Spotlight & Giveaway: Court of Snakes, by Tycho Dwelis

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​Book TitleCourt of Snakes: This Desert Cage

by Tycho Dwelis
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  317 pages
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy
Publisher:  Precursor Publishing
Release date:  July 2, 2022
Content Rating:  PG + M: Some allusion to domestic abuse, fantasy violence, adults drinking alcohol

Book Description:

In the city of Segeno, it’s eat or be eaten. Someone has to rule the masses. A boy has lost his birthright. His parents killed. Dead and gone. A girl has lost her father. She means nothing to him now.

The city of Segeno stands tall after a great war, the only city left of its kind. Terran has lost both of his parents and is now on the run from a tyrant eager to kill him and cut off the royal bloodline. Parisa struggles with her own identity as even her father rejects her for the color of her skin as he claws for the throne. Along their journeys, they meet unexpected allies and encounter unprecedented magick, but, most importantly, they learn what it is to stand up for themselves and take back their city from corruption.

The Court of Snakes: This Desert Cage is the first of a two book series intended for ages 13 – 18. If you like the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Inkheart, you’ll love these books.

This series talks about systemic oppression, racism, oligarchy, and, of course, magick.

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Meet the Author:

I’m Tycho (I also use the pen name Cassidy), and I love storytelling! I’m incredibly passionate about writing, art, and anything that allows me to create my own worlds. My goal is to write dreamy fiction for all ages that is unique, inspiring, and imaginative. I like to write about themes that include coming of age, magic realism, identity, relationships, and bullying. My books are intended for readers ages eight to twenty-five, and are meant to connect the world of the fantastical to everyday life.

I currently live in Colorado and have an MA in Publishing.

connect with the author:  website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads


 


Tour Schedule:

Aug 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 9 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 9 – Splashes of Joy  – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 11 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 12 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Aug 15 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 18 – The Page Ladies – book review
Aug 19 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 22 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 – Kam’s Place – book review
Aug 24 – Bookworm for Kids – book review / giveaway
Aug 25 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Aug 26 – Books and Zebras – book review
Aug 26 – Books for Books – book review


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Spotlight & Author Interview: Child of Etherclaw + Giveaway

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Join us for this tour from August 2 to August 22, 2022!

 

​Book Title: CHILD OF ETHERCLAW by Matty Roberts
Category:  Young Adult Fiction (13-18+),  348 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Publisher:  Twilight Fox LLC
Release date:  August 2, 2022
Formats Available for Review: print (softback) (USA and Canada) and ebook (EPUB and PDF)
Tour dates: August 2 to August 22, 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 PG-13 for some profanity and mild violence.

Book Description:The bonds of family go well beyond blood.

But can those bonds hold when the blood itself carries a devastating secret?

Fenlee’s opal necklace had always radiated a certain warmth since her mother’s death. But now, at sixteen, her world begins to unravel as the stone sparks to life, revealing itself to be an otherworldly artifact of untold power.

Between her mechatronics studies at the academy and scavenging expeditions beneath the sprawling city of New Cascadia, Fenlee and her
adopted brother, Elliot, try to decipher the mysteries of her necklace and its link to events in Fenlee’s past.

But they’re not alone in their search.

Strange undercity dwellers offer cryptic warnings, drones track their movements, and deadly corporate agents lurk in the shadows. When tragedy rips Fenlee’s family apart, she must learn to use the artifact’s power to save those who are deeply precious to her. But nothing can prepare her for the dark truths that she will uncover on that journey…

“Lee,” Elliot mumbled. “I’m not who you think I am.” 


Is Child of Etherclaw your first novel? What else have you written?

Yep! It’s my very first novel. Well, it’s the first novel I’ve had enough confidence to release, at least. There are a handful of novels that I’ve scrapped and short stories that won’t see the light of day. I’ve also done a lot of other writing over the years, but most of it is either a bunch of cringe-fest fanfic, or is best left buried in the shadows where we shall not speak of it. It took me quite a bit of writing to get to a point that I felt I’d produced something I wanted others to read. Even still, it’s incredibly nerve-wracking putting it out in the world for real.

Which was the hardest character to write? The easiest?

I’d have to say that Nico was probably the hardest character to write. He is a boy of very few words, and the reader doesn’t get benefit of understanding his thoughts from his POV, so I had to figure out ways to convey meaning and personality with very little. Nico grew up without parents or any true caretakers, but is far from emotionally stunted—he probably displays the most empathy of any of the characters. At the same time, he’s not very well socialized. Balancing that combination on the page was tricky, but fun, and I’m happy with how he turned out. Nico is one of my favorites.

Fenlee Harper was probably the easiest for me. She is the lead character and I felt I could identify with almost all of her feelings and actions. Her dialog was often too much though, and I did need to trim it in quite a few places. Once she gets going, Fenlee does love to talk. She’s also the character that had been lurking in my brain the longest prior to writing Child of Etherclaw, so I already knew her fairly well.

Child of Etherclaw is set in the Pacific Northwest. What made you decide on this setting?

I was trying to determine what areas of Earth would likely be places where humanity would consolidate in a post-climate change world. There is no telling how all of this would shape up in reality, but it seems that the Pacific Northwest region of the United States would be a likely candidate, given its current climate and many of the climate change forecast models.

New Cascadia is a city-state spanning what is currently northern Oregon and most of western Washington state. This seemed a fitting region for the development of a sprawling megacity up and down the coast that would begin to grow vertically as more climate refugees found their way there, and as the sea level would rise.

I had also hoped to be able to describe New Cascadia in such a way that the megacity became something of a character itself.

What do you hope readers take away from Child of Etherclaw?

Child of Etherclaw has been described by several reviewers as a cyberpunk dystopian thriller. I think that’s a totally appropriate description, but it initially surprised me. While writing, I had set out to create a story of found family, emotional character growth, and hope against all odds…that just happens to be against the backdrop of a cyberpunk dystopia. And, yes, as the story gets going, it does take on a thriller quality. Totally fair description.

But what I really want readers to find in Child of Etherclaw is at least one character that they can identify and empathize with. At least one character that they think and wonder about between reading sessions. I hope readers can see the love and friendship through all the grit, and how that makes the biggest difference in the end.

Child of Etherclaw is the first in a new series. How is the next book coming, and when can we expect it?

Book 2 is coming along very well. While Child of Etherclaw doesn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger, there are a number of smaller loose threads that I will be tying up in the second book and additional mysteries and open questions that will be answered. The story also gets moving right from the beginning. As of now, I’m anticipating a late 2023 release.

 


 

Meet the Author:Matty Roberts began their career in journalism where they earned an Emmy and had the privilege of working on several other award-winning projects. They hold an MS from Johns Hopkins University and are now an engineer in renewable energy in Denver, Colorado where they live with their wonderful partner, two extraordinary kids, and the best doggie ever. In addition to writing, engineering, and parenting, Matty is a vegan enby nerd who is in love with this world and will forever be doing all they can to make it a better place. And they may be known to occasionally play in a punk band here or there.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ instagram ~ goodreads



Tour Schedule:
 

Aug 2 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 2 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
Aug 2 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Aug 3 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / author interview
Aug 3 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 4 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight /guest post / giveaway
Aug 5 – 
Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Aug 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Aug 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 9 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – See Sadie Read – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – Books are a Blessing – book review / giveaway
Aug 11 –  Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 12 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 12 – Books for Books – book review
Aug 15 – HirlGrend, a Vegan Book Blog – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – The Page Ladies – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – Stephanie Jane – book review / giveaway
Aug 17 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 17 – 
411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 18 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 19 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 22 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway

 

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Book Blitz & Excerpt: Child of Etherclaw + Giveaway

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Child of Etherclaw
by Matty Roberts
Publication date: August 2nd 2022
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult

The bonds of family go well beyond blood.
But can those bonds hold when the blood itself carries a devastating secret?

Fenlee’s opal necklace had always radiated a certain warmth since her mother’s death. But now, at sixteen, her world begins to unravel as the stone sparks to life, revealing itself to be an otherworldly artifact of untold power.

Between her mechatronics studies at the academy and scavenging expeditions beneath the sprawling city of New Cascadia, Fenlee and her adopted brother, Elliot, try to decipher the mysteries of her necklace and its link to events in Fenlee’s past.

But they’re not alone in their search.

Strange undercity dwellers offer cryptic warnings, drones track their movements, and deadly corporate agents lurk in the shadows. When tragedy rips Fenlee’s family apart, she must learn to use the artifact’s power to save those who are deeply precious to her. But nothing can prepare her for the dark truths that she will uncover on that journey…

“Lee,” Elliot mumbled. “I’m not who you think I am.”

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EXCERPT:

Thoughts of etherclaw and worries about her father had kept Fenlee up, so she’d spent almost the entire night installing and integrating the Elixir chip to keep her mind elsewhere. She got it working, but sleep still wouldn’t come, so she composed a message to her father. It’d be expensive to send, but she had to say something.

Hi, Dad. Hope you’re well. Me? I’m great. Except that I’ve been shitting myself because, you know, aer Mom died, we all promised we’d never leave each other. And that’s kind of what you’re best at these days. But, hey, it’s all fine because I found a chip that’s most likely stolen and worth probably half this apartment block, but in order to get it to work, I had to go into the Lunarinto Market for an adapter. But the adapter wasn’t exactly free, so I’m going to start working a part-time job while you’re gone to pay it off. In the Lunarinto Market. You know, the place you hate for me to even go near. One of my legs is just short enough to be constantly uncomfortable because I decided to wreck the one you gave me, my underwear is somehow still riding up my ass from the bike ride home  yesterday, and I’m hyperaware of how bad my pits stink. Doesn’t matter because I got no sleep and I don’t have time to do much about it before academy. Also, Mom’s opal, which isn’t real, by the way, might actually be some kind of weird magic device from aliens. Woo! Oh, and your adopted son is smuggling a stray cat. Thought you should know. Don’t get yourself blown up. Love you!

She stared at the comm unit for an eternity before deleting it. Her opal felt cold on her chest in the morning gloom.


 

Author Bio:

Matty Roberts began their career in journalism where they earned an Emmy and had the privilege of working on several other award-winning projects. They hold an MS from Johns Hopkins University and are now an engineer in renewable energy in Denver, Colorado where they live with their wonderful partner, two extraordinary kids, and the best doggie ever.

In addition to writing, engineering, and parenting, Matty is a vegan enby nerd who is in love with this world and will forever be doing all they can to make it a better place. And they may be known to occasionally play in a punk band here or there.

For more information about Matty and their upcoming books, visit www.mattyroberts.io.

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