Thursday, December 15, 2016

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Hero High: Figure in the Flames by Mina Chara @authorminachara @yaboundtourspr

Hero High: Figure in the Flames
Mina Chara
Genre: YA Mystery Romance/Superheroes
Release Date: October 1st 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Reality TV meets Superhero High School in this intriguing story about friendship, fame, and what it means to be a hero.

In Icon City superheroes save the day every day on the quarter hour. Led by Captain Fantastic, scores of superhero celebrities do their best to train the next generation. Seventeen year old Friday Fitzsimmons and Jake her childhood friend are their latest starstruck recruits. When Doctor Dangerous returns from the dead and the Figure in Flames decimates the city, Captain Fantastic is betrayed by one of his own.

Torn between Jake, Ashley and her feelings for Doctor Dangerous, Friday must decide if her childhood friend is worth fighting for, and if the worlds most famous super-villain is worth saving, all while learning how to be a hero.

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Advance Praise:

- I think this book will appeal greatly to fans of the Selection. - the dressmaker D'fwan reminded me of America's maids … The whole TV reality show aspect also reminded me of Hunger Game as well as The Selection.

- I Really Loved The Book
I am so looking forward to book two. I love the world you’ve created and I want to explore it more. I thoroughly enjoyed Friday and her story.

- I Really, Really Enjoyed This Book!
The way that Ashley and Friday’s relationship progressed was amazing. Too often, in books the two main love interests relationships progress way too quickly and it was refreshing to see Ashley and Friday’s relationship develop gradually instead of it being super rushed.

- I Would Give This Book a Full 5/5 Stars!
Like there was just so much to this book and none of the characters are like what you originally predicted. Every chapter keeps adding to the story and making it more and more complex, and it leaves you on the edge of your seat in suspense.

An Interview with Mina Chara

What inspired you to write Hero High: Figure In The Flames?

Definitely my love of early 2000’s teen movies and Japanese superheroes. Movies like Sky High, and shows like Tiger and Bunny really inspire me, and make me want to write about Superheroes in way that’s hopefully a little different from the regular Marvel movie, or American comic book.

When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I really only started writing recently, in the past three years or so. I’ve written two books before this one; I have a lot of stories to tell, and I’m trying to do it in the easiest way.

What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?

I wasn’t much of a reader thanks to my dyslexia, so the first kids book I ever read was one about the planets. But the first proper book I read was W.I.T.C.H. which was a book adaption of a cartoon show. I think I read it all in one sitting.

What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

I have a fondness for optimistic sci-fi, and anything that doesn’t take itself too seriously. I always like books that strike a good balance between YA and Middle grade. I also really love near future.

What is your favorite book?

The Caves of Steel, by Issac Asimov. It was the very first book to make me want to read the sequel and it remains as one of my favorites because it’s just so well written, there are no extraneous  characters, or unnecessary plot details.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

That’s definitely Issac Asimov because he’s so easy to engage with so matter what’s he’s writing about, fact as well as fiction.

If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and why?

My first instinct is to say Ancient Egypt, since I studied Egyptian history like crazy when I was younger, but honestly, I think if I could go back in time to anywhere, I’d bore everyone and go back to meet my grandad. I’ve heard so much about him, but he died before I was born.

When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?

The initial writing is pretty easy for me, it’s correcting it, and figuring out how to fix things that’s hard for me.

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

I have two dogs. One is small, red and angry, he’s called Gimli, and one is large, white and dopy. He’s called Gwyn. Gimli is eleven years old, he was named after the character in the Lord of The Rings. He’s a eurasier, a relatively new breed, seems to hate everyone and is essentially self sufficient. Gywn is a Great Pyrenee. He's just a baby in dog skin.

What is your ""to die for"", favorite food/foods to eat?

Okay, I got this. Lamb Kebab/Gyro. I only eat them with chips, or fries to the Americans, and garlic mayonnaise. I would kill for any form of Chinese take-away and anything flavored with white chocolate, the best kind of chocolate.

Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?”

My advice would be pretty basic; don’t spend years on your first novel, if it’s not perfect that’s okay, because it’ll give people a chance to tell you what’s wrong, so you can get better. You have to fail a few times to become good, so the most important thing about writing is to stop putting it off!

About the Author:

Hi! I’m Mina Chara, I’m a student, an artist, a daughter, sister and companion to my two furry friends, Gimli and Gwynne. This blog is here because I’ve just written a book called Hero High: Figure In The Flames.

This is My Story:
Being dyslexic isn’t so much of a problem, the hard part is not letting it dictate what I like, and what I can do. For years I was scared of reading, but then I discovered YA fiction, real books with main characters I could relate to because most of them were girls.

When someone criticizes my writing, I feel like crying, because I feel like that I’m back in English class getting yelled at again, just wanting to go home, but I’m not a kid anymore, I’m an adult, and as an adult, I wrote a book, and you can too.

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