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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

☀ Lunation: Lunation [1] - J.J. Gadd

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for Lunation, a Science Fiction novel by (, AUS Impulse, 156 pages).   This is the first book in the Lunation series.

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Check out the book's synopsis and the excerpt below, as well as full details of the whole series.

Author J.J. Gadd will be awarding one eCopy of Lunation to three randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀).


Synopsis | Teaser | The Series | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops

Synopsis

Seven companions set out to free the woman trapped in the moon, and change the world along the way. An exciting adventure story in the style of the classic Choose-Your-Own-Adventure series that allows the reader the choice of following different characters.

Young, sheltered Branguin discovers that his ancestor, Marama, has been trapped in the moon, and sets out to free her. But he must first unravel the mystery of how she got there, confront and defeat the sorcerer Raul, and counter a menacing new force that's assembling an army to attack the capital.

Branguin deciphers the clues with the help of his companions, several lost relatives along the way.

The Lunation Series is a modern-day moon myth about ordinary people discovering their inner strength and overcoming extraordinary challenges, in order to solve a great mystery.

This title has received a QED seal for quality in eBook design. It can be read easily on screens both large and small.

Teaser: Excerpt

Inside, the Boy cast a look around his surroundings, the wooden bed by the fire, the long wooden table, the animal skins stretched and drying on the walls around them, the dusty loom in the corner that had not seen use in his lifetime. The thrill he had felt at the thought of leaving grew. But he felt a great desire to farewell the old house first. He told Anselt as much. The woodsman’s response was predictably reluctant.

‘What for? It’s miserable in there, with all those things belonging to dead people! I don’t like it.’

‘I agree that the time has come for us to leave the forest, but I think we should have one last look,’ the Boy insisted, collecting a lantern and unlocking the little door. ‘We might learn something about why our families stayed here. Besides, we cannot leave until daylight anyway, with that strange beast lurking about outside — not to mention the wolves.’

Sullenly, Anselt picked up a lantern and followed him through the little doorway into the house. He was unrelentingly practical, and wary of things he did not understand, so the Boy’s suggestion that they separate and explore different rooms displeased him. He bit back a protest, though he could not suppress a frustrated sigh.

The Boy went to one of his favourite rooms first, the orchard room. To his shock, he found it was occupied by a young woman with long golden hair. She stood at the other end of the room, her back to him, staring out into the darkness past the branches of the old fig tree that crowded the window. He quelled an alarmed yelp — though later he was unsure if it was her presence or her large yellow eyes that disturbed him the most. He had seen yellow eyes before, of course — his own, far-seeing eyes were yellow, and the memories of the stones were full of yellow-eyed folk, but in real life he saw that they were alarmingly large, and almost glowed.

‘How did you get here?’ he asked, just as she snapped ‘What are doing you here?’.

Though the Boy had come to see the room and house as his domain — regardless of whoever owned it, he’d been haunting these rooms for years, without encountering another soul — he answered first. ‘I come here often. I like this room.’

She continued to stare at him, and as the silence grew he tried again. ‘Are you from Vernon?’

‘No, I’m not from Vernon,’ she hissed, then turned away. Eventually she spoke again, though she kept her back to him. ‘I too like this room, though it is a long time since I have seen it. Do you live in this house? Who lives here with you?’

‘I live — lived — with my grandfather and his servant, Anselt. We don’t go in the house often, though; we stay in the kitchen.’

‘Anselt?’ He could tell by the sound of her voice that she was frowning, or puzzled. She turned to face him. ‘What is your name?’

The Boy shrugged apologetically. She stared at him for a long time, her ageless face as still and white as porcelain. ‘How odd to have no name. Though I suppose, if one does not know one’s name, one cannot give it away carelessly. Are your companions of Geolwe blood, like you? Do they have your yellow eyes?’

When the Boy shook his head, the yellow-haired woman looked amused. ‘Did you not know you were of the Geolwe? Do you know what it means? But then I suppose few do, these days.’

She climbed further back into the tree, gathering the skirts of her brightly coloured red dress to save them from catching on the branches. ‘Tell no one of this meeting,’ she said, as she leapt from the windowsill.

The Boy cried out, and ran to the window, but by the time he reached it and peered down to the trees below, there was no one to be seen.

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The Series: Lunation

A modern-day moon myth about seven companions who change the world, where readers can choose the path they wish to follow through the narrative.

Click on the book cover to Look Inside the book on Amazon and read an excerpt.

Earthshine [2]

Raul is thwarted for now, but war threatens the old capital city - and only Marama is capable of defeating the enemy.

Branguin, Arla, Perry and their companions must free Marama before the world is destroyed by eliciting the spell from the elusive Elodie while facing death, family secrets and attacks from white wolves. But battle awaits them, and Quira and Worthing must be defended from the attack of the Plains Lord. [Published 1 July 2014, 153 pages]

Lunelocked [3]

An enthralling addition to the Lunation series, Lunelocked unravels the events causing Marama's entrapment in the moon.

Banished from the castle, Marama begins a journey of initiation which sees her nourished by bees, kidnapped into slavery and shapeshifting into an animal.

After a fight with her uncle Raul, Marama is thrown into a pit where she encounters magical creatures who teach her spells to escape. But all is not so simple ... she must defeat three armies and face Raul again; this time she might not escape. In this third novel in the Lunation series, we learn Marama's secrets and about the woman behind the moon myth. [Published 1 Aug 2014, 352 pages]

Maraluna [4]

Tables have turned. Raul is now trapped inside the book and plagues everyone with nightmares.

Released from the moon, Marama embarks on an epic battle to defeat the enemy army. Meanwhile Branguin and his companions discover that there is some other mischief present ...

Marama's servants, newly released from their original dog form, are not as benign as first assumed. [Published 1 Sep 2014, 179 pages]

Cloudstalker [5]

The Boy and his companions consult the mythical Cloud Collectors for advice, only to discover they must now confront a greater evil that has lain dormant under their noses the whole time.

Marama's servants are an unwitting cover for an ancient curse that has been secretly devouring the people of their land. It must be stopped! [Published 1 October 2014, 198 pages]

About the Author

JJ Gadd is an Australian writer based in regional Victoria.

She likes green and growing things, cooking, and history - particularly antiquities.

The call to writing came young, and she worked as a journalist and editor for more than 15 years, garnering the life experience she thought she’d need in order to do justice to the story she’s wanted to write since she was a girl.  Now that she’s a grown-up she’s realised that life experience is something that keeps happening - but she wrote the story anyway.

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