Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Blog Tour: Spotlight/Giveaway!! Fairy, Texas, by Margo Bond Collins

Fairy, Texas
Margo Bond Collins
Genre: YA Fantasy
Content/Theme(s): Romance/Mystery
Release Date: February 5, 2014
Publisher: Solstice Shadows Publishing

Fairy, Texas. A small town like any other.

Laney Harris didn't want to live there. When her mother remarried and moved them to a town where a date meant hanging out at the Sonic, Laney figured that "boring" would have a whole new meaning. A new stepsister who despised her and a high school where she was the only topic of gossip were bad enough. But when she met the school counselor (and his terminal bad breath), she grew suspicious. Especially since he had wings that only she could see. And then there were Josh and Mason, two gorgeous glimmering-eyed classmates whose interest in her might not be for the reasons she hoped. Not to mention that dead guy she nearly tripped over in gym class.

She was right. Boring took on an entirely new dimension in Fairy, Texas.

Fairy High could have fit into one wing of my old school. The three-story, red brick building looked like it had been around for at least a century—it actually had carvings over two of the doorways that read “Men’s Entrance” and “Women’s Entrance.” I was glad to see that none of the kids paid any attention to those instructions.
            “Counselor’s office,” I muttered to myself. At least I wasn’t starting in the middle of a term—though given the fact that there were fewer than 500 students in the entire high school, I didn’t think I was going to be able to go unnoticed, even in the general bustle of the first day back from summer vacation.
            I walked through the door marked “Men’s Entrance,” just be contrary, and faced a long hallway lined with heavy wooden doors. The spaces in between the doors were filled with lockers and marble staircases with ornate hand-rails flanked each end of the long hallway. Students poured in behind me, calling out greetings to each other and jostling me off to the side while I tried to get my bearings. None of the doors obviously led to a main office; I was going to have to walk the entire length of the hallway. And people were already starting to stare and whisper.
            God. I hated being the new kid.
            I took a deep breath and stepped forward. I made it halfway down the hall without seeing anything informative—all the doors had numbers over them and many of them had name plaques, but neither of those things did me any good since I didn’t know the name or office number for the counselor. I was almost getting desperate enough to ask Kayla, but of course she was nowhere to be seen.
            I turned back from scanning the halls for her and caught sight of the first adult I’d seen—and almost screamed. As it was, I gasped loudly enough for a guy walking past me to do a double take. The man standing in the open doorway was tall, over six feet, and way skinny—so emaciated that it looked like you ought to be able to see his ribs through his shirt, if his shirt didn’t hang so loosely on him. He had white hair that stuck out in tufts, thin lips, a sharp nose, and pale blue eyes that narrowed as he watched the kids walk past—and all the kids gave him a wide berth without even seeming to notice that they did so. He stood in an empty circle while students streamed around him in the crowded hallway.
            But none of that was what made me almost scream.
            For a moment, just as I’d turned toward him, I could have sworn that I’d seen the shadow of two huge, black, leathery wings stretched out behind him.

Margo Bond Collins is the author of a number of novels, including Waking Up Dead, Fairy, Texas, and Legally Undead (forthcoming in 2014). She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters.

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  1. Loving the sound of this even if the school counselor and his bad breath brings back awful memories of my chemistry teacher who as well as bad breath also had an issue with soap and water if his BO problem was anything to go by.

    Anyway, great giveaway. (Sighs) If only I could bring myself to read ecopies.

    1. Hi, Tracy!

      Oh, I already like this story! I ADORE reading YA!! Wendy, the very nice lady at Fabulosity Reads asked me to post this, and she even sent me an already formatted post, which I tweaked a little. I really did it as a favor for her, since I normally avoid ebooks like the plague -- I totally DETEST them!!

      I think I'll write to the author, though, to see if she has any plans to publish this book in print. I LOVE that cover!! And the story sure sounds great, too! How funny that this character reminded you of your stinky, bad-breath-smelling high school chemistry teacher! Lol.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting!! : )

    2. Tracy and Maria:

      I'm so very excited that you want to read Fairy, Texas! Yes. The book will be available in paperback two weeks after the e-book comes out--so around February 19th. I'd be happy to add you to a mailing list and let you know when it comes out; just drop me an email at

      Thanks so much for hosting me today, Maria! :)


    3. Hi, Margo!

      Oh, I'm so happy and excited myself!! Would you believe that February 19th is my birthday? YAY!!!!! So yes, please do let me know when it comes out!!!!

      You're very welcome for the hosting! Thanks for dropping by and leaving such a nice comment!! : )

  2. Have you read WAKING UP DEAD Maria? It is just as good, she is a phenomenal writer. It is in print now.
    Have a ever mentioned how stupendouly awesome your blog banner is?
    Really beautiful.


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