Monday, January 31, 2022

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: Magical Mountain (Kingdom of Treasures #1) by Asmaa Jamil

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for Magical Mountain by Asmaa Jamil. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the rest of the stops on the blitz for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Magical Mountain
Series: Kingdom of Treasures #1
Author: Asmaa Jamil
Publisher: iUniverse
Publication Date: January 10th 2021
Print Length: 196 pages
Genre: Fantasy
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Magical Mountain is the first book in a four-part fantasy series, Kingdom of Treasures. The book retells the story of Cinderella from the fairy’s perspective, giving readers insight into a classic fairytale from a fresh viewpoint. Keeping things interesting, Magical Mountain also borrows plot and character elements from 1001 Arabian Nights (Two Sisters Who Were Jealous of Their Younger Sister). However, the story fosters its own exciting adventure as it focuses on the fairies and the story following the marriage.

In this tale of love, family, and betrayal, readers get a glimpse into what it means to be a true female hero from the fairy and human perspectives. In doing so, Magical Mountain veers from traditional fairytale conventions, in which men typically fulfill the hero role. The women in the story demonstrate what real courage and strength look like. In the end, the female characters prove to the reader that fighting with heart pays off.

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EXCERPT:
For the next few months, the sisters acted the part of loving supporters to Queen Rella. As women of her court and her sisters, they met with Queen Rella regularly, watching and conniving at every moment. Unsuspecting, Queen Rella treated them with kindness, respect, and with the most excellent hospitality.

Avina and Bren tried several schemes to impose pain and sorrow on the Queen.

Firstly, the two sisters gave Rella a gift of a black cat and encouraged her to give it to a visiting Roman. With Fairy Lexi whispering in her ear, Queen Rella showed the cat to Geberic, who discreetly put the cat out of the palace.

Secondly, Avina and Bren coaxed a handsome royal soldier with a magnificent sword and strong arms to visit Rella in her quarters alone after dinner, without the King around. They aimed to make the court gossip about a forbidden romance between the Queen and the soldier. Fairy Lexi overheard Avina flatter the soldier. “Her Majesty wishes to hear about all your noble deeds in the battle against the kingdom of Frankish Neustria,” Avina told the handsome soldier. This plan failed when the soldier arrived at the Queen's quarters and saw the King entering.

Thirdly, Avina and Bren tried to trip the Queen while walking in the court, but the Queen whirled at the last second and rushed down a different way to hug the ailing wife of the handsome royal soldier.

Finally, they put pins into a new pale violet tunic, but the Queen could not wear it due to her growing bump.

The old man opened a bag that lay behind him. One that Tius did not notice before. The old man took out a red ball: an enchanted Seelie ball.

“Take this ball, and after you mount your horse, throw it in front of you. It will roll on till it reaches the foot of a big mountain. When it stops, you should stop as well. Then, you must do exactly as I say...”

Tius shared some of his food with the old man while the old man continued to give instructions.

“…and finally, and most important of all, do not look behind you for any reason. Do you understand?”

Tius nodded his head and replied, “Thank you for your help.” He then mounted his horse. He drew back his arm and hurled the red ball in front of him so that it rolled down the path.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Originally from Northern Iraq, Asmaa Jamil was born into the Chaldean Christian ethnic group before moving to the United States, where she grew up. Leaving the corporate world not long ago to focus on her writing full time, Asmaa draws on her experiences living and working in several different countries to influence her creative process. While abroad, Asmaa learned about other cultures and their unique traditions, a key role in her development as a writer.

Asmaa Jamil holds an MBA in International Business, a PGCert in Management Information Systems, and an MLA in Near Eastern Languages. Her two decades of professional experience in retail, wholesale and entrepreneurship brought her extensive cultural insights, working with diverse international teams in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America.

Raised in a family of storytellers, Asmaa always felt inspired by the power of a narrative. Specifically, she found that family stories were the most captivating, as they speak to audiences of all ages with ease. Not to mention, Asmaa likes that family stories foster opportunities for household gatherings and traditions.

Her first book, titled Magical Mountain from the Kingdom of Treasures series, explores influential female character roles. Outside of writing, Asmaa Jamil enjoys reading history and visiting historical sites around the world. She also has a fascination for connecting the old with the new, demonstrated through her storytelling. When it comes down to it, Asmaa is happy with a cup of coffee, great conversations with loved ones, and of course, good food.

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GIVEAWAY:
Asmaa Jamil 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 and the author assume all responsibility with this giveaway.)

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47 comments:

  1. I love the cover and the excerpt.

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  2. Interesting retelling of Cinderella.

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  3. What age group do you think this story is suitable for?

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  4. Waiting for bloggers to read my book and post a review is tiring. I used https://usbookreviews.com to gather reviews for my book and I am happy with the increase in reviews, sales and visibility.

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  5. love your cover, this sounds like a great book

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  6. I love the natural beauty on the cover!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  7. I enjoyed the excerpt and Magical Mountains sounds like my kind of book and I love the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a spectacular week!

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  8. I love a good fantasy. Thank you

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  9. When you have a treat, do you prefer sweet or savory items?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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  11. David HollingsworthJanuary 31, 2022 at 6:15 PM

    How did you come up with the story?

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  13. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  14. Sounds interesting, great cover.

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

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  16. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

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  17. David HollingsworthFebruary 1, 2022 at 7:09 PM

    How many books do you write each year?

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  18. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

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  19. Magical Mountain in the series Kingdom of Treasures #1 by author Asmaa Jamil sounds like an interesting book that would fascinate many readers.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  20. David HollingsworthFebruary 2, 2022 at 8:58 PM

    What was your inspiration for this book?

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  21. What did you want to be when you grew up?

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  22. Cool book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  23. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

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  24. sounds like a fun one

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  25. I am so loving the cover of this one.
    heather
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  26. David HollingsworthFebruary 3, 2022 at 6:33 PM

    I like the cover.

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  27. I love these kind of stories, fairytale like!

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  28. I like the except. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. I love the cover. This sounds like a great book.

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  30. David HollingsworthFebruary 4, 2022 at 7:49 PM

    I think you're ingenious!

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  31. The book looks fun to read. Thank you for the information.

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  32. My question from yesterday doesn't seem to have posted - what's the furthest you've been from home?

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