Friday, May 27, 2022

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Silver Sail (The Coseema Saga #2) by Bridgette Dutta Portman

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Silver Sail by Bridgette Dutta Portman. This blog tour was organized by Lola's Blog Tours. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the author's inspiration for writing in a lovely guest post. 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!
The Silver Sail book cover
Title: The Silver Sail
Series: The Coseema Saga #2
Author: Bridgette Dutta Portman
Publisher: Titan1 Studios
Publication Date: May 3rd 2022
Print Length: 343 pages
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Fantasy

A looming supernova. A long-lost starship. A hero turned evil.

Olive Joshi never meant to fall through a portal into her own abandoned novel, much less kill her protagonist and resurrect her as a villain. Now she’s on the run in a universe quickly spiraling out of her control.

After narrowly escaping Coseema with her life, Olive and her friends head for a distant planet in search of the legendary starship the Wave-Rider, which may be the only hope for the doomed people of Lyria. But the voyage there is littered with obstacles—the tyrannical ruler of a dying colony, a mysterious spacefarer, the ever-present threat of Coseema, and Olive’s own obsessive fears. Back on Lyria, Olive’s allies face obstacles of their own as they vie with the cruel emperor Burnash, while Burnash himself chafes under Coseema’s control. Olive, armed with her omniscient journal, finds comfort in reading along with her friends’ adventures. But when time runs out, she must embark on a risky collision course with her former heroine, one that may force her to give up what she treasures most.

The Silver Sail, Book Two of the Coseema Saga, is a must-read for fans of portal fantasy, space opera, coming-of-age adventures, and novels about mental health, self-esteem, friendship, and courage in the face of uncertainty.

Jambol had put down the trunchpick and lantern and seated himself in the moss on the tunnel floor. Olive joined him. Her feet ached after what must have been hours of walking, and it felt good to rest. The lantern sat between them, casting their hulking shadows on the walls.

“Maybe we should take turns sleeping,” Jambol said.


He took off his backpack and retrieved a bottle of water. “We haven’t slept since…”

He trailed off. Olive couldn’t remember, either. She did feel tired. Sitting next to Jambol, with the darkness settling over them and the moss like a soft blanket, her eyelids sagged like lead curtains. She shook her head and grabbed the water he offered her. They had to stay awake, to keep going. Every minute they rested was another minute Nestra and Zeph were in peril. She drank deeply to keep herself alert. She had to think of a plan. They had run out of thread, but perhaps there was another way they could mark their path. There had to be.

Jambol slumped against her, knocking the lantern over.

“Sorry…” he mumbled, sitting back up. “We’ve got to sleep, Olive. We can’t save them if we can’t think straight.”

He had a point. Still, the thought of losing any of their precious time was hard to accept. “Just a little farther, okay?” she pressed. “Until the tunnel branches again.”

Jambol hesitated, but then he dragged himself to his feet.

They walked on through the darkness for another half an hour. Sound carried better through the thicker air—Olive clearly heard her and Jambol’s soft footsteps, the drip of water from the ceiling, the occasional scuttle of a lumizard. She listened hard for any hint of Nestra or Zeph.

A rock jutted out in front of her, and she tripped, falling against Jambol.

“Seriously, Olive,” he said as he steadied her, “I think we should stop.”

“I’m okay.” She shook her head hard, trying to clear the fog of sleepiness that was rolling in.

“I’m not.” He set the lantern down. “I don’t think we should go any farther until we’ve slept at least a little.”

She exhaled. He wasn’t going to budge. If she were honest with herself, she desperately wanted a nap, too. “Okay. But only for a few minutes.” She glanced ahead, where the moss on the cavern floor looked especially smooth and welcoming, like a fluffy green bed. Something looked different about the moss, but she was too exhausted to dwell on it. “It looks soft over here.”

She took a step onto the moss blanket.

And fell through it.
The Twin Stars book cover
Title: The Twin Stars
Series: The Coseema Saga #1
Author: Bridgette Dutta Portman
Publisher: Titan1 Studios
Publication Date: July 6th 2021
Print Length: 253 pages
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Fantasy

A magical journal. A world savaged by its own suns. An evil prince. A princess in hiding. And a teenage girl who learns to be the hero of her own story.

Sixteen-year-old Olive Joshi has obsessive-compulsive disorder, and can't stop worrying about hurting the people she loves. She finds refuge in writing about Coseema, a magical princess on a distant planet. Coseema is fearless, confident, and perfect - everything Olive thinks she’ll never be. When she falls through a portal into her own unfinished story, Olive finds herself in a world in peril: double suns scorch the land, the brutal Prince Burnash seeks supreme power, and Coseema is nowhere to be found. Together with her friends - a bold poet, a cursed musician, a renegade soldier, and an adventurous girl from the desert - Olive will have to face her deepest fears to find the hero in herself.

The Twin Stars is an engrossing new portal fantasy in the spirit of the Wizard of Oz, the Neverending Story, and the Chronicles of Narnia.

Bridgette Dutta Portman author picture
Bridgette Dutta Portman is an author, playwright, and teaching artist. Dozens of her plays have been produced across the United States and overseas. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Spalding University, as well as a PhD in political science from the University of California, Irvine. She is past president of the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco and is currently a member of Same Boat Theater Collective, the Pear Playwrights’ Guild, and the Dramatists’ Guild. She recently joined the board of the Pear Theatre in Mountain View, CA. The Twin Stars is her debut novel, and the first of a planned trilogy. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Deepanshu and their two young children.

- Who or what inspires you to write?

I used to have a quote from Isaac Asimov on my website – “I write for the same reason I breathe, because if I didn’t, I would die.” Sounds overdramatic, sure. But it resonates with me. When I go for too long without writing, I feel a sense of restlessness and frustration. It’s such a part of who I am that if I don’t write, I no longer feel like myself.

I think I enjoy writing because I like living vicariously through my characters. I may never have the chance to travel in space or set foot on alien planets, but my characters can, and by experiencing it through them I get the added benefit of not having to be in mortal peril. That’s always nice. I also love psychology, and one of my favorite parts of writing is exploring the inner life of my characters. What motivates them? What are their greatest hopes and deepest fears? What lies beneath the facades they put up? It’s always exciting when a character takes on a life of their own and begins to act in ways that I might not have initially predicted. When that happens, I know I’ve done a good job.

Finally, I’m inspired to write by other writers. Writing can be a lonely endeavor, which is why it’s so important to find and build community. I’ve developed my craft and found my voice as a writer through interacting with other authors and playwrights. Their feedback, encouragement, guidance, and comradery has been invaluable.
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  1. Terrific cover. Love the premise. Sounds like a great YA read.

  2. this sounds like a great book to read, thanks

  3. Looks like a very interesting book.

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

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  5. I really like the cover. It's interesting.

  6. My daughter would enjoy this book

  7. David HollingsworthMay 27, 2022 at 9:26 PM

    Happy Friday!

  8. I like the book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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

  10. Looks like a book my grandson would like - have to buy it for him.

  11. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Very exciting excerpt. Good work

  13. I love this book - genre title and cover!
    Thank you for sharing it.

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

  15. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance.

  16. I like to learn about authors who are new to me and their books.

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  17. The book sounds very interesting. Great cover!

  18. Do you have any advice for new writers?

  19. This book sounds like a great read!

  20. How long does it take to write a book?

  21. What was your inspiration in writing this book? It sounds good!
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  22. Do have a favorite place to do your writing?

  23. sounds like a fun one

  24. The book sounds amazing and thanks for sharing!

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

  26. Sounds like an exciting read. I loved the synopsis & excerpt

  27. What a lovely book cover. Looks interesting to read for sure.

  28. Sounds like an exciting story.