30 October, 2020

Runaways Of Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe Book Tour Book, Guest Review and Giveaway!

Runaways Of Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe
The Runaways Of Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe
Publisher: Kindle Direct Press (September 1,, 2020)
Category: Young Adult, Teen, Fantasy, Dragons 
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2020 ISBN: 9798681416005 
Available in Print and ebook, 394 pages 
The Runaways of Missing Lake

Description Runaways Of Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe

Luke Houser and his friends enter their junior year at Missing Lake High School under extremely unusual circumstances after a tremendous forest fire kept the community on edge for months. The memory of the fire permeates all aspects of everyone’s lives, including those of the incredible secret dragon family who live up north. Luke makes a new canine friend through his step-mom’s veterinary clinic and Chase plays an important role despite not being one of the family’s beloved sled dogs. The silver dragon, Zagros has some serious news for his young Dragoneer that will impact the entire dragon realm, particularly the young dragons, Helios and Cassiel. Luke has to process this information all while a crisis unfolds during English class. Luke has to make some serious choices that challenge the sometimes awkward sixteen-year-old but he cannot share them with anyone without risking the discovery of the magnificent dragons. This is the fourth book in the Missing Lake series that follows a reluctantly intrepid young man’s journey into adulthood with his family, friends, dogs, cats and dragons by his side.

Praise Secrets Abound Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe

“Winner of the Distinguished Favorite for Teens”- NYC Big Book Awards and the Independent Book Awards in 2018 
“I so enjoy this series. With his anxieties about school, his love for his family’s sled dogs, and his adventures helping his stepmother in her veterinary clinic, Luke Houser is a very believable teenager in the mountainous wilds of Montana. Most of his problems are perfectly normal for a boy in his circumstances. So his involvement with the local dragons feels totally natural. The antics of the baby dragons once they hatch, especially the golden boy dragon, Helios (who is all boy too) are just as realistic feeling as those of Luke’s school friends. You get the feeling that dragons could be just as real as broken marriages and sick dogs. And you wonder how the dragons and dragoneers ever got by without good veterinary support for all these hundreds of years. No wonder they’re nearly extinct!”-Lora of Ettria 
“While the third book in the series, I didn't have a problem reading it without having read the previous two. I enjoyed Luke's interactions with the dragons and all they go through. I was invested in these characters and what happened. I found Luke and his family to be realistic as were all the problems (outside of the dragons) that he was having. It is a clean book, which I love, and is just good. I would let my young teens on up read this, I think they would enjoy it!”-Ashley’s Bookshelf 
“The descriptions of North Dakota, Montana, and Vancouver are well written and help the reader sink into the story. The characters and dialogue keep the pace going and makes for a book that is hard to put down. The ‘Secrets Abound Missing Lake’ is a memorable book that I plan to share with my grandchildren when they are a little older. I also plan to read the first two books in the series and can hardly wait for book 4. This book is a must read for those who like coming of age stories and dragons. Actually animal lovers would love it as well.”-Sal, Bound 4 Escape

Read an Excerpt

“Luke?” I heard Jackie whisper from behind me. I had forgotten I wasn’t alone. It must have seemed like Helios and I were standing there in silence when I had been communicating with him while also having a conversation with Zagros.

When Jackie spoke Helios must have heard it because his focus shifted to the three people behind me. I wondered what Oscar was possibly communicating to the young dragon as he was able to see them pretty much every day since they were born. The only individuals present who couldn’t communicate in their minds together were Jackie and Dad. 

“Helios, these are our friends,” Oscar said out loud so we could all hear. Helios’ eyes shifted yet again and he slid a little bit behind the mirror again. “You might remember them,” Oscar added.

I felt a steady hand on my shoulder as Oscar slowly let me know he was coming around to stand in front of me. He reached out to Helios and said out loud, “Our friends we have talked about. Your father’s Dragoneer, Luke is here.” I was fairly certain he could have said all of that without speaking but I was grateful Oscar was sharing his part of the conversation with us. He continued to slowly move towards the mirror and the dragon standing behind it.

Oscar raised his arms towards Helios and I watched in awe as Helios came out completely and also reached forward with his arms. The dragon was taller than Oscar but nowhere near as tall as his parents yet there definitely was a youthful quality about his movements. I briefly wondered if Helios thought the same thing about me. We were both pretty much under construction at that point in our lives.

“Come, Luke,” Oscar said without turning around to look at me. He raised one of his arms behind his back to motion in a circular way, inviting me to move forward. My legs felt heavy as I watched Helios take hold of Oscar’s other hand and I took slow, deliberate steps towards them. Helios had been looking at Oscar when he first approached but then he looked over Oscar’s bushy hair down at me as I made my own way towards them.

I felt Zagros’ presence even though he remained silent. I kept my eyes on Helios and Oscar didn’t turn around once. I reached forward and took hold of the arm Oscar had offered back to me and let him gently guide me towards the incredible golden creature in front of us. 

“Luke is a friend, Helios. He is our friend. You might remember him,” Oscar said. He brought my hand up to the empty hand held out in front of Helios and made the connection for us. I accidentally gasped when our hands touched as I felt what could only be described as a bolt of electricity pass through my arm and through my body. It was like when you zap someone after rubbing your feet on a carpet but times a million. 

His hand felt cool and almost leathery but not slippery. His claws looked sharp but I wasn’t afraid of him trying to hurt me. I felt a lot of trust happening right then and I was thankful Oscar had been there to assist.

“Hello, Helios,” I repeated, but slowly and out loud. 

We stayed connected, Oscar, Helios and me, for what seemed like several minutes. I felt the young dragon look me up and down and even felt him look through me, if that was possible. Oscar may have been communicating in his mind but he remained silent to the rest of us as Helios took in as much of me as he possibly could have. I felt the enormousness of the situation and part of me wanted to cry out but I didn’t. I had no idea what Jackie or Dad were thinking and I didn’t care. I was connecting with the son of Tabitha and Zagros and I would never again have this first-time experience. I wanted to soak it all in. 

When I had met them after they were first born they were so young and probably not formulating big thoughts. Helios knew enough to try to protect me from his sister early on but for the first time I really felt like we were making some sort of meaningful connection.

It crossed my mind that he was scrutinizing me as a younger version of the adult humans while I was doing the same to him, only he was a younger version of the adult dragons. His pupils narrowed ever so slightly when that thought crossed my mind. I wasn’t sure if he could see my thoughts like his parents. If he could, did he understand them, I wondered? 

“We can go see Cassiel now,” Oscar said calmly. Helios let go of both of our hands and almost seemed to skip ahead of us off into the lair. His dragon feet made ‘thap-thapping’ sounds as he ran off. 

“That was insanely cool,” I said to Oscar. I knew I was grinning and it was the exact expression of what I felt, even if the word, ‘cool’ sounded a bit lame.

About Tanya Fyfe

Runaways Of Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe

Award winning author, Tanya Fyfe was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada and trained and performed as a professional figure skater and coach for many years. After working briefly as an English Teacher in Japan, she met her husband, Dr.Alistair Fyfe and moved to North Dakota in 1994. She completed her BSc and then got accepted into veterinary school in Saskatchewan which she graduated from in 2005. Since then she has worked as a veterinarian in ND and Montana. Tanya has written stories since she was a little girl and enjoyed completing a course with the Children’s Institute of Literature several years ago. She began writing her teen fiction series in 2013 which began with Lost and Found in Missing Lake. The Dragons of Missing Lake followed and then Secrets Abound in Missing Lake came next. Around the time of publication she started selling real estate in Montana (because, clearly, she was not busy enough) but was still able to jump back into the story to complete Book 4, The Runaways of Missing Lake. She enjoys hanging out with her characters and tries to give readers a sense of what it is truly like to live in the beautiful mountains of western Montana. She enjoys spending time on any golf course with her husband and they canoe, hike and ride horses as well. They share their world with 5 adorable cats, several horses and 3 ridiculously personable ferrets. Website: https://tanyafyfe.com/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tanyafyfe/

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Guest Review by Laura Lee

I have not read the previous books in this series so I was apprehensive that I wouldn't understand what the story in this one was about, but Tanya Fyfe keeps the reader informed by explaining all of the necessary details upfront.

Luke Houser is a sixteen year-old boy who recently moved from Bismarck, North Dakota to a very rural town called Missing Lake, Montana. In the first book in the series, Luke discovers a family of dragons that live on a mountain above town and befriends them, communicating telepathically with the oldest dragon in the clan, Zagros. Although Luke and his dragon friends have been through several adventures together, before the beginning of this book, Luke and his family are forced to evacuate their home due to encroaching wildfires.

After returning to Missing Lake to find that his house remained untouched, Luke begins to return to his normal life with his friends and school. But soon, Zagros gives Luke some upsetting news about his dragon clan and Luke must find a way to help them, while still keeping them secret from the public.

Though this book had a pretty powerful message, the fun, lighter aspect of it was a welcome break from some of the heavier things that have been going on in the news lately. Luke and the dragons have a great, wholesome connection that really makes this book feel special and heartwarming. And, of course, it makes you root for the dragons to get through their troubles and remain unseen as they have for all of human history.

This would be an excellent book for young adults and kids to read, I can see them really enjoying and sympathizing with Luke as a character. I also think that many adults would love it as well.  Tanya Fyfe created a captivating world with this series and I fully intend to find out what happens next to the people and dragons of Missing Lake!

Giveaway Runaways Of Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe
This giveaway is for 1 copy each for 3 winners and is open to Canada and the U.S. only. The winners will have the choice between print and ebook. This giveaway ends November 26, 2020,midnight pacific time. Entries are accepted by Rafflecopter only. 

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting!

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  2. Thank you so much for your awesome review! I started this book not long after our own harrowing brush with the Rice Ridge fire in Seeley Lake, where we also evacuated. In part it is a tribute to our community and how we survived and continue to survive, only this time its from Luke's perspective. He is a cool character and I love hanging out with him and his friends! Thanks, again!

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