March 2, 2022

BLOG TOUR + GUEST POST: The Gingerbread Curse by April Marcom

Hi friends! I'm pleased to be a part of the book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions for The Gingerbread Curse by April Marcom. Make sure you check out the giveaway at the end of the post - the author will be giving away a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner at the end of the tour. Please make sure you check out the pages of the other tour hosts as well - the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!

The Gingerbread Curse by April Marcom Tour Schedule (Goddess Fish Promotions)

About the Book

All her life, Falon's grandfather told her the age-old tale of 'The Gingerbread Man'. Even as a teenager, she'd fallen asleep to his favorite bedtime story, a special tradition she knew she'd never outgrow.  However, when he makes a dying wish, asking her to visit a secret underground world of magic to rescue the best friend he left behind fifty years ago, the tale begins to come to life.

Setting out with her self-obsessed cousin and a cure for the magicked man with skin like gingerbread, she finds herself tangled within an adventure nothing like the story her grandfather always told.

Once having found the long lost man of her grandfather’s youth, her only hope of ever returning home, or even surviving his world, lies in the talons of a deadly hybrid she scarcely trusts. Together they must face the animals taken from the children's tale and magicked into monsters, a man who can move mountains who is bent on killing them all, and a labyrinth rumored to have never allowed a survivor.

Buy links:

The book will be $0.99.

https://www.amazon.com/Gingerbread-Curse-April-Marcom-ebook/dp/B07M7Q4PQY

https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-gingerbread-curse/id1449194526

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-gingerbread-curse

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-gingerbread-curse-april-marcom/1130194688?ean=2940161412503

Excerpt

A thrill shot through me as I approached the spectacular tree. Something wonderful was about to happen, or something I might very well regret for the rest of my life. Either way, I was simply too hungry, and there was too much time ahead of me with no food, to have a choice in eating it or not…


I stared at all the tear drops. None stood out especially. The ones closer to the trunk of the tree were the biggest. My appetite was pushing me in their direction. I followed one of the branches inward, wondering if a larger crystal meant a stronger ability. No amount of time trying to decide which one would make any difference. And part of me was terribly excited to discover which of Sierra’s ‘gifts’ I was about to inherit.


The leaves twinkled and sparkled against one another. I reached out for the largest one in sight, wondering if it might give me fearlessness or musical ability or wisdom beyond my years, but stopped at the last moment when I noticed the one hanging just above it. Frost-like patterns etched over the higher crystal created a perfect calligraphy F. It was as if my name was written on it. This was the one.


I reached out with both hands and cupped them around the leaf, catching nearly every purple petal. They had a chill to them, and felt damp as if they’d been painted with fresh morning dew. The rest liquefied, one by one, as they hit the ground.


Cautiously, I ate one petal. The sweet burst that erupted like grape juice inside my mouth was so delightful, I ate the rest without restraint.

I asked the author about how one puts their own spin on a well-known story or fairytale. Here's her take...

I would say make sure to include the core event in the original fairytale somewhere in your story. Then consider all the personality traits, struggles, and triumphs of your main character to give him or her personality. Decide on a few magical elements relevant to the overall story and give your main characters something wonderful to work towards with a few enormous obstacles to overcome along the way. Think of things that would make you happy to write or read about and throw that in the story, as well. 

About the Author

April Marcom works as a Pre-K teacher's assistant, but her true passion is writing. When she's not teaching or creating stories, she's enjoying the country life with her car-obsessed husband and three fabulous children. She also enjoys rainy days, traveling, and her very rowdy dogs. April grew up a southern bell in Mississippi, but is now a proud Oklahoman.

Website: http://www.5princebooks.com/aprilmarcom.html

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AprilMarcom





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25 comments:

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    1. Thank you! That's very sweet of you :) I love your take on how one puts their own spin on a well-known story or fairytale.

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  2. Thank you for sharing the author's guest post and book details, U like the cover and enjoyed reading the synopses and excerpt, this sounds like an awesome story.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Bea - I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog today :)

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    2. I hope you get a chance to read it. There's a lot of fantasy, adventure, danger, surprises, and sweet romance.

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    3. All of my favorite story components, April! This is definitely a must read for me

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  3. I love the cover and the excerpt.

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    1. I do too Sherry - Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today :)

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    2. Thanks! 5 Prince Publishing creates amazing book covers. On top of the magical island in the excerpt there's an endless underground maze with lethal thorns on its walls of vines and danger lurking around every corner.

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  4. I enjoyed reading the excerpt, thanks for sharing

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    1. Another note on additional fantasy features besides the magical island and maze of lethal thorns, victims enter the underground world by plummeting down a stone slide that lands them straight into a pool of gold immortality that gives their skin a gilded look, like gingerbread.

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    2. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog Marisela :)

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  5. Great excerpt and giveaway.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog Cali - best of luck with the giveaway!

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  6. Thanks! I'm dropping cool fantasy features in comments here, so on top of the magical island, maze of lethal thorns, and pool of gold immortality, Falon meets a herd of living stone horses and befriends a wild boar the size of a mammoth with a crown of horns growing all over it's head.
    If you read 'The Gingerbread Curse' drop your favorite fantasy element of the story in a reply. I'd love to hear it!

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    1. Love the cool fantasy features you've shared, April! Thank you for sharing :)

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  7. The book sounds very intriguing. Love the cover!

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    1. Thanks! Did you draw your avatar pic? It's cool.

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    2. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, pippirose!

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  8. I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt, The Gingerbread Curse sounds like an excellent and exciting must read for me and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a funtastic weekend!

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    1. Thanks! You too. 5 Prince Publishing did a fantastic job creating a book cover to match this story.

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    2. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog Stormy - I hope you have a great week :)

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