Monday, August 1, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Stranded on Castaway Island by Amy C. Laundrie

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Stranded on Castaway Island by Amy C. Laundrie. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a great 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: Stranded on Castaway Island
Author: Amy C. Laundrie
Publication Date: April 2nd 2022
Print Length: 199 pages
Genre: Middle Grade / Young Adult Contemporary Fiction
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On a remote island with only a herd of wild horses for company, two ex-best friends struggle to survive but soon realize they’re not alone.

After a sudden storm turned what should have been a quick boat ride into a nightmare, Annie is shipwrecked on a remote island near Nova Scotia with her ex-best friend Mirra. Learning to survive together would have been easier if they could get along--not possible after the hurtful words neither can forget. Annie and Mirra's only company is a herd of wild horses--or that's what the 14-year-old girls think at first. But when they discover still warm embers from a campfire and man-sized footprints, they know they're not alone.

**The eBook is on sale for $0.99.**

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EXCERPT:
When my arm slashed towards the shark’s eye, it was unbelievably strong and dead-on. I pierced that eye, hearing a popping sound a millisecond before I realized my mistake. The angry shark thrashed its tail so hard it launched the flimsy raft out of the water. Airborne, we spun, landing hard, half the raft dipping into the water, ocean slurping in.

“Bail!” I called to Mirra.

She cupped her hands and frantically flung water. Still clutching the knife, I searched for the shark. A swirl and . . . Whoosh! The shark’s tail slapped at the raft sending us spinning again. One more slap, seeming like a desperate last attempt. I held my breath and, Yes! The dorsal fin darted away.

Mirra’s gasping breaths and her eyes, wide and swimming with terror, made me realize this wasn’t a scene from a movie. This had really happened. My whole body shook. I tried to keep watching in case the shark returned, but I knew I was too shaky to do anything if it did.

As the raft rocked like a baby’s cradle, I longed to have my father’s strong arms around me. But I didn’t have his arms. I only had mine.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amy C. Laundrie writes about nature and animals and spends way too much time imagining what it would be like to survive on a remote island. STRANDED ON CASTAWAY ISLAND, for middle grade and young adults, is her 11th books. She also has picture books, middle-grade chapter books, and an adult memoir. She’s a columnist and her memoir, LAUGH, CRY, REFLECT: STORIES FROM A JOYFUL HEART is a compilation of her favorite pieces.

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GUEST POST:
I was a fourth-grade teacher for over 30 years and love the energy young people bring to the world. Because I spent so much time with middle-grade students, I find it easy to get in their heads and craft authenticate sounding dialogue. I also empathize with what they go through--whether it's bullying, loss of friendships, or trying to figure out life.

This knowledge helped me write STRANDED ON CASTAWAY ISLAND, the story of two ex-best friends who wash up on an uninhabited, remote island and are forced to rely on each other for survival. Learning to survive together would have been easier if they could get along--not possible after the hurtful words neither can forget. Annie and Mirra's only company is a herd of wild horses--or that's what the 14-year-old girls think at first. But when they discover still warm embers from a campfire and man-sized footprints, they know they're not alone. Someone is watching them. Why is he hiding? Why doesn't he help them? When he does reveal himself, their hearts break for him, leaving them feeling more stranded than before.

Midwest Book Review has this to say: “A skillfully crafted novel by an author with a genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative driven storytelling that holds the reader's engaged attention from beginning to end, "Stranded On Castaway Island" by Amy Laundrie is an extraordinarily entertaining read, and one that is especially appropriate and recommended for middle school, high school, and community library contemporary YA Fiction collections.”

I recently had a super fun time at an event for STRANDED ON CASTAWAY ISLAND. Nearly 50 kids attended. Here is one of the comments I received from middle-grade author, Gayle Rosengren. “Laundrie's presentations captivate even the most restless youngsters. Her enthusiasm and excitement are irresistible. A sentence or two from her and the audience is hushed and focused on every word and gesture. And this is just the beginning, because Laundrie's presentation is followed by a variety of hands-on activities that reinforce the concepts she just shared. Make a fishing pole from scraps found on the beach? You bet! Build a shelter from next to nothing? Or a fire without a match? Absolutely! Laundrie's passion ignites the excitement and creativity of her listeners in the best possible way. Highly recommended.”
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GIVEAWAY:
Amy Laundrie 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 over this giveaway.)

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94 comments:

  1. Thank you, All the Ups and Downs, for featuring STRANDED ON CASTAWAY ISLAND, the book of my heart. It's taken 30 years to bring this one to life, but the wait has been worth it. Castaway Island is based on Sable Island which is 90 miles from Halifax, Nova Scotia. This fall I get to visit the area. I'll be watching for any signs of Annie, Mirra, the "watcher," or Sea Stallion.

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    1. You are very welcome, and thank you for sharing your story! Thirty years is a long time! I'm glad you were finally able to get it out there. =)

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  2. Sounds like a terrific read for the younger audience. I'm intrigued and as an adult I would also like to read this. Want to know who or what is on the island with them.

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  3. I have been told that the end of part one, when the girls discover who has been watching them, is a favorite scene. Thank you for your interest.

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  4. this sounds like a great book for my niece to read

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  5. Really nice cover and excerpt, my nephews would love to read this!

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    1. Thank you for commenting on the cover. It was recently changed and I believe this one is more appealing. If your nephews liked books like Gary Paulsen's "Hatchet," they'll like Stranded on Castaway Island too. Thanks for your comment.

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  6. My daughter would love this book. Thank you

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  7. Congratulations on your recent release of Stranded on Castaway Island, Amy, I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt, your book sounds like a great book to share with my grandkids! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a marvelous week!

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    1. Hi Stomy, I'm glad you found the post and excerpt enjoyable. You enjoy your week, tool

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  8. In this post, I especially enjoyed reading about the author's life.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  9. An intriguing cover, synopsis and excerpt, Stranded on Castaway Island sounds like a thrilling read for my teen-aged grandchildren and I. Thank you for sharing your guest post and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading your story

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    1. I'm delighted you enjoyed the readings. Thanks for letting me know.

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    1. It has gotten great reviews. I especially like it when readers call it a "page-turner."

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  11. I really enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for reading.

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  12. this sounds like an interesting book

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    1. Thanks for your interest, Marisela. I appreciate your taking a look.

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  13. This sounds super good and one I would love to read.
    heather

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    1. Thank you for the comment, Heather. (That's my daughter's name.) Readers are calling it a page-turner.

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  14. I'm glad you like the cover. I recently changed it and the comments have been favorable.

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  15. I really like the excerpt and the cover.

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    1. Thank you, sherry. That means a great deal to me.

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  16. David HollingsworthAugust 1, 2022 at 6:22 PM

    Happy Monday!

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    1. So, David, you might be odd like me. Is Monday your favorite day of the week?

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  17. Middle Grade / Young Adult Contemporary Fiction - I like this genre the best as I have grand kids who would love this!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Grandparents can be such wonderful encouragers, and I suspect your grandchildren are lucky to have your influence.

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    1. Thank you, Thomas. It's been fun to stir up enthusiasm for Annie and Mirra's story.

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

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  20. I loved spending lazy summer days reading and I hope your niece can do the same.

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  21. I enjoyed reading the guest post. Thanks!

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  22. I appreciate your taking the time, Debbi. Enjoy your week.

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  23. Really nice cover and excerpt, looking forward to reading this!

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  24. I like the cover and excerpt. Sounds great!

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  25. thanks this sounds like a great book

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

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    1. You're very welcome. Thanks for checking it out.

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  27. Sounds like a great read.

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  28. Thank you, Abbie. It's the book of my heart.

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  29. David HollingsworthAugust 2, 2022 at 8:27 PM

    I like the sound and plot of this book.

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    1. Thank you, David. Readers have said it appeals to both men and women and all ages.

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  30. What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

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    1. Christy by Catherine Marshall comes immediately to mind. It's an older book, but it's one that still resonates with me. At the impressionable and idealistic age of twenty, reading it made me want to change the world. It reinforces my desire to become a teacher which was a good career choice. Now, of course, I get to write, which can also change the world.

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  31. hope your book tour is going well

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  32. I liked hearing about the general details of Stranded on Castaway Island
    by author Amy C. Laundrie. Being stranded on an island populated with wild horses sounds really interesting!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. I'm a huge horse lover myself; maybe you are too.

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  33. Where is the farthest place you've traveled?

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  34. David HollingsworthAugust 4, 2022 at 12:32 AM

    Happy Thursday!

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    1. It will be a great Thursday. I meet with a group of children at my local library for a fun nature event tied to my books.

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  35. What is a significant way your book has changed since the first draft?

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  36. Thank you for the question. The story used to be told through third person, but now that I'm telling it through Annie's head, the reader gets a more intimate look at what she's feeling and thinking. It was also once set in the 1800s, but I feel readers can relate more to the contemporary setting. Thanks for asking.

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  37. this sounds like a wonderful story

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  38. like the excerpt

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  39. I've always enjoyed books about best girlfriends

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  40. I liked hearing about the relationship dynamic with the ex best friends.

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  41. My daughter would enjoy this book

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  42. Christina Gail PearceAugust 4, 2022 at 9:04 PM

    I can't wait to read it!

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  43. I like how the author was a teacher.

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  44. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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  45. Hope you have a great Friday and weekend!

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. I'm glad you found the premise interesting and like the cover.

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  47. thanks for the giveaway have a great weekend

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  48. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover.

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  49. David HollingsworthAugust 5, 2022 at 3:51 PM

    Happy Friday!

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  50. You had me with on a remote island with only wild horses as company! Sounds like a book I'd definitely be interested in!

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    1. Ha! Loved your comment. Thanks for the reply.

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  51. Sounds great! What’s your favorite genre to read?

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    1. I enjoy reading memoir and personal essays. I just finished Ann Patchett's THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE and loved it. She compiled her favorite short stories or essays. I'm a columnist and did something similar in my book LAUGH, CRY, REFLECT: STORIES FROM A JOYFUL HEART. Thanks for asking.

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