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Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Trickster's Totem Blog Tour - Top Ten List + $25 Amazon GC/Book Giveaway: The Trickster's Totem (Relics of Mysticus #2) by H.B. Bolton

Author: H. B. Bolton

Series: Relics of Mysticus

Number in Series: 2

Expected Release Date: April 15, 2013

Publisher: Self-published

Genre: Fantasy/Children's

Synopsis from H. B. Bolton

Life has returned to normal for fourteen-year-old Evan and his older sister, Claire. That is until Dunkle, a clever but stinky little imp, pays an unexpected visit to their school. He has come to take the siblings back to Sagaas, the mythical realm of the gods. Once again, a Relic from the ancient Mysticus Orb has fallen into the wrong hands. Only Evan and Claire, with their unique mystical abilities, can help find it.

Through the power of the Trickster’s Totem, a coyote trickster has escaped. His laughter echoes throughout the realm, as he spreads mischief and mayhem. He burns an entire crop of popcorn, carves his grinning image into sacred artifacts, and things really get interesting when he shape-shifts into Evan’s friends.

Claire and Evan must capture the Trickster, retrieve the Totem, and be careful not to become sidetracked by robotic Steampunk animals, “sweet” pixie-like Pains, and a problematic mermaid … all while dodging Mothman-like aces. Most surprising, Evan discovers the true reason dragons exist in the Native American Spirit World.

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Top 10

Imagine a character who laughs like a chimpanzee and rivals the Mad Hatter with his consistently inconsistent mood swings. He’s silly, but other times wise. He can be a hero one minute and a villain the next. Add that to his love of mischief-making and joke-playing, narcissism, and the fact he enjoys shape-shifting into your friends, and poof — there’s a character one could love to hate.
I dedicate my Top 10 List to legendary characters with Trickster-like qualities.

Mad Hatter ~ With his whacky ways and silly riddles, it’s no wonder Alice is confused … and he never does reveal why a raven is like a writing desk. 
Cheshire Cat ~ Alice never truly knows whether she can trust this mischievous kitty with his wide grin, large teeth and insistent need to steer her in every direction but home. 
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Q ~ He used to feel indifferent toward humans, but that changes the moment he meets Jean-Luc Picard. Q uses his “God-like” powers to test the crew of the USS Enterprise by transporting them across the universe, where they’re forced to escape seemingly unbeatable forces. 
Loki ~ He’s the shape-shifting Norse god who is helpful one minute, and everyone adores him, but then drastically changes. He desires, more than anything, to overthrow his father Odin and rule over Asgard. 
The Riddler ~ Riddle me this, “Why does this quirky character love to leave a gimmicky trail for Batman to follow?” Here’s a clue: The Riddler’s more interested in flaunting his intellectual superiority than committing the actual crime.

Willie Wonka ~ The Candyman can make the world taste good, but you’ll need a golden ticket to enter his magical, candy-making factory. Once inside, be careful not to drown in a chocolate river or swell into an enormous blueberry. 
Rumpelstiltskin ~ This mysterious implike creature can turn straw into gold, but at what price? 
Gremlins ~ When in their Mogwai form, these furry creatures are irresistible. Be warned: If they eat after midnight, they’ll change—really change. After being encased in a cocoon, they’ll hatch into “gremlins,” mischievous reptilian monsters with sharp teeth, and they’ll infest the entire town.

Gollum ~ Sweet one minute, but the next … watch out, he might hit you over the head with a fish. Perhaps he doesn’t look very bright, but looks can be deceiving. Ask the last guy who barely managed to outwit him in a game of riddles.
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Peeves ~ This quote from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix shows exactly why Peeves is the perfect Trickster (and sadly, he wasn’t in the movies):
Cackling madly, (Peeves) soared through the school, upending tables, bursting out of blackboards, and toppling statues and vases. Twice he shut Mrs. Norris inside suits of armour, from which she was rescued, yowling loudly, by the furious caretaker. He smashed lanterns and snuffed out candles, juggled burning torches over the heads of screaming students, caused neatly stacked piles of parchment to topple into fires or out of windows, flooded the second floor when he pulled off all the taps in the bathrooms, dropped a bag of tarantulas in the middle of the Great Hall during breakfast and, whenever he fancied a break, spent hours at a time floating along after Umbridge and blowing loud raspberries every time she spoke.

 About H. B. Bolton

A magical part of H.B. Bolton’s childhood was being swept into worlds of enchanting characters, fantastical creatures and extraordinary powers—simply by picking up a book. As a mother and a teacher, she was compelled to create imaginary worlds of her own in order to share them, not just with her children, but with all children. H.B. Bolton lives in Florida with her supportive husband and two highly spirited children. Shh, can you keep a secret? Not only does she write books for the young-at-heart, adventurous sort who yearn to dive into a good young-adult fantasy story, she also writes spellbinding, heart pounding women's fiction. These particular books are written under the name Barbara Brooke, but that's another story, altogether.

Books by H.B. Bolton:
The Serpent's Ring (Relics of Mysticus, Book One)
Breaking Down (a short story)
Hungry (a short story)
Coming May 1, 2013
The Trickster's Totem (Relics of Mysticus, Book Two)

Check out The Serpent's Ring (Relics of Mysticus #1) here:

Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum ... that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods.

Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous fish and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.

The Serpent’s Ring is FREE for Kindle May 28th-June 1st.
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  1. Trickster-like characters add a ton of flavor and zest to a story. Thanks for having me share my Top Ten favorites.

  2. I love the trickster characters that you just never know what to expect from them! Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop Diana!


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