased them only to have them leap through the window at the end of the hall. Brijit caught up to where Weylon was standing at the open window, cursing softly under his breath. Brijit looked down to where he was gazing to see two black figures sprinting across the common and disappearing into the trees.

Weylon turned back to her.

“It seems, Brijit Carnesîr, that you have more than one secret you’ve been keeping.”

Brijit stepped back from the anger she saw in his dark eyes. “What do you mean?”

“Just why would an Elder and a Draíodóir be breaking into your rooms?”

About the Author
Cathi Shaw lives in Summerland, BC with her husband and three children. She is often found wandering around her home, muttering in a seemingly incoherent manner, particularly when her characters have embarked on new adventure. In addition to writing fiction, she is the co-author of the textbook Writing Today and the true story, Surviving Logan.

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