Monday, October 5, 2015

The Hunter Awakens by J.R. Roper @JGBookSolutions @jrroper

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GUEST POST

7 Weird Things About Me

Weird things? I love this question. I could write about my favorite authors or books but another personal essay about how amazing the Harry Potter series is and how it changed my life might just make your eyes roll permanently into your head. So here we go!

1)   I have performed a graveside memorial service. No I am not a pastor and it wasn’t anyone I was particularly close to. I had been to church before, so it was just a natural fit I guess.
2)   The first(and only) poem I ever wrote was included in an exhibit at the Grand Rapids Art Festival. Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan and the festival was well attended. But that’s not the weird part! The poem was dark and full of death symbolism and the photographer who selected my poem to match with a photo matched it with a fully colored flower blossom. I still don’t get it.
3)   I always check behind the shower curtain when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
4)   I love teaching 7th and 8th graders. The key to teaching them is being a little crazier than they are and I guess that works for me.
5)   I wrote a masters thesis on the best practices for online and blended instruction, but I never enjoyed taking online classes myself.
6)   I write adult horror stories yet the sight (and over description) of blood freaks me out. We are talking light headed and almost feinting.
7)   I had a stroke when I was fourteen years old and had to relearn how to walk, use fine motor skills, and enunciate sounds. The first doctor we saw at emergency told my mom I was messed up on drugs.



ABOUT THE BOOK


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Title:  The Hunter Awakens
Series:  The Morus Chronicles Book 1
Author:   J.R. Roper
Published:  July 6th, 2014
Publisher:  Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Genre:  Middle Grade Action/Fantasy

Awards:

2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner

Winner Best Children’s Novel 2014: Preditors & Editors Readers Poll

Literary Classics Seal of Approval: Highly recommended for home and school libraries.

Synopsis:
When thirteen-year-old Ethan Morus is forced to stay on his grandparents’ old farm, he expects to find weathered barns, rusty tools, and a creaky house in need of fresh paint. What he doesn’t expect is to hear a legend placing his family at the center of an ancient treasure hunt. Or find burial chambers protected by poltergeists, or a secret lair guarded by an ancient beast. And least of all, Ethan doesn’t suspect that powerful sorcerers are watching his every move.
They’ve found Ethan and believe he is from a line of treasure hunters who possess a rare instinct to locate powerful artifacts. Whether he has the instinct or not, Ethan is faced with a choice–search the Morus property and find what they want or lose yet another family member.


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Be sure to grab your copy of The Hunter Awakens for the special tour price of only 99 cents!

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Excerpt from The Hunter Awakens by J.R. Roper

Mel closed her eyes and drew in long breaths as he passed. A hint of the sorcerer was all she smelled. He was alone.
She waited for him to near the summit, and when he was close she dropped to the ground and approached from well within the forest. When she reached the top, it was clear he’d already begun his conjuring.
The sorcerer stood in the middle of the hilltop, held his staff in front of him and spoke softly in the old tongue. He lifted the staff and slammed it into the ground. The earth groaned.
He looked to the sky. “Reveal.”
Mel followed his gaze. A faint shadow swooped through the clouds and she retreated behind a thick tree. It was the thunderbird—the harbinger of conjured storms.
From his messenger bag, a red orb rose into the air and wisps of wood fastened it to the top of his staff.
Mel glanced above and readied her throwers. She’d put out the thunderbird’s eye if it attacked.
The sorcerer gripped his staff with both hands and pointed the end toward the setting sun, the direction of Roseville. He lowered it slowly and spun, drawing a wide circle where grass shriveled. The smell of scorched earth forced Mel to hold her breath. She hated the smell of anything burnt and the old rock beneath the grass smelled like the burning of ancient bones.
Within moments, clouds rolled overhead. The orb’s red light pierced the early dark. The sorcerer grasped for the sky with his left hand and spoke an incantation that the wind swept away.
The last sliver of sunlight winked out, as if a shawl had been drawn over the sky. A fog chased up the hill like a tidal wave and clouded Mel’s view. The fog moved upward and the sky rippled with a surge of power. All heavenly lights darkened and Mel aimed a thrower in the direction of the sorcerer.
If he knew she was here and came looking for her, it’d be his last act on Earth. She feared no one. She was Hellish Mel.



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About the Author:
J.R. Roper is the author of The Morus Chronicles, a fantasy series for middle grade readers. The first two books, The Hunter Awakens and The Spirit of Steel are now available along with a collection of short stories titled Mel & the Black Rider. Roper’s work has appeared in ChildGood Magazine, Families First Monthly, and in anthologies by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, Horrified Press, and Thirteen O’Clock Press.






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Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • $25 Amazon gift card
  • 5 Kindle copies of The Hunter Awakens

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