Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Blog Tour: The Trickster's Totem by H.B. Bolton - Interview, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Trickster;s Totem by H.B. Bolton.  The tour is hosted by CBB Book Promotions.  You can visit the rest of the stops on the tour here.  My stop today features an interview with H.B. Bolton, as well as really great giveaway, which you can enter below.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

The Trickster's Totem Description: 

Life has returned to normal for fourteen-year-old Evan and his older sister, Claire. That is until Dunkle, a clever but stinky little imp, pays an unexpected visit to their school. He has come to take the siblings back to Sagaas, the mythical realm of the gods. Once again, a Relic from the ancient Mysticus Orb has fallen into the wrong hands. Only Evan and Claire, with their unique mystical abilities, can help find it.
Through the power of the Trickster’s Totem, a coyote trickster has escaped. His laughter echoes throughout the realm, as he spreads mischief and mayhem. He burns an entire crop of popcorn, carves his grinning image into sacred artifacts, and things really get interesting when he shape-shifts into Evan’s friends.
Claire and Evan must capture the Trickster, retrieve the Totem, and be careful not to become sidetracked by robotic Steampunk animals, “sweet” pixie-like Pains, and a problematic mermaid … all while dodging Mothman-like aces. Most surprising, Evan discovers the true reason dragons exist in the Native American Spirit World. 

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Description of the first book in the Relics of Mysticus series, The Serpent's Ring

Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum ... that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods.

Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous fish and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.

The Serpent’s Ring is FREE for Kindle May 28th-June 1st.  
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Interview with H.B. Bolton Author of The Trickster’s Totem (Relics of Mysticus #2)

Hi H.B., thanks so much for being here today. 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thanks for inviting me to be a part of your blog.
I’m realistically optimistic, carefully adventurous and a big-time dreamer.

Where did you get your idea for the Relics of Mysticus series, and how many books are planned in the series?  
I’m fascinated with mythology and legends, and I thought it would be fun to create a parallel world where all myths came together. Sagaas, or the Land of the Gods, soon existed in my mind, but I still needed to decide who I should send there and why. Evan and Claire quickly came to life and, with some help from a stinky little imp, took off on an adventure.  

If I’m being honest, I haven’t decided yet how many books will be in the series. I suppose I’ll end the series when/if the magic runs dry.

How did you come up with the title?
I struggled with the title for the first book, The Serpent’s Ring. After changing it many, many times, I finally decided to name the series, Relics of Mysticus — after the Relics that came from the shattered Mysticus Orb. The Relics were divided and distributed to all of the mythological realms, and guardians were selected to watch over each of them separately. Each book will be named after one of the ancient Relics, and that will be the Relic Evan must save.  

Can you tell us a little bit about Evan and the Trickster’s Totem?
A mystical power is given to Evan each time he comes in contact with one of the Relics. In The Serpent’s Ring, Evan learns he is able to move objects with his mind, and he is given another power in The Trickster’s Totem … 

Which character in your books has been your favorite to write, and what character has been your most challenging?
Of course, I’d have to say Evan is my favorite. In fact, if I didn’t adore his snarky wisecracks and warm heart, he’d quickly lose his place as lead character. Having said that, there are many new creatures/characters that are unique to this book, and I’m also fascinated with them.

Each book has a minor antagonist, but there is a major antagonist for the entire series. He hasn’t shown himself much in the first two books. He’s still in development, and I keep picturing the stereotypical villain. The trouble is that I don’t want him to be predictable, and his face continues to change.  

What is your favorite scene or quote from The Trickster’s Totem?
Hmm, it’s difficult to choose, but I’d have to say I was proud of the scene after Evan eats too many sugary petals (food meant for Pains or pixielike creatures). He couldn’t figure out why everyone around him was moving at a snail’s pace, when actually, he was rushing around like a hummingbird. 

What are your three greatest strengths?
My imagination has no bounds.
I’m the sort of person who believes anything is possible.
I’m strong when life is hard.

What are your three greatest weaknesses?
I tend to be obsessive, and it can drive my family nuts.
I wish exercising was more of a priority for me.
Sometimes I think I care too much, and that makes me sensitive.

If you could ask the author of your choice (living or dead) any question you wanted, who would you ask and what would your question be?
I’d love to share a moment with J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, and listen to them brainstorm ideas with one another.

What types of books do you normally like to read?
It really depends on my mood, but I tend to read stories with either a magical twist or fluffy beach reads.

What are you currently working on?
I’m eager to dive into The Dragon’s Egg (third book in the series), but I am finishing a book from another series. These books are fun and light, but with a twist of the unknown. You won’t be able to find them under the name H.B. Bolton. Instead of using my initials, I include my full middle name, Barbara Brooke; the first book is called Glimmers, and I am working on Beyond Glimmers.

This or That:
E-books or print copies?
I love to hold a book, flip the pages and then decorate my shelf with it.

Facebook or Twitter?

Text or talk?
Talk — if I have the time and kids aren’t distracting me. Otherwise I type a quick text.

Thank again for stopping by today. It was great talking to you.
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Author Bio: 
A magical part of H.B. Bolton’s childhood was being swept into worlds of enchanting characters, fantastical creatures and extraordinary powers—simply by picking up a book. As a mother and a teacher, she was compelled to create imaginary worlds of her own in order to share them, not just with her children, but with all children. H.B. Bolton lives in Florida with her supportive husband and two highly spirited children. Shh, can you keep a secret? Not only does she write books for the young-at-heart, adventurous sort who yearn to dive into a good young-adult fantasy story, she also writes spellbinding, heart pounding women's fiction. These particular books are written under the name Barbara Brooke, but that's another story, altogether.
Books by H.B. Bolton:
The Serpent's Ring (Relics of Mysticus, Book One)
Breaking Down (a short story)
Hungry (a short story)
Coming May 1, 2013
The Trickster's Totem (Relics of Mysticus, Book Two)

Tour wide GIVEAWAY:One person wins $25 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
2 people win paperback sets of both books (US)
10 people win ebooks of both books. (INT)

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  1. These sound really awesome and I would love to read them! :)

    1. I haven't read them yet, but they do sound really good.

  2. Fun interview! I read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it!

    1. I really want my nephews to read this to. I think they will love the series.

  3. Thanks for being a part of my blog tour. I agree with Kindlemom, your questions were fun to answer :)

  4. I would love to read both books , Thank you for the chance to win!

  5. This looks like a good fantasy series. Those covers are gorgeous!

    1. It really does. Especially of the middle grade/YA age group.

  6. Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop Ellen! You asked wonderful questions!


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