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Thursday, 6 October 2016

BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Extraordinary October by Diana Wagman

Book & Author Details:

Extraordinary October
by Diana Wagman
Published by: Ig Publishing
Publication date: October 11th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


Synopsis:

October is an ordinary girl. From her plain looks to her average grades, there seems to be nothing special about her. Then, three days before her eighteenth birthday, she develops a strange itch that won’t go away, and her life is turned upside down. Suddenly, she can hear dogs talk, make crows fly, and two new and very handsome boys at school are vying for her affections. After she starts “transplanting” herself through solid rock, October learns that she is not ordinary at all, but the daughter of a troll princess and a fairy prince, and a pawn in a deadly war between the trolls and the fairies. Now October will have to use all of her growing powers to save her family, and stop a mysterious evil that threatens to destroy the fairy world.

In the fantastical vein of authors such as Julie Kagawa and Holly Black, Extraordinary October takes us on a magical journey from the streets of Los Angeles to the beautiful and mythical underground fairy kingdom.

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 My phone chimed, a text had come in.
It was from Luisa.  “L.A. River, under the Los Feliz Bridge.”  And immediately she sent another text. “Plz. I need you.”
She was exactly where I thought she would be: the LA River.  It wasn’t far. Luisa had said the LA River was where she went to get away.  That was the flash of insight I’d had. That’s how I’d known that’s where she was—even before I got her text.  I was different and it wasn’t only my appearance. Yes, my hair was thicker and my eyes looked enormous.  I hadn’t moved the seat up in my dad’s car because I didn’t need to.  But I was different inside too. I knew things and I trusted what I knew. That was what was really different—I trusted myself.
I didn’t take the freeway because I wanted to stay around normal people. At least I thought they were normal.  I stopped at a red light and looked over in the car next to me.
The driver was hunched over the wheel. He had an enormous hooked nose and ridiculously long fingers. And he was a lime green color. Across the street, a girl was laughing high and musically as she came out of a restaurant. She was stunning, black with silver hair and graceful, tall and thin. Her friends came out after her and they all looked like the loveliest Disney kind of fairies: in a variety of colors and colored hair, shiny, tall, slim, and fluttery for lack of a better word. They were only missing their wings. The homeless guy on the corner was talking and gesturing to himself, but that night I could see little creatures buzzing and dive-bombing around his head. There was a woman with an earpiece who seemed to be talking on her cell phone but she was really talking to an elf sitting on her shoulder.  For the first time I was seeing the world as it really was.
On the other hand, it wasn’t very smart to just go running to the L.A. River, a big cement trough that was home to gangs and taggers and people hiding from the world. I could have called the cops to meet me there. I could have asked Walker to come with me. But that is all stuff I’m thinking now.  Then I wasn’t thinking about anything but getting there and saving the day. I wanted to help Luisa all by myself. I wanted to test my new self.  Stronger, taller, smarter, and more confident.  For once I wanted to be special, more than average or ordinary.  For once I wanted to be extraordinary.
I parked in the parking lot of a restaurant right near the Los Feliz Bridge. It was as close as I could get in the car. I walked toward the chain link fence and the gate leading down to the bike path. A family came out of the restaurant and walked to their car. The Dad was carrying a sleepy little boy who raised his head and pointed at me.
“Look,” he said. “A fairy.”
I was stunned. What did he see? I was in my jeans and hoodie. Before his parents turned around, I darted through the gate and disappeared into the dark.



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I have always written and always wanted to be a writer, but didn’t think I could make a living at it. So I became a mime. (You can imagine what my father had to say about that.) I worked on the streets of NYC with two partners, stopping traffic in front of the Met and annoying tourists. When, to my great surprise, that didn’t work out, I returned to school in film–thinking screenwriters made a living. And when I had ten scripts and my agent had stopped returning my calls, I wrote a novel. I did it just because I wanted to love writing again and not think about selling or casting or marketability. That novel was Skin Deep, and it’s a testament to writing from your heart that the first person to read it, bought it. I’ve been trying to write from the heart ever since.




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