Welcome to the blog tour for Fading Into the Shadows, a young adult fantasy, by Kelly Hashway. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive blog tour excerpt, and details on her giveaway.
When sixteen-year-old Ella Andrews’s best friend, Avery, goes missing, she’ll do anything to get him back—starting with punching the no-brain cop who couldn’t care less about the disappearance.
Ella’s convinced Avery’s been kidnapped, and she tries everything to find him—even following a strange shadow to another world where the constellations are real-life figures in the sky. But three star groups have fallen and are destroying the world.
The fallen constellations are not the only enemy. Melanie, the princess of Stellaris, is forcing Ella, Avery, and an army of other kids kidnapped from their world to fight the rogue constellations, even as the land is draining away their life. The longer they stay, the more they fade into substanceless shadows—a fate worse than death.
Can Ella save Stellaris before there’s nothing left of her and Avery?
“Things are different here. There’s no electricity. Everything is run by…magic.”
“Magic?” I motion to his armor. “So what, your armor magically appeared on your body?”
“You know the movie Iron Man?” He shrugged. “It’s more like the armor put itself on me.”
Oh great. Now we were the freakin’ Avengers! “Whatever. I’m going out there with you,” I said, not wanting to let him out of my sight. After all, I’d come to this place to find him. I wasn’t about to let him get killed by a bunch of giant constellations and leave me stranded in this awful world with only Gabe to get along with. Besides, even if he didn’t want to be my best friend anymore—which I hoped wasn’t true—I wasn’t giving up on us. If he was going into battle, I was going too.
He handed me a bow and arrow and some armor. After what Avery told me about the armor, I wasn’t eager to let anything magically wrap itself around my body—especially around my boobs of all things. Avery’s eyes lowered as if he was reading my mind. He smirked, and for a second, he was himself again. I smiled back at him as he tossed the armor aside.
“Ready?” he asked.
“If I say no, will you stay here with me?”
“Come on. We’re in this together. Like everything else.”
I smiled, relieved we were still Avery and Ella. The same Avery and Ella we’d always been. We ran to catch up with the army.
The north gate wasn’t exactly a gate anymore. More like a pile of rubble. And Serpens was slithering victoriously through it. Bobson and the front line were rushing toward Serpens, screaming their heads off. As if that would intimidate the world’s largest snake. It was like a bunch of gnats storming a glass door. This battle was going to end in a lot of squashed little boys.
Avery and I were behind the group, so we had a great view of the opening attack. The front line stopped about twenty feet from Serpens and lowered to their knees. It would’ve been funny to watch, a bunch of guys on bended knee as if proposing to the great serpent. Of course the fact that Serpens could have killed them all right there kept it from being funny. I have to admit, I was hoping Serpens would give Bobson a little squeeze with his tail—just enough to knock him down a size or two. The guy needed an attitude adjustment.
The back line raised their bows and fired a volley of arrows, aiming for Serpens’s head. Most of them missed. Still, the ones that did make contact sent Serpens into a violent spasm, allowing the front line to attack with their axes.
“Be careful and don’t get too close,” Avery said. “The bows are magically enhanced so we can hit our targets from further distances.”
I swallowed hard and nodded as if I understood how any of this worked.
About the Author
Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing.
She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.
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