Well, today is the last day of The Serpent’s Ring blog tour, but you know what they say: Last but not least! Author H.B. Bolton wants to share an excerpt & guest post with you, plus a great giveaway. Ready? Here you go…
Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum … that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods.
Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous bird and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.
Excerpt from The Serpent’s Ring
Evan used his powers to crawl over the chiseled surface, his fingertips grazing the stone. He slithered around many windows, peering into each one. Although, the locket had shown the imps location as up high, he wanted to make sure no giants lurked in the shadows. When he reached the top, he spied two shapes that looked like Dunkle and Barfel. But the room was black, making it difficult to tell.
A tremendous growl came from somewhere below. Evan scanned down the ten or so stories, and saw that Claire and Sigurd were there keeping lookout. Suddenly, a hatch hidden under the dirt-covered ground flung open; at least eight mini polar bears popped out of the pit and charged Sigurd and Claire.
“Those must be the giants’ idea of ‘hounds’!” yelled Claire, backing toward Sigurd.
Claire and Sigurd were surrounded by furry white bears. They looked like baby cubs, and if his sister hadn’t been in immediate danger, Evan would have thought the polar bears were adorable.
Giants poured in like huge cockroaches and swarmed around Claire and Sigurd. Claire pointed toward the ground and spun in a circle. Dirt beneath her and Sigurd’s feet swirled around and around. Two pillars shot upward, lifting Claire and Sigurd high above the fleet of white bears and fierce giants. Sigurd used a slingshot to pelt bits of rock at his enemies below. Claire extended her right hand and flexed her fingers; spikes shot up, trapping a few of the giants inside.
Polar bears scrambled up the pillars, digging in their sharp black claws, but each time one would climb a few feet, it slid right back down. One of the giants threw his club at Sigurd and knocked the hero to the ground. Although he tumbled and flipped many times, he still managed to land on his feet. Swiftly, his sword deflected an axe and knocked over a giant.
“Impressive,” whispered Evan. “I guess they’ll be okay, after all.” He sighed and began to enter back the room. Suddenly a garbled sound came from behind him, and a bag dropped over his head and down to his sneakers, enveloping Evan in total darkness. Evan clawed at the burlap, first with his fingers, then with his mind. He tried to use his powers to lift the bag, but this giant was too strong.
Evan and Claire Jones’ day started normal enough, and they couldn’t possibly have imagined how much their plans would veer off-course. How absurd it would have been to assume that by lunch they both would have superpowers, taken orders from an imp, and battled mini polar bears? And although Claire had won trophies in gymnastics, she never would have thought she would need to use her skills to outmaneuver giants. Sure, Evan had climbed trees as a kid, but never a dilapidated tower. And on that morning, if Evan had known he would encounter a dragon-slaying hero, a divining locket, a talking rock, an enchanting mermaid, an orange bull shark, an angry pixie and healthy snacks that make you bark like a dog, he probably wouldn’t have gotten out of bed.
Think back to a day that changed the course of your life. Would you alter it in any way, if you could?
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- One winner will get a paperback off The Serpent’s Ring, a bookmark, and a rune treasure box (pictured below)
- Must be over 13 to enter
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