Monday, January 6, 2020

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Frights of Fiji (Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions, Book 1) by Sunayna Prasad

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM Virtual Book Tour for The Frights of Fiji by Sunayna Prasad. The book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a guest post. There's also a tour wide giveaway for your chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
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Title: The Frights of Fiji
Series: Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions, Book 1
Author: Sunsayna Prasad
Publisher: S.A. Prasad Publishing
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
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A world of magic and adventure awaits…

Sent to live with her strict, aloof, and uncaring uncle after her parents are killed in a car accident, twelve-year-old orphan Alyssa McCarthy longs for the life she used to have—one filled with fun and love. Then one stormy night, a message appears in the raindrops on the window that will change everything.

"Your life will never be the same again, as magic will interfere."

Before long, Alyssa is kidnapped by Master Beau, a banished sorcerer with a mysterious connection to her who can only regain his power by weakening hers. Suddenly hurled into a world of wizardry filled with fantastical beasts and marvelous technology beyond her wildest imagination, Alyssa must defeat Master Beau if she ever wants to get home again. But Master Beau will stop at nothing, including using Alyssa’s friends, to ensure he is triumphant.

Originally titled "From Frights to Flaws", this story is the exciting and enchanting first book in the "Magical Missions" series.

**The eBook is free!**

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EXCERPT:
About a half hour had gone by, and footsteps thumped down the stairs. Alyssa figured out that Mathias had returned via his flying tube since Isabelle had said that he owned one too. Alyssa turned to the staircase and watched him carry a small cage with about six or seven mice. They had white fur with patches of green, purple, red, and blue. Mathias also carried a bag of silver, gold, copper, metallic green, red, and blue fronds.

He entered the living room and sat on one of the couch chairs. He placed the cage on the carpet. But Isabelle bent her eyebrows. “Mathias, don’t put them on the carpet. They’re going to—”

“Isabelle, it’s okay. They’re in a cage.”

“Still, they’re filthy wild animals, and they could get my clean carpet dirty.”

“Oh, Isabelle, stop being such a neat freak,” said Mathias.

“No.” Isabelle turned to Simon, who sat on the other couch chair and listened to his WiPod. “Simon, can you track the snake, please?”

Simon took out his earbuds. “What did you want me track? I didn’t get that.”

Isabelle repeated herself, and Simon made his tablet appear. Alyssa watched him press it; he probably programmed a way to track the snake.

“Simon, how far away is the snake?” asked Alyssa.

“Erm . . . about a hundred feet away,” he replied.

“Oh my god,” moaned Alyssa.

“Let’s go,” said Isabelle.

Alyssa’s stomach hardened as she walked up the stairs. She could even feel her heart throb through her throat. She hurried her breathing and followed everyone else out of the tent.

Alyssa stepped onto the sand and saw something move. She gasped, her muscles constricting to her bones. Her hands shook and cooled down despite the burning sun. Tingles spread through her toes and fingers and expanded to the rest of her body. She whined through her contracted throat. She wished that what she saw was just a mirage. But the smell of the ash hanging in the air revealed to her that she didn’t just see things—the snake drew nearer.

It opened its jaw, exhaling light gray ash. It stuck out its pointy black tongue and pushed its head toward Alyssa, and she coughed. But it sped up its slithering. Alyssa screamed and spun around. She dashed along the beach, and her feet sped up, thus kicking the backs of her legs.

“Alyssa, get back here!” yelled Mathias. “I can’t disappear holding the cage or mice! It’s impossible doing both!”

But Alyssa continued to sprint across the beach. Sand streamed into her sneakers. Sweat even trickled into the neckline of her shirt and her legs.

Something scaly slapped her legs. She flew into the air and screamed. Her body fought against the direction of the breeze, and she landed on her butt.

She moaned and quickened up breaths through her gritted teeth. The snake continued to slither and release ash. Shrieking, Alyssa bolted up and turned around. She headed into the rainforest.

Facing vines, twigs, trees, bushes, and fronds, Alyssa found her way around them. Her legs ached from all the different movements she made. She ran sideways from a tree, jumped over a couple of twigs and vines, and zigzagged around trees and bushes. A trail even lay in front of her.

Alyssa’s thin legs and body kept her energy going, but her legs felt like they’d been clogged with broken cobblestones. The snake kept chasing her, though.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sunayna Prasad enjoys writing fantasy books for children, as well as cooking, creating artwork, watching online videos, and blogging. She has also written The Frights of Fiji, formerly titled as From Frights to Flaws. She is passionate about modern life, fantasy, and world-building. Aside from her website, she also has a blog about different creative and entertaining topics, including fiction and writing, called “Sunayna Prasad’s Blog”.

Sunayna has graduated from college in May 2017. She lives in Long Island, NY.

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GUEST POST:
If I had magical powers, I don’t know exactly what I would do. But I do know what I would rather not do. One is to become invisible. Yes, being invisible sounds like a child’s dream, but it would be very dangerous, especially on the road. If you can’t be seen, you could get hurt—and badly.

Another power I would never want is to fly. That’s another kid’s dream that would not only be perilous, but also frightening.

Regardless of what I would never desire, I do think the idea of bringing your drawings or ideas to life would be my ideal enchanted power.

When I was little, I fantasized so much, I lied about things I didn’t have. And people figured that out very easily. I fibbed about living on a farm in 4th grade and wished for a computer that would bring anything on it out and to life. I don’t know if I would long for that now. Probably not.

But I have imagined my stories as videos of live people who look exactly like how I envision my characters. It would be neat to bring them to life magically without too much effort.

The inspirations include certain channels on YouTube that do rap battles, top picks of different elements of various franchises, and much more. After all, what writer wouldn’t dream of seeing their ideas on the screen the exact ways he or she pictured them?

What other magical ability would I have? Perhaps, I would make all technology waterproof and harder for them to break or malfunction.
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GIVEAWAY:
Sunayna Prasad will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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88 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great read for my grand-kids. Thank you for sharing your book details and for offering a giveaway.

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  2. The cover looks very interesting. Did you help design it?

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    1. I hired an illustrator, but gave specific instructions to him. I did do some editing and retouching on the cover, though. The font of the title and author name was done by me, by the way.

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  3. I encourage reading so having a family who loves to read I sure support.Thanks for sharing your terrific read with us.

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  4. That sounds like a great adventure.

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  5. Sounds like a good book with a great cover

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  6. I always find it so interesting how authors can come up with ideas no one else has before. Thankyou

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  7. sounds like a great book thanks

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  8. Sounds like a great book, cool virtual tour.

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  9. Very different from what I usually read. However, the new year has started and I am determined to branch out and try new genres. Thanks for themgiveaway

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the cover. The colors are beautiful.

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  11. How did you come up with the title of your book?

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  12. This sounds like a great read.

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  13. Best of luck looks like a great book!

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  14. This has a pretty cool cover for a middle grade read.

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  15. We actually won this book last year and it is my son's FAVORITE! Do you have other books about Alyssa planned?

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    1. Yes, I currently have a sequel published, and I plan to publish 5 more books, making it a total of 7 installments.

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  16. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

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  17. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting. :)

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  18. I think my kid will enjoy this book.

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  19. What do you do first thing in the morning?

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    1. Get ready, of course. I do tend to write better during the day.

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  20. A question for the author: As a child and adolescent, what authors and book series did you read?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  21. What was the longest time you ever waited on hold?

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  22. What's the craziest thing you've ever done?

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  23. Sunayna, What do you most enjoy about writing this genre?

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    1. The world-building and extra options to create original ideas. Also, magic.

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  24. What is your plan for the new year?

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    1. To complete and publish the third installment of the "Magical Missions" series.

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  25. What was your favourite class in school?

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    1. Chefs. I love cooking, but the highlight of that class was trying new things.

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  26. What's the longest you've ever stayed up?

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  27. How have you given to charity in the last year?

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  28. What was your favorite book as a kid?

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    1. I used to have guinea pigs, and I named most of them. The last guinea pig I had was called Autumn.

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    1. I was in a relationship, but it didn't work out. So, I never really had an exciting date.

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    1. I tend to go to bed between 8:30 and 9 since I get tired early.

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  32. What was your favourite day of school?

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    1. I'm not sure. I had a lot of good days, but maybe the best one was a field trip to an aquarium in high school.

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  33. This sounds good Thanks for sharing!

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  34. What's the funniest Youtube video you've ever seen?

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  35. The book sounds interesting. I'm always looking for something for my youngest to read.

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  36. What is your favourite mystery novel?

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  37. The cover is cool! Sounds like a good book, thanks for sharing!

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  38. Where do you escape to, in your mind?

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  39. sounds like a fun one

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  40. It sounds like fun, I love how this book combines fantasy, reality and a different culture

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  41. For the author: When you were a child and adolescent, what authors, book series, and genres did you enjoy reading?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  42. Your cover will attract your MG readers of adventure. The premise sounds great and I have the perfect reader for you. Best wishes on the new release.

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  43. How long does it take for the author to write up a book ?

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  44. How to you come up with the characters in your book?

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