Thursday, February 4, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Piper's Song (Alpha Academy #2) by Sara E. Tall

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Piper's Song by Sara E. Tall. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a guest post from the author. There's also a tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Piper's Song
Series: Alpha Academy #2
Author: Sara E. Tall
Publication Date: September 28th 2020
Print Length: 253 pages
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
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Billie thinks stopping her fellow students from committing murder and almost getting kicked out of the Realm is as bad as it gets, but she should know better. Not only are seven of the most powerful students out for her blood, but Sedna —her former enemy turned ally— turns her enemy again when Billie refuses a part in her revenge scheme. What’s more, Alpha Administration’s refusal to address the injustice in their school is sparking a full-on rebellion, and a lot of innocents are going to be caught in the crosshairs. It isn’t just the school either, the Realm itself is overrun with violence and hatred, which will have deadly consequences. Lucian, her self-imposed magical guru, insists Billie’s extraordinary magic is the key to stopping the flood of violence coming their way. Billie knows her magic is extraordinary, but she also knows its destructive power. It might do more harm than good.

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EXCERPT:
I didn’t think about what I did next, I just couldn’t let Artemis finish whatever curse she was starting, or I’d end up covered in leeches again. With a grunt I flung my arm, sending the orb racing her way. Several people around us screamed. She barely had time to open her eyes before the orb slammed into her midriff, sending her flying back. Her back smacked against the wall and then she collapsed in a heap on the floor. She didn’t get back up.

There were more screams, and several students glanced back at me in shock. I felt my hands fly to my mouth, but that was all I did. I couldn’t process what was in front of me. Artemis was lying limp on the floor, and I had caused it. But somehow, it didn’t seem real.

As time still ticked by, and Artemis didn’t budge, I was forced to accept it was, in fact, real. I needed to do something before things got worse. But just as I took a tentative step forward, a pale figure darted to her side.

Lucian immediately checked her vitals, which made the knot in my chest unbearably tight. I took another step forward, and the students moved out of my way. Some of Artemis’ friends glared daggers at me as I walked by, but none of them tried to stop me.

Lucian was no longer checking for vitals, but had pulled Artemis into his arms and was tending to a cut on her temple. There was something almost tender about the way he patched her up. It made me not want to interrupt, but I had to know.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sara’s enjoyed creating fantastic stories since she was old enough to hold a play sword, around the time she learned how to walk. Gradually she learned to direct her creative energy into writing, and it’s been a downward spiral ever since then. When she’s not writing she’s probably either dancing or reading batman comics. She also loves running away to the mountains of Utah and Montana. Nothing gets more fantastic that those views.

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GUEST POST:
- What does your writing space look like?
I wish I was answering this question after cleaning day instead of before, but before will paint a much more accurate picture. I write on a hodge-podge black and green desk that has a lot of personality, let’s say. It’s completed by a spinny chair so I can spin in circles when I’m experiencing writer’s block thinking.

The most prevalent thing on my desk is snacks, Dr. Pepper, and Gatorade. Right now I’m munching away on cashews and leftover Christmas candy. I’m also obsessed with drinking Citrus & Spice hot cider while I write. That started as a NaNoWriMo tradition, and it’s continued from there.

Sitting in the corner is a candle warmer with a pine scented candle I only remember to use about once a week, but when I do it makes my room smell amazing. I’ve also got more pens, pencils, highlighters, and notebooks than any writer could ever possibly need, but at least I know I’ll have plenty of writing materials during the apocalypse. Above my desk I have my dry erase calendar and my goal board. My goal board is organized by daily, weekly, and month-long project goals. My favorite part of the day is when I get to check things off as complete. It seriously fills me with so much joy it’s hilarious. Also above my desk I have a Harley Quinn poster and my Yellowstone shrine(Which consists of a collage of photos from Yellowstone as well as Yellowstone themed birthday cards and a shiny wolf thing). If you’re wondering about that, I work in Yellowstone National Park during the summer. Anyway, the Yellowstone stuff and the Harley Quinn are there to keep me motivated. And are in no way distracting. No way whatsoever.

So while my space is a little busy and chaotic, I still manage to get stuff done. I usually pop out about 5,000 words a day between all my projects. Every day is a writing party!
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GIVEAWAY:
Sara E. Tall will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

67 comments:

  1. I love the look! Thank you so much for hosting me!

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  2. Sounds like an interesting story.

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  3. Great post - I enjoyed reading the excerpt!

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  4. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover.

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  5. This sounds like a very good book.

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  6. I like the cover. It has very nice artwork.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks! I'm hopeless at sketching but I love doing graphic art!

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  7. Great cover art and book description! I'm excited to read more!

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  8. Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy the rest of the tour! There are some fun things to come!

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  9. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  10. I do like the cover and would really enjoy reading it too.

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  11. The cover is really nice and I'm sure that young fantasy readers will love it.

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  12. Thanks for the great post. I enjoyed it very much.

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  13. Wonderful colors/graphics on this cover.

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  14. I like the title cover & subject for this book.
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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  15. Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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    1. It's always fun to give away free stuff, right?

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  17. Do you have a favorite author to read?

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    1. Sarah Dessen! THough there are a lot of great authors out there I've yet to explore, so I'm always open to reccomendations!

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  18. I like reading books with strong women characters! This sounds like a good one!

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    1. I love exploring the dynamics between female characters, so there is a lot of emphasis on how they impact each other, for better or worse.

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  19. What is yr advice for new writers?

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    1. Don't let anyone talk you out of writing is my number one. Number two is give yourself permission to write terribly sometimes, especially when you are writing the first draft of your novel. I think a lot of new authors get stuck because they want their writing to be perfect from the get go, and most of us don't work like that. That's what the editing and revising stages are for. xD

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  20. What author do you most like to read?

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    1. Sarah Dessen. Mostly because I'm impressed how she can make slice of life stories so intense. Even though I love Fantasy stories I think we can learn a lot of about creating realistic characters and relationships from the non-speculative fiction genres and authors.

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  21. Have you ever won a blog giveaway?

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    1. I'm cursed and never win anything. But best of luck to you!

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  22. The book sounds very intriguing. Great cover!

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  23. The cover is very cool, love it!!

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  24. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  25. Nicely done, I like the theme of your book.

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  26. Do you relax on the weekends?

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  27. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  28. The book cover looks great and the story sounds really good.

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  29. The book sounds very interesting and I do like the cover too.

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  30. Have you ever had sleep paralysis?

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