June 28, 2017

Emily and the Spellstone Blog Tour: Deleted Scene + Giveaway

Welcome to Day #8 of the Emily and the Spellstone Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of Emily and the Spellstone by Michael Rubens (6/13/17), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Michael and 10 chances to win a copy of Emily and the Spellstone, as well as a Grand Prize Giveaway

Deleted Scene
In this book, young Emily Edelman, a decidedly non-adventurous type, finds herself in possession of a Spellstone -- an immensely powerful magical object that in form and function resembles, well, a cellphone (if that cellphone was made of stone and enabled you to cast all sorts of spells). Emily doesn’t want the potentially dangerous Spellstone, but no matter how hard she tries, she can’t get rid of it. Even worse, the members of the malevolent Venemüch family want the Spellstone to use for their own nefarious ends. It was great fun describing the family and their household, hinting that their somewhat clichéd vampiric clothing and lifestyle was, in fact, a conscious decision – as if they understood that they had to fulfill certain expectations for how evil magical families should dress and behave, even ordering items from various specialty catalogs designed for creatures like themselves. I had a short scene that outright stated the aforementioned dynamic, but my editor (the very wise and experienced Dinah Stevenson) felt I was probably spending too much time on world-building and description at the expense of moving the story along. She was right. But I still like the excerpt – and luckily enough, I now have an opportunity to share it: Here’s a minor secret about the Venomüch family: They didn’t have to dress or live the way they did. They were sophisticated beings, perfectly comfortable doing evil in any number of environments. They could, for example, be living in an ultramodern, all-glass skyscraper with a doorman and gym and all that, a building that levitated above the clouds on a very high-end and exclusive planet. In fact, they’d done that for a while. But in the end a sinister house and old-fashioned garb just seemed right to them. Also, it was hard to find an appropriate school for their children. So Maligno Sr. had indeed found an evil-minded architect and described what he wanted, and there you have it.
Stop by Book Swoon tomorrow for day #9 the tour!
Blog Tour Schedule:
June 19th — Bookhounds  
June 20th — Mundie Kids
June 21st — WordSpelunking  
June 22nd — Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust
June 23rd — Positively Book Crazy  
June 26th — GeoLibrarian
June 27th — YA Books Central  
June 28th — A Dream Within a Dream 
 June 29th — Book Swoon 
 June 30th — Crossroad Reviews

Emily picks up a stone that looks like a cell phone but has unexpected magical powers. It's a Spellstone! Now that she has become an unwilling Stonemaster—one who wields the power of the Stone—she has to figure out Spellstone technology fast if she is to survive a hair-raising adventure among giant dogs, demons, clones, mean girls, and deeply wicked people who want the Stone. A witty tale of a quiet girl who discovers she's a hero when she needs to be. Stonemasters rule!

Michael Rubens is the author of two YA novels, Sons of the 613 and The Bad Decisions Playlist, and one novel for grownups, The Sheriff of Yrnameer. A correspondent and producer for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, he has also been a producer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His writing has appeared in places like The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts, Salon and McSweeney's. He lives with his family in Brooklyn. Visit his website at www.michaelrubens.com.

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(1) Copy of Emily and the Spellstone - Open to US only!

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One (1) winner will receive signed copies of Spellstone and Michael’s 2 YA novels, Sons of the 613 and The Bad Decisions Playlist, as well as a custom Spellstone phone case!
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