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Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Your life will never be the same again... The Frights of Fiji (Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions #1) by Sunayna Prasad

"The author truly has a great imagination and has written a wonderful story!! [...] It's a quick and fun read! [...] The story has a lot of twists and turns - and the use of your imagination to visualize some things in the book makes it even better." - Sue B., Goodreads

Description:

A world of magic and adventure awaits…

Sent to live with her strict, aloof, and uncaring uncle after her parents are killed in a car accident, twelve-year-old orphan Alyssa McCarthy longs for the life she used to have—one filled with fun and love. Then one stormy night, a message appears in the raindrops on the window that will change everything.

"Your life will never be the same again, as magic will interfere."

Before long, Alyssa is kidnapped by Master Beau, a banished sorcerer with a mysterious connection to her who can only regain his power by weakening hers. Suddenly hurled into a world of wizardry filled with fantastical beasts and marvelous technology beyond her wildest imagination, Alyssa must defeat Master Beau if she ever wants to get home again. But Master Beau will stop at nothing, including using Alyssa’s friends, to ensure he is triumphant.

Originally titled "From Frights to Flaws", this story is the exciting and enchanting first book in the "Magical Missions" series.


GUEST POST
Focusing on Foreshadowing

If you’re a writer, or even a student, you should know what foreshadowing is. It is when clues are given in a story, visual or written, that something might happen later. While twists and surprises are important, too, foreshadowing is essential. After all, everything that happens in a story must be crucial to the plot—eventually.

That being said, I have witnessed some stories using too much foreshadowing, such as the Disney-animated movie, “Aladdin”. Don’t worry. “Aladdin” is a great movie and I enjoyed it very much. However, I still think it overdid it on the foreshadowing, and therefore, it was a bit too predictable for me.

That is another thing to watch out for—too much foreshadowing can displease the reader or audience. Notice how in most forms of storytelling, there is a balance of foreshadowing and unexpected plot twists? That is what people want. It makes a story more enjoyable. A little bit of both is what makes a book, movie, TV show, play, or anything else more pleasurable.

I, myself, have used some foreshadowing in my own books. For example, in one of them, the antagonist hears my main character’s dog bark, and then leaves. I won’t spoil anything beyond that. However, I will assure you that the specific moment foreshadows something that is bound to occur later and remains important.

In another novel of mine, there are characters that are introduced through the phone, but don’t appear in person until later. Once again, I won’t spoil anything. In fact, spoiling is another risk you run when you foreshadow too much.

Of course, it is not easy to use foreshadowing properly. But as you learn over time, it can be doable for you.

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About the author:
Sunayna Prasad enjoys writing fantasy books for children, as well as cooking, creating artwork, watching online videos, and blogging. She has also written The Frights of Fiji, formerly titled as From Frights to Flaws. She is passionate about modern life, fantasy, and world-building. Aside from her website, sunaynaprasadbooks.com, she also has a blog about different creative and entertaining topics, including fiction and writing, called “Sunayna Prasad’s Blog”. 

Sunayna has graduated from college in May 2017. She lives in Long Island, NY. 

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22 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

James Robert said...

I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work

Bernie Wallace said...

How did the book change from your first to final draft?

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post - sounds like an interesting book!

Rita Wray said...

The book sounds great.

Nancy Payette said...

Great cover

Bea LaRocca said...

Would you mind sharing some of your favorite book titles and authors?

Sherry said...

I love the cover.

Bernie Wallace said...

This book sounds like it would be fun to read.

tetewa said...

This one sounds like a lot of fun!

Bernie Wallace said...

Did you come up with the title of the book before you started writing it?

Shannon said...

This is a fun cover, thanks for the excerpt.

Caryl Kane said...

I'm enjoying the tour. Thank you for hosting.

Sunayna Prasad's blogs said...

You're welcome

Sunayna Prasad's blogs said...

A lot, including the storyline. The first drafts were very different.

Sunayna Prasad's blogs said...

"Harry Potter" by J.K Rowling, "Shadows of the Hidden", I don't recall the author's name.

Sunayna Prasad's blogs said...

After, by doing a poll between this title and the original one, "From Frights to Flaws". "The Frights of Fiji" won.

Amy Woolard said...

It has been a long time since I have read an adventure book. I looking forward to going on this journey!

marisela zuniga said...

this sounds interesting, thanks for sharing

Debbie P said...

This book sounds like an excellent read! Great cover!

Sherry said...

I really like the cover.

Debbie P said...

This book sounds like a fantastic read! Great cover!