The Serpent’s Ring by H.B. Bolton: Guest Post, Exceprt, Giveaway

Posted October 19, 2012 | 33 Comments

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.


Guest Post

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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33 responses to “The Serpent’s Ring by H.B. Bolton: Guest Post, Exceprt, Giveaway

  1. Alina

    I wouldn’t change a thing. I might bitch a bit about my university and stuff like that, but I really like my life 🙂

  2. Kristia

    No I wouldn’t.. I think that whatever happens and we deal with it, it just makes us stronger.
    Thank you for the giveaway

  3. I’m happy to see that your readers wouldn’t change their lives ~ it’s refreshing. I have a funny feeling, although Evan complains from time to time, he wouldn’t change a thing 🙂

  4. Darlene Ysaguirre

    Yes!! i know it has made me who i am today but if ic ould go back and know what i know now i would for sure change things and maybe make my life a little bit easier

  5. Karen Arrowood

    I don’t think so… I am where I am now because of everything that happened before, and I am enjoying my life.

  6. Szappanbubi

    I love the way it went out!!!- but sometimes I could play with each other opportunities to change the way of my life 🙂

  7. Jessica Bronder

    There are several days that things have gone in a different direction. Although at the time I may have wished for a different day, in the end they all have their purpose. I wouldn’t want to change a thing.

  8. Denise Z

    I do not think I would change anything, as much as I might want to, as my experiences have made me who I am 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us today.

  9. I think about that a lot, just one little thing we do different changes EVERYTHING! Like when I decided to move out to Washington. I almost didn’t do it cause I didn’t have anyone to go with me and I was too chicken, but at the last minute my BFF said she’d come. If we hadn’t come I wouldn’t have met my husband and had my kids. As a matter of fact I may have ended up dead because of the mess I was and the abusive boyfriend I had. And it goes on and on. But would I change things? No, I don’t think so. I wish I could have traveled the world and all that, but then I wouldn’t have met my husband and had my kids and well, I think I’m pretty happy with how things turned out.

    Thanks so much for being a part of the tour Christy!
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  10. The day I met my husband was a pivotal point where my life completely changed direction. It was as welcome a change as it was unexpected. Twelve years later and we are still happily on this path together.
    This sounds like a great read that my son would absolutely love! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  11. Ashley Marie

    No, I wouldn’t change anything, because I believe that everything happens for a reason, and if I would change the events that lead me to where I am now, I wouldn’t have met all the amazing new people I have in my life. I wouldn’t change anything at all.

  12. Alicia

    I don’t know, I don’t like the idea of changing the past because it has made me who I am. I wish that I had done things differently sometimes or been better at some things, but I cannot think of one particular day that needs changing.

    Thanks for having the giveaway!

  13. Sounds like Evan and Claire had a crazy day! Umm thinking back kind of like Sliding Doors I always wonder how my life cold have been different through different choices. Not sure what I would change but if something different could have made me rich then yes I would change it! lol

  14. Jenny

    There are a few little things I’d like to change, but then who knows what those little changes would amount to later on. So I guess no, I wouldn’t.

    That is one scary looking giant!

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