Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The First Book of Ore: The Foundry's Edge (Excerpt and GIVEAWAY!!!) - CLOSED - WINNER ANNOUNCED!!

A girl's rescue mission into the heart of a mysterious mechanical world becomes a journey of enlightenment, redemption, and sacrifice           
First Time Authors' "The First Book of Ore: The Foundry's Edge" From Disney Hyperion Receiving Rave Reviews
"A richly imagined fantasy" - Publisher's Weekly
Phoebe Plumm has everything in the world except a friend. Her opulent Art Deco metropolis, Albright City, is full of spectacular, gleaming luxuries: rocket-fast Cable Bikes and ZipTrolleys, wondrous Televiewers and Computators, and a never-ending parade of streamlined mechanical innovations. All of it comes from The Foundry, a global corporation with a monopoly on technology where her father, Dr. Jules Plumm is Chief Surveyor. Phoebe's life in Meridian revolves around trading pranks with irksome Micah Tanner but when her father is abducted, Phoebe and Micah find themselves stranded in a stunning yet volatile world of living metal which they discover has been ruthlessly plundered by The Foundry for centuries. In this strange, mysterious and violent realm, Phoebe and Micah must fight to save Dr. Plumm, themselves ... and all creatures of good will. 

- scroll to bottom for winner announcement -  
by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz, published by Disney-Hyperion ©2014
The sky was all wrong.
The stars didn’t twinkle––they vibrated, as if attached to a plucked piano wire. And some of them were moving. Not in arrow-straight streaks, but up and sideways, tracing intricate shapes across the night. There was no moon, but when the kids rubbed their eyes, they noticed fine silvery strands stretching between the stars, all connected like shining beads woven into a web by some unfathomable celestial spider.
This was not their sky.
If there had been anything in Phoebe’s growling stomach, she would have thrown up.
“What is this place?”
Her question hung heavily in the air. Micah was speechless.
With shaking hands, she held out her Trinka.
They were next to a rugged road at the sparse edge of a forest. The trees here were thin with odd angular branches and shiny bark that reminded her of birch covered in a sleeve of ice. Deeper in the forest, a low and nearly imperceptible tone rumbled their innards like the dirge of an ill-tuned pipe organ. A breeze hushed through the woods, causing the fine leaves to flutter. Then came that tinkling sonata again.
          Wind chimes. But there were none in sight.
A strange notion was rising to a boil in Phoebe’s mind. She approached a stand of ferns, wincing as the sharp ground poked at her right foot through her bare sock. She reached out and touched a leaf.
Weakness washed over her entire body. She thought she might pass out.
          “It can’t be,” she breathed, tracing the veins of the leaf with her finger. “It’s impossible.”
          “This ain’t real. This ain’t really happening,” Micah consoled himself.
          “The plant . . .” she said, but words wouldn’t come.
“What about it? It’s just a—”
          She flicked the leaf. It rang out like a cymbal.
          Micah’s brow furrowed. But she was already moving to another plant, touching it in disbelief. “All of them!” she said with a mix of fear and wonder. She knocked on a tree branch, and it rang with a resonant hollow sound. There were individual boughs, branches, and twigs of bark-covered tube, all different sizes and thicknesses. It was like bamboo made out of flaking steel. They were jointed at severe angles, and as Phoebe followed them with her light, she realized that all of the trees were interconnected.
It was like this entire forest had been built by a mad plumber. No matter how much she tried to comprehend it, the truth dangled just beyond her grasp.
We have One (1) copy of THE FIRST BOOK OF ORE: THE FOUNDRY’S EDGE  to give away to one lucky reader.

To enter:

Please note: Your email address MUST either be in your comment or available on your blogger profile or your entry will NOT count!! **

Leave us a comment on this post telling us what your favorite book of all time is.
There you have it- how easy is that? Complete rules can be found on our Contest page.
PLEASE NOTE: This contest is open to those with a US shipping address ONLY.

This contest ends Tuesday, April 15th at 11:59pm (pdst) so don't wait - make sure you've entered! Please note: entries received after the cutoff time will be deleted prior to drawing a winner.
About the Authors:
Cam Baity & Benny Zelkowicz, both fathers of young daughters (Olive is 2; Gavriel, 3) are writers, animators, and filmmakers who began collaborating after meeting at California Institute of the Arts. A Texas native, Cam has made several short films, and his work has been screened at numerous festivals around the globe, including the BBC British Short Film Festival. In addition, he worked on the motion picture Team America: World Police as well as the award-winning television series SpongeBob SquarePants. Canadian-born Benny studied science before turning his attention to animation, and his celebrated short The ErlKing was an official selection at both Sundance and the New York Film Festival. He has directed the BBC/CBC animated series Lunar Jim, and in the U.S. his work has been seen on television in The Simpsons. Both have contributed to Adult Swim's Robot Chicken and Moral Orel and reside in Los Angeles. Learn more about them at http://camandbenny.com/
Benny Zelkowicz
Cam Baity


Our first winner did not include an email address or a link to theirs in their comment so we had to pick another,

Our second winner is commenter #9 (Chic Southern Charm)

But, alas, her only contact available was through Google+ and as of 4/25/14, she has not responded to our request for her address so we can send her the book :-(

We will now announce Winner #3:


We got no response from Lee so I'm moving this giveaway to our facebook page - here's your second chance to be our big winner!!
We will be having another giveaway soon :-)


JalenJade (Jeff) said...

Favorite book of all time... Right now I'd say Wicked.

Lee said...

I've always loved The Little House on the Prairie books...and the t.v. series, of course!

My Flower said...



Schlauberger said...

That would be "The Hobbit". Read it as a teenager, long before the movie. blanch682000(at)yahoo(dot)com

Connie Tillman said...

My favorite book of all time is the Little House series - I loved reading them as a child! Thanks for the opportunity

Susan Smoaks said...

i love the hunger games

blew415 said...

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone -actually the entire series!

Marilyn said...

Favorite book of all time was The Betsy

Chic Southern Charm said...

My favorite book of all time is Pippi Longstockings.