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Welcome to the final stop on The Chronicles of Egg Blog Tour! Author Geoff Rodkey is currently on a blog tour to promote the paperback release of the first book in The Chronicles of Egg series, Deadweather and Sunrise.  See below for a sneak peak at the next book in the series, New Lands, due out May 2nd. Also, don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of this post for a great giveaway I am hosting and to find out where in the blogosphere Geoff will be next!Deadweather and Sunrise

Deadweather and Sunrise: Book One of The Chronicles of Egg series by Geoff Rodkey
A stunning middle-grade debut–full of heart, humor, and nonstop action

It’s tough to be thirteen, especially when somebody’s trying to kill you.

Not that Egg’s life was ever easy, growing up on sweaty, pirate-infested Deadweather Island with no company except an incompetent tutor and a pair of unusually violent siblings who hate his guts.

But when Egg’s father hustles their family off on a mysterious errand to fabulously wealthy Sunrise Island, then disappears with the siblings in a freak accident, Egg finds himself a long-term guest at the mansion of the glamorous Pembroke family and their beautiful, sharp-tongued daughter Millicent. Finally, life seems perfect.

Until someone tries to throw him off a cliff.

Suddenly, Egg’s running for his life in a bewildering world of cutthroat pirates, villainous businessmen, and strange Native legends. The only people who can help him sort out the mystery of why he’s been marked for death are Millicent and a one-handed, possibly deranged cabin boy.

Come along for the ride. You’ll be glad you did.

New LandsBOOK EXCERPT/SNEAK PEEK: NEW LANDS: Book Two of The Chronicles of Egg

Thanks for dropping by the Chronicles of Egg blog tour! For the final stop, here’s a preview of the opening pages of the second book in the series, New Lands, available on May 2nd:

I hung my head over the side of the Thrush and watched the prow carve the seawater into a hissing spray. Viewed up close, the Blue Sea wasn’t all that blue, and I wondered–for the umpteenth time in the past few days–who had named it that, and why they hadn’t bothered to get it right.

They should have called it the Greenish Blue Sea. Or the Almost Blue Sea. Or the It Only Looks Blue From a Distance Sea.

It was stupid, I know. But it kept my mind off the other stuff.

Like the man who wanted to kill me.

And his daughter, Millicent, who I was in love with.

And the map in my head, which was the cause of all the trouble, and which I wasn’t even sure I was remembering right. Especially the tricky part in the middle.

Three squiggles down left, four dashes up…

Or was it four squiggles and three dashes?

It turns out it’s a bad idea to try and memorize something written in a language you don’t even speak. I’d been practicing the map twenty times a day, tracing it with my finger on the deck of the Thrush, so you’d think by now I would’ve had it hammered into my head pretty good.

But it was getting harder, not easier.

Still hanging over the gunwale, I shut my eyes and tried to imagine the original, its crooked lines of Okalu hieroglyphs painted on the gloomy wall of the Fire King’s tomb.

Dash dot feather, cup, two dash dot firebird…

“Done yet?”

It was Guts. He was standing behind me on the deck.

“Almost,” I said. “Just let me throw up again.”

He snorted. “Wot’s yer problem? Food ain’t that bad.”

“It’s not the food,” I said, although the food was awful. The crew were all bone-skinny, and after three days of eating their smelly turtle meat and wormy biscuits, it was no mystery why.


“Not that, either.”

Egg - verticaltourbutton“Then wot?”

I’m scared out of my mind and I think we should just forget about finding this stupid treasure and run away.

But I couldn’t actually tell Guts that.

I couldn’t admit that I was terrified we were doomed–that if we set foot in the New Lands, we’d be killed long before we could find an Okalu native to translate the map, and that the only sane thing to do was to bug out and flee down to the Barkers, or maybe even farther, someplace where nobody was gunning to kill me for an ancient treasure I barely understood and wasn’t even sure existed.

I couldn’t admit any of that.

Or could I?

I retched over the side one last time to make sure I was done. Then I straightened up and turned to face my partner.

Guts was bobbing on the balls of his feet, eyes twitching under his tangled thicket of white-blond hair. He raised his arms in a fighting stance. The steel hook on the stump of his left hand glistened in the morning sun.

“C’mon,” he said. “Let’s tussle!”

I sighed. “Again?”

“Need to practice!”

He’d bought the hook from a field pirate just before we left Deadweather Island. He was getting pretty handy at fighting with it, which I guess was helpful. Except that I was his only sparring partner, so the fact that he was getting better meant my shirt was ripped in three places, and there were a dozen puncture marks and several deep scratches on my forearms. He kept promising he wouldn’t make contact, but he couldn’t seem to help himself.

“Not now,” I said. “We need to talk.”

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***Missed a posting from the The Chronicles of Egg Blog Tour!?  Please visit Geoff Rodkey’s website for a complete listing of all the blog tour stops.******

Find Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads | ISBN: 9780399257858

Find New Lands by Geoff Rodkey at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads | ISBN: 9780399257865

Thank you so much to the publisher, Putnam Juvenile, and author, Geoff Rodkey for providing a copy of this series for review! Be sure to check back over the next two weeks, while the giveaway is ongoing, to read my reviews for these tremendous books and enter to possibly win your very own set! Also, be sure to connect with Geoff on Twitter and on Facebook!
By the way, if you haven’t seen the website for the series it’s absolutely worth a click, especially for those pirate fans out there!
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13 Responses to Book Excerpt and Giveaway: The Chronicles of Egg series by Geoff Rodkey

  1. I just started Geoff’s first book–great MG, with a really interesting MC!

  2. antane says:

    His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman is my favorite kids fantasy series

  3. Kami says:

    These look fun! I love The Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander! SO FUN!

  4. Desiree says:

    My favorite YA series… tough question! I just finished The False Prince and The Runaway King and they were fantastic! I also absolutely loved Deadweather and Sunrise. If we are counting harry Potter, I have to go with that!

  5. PragmaticMom says:

    The Emerald Atlas series.

  6. Hannah says:

    I’ve read about this series and have been wanting to read it! Can’t wait to get a copy!

  7. Hannah says:

    I’ve read about this series and have been wanting to read it! Can’t wait to get a copy! I have so many favourite series though! Percy Jackson is pretty great, and the Ranger’s Apprentice and its spinoff. His Dark Materials, Harry Potter, the newer Legend series by Marie Lu. SO MANY BOOKS!

  8. YvonneJ says:

    Since no one’s mentioned it yet, I enjoyed Angie Sage’s Septimun Heap series.

  9. YvonneJ says:

    I meant to spell Septimus Heap series.

  10. Austin Baroudi says:

    My daughter is too young to read but my nephew loves Harry Potter!

  11. Mark says:

    Forget the kids. I want to read these myself!

  12. Drew says:

    I love the excerpt for “New Lands”! I borrowed “Deadweather and Sunrise” from my library when it first came out, and it was awesome. Then I got it for my birthday a little while ago, so I’m rereading it to get ready for the next book! Can’t wait ’til it comes out!

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