I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for MG/YA fantasy “The Sailweaver’s Son”. The tour runs from September 29 to October 29.
September 29th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading
September 29th: Guest Post @ SolaFide Publishing Blog
September 30th: Book Excerpt @ Jessica and Gracie’s Tree
October 2nd: Book Excerpt @ The Bookworm Lodge
October 5th: Book Excerpt @ Ms. J Mentions
October 7th: Book Review @ Adventures Through Wonderland
October 11th: Book Excerpt @ Books, Dreams, Life
October 14th: Book Excerpt @ Just Books
October 15th: Book Review @ Pop’s Blog
October 19th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
October 21st: Book Excerpt @ Paige Turner Reads
October 23rd : Character Interview @ The Book Daily
October 25th: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading
October 27th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader
October 29th: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog
About the Book
Title: The Sailweaver’s Son
Author: Jeff Minerd
Genre: MG/YA Fantasy
The Sailweaver’s Son combines traditional fantasy with a dash of steampunk and takes young readers to a unique world—Etherium. A world where mountains rise like islands above a sea of clouds and adventurers travel the sky in sail-driven airships.
When fifteen year-old Tak rescues the survivor of an airship destroyed by one of the giant flammable gas bubbles mysteriously appearing in the sky of Etherium, the authorities react like a flock of startled grekks.
Admiral Scud accuses Tak of sabotage and treason. Tak’s father grounds him for reckless airmanship. Rumors spread that the bubbles are weapons devised by the Gublins, a race of loathsome but ingenious underground creatures. The King’s advisors call for war, hoping to win much-needed Gublin coal.
To clear his name, solve the mystery, and prevent a misguided war, Tak must do what anyone knows is suicide—visit the Gublins and find out what they’re up to. When the wizard’s adopted daughter, an oddly beautiful and irksomely intelligent girl from the Eastern kingdoms, asks Tak to help her do just that, he can’t say no.
The adventure will take Tak from the deepest underground caves to a desperate battle on Etherium’s highest mountaintop. It will force him to face his worst fears, and to grow up faster than he expected.
Jeff Minerd thought he stopped writing fiction a long time ago until the story for The Sailweaver’s Son came to him not in a dream but after a dream. He is grateful for that, and for the opportunity to explore the world of Etherium and entertain others with what he finds there.
Jeff has a son, Noah, who is also a writer and avid reader. Jeff hopes to one day place in the top ten—or maybe even top five—of Noah’s favorite authors. But the competition is pretty stiff.
In a previous lifetime, Jeff published short fiction in literary journals including The North American Review. One of his stories won the F. Scott Fitzgerald competition, judged by former NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse.
More recently, Jeff has worked as a science and medical writer for publications and organizations including the National Institutes of Health, MedPage Today, The Futurist magazine, and the Scientist magazine.
Jeff lives in Rochester, NY.