Saturday, October 11, 2014

Blog Tour Guest Post: Fate by Andrea Buginsky plus tour giveaway

Elena Baxter’s second year at New Avalon may be more challenging than her first. The demons she was warned about show up, a visitor who greatly affects her arrives, and her best friend, Izzy, has to deal with her painful past. Can Elena survive everything that’s coming at her at once? Or will the future Lady of the Lake take on more than she can possibly handle?


Fate: New Avalon, book 2


1. This or that: If you want to do from a character’s point of view, please give a “bio” for your character (name, age, interests, if paranormal their abilities and “stats”)
When she turned 16, Elena learned about her destiny: She’s a descendant of the Lady of the Lake from the King Arthur legends. She is one of many Avalonians who are tied to the legends and have powers. Elena tries to live her life as normally as possible when her powers kick in, but things get out of hand when a group of girls at school start picking on her. So her Godmother, Isabel, the current Lady of the Lake, takes Elena to New Avalon, the school on Avalon where the new Avalonians learn to control their powers. Elena loves her new school, and finally finds her place in the world. She begins to learn to control her telekinesis power and learn about charms, potions, and the history of Avalon. She loves her alchemy class, and believes she has a future in potions. Elena  is a hard worker and loves to study. Her new group of friends feel the same way, and she finally fits in.
Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate
Edward or Jacob? Jacob
Hockey or soccer? Soccer
Video or Board Games? Board Games
Summer or Winter? Summer
Ebook or paper? Paper
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Beach or mountains? Mountains
Phone call or email? Phone
Early bird or night owl? Early bird
Dog or cat? Dog
Messy or neat? Neat
Ninjas or pirates? Pirates


In Alchemy the next day, Elena could tell Izzy was still distracted. She never did that well mixing the potions, but she was getting better studying with Elena. Today, however, everything she mixed kept exploding. Elena knew she was still preoccupied with their conversation from the other night.

“Damn!” Izzy coughed as her third attempt to mix the potion exploded in her face.

Elena ran to her side. “Are you all right?”

“Yeah, I’m fine.”

The rest of the class rushed over to make sure everything was OK.

“You alright, Izzy?”

“Yeah, Mia. Just ticked. I can’t get this to work right! Lady Bittle, what am I doing wrong?”

Lady Bittle sifted through the ashes in Izzy’s cauldron. “I don’t think you used the right amount of herbs. Remember, you need to be very careful when tossing each one in. You don’t want to add too much or too little of any herb.”

“I know that! I’m a third-year. I’ve been mixing potions for over two years now. I know I’m not the best at it, but this is ridiculous!”

“Izzy, is everything OK? You know you’re powers are linked to your emotions, and you seem to be in overdrive right now. Perhaps you should stop for the day. I’ll still give you full credit for your attempts.”

Izzy looked like she was about to explode. But a scream from Elena broke her out of her anger.

“What’s wrong?”

“I don’t know…” Elena stood there, holding her head in her hands, nearly collapsing. “It hurts!”

“What hurts, Sweetie?” Mia tried to calm her down, but they were all freaking out over Elena’s outburst.

“My head! It feels like it’s going to explode.”

Lady Bittle rushed to her and took her by the elbow. “I’m going to take her to Isabel. The rest of you can use the remaining class time to work on your own potions, if you’d like. I’ll see you all tomorrow.”

“Wait! I want to go with her.”

“No, Izzy, that’s not a good idea. You’ll see her later, back in your room.”

She led Elena out of the classroom and down the hall to Isabel’s office.

Isabel was waiting for them. She sensed something was wrong, as she always did, and helped Lady Bittle carry Elena to the couch in her office. She gently caressed Elena’s head, her eyes closed, her lips moving.

Finally, Elena calmed down enough and took a deep breath. “What was that?”

“Tell me everything that happened.”

Elena told Isabel about Izzy’s trouble in class and her outburst. “I know she’s been upset lately, but I’ve never seen her like this. She just became infuriated, like she was about to explode!”

“And then you felt like your head was exploding?”

Elena looked at her, shocked. “Yeah, how did you know that?”

Isabel sighed. “Lady Bittle, I’ve got this now. Thank you for bringing her to me. Will you return to the classroom and let the other girls know Elena is just fine?”

Lady Bittle nodded, touching Elena gently on her shoulder. She left her in Isabel’s capable hands and returned to her class.

Isabel gently stroked Elena’s hair. “I think congratulations are in order.”

Tour Dates

September 30: Missuswolf's Storyland

October 2: Sheenah Freitas

October 4: Sheila Deeth

October 5: UnorthodoxBlog

October 6: Regan Black

October 9: WriterzBlox

Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer with a BA in Mass Communication-Journalism from the University of South Florida. She has always wanted to be a published writer, and decided to try to write children's fantasy books. The Chosen is her first book, and was released on December 14, 2010, to her delight.

Andrea has written four more books since:

* My Open Heart, an autobiography of growing up with heart disease.
* Nature's Unbalance: The Chosen, Book 2
* Destiny: New Avalon, book 1, a YA fantasy
* Fate: New Avalon, book 2, a YA fantasy
She is currently editing the third book of The Chosen series, and writing the fourth. Andrea lives in Kansas with her family, which includes her two precious puppies.


  1. What an awesome cover! Well, if that didn't catch my eye I don't know what would. As well as that I am always looking for out for good reads like this one! Loving the interview questions, as always ;)

  2. Thanks Olivia! It's one of my favorite covers too :) Enjoy the book!

  3. Thank you for hosting me on my tour, Brandi!


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