Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Book Tour: The Hunter Awakens

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The Hunter Awakens
The Morus Chronicles Book 1
J.R. Roper
Publication Date: July 6th, 2014
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Genre: Middle Grade Action/Fantasy

2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner
Winner Best Children’s Novel 2014: Preditors & Editors Readers Poll
Literary Classics Seal of Approval: Highly recommended for home and school libraries.

When thirteen-year-old Ethan Morus is forced to stay on his grandparents’ old farm, he expects to find weathered barns, rusty tools, and a creaky house in need of fresh paint. What he doesn’t expect is to hear a legend placing his family at the center of an ancient treasure hunt. Or find burial chambers protected by poltergeists, or a secret lair guarded by an ancient beast. And least of all, Ethan doesn’t suspect that powerful sorcerers are watching his every move.

They’ve found Ethan and believe he is from a line of treasure hunters who possess a rare instinct to locate powerful artifacts. Whether he has the instinct or not, Ethan is faced with a choice–search the Morus property and find what they want or lose yet another family member.

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Be sure to grab your copy of The Hunter Awakens for the special tour price of only 99 cents!

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 photo Joe-Roper.jpgAbout the Author

J.R. Roper is the author of The Morus Chronicles, a fantasy series for middle grade readers. The first two books, The Hunter Awakens and The Spirit of Steel are now available along with a collection of short stories titled Mel & the Black Rider. Roper’s work has appeared in ChildGood Magazine, Families First Monthly, and in anthologies by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, Horrified Press, and Thirteen O’Clock Press.


How do you develop your plots and your characters? 

I like to start with a setting and allow the characters and plot to grow from there. I certainly get a lot of plot ideas that I keep in a list and let simmer over time. I think every character comes from somewhere inside of the author. I’m not sure if they already exist or if we create them ourselves.

Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you for taking the time to read my stories. I write them to be consumed quickly and believe that ending books (and a series) well is extremely important. Thank you!

What do you do when you are not writing?

I chase my boys and try to keep them alive and safe. I plan lessons and grade lots of papers since I am an educator. I love being involved in athletics and often run scoreboard during the fall and winter and coach track in the spring. Reading, listening to podcasts about writing, and watching TV/movies fill up the remaining slots of non writing time.

Do you write an outline before starting a book or just write?

I write a few page outline for novels and before I write each chapter, I write an outline for the scenes involved. I have never kept perfectly to my outline but can’t imagine starting without a plan of action. 

Is there an author or book that influenced you or your writing in any way growing up or as an adult?

Harry Potter made me love reading and turned me into a writer. The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney is a close second. 

How do you market your book(s)?

I wish better :) I try to offer sales occasionally and use promotion sites like The Midlist, Ereader News, and Bookbub. I am always looking to boost reviews and enter book award contests. In fact, I recently won gold in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards and The Hunter Awakens was recommended to Wind Dancer Films for TV or movie production. Hopefully that goes somewhere!

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

I stopped counting rejections at 50. I had many requests from agents over the years and got valuable feedback from some which really improved my writing and storytelling. I finally decided to query small and medium sized publishers that did not require an agent and got lots of request rather quickly. I signed with CHBB Publishing in January 2014 and now have two novels published.  

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I never liked to write until after college and have always been a sports nut. I feel like most writers always loved reading and writing and that certainly was not the case for me.

Do you come from a large or small family? Is it a blessing or a curse? For instance…..

I come from a family of five. It was a blessing to be between sisters because I feel it made me more sensitive. For instance, most of my male family members are in the woods hunting all fall while I am drinking coffee and reading or writing. I’m not a man’s man (whatever that means) and I am okay with that. 

What are your favorite TV shows?

I LOVE Downton Abbey and Outlander. When I need background noise, I enjoy Pawn Stars and true crime shows.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

Albums by Breaking Benjamin, Disturbed, and soundtrack music by Two Steps from Hell.

Excerpt from The Hunter Awakens by J.R. Roper

Mel closed her eyes and drew in long breaths as he passed. A hint of the sorcerer was all she smelled. He was alone.

She waited for him to near the summit, and when he was close she dropped to the ground and approached from well within the forest. When she reached the top, it was clear he’d already begun his conjuring.

The sorcerer stood in the middle of the hilltop, held his staff in front of him and spoke softly in the old tongue. He lifted the staff and slammed it into the ground. The earth groaned.

He looked to the sky. “Reveal.”

Mel followed his gaze. A faint shadow swooped through the clouds and she retreated behind a thick tree. It was the thunderbird—the harbinger of conjured storms.

From his messenger bag, a red orb rose into the air and wisps of wood fastened it to the top of his staff.

Mel glanced above and readied her throwers. She’d put out the thunderbird’s eye if it attacked.

The sorcerer gripped his staff with both hands and pointed the end toward the setting sun, the direction of Roseville. He lowered it slowly and spun, drawing a wide circle where grass shriveled. The smell of scorched earth forced Mel to hold her breath. She hated the smell of anything burnt and the old rock beneath the grass smelled like the burning of ancient bones.

Within moments, clouds rolled overhead. The orb’s red light pierced the early dark. The sorcerer grasped for the sky with his left hand and spoke an incantation that the wind swept away.

The last sliver of sunlight winked out, as if a shawl had been drawn over the sky. A fog chased up the hill like a tidal wave and clouded Mel’s view. The fog moved upward and the sky rippled with a surge of power. All heavenly lights darkened and Mel aimed a thrower in the direction of the sorcerer.

If he knew she was here and came looking for her, it’d be his last act on Earth. She feared no one. She was Hellish Mel.

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Giveaway Details

There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • $25 Amazon gift card
  • 5 Kindle copies of The Hunter Awakens
Giveaway is International.
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