19 December 2013

The Flight of the Griffin Tour Stop!!

Title: The Flight of the Griffin
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Author: C.M. Gray
Publisher: C.M. Gray
Pages: 219
Language: English
ISBN: 9781471750359
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The Kingdom is dying… 

The Darkness is coming… the balance between Order and Chaos is rapidly shifting and the world is falling towards evil and horror, and all misery that Chaos will bring. 

But there is hope… 

Pardigan’s had enough, he’s only 12, but he’s breaking into the home of one of Freya's richest merchants... and he’s doing it tonight… 

A burglary that will change their lives forever sets four friends upon a quest, a race against time, to locate three magical objects and complete an ancient and desperate spell. 

Sailing their boat The Griffin, the crew are quickly pursued by The Hawk, an evil bounty hunter and master of dark sorcery, and Belial, King of Demons and champion of Chaos who seeks to rule the world of man… yet first he must capture the crew of The Griffin and end their quest… 

There’s a Griffin in my Coffee!
Could this be some strange message from beyond the veil, is the Universe telling me something?
I stare down into my coffee and wonder at the peculiarities of my writer’s mind – I think I need more sleep. I’ve been writing a trilogy of fantasy books, The Griffin series, and everywhere I look at the moment I see Griffins! As Mythical creatures go it normally isn’t one that you spot too often, but not only do I see Griffins in books, magazines and even scratched into walls, now one has appeared in my coffee! Maybe I’m overdoing it. Too much editing, changing, tweaking and reading again and again. Have you ever stopped to think how many times an author reads his or her book before passing it over to an editor for final edits? There are two books now in the Griffin trilogy. The first book is The Flight of the Griffin and it follows the fortunes of four friends as they are stumble into a quest, following clues to unite three magical objects – I must have read it forty times during the editing process alone, thank goodness it’s a great story! The second book in the trilogy is called Chaos Storm and it sets the crew of the Griffin up against new challenges and even bigger dramas. After recently reading, editing and tweaking Chaos Storm a minimum of fifty times, I can promise you a reading experience that will have you turning pages until late into the night!
But all that editing has left me seeing Griffins, look, there’s one in my coffee! Now, I know this beautiful blog features a good percentage of books in the romance genre, and there’s isn’t much that’s romantic about a Griffin. Thanks so much for reading this up to here! Let me tell you about Griffins… they’re half Lion, half eagle and the Griffin in The Flight of the Griffin is in actual fact a boat, and boats aren’t too romantic either. Let’s face it, even the gondolas in Venice aren’t romantic… Oh, you think they are? Then you’ve read far too many romance books because when you’re in Venice and you watch them trailing after one another nose to tail through the canals filled with smiling clapping tourists… they are not romantic, take a break, stretch your wings and try reading a fantasy
One of the main characters in The Flight of the Griffin is a girl named Mahra, you will love her, but I will say that if The Flight of the Griffin ever makes it to the big silver screen, then my eight year old daughter has already snagged the role of Mahra, sorry Mr Spielberg, but that’s just the way it is… The crew are made up of four boys - Pardigan, Quint, Tarent and Loras. (My daughter says the boys from the music group ‘One Direction’ would be great for these parts) They’re all orphans, live on the boat together and are having a bit of a hard life. When Pardigan breaks into the home of one of the cities richest merchants, he lands the crew in a whole mess of trouble. If you enjoy fantasy, you will love it! If you’ve never given fantasy a try, then this is the book to start with! No long silly names and no fairies flitting about, just dark adventure, some nasty demons and excitement!
I’m an Englishman living near Barcelona in Spain. To read the first chapter of The Flight of the Griffin and get a look at the author with the coffee, come and visit me at my website http://author-cmgray.blogspot.com I look forward to welcoming you in!

Born in England, C.M. Gray spent most of his youth growing up in the Essex countryside. A beautiful part of England, close to the Suffolk border, but he was born with the need to expand his horizons, so as soon as he could get a passport at the age of just seventeen he packed a backpack and went exploring!

A slightly risky decision, and one his parents were not too taken with, yet a number of years later he is still traveling…. but with a slightly larger bag. Over the years, C.M.Gray has been lucky enough to live and travel in many many parts of the world, met some incredible people and experienced some amazing places. In fact, he has now lived for more years outside of England than he ever spent living there – It is, after all, a very big and exciting world!

During his journey he worked and trained as a carpenter and a house restorer… picked more types of fruit over the years than he knew existed - from grapes in France to avocados in Israel. After living in Israel for a year, he was lucky enough to be invited to travel with the Bedouin in the Sanai desert for several months and then moved on travelled around India and then called a Buddhist monastery in the Himalayan Mountains home. A short while later he had changed tact, bought a suit and did a stint as a stock broker in the clamor of central Hong Kong.

To celebrate the millennium he traveled back to Europe, then found and restored an old farmhouse in deep rural Burgundy, France… but then looked to the open road and spent an number of years in Amsterdam… but the winters were cold so he went south again in search of the sun.

Always vowing to return and sink some roots back in English soil... he hasn’t quite got there yet, but maybe someday, it seems there are just too many interesting places out there to see first! He does, however, live a little closer to England now, just outside of Barcelona in Northern Spain, in the middle of the forest with his dogs and two wonderful children, he claims the Pyrenean mountains and forests of northern Spain are a great place to write and let his mind do the traveling.

As you will have noticed, his writing is mostly fantasy and he says that many of his experiences in Asia, India, Africa and the Middle East come to life in his writing. He has seen and done some pretty strange things on his travels, and bumped into some amazing characters, so writing fantasy is almost like writing fact for him… you just wouldn’t believe it if he presented it as fact – there are people and things out there in this world of ours that would simply amaze you!

His latest book is the mystery/thriller The Flight of the Griffin.

To explore his life and writing more, please visit his webpage and blog at https://author-cmgray.blogspot.com


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