Thursday, September 8, 2016

Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: Petrified by Olaf Moriarty Solstrand


by Olaf Moriarty Solstrand

Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-fi

Release Date: September 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Gunhild is a private in the Royal Army. She’s headstrong and reckless, but she’s also the best troll hunter in the country, and when a troll gets away with a national treasure, she’s the only person with any chance of getting it back.

Kirabo was on his way home to Aberash after a fulfilled research mission, but he managed to enter the wrong coordinates into his spaceship. Now he and his PA robot are stranded on a far-off planet, and they don’t have enough fuel to get back home.

As genres collide on Troll Island, Earth, the troll hunter and the space explorer have to overcome their differences and work together if they want to survive this fairytale.

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Guest post: Six great Scandinavian fantasy books

Scandinavians love reading. In Norway alone, where we’re roughly 5.2 million people, we buy 23 million books every year. Granted, that includes non-fiction, school curriculum, et cetera, but still, we read a lot, and this means we write a lot of books, too. Books of all genres that hold an extremely high quality, but that you may not have heard about if you didn’t grow up in Scandinavia.
Fortunately, some of them get translated into English, and that includes books in the genre I’m writing about today: fantasy/YA.
So if you want to get a glimpse of what Scandinavian fantasy writers have to offer, and you haven’t read these fantasy books, presented here in no particular order, I strongly recommend checking them out!

Tone Almhjell: The Twistrose Key
Tone Almhjell is something as interesting as a Norwegian author that was first published in English and then translated back into Norwegian after she became a best-seller.
Lin’s family has rented a house, and Lin’s certain that there’s something wrong there: The clocks tick too slowly, frost always covers the flower bed, and eventually, Lin gets a secret key marked “Twistrose” and finds a gate to another world - the world of Sylver, home of every dead animal who ever loved a child. Here, she must find the missing Winter Prince to save Sylver from destruction.
The Twistrose Key was published in 2013, and the long-awaited companion novel, Thornghost, was finally released this summer.

Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg: The Engelsfors Trilogy
The Engelsfors Trilogy - The Circle, Fire and The Key - was an international sensation that was quickly sold to 26 countries. Some describe it as a cross between Twilight and Fucking Åmål. Others say this is “My So-Called Life meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Twin Peaks”.
Engelsfors is a beautiful name for a godforsaken town, surrounded by deep forests. On the night of a mysterious suicide, six high school students - Minnoo, Vanessa, Linnéa, Anna-Karin, Rebecka, and Ida, six girls with nothing in common - are drawn to an abandoned fairground where they must understand their mysterious powers and work past their differences to survive the battle between good and evil.

Jostein Gaarder: The Solitaire Mystery
The Solitaire Mystery was first released in 1990 and was the breakthrough book of Jostein Gaarder, well-known for his philosophy novel Sophie’s World.
Hans Thomas and his father are driving from Arendal to Athens, hoping to find Hans Thomas’s mother. In Switzerland, a mysterious baker gives Hans Thomas a bun containing a miniature book, a book that tells the story of an island where fifty-three people, who’d given themselves names after playing cards, were living. Soon, however, the book and real world start overlapping...
Gaarder has written many amazing books, and I’d also recommend that you have a look at Sophie’s World and The Christmas Mystery, but The Solitaire Mystery is my Gaarder favorite. Oh, and don’t be surprised if the book gives you a sudden urge to start collecting jokers!

Johan Harstad: 172 Hours on the Moon
Do yourself a favor and read this book. Please. You won’t regret it.
It’s been forty years since man first walked on the moon, and in order to fund a new trip, NASA organizes a worldwide lottery where three teenagers get a chance to travel to the moon and visit the secret DARLAH 2 base. Mia from Stavanger, Midori from Tokyo and Antoine from Paris are selected for the trip. Meanwhile, on a retirement home in Miami, we meet an old man so senile he can barely remember his own name. He does remember one thing, however: If mankind goes back to the moon, the outcome will be horrible and could mean the end of us all.
172 Hours on the Moon has won a ton of awards, including being appointed the best Norwegian YA book of all time, and has been published in at least eighteen countries. It’s Harstad’s only YA novel, but he has also written acclaimed novels and short stories for adults, many of which are translated to English.

Lene Kaaberbøl: The Shamer Chronicles
Starting with The Shamer’s Daughter, Lene Kaaberbøl’s Shamer Chronicles is one of the most popular series Scandinavian fantasy has to offer.
Dina’s mother is the Shamer; she has the ability to elicit shamed confessions by looking into someone’s eyes. Dina has inherited her power, but with great powers comes fear and hostility, and it is as much a curse as it is a gift. But when her mother is called to Dunark Castle, Dina must come to terms with her power to be able to come to her mother’s aid.
Kaaberbøl is also the author of the Wildwitch series, and she’s also written the Nina Borg crime thrillers.

Astrid Lindgren: The Brothers Lionheart
This is the only book on the list that does not seem to be available in the Kindle store, but I had to put it on the list anyway.
This children’s book, from the author of Pippi Longstocking, tells the tale of brothers Karl and Jonathan. Karl is dying from sickness, so Jonathan tells him stories about the wonderful land of Nangiyala, where he’ll go when he dies, and they agree to meet up there. As cruel fate would have it, Jonathan dies first, and Karl doesn’t see him again before he dies and ends up in Nangiyala, which is as beautiful as he’d imagined it. But Nangiyala is under attack from a vicious tyrant, and Karl must help his brother prepare for battle…

(A few restrictions I put on myself when making this list: I only list works that are translated to English, which sadly excluded Siri Pettersen’s Raven rings, but make a mental note of that name, because it can only be a matter of time before she’s published in English, too, and you are going to love her. I made sure that all of these books are available on Amazon, and with one exception they’re available for Kindle. I couldn’t resist putting one book from 1973 on the list, but since the purpose of the list is to make you aware of amazing books you probably don’t know, I tried to steer clear of the classics, including Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt and Selma Lagerlöf’s The Wonderful Adventures of Nils. They’re still definitely worth reading, though. And finally, I tried to show some common courtesy by not putting my own book on the list!)

About the Author

Olaf Moriarty Solstrand (1982-) is a Norwegian writer and librarian, currently living in Ski, Akershus with two lovebirds, one wife and a hyperactive Twitter account.

Since 2001, he has written scripts for more than sixty Donald Duck comics, and his stories have been published in 29 countries. His first novel, Trolløya, was self-published in 2013.

In 2010 he received the Raptus Award for the work he's done for Norwegian comics.

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