Monday, 22 September 2014

Vanished from Dust by Shea Norwood Blog Tour - Interview + Giveaway

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Vanished from Dust (Vanished from Dust #1)

Vanished from Dust (Vanished From Dust #1) by Shea Norwood
YA Paranormal
Published: 16th October 2013 by Createspace
320 Pages



Eric Stark is not insane. Or at least he doesn’t think so. He wishes everyone in Dust, Texas, felt the same way. But that’s not going to happen since the whole town thinks he’s crazy. Why didn’t he keep his mouth shut?

No one understands. Eric is alone as he battles his sanity in a town of tormenters. Suddenly a new friendship emerges after the new kid, Kyle Barrett, moves to town.
Eric reluctantly reveals his secret. Is it a curse or a gift? He isn’t certain, but with Kyle by his side he finds the courage to seek the truth.

They soon realize that something sinister is descending on the residents of Dust.
Is it caused by Eric’s phantoms or is it something else? Is it connected to the mysterious death of hundreds of townspeople over sixty years ago? One thing is certain—only Eric and Kyle can save them.

They set out on a heart-pounding adventure and find themselves transported to a disturbed and deserted version of their small southern town. They quickly discover that this new world has mysteries of its own to uncover. What they find could prove more than they bargained for, and it only leads to more questions. Eric and Kyle must face a horrifying fact—they may never get out alive.

“We’re gonna die here,” Kyle muttered.

 “I don’t believe that,” Eric said. “And neither do you.”

Will they survive their encounter with these dark and mysterious beings?

Will they find a way back home?

Or will they be lost forever?

The Vanished from Dust series is perfect for anyone who craves a hair-raising thriller packed with mystery and suspense. This paranormal story for young adults can be compared to Stand by Me, mixed with Odd Thomas, and a twist of The Dark Tower.

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Interview with Shea Norwood

Tell us a little bit about your book in your own words.

Vanished from Dust is a page-turning adventure about a small town boy, Eric Stark, struggling to find his place in a world that doesn’t understand him. He enlists a new friend to find the truth behind the nightmare that has haunted him since a young age. But, they soon discover the truth isn’t what they expected and they find themselves lost in a world that is very different than their own.

Do you have a favourite character from Vanished from Dust, or a character you really relate to?

Eric Stark was my favorite character to write. I liked the evolution of his character throughout the book as he struggles with his identity and finally uncovers his true potential near the end.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Great question. If you break a book down into its three parts – beginning, middle, and end, I would say the middle is the most difficult part. I usually have the beginning and end of the book already figured out and the challenge lies with ensuring the middle keeps up with pacing and plot development. Also, since it has been a long time since my last English class, I can sometimes get hung up with grammatical issues (I admit, I’m a perfectionist!). These challenges can sometimes stifle my progress, but I’ve learned to simply get the story out first, and then correct the issues on the rewrite. If all else fails, my wonderful and talented editor will make the corrections.

What's one thing you hope readers take away from your book?

I would like my readers to open their minds to the potential of other dimensions (or worlds) and learn to appreciate the mystery as it unfolds into an unlimited world of possibilities.

Do you have a favourite place to write? Or a place you go for inspiration?

I do my best writing in the dark, under the soft glow of a computer screen. I think it’s the perfect setting for writing paranormal stories!

Any advice for aspiring authors?

Always believe in yourself and remember writing is supposed to be fun. The moment it stops being fun you need to rediscover your original passion for the craft and let go of the obstacles holding you back. In addition, you should never grow complacent with your personal growth. You must continue to learn, read, and improve your writing skills.

What book(s) are you currently working on and do you have anything planned for the future?

I have a few other projects in the works. However, my next completed project will be the sequel to Vanished from Dust, titled the Illusion of Home.

Thank you for a wonderful interview, Shea!

Author Bio - Shea Norwood

Shea NorwoodShea Norwood is an emerging author and native of West Texas that currently lives in the DFW area with his wife and son.He was drawn to writing at an early age and recently rekindled this passion after dusting off a decade-old manuscript, titled Vanished from Dust. The fictional town of Dust is loosely based on a small town south of Odessa, TX.

When he’s not writing, Shea loves to spend time with this family, read, and is a frequent globetrotter. His travels have taken him to France, the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, Germany, and Mexico.Shea writes Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal/Mystery

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1x $15 Amazon GC, or B&N GC, or Paypal Cash 
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-Must be 13+ to enter
-Ends 12th October 2014

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  1. So many authors, so little time!!! But this one looks like it's worth spending the time :D

  2. Thanks or the giveaway, I will have to give this a read too, love a mystery to curl up with!

  3. Oh yeah, a new author!! Love it! It's always great finding new authors to follow! Thank you!

  4. Mystery books ... me loves them xD

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and the chance to win <3

  5. Awesome giveaway, thank you! I'll definitely keep an eye out for this book, mysteries are the best :D

  6. This does sound very interesting thank you.

  7. I would agree, writing the middle of a book is definitely the hardest part. You have to maintain the action, excitement and character development all the way through! I also like to write late at night - as long as I am not too tired, that is.

  8. The book sounds very intriguing! I love mysteries!
    Thanks for the giveaway!