Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Yesterday's Gone (Olympic Visa Chronicles #1) by Kelly Pawlik

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Yesterday's Gone by Kelly Pawlik. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a helpful guest post from the author. 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 content. Enjoy!
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Title: Yesterday's Gone
Series: Olympic Vista Chronicles #1
Author: Kelly Pawlik
Publication Date: July 1st 2021
Print Length: 156 pages
Genre: Young Adult Horror Science Fiction
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Book one of the Olympic Vista Chronicles novella series follows Darius and Adelaide as they explore a house rumoured to be haunted. What they find is so much worse.

An eager new kid, a deadpan music-lover, a fast-talking troublemaker, an anxious bookworm and a girl torn between popularity and adventure. Follow this group of friends as they delve into the mysteries of their small town while juggling the trials and tribulations of their home lives.

A tale of friendship, love, and coming of age (with a healthy dose of horror) in the late 1980s.

**The eBook is FREE during this tour!**

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EXCERPT:
“Thanks for waiting,” Adelaide said as she turned to survey the house. The windows were boarded up and the roof sagged. The grass was long and yellow from the summer weather. There was an overgrown garden under the large front window. Some of the pieces of plywood over the windows were covered in graffiti, but Adelaide couldn’t quite make the words out in the moonlight. She turned back to the others. “So, we just... go in?”

They all looked at each other, then wheeled their bikes to edge of the property and set them down. Adelaide noticed Darius glance at them before he set his bike on the yellow grass. She thought she could make out a kickstand on his bike. Adelaide peeled the tape off her flashlight, removed it from her bike, and stuffed it into her backpack.

For a long moment the five of them stood there, illuminated by the soft glow of the moon.

“This was already an adventure,” Kurt pointed out. “I mean, we could just––”

“We’re already here. I’m not afraid to go in,” Tetsu boasted.

“All right, then,” Darius replied. “Let’s go.”

“Kurt,” Adelaide said. “If you don’t want—”

Kurt moved first. He strode to the door and, after a second of hesitation, the others followed behind. Kurt reached out and grasped the handle. Then he turned it.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kelly Pawlik dabbled with story writing from a young age. She spent her childhood reading, dressing her beloved cat, Midnight, up in doll clothes and hunting garter snakes in the backyard. Her childhood dream was to be a writer and she is proud to have made her fiction debut with the Olympic Vista Chronicles novellas.

Kelly is a tabletop roleplaying game (TTRPG) writer and has released multiple RPG supplements with her husband under their micro-publishing company, Dire Rugrat Publishing. She has also contributed to several best-selling works with Kobold Press.

Kelly lives on Vancouver Island, BC with her husband, their three inquisitive children, and two lazy cats.

Songs from the Wood, book two in the Olympic Vista Chronicles series, is available now. You can also purchase Costumes & Copiers, book three in the Olympic Vista Chronicles series, by clicking here.

FREE SHORT STORY: Sign up to receive Kelly's newsletter and get access to sneak peeks of upcoming novellas, behind the scenes information and other exclusive content. PLUS, you'll get “Snow Day,” a short story set in the Olympic Vista Chronicles universe, right away!

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GUEST POST:
- What Makes a Great Horror Series?

The Olympic Vista Chronicles are YA horror, so there are a lot of subjects they don’t touch on, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t scary. A friend of mine admitted she read the first book and was so creeped out she slept with the light on, but then a friend of my son’s read it and just loved the action and adventure. What one person finds utterly terrifying, another might scoff at.

A great horror series is a recipe that varies from author to author and book to book, but I think there are several key ingredients to get the ideal result.

1. Horror only works if you care about the characters. In media, written or visual, we’ve become accustomed to violence, gore, even death, but we know they aren’t real. Horror isn’t about some brutal, bloody murder. I mean, that’s horrific to a degree, but we aren’t invested as the reader.

When we care about the characters, our worry about what happens to them feeds into the suspense. The threat of the unknown somehow affecting our protagonist(s) is horrible. And it keeps us reading.

2. The second part of that is how much you see. I personally find the unknown to be scarier than the quantifiable. The creepy sounds from the basement or the ominous footsteps in the hall are more horrifying than a masked man at your window. Is the latter scary? For sure, it can be, but once we know what we’re facing, we start figuring out how to defeat or mitigate it. In great horror the threat isn’t a visible monster, it’s something intangible, or, even worse perhaps, something within ourselves.

3. How much it stays with the reader. I’ve read books that were, perhaps, scary in the moment, but I’ve long forgotten the plot and the book. There are some books though, even years later, I shudder at the thought of them. I may not even remember the whole book, but I know that something about it was unsettling. When I find myself recalling scenes or story threads from a book, and just can’t quite shake that feeling of unease, that’s a good piece of horror. Pulling it through an entire series is, of course, potentially more difficult. The Olympic Vista Chronicles all have a good touch of YA horror in them, but some of the books thus far veer more into sci-fi, and others more into action and adventure, or fantasy. I think the key is to still give the readers enough of what they’ve come to expect, while still keeping them on their toes.

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to horror, but I’d love to know, what are your favourite horror novels – and why? Do you think the three ingredient above are present in them?
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GIVEAWAY:
Kelly Pawlik will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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

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67 comments:

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

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    1. Thank you! Yesterday's Gone is free until the 24th, so feel free to pick up a copy and give it a read.

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    1. Thanks, Sherry! I hope you'll consider picking up a copy. (It's FREE until the 24th!)

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  3. Thank you so much for hosting me on your site and being a part of the tour! And to everyone stopping by: thanks for joining us!
    Feel free to ask questions, and I'll do my best to answer them today and tomorrow.

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  4. Kelly, your book sounds great! I really enjoyed what I read above.

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    1. Thanks, Amy! You can pick it up FREE for a limited time!

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    2. Awesome! I will do that! Thanks!

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    1. Thank you! It's available for free for a limited time from your favourite ebook retailer!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for stopping by. Feel free to grab your free copy of the book before the 24th of November.

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  7. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover and excerpt.

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    1. Thanks, Susan! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

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  8. You had me at Haunted House. Good work.

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    1. Aww, thanks!! And thanks for stopping by to check out the blog!

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  9. I enjoyed reading the excerpt and the guest post, Kelly and Yesterday's Gone sounds like a thrilling book and I can't wait to join Darius and Adelaide in their visit to the haunted house! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a magical holiday season!

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    1. Thanks, Stormy Vixen (love the name!). Happy reading!

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  11. Looks like a neat book, cheers on the tour.

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    1. Thanks, Calvin! Thanks for stopping by and checking it out.

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    1. Thanks, Zelda! You can pick up a free copy until the 24th!

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    1. I'm so glad you think so, Deb! You can pick it up and start the series for free until November 24th!

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  14. David HollingsworthNovember 17, 2021 at 6:15 PM

    Congrats on the book! It sounds a suspenseful book.

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  15. Young Adult Horror Science Fiction - wow this is going to be interesting!
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

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    1. Hi Barbara! Thanks for stopping by the blog!
      I hope you enjoy the read. You can pick it up free until the 24th.

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  16. Thank you for sharing your guest post and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and am looking forward to reading this book and series

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    1. Thanks Bea! I've enjoyed seeing you at the tour stops! :)

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  17. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.

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    1. Thanks Dianne! Grab your copy before the 24th and it's free.

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  18. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Diana! I hope you'll consider picking up a copy of the book.

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    1. Thanks, Dale! I appreciate that! I hope you'll consider trying out the series.

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  20. Cover looks great! Excerpt sounds interesting.

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    1. Thanks, Thomas! If you like the excerpt, why not try the book? It's free for a limited time!

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

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  22. sounds like a fun one

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    1. Thanks, Daniel! It's free for a limited time, so feel free to pick up a copy and delve into the mysteries of Olympic Vista!

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  23. I think it is interesting to read about Kelly Pawlik like in the About the Author section of the review.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! I hope you have a great weekend :)

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  24. David HollingsworthNovember 18, 2021 at 8:16 PM

    This looks like a great read!

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  25. I love books like this! Haunted horrors! Yes please!

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  26. Ooooohlala horror books yes please

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    1. It's a series, too! I can't wait for you to join us in Olympic Vista!

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  27. Where is your favorite place to write?

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    1. That's a great question! I love the idea of writing in bed with my laptop, but I find I'm the most efficient if I'm at my desk with my PC, so that's where I do most of my writing.
      My favourite thing though is when I'm out doing something and suddenly get an idea for a scene or some dialogue and I tap it into my phone and email it to myself. Then I get home and dump it into the manuscript. It usually requires more editing, but there is something to writing that's done urgently and in the moment like that.

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  28. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  29. Do you have a favorite sweet or savory treat from the bakery that you enjoy?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. I love lemon squares! I'm a sucker for lemon. Lemon cake, lemon square, lemon méringue pie... YUM!

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    1. Hi Deborah! I started working on this book in January, and I published it in June, but I started the following books in that time as well. Book two came out in September with book three in October.

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  31. How do you come up with ideas for your books?

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    1. A whole bunch of factors came together! I love Stranger Things and The Goonies, and other media set in the 80s. I also enjoy the TTRPG Tales from the Loop, which is set in the 80s. The characters grew and evolved from there and now they have their own book series!

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  32. Your so right Horror genre is very subjective. I do love a good scary read though. Thank you

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