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Thursday, 5 May 2016

☀☄ Spirit of the Northwoods - Auria Jourdain

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for Spirit of the Northwoods, a Young Adult Fantasy by Auria Jourdain (, Auria Jourdain Books, 199 pages).

Help Auria Jourdain spread the word about Autism Awareness! All proceeds for this book, Spirit of the Northwoods, will be donated specifically to charities that benefit autism research, in honor of her 17 year old son Logan who was diagnosed at the age of 6.


PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and excerpt below.   Read the Forward, Prologue and first three chapters with Amazon Look Inside.

Author Auria Jourdain will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀).


Synopsis | Trailer | Teaser | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops

Synopsis

Struggling to settle into a new school, junior Shannon Colfax finds herself entangled in a feud with popular football jock Brent Duray after he bullies her autistic twin brother, Shane.

After an unlikely savior comes to her rescue—Brent’s friend, Cody Williams—the jock and his entourage devise an immediate retaliation plan: Duray promises to leave Shane alone if Shannon and Cody survive the infamous Paulding Light Challenge on Halloween night.

Desperate for vindication, they take the dare...but are the local legends truly paranormal, or are they dealing with something more sinister?


Teaser: Excerpt

     Shane grunted as Shannon and Cody called out, but he refused to stop. It felt good to be out of that stuffy old room. The pressure in his chest had just let up, and it had taken all of his strength to keep calm. When he heard the hawk soaring above them, he knew. This was the only way to go.
      Gazing up at the tall hemlocks that towered above him, Shane smiled as the birds chirped in the breeze. With every step he took, the loamy humus sprang up under his feet. He inhaled deeply, the rich, spicy scent of the pines drifting along with the afternoon breeze.
      Shannon called his name again, and Shane stopped for a moment to let them catch up. Then, he ran ahead once more. His sister was getting angry with him, but Shane didn’t care. He focused on the dense trees, touching and smelling everything in his sights—the white bark of the birch peeling off in sheets, a stick on the ground enveloped in flaky lichen, a burned-out log covered in soft, springy moss. Shane shuffled through the fallen leaves as the earthy smell filled his nostrils, his anxiousness dissipating with every rustle.
      All of a sudden, Shane stopped as a strange and wonderful euphoria washed over him. Glancing upward, the hawk circled high above his head, calling out to him. Follow me, Shane…follow me! It was guiding him. With a crooked grin, Shane nodded. The spirits of the Northwoods were all around them.

Spirit of the Northwoods
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About the Author

An avid reader from an early age, Auria Jourdain has fond childhood memories of spending quiet afternoons with a book in her hand.

She loved the "happily ever after" sweet teen romances, and when she came of age, she plunged into the world of historical romance with fervor, transporting herself to a bygone time. Her favorites were Regency, but as a girl brought up in a common home, she was disheartened that most of the novels of this era focus on the nobility and wealth. Auria set out to write her own romance, encompassing her passion for French Revolutionary history and her innate sense of goodwill for the common man.

An idealist at heart, she writes heroes and heroines that struggle to find acceptance in their world. Their differences" and their soul mates' complete acceptance of them are the embodiment of values that she holds dear, passed down to her by her father, a blue collar worker.

She has an autistic son struggling to make his own way in the world.  Looking to educate people about this mysterious disorder, she’s releasing a YA novel set in the U.P just for him during Autism Awareness month, April 2016.  She hopes that someday we can break down the social barriers and forgo stereotypical judgments that harm our world.

Auria lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband of twenty years, her four children (ages eight to eighteen), and two golden retrievers.  A rather new transplant to the area, she loves the changing of the seasons, and she is currently working on a contemporary romantic suspense trilogy set in her rough and rugged homeland.

Silence the Northwoods
is set at a local ski resort in her hometown of Ironwood, Michigan—the ski capital of the Midwest.  Silence the Waters takes place during the summer on the dangerous river ways that flow into Lake Superior in the Keweenaw Peninsula; and Silence the Birchwoods is an autumn tale set on Sugar Loaf Mountain, near Marquette, Michigan.  All three involve murder, mystery, and romance, of course.

Auria spends her the long winters plotting and scheming her next book, and in the mild summers, she and her husband spend every waking moment they can hiking and kayaking the Northwoods.

An amateur photographer, she lives fifteen miles from the shores of Lake Superior, and her muse has been piqued by the awe-inspiring beauty that surrounds her.  Although she hasn’t officially acquired “Yooper” status yet, she can’t envision living anywhere else.

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Giveaway and Tour Stops

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16 comments:

  1. Thanks for joining my blog tour today, everyone! So as not to confuse the readers, this book was written under my author pen name, AURIA JOURDAIN. JM Hughes is my cover artist/photographer pen name:) I'm so excited to talk about Spirit of the Northwoods with you today! This book is very special to me...I wrote it for my 17 year old autistic son. One of the main characters has autism, and I highlight the real problem with bullying these teens in this book. I'd love to answer any questions you have!

    ~Auria~

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    1. Thanks Rita! So glad you could stop by:D

      ~Auria~

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  3. Great teaser and I enjoyed the video! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. You're very welcome, Victoria! I had a lot of fun doing that video;) My son loves dream catchers, and he went out to the woods to shoot that part with me! (Dream catchers make an appearance in Spirit of the Northwoods, too:D)

      ~Auria~

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  4. What is the best joke that you have heard recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. Hey there! So glad you could stop by! Honestly, I haven't heard a good joke in a long time:( Perhaps someone could share one with us tonight;D

      ~Auria~

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  5. What is the best joke that you have heard recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  6. I love your plots! Your stories are so unique and refreshing.

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! Glad you could stop by today;D

      ~Auria~

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  7. Great trailer, Auria! This sound like a very good story. Congratulations on it's release!

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    1. Thank you so much, Dixie!! Thanks for coming out and supporting me <3!

      ~Auria~

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  8. I enjoyed reading the excerpt and watching the book trailer. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. Looking forward to checking out this book.

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    1. Thanks Ally:D I had a lot of fun doing the trailer;)

      ~Auria~

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