Monday, February 14, 2022

NBTM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Friends to the End by C.L. Colyer

Welcome to my stop on the NBTM virtual book tour for Friends to the End by C.L. Colyer. 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 regarding happy childhood memories from the author. There's also the 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: Friends to the End
Author: C.L. Colyer
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: September 27th 2021
Print Length: 192 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Supernatural Adventure
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Zach doesn’t believe in ghosts…but he should.

Twelve-year-old Zach is convinced he’ll never be happy without his best friend Jeremy by his side. But both of their lives changed with a bang five months ago, and as far as Zach’s concerned, it’s his fault Jeremy will never see his twelfth birthday.

When Zach moves with his family to a Chicago suburb, he quickly becomes friends with a group of thrill-seeking kids trying to find a disappearing haunted house. But Zach’s not worried. He doesn’t believe in ghosts, so he follows them into a wild, dangerous encounter that becomes a battle to decide what’s real and what’s not.

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EXCERPT:
We stopped a few yards from the cemetery, our mouths hanging open and our eyes wide.

“Please tell me you see that,” I whispered.

“If you mean the white lights floating above the ground,” Josh said, “we see it.”

“They’re orbs,” Morgan corrected, as if knowing the proper name for the glowing spheres made it okay to see them.

“Orbs?” Josh asked.

“Spirits of the dead,” I replied, remembering what Morgan had told me.

Dom scooted his bike closer. “Maybe we should ask them if they’ve seen the house.”

“Seriously?” Morgan asked.

“Yeah.”

Morgan shook her head, causing her ponytail to swing from side to side. “Oh, no! I learned my lesson the last time we were here. I’m not stepping one foot off the shoulder of the road.”

“Your right foot is in the grass,” Dom said, shining his flashlight on her sneaker.

Morgan scowled and repositioned herself to have both feet on concrete.

Three iridescent orbs floated over headstones. I thought about the movies that warned people to stay away from the light. Maybe they weren’t warning us about a bright beam of light, but instead small glowing balls. Maybe if one of them touched you, the spirit would take over your body. Maybe they were waiting for someone to be stupid enough to come closer. I suddenly wondered if I’d met anyone who’d been possessed by a spirit and immediately thought of Olivia and her strange habits.

Then I told myself I was being ridiculous.

Or was I? Think about it. How would anyone know if a ghost hitched a ride with the person in front of him or her?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
C.L. Colyer found her love for writing in first grade when her class was sent to the library and asked to find a book for their first book report. While she doesn’t still have this book report, she’s very proud to say she got an A on it. Her favorite thing about the book was that it had no words. That’s right, not one! That gave her the freedom to interpret the pictures in any way she wanted and write her own story.

This sparked her love for writing essays. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she sat down and penned her first novel. This story has a special place in her heart because it’s the story that helped her discover her passion for writing. She has since written several books, many of which may never see the light of day, but all of which helped her learn to combine her passion for writing with her fascination with all things mythical. You’ll find examples of this in her novels.

She lives in Illinois with her family.
 
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GUEST POST:
- What is your happiest memory you have of being a child?

Oh wow, there are so many. Let me share of few of my favorites.

When I was a kid, my friends and I spent most of our time outside. We’d catch frogs. Yes, frogs! One of my friends, Steve, and I had a wading pool full of them at one point. We’d ride our bikes everywhere, setting out on grand adventures, exploring the neighborhood, visiting the corner store, and concurring the playground. There really is something to be said about childhood friends. They’re wonderful and unforgettable.

Another fond memory is of when I was eight or nine. My friends and I had attempted to build a clubhouse. We gathered all the spare wood and paneling our parents had lying around, grabbed hammers and nails, and tried to create four walls. It took us all day before we admitted defeat. (We didn’t know we needed to build a frame first.) But we had a lot of fun. I can still picture the crooked walls just before the whole thing collapsed. Don’t worry, no one was hurt!

Later, when I was probably around twelve, I had found a narrow creek tucked at the edge of our neighborhood. Few people knew about it, so it was the perfect place to hide away, and it was always peaceful. I used to love to go there. A low branch stuck out the side of one of the trees. It was perfect for sitting on. It was one of my favorite places to go when I wanted to be alone.

I can’t forget the roller skating parties I used to attend. The majority of my sixth and then seventh grade classes were there. We’d spend two glorious hours gliding around the rink, joking, laughing, eating junk food, and drinking soda.

Just as fun were the sleepovers with friends, which usually included way too much pizza, chips, and soda. We played games like Truth or Dare and Stiff as a Board. It always amazed me just how high we could lift each other with just a few fingers.

I’d like to thank All the Ups and Downs for having me here today. If you have a favorite childhood memory, I’d love to hear it.
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GIVEAWAY:
Cherie Colyer will be awarding a $15 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, the entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility for this giveaway.)

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180 comments:

  1. My niece would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  2. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. My grandsons would like the book.

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  4. thanks this sounds like a wonderful story

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  5. Thanks for hosting!

    If anyone has questions, let me know! I'll stop back by later!

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  6. How long did it take you to write the book?

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    1. If I don't count the many times I revised, about six months. If I count all the revisions, several years. I kept coming back and tweaking before I was truly happy.

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

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  8. Happy Valentines day, looks like a amazing book !!!

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  9. I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt, Cherie, Friends to the End sounds like a great book to share with the kids! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a Happy Valentine's Day!

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  10. I like the cover and excerpt. My nephew would enjoy this book.

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  11. Do you believe in love at first sight?

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  12. Thanks everyone! This was a fun book to write.

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  13. I liked the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. Are you buying any discounted Valentine's Day products today?

    Nancy
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  15. I love the story of how the author came to be an author.

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  16. This would be great for school students to read

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  17. This sounds like a great book for middle schoolers. Best of luck with the publication.

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  18. Today's best quote: “Find joy in snow,” he said. “because if you don’t find joy in snow, you’ll be less happy and still have the same amount of snow.”

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  19. Have you ever danced in the rain?

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  20. Friends to the End by author C.L. Colyer sounds like a book that middle graders would enjoy reading.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  21. This sounds like a great read that I would really enjoy.

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  22. This book sounds like a wonderful fantasy. Love the cover.

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  23. Have you ever met someone from the internet?

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    1. My dream home would be a house overlooking the sea or a large body of water.

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  25. I hope you are somewhere warm. Current wind chill here is -10.

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  26. What was the best day of your life?

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  27. Do you write an outline before you start your book?

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    1. I'm more of a pantser, but lately I have been trying my hand at plotting. It's been fun and challenging. :)

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  28. I would so enjoy reading this book and I like the cover too. How long did it take to write it?

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    1. It took about a year to write, but then I kept tweaking it. So if you add the times I set this story aside and came back to it several years.

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  29. I think that the cover of your book has an interesting design.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  30. You are such a great writer!!!

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  31. What was the one thing you did to ensure you got published?

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    1. Besides for kept writing, I attended conferences and workshops to hone my craft.

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  32. Thanks everyone for stopping by and leaving comments! I'll keep stopping by, so keep them coming.

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  33. This sounds like a great read and one that will keep me interested.
    heather
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  34. Tell me about the craziest day that ever happened to you.

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  35. Are you having crazy weather? We are.

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  36. Thank you for a chance to win

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  37. Do you prefer regular books, ebooks, or audiobooks?

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  38. Have you ever traveled abroad?

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  39. What's the craziest thing that's ever happened to you?

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  40. What good deed are you doing this week?

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  41. What was your favourite book as a kid?

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  42. You are so creative and amazing

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  43. Tell me about your favourite piece of art in your house.

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  44. Thank you for a chance to win :)

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  45. What rewards have you given yourself this week?

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  46. Do you write an outline before you start a book?

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  47. How do you deal with online trolls?

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  48. How do you decide on a cover for your book?

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  49. What's your plans for the zombie apocalypse?

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  50. Does daylight savings throw your writing off?

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  51. What do you do when you're feeling sad?

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  52. I hope you have a great night!

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  53. Have you ever had a supernatural experience?

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  54. Always fun to find the behind the scenes story of the author, in my dreams I am that author, lol.

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  55. Do you have another book coming out?

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  56. What's your favourite type of cookie?

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  57. Do you remember to get up and stretch when you're writing?

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  58. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  59. Friends to the End by author C.L. Colyer sounds like a book that many kids would enjoy.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  60. Do you speak any other languages?

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  61. Friends to the End by author C.L. Colyer sounds like a book that would charm many middle school readers.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  62. What author do you most admire?

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  63. Do you have a family, or plan on starting one?

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  64. Do you watch March Madness basketball?

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  65. What boWhat book has had the most influence on your life?ok has had the most influence on your life?

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  66. I'm definitely adding this book to my kid's reading list.

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  67. Do you change your writing routine with the change of seasons?

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  68. I think that middle school readers would really enjoy Friends to the End by author C.L. Colyer.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  69. Have a great Easter weekend!

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  70. Where in the world would you most like to visit?

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  71. Do you keep a thesaurus handy when you write?

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  72. “The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.” – Toni Morrison

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  73. “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” – William Wordsworth

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  74. “The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  75. Are there any other authors in your family?

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  76. What's your favourite Stephen King book?

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  77. Are you have crazy weather where you live? We are.

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  78. “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” — Stephen King

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  79. “You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.” — Annie Proulx

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  80. What kinda tea do you like to drink?

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  81. “They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream by night.” – Edgar Allan Poe

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  82. Do you have a plan for your next book?

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  83. “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see, and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” – Joan Didion

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  84. “The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” – Gustav Flaubert

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  85. “I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and look at it, until it shines.” – Emily Dickinson

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  86. This sounds like a book that middle graders would enjoy reading.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  87. What is a small annoyance you deal with daily?

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  88. I hope you have a great day

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  89. “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw

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  90. May the fourth be with you!

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  91. Do you still have any friends from high school?

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  92. Luv finding new interesting books / authors, Thank you

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  93. Do you have a secret addiction?

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  94. What was your favourite vacation?

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  95. Where do you like to shop the most?

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  96. Most positive thing about writing and most negative thing about writing -- what are they?

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  97. sounds like a fun one

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  98. This sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

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  99. This sounds like a fun book to read and the cover art is eye catching.

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