Thursday, September 29, 2022

NBTM Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex by Carole P. Roman @caroleproman @GoddessFish

Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex

by Carole P. Roman

GENRE: YA adventure


Templeton Academy- the superhero high school is finally open!

The prestigious academy is recruiting the best of the best to enroll in its student body.

The school is as mysterious as it is exclusive.

Grady Whill thinks there is nothing special about him to make the grade.

However, his best friend, Aarush Patel has been selected and thinks Grady has the right stuff.

Even school bully Elwood Bledsoe is attending.

If Grady is fortunate enough to be picked, his guardian has forbidden him to attend.

Will a family secret prevent Grady from becoming the superhero he was destined to be?

Purchase Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex on Amazon


There Whill Be Blood

A barely cooled lump of lava hardened under my feet. One of my sneakers was stuck between two small rocks in the solidifying mess. I stared at my foot in disbelief. Instinct told me I should be a human torch, my legs nothing more than toasted stumps. I glanced up, my heart beating wildly. We were trapped on the side of the mountain facing our school, separated by a burning sea of molten rocks.

The world around me steamed, the lava staining the sky burnt orange. Trees swallowed by molten rock looked like skeletal hands emerging from a grave that glowed beneath the blackened crust. I saw heat waves shimmering from the earth but felt none of its intensity. I pulled fiercely, feeling my ankle twist. Aarush steadied me as I nearly toppled over. He was shirtless, his back slick with sweat and covered with scrapes. His fingers worked feverishly to free my foot.

Overhead two helicopter-sized pterodactyls circled the craggy summit. The wind from their leathery wings buffeted the two of us. I think the air they circulated stopped the patches of lava from cooking us alive, but what do I know?

We better get moving, Grady. Leave your sneaker. We are risking getting burned by staying too long in one spot.” The ever-practical Aarush reasoned as he pulled the velcro releasing my foot. I wobbled, then fell to one knee.

Do you think they’re real?” I hollered to my friend over the noise, pointing upward. 

Interview with Carole P. Roman

Have you ever had an imaginary friend?

All my characters are my imaginary friends.

Do you have any phobias?

I have a fear of heights and needles.

Do you listen to music when you're writing?

No, but the tv can be on without sound. I usually write in total chaos.

Do you ever read your stories out loud?

I read them aloud to my brother, kids, and grandchildren. It’s a must-do because sometimes what sounds good in your head doesn’t translate well to paper.

Tell us about your main character and who inspired him/her.

Grady Whill is a delightful fourteen-year-old. Orphaned when he was a baby, he was brought up by loving grandparents. At their deaths, his twenty-something disc-jockey uncle took over his care. He is full of teenage insecurities and angst. He’s just a bit sarcastic but is understanding, loyal and supportive to his best friend Aarush Patel who is on the spectrum.

While Grady struggles with bullying, it’s Aarush’s quiet wisdom and strength that gets them through the challenges of being different. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children's books. Whether it's pirates, princesses, spies, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children of all ages.

Her best-selling book, The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids: 800+ Jokes! has reached number one on Amazon in March of 2020 and has remained in the top 200 books since then.

She published Mindfulness for Kids with J. Robin Albertson-Wren.

Carole has co-authored two self-help books. Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing with Julie A. Gerber, and Marketing Indieworld with both Julie A. Gerber and Angela Hausman.

Roman is the CEO of a global transportation company, as well as a practicing medium.

She also writes adult fiction under the name Brit Lunden and has created an anthology of the mythical town of Bulwark, Georgia with a group of indie authors.

Writing is her passion and one of her favorite pastimes. Roman reinvents herself frequently, and her family calls her the 'mother of reinvention.' She resides on Long Island, near her children and grandchildren.

Connect with Carole P. Roman

Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Blog ~ Amazon



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Bea LaRocca said...

Thank you for sharing your interview, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex and the rest of the series with my grandchildren

Sherry said...

I love the cover and think the book sounds interesting.

Stormy Vixen said...

Great excerpt, Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex sounds like an excellent adventure for the kids to enjoy! Thanks for sharing it with me!

Thanks for sharing your review, Avid Reader!

Have a spectacular TGIF!

Carole P. Roman said...

Thanks for hosting!

pippirose said...

The book sounds wonderful. My grandchildren would love it.