Esme’s Wish Blog Tour: Excerpt

Posted May 30, 2018 by love2dazzle in Features, Promo Blitz / 0 Comments

Esme’s Wish Blog Tour: ExcerptEsme's Wish (Esme Series #1) by Elizabeth Foster
Published by Odyssey Books on October 30, 2017
Pages: 252
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“A fresh new fantasy of an enchanting world.” - Wendy Orr, author of Nim’s Island and Dragonfly Song.
When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?
But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.
After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about her mother, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.
This fresh, inventive tale is an ideal read for younger teens.

Excerpt

From a distance, Esperance appeared to be drifting on the lagoon’s surface, as if its hold on existence was so tenuous that it could slip back into the depths at any moment. High above the city, sinuous shapes pinwheeled across the sky. Daniel trained his spyglass on them.

“What are those things?” she asked him.

“You mean the dragons?”

Dragons?” she spluttered. She rubbed at her eyes before staring skyward again. As she rose unsteadily to her feet, the boat rocked violently beneath her.

“Here.” He passed her the spyglass. “Have a closer look.”

Through the lens, she could see the sun refracting off the golden wings of dozens of creatures, gliding effortlessly through the clouds: scaled beasts, with crested heads and long snouts.

“That’s what I was doing over at Laertes,” Daniel went on, seemingly oblivious to Esme’s disbelief. “Dragon-spotting. A wild mother and her brood are supposed to have settled down there. But I’d just about given up looking when you ran into me.”

“They’re really… real?” Esme stuttered, as she retook her seat.

Daniel laughed. “Of course they’re real. As real as anything else here.”’

Wow, that’s reassuring.

But it all felt real enough. The boat rocked in the wash of other vessels that passed by. The air was saturated with salt, just the way it was back home. Gulls scoured the shores for food, scattering when pedestrians displaced them. Columned mansions with arched windows and ornate balconies lined the shores; squares and fountains filled the gaps between the blocks of buildings. Winding streets of water curled up into the city and disappeared out of sight.

 

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/21/2018- Mythical Books– Excerpt

5/21/2018- The Reading Life– Spotlight

 

5/22/2018- Of Wonderland– Review

5/22/2018- Novel Novice– Guest Post

 

5/23/2018- Cindy’s Love of Books Review

5/23/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

 

5/24/2018- The slytherin book lady– Review

5/24/2018- Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews– Excerpt

 

5/25/2018- RhythmicBooktrovert– Review

5/25/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Spotlight

 

Week Two:

5/28/2018- Devouring Books– Review

5/28/2018- Daily Waffle– Interview

 

5/29/2018- The Inked In Book Blog Review

5/29/2018- paseandoamisscultura– Guest Post

 

5/30/2018- Dazzled by Books– Excerpt

5/30/2018- Ziggy’s Reading Corner– Excerpt

 

5/31/2018- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt

5/31/2018- The Cozy Reading Corner– Spotlight

 

6/1/2018- F A N N A– Interview

6/1/2018- Books A-Brewin’– Excerpt

 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive an eBook of ESME’S WISH, International.

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About Elizabeth Foster

I was born in Brisbane, Australia, and now live in Sydney. Apart from writing and reading, which take up most of my time, I love walking, travelling and playing piano (badly).

 

As a child, I was called Dizzy Lizzy – which I regarded as an insult all my life, until I started writing! Now, daydreaming is a central part of what I do. My favourite childhood books included the Chronicles of Narnia and Enid Blyton’s adventure stories. I was such an avid reader that my godfather gave me the complete works of Shakespeare when I was ten. (Still haven’t read them all…) My reading tastes nowadays are eclectic, ranging from classic authors such as Jane Austen, to the works of modern YA writers, including J.K. Rowling, Tamora Pierce, Melina Marchetta and Maggie Stiefvater.

 

I love movies almost as much as books. Dreamlike films – such as the works of Hayao Miyazaki – hugely appeal to me, as do any clever psychological films and TV series which revolve around female characters, such as Buffy and Veronica Mars.

 

I used to enjoy writing as a child, but then I grew up and was sadly waylaid by more serious pursuits. Reading to my own kids reminded me of how much I missed getting lost in other worlds, and once I started writing again, I couldn’t stop. I am also fascinated with people’s motivations and personalities, and now I get to explore them on the page.  I am a member of the SCBWI,  the CBCA, and a reviewer for CBCA’s Reading Time.

 

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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