Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Wonderland Academy by Melanie Karsak

Title: Wonderland Academy: Book One
Author: Melanie Karsak
Publication Date: August 27th 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult
Welcome to Wonderland Academy. 

Don’t lose your head.

Getting into Wonderland Academy is easy:

You must be a little mad.

You must follow the white rabbit.

You must find the key to enter Wonderland.

You must not be named Alice or risk being beheaded by order of the Queen of Hearts.

We might have an issue with that last one.

My name may be Alice, but Wonderland Academy is everything my real life isn’t. Who wouldn’t want to learn how to ride a jabberwocky, train with a vorpal sword, cast spells using a teacup, or shapeshift into a fairy? As long as no one figures out my real name, I should be fine.

The only problem? Aden, the Queen of Hearts’ son, is quickly becoming my best friend. And then there’s Corbin. Brooding, surly, tattooed, and definitely not my type, I can’t stop thinking about him. But Corbin has secrets of his own, and Wonderland and secrets don’t mix.

How I’m going to pass my classes and protect my secret like my life depends on it is beyond me. But I better find a way. Because in Wonderland, no Alice is safe.

Wonderland Academy re-imagines the fantastical world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland for a fresh, new adventure. Combining whimsy, magic, and a splash of steampunk, New York Times best-selling author Melanie Karsak invites you into this beautifully re-envisioned fairy tale adventure.
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Wonderland Academy is a college-level academy novel. It contains a slow-burn (not rh) romance. The novel is clean aside from mild language. This is Book 1 in a planned trilogy. Book 1 ends on a cliffhanger (Frodo didn’t reach Mount Doom in a day, after all).

Trigger Warning: This novel also includes references to a school shooting.

I could hear the clatter of teacups long before I entered the classroom. The sweet scents of tea leaves and herbs perfumed the hallway outside. But there was something more. Just under the herbal smells, I caught the odd scents of sulfur and something syrupy I couldn’t quite identify.

I arrived at Teamancy class to find a classroom that looked like an English teashop. The center of the room had been cleared save a very long, ornate rug. Café tables with pretty lace tablecloths and fresh flowers sat all around the carpet. Tiered plates with dainty afternoon tea snacks sat on the tables. The walls, wallpapered in rose brocade , were lined with thousands of sets of teacups and saucers, all precariously stacked to the ceiling. Blends of tea in cylinder tubes hung from the ceiling to the sideboard counters that ran along the walls. Hot water bubbled in tall, ornate glass percolators. But intermixed with those, I also saw jar after jar of colorful flowers, dried herbs, feathers, bones, and sparkling dust.

A woman wearing a very tall hat adorned with a teapot, an apron, and a blue dress fluffed up with so much crinoline she looked like she’d just stepped out of a nineteen-fifties sitcom appeared from the back of the room. Like many others at the Academy, she wore a belt on which she carried a holster with a teacup, saucer, and spoon stored inside.
“I’m just…confused,” someone behind me whispered.

I turned around to find Taye standing there.

“That makes two of us,” I answered.

“In pairs, everyone. Please take a seat,” the professor called in a refined voice, gesturing nicely to the café tables situated around the room.

Taye and I settled in. Taye eyed the tray of sweets on the table hungrily. “I’m starving. Did you find anything to eat around here?

“I made cookies that will turn you thin as paper this morning,” I replied with a grin. “In the center Quad, there are drink and snack carts.”

“I’m too nervous to try anything,” Taye said with a laugh.

I grinned.

“Sit. Sit. Quiet, please. We must allow ourselves to steep in the mystique of Teamancy before we begin. Settle in. Quietly. Quietly. Settle in.”

“So, is this Wonderland hipster class?” Taye whispered to me.

I suppressed a chuckle.

The professor paced the floor until everything had grown so quiet that you could hear the hot water bubbling.

“Students, I am Professor LaMarie. It is my honor and privilege to teach you the refined art of Teamancy. In Wonderland, Teamancy is magic used by many but perfected by few. I assure you that if you pay the proper attention, your skill in Teamancy will rival that of many of the greatest magicians in Wonderland.”

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Celtic Blood Series, Steampunk Red Riding Hood, and Steampunk Fairy Tales. The author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Southern New Hampshire University.

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