Sunday, November 27, 2022

Pop-Up Blog Hop and Giveaway: The Aquamarine Surfboard by Kellye Abernathy

Welcome to my stop on the pop-up blog hop for The Aquamarine Surfboard by Kellye Abernathy. This blog hop was organized by Lone Star Book Blog Tours. On my stop, I am spotlighting the book. There's also a fascinating guest post from the author about surfing as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win the book. Be sure to visit the other stops on the blog hop for more content. Enjoy!
Title: The Aquamarine Surfboard
Author: Kellye Abernathy
Publisher: Atmosphere Press
Publication Date: November 22nd 2022
Print Length: 290 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Magical Realism Fantasy
“Age never matters; these things are about bravery and heart.”

Thirteen-year-old Condi Bloom’s dream is to learn to surf, but her laid-back beach town isn’t what it used to be. Big resort owners are taking over the cove. Worse, someone’s harassing the Beachlings, the mysterious old women living in the cliffs off Windy Hollow, a lonely tower of rock that people say is haunted. When a new surfer boy named Trustin shows up in town and invites Condi to a forbidden surfing spot, she’s swept into an extraordinary underwater adventure, where a surprising encounter with Koan, the Riddlemaster of the Sea, changes her life. Along with Trustin, his quirky twin and a mystical aquamarine surfboard, Condi learns the untold stories of the Beachlings, uncovering the timeless secrets of Windy Hollow.

Ebbing and flowing between reality and magic, times past and present, The Aquamarine Surfboard by Kellye Abernathy is a riveting beach tale about opening up to mystery, building community when and where you can — and discovering the ocean is filled with magic—the really BIG kind—the kind that changes the world.

Kellye Abernathy's passions are writing and serving trauma survivors as a yoga teacher and practical life skills advocate. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Kansas. Her home is in land-locked Plano, Texas—where she’s dreaming of her next trip to the sea!

3 Things You May Not Know About Surfing
by Kellye Abernathy

In The Aquamarine Surfboard, Condi dreams of learning to surf. You can bet she did her research on the sport she longed to try! Here are some cool facts about surfing - who knew?!

1. Surfing is one of the oldest sports on Earth. Archaeologists recently discovered prehistoric stone carvings in Chan Chan, Peru that date back over 5,000 years ago and show people surfing.

2. The official Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever surfed is currently held by Brazil's Rodrigo Koxa. He caught an 80-foot wave on November 8th, 2017 at Praia do Norte, Nazaré!

3. WWI led to the invention of materials that helped revolutionize the construction of surfboards. Styrofoam, fiberglass, and resin all helped create boards that were more sturdy and lightweight. The cost and greater availability of boards led to the growth of surfing as a sport and leisure activity.

Read The Aquamarine Surfboard to discover how Condi realizes her dream!
Win a signed copy of The Aquamarine Surfboard by Kellye Abernathy - three winners, US only!
(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. The author, Kellye Abernathy, assumes all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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