Blog Tour, Giveaway & Excerpt Reveal: Esme's Wish (Esme Series #1) by Elizabeth Foster

Thursday, May 24, 2018

ESME'S WISH Digital Assets
Author: Elizabeth Foster
Pub. Date: October 30, 2017
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD

“A fresh new fantasy of an enchanting world.” - Wendy Orr, author of Nim’s Island and Dragonfly Song.

When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?

But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.

After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about her mother, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all. 

This fresh, inventive tale is an ideal read for younger teens.

About Elizabeth:
I was born in Brisbane, Australia, and now live in Sydney. Apart from writing and reading, which take up most of my time, I love walking, travelling and playing piano (badly).

As a child, I was called Dizzy Lizzy – which I regarded as an insult all my life, until I started writing! Now, daydreaming is a central part of what I do. My favourite childhood books included the Chronicles of Narnia and Enid Blyton’s adventure stories. I was such an avid reader that my godfather gave me the complete works of Shakespeare when I was ten. (Still haven’t read them all…) My reading tastes nowadays are eclectic, ranging from classic authors such as Jane Austen, to the works of modern YA writers, including J.K. Rowling, Tamora Pierce, Melina Marchetta and Maggie Stiefvater.

I love movies almost as much as books. Dreamlike films – such as the works of Hayao Miyazaki – hugely appeal to me, as do any clever psychological films and TV series which revolve around female characters, such as Buffy and Veronica Mars.

I used to enjoy writing as a child, but then I grew up and was sadly waylaid by more serious pursuits. Reading to my own kids reminded me of how much I missed getting lost in other worlds, and once I started writing again, I couldn’t stop. I am also fascinated with people’s motivations and personalities, and now I get to explore them on the page.  I am a member of the SCBWI,  the CBCA, and a reviewer for CBCA’s Reading Time.

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Esme slumped down on her bed and buried her face in her hands, desperately trying to make sense of what had just happened.
With no warning, apart from the onset of a headache, she had somehow borne witness to a scene from the distant past. It wasn’t a memory of her own, or at least she didn’t think it was. Maybe it was all just her imagination.
She massaged her temples, trying to ease the headache, which had returned with a vengeance. Her hands were still white from soaking in the tub, the lines on her palms distended like a river swollen in flood.
It had all been so vivid.
Mum. I just saw Mum.
She was right there, looking at me.
Her heart stung, cut by the serrated edge of memory. Painful recollections rose in her mind – real ones, this time, not strange visions. Her younger self was perched on the front steps of the cottage, squishing tiny buds of lavender between her fingers, the scent of it on her hands and in the air around her. A bee buzzed nearby, feeding on the purple blooms. Silently she sat, swamped with a loneliness her small frame couldn’t contain. Any moment now her missing mother would walk through the gate. Tell her it had all been a mistake. Just a mean trick on her part.
The memory lingered a while, like part of her was still waiting on those steps.

Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive an eBook of ESME’S WISH, International.

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
5/21/2018- Mythical BooksExcerpt
5/21/2018- The Reading LifeSpotlight

5/22/2018- Of WonderlandReview
5/22/2018- Novel NoviceGuest Post

5/23/2018- Cindy's Love of Books- Review
5/23/2018- BookHounds YAInterview

5/24/2018- The slytherin book ladyReview
5/24/2018- Kati's Bookaholic Rambling ReviewsExcerpt

5/25/2018- RhythmicBooktrovertReview
5/25/2018- Books a Plenty Book ReviewsSpotlight

Week Two:
5/28/2018- Devouring BooksReview
5/28/2018- Daily WaffleInterview

5/29/2018- The Inked In Book Blog- Review
5/29/2018- paseandoamissculturaGuest Post

5/30/2018- Dazzled by BooksExcerpt
5/30/2018- Ziggy's Reading CornerExcerpt

5/31/2018- Owl Always Be ReadingExcerpt
5/31/2018- The Cozy Reading CornerSpotlight

6/1/2018- F A N N AInterview
6/1/2018- Books A-Brewin'Excerpt


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