Welcome to the Blog Tour for Woodencloak by Dawn Ford, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Keep reading for an excerpt!
WOODENCLOAK by Dawn Ford
SERIES: Band of Unlikely Heroes #1
GENRE: Middle Grade Fantasy
PUBLISHER: Scrivenings Press
RELEASE DATE: February 7, 2023
Thirteen-year-old troll princess Horra Fyd’s life changes forever after an unexpected visit from the fairy queen and her two daughters. Tales of fairies gave Horra nightmares as a young troll. Before evening falls, however, a real nightmare unfolds. Horra’s father, King Fyd, goes missing. Her woodgoblin instructor is poisoned and uses his magic to revert to a seed. And a mysterious, gaunt man wearing a cape and playing a panflute joins the fairies in trying to capture her.
Horra flees but is instantly lost in a world she’s never had to travel alone. A letter hidden in her knapsack from her late instructor informs her that a power hungry Erlking seeks revenge against her kingdom and their allies for a two-generation old war. She is tasked with getting his seed to the Weald, a magical forest. There it can regenerate into a druid, the only creature with the power to hold the balance between good and evil, and who is able to defeat the Erlking.
However, the Erlking is always one step behind her. Horra must fight to protect herself, but she has no magic. She accepts a gift from a dead druid spirit of a charmed woodencloak to disguise her. But magic failed her mother, how can she possibly trust it?
Can Horra have faith and courage enough to trust a power she can’t see, and become a warrior heroine her foremothers can be proud of? Or will she allow fear to rule over her and lose everything that matters—including her life?
The fairy’s footsteps crunched on the gritty floor while Horra pointed to statues and noble objects, and droned on with information she’d rehearse three times a week for two years of primary royal training.
They reached the side door to the Hall of Monstrosity. Hobgoblin servants dusting the numerous exhibits scurried out of their way murmuring things about the ‘charmed ones.’ Horra thanked the Creature God that her hide repelled fairy magic. It resisted most types of magic. Unfortunately, it had also kept magic from curing her mother.
Which was why magic wasn’t good for much of anything.
The princesses dawdled behind, which was not an easy feat since Horra’s legs were five times shorter than theirs. They remained close together, whispering back and forth, their male fairy escorts behind them.
What was with all the brooding? They’d not been summoned to Oddar. They’d even come without an invitation.
Horra renamed them Misery and Gloomy.
Dawn Ford lives in a small town nestled among the Loess Hills in Western Iowa with her husband and Snickers, the Wonder Beagle. Dawn’s love for stories came naturally to her as a child who was lucky enough to be able to explore the Iowa pastures and countryside in search of adventure.
Dawn adores anything steampunk, is mesmerized by shiny, pretty things, loves purses, shoes, and needs at least one good, strong cup of coffee a day to wake up.
Dawn’s novel, The Girl With Stars In Her Eyes, won the 2016 ACFW Genesis Award under the title, Kingdom Come. Her flash fiction stories have been featured in Havok, an online magazine.
Connect with Dawn by visiting dawnfordauthor.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.
Other Featured Books by Dawn Ford
(3) winners will receive a signed paperback copy of Woodencloak!
Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight March 13, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 20, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
Giveaway is subject to JustRead Publicity Tours Giveaway Policies.
This giveaway is hosted by JustRead Tours, not RimSP
Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!
What about you? What makes you want to read Woodencloak by Dawn Ford?