Friday, July 30, 2021

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: City of Lights (Far From Home #1) by Kelly Byrd

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for City of Lights by Kelly Byrd. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt from the book. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more exclusive excerpts. Enjoy!
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Title: City of Lights
Series: Far From Home #1
Author: Kelly Byrd
Publication Date: May 14th 2021
Print Length: 292 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
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What happens when oh so ordinary Mary Jingo, follows her instincts (and her nose) and ends up in a magical land Far From Home?

In City of Lights, author Kelly Byrd introduces readers to Mary, who is one week away from finishing fifth grade. Mary’s mind is on starting middle school in the fall and finally getting her own phone. But then this ordinary girl notices glimmers of light and meets a strange little man who conjures the best smell she has ever smelled. Before she even stops to consider what she’s doing, she agrees to accompany the man to the land of LeeChee, where our Mary Jingo from the Shadowlands in seen as warrior and a great hope.

Now this very ordinary girl must find a way to help save LeeChee from Thrall and restore the Everything—a magical life- and joy-giving force that somehow connects Mary’s world to LeeChee. How can she face the Void, the foul-smelling Shoeboxians, or the evil Mellie? And how can she do all of the Far From Home?

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:
“Excuse me, Mr. Bonnie Judde, sir,” she said quietly, surprised at how far away her own voice sounded. The oracle’s head snapped towards her with a fire in his eyes that told her that he did not like to be interrupted.

“Yes?” he said sharply, his slicked back hair falling slightly out of place.

“When we were in the air, above the camp. I, could, well, I could see things,” Mary said, trying to put words to the experience.

“Yes, all five of us could see things,” Bonnie Judde replied.

“No, yes, no—I know,” Mary continued. Teeny sat to her left and was looking at Mary with a face of encouragement. It gave Mary courage. “I could actually see Mellie. Like I was sitting right beside her. I heard her talking. It was very confusing and weird.”

The group around the table fell silent. The Father tented his fingers and stared at Mary over the top of them.

“It is possible,” the old man said, looking at Mary with sparkling eyes, “that the Everything allowed you to see, Mary Jingo. Can you explain the experience more?”

“Yes,” Lady Kathryn said. “I would like to hear more.”

“Well, Van Clare told me to focus and breathe and to try to smell the Shoeboxians. I did that and it worked,” Mary said, looking over at her friend who gave her a small half smile. “But then, the more I smelled the Shoeboxians and Mellie, the more I felt like I was with them. And then I started to see images, hear their conversations. It was very weird. I can’t—I can’t really describe it.”

“She could show us,” Mikeala said, her black, curly hair in a myriad of small braids.

“I can?” Mary said.

“That is a very rare skill,” Bonnie Judde said, shaking his head. “One that no oracle or forecaster has possessed in two hundred years.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kelly Byrd is a middle-grade author by choice, a writer by discipline, home-grown chef, and amateur gardener. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two cute-as-buttons rescue pups. The Far From Home series is about growing up, finding your voice, and rescuing the Everything.




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GIVEAWAY:
Kelly Byrd will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!
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38 comments:

  1. How long was the writing process?

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    1. Hi Deborah! Thank you so much for asking! It took me about ten years to finish this book and the outlines for the rest of the series. It's a race, but I hope to have the second book out next year.

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  2. Thank you for hosting. Sounds like a book my Granddaughter would love.

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    1. Hi Peg! I hope so! I wrote this book with middle-grade girls in mind.

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  3. Thank you so much for hosting! This was such a fun scene to write.

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  4. cute cover, sounds like an interesting book

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  5. Love the cover and the excerpt sounds amazing.

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  6. Sounds like a very good book.

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  7. Excellent tour, good to learn about it.

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  8. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  9. thank you for a chance to win!

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  10. My daughter would adore this book. Good work.

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  11. Sounds like a book the younger ones in the family will enjoy.

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  12. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  13. I gotta show this to my middle schooler.

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  14. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  15. Do you ever get writer's block?
    If so how do you get through it?

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  16. DO you wish sometimes use a character in your book that you know in real life ?

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  17. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  18. How long does it usually take you to publish a book?

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  19. Do you usually stick with one genre when writing?

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  20. The book sounds like a great adventure! I know my granddaughter would love to read it.

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  21. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  22. Where do you get inspiration from to write your books?

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  23. What author do you most admire?

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  24. David HollingsworthAugust 5, 2021 at 1:32 AM

    When did you start writing?

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  25. sounds like a fun one

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  26. Do you set an alarm so you don't write for too long at a stretch?

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  27. This sounds like a fun book and I would love to read it.

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  28. The land of LeeChee sounds fun !

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  29. The excerpt is interesting. Thank's for sharing it.

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  30. I love the cute cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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