Hello, and welcome to our stop on the King of the Mutants blog tour! We have a really fun post for you today - the Top Ten Worst Attractions at Grumbling's Traveling Circus and Sideshow - as well as a giveaway! 5 lucky winners will received an electronic copy of King of the Mutants, so be sure to enter via the Rafflecopter form at the end of the post.
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About the Book
Author: Samantha Verdant
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Tantrum Books/Month9Books, LLC.
Synopsis: Can one boy stop a nefarious plot to turn kids into super-mutants?
Maverick Mercury enjoys his life as the sideshow attraction known as “Gator Boy” at Grumbling’s Traveling Circus and Sideshow.
His freakish mutations are the result of some billionaire geneticist’s experiments gone awry. But life as a mutant is about to get worse, as Maverick uncovers a plot to kidnap kids, turns them into super-mutants, and sells their powers to the highest bidder.
Now, Maverick is on a mission to find the mad scientist who may have created him and destroy his sinister plans!
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About the Author
Samantha Vérant is a travel addict, a self-professed oenophile, and a determined, if occasionally unconventional, French chef. Over the years, she’s visited many different countries, lived in many places, and worked many jobs— always on the search for the one thing that truly excited her. Then, one day, she found everything she’s been looking for: a passion for the written word and true love. Writing not only enabled her to open her heart, it led her to southwestern France, where she’s now married to a sexy French rocket scientist she met over twenty years ago, a stepmom to two incredible kids, and the adoptive mother to one ridiculously expensive Bengal cat. When she’s not trekking from Provence to the Pyrénées, tasting wine in American-sized glasses, or embracing her inner Julia Child while deliberating what constitutes the perfect boeuf bourguignon, Samantha is making her best effort to relearn those dreaded conjugations.
Poor Maverick hasn’t had the easiest life. He’s the attraction known as “Gator Boy” at Grumbling’s Traveling Circus and Sideshow, the cruddiest gig in the world. Following a short excerpt is a list of the top ten worst attractions at the life Mav, thankfully, escaped. Not that his life gets any better. Trust me. It’s hard being King of the Mutants.
“Thing was, even at the cruddiest of circuses, you worked eleven months straight regardless of weather, sickness, or even the lack of paying customers. A day off? Getting one of those was like winning the lottery. So on that scorcher of a day, I just had to suck it up and get back to my list of never ending chores in the menagerie—the tent where our limited collection of “exotic” animals hunkered down during the run of a show.
I stood knee deep in a mound of sawdust in the center practice ring. The strong scent of animal urine wafted up to my nose, the stench even more rancid because of the heat. Surrounding me on all sides—once bright blue, red, yellow, and green—the paint on the animals’ enclosures peeled off like sunburned skin. Inside the cages, shrieks, growls, and roars came at me from every direction.”
Top Ten Worst Attractions at Grumbling’s Traveling Circus and Sideshow
10. The pony ride for kids. Instead of ponies, Grumbling’s has biting donkeys. Mind your fingers. And never feed the animals.
9. Madame Octavia Zoltarano: Rumor has it this ancient gypsy fortuneteller eats stray black cats, breaks mirrors for fun, and keeps hooting owls around her tent—all ominous signs of bad luck and death. Plus, her act is not on the up and up! She makes things up- total flim-flam!
8. The Flying Forsinis’s trapeze act. Trapeze artists aren’t supposed to be that accident prone.
7. The elephant parade, where catatonic elephants steal candy from the kids...when the elephants actually move.
6. Clowns are supposed to be funny. Well, Yorgi and his diabolical gang like to fight with the townies. And the midgets? They like to fight dirty. Before buying a ticket to Grumbling’s, you may want to think twice. Black eyes are par for the course.
5. Peaches Supreme, the fat lady, may have her fair shair of admirers, but she’s far to be a peach; she’s the pits. The last guy that made her angry? Nobody knows what happened to him.
4. The opening procession at Grumbling’s, in which they play an old record that usually skips.
3. The Lion act. One of the lions is blind, the other doesn’t have teeth.
2. Bobo the bumbling, cross-eyed bear of a ballerina is medicated. Give him a bushel of strawberries and he might dance...instead of escaping into the audience. He may wear a fluffy, pink tutu, but his claws are sharp.
1. Maverick’s act. Maverick is forced to stand on a small stage and play his guitar-- dressed in a lime-green Speedo with the words ‘Gator Boy’ embroidered on the butt.
Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of King of the Mutants by Samantha Verant (INT)
As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by!
--Ashley & Paul