Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Fixed Moon by Katie Groom

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Fixed Moon by Katie Groom. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a fun guest post regarding paranormal/supernatural creatures by the author. 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 tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Fixed Moon
Author: Katie Groom
Publication Date: October 4th 2022
Print Length: 312 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance
After breaking her engagement and traveling 800 miles to start her life over, literature student Zoie is ready to live her life within the books she reads and the worlds she creates on the page. She will live her life solo — only her stuffed animal Judy by her side.

Werewolf and literature professor Hugh has long been wary of letting people into his life, even for someone who’s almost 200. His life in Birmingham, Alabama, and his only two friends in the world are enough to keep him content. Not happy, but as near as he figures is possible.

Neither is ready for the literal sparks that fly when they meet. But Hugh knows those sparks mean his heart belongs to Zoie, whether she wants it or not. Desperate to prove he’s worthy of her, Hugh takes Zoie to places mortals are forbidden, drawing dangerous attention to them both.

Now, together with their closest friends, Hugh and Zoie fight against ancient foes and even more ancient laws for their lives and their love.

Stevie placed her hands in front of her as if she was holding a big beach ball and closed her eyes. The boat shook ever so slightly and then the water started to rise above the sides of the boat.

Terrified that they were going to take on water, Zoie latched onto Hugh’s arm. She watched as either the water continued to rise above the boat or, maybe, the boat was sinking below the water.

As the water arched over their heads and created a ceiling, a fish fell at their feet. “Do I release it back or will that be an issue?” Zoie picked it up and waited for the signal — a nod from Stevie. Then she tossed it back towards the wall of water before it wiggled out of her hands.

The boat travelled further down into the depths of the ocean, slowly at first — as Stevie gauged Zoie’s potential reaction to increased pressure around the boat. The water grew a darker and darker blue until the only light was what was held in their own bubble.

Zoie was standing at the edge of the boat, holding the railing, when she saw a small light. She leaned forward to get a better look. Squinting her eyes, she tried to make out what was holding the light. She leaned further forward only to be inches from the wall of water — and inches from many rows of giant, pointy teeth.

Jumping back, she gasped and placed her hand over her mouth.
Katie Groom grew up in rural Pennsylvania, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from PITT and her master’s in Employment and Labor Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2016, she decided to move to Alabama in order to avoid as much snow as possible (and to advance her career in Human Resources).

When she isn’t working, Katie enjoys reading, writing, jokingly critiquing movies and TV, and campaigning that the plural of moose should be meese. She also loves to take in live music (especially Hanson) and traveling, with the goal of reaching each of the continents. Katie’s favorite pastime, however, is spending time with her beloved Shih tzu, Delta.

- If you could be any paranormal or supernatural creature, which would you choose and why?

This is like asking a kid what they want to be when they grow up! There are so many possibilities and so many different paths to take. It can change day by day. I want to be able to fly! I want to be able to withstand strong pressure, such as at the bottom of the ocean! Super strength! Ability to do magic! I could go on… This has always been a problem for me — wanting to be able to do everything. I mean, even as I’ve moved on from the previous series of superpowers, I’m still thinking of more incredible options there are.

Soooooo…not sure if there is a creature that could do this, but I would love to have the ability to take on someone else’s superpower just by touching them or maybe telepathically taking it on if I’m within a certain distance. I think, perhaps, I will make up my own version of this supernatural creature right now.

Let’s start with the power itself. I believe the choice to draw on someone else’s power would have to be a conscious decision, otherwise, if there’s multiple beings with power around the creature, it would have a jumble of powers or accidentally take power at random times.

That second option could be quite dangerous. Imagine snatching the ability to fly and then flying so high that you are out of the range of the being that you took the power from — causing you to fall! Either you fall to the point that you latch onto the power again or…something a lot less fun. OR — and this may be even worse — flying to high and losing the power and being stuck floating in space, without the ability to survive that situation. This just isn’t a fun way to get the power.

But the former option — if I’m fighting someone and need to use their power against them, I’d have to get close enough to touch them. That doesn’t seem safe. Still, it seems like the most useful way to obtain the power because the creature could keep using that power until it touched someone else to obtain their power. I think this is the best way for this yet-to-be-named creature to obtain powers.

Would this creature have a standard power besides the ability to draw power from another being? It would have to be something that wouldn’t make them completely infallible. It’s just unacceptable for anyone or anything to be unable to be defeated. So, no, I don’t think that this creature would have any other special power. It would just be unfair. That’s the same reason that the creature can only take on one power at a time. So, yes, even though I’m choosing to be this creature, I’m on board with this.

Appearance-wise, I believe this creature would just be in whatever form the being was born as. For example, in my case, it would just look like me. It wouldn’t change appearance, unless that was the power it was drawing upon (i.e. transfiguration).

I also believe that this creature would be born with this superpower, rather than having to go through a traumatic experience to earn it. It’s somewhere within them — within their DNA. I, however, believe that the power will lay dormant until the creature was at a certain age or maturity level, so that they would be able to make decisions — real, thought out decisions — about how they are using their power.

Okay, so what am I calling this supernatural creature? I’ve never been very creative when it comes to naming things - creatures; towns; heck, even naming some of my characters has been difficult for me. Because “subfuror” means to bite off in Latin, let’s call this creature a Subfurist. Not only does this creature essentially get a metaphorical taste of every power, it probably feels like it’s bitten off more than it can chew at first, when learning to harness the power.

So, tldr: I would be a Subfurist because it can take on any power, so things would never get repetitive. I would love to know what others think of this creature — or if there are other supernatural beings with this power!
Katie Groom 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. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

  2. congrats on the book, sounds interesting

  3. Do you have any advice for new writers?

  4. Of course, I saw many or mini meese when I was in the forest ... works for me, lol. Have a great day

  5. I like the guest post. This sounds like a great read!

  6. Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading Fixed Moon. On a personal note, I would like the ability to heal myself and others, to be immortal (so that I will have time to read all of the books on my TBR) and to be able to control the elements, don't know what sort of creature that would make me...

  7. I need a new genre to stories - this one sounds pretty good and not to over the top with the paranormal.

  8. sounds great, best wishes on the book tour

  9. looks like a fun one

  10. Where is your favorite place to write?

  11. thanks again for the gveaway and best wished with your book

  12. The paranormal romance looks fun to read. Thanks for the introduction.

  13. Oh this so sounds like kind of read.
    heather hgtempaddy

  14. Interesting book! What’s your favorite holiday?