Monday, August 30, 2021

Book Blast and Giveaway: Relatively Normal Secrets by C.W. Allen

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Relatively Normal Secrets by C.W. Allen. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the blast wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Relatively Normal Secrets
Author: C.W. Allen
Publication Date: September 7th 2021
Print Length: 244 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Mystery Adventure
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Like most siblings, Tuesday and Zed don't always get along. Unlike most siblings, their arguments are over things like whether their parents are hiding a life of crime, or are simply the weirdest adults on the planet. When they decide to go on the hunt for some solid evidence, things get weirder than ever: two thugs with shape-shifting swords show up, their dog shows off some tricks she definitely didn't learn in obedience school, and even their treehouse turns out to be more than meets the eye.

Their escape leaves Zed and Tuesday stranded in a land where robots and holograms live alongside quaint medieval villagers and soldiers on horseback. Soldiers who insist their father is a disgraced fugitive, and their dog a legendary monster.

If they ever want to see their parents again, they'll have to learn to work together. After all, they've got a mysterious code to break, secrets to unlock, bandits and soldiers to outwit, and a rowdy dog whose antics are getting more outrageous by the minute. Even if they manage to evade the eerie secret police and uncover enough clues to figure out what's really going on, they're not sure they're going to like the truth.

Zed and Tuesday will have to decide who to trust and what really matters, or they'll never get back to normal (whatever that is.) Because when it comes to normal, everything is relative.

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EXCERPT:
At lunch, her father was the headlining topic of conversation. Perhaps, everyone joked, he was some kind of secret agent—if anyone found out what he really did all day, he'd have to erase their memories or have them deported to Jupiter. Tuesday made a hasty decision: better to ride the wave of laughter, than drown in it. This was ridiculous, of course!

Of course it was.

Tuesday heaved her backpack onto the lunch table and made a production of searching for a missing paper until the cafeteria’s collective attention bounded on to a new distraction. She retrieved last week’s History assignment and tried to look intensely interested in reviewing it, staring through the page with unfocused eyes while zoning out to the satisfying snapping sound her carrot sticks made, the pitch falling rhythmically as her teeth chopped each one shorter and shorter.

The newly-hatched suspicions about her parents’ routines burrowed in with the rest of the doubts nesting in her brain. It wasn’t just the way they sidestepped any mention of their lives before they had children. It wasn’t just their odd taste in names. It was just—oh, everything.

Her last name should have been different, for one thing; Tuesday was sure of it. Her father wouldn’t say what it might have been, but anything else would have been fine with her, really. Anything that wouldn’t make her a walking punchline. If her parents hadn’t been so weird, her mother would have taken her father’s last name when they got married, like normal people. Then Tuesday could have inherited his name, instead of just his face.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
C.W. Allen is a Nebraskan by birth, a Texan by experience, a Hoosier by marriage, and a Utahn by geography. She knew she wanted to be a writer the moment she read The Westing Game at age twelve, but took a few detours along the way as a veterinary nurse, an appliance repair secretary, and a homeschool parent.

She recently settled in the high desert of rural Utah with her husband, their three children, and a noisy flock of orphaned ideas. Someday she will create literary homes for all of them. (The ideas, not her family.)

Relatively Normal Secrets (Cinnabar Moth Publishing, Fall 2021) is her debut novel. She writes fantasy novels for tweens, picture books for children, and short stories and poems for former children. Her work will appear in numerous anthologies in 2021. She is also a frequent guest presenter at writing conferences and club meetings, which helps her procrastinate knuckling down to any actual writing.

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GIVEAWAY:
C. W. Allen will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility for everything related to this giveaway.)

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48 comments:

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

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  2. How long was the writing process?

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    1. Great question! Usually a novel takes me 7-9 months. Relatively Normal Secrets took three years due to a series of complicated life stuff (moved, renovated a fixer-upper house, arrival of Kid #3, moved again).

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  3. "a noisy flock of orphaned ideas". Wonderful phrase!

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  4. Sharing this with my granddaughter, she will love the mystery.

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  5. Sounds like a very good book.

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  6. It sounds like a fun read, and I really like the cover.

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  7. This sounds like a fun story.

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  8. Nice to learn about your new book.

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  9. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover and excerpt.

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  10. David HollingsworthAugust 30, 2021 at 2:54 PM

    I love the cover and the book sounds enjoyable.

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  11. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  12. It's the 31st here so here's my comment: Where on earth do you find the time to write as well as homeschooling 3 children?

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    1. LOL it takes discipline for sure! Mornings are usually reserved for independent work - I write while they watch PBS Kids or Crash Course, read, or do online courses like Duolingo. After lunch we get down to business (but not to defeat the Huns).

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    2. I may be needing your advice re. house renovation if things go according to plan!

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

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  15. My daughter would love this book. She's all about mysteries these days.

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  16. This sounds great & the cover is awesome!

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  17. My niece would enjoy this book. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I think it is fun to learn about the life of the author as you read the review of their book.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  19. what made you start writing fantasy novels for teens and not adults

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    1. Great question! In all honesty, most of my personal for-fun reading is in the Middle Grade space too. So the short answer is, I write the books I want to read. Tween readers are amazing - still interested in magic and possibility, curious about new ideas as they develop an independent view of the world, but also bound by the challenges of not being taken seriously by society and not always being allowed freedom of choice and movement. I think the challenges tweens face make their stories more interesting - adults can go and do whatever they choose to, but kids have to worry about not having money or transportation or permission. I hope my readers enjoy a fun adventure, but also see themselves in the characters and feel that vicarious thrill of succeeding despite the obstacles.

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  20. We have grandkids who would love this book!
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  21. Just spent an hour learning about Hoosiers. Thank you Google!

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  22. sounds like a fun one

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  23. David HollingsworthSeptember 2, 2021 at 3:42 PM

    Looks like a great book for kids!

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  24. Where has been your favorite place to travel to?

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    1. I don't get to travel as much as I'd like. Iceland and Scotland are on my "someday" list though!

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    2. Feel free to visit us in Ireland anytime!

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    3. Ireland looks lovely too! Dinner round at yours then? ;)

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  25. It sounds like a great book, with a nice pretty cover.

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  26. You write in a lot of genres. How do you relax with all the characters vying for your attention?

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    1. I usually have one novel and one shorter project in the works at a time (or occasionally a handful of short projects between novels.) The short projects are done in a matter of weeks, where the novel will be in the works for a year (and then there's marketing after.) But I don't see it as juggling competing characters, just having different circles of friends. When I'm done talking to one group of my imaginary friends for the day, I check in and see what the others are up to.

      When I get a new novel idea but don't have time to pursue it right away, I jot down my ideas for it in a new folder on my computer, and occasionally add to it if I think of something that would fit well. By the time my plate is clear of other projects and I'm ready to come back to it, I have a good start on an outline already waiting for me.

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  27. Congratulations on your book, thanks for sharing.

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    1. This is my first published novel. I have two more books with publication deals, but it's too early to announce details. And there are five more books I will be contributing short work (a poem, essay, or story) to this year. There's a complete list on my website: https://www.cwallenbooks.com/books

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  29. It sounds awesome and cute cover !

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