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Blog Tour: Kelcie Murphy and the Academy of the Unbreakable Arts by Erika Lewis (Excerpt + Giveaway!)

Posted January 24, 2022 by Kait in Book Tours, Excerpt, Giveaways / 0 Comments

Blog Tour: Kelcie Murphy and the Academy of the Unbreakable Arts by Erika Lewis (Excerpt + Giveaway!)

Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for KELCIE MURPHY AND THE ACADEMY FOR THE UNBREAKABLE ARTS by Erika Lewis! I’m so excited because today I have an excerpt to share with you! This book is truly amazing and I’m so excited to for you to find out more about it, PLUS enter a giveaway for a print copy!

Blog Tour: Kelcie Murphy and the Academy of the Unbreakable Arts by Erika Lewis (Excerpt + Giveaway!)Kelcie Murphy and the Academy for the Unbreakable Arts by Erika Lewis
Published on March 1, 2022 by Starscape Books
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Mythology
Pages: 336
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Brimming with Celtic mythology, action, and danger, Erika Lewis's Kelcie Murphy and The Academy for the Unbreakable Arts introduces readers to a new kind of magical school and a warrior who must choose with which side of an epic battle her destiny will lie.
The Otherworld is at war. The Academy for the Unbreakable Arts trains warriors. And Kelcie Murphy—a foster child raised in the human world—is dying to attend.
A place at AUA means meeting Scáthach, the legendary trainer of Celtic heroes. It means learning to fight with a sword. It means harnessing her hidden powers and—most importantly—finding out who her parents are, and why they abandoned her in Boston Harbor eight years ago.
When Kelcie tests into the school, she learns that she’s a Saiga, one of the most ancient beings in the Otherworld. Secretive, shunned, and possessed of imposing elemental powers, the Saiga are also kin to the Otherworld's most infamous traitor.
But Kelcie is a survivor, and she’ll do whatever it takes to find her parents and her place in their world. Even if that means making a few enemies.

KIDNAPPED!

Kelcie was the last off the bus, the frigid air seeping through her jean jacket and hoodie. As she slung her backpack higher on her shoulder, a woman fell in step behind her.

Kelcie glanced over her shoulder, seeing a silver Boston’s finest patrolman’s badge on the woman’s lapel. Snow-white hair in a bun, a baseball cap, her hand gripping the top of a baton, the cop tossed Kelcie a lopsided sardonic grin that raised the hairs on the back of her neck. Police gave her the heebie-jeebies. Grilled for hours more than once for things she didn’t do, and a few things she did, Kelcie never took it as a good sign when they came too close. She picked up the pace, scooting around bodies until classmates surrounded her.

The museum was busy and loud, with loads of parents with strollers and other classes roaming around. Kelcie slowed her pace, walking several steps behind the rest of her classmates, hoping they’d forget she was here.

“Stay with the group,” someone called from up ahead.

She hung her thumbs on her backpack strap and stared at the blue veins running through the polished white marble floors as they jolted up a few flights of stairs, through an echoey muraled rotunda, and into a room that transported them into ancient times.

There were Egyptian pharaoh statues, chiseled stone tables with hieroglyphics, cabinets of jewelry from ancient Greece and Rome. It was all nice enough, but what Kelcie found in the next room was way more interesting.

Shields, swords, spears, knives, and staffs hung on the wall, all at eye level, all begging to be touched. Kelcie checked to make sure the room was empty, then ran her finger over the grooves on the pommel of a longsword. The placard said it was Viking. Another glance over her shoulder told her she was still alone, her classmates’ conversations and laughter wafting from the other room. The coast was clear. Kelcie set her backpack down. A thrill ran through her, shifting her pulse into overdrive as her fingers hovered over the grip. She knew she shouldn’t touch it. Knew she would probably get caught, but that never stopped her before. Her lips curled into a mischievous grin as her fingers wrapped around the cold metal grip. The steel blade was so heavy it took two hands to lift the sword off the rack.

She lunged, thrusting the tip at a round wooden shield, careful to stop before it struck, then pivoted, taking a wild swing, almost cutting Elliott Blizzard’s head off.

About Erika Lewis

Erika Lewis grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, spent summers with her grandparents in Worcester, Massachusetts, and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. With a passion for storytelling set in magical places, she spends as much time as she can traveling. When she’s not writing, she can generally be found scribbling notes in a blank book while wandering through abandoned buildings, all kinds of museums, and graveyards.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University, her list of credits straddles the comics and novel space, including Game of Shadows from Macmillan’s Tor Books, Firebrand and Acursian from Legendary Comics, #Guardian from Awesome Media & Entertainment, and The 49th Key from Heavy Metal Publishing. The Color of Dragons is her debut YA, coming from HarperTeen October 19th, 2021, and Kelcie Murphy and The Academy for the Unbreakable Arts is her middle grade debut coming from Starscape/Macmillan March 1st, 2022.

Enter here for a chance to win a print copy of Kelcie Murphy and the Academy for the Unbreakable Arts by Erika Lewis!

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What do you think about Kelcie Murphy and the Academy for the Unbreakable Arts? Have you added it to your tbr yet? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!

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