Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Book Blast and Giveaway: Paragon by Shauna Alderson

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Paragon by Shauna Alderson. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to check out the other stops participating in the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Paragon
Author: Shauna Alderson
Publisher: Zimbell House Publishing
Publication Date: March 17th 2020
Print Length: 312 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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Now that high school is over, Randi just wants to live her quiet life in her little town, but it doesn’t feel right without her friends there. Ever the daredevils, they’ve gone to seek adventure in the capital city of Grandin, and Randi can’t help but feel left behind. Not to mention she definitely can’t stop thinking about that kiss she and Eddy shared before he left.

When Randi discovers a mysterious mark on her skin that matches an illustration in “A Handbook on Paragonhood”, she’s thrown into a world of powerful gods and ancient magic that she thought only existed in the myths. She’ll have to step out of her comfort zone—and into the dangerous streets of Grandin—to find a way to protect herself and the people she loves.

Randi’s not the only one with a secret, though, and she finds herself questioning who she can trust. Randi will have to wrestle with what it means to be a Paragon and how far she’s willing to go to do what’s right.

With the fate of the world on the line, can she live up to being one of the chosen?

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EXCERPT:
Granite floor, walls like black static, and out of the moving darkness looms a door. I push its handle down, opening the door to a huge space.

A man and a woman circle each other like raptors, each brandishing a knife. The static-fuzz wall to my left is covered in weapon racks—everything from maces to swords to guns—and stone braziers, while the wall to my right is lined with punching bags and benches. A seemingly spaced-out old man sits on one of the benches, and a middle-aged guy fiddles with something on the furthest bench.

I don’t think I’m supposed to be here.

The middle-aged man lifts his head to watch the fight and sees me. “New girl,” he tells the others.

Everyone stops. The other two men simply seem bewildered, but the lady-predator with the knife might just kill me, judging from her glare.

“Uh, sorry, I'll just go,” I stammer. I pivot on my heels, but behind me, I only find blackness. No door.

My gut drops.

“Don’t be afraid,” the male fighter says. “We won’t hurt you.”

I peek over my shoulder as he discards his weapon onto the floor. That's not a hazard at all. “Where am I?” The words come out in a squeak.

He scratches the side of his head. “It’s—well, it’s hard to explain.”

“We call it the dreamscape,” the woman says. “We Paragons come here to hone our skills. You being here means you found out.”

She must be referring to the mark and the myths. I found out what I am, and now I show up here. Makes sense in a dream-logic sort of way.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Shauna Alderson began writing teen fantasy even before she was a teen. After she “grew up", she completed creative writing courses (and a BA in Development Studies) at the University of Calgary. When not reading or writing, she can usually be found teaching ESL, composing on the piano, creating art, or volunteering abroad. She also enjoys dessert, Studio Ghibli films, and being the silliest person she knows.

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GIVEAWAY:
Shauna Alderson will be awarding a $20 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 blog participating in the book blast each day. Good luck!
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35 comments:

  1. Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks, James! Now is definitely a good time to be reading with family!

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  2. Thanks so much for hosting, Heather! I'll be at work for most of the day, but I'll stop by again in the evening :)

    How is everyone holding up with social distancing?

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  3. Sounds like a interesting book and I love the cover.

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    1. Thanks, Victoria! I'm also really happy with the cover!

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    1. No worries, I hope you enjoyed! Thanks to Heather as well for posting :)

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  6. What do you most enjoy about writing in this genre?

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    1. HI Caryl, thanks for your question! I like writing teen fiction because teenagers still feel powerful in so many ways. Once people get older, they tend to become jaded and more complacent with imperfections in the world. On the other hand, I think teens still feel like they can make a difference. I also love fantasy because it lets you create new worlds and mythology :) Plus it's mostly what I read!

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  7. The book cover is nice and the book sounds interesting.

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    1. Thanks so much, Deb! I'm glad you like the cover and the blurb :)

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  8. thanks flor hosting love\ly covder

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  9. Nice cover. I liked the synopsis and excerpt. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Leonie! I'm in love with the cover as well <3

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  11. HOPE YOUR WEEK GOING GOOOD. IN LOVE WITH THECOLOR SCHEME

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    1. Thanks so much, Rana! My week was swell. How was yours?

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  12. sounds like a fun one

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  13. happy first friday of april. thank you for hosting this

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  14. happy first friday of april. thank you for hosting this

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