Monday, October 17, 2022

Book Blast and Giveaway: Sophia Freeman Series by T.X. Troan

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for the Sophia Freeman series by T.X. Troan. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the first book in the series. There's also the blast wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Sophia Freeman and the Mysterious Fountain
Series: Sophia Freeman #1
Author: T.X. Troan
Publisher: Rise Publishers
Publication Date: January 7th 2019
Print Length: 150 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure
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EARTH AWAKENED ... SEED PLANTED ... PATH REVEALED.

What begins as a special trip for eleven-year-old Sophia Freeman and her father, leaves her trapped on a mysterious island with a tree boy and fantastical creatures. Later, she learns she is dying from an eternal curse and the only way to prolong her life is to drink the island’s sacred water. Can Sophia and her companions reach the fountain and defeat the guardian before time runs out?

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EXCERPT:
“So, what’s on your agenda today, my dear?” Grandma asked.

“Dad and I are going to explore his new island after this, “she replied, sitting on the edge of her seat.

“Oh, yes, your father told me about that on the phone last night,” said Grandpa, then gave Sophia a serious look. “My girl, do you know why all the previous owners vanished?”

Sophia shook her head slightly, but kept watching him without blinking.

“Rumors say the place possesses some sort of magical energy. As dusk arrives, the island comes to life: boulders begin to quake, monstrous trees uproot themselves, andvmysterious creatures crawl out of their homes. They will do anything to protect their island … especially from humans.”

Sophia’s eyes widened and her hands began to sweat.

“Joe, that’s enough!” Dad ordered. “You’re scaring her.”

“That was very mean of you, Joe,” Grandma added.

Grandpa chuckled. “Well, it looks like I haven’t loss my touch. You’re still that innocent girl that I used to know.”

Sophia sighed with relief. He must have been teasing.

When she was a lot younger, Grandpa used to tell her ghost stories and it would frighten her every time. The all-time best story was about an invisible spirit that watches us from behind since the day we were born. It would one day transfer our soul to a magical place when we are ready to go. He told the little girl it was time for him to go and would never return. She burst into tears and tried to convince him it wasn’t time yet. She stayed with him that whole night and never let him out of her sight.
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Title: Sophia Freeman and the Gate of Jade
Series: Sophia Freeman #2
Author: T.X. Troan
Publisher: Rise Publishers
Publication Date: May 7th 2021
Print Length: 186 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure
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THEY MUST RISK IT ALL TO REGAIN THEIR FREEDOM ... OR BE SEALED AWAY FOREVER.

Sophia Freeman and her best friend, Tim Charnal, must beat all contestants in a three-round Beyond Event organized by the mighty arbiters to free him from the penalty of murder and gain the islanders' trust. Entering the hologram and surviving environments filled with everything from hammer-throwing cave giants to a slimy tentacled sea monster, they will need all their courage, wits, and skills. But how are they going to win when magic is forbidden?

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Title: Sophia Freeman and the Era of Darkness
Series: Sophia Freeman #3
Author: T.X. Troan
Publisher: Rise Publishers
Publication Date: July 1st 2022
Print Length: 172 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure
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EVIL RISING ... ISLANDERS MISSING ... AND FRIENDS BETRAYING.

With the increase in deaths of Pandilone Islanders, the arbiters devise a strategy to free the god demon within five days to lift the Eternal Curse. All goes as planned until iron-masked creatures kidnap magic users, weakening the army. To gain reinforcements, Sophia Freeman, Tim Charnal, and rescued Allen Chan must gather all six items to cast the Dream Spell, connecting them with Sophia’s father and his air force. But how can the trio succeed in time while surrounded by enemies and traitors aiming to stop them at any cost?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Thuan Doan was born in Indonesia, and grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

Thuan has been fascinated by art from a young age, especially fantasy. He would wake up hours before school, sit outside the classroom, and scribble in his sketch book.

After college, he worked on a series of jobs, including: an advergaming association as a storyboard/concept artist, gaming company as lead concept artist, and graphic designer for various clients.

Thuan conceived his first middle-grade fantasy novel, Sophia Freeman and the Mysterious Fountain, during a trip to Gabriola Island, British Columbia in the summer of 2013. Then he took his work and settled in a small town of Enderby, where it’s peaceful and quiet. 4 years later, the story is complete. While book 1, 2 and 3 are being shared with the world, he's writing and illustrating book 4 of the Sophia Freeman series.

Thuan is writing under a pen name of T.X. Troan. “X” stands for Xu, his grandmother’s name who passed away. And “Troan” is a combination of his parents' names.

“No matter how this turns out, I want my family to be a part of this wonderful journey.”

T.X. Troan married Sarah, his original fan and longtime love, in 2016. They live in Enderby with their pack dogs and school of fish!

AWARDS
★ Entrada Publishing Incipere Award, 2020
★ Readers' Favorite 5 star Badge, 2019, 2021 and 2022
★ Literary Titan Badge, 2020

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GIVEAWAY:
T.X. Troan 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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96 comments:

  1. My niece would like these books.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  2. My daughter will love this book. Thank you

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  3. Sounds great for the younger audience. Gotta ask, how much is a school of fish that the author shows as pets?

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    1. My family just have dogs now :)

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  4. Congratulations on your release of Sophia Freeman and the Era Darkness, Thaun, I enjoyed the excerpts and the Sophia Freeman series sounds like a great series to share with my granddaughter! Good luck with your books and the blast!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a fabulous week!

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    1. Thank you so much. You have a wonderful week as well!

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  5. Thank you for hosting! I will be outside most of the day, but all questions will be answered. Thank you for your patience. Enjoy the Sophia Freeman series (All books are on promotion on Amazon). Visit my website to explore all the book illustrations, games, music and much more. Appreciate all the readers who stopped by :)

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  6. cute covers, congrats on the book tour

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  7. Sounds like a really entertaining book!

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

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  9. Adventure books are always fun to read and the cover art is eye catching.

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  10. Sounds fun! Thank you for the excerpt! :)

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    1. Thank you and you’re welcome ☺️

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  11. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. Enjoy the journey more than the destination.

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  12. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  13. I have a grand daughter that would LOVE this series!

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

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  15. thanks this sounds really interesting

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  16. Happy Tuesday!

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

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    1. Glad to hear! You're very welcome :)

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    1. No, just need my 6 hours of sleep :)

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    1. Sorry for the late reply. My day was good! You have a wonderful day :)

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  20. Happy Wednesday!

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  21. What author do you most admire?

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  22. looks like a fun one

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  23. Have a good night!

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  24. Oh boy, many years ago lol. Have a good night :)

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  25. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  26. You’re very welcome. Have a wonderful day :)

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  27. I have grand kids who would love this!
    Make a great Christmas gift.
    Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. You're very welcome. Sounds like a fantastic idea :)

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  28. Have you written other genre's of books recently?

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    1. Not yet. I'm sticking to my favourite genre for now.

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  29. best of luck with the book, thanks for the giveaway

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    1. My very first job was farming. Hard work, but it strengthened my body :)

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  31. The book covers are awesome sounds like a fun series to read

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  32. Do you get writer's block?

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  33. These look like great books for kids. Thanks for sharing information about them.

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