TheStone of Valhalla Blog Tour!
A middle-grade fantasy-adventure
by Mikey Brooks.
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Gift card and other great prizes!
A Guest Post by: Mikey Brooks
I have always been interested in hidden worlds. Ever since I was little I used to believe that the gateways to these worlds were closer than we thought. One day while exploring the woods that surrounded our farm in Missouri, I found the remains of an ancient house that had been blown away in a tornado. The only thing left was a bit of the foundation and a set of stone steps leading to an invisible door. I often imagined as I stood there that if I just took one step forward I’d find myself in a dreamland—a place where magic existed and adventure called.
The imaginations of my youth have carried over to adulthood and I see myself wanting to return to those places I dreamed up. I want to still believe in the existence of magic and find the rabbit holes leading to wonderlands. At heart I am just a kid—the same boy who stood on the stone steps of a vanished house wishing it was something more. I write middle-grade because I write the books I would have wanted to read when I was a kid.
What makes middle-grade books so exciting is that they are the books that carry a reader from the boundary of childhood into adult. They are bridges—doorways to something new. Mostly I write these stories for myself—the inner child that never wants to leave the stone steps. I also write for the kids that I know, like me, are dreamers, wanting to find magic in the most unlikely of places. Middle-grade books are truly written with the heart of children in mind.
I am happy to introduce you to my latest middle-grade book: The Stone of Valhalla. A story about a boy named Aaron who is whisked away to one of these magical worlds I often dreamed about as a child. While there, Aaron quickly learns that magical worlds can be dangerous and finding the way back home can have its consequences.
Aaron was chosen to save their world,
but it might come at the cost of losing his own.
Breaking into an old lady’s basement was supposed to reward 13-year-old Aaron with new friends. Instead he finds an enchanted amulet that transports him to another world—one at war with magic. Before he knows it, he is accused of witchcraft and invited to a bonfire—where he’s the main attraction. If that’s not bad enough, a goblin army shows up and toasts the town…literally. The good news: Aaron escapes being charbroiled. The bad news: the goblins are after him. They want his amulet and will stop at nothing to get it. Battling to find his way home, Aaron teams up with a not-so-magical-wizard and learns it’s his fate to destroy the amulet and save this new world. But is he willing to sacrifice his own?
Check out what these talented authors
are saying about it:
“The Stone of Valhalla is one of those books that only comes along once in a great while. Brooks doesn’t just create a world, he puts you inside of it, allowing you to experience the wonder in a way that only he can. His characters are likable and fun. His twists leave you asking ‘Why?’ Treat yourself to an exciting adventure through a beautiful new land. Make new friends and be a part of the magic. This is a book that you will
not be able to put down!”
author of Ragesong: Awakening.
“The Stone of Valhalla drew me in from the get-go. Aaron’s journey is reminiscent of Dorothy’s trek in The Wizard of Oz. Magic, sword fights, danger, and more danger, sprinkled with humor and unexpected twists. This is one of the ‘best’ fantasy adventures I’ve ever experienced!”
McChiller, author of The Monster Moon
“The Stone of Valhalla is a riveting mystery revealing true friendship, loyalty and sacrifice. Brooks engages the curiosity of middle graders and older sleuths alike, until the very end. Fantastic!”
author of The Andy Smithson series.
Where to Find The Stone of Valhalla:
Exclusive price for the eBook
release is just $2.99! (List Price: $4.99)
And only $9.99 for the paperback!(List Price: $12.99)
On April 12th
2014 the price will return to the List Price
Another special offer:
During The Stone of Valhalla
Mikey’s other great middle-grade eBooks will also be set to the low
price of just $0.99!
The Dream Keeper:
You’re Invited to PARTY!!
The online launch party will take place on Thursday, April 10th at 4pm (MST).
The party will run for 2 hours and you’re invited to drop by anytime.
The longer you stay the more chances you have of winning prizes!
We have slew of eBooks to giveaway,
as well as a Stone of Valhalla necklace AND a $25 Amazon gift card!
It is hosted byLovingtheBookLaunchParty on Facebook.
What’s that? Another Party!
If you’re local to Utah you don’t want to miss this kickin’ party.
We are having a launch party to celebrate
the release of this awesome new book.
Of course there will be plenty of giveaways there too,
but what’s even better are the guest authors!
Just check out these fabulous names:
J. Scott Savage, Chad Morris, Lisa Mangum,
Jenni James, Ali Cross, and many more.
The Launch Party is:
Friday, April 11th from 6-9pm
at the Viridian Center in West Jordan, Utah.
About Mikey Brooks:
Mikey is a small child masquerading as an adult. On occasion you’ll catch him dancing the funky chicken, singing like a banshee, and pretending to have never grown up. He is the author/illustrator of several books including the best-selling ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures
and Bean’s Dragons
as well as the middle-grade fantasy-adventure series The Dream Keeper Chronicles
. His art can be seen in many forms from picture books to full room murals. He loves to daydream with his three daughters and explore the worlds that only the imagination of children can create. Mikey has a BS degree in English from Utah State University and works full-time as a freelance illustrator, cover designer, and author. As a member of the Emblazoners
, he is one of many authors devoted to ‘writing stories on the hearts of children’. He is also one of the hosts of the Authors’ Think TankPodcast
. You can find more about him and his books at: http://www.insidemikeysworld.com/
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