Hey, I'm on a blog tour for Mikey Brooks. How cool is that?

I am pleased and happy to be a part of a blog tour for Mikey Brooks. I got to do a book signing with Mikey last summer and, wow, what a sweet, charming guy. Who doesn't love Mikey? He and my sister, Juli Caldwell (another wonderful writer), and three other authors are combining their efforts to write a Gate of Atlantis series for middle grade readers. I'm guessing the series will be a stellar success. With Mikey's new release, The Stone of Valhalla, you will certainly get a good idea of what's to come. Go buy books for your children. It's a must for the future of society! Well, it is. He's an awfully talented guy. Good luck, Mikey!

Welcome to The Stone of Valhalla Blog Tour!

A middle-grade fantasy-adventure by Mikey Brooks.

Don’t forget to check out the GIVEAWAY at the bottom this post
for a chance to WIN a $25 Amazon Gift card and other great prizes!







Interview with: Mikey Brooks

1) What attracted you to write books for children? Did something happen specifically that clicked at a certain moment?

I write books for kids because I was a kid when I first fell in love with reading. I don’t think I ever fell out of love with children’s books. They have something special about them. They teeter on reality and make-believe, and I like that kind of story.

2) I recently read and edited my sister's book that will be a companion book to your Gates of Atlantis series and I was very impressed by the plotting. I know yours will be action-packed as well. How do you think this stuff up?

I can’t wait for The Gates of Atlantis books to become available. It has been super fun. As for the action…heck yeah, mine has a lot in it. I am the type of person who gets easily board in books so when I find myself beginning to wander I throw in some action to speed the book along. I guess I might call myself slightly attention deficit.

3) How do you balance the time you need to write and draw with the time your family needs? 

The majority of my time gets taken up with the illustrating. I have a lot of clients and their work comes before my own. I work from home so I am always there should my wife need me to help with the kiddos. I start by focusing on art during my work hours and try to squeeze in the writing here and there. Most of my word count comes on Thursdays. That’s my writing day and my wife takes the girls to grandma’s to make noise there.

4) How long does it usually take to write a book and draw the illustrations? Do you have a lengthy editing process?

I do A LOT of thinking about my book before I even sit down to write. Because I have limited writing time, it’s what I have found that helps me. That way I know what I am doing when I sit down to do it. I am an outliner. I plan things out in my head. I always re-read the last section or chapter I wrote before I start and do a brief edit. By the time I’m done I have a mostly clean manuscript. Then I pass it off to my wife, then my editor.

5) Tell us about your book and what inspired you to write them.

The book that just came out, The Stone of Valhalla, I wrote initially when I was in high school. I shelved it and found it 13 years later. I rewrote it from beginning to end and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. The opening scene in chapter two was taken from a question I posed to myself one day: what would medieval people do if a person just appeared out of nowhere? What if they believe in magic and magic was bad? Would they call that person a witch? What then would happen? It’s questions like that which bring about cool scenes like chapter two.

Synopsis:

Aaron was chosen to save their world, but it might come at the cost of losing his own.

Breaking into an old lady’s basement was supposed to reward 13-year-old Aaron with new friends. Instead he finds an enchanted amulet that transports him to another world—one at war with magic. Before he knows it, he is accused of witchcraft and invited to a bonfire—where he’s the main attraction. If that’s not bad enough, a goblin army shows up and toasts the town...literally. The good news: Aaron escapes being charbroiled. The bad news: the goblins are after him. They want his amulet and will stop at nothing to get it. Battling to find his way home, Aaron teams up with a not-so-magical-wizard and learns it’s his fate to destroy the amulet and save this new world. But is he willing to sacrifice his own?


Check out what these talented authors are saying about it:

The Stone of Valhalla is one of those books that only comes along once in a great while. Brooks doesn't just create a world, he puts you inside of it, allowing you to experience the wonder in a way that only he can. His characters are likable and fun. His twists leave you asking ‘Why?’ Treat yourself to an exciting adventure through a beautiful new land. Make new friends and be a part of the magic. This is a book that you will not be able to put down!”
—J.R. Simmons, author of Ragesong: Awakening.

 The Stone of Valhalla drew me in from the get-go. Aaron’s journey is reminiscent of Dorothy’s trek in The Wizard of Oz. Magic, sword fights, danger, and more danger, sprinkled with humor and unexpected twists. This is one of the ‘best’ fantasy adventures I’ve ever experienced!”
—BBH McChiller, author of The Monster Moon Series.

The Stone of Valhalla is a riveting mystery revealing true friendship, loyalty and sacrifice. Brooks engages the curiosity of middle graders and older sleuths alike, until the very end. Fantastic!”
—L.R.W. Lee, author of The Andy Smithson series.

Where to Find The Stone of Valhalla:
Exclusive price for the eBook release is just $2.99! (List Price: $4.99)
And only $9.99 for the paperback! (List Price: $12.99)
On April 12th 2014 the price will return to the List Price


Another special offer:
 
During The Stone of Valhalla Blog Tour
Mikey’s other great middle-grade eBooks will also be set to the low price of just $0.99!

The Dream Keeper:
Kindle | Nook | Kobo

The Dreamstone:
Kindle | Nook | Kobo


You’re Invited to PARTY!!
The online launch party will take place on Thursday, April 10th at 4pm (MST). The party will run for 2 hours and you’re invited to drop by anytime. The longer you stay the more chances you have of winning prizes! We have slew of eBooks to giveaway, as well as a Stone of Valhalla necklace AND a $25 Amazon gift card! It is hosted by LovingtheBookLaunchParty on Facebook. Just follow this link to join the event: http://goo.gl/Q2Fd3r.

What’s that? Another Party!
 
That’s right! If you’re local to Utah you don’t want to miss this kickin’ party. We are having a launch party to celebrate the release of this awesome new book. Of course there will be plenty of giveaways there too, but what’s even better are the guest authors! Just check out these fabulous names: J. Scott Savage, Chad Morris, Lisa Mangum, Jenni James, Ali Cross, and many more. The Launch Party is: Friday, April 11th from 6-9pm at the Viridian Center in West Jordan, Utah. Follow this link for a map: http://goo.gl/dqVc0u

About Mikey Brooks:

Mikey is a small child masquerading as an adult. On occasion you’ll catch him dancing the funky chicken, singing like a banshee, and pretending to have never grown up. He is the author/illustrator of several books including the best-selling ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures and Bean’s Dragons as well as the middle-grade fantasy-adventure series The Dream Keeper Chronicles. His art can be seen in many forms from picture books to full room murals. He loves to daydream with his three daughters and explore the worlds that only the imagination of children can create. Mikey has a BS degree in English from Utah State University and works full-time as a freelance illustrator, cover designer, and author. As a member of the Emblazoners, he is one of many authors devoted to ‘writing stories on the hearts of children’. He is also one of the hosts of the Authors’ Think Tank Podcast. You can find more about him and his books at: http://www.insidemikeysworld.com/.

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today.

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    1. My pleasure, Mikey. It's been fun!

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