Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Book Blast and Giveaway: Beyond the Birch (Fractured & Fabled) by Torina Kingsley

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Beyond the Birch by Torina Kingsley. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Beyond the Birch
Series: Fractured & Fabled
Author: Torina Kingsley
Publisher: Trunk Up Books
Publication Date: March 30th 2021
Print Length: 158 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Eleven year old Macy dreams of action and adventure that will take her far beyond her family's farm. But what will happen when that adventure finds her?

Long ago, faeries were banished from the land after a legendary battle. So long ago that many wonder if faeries really exist or if the battle was just a tall tale. But one mysterious night, Macy's mother is attacked, and ever since, unusual things start happening. Missing items, changing moods, and most strange of all, the family's sheep start behaving unusually.

Her mother is suddenly determined to get rid of the sheep, and Macy suspects that the reason may be sinister. When Macy meets a boy her age, the aloof and sarcastic Jay, they embark on a journey to discover the truth and save her mother.
In this twist on The Wonderful Birch, you won't find kings, queens, or evil stepmothers. Instead, you'll find two courageous pre-teens from the outskirts, ready to defend Odele from the magical forces that threaten it.

It wasn’t long before the sun disappeared behind a hill, leaving Laurel to wander in darkness. It’s no use, she thought, I’m not going to find him tonight. I’d best be getting back home. Maybe Macy can help me search in the morning.

She turned around searching for the lamplights that lined the Jensen farm. She could barely make them out in the distance. Steeling herself for the long walk back, she gathered her skirts once again.


The sound of a twig snapping nearby alerted her that she may not be alone.

It was probably just an animal, Laurel told herself. The wind stopped suddenly—as if holding its breath too.


“Hello?” she called out. She whirled around frantically, her eyes searching for the source of the sound. “Is anyone there?”

A frail voice answered her, “I’m sorry, my dear. I didn’t mean to scare you.” An old woman peeked her head around the tree trunk. Upon seeing Laurel, the woman’s face relaxed a little, and she slowly hobbled over. “There are wolves in these woods, and I fear I don’t stand a chance if I run into one. Best I can do is hide and cross my fingers.”

Laurel squinted in the dark, trying to get a good look at her. Her clothes were worn, and her skin was paler than anyone from around these parts. “Are you traveling to Grimsby? You don’t look like you are from around here,” Laurel replied, eyeing the stranger.
Author Torina Kingsley masterfully creates a world where things aren't always as they seem. Beyond the Birch is an imaginative spin on an old folktale that reminds us all to hold our loved ones close and always believe in own our capabilities.

Torina Kingsley will be awarding a $10 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 over this giveaway.)

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  1. Excellent guest post and excerpt, Beyond the Birch sounds like a book that I want to share with my grandkids! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful day!

  2. Do you have any advice for new writers?

    1. Don't underestimate the amount of time that you'll spend revising. The editing process is what makes a book shine so it's okay if your first draft is messy.

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

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  4. The book sounds very interesting. Love the eye-catching cover.

  5. The book sounds interesting.

  6. I have grand kids who would love this book!
    Thank you for sharing it.

  7. How do you handle writing slumps?

  8. What do you like to eat for breakfast?

  9. Looks great!

  10. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

  11. sounds like a fun one

  12. I would so enjoy reading this book and I like the cover too.

  13. Thank you for a chance to win!

  14. What is the first book that made you cry?