Monday, September 21, 2020

The Wonders of the Peculiar Parasole


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions

Mark M. Even will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. 

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The Wonders of the Peculiar Parasol is an outstanding fantasy that shows how Mandy discovers her magic under strange circumstances. It focuses on how Mandy will get home and how she'll discover her real purpose in coming to this land, providing the basics of how this new world operates in a manner that elementary-level readers can readily understand: "The parasol and the dragonstone work together to sense the presence, or lack of presence, of the inner magic of the person holding the parasol. The dragonstone uses the infinite power of the sun to tap or channel or access that magic. And one way it does that is to transport an individual to Storyworld.”


As Mandy harbors a secret, puzzles out how to use the dragonstone, and interacts with her family while battling lizards and building an army, young readers will relish the blend of real-world family dilemmas and fantasy world encounters.

(D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review)

my review...

What a fun story for children. A true adventure or fantasy and magic. I enjoyed it and am sure children would. I felt it jumped around a little but to be honest it was so fun, I’m not sure it matters.

read and excerpt...

Mickey smiled at everyone and said, “OK! Here we go!” and started twirling the parasol. Instantly the dragonstone flashed a bright purple light, and Mickey was frozen still—with a big grin on his face.

After about ten minutes, during which time the parents, as they always did, checked their watches about a hundred times, Mickey popped back to life and said, “Neato!”

Everyone else applauded and clamored for his story. Not one to easily cede being the center of attention, Mickey entertained everyone with a story of being a high-performance race car driver in a sort of “Olympics of Racing.”

 “It was amazing!” he said. “I got to be in several different races in one day. One event was drag racing. And I got to drive a big purple car with extra-large black rear tires, a tiny steering wheel, a jet engine—and a parachute to stop the car at the end of each race. Totally cool!

 “Then I was also in an Indy-style race of one hundred laps around a huge red brick track. Then I did an off-road endurance race in a cool purple dune buggy with oversize tires with ‘MICKEY’ in white letters six inches high on each tire. I won two of three races with my buggy!” He rolled his eyes and continued, “I only lost once to a yellow dune buggy in the cool endurance race event. And you know what? That yellow dune buggy was driven by a girl I thought I knew. She was wearing a red and yellow jacket and a silver helmet with blue and green lightning symbols on it. She looked so… familiar!”

about Mark M. Even...

I retired from almost 40 years working for IBM in Mar, 2017.  I’ve been married for 43 years to my wife, Joyce and have 3 children and 8 grand-children.  I enjoy golfing, fishing, bird-watching and travel.

Shortly after retiring from IBM in 2017, I was at a small-town celebration in northern Wisconsin and noticed that a number of the little vendor booths were people selling children’s books that they created and self-published.  I looked at these and told myself that I could write something like that.  And I did, but these were the type of books that were targeted at small kids and needed vibrant pictures and artwork. 

In the spring of 2018, I was visiting my niece and her family, and she told me of this wonderful idea for a story for a children’s book and after talking with her about it, we agreed to collaborate and I took on the task of writing the story.  After many iterations, The Wonders of the Peculiar Parasol became a reality. (Mark Even website)


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  1. Good morning and thank you for the book description and giveaway. 

  2. Sounds like a fun read! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Thanks for the nice comments and special thanks to Our Town Book Reviews for hosting the virtual book tour as well as for the nice review of The Wonders of the Peculiar Parasol. Be sure to be on the lookout for the next book of the Dragonstone Story series, due out soon -- The Power of the Emerald Ring

  4. Sounds like a fun fantasy read! Thanks for sharing!


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