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Authors Q&A ft Mark and Sheri Dursin | LABORS OF AN EPIC PUNK Book Tour | Goddess Fish Promotions Presents YA Fantasy, Myth Retelling

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for LABORS OF AN EPIC PUNK by Mark and Sheri Dursin, a YA Fanta...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for LABORS OF AN EPIC PUNK by Mark and Sheri Dursin, a YA Fantasy, Myth Retelling available now from Twin Wizards Press.

Mark and Sheri Dursin will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner.




Labors of an Epic Punk
by Mark and Sheri Dursin


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GENRE:   YA Fantasy, Myth Retelling

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BLURB:


Mac is an epic punk. No wonder: after his dad went off to fight in the Trojan War and never came back, Mac spent his childhood evading his mom's scumbag suitors—all one-hundred-and-eight of them. Of course, he turned out this way—a moody, friendless sixteen-year-old who blows off work, alienates everyone at school, and pulls pranks. But when he trains a flock of birds to defecate on the headmaster, Mac (short for Telemachus) goes too far. The administrators give him an ultimatum: prove that he's truly the son of Odysseus by doing something heroic—or get out. A school story that just so happens to take place 3,000 years ago, Labors of an Epic Punk is a tale of friendship and transformation, regret and redemption, and a reminder to us all that even heroes need to survive adolescence.


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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

MARK: Our book is a YA mythology retelling, so teens are the intended audience— but we know plenty of adults who have enjoyed it as well. At its core, our book is a fun story that is unabashedly optimistic. We deliberately did not want to write a “dark”or “edgy” YA story— even though it’s not squeaky-clean, either, Plus, you don’t need a background in mythology to enjoy this book. There’s something to enjoy If you’re a fan of Percy Jackson novels, John Hughes movies, or any good coming of age story. We describe our book as Clash of the Titans meets The Breakfast Club.

SHERI: If you ever felt like you were alone in the challenges you faced, like you didn’t fit in or you weren’t...enough, you’ll find a lot to relate to in this book. This ultimately is a story about redemption, about a character who transforms because of the people he meets.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

MARK: The working title was Mythology High, but we eventually decided against it, because it didn’t really suggest anything about our main character, Telemachus. So we went back into the manuscript for inspiration. We use the word “punk”a few times to describe Mac (that’s Telemachus). Just a great word, when you think about it… so evocative. “Epic” is a signature adjective of our character Theo. He uses it to mean “major” or “huge,” but of course, we are sort of wink-winking when we use it, since our book was inspired by The Odyssey, which is an epic poem. And to stay in school, Mac has to compete a series of missions, which we call “labors” in keeping with the Heracles myth. So, we put all those elements together for our title.

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

MARK: We have worked in quite a few allusions into the book. There are the obvious mythological allusions— Telemachus, the Hydra, Persephone. Mac’s wise school counselor is named Asirites, whose name is an anagram for Tiresias, the mythical “blind seer.” But then we also make non-mythical allusions— to Huck Finn, Canterbury Tales, and Wizard of Oz. But we won’t spell them out here… part of the fun of an allusion, after all, is figuring it out!

What can we expect from you in the future?

SHERI: We’ve already begun work on a sequel! There’s a new adventure in store for our five main characters based on some mysteries and clues we’ve planted in Labors of an Epic Punk. The adventure in book two will involve the search for Andie’s father and we’ll introduce some quirky new characters (and some dangerous ones!) And we promise some romance is in store for Homer!

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

SHERI: Recommend it to friends! Leave us reviews on Amazon or Goodreads. Basically anything our readers can do to help spread the word would be fantastic!

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

MARK: Keep going! We live in such an amazing time, when anyone can publish a book without going through “traditional” channels. Don’t let publishing companies determine your worth. But if you are going to go the indie publishing route, take it seriously. Get advice from everyone, and spend some money on editing and other author services, so your book looks and feels professional. You want to be proud of the final product.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

MARK: We have really enjoyed participating in this blog tour. Actually, all the promotion we’ve done for the book since we launched last December has been rewarding. We have done several programs for schools, bookstores, and libraries, and in September, we will be featured authors on the “Connecticut Authors Trail.” So if any one out there would be interested hosting us for an event, reach out to us through our site, epicpunk.com. We always love meeting our readers.


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EXCERPT:

At that moment, Mac felt a prickling sensation as the hairs on the back of his neck suddenly stood on end. Instinctively, he shouted, “Get down!” as he threw himself and Homer into the sand. He looked up to see a single arrow buzz over their heads.


“Homer!” A voice—gruff, but unmistakably female—boomed through the courtyard. “How many times do I have to tell you? Stop following me!”


Mac looked in disbelief down at Homer, pinned underneath him. “I said I knew her,” Homer shrugged. “I didn’t say we were best friends or anything.” As they both stood up, Homer called out to their secret attacker, in a lame attempt to sound chummy, “Hey, Andie! What’s up?”


“How did you find me? Did you follow me? Did my roommate tell you? She told you, didn’t she? I’m gonna kill her!”


Homer glanced nervously at Mac before calling out, “So, what are you doing way out here?”


“Why should I tell you?” the mystery girl shouted back. Meanwhile, Mac’s eyes flew around, trying to determine the source of this shouting. As he squinted, he could make out someone, silhouetted against the sun, half-hiding at the top of one of the stone towers.


“Now, get out of here,” the voice called out. “This is my beach!”


“Well, OK, but first, how ‘bout you come on down?” Homer continued. “My friend and I want to ask you something.”


“You don’t have any friends, you freak!”


“As a matter of fact, I just made one. Come on down, I’ll introduce you.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


For many years Mark, a high school English teacher, and Sheri, a freelance writer and blogger, wrote independently. No matter the writing project—newspaper articles, retreat talks, college recommendation letters, fan-fiction, blog posts on spirituality or 80s pop songs—they tended to work alone. Separate rooms, separate computers. But raising their twin sons helped them discover an important truth: All Good Things Come in Twos.


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GIVEAWAY:  


Mark and Sheri Dursin will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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    1. It's my pleasure! Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Aug. 23, 2018 edition edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader: https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/

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