Saturday, August 9, 2014

"WhipEye" by Geoffrey Saign

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
WhipEye
(WhipEye Chronicles Book 1)
by Geoffrey Saign


WhipEye is the first book in the WhipEye Chronicles fantasy adventure series for children ages 9 and up. Coming soon: Gorgon.
This book blast and giveaway is brought to you by Mother Daughter Book Promotion Services.



Description
Samantha and her neighbor, Jake, have no idea that Samantha’s best friend, a parrot named Charlie, is a thousand years old. Charlie is also at the center of a secret battle between magical creatures and an ancient, evil man. When Charlie asks Samantha and Jake to protect him, they are chased by monsters from both sides. To save Charlie, and two worlds, Samantha and Jake have twenty-four hours to figure out how to use the supernatural staff, WhipEye, and find the courage to confront what they fear most.

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Excerpt
The monster slithers a dozen yards away, coming fast, both heads reared back. I want to scream.
Ten steps ahead is a big birch. Jake reaches the east side of it, finds a rock, and throws it. He hits one of the cobra heads in the snout, and the beast hisses and veers toward him. Yelling, he bolts.
Squawk! “Jump, kid!” says Charlie.
The other snake head strikes at me.
I veer sideways and the snake misses my legs, catching a mouthful of dirt instead. For one moment I’m inches from its long fangs and wrinkled mouth. It gives me a burst of speed.
Gasping, I spurt around the west side of the tree. The snake’s heads chase us on opposite sides of the trunk, one after Jake and one after me. Its body smacks into the tree trunk, the two heads twisting, trying to force the other around its side. Stupid monster. It buys us a few seconds.
Not far ahead, a massive rotting log is leaning against another big tree, its high end four feet off the ground. It’s a natural deadfall in front of a small opening at the base of a pile of boulders. Dad showed it to me several years ago, explaining how dangerous it could be and warning me never to go near it. He said just bumping into it could knock it over.
“Under the tree,” I yell. I watch Jake and trip over a tree root, my legs flying too far out as I try to remain upright. “Don’t touch it,” I croak.
Jake dives beneath it and Charlie flies in low after him.
I stumble to the slanted log, bending over at the waist. The back of my head bangs against the bark when I try to duck beneath it. “Umph.”
Dropping to my knees, I roll to the side several times, ending up on my back. Little rocks and sticks jab through my flannel shirt into my skin.
Behind me, Jake scrambles into the opening in the rocks, shouting, “Sam.”
I tilt my head to see beneath the crack under the log. The cobra is racing toward us, inches above the ground. Feeling exposed, I slide over farther to hide behind the low end of the deadfall.
Charlie perches on a rock near Jake. “Do something, kid.”
Bringing my knees to my chest, trying to time the snake’s speed right, I kick the deadfall with both feet. It’s like hitting a boulder. It doesn’t budge. Huge disappointment. The way Dad described it, a big mosquito flying into it would topple it.
The hissing cobra slides beneath the dead tree five feet from me and stops abruptly, eyeing Jake.
I go rigid while staring at the monster. Please don’t see me.

Praise for the Book
"As an avid reader of all kinds of books, I often find many fantasy books sloppily written, as though the genre is the dumping ground of less talented writers. So imagine my delight and surprise when right at the get-go - from the first page onwards - WhipEye demolished my prejudice and reminded me that every once in a while, you find that shiny needle in the proverbial haystack." ~ 5 Star Review, Meghan, Amazon
"Attention to detail, best of all fleshed out and well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that actually make you feel like you are right there in the story - or at least wish you were – and that’s something I really look for in a good book." ~ 5 Star Review, Tali, Amazon
"Whipeye by Geoffrey Saign is a wonderfully written fantasy story that combines elements of fantasy and magic. The author has created a fantastical world that is vividly imagined with magical creatures and strange but colorful characters … What really makes this story engaging are the likeable characters that you can’t help but root for. The story may be about an adventure that involves magic and supernatural elements, but it’s also about friendship and discovering one’s strength when it’s needed the most." ~ 5 Star Review, Portia A., Amazon
"Whipeye is a thrilling magical adventure with surprises at every turn, a story that deserves to be read." ~ Laurisa White Reyes, Editor-in-Chief of Middle Shelf Magazine and author of The Celestine Chronicles series
"Simply put … it’s a creative story that draws you in from the beginning. The twists and turns, the interesting characters and surprises keep you wanting to turn the next page. This walk into a fantasy serves as a nice mini-vacation without having to go anywhere or plan anything. I look forward to the next book. Well done." ~ 5 Star Review, Michael S., Amazon

About the Author
Geoffrey Saign can often be found looking for interesting critters, and magic, while swimming, snorkeling, sailing, or hiking in the woods. His passion for nature and wildlife led to his nationally endorsed book, Green Essentials: What You Need to Know About the Environment, as well as his books The African Cats and The Great Apes. He has a background in biology, assisted in field research with hummingbirds and humpback whales, and sailed as far away as Australia. With more than twenty years of experience working in special education, he has taught adults and children everything from sailing to novel writing. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Giveaway
Enter the Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win one of three copies of WhipeEye by Geoffrey Saign (closes 25 August).

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