Monday, November 21, 2022

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Atticus Everheart, Fifth Grade Tutor and Monster Hunter? by C.L. Colyer

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for Atticus Everheart, Fifth Grade Tutor and Monster Hunter? by C.L. Colyer. 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 regarding the inspiration behind 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 tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Atticus Everheart, Fifth Grade Tutor and Monster Hunter?
Author: C.L. Colyer
Publication Date: October 31st 2022
Print Length: 278 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure
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Nothing frightens Atticus Everheart more than monsters, thanks to his older brothers, who often threaten to feed him to the beastly creatures.

Fearing that’s what they will do if he doesn’t replace the book he accidentally ruined, he takes a job tutoring a boy in his neighborhood.

Although nervous about the job, Atticus soon discovers there’s a lot more in store for him than teaching. Never in a trillion years would he have imagined he’d be hiding from monsters, working with ghosts, or searching for werewolves and witches. He’s not brave, and he has no plans to change.

Until he’s forced to.

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EXCERPT:
“What?” called Atticus to his retreating student.

He had to have heard wrong. Drago hadn’t said, “dead.” He’d said, “red.” No, the color didn’t make sense either. “Fred.” That’s what Drago had said; it was probably short for Frederica.

Feeling better, Atticus made a mental note to clean the wax out of his ears when he got home, then jogged up the stairs after Drago.

“Please take the spelling test! We’re supposed to be studying!” Under his breath he added, “You don’t struggle with lessons, do you? You’re easily distracted.”

Drago had a shorter attention span than Evie, and that was saying something. Atticus’s littlest sister bounced from subject to subject faster than his father surfed TV channels.

“Look, take the pretest, and then you can introduce me to your grandmother.”

“I’ll take it after you meet her.”

Atticus tripped over a step, caught his balance, and continued his ascent, keeping one hand on the railing. Would Drago’s mother fire him if she found out that Atticus hadn’t taught Drago a single word? Was it Atticus’s fault? He had tried to choose easy words, but home did have a silent e. There’d been a time when Atticus had forgotten about it too.

“Is home too hard? How about batty?” said Atticus, throwing out the first word that came to mind. Batty described his student. B-a-t-t-y, meaning nuts, wacko, cuckoo.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
C.L. Colyer found her love for writing in first grade when her class was sent to the library and asked to find a book for their first book report. While she doesn’t still have this book report, she’s very proud to say she got an A on it. Her favorite thing about the book was that it had no words. That’s right, not one! That gave her the freedom to interpret the pictures in any way she wanted and write her own story.

This sparked her love for writing essays. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she sat down and penned her first novel. This story has a special place in her heart because it’s the story that helped her discover her passion for writing. She has since written several books, many of which may never see the light of day, but all of which helped her learn to combine her passion for writing with her fascination with all things mythical. You’ll find examples of this in her novels.

She lives in Illinois with her family.
 
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GUEST POST:
The inspiration behind Atticus Everheart,
Fifth Grade Tutor and Monster Hunter?
by C.L. Colyer


This was the first book I’d written where the idea for the story hadn’t been percolating in my head for some time. I had just finished writing Friends to the End and was in the process of plotting a young adult paranormal romance when I saw that an agent who I admired and had heard speak before was presenting a workshop at the upcoming conference I would be attending that winter. Her class was on revising a middle-grade novel, which meant I had to have at least fifty pages of a new middle-grade novel to bring to the class. A hundred pages would be better. And so monster-fearing Atticus and his half-vampire student were born.

Well, it wasn’t quite that easy. There was a lot of brainstorming, crumpled pieces of paper with discarded ideas, and some groaning, grunting, and shaking of the head. But then I envisioned Atticus, an ordinary ten-year-old boy, a middle child who just wants to read the books tucked inside the locked trunk at the foot of his older brother’s bed. I already knew that Atticus was clever, so the lock wouldn’t be a problem. And okay, the lock was there to keep him from touching his brother’s things, but Atticus planned to return the book to the trunk without his brother discovering he took it. Unfortunately for Atticus, sometimes even the best-laid plan can go horribly wrong and, of course, it had to in the book.

Drago Dracul also popped into my head, although he didn’t have a name yet. Halloween was fast approaching, we were watching movies like Hotel Transylvania, The Little Vampire, and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and Drago’s character formed. He was out to solve a mystery. Blending his story with Atticus’s was half the fun of writing the book.

The workshop helped me to fill in some of the details and to smooth out the middle of the book. This book is a fun fantasy adventure geared to make kids smile while they solve the mystery, and there are lots of Easter Eggs in the book that their parents will recognize if they are fans of the classic monsters.
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GIVEAWAY:
C.L. Colyer 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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291 comments:

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

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  2. This book sounds very enjoyable.

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  3. Thank you for sharing about your book! Loved reading about it!

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

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  5. Congratulations on your release of Atticus Everheart, Fifth Grade Tutor and Monster Hunter?, Cherie, I enjoyed reading about your inspiration and I enjoyed the excerpt and your book sounds like one the kids will love! Good luck with your book and the tour!

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

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  7. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. Hi, Jamie! My advice for new writers is to read a lot. Play attention to how other writers show emotions and details. See what you like or don't like in a book, and apply what you learn to your writing. Also, it's great to have a critique group who can give you feedback on your chapters.

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  8. The book sounds wonderful. My granddaughter would love it!

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  9. Thanks so much for having me on your blog!

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    1. Hi! It's was a high of 35 degrees, but sunny with no wind, so it was still a beautiful day. :-)

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  11. Are you glad when a book is finished?

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    1. What a great questions! It is a great feeling when I finish a book, so I am glad. But I do miss the characters.

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  12. Love the cover!!

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Hi! Thanks for asking a question. Some of my closest friends are authors, and I've had the pleasure of meeting others at conferences.

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  14. Happy Thanksgiving! What are your plans?

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    1. Hi! We had a small gathering here, which was cozy and very nice. What did you do?

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  15. Brothers are so good at scaring with Monsters.. I wonder where the story goes.

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    1. They really are! We have four boys and, when they were young, they loved to scare each other.

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  16. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you had a lovely day!

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  17. do you have a celebration after finishing a book

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    1. Hi! I'll treat myself to something. It changes depending on my mood. After this novel, we went out for ice cream.

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    1. I've won a few over the years. Most recently, was a book.

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    1. We had some a couple of weeks ago, but it didn't stick around.

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  20. Do you listen to music when you write?

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    1. Sometimes I will. I have a few playlists that work out well for writing.

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    1. This is a hard one, because often times I like the actor in specific roles. If Brandon Fraser, Emma Watson, Johnny Depp, or Robert Downey Jr. are in a film, I will check it out.

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  22. What other genre are you interested in writing?

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    1. I write middle-grade, young adult, and adult books. All with a paranormal twist ;-)

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  23. Do you have any promtions on your books for Cyber Week?

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    1. Yes! My holiday romance, Merry Little Wishing Spritz is on sale for .99 cents.

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  24. do you have other authors in the family

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  25. How would you feel about your book being made into a movie?

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    1. I'd be over the moon with excitement. I can see this book as a movie.

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  26. hope your week is going well, November gone already

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    1. Usually. It's cold here, so there is less to do outside this time of year.

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  28. have you started your christmas shopping

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  29. have you started your holiday decorating

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    1. The house is decorated, but I haven't started Christmas shopping.

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  30. What is your first book you ever read?

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  31. are you a morning person or a night owl

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  32. What is your biggest goal as an Author?

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    1. To get my books into the hands of more readers. :-)

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  33. Who or what is your biggest inspiration for writing?

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  34. Will you be hosting a holiday party?

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  35. What is your favorite book to re-read?

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  36. do you have any other books started

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  37. Let's see if I can answer the recent questions here. My biggest inspiration for writing is my husband. He's always encouraging me to finish the books I'm working on.

    I'm not hosting any parties this year.

    I don't mind flying.

    I have 9 books out. 2 middle-grade, 5 young adult, and 2 adult novellas. You can learn more about my books on my website, www.cheriecolyer.com.

    I have two or three books I hope to write within the next year. The one I'm working on now is a contemporary paranormal that goes along with Merry Little Wishing Spritz.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your questions!

    Stay warm and have a wonderful week.

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  38. do you have big plans for the holidays

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  39. What was your favourite toy as a kid?

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  40. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  41. hope you are having a productive saturday

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  42. Have you ever used a typewriter to write?

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  43. On average, how long does it take you to write a book?

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  44. hope you are having a wonderful sunday

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  45. have you ever lost your writing cause you forgot to hit the save button

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  46. What is your favorite book of all time?

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  47. who is your favorite football team

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  48. How do you celebrate finishing writing a book?

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  49. Where are you spending the holidays?

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  50. how old were you when you decided you wanted to be a writer

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  51. 1 wk til christmas this month has gone fast

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  52. Who is your favourite mystery author?

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  53. are there other writers in your family

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  54. Have you ever considered doing an extreme sport?

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  55. do you write more in winter or summer

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  56. Would you rather have adopt a pet or a pet rock?

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  57. how long have you worked with this cover designer

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  58. What was your favourite toy as a kid?

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  59. Hi! Wow, I missed so many questions. Let me answer as many as I can:

    I used to love to play marbles and jacks.
    Diane Carlile designed the cover of three of my books. She's amazing.
    I'd adopt a pet before a pet rock.
    I write more in winter.
    I would LOVE to do an extreme sport! I'm not sure I'll make it to the end, but I'd give it my best.
    We'll see family during the holidays.
    No other writers in my family.

    Happy Holidays!

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  60. What was your favorite subject in school?

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  61. What's your favourite Christmas movie?



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  62. Wishing you and your family the happiest of holidays

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  63. What was the best gift you gave over the holiday?

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  64. did you watch any christmas movies

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  65. did you have a busy christmas or a quiet one

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  66. How many Books do you have planned for 2023?

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  67. do you have any writing goals for 2023

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  68. Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

    Let me try to answer some more questions:

    I love the beach! I don’t get there nearly enough.

    There are a couple avid readers in my family who have enjoyed my books.

    Sometimes I listen to music. Usually when I’m blocking out other noises in the house.

    Early on, I lost some of my writing due to computer crashes. It was horrible. Since then, I’ve learned to save a lot!

    I’m not a big sports fan, so I really don’t have a favorite team.

    2023 will be all about new projects. I’m working on two companion novels for my adult books and playing around with a new way to get Atticus into trouble. I also have a surprise for my book insiders. If interested, join my mailing list. You can sign up on my website. https://cheriecolyer.com/

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  69. I so want to read this one it sounds super good.
    heather hgtempaddy

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  70. What's your favourite pair of shoes?

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  71. any plans for a new book in 2023

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  72. Are there any more writers in your family?

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  73. what or who inspired you to start writing

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  74. What's your favourite season of the year, and why?

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  75. did you have a favorite teacher

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  76. What are you doing to combat climate change?

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  77. On average, how many words a day do you write?

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  78. Do you have any book signings this year?

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  79. did you go to college/university for writing

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  80. any plans for a new book this year

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  81. What inspires your main character ideas?

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  82. wonderful cover, was it hard designing it

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