Month9Books Friday Reveal | “Joshua and the Lightning Road” by Donna Galanti #YALit

Posted Saturday, 16 May, 2015 by jorielov , , , 0 Comments

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Last Autumn, I had the happenstance to stumble across an Indie Pub of Children’s Lit focused on #MGLit and #YALit respectively, as well as an emerging new market for Romances set within YA and NA categories of interest (i.e. Swoon Romance). It was always my intention to participate more often in their Friday Reveals inasmuch as their blog tours, however, it is the latter I’ve been able to maintain with a bit more frequency than the Reveals!
Unfortunately for me, the hours dart off too quickly for the half dozen reveals I wanted to participate on, as the others I take a pass if the story itself isn’t one that I would read. I like to feature emerging new authors and the stories that re-invent genres and/or take established areas of literature to new heights of where fiction can enchant as much as educate the reader whose imagination is hungry for thought-provoking stories.
As it were, a lightning storm caused a few tech issues today, and this post is coming a bit later than planned – but as it was in-progress I decided late is better than never! I’m on the blog tour for this novel, and smiled when I saw the materials come in yesterday for today’s *big!* Reveal. Now, without further adieu, let’s get the bookish delights of joy hoppin’! Whilst acknowledging the ‘irony’ of how lightning played a role in my post being published!

Joshua and the Lightning Road by Donna Galanti

Published By: Month9Books (@Month9Books)

on 5th of May, 2015

Available Formats: Paperback, Ebook | Public Library | Add to Riffle

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Stay away from the window, don’t go outside when it’s storming and whatever you do, do not touch the orb.

Twelve-year-old Joshua Cooper’s grandpa has always warned him about the dangers of lightning. But Joshua never put much stock in his grandpa’s rumblings as anything more than the ravings of an old man with a vast imagination. Then one night, when Joshua and his best friend are home alone during a frightful storm, Joshua learns his grandpa was right. A bolt of lightning strikes his house and whisks away his best friend—possibly forever.

To get him back, Joshua must travel the Lightning Road to a dark place that steals children for energy. But getting back home and saving his friend won’t be easy, as Joshua must face the terrifying Child Collector and fend off ferocious and unnatural beasts intent on destroying him.

In this world, Joshua possesses powers he never knew he had, and soon, Joshua’s mission becomes more than a search for his friend. He means to send all the stolen children home—and doing so becomes the battle of his life.

Donna GalantiAuthor Biography:

Donna is the author of the Joshua and The Lightning Road series and the Element Trilogy. She is a contributing editor to International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and blogs at www.project-middle-grade-mayhem.blogs, a cooperative of published middle grade authors. Visit her at and

Donna wanted to be a writer ever since she wrote a murder mystery screenplay at seven and acted it out with the neighborhood kids. She attended an English school housed in a magical castle, where her wild imagination was held back only by her itchy uniform (bowler hat and tie included!). There she fell in love with the worlds of C.S. Lewis and Roald Dahl, and wrote her first fantasy about Dodo birds, wizards, and a flying ship (and has been writing fantasy ever since). She’s lived in other exotic locations, including her family-owned campground in New Hampshire and in Hawaii where she served as a U.S. Navy photographer. She now lives with her family and two crazy cats in an old farmhouse and dreams of returning one day to a castle.

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I had a great-grandfather who was intrigued by electricity and specifically would walk outside to his front porch to observe the electrical storms which frequented his area of the Mid-West. It was my great-grandfather’s keen insights which sparked the topic I composed to give to Ms Galanti for this (upcoming) blog tour, as I have to admit, a part of his fascination rubbed off on me — but from a greater distance (my television!) of admiration! I’m what you can an appreciator of TWC (The Weather Channel) and the work that goes into a meteorologist’s role of informing John Q Public on the dangers of the natural storm systems and natural disasters that wreck havoc and chaos on our lives.

When I first caught sight of this novel, a portion of my curiosity was tethered to the plausibility of the science that could serve as an undertone to the novel’s heart. I love science and I like seeking out science grounded stories in fiction across all spectrum’s of literature and mediums (Children’s Lit / Adult Lit). I think this arches back to my discovery of CA Gray’s Piercing the Veil series where I found a new hybrid style of ‘Sci-Fantasy’ stories where the joy of both are equally developed and explored.

Now, in regards to the book trailer and the cover art – as I previously disclosed tonight I NEVER judge a book by it’s cover because for me, the cover is ONLY ART if the synopsis doesn’t carry within it a stirring of intrigue to pick up the book and delve inside it’s pages! Cover Art Illustration is one of my favourite mediums of art because I love the purposeful attention of illustrators and design artists who bring stimulating images to life and by gracing the covers of the books we’re drinking in, we have a tangible focal point to jump off a platform of imaginary delight! I like seeing how an illustrator sees the characters and/or elements of a story being read — it creates a bridge if you will between the writer and the reader, and thus, I celebrate the cover art that effectively creates a ‘reaction’ and gives you a deeper itch to acquire the book!

The art on this series debut lent the impression that courage is always forged in the face of fear, because fear itself is not something that needs to prevent a marked route in journey but rather to encourage overcoming what you first think is impossible. I am also keen on sorting out how Joshua can gather the bolts inside his hands and how the natural energy around him is contained in one particular field of energy rather than consuming the whole of his body. How courageous he is to stand outside as the cracklements of pure and raw energy are electrifying the sky around him!

The book trailer stimulates the reader’s awareness of a storm on fast approach and anyone who lives in hive beds of lightning in the United States knows the seriousness of what those deep thundering crackles can mean for your personal safety! The music is dramatic and the pulsing vibe of the trailer has movie quality appeal to it’s hauntingly climatic end! This is definitely a book you want to read, if only to become caught up in the wicked chase of sourcing why the children are taken and how to restore them back to their lives! A premise that reminded me of my prior reading of The Dreamosphere and The Skin Map!

The storm has arrived,
and it’s only the beginning of his journey!

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This FRIDAY REVEAL is courtesy of:

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on behalf of Month9Books (@month9books)

Return on 29th May 2015 | during the blog tour,

as my guest post by the author Donna Galanti will be featured!

Before you have the chance to read my stop check out the rest of the blog tour:

Joshua and the Lightning Road blog tour via Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours

This post is part of my contribution to:

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Reader Interactive Question:

What pulled you back into Middle Grade / Juvenile Fiction and Young Adult Literature as an adult?! What gave you the greatest joy in picking up where you left off from  your own younger years by embracing the new authors of today!?

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Previously I’ve hosted an eclectic mix of Month9Books Authors, some of whom are linked below in the *Related Posts* section! You can also use the tag for the publisher ‘Month9Books’ to pull up a threaded directory of features! I have only had the pleasure to read one of their titles in print format as they do not release print copies for review; therefore all the guest author features are being hosted by me as a precursor to the day where I can ILL the books through my local library system.

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Similar to blog tours where I feature book reviews, as I choose to highlight an author via a Guest Post, Q&A, Interview, etc., I do not receive compensation for featuring supplemental content on my blog. I provide the questions for interviews and topics for the guest posts; wherein I receive the responses back from publicists and authors directly. I am naturally curious about the ‘behind-the-scenes’ of stories and the writers who pen them; I have a heap of joy bringing this content to my readers.

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{SOURCES: Cover art for “Joshua and the Lightning Road” along with the author photographs & biographies, the book synopsises, the individual blog tour badges, the Friday Reveal banner & badge and the Chapter by Chapter badge were all provided by Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours and used with permission. Tweets were able to be embedded by the codes provided by Twitter. Post dividers by Fun Stuff for Your Blog via Pure Imagination. The book trailer for “Joshua and the Lightning Road” had either URL share links or coding which made it possible to embed this media portal to this post, and I thank them for the opportunity to share more about this novel and the author who penned it.}

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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