Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older Blog Tour - Excerpt + Giveaway


Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Published: 30th June 2015 by Arthur A. Lavine Books (Scholastic)

Cassandra Clare meets Caribbean legend in SHADOWSHAPER, an action-packed urban fantasy from a bold new talent. 

Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra's near-comatose abuelo begins to say "No importa" over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep.... Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order's secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick's supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family's past, present, and future.

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Excerpt from Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Copyright © 2015 by Daniel Jose Older

All rights reserved. Published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., Publishers since 1920. SCHOLASTIC, and the LANTERN LOGO are trademarks and /or registered trademarks of Scholastic Inc.

When Manny first asked her to paint something on the Tower, she’d refused. She’d never painted a mural before, just filled notebook after notebook with wild creatures and winged, battle-ready versions of her friends and neighbors. And a whole wall? If she messed up, all of Brooklyn would see it. But Manny was persistent, said she could paint anything she wanted, said he’d set up a scaffolding. He added that if her old Grandpa Lázaro was still talking in full sentences instead of laid up from that stroke he’d had, he would’ve wanted her to do it too.

That last one sealed it. Sierra couldn’t say no to even the idea of Grandpa Lázaro. And so here she was, on the second day of summer break, adding a few more scales along a pair of dragon wings and worrying about crying murals.

Her phone buzzed with a text from her best friend, Bennie:

party at sully’s tonight. First 1 of the summmmmer!!!! Imma meet you at your house be ready in an hour.

The first party of the summer was always amazing. Sierra smiled, pocketed her phone, and started packing up her supplies. It was nine p.m. The dragon could wait.

She looked back at the mural of Papa Acevedo, barely visible now against the crumbling brick wall. It wasn’t just that there was a new tear on his face; his whole expression had changed. The man — the painting, rather — looked downright afraid. Papa Acevedo had been one of Grandpa Lázaro and Manny’s domino buddies. He’d always had a kind smile or a joke for Sierra, and whoever had painted his memorial portrait had captured that warmth perfectly. But now, his face seemed twisted with shock somehow, eyebrows raised, the edges of his mouth turned down beneath that unruly mustache.

The glistening painted tear trembled and slid out of the old man’s eye and down his face.

Sierra gasped. “What the —!”

To read the rest of chapter one make sure to stop by Rhi Reading on July 10th!

Author Bio - Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of the upcoming Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015) and the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, which begins in January 2015 withHalf-Resurrection Blues from Penguin’s Roc imprint. Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre” after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History and guest edited the music issue of Crossed Genres. His short stories and essays have appeared in Tor.com, Salon, BuzzFeed, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond. Daniel’s band Ghost Star gigs regularly around New York and he facilitates workshops on storytelling from an anti-oppressive power analysis. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music atghoststar.net/ and @djolder on twitter.

Author  Links
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Tour Schedule

Week One
6/29/2015- Romancing the Dark SideExcerpt
6/30/2015- The Best Books EverReview
7/1/2015- Please feed the bookwormInterview
7/2/2015- The Book BratzReview
7/3/2015- Bookhounds yaInterview 

Week Two
7/6/2015- Book BriefsReview
7/7/2015- Pieces of WhimsyExcerpt
7/8/2015- Curling Up With A Good Book Review
7/9/2015- The Bibliophile Chronicles- Interview
7/10/2015- RhiReadingExcerpt


Three winners will receive a finished copy of Shadowshaper

-US Only
-Ends 11th July 2015

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  1. I posted this on the author's website, thank you for the giveaway.
    I found your book through Pieces of Whimsy blog and I must say what a wonderful idea, "Shadowshaper." Beautiful yet mystifying. Good luck and thank you. Darlene Cruz

  2. The concept of this book sounds very interesting and I'am looking forward to reading it. thanks for the giveaway.