Friendship and adventure are the name of the game in Friends to the End by C.L. Colyer. Read an excerpt from this middle grade action adventure book and then learn a bit more about the author in a special guest post. Follow the tour for more! Best of luck in the giveaway!
Twelve-year-old Zach is convinced he'll never be happy without his best friend Jeremy by his side. But both of their lives changed with a bang five months ago, and as far as Zach's concerned, it's his fault Jeremy will never see his twelfth birthday.
When Zach moves with his family to a Chicago suburb, he quickly becomes friends with a group of thrill-seeking kids trying to find a disappearing haunted house. But Zach's not worried. He doesn't believe in ghosts, so he follows them into a wild, dangerous encounter that becomes a battle to decide what's real and what's not.
My bewildered gaze slithered from Dom to Josh, finally coming to a stop on Morgan as I tried to decide if they were crazy.
“If the house is invisible, how do you expect to find it?” I asked.
Morgan sat on the stoop next to me. “It’s not always invisible. My brothers saw it once. They said it’s a big house with a long porch. It vanished before they could set foot on the first step, and I’m glad, too.”
“Why? What would have happened if they were on the steps?” I asked. Not because I believed an old ghost story had any truth to it, but I was curious to know what she’d say.
Morgan had to pick her jaw up from the walkway before she could answer, and when she did her voice came out in a high-pitched squeak. “If they had been on the porch or worse—” she swallowed loudly “—inside, they would have disappeared with it.”
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You find yourself on a deserted island. What 10 things do you most wish to have?
I love this question.
- At the top of my list is a book on how to survive in the wild. Journey to the Center of the Earth might do, too. There are a lot of tips woven into the story.
- My husband or friends. I’d really hate to be stranded alone.
- Fresh water.
- Coffee. Please let there be coffee beans. I’ll learn how to roast them if it means a fresh cup of coffee each morning.
- Based on my recent experience lighting logs in a fireplace, I’m going to need help building a fire, so multiple lighters.
- Hairbands, because without my shampoo and conditioner my hair is going to be an uncontrollable wild mass of curls and frizz.
- My favorite pair of hiking boots. They’re warm, comfy, and grip the ground no matter the surface.
- A warm blanket in case it gets cold.
- A chest full of great fantasy books. I might not even notice I’m on a deserted island if I have enough reading material.
- Pens and journals. Just think of how much writing I could get done with all that free time!
Thanks, Andi, for having me on your wonderful blog. And thank you for stopping by!
This sparked her love for writing essays. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she sat down and penned her first novel. This story has a special place in her heart because it’s the story that helped her discover her passion for writing. She has since written several books, many of which may never see the light of day, but all of which helped her learn to combine her passion for writing with her fascination with all things mythical. You’ll find examples of this in her novels.
She lives in Illinois with her family.
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Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/C-L-Colyer/e/B09C6JPT3X/
Bookbub author page: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/cherie-colyer
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