Blog Book Tour | “Blue Spirit: A Tipsy #fairytale” by E. Chris Garrison The author I happily chatted with on #blogtalkradio and cheer for on #JLASblog!

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Acquired Book By: I was selected to be a stop on the “Blue Spirit” genre-bending fairy-tale fantasy release tour from Seventh Star Press. The tour is hosted by Tomorrow Comes Media who does the publicity and blog tours for Seventh Star Press and other Indie and/or Self Published authors. I am a regular blog tour host with Tomorrow Comes Media, however, the author and I have continued our friendship since we first interacted via The Star Chamber Show (which I’ll expand on in a moment). Ms Chris asked if I would be keen on being involved in her blog tour for “Blue Spirit” after I had happily read about Skye & Minnie’s adventure in the anthology release “A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court” wherein I positively expressed my joy in reading “Seelie Goose”. I was happy to be notified in time to participate as I love her quirky style of comedic fantasy!

I received a complimentary copy of “Blue Spirit” direct from the publisher Seventh Star Press in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

On my connection to E. Chris Garrison:

I first discovered Garrison’s style of story-telling when we both appeared on the Star Chamber Show, which is a weekly podcast on BlogTalkRadio sponsored by the publisher Seventh Star Press. Since our first encounter with each other, we’ve developed a friendship I am blessed to have and I appreciate getting to know a bit more about an author whose not only developing a unique style in the world of Fantasy but is receptive to the thoughts readers have as they gain impression by reading the stories themselves.

I am disclosing this, to assure you that I can formulate an honest opinion, even though I have interacted with Garrison through our respective blogs, the twitterverse, the podcast world, and privately. I treat each book as a ‘new experience’, whether I personally know the author OR whether I am reading a book by them for the first time. For more information, I disclosed a bit more on my first 10 Bookish, Not Bookish Thoughts (read No.7!).

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Why I love Skye MacLeod | whilst finding her writ two different ways:

I am familiar with Garrison’s character Skye from my previous reading of Virtual Blue, however, at that particular point in time I had not realised the full scope of Skye’s character! You see, Skye was ‘lent on loan’ to Sullivan in order to create the Urban Fantasy story in which I reviewed on a previous blog tour! I remember reading about the ‘Seelie Goose’, as regular readers of Jorie Loves A Story will recognise that I also hosted a Cover Reveal for Garrison and around that point in time or thereabouts I became familiar with the short story I now have happily read! For one thing, the comic brilliance of the anarchy of the fairy-tale world spun into reckless flight of an attempt to stop a wedding was most keen indeed! – quoted from my review of A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court

Going into reading Seelie Goose was a bit unique because I had this strong impression about Skye from Virtual Blue and coincidentally, it’s that original impression that led to my further curiosity in wanting to read Darkness with a Chance of Whimsy wherein the connections continue! (especially in regards to Rebecca Burton!) You could say, two authors have bewitched me with one character whose attributes and mannerisms switch-up a bit per each writerly voice whose narrating her individual stories! It’s quite the journey for me as a reader and a happy challenge as a book blogger – as each time Skye appears in a story, she’s not quite as she was from one installment to the next! Two sides of a coin and individualistically unique!

Let’s recap the particulars, shall we? Skye was a supporting character in Virtual Blue whereas she takes the lead in Garrison’s stories; on the other hand, Garrison is borrowing Phil and Rebecca Burton for the sequel to Blue Spirit! (further tidbit: the Transit King (he’s with Skye on the bus!) was spotlighted as a cameo in Haunting Obsession!) Meanwhile, I get the pleasure of reading more of Burton myself when I pick up Whimsy! Except it doesn’t stop there – no! Skye was originally introduced in Sinking Down where Garrison found a way to merge her between the Road Ghosts + Tipsy Fairy Tale series by offering to cross-over the characters/story-lines. *whew!*

A short note from Ms Chris:

TK also appears in 3 stories in a self published Christmas anthology of speculative fiction that RJ, John F. Allen, and I put together last year called Gifts of the Magi. He’s in my own Christmas Special, RJ’s Blue Christmas, and John’s An Ivory Christmas. I guess the little fairy godfather just lends himself to stories about giving gifts! :)

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Note on Cover Art Design:

This is my first cover attached to a SSP release by the works of Ms Rosario, and I must say, what I loved the most about it is the EPIC way in which the neon bits remind me of black light art designs! I love how the whole of this piece truly *pops!* on a blog post, and how in person, it translates differently altogether! I love cover art that leaves an impression inasmuch as represents characters and stories. This one brings a bit of the forest and the fairy to the center of who Skye is and why Minnie is important to her whilst giving you a bit of a whimsy touch of ‘ah so that’s why it’s tipsy’!
Biography of the Illustrator:
Anne is a self-taught Filipino visual artist specializing in both digital and traditional mediums. Her style is a unique mix of the naturalistic and the whimsical, combining the elegance of fine art with the edgy grit of contemporary Manga. She has worked as a 2D artist in the game development industry since 2006, and has recently branched into creating illustrations and exhibiting her traditional artworks in group exhibits.
The little creature hugged by the E in BLUE and SP in SPIRIT held my eye!
It’s like he’s trying to tell you something!

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Blog Book Tour | “Blue Spirit: A Tipsy #fairytale” by E. Chris Garrison The author I happily chatted with on #blogtalkradio and cheer for on #JLASblog!Blue Spirit
Subtitle: A Tipsy Fairy Tale
by Ms Chris (E. Chris Garrison)
Illustrator/Cover Designer: Anne Rosario
Source: Publisher via Tomorrow Comes Media

Gamer girl Skye MacLeod can see fairies, but only when she's tipsy. More Grimm than enchanting, some of these fairies are out to ruin her life, wreaking havoc with her job, her home, and her relationships.

With the help of her tiny fairy friend Minnie, Skye has to protect her vampire wannabe gamer friends from all-too-real supernatural threats only she can see. Can she keep it together and hold fast against a wicked fairy Queen's plot?

Blue Spirit is the first book of A Tipsy Fairy Tale series!

+ For a preview of Skye and Minnie,
be sure to scope out Jorie's review for A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court!

Places to find the book:

Add to LibraryThing

ISBN: 9781941706824

Also by this author: Guest Post (Restless Spirit), Restless Spirit, Gifts of the Magi, Road Ghosts : Omnibus Edition, Road Ghosts : Omnibus Edition

Series: Tipsy Fairy Tale


Also in this series: Restless Spirit


Genres: Fairy-Tale Re-Telling, Fantasy Fiction, Genre-bender


Published by Seventh Star Press

on 12th May 2015

Format: Paperback Edition

Pages: 238

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Published By: Seventh Star Press (@7thStarPress)
Available Formats: Softcover and Ebook

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About Ms Chris (E. Chris Garrison)

Ms Chris Garrison

E. Chris Garrison writes Fantasy and Science Fiction novels and short stories. She used to publish as Eric Garrison, but has since upgraded.

Her latest series is Trans-Continental, a Steampunk adventure with a transgender woman as its protagonist. The series is set in one of the worlds in Chris’s dimension-hopping science fiction adventure, Reality Check, both of these series are published through Silly Hat Books. Silly Hat Books released Alien Beer and Other Stories, a collection of her short stories, in 2017.

Chris’s supernatural fantasy stories include the Road Ghosts trilogy and it's companion series the Tipsy Fairy Tales are published by Seventh Star Press. These Urban Fantasy novels are humorous supernatural fantasies, dealing with ghosts, demonic possession, and sinister fairy folk delivered with a “lightly dark” side of humor.

Her novel, Reality Check, is a Science Fiction adventure released by Hydra Publications. Reality Check reached #1 in Science Fiction on Amazon.com during a promotion in July 2013. Chris lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her wife, step-daughter and cats. She also enjoys gaming, home brewing beer, and finding innovative uses for duct tape.

*Biography updated: March, 2018

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On continuing my journey with Skye and Minnie:

Wherein I met both of them in Seelie Goose – the best takeaway from that exploit was the pure joy I had in reading their tale! There are times in life where I admit I have the tendency on focusing nearly solely on the more dramatic side of life – even when it comes to picking up novels and shorts! I go for the jugular more times than naught – the high intensity war dramas, the guttingly emotional Civil Rights and/or Underground Railroad historicals and of course, the dramatic Romances where friction and intense situations underwrite the relationship building.

I do the same thing with tv serials – except for the last while, where I have become happily entrenched into Canada’s lovely quirk of a crime drama Murdoch Mysteries which is a forerunner in genre-bending historical tv serials where you find a heap of alternative history happening all over the place! They tend to take a grand liberty in the ‘time’ in which things are invented and/or when forensics were properly developed — it’s as soul-lifting as Doctor Who! Although, Murdoch does take on quite the dramatic side of the ledger, I find myself happily keen on watching it for the lighter bits as it’s far lighter of a crime drama than say NCIS!

I digress.

I’ve blogged a bit about how I’m seeking lighter stories, especially stories that bring in the humour, satire, and comedic moments of life; the softer side! For a girl IRL who has a keen funnybone, thriving on spontaneous humour and makes her fam burst into belly-aching gigglements of laughter – it’s a bit of a wonderment why her fictional worlds are so heavy on the drama side! I think it goes back to how I have held a strong appreciation for dramatic story-telling and theatrically trained actors; as in those actors of whom you can tell spent their years cutting their teeth in live theater vs those who learnt the trade in front of a camera. There is a different styling to it and likewise, with comedy – despite my appreciation for it, I have a harder walk in seeking a style of comedy that agrees with my sophisticated tastes. In other words, I’m not into gutterball humour nor am I one for humour in bad taste. I like to laugh, but it better have a good reason for being funny and not placing anyone in a bad ray of light.

Two stories (one a novel, one a short) stood out to me since I started blogging as being bang-on brilliant in the comedy section of literature whilst remaining quite true indeed to their respective genres: Romancing the Soul by Sarah Tranter completely took me unawares and left me delishly in need of a sequel (although I hadn’t quite voiced that to Ms Tranter!) was occupying the PNR (Paranormal) Romance section whilst Seelie Goose by E. Chris Garrison was tackling a genre-bending foray into how Fantasy can take-on comedy whilst still being grounded in the foundamentals that make Fantasy so very well known. Each of them had the fortitude to make their stories approachable to a wide audience – especially one that might not be akin of knowing what they were getting themselves into once they settled into their stories! (at least this was true for me!) I loved how both stories took on their own self-identity and gave us characters who know how to charm us with their quirky personalities and completely off the rails situations that in the end endear you to the story your reading!

The comedy bits were cheeky, but they were honest, real, and forthright at the same time. It was a lighter reading in both instances at moments where I was in dire need of something quite wicked funny to be my very ‘next read’ rather than something I’d wait to read later. Both taught me one important lesson, I have to remember to tip the scales a bit to balance out the serious story-lines with the ones that make me laugh, inspire me to smile, and seriously make me laugh out loud whilst I’m reading the words off the pages of the book in my hands! That’s a happy interactive moment for me, because too oft I’m on the verge of spilling buckets of tears and choking back so much emotional angst, I can barely see the words through my watery eyes!

If your seeking authors who know how to give you a jolt of levity, look into Sarah Tranter and E. Chris Garrison’s bibliographies — I seriously think you’ll find something quite unexpectedly lovely!

 My Review of Blue Spirit:

Illustration by Anne Rosario from Blue Spirit by E. Chris Garrison
Artwork Credit: Illustration by Anne Rosario from Blue Spirit by E. Chris Garrison

My entrance back into Skye and Minnie’s world was shadowing them whilst they took a bus in downtown Indianapolis – where of all places, Skye was requested by Minnie to resume her second sight in order to take stock of the wolfboy who was sitting next to her. I had to admire how Garrison wrote the depictions for the boy – being a girl whose slightly on the fence about how she feels about werewolves but entertains the notion of werecats, this description of his near-humanistic qualities with twitchy furred ears quite endeared me! I like noticing little details like those, especially when it comes to fantastical creatures I’ve not yet encountered in fiction.

I’m better acquainted with Fantasy in motion pictures and tv serials than I am with them in the realms of literature so each time I find myself being ‘introduced’ I take stock of things I might not have noticed otherwise if it were a creature or composite of a character I was already familiar.

Skye has a unique gift wherein she can see between the veils of her world and the world which exists outside of the naked eye from observing. This is partially what makes me wicked happy to read her tales – she is nearly able to whisk off into an adventure simply by what she sees rather than what she learns of that uncharted world because Minnie is quite insistent about when she needs to take-up the charge and make good on what has gone wrong or nearly is about to go wrong.

Despite the circumstances that led to Skye’s bestie Leslie arriving to pick her up from work, I appreciated the back-story on his behalf – mostly because I love the artistry behind costume design and the ingenious way designers create looks through thread, cloth, and their creative eye for developing a look out of raw materials. The fact he drove a motorcycle was aces, too! What took me by surprise was how disappointing Stuart became early-on – Skye’s boyfriend didn’t have a lot of courage inside him, but his quick judgement on her behalf was more than bit off-putting! She barely had a moment to process the images she was seeing through Minnie’s telepathic connection to her and the next moment Stuart is flying off the handle and spurting out a heap of lies! Oy vie. Some men cannot see the forest for the trees or at least accept there is more inside the forest than the trees! To me Stuart wasn’t Skye’s best match, he didn’t have the strength to handle her life.

Annabelle enters Skye’s life right when she needs a reliable ally to help her combat the growing concern she has for the state of balance her status quo no longer has thanks to the Evilness of a Fairy Queen bent on wrecking her life a little bit at a time. I liked how the Queen shifts between worlds or rather between dimensional space – she moves daringly in/out and wielding her powers to affect Skye where it effects her the most; both on a personal level and a professional one. The underscore of the gaming collective is counter lit by Skye’s attempt to stay on top of the mystery behind why she would become a target for a nemesis she barely even knows.

Replete with scary creatures who like to attack you without cause and a lively marketplace where the art of the deal is paramount to understanding the rules of the trading – Blue Spirit keeps you rooted to the pages as you simply cannot peel your eyes away — you dig further into it’s vortex seeking the same truth Skye is searching for herself. Part introspective, part adventure, and part coming-of age at a time in her life where Skye felt she was already grown Blue Spirit endeavours a few new surprises for Skye and Minnie as each take an incredible journey towards their reunion.

Secondary characters and a bit of ordinary life:

The work setting for Skye happens to be one of my most visited and most beloved places to drink green tea lattes or chai lattes – Starbucks! I’ve have quite literally Starbucked my way across the states (or at least a partial array of them!) and each time, I liked ducking inside to see how each barista approached her job and how the locale of where the Starbucks was located might change the offerings on the menu! Drinks apparently take new meanings in different regions of the states, where a misto to a Dakotan is not a misto of a Pacific North-Westerner!

Garrison interweaves such a clarity of insight for regular life in-between the fantasy bits, that your never quite sure if your reading fantasy or a contemporary spin on modern life with a few eccentricities thrown in for good measure! I like this because it keeps the material fresh and approachable – you never know when the story will take a left or right turn, and it’s the suspense of waiting for it to happen that makes it the most enjoyable to read. Plus, too, this is a different style of Garrison’s story craft as part of me has been hesitative to read the Road Ghosts series due to the stronger language used quite liberally and yet it was the Road Ghosts series that effectively helped me become introduced to Ms Chris! Ironic, eh? I’ll be re-visiting this during Sci Fi November, dear hearts, but for now, I’m appreciating the pace of the Tipsy Fairy Tale series!

My favourite quotation taken from the text as I read BLUE SPIRIT:

Illustration by Anne Rosario from Blue Spirit by E. Chris Garrison
Artwork Credit: Illustration by Anne Rosario from Blue Spirit by E. Chris Garrison

He sighed. “Yeah, thought so. I’ll bet ye got no one else who believes you’ve got the Sight, eh?”

“Not many,” I admitted.

“Belief takes faith, dearie, and not just in yourself. Extend me this belief and you’ll take a step toward being believed yerself, mark my words!” He looked out the window, “I think this is yer stop, hmm?”

  • conversation between Skye and the Transit King from Blue Spirit, Chapter 4 by E. Chris Garrison as illustrated here

This particular exchange has greater meaning further into the story as the two meet-up again. Now I’m curious what role he played in Haunting Obsession!

On the comedic writing style of Ms Chris:

Any writer who can work in the phrase ‘le sigh’ is alright in my book! Little bits of cheeky references to exasperation in regards to Minnie on behalf of Skye and Skye’s particular take on her co-workers, the ordinary life she leads whilst it intersects with the extraordinary, and the manner in which the curious creatures she interacts with whilst the rest of us are oblivious is quite golden folly! She exhumes a particular knack for knowing exactly what to express within a scene and what to stitch inside it as far as everyday observations which inherently become social clues towards the timescape in which the story is set around. You can pick up the nuances of pop culture whilst finding a clear definition for writing in her own style for fantasy elements that spin themselves so organically inside this world.

In the past two years I’ve had the chance to get to know Ms Chris a bit better outside of the world of blog tours, I must confess, as I was reading Blue Spirit I felt I could almost hear her voice behind the words as I read the story – as if I somehow have a better understanding of her writerly voice and the approaches she takes towards conveying the story visually to the reader. If this were an audiobook, I nearly have a strong idea already of how it would sound if it were to be read aloud by the author! Little bits of her own personality are definitely threaded into the context but moreso than that, it was a pleasure to notice things I hadn’t seen when I read Seelie Goose!

I found myself enjoying this installment of the series so very much, that I found it quite difficult to put the book down in order to blog! I love when that happens – where your completely committed to the story and the words hopefully will come to you to express out to your readership (if your a book blogger, that is!) as you wick off the hours from the clock consumed by where the author your reading is taking you as you wander deeper into the narrative! The transitions between Skye’s Indianapolis and the elsewhere world of the fairies is seamlessly stitched as you can easily move between the segues.

Eager for Tipsy Fairy Tale No. 2!
Let’s go!
Cannot wait to see why I’ll be giggling myself silly + smirking into a ready smile!

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Seventh Star PressFollow the blog tour for more insightful reviews & guest author features:

Blue Spirit Blog Tour via TCM (Tomorrow Comes Media)Loved finding this review via Alex Lyster on Obsessive Book Nerd after I posted my own! One of the benefits of being on a blog tour is visiting other readers who love book blogging as much as I do; Lyster definitely had a similar reading experience as I had whilst soaking inside Blue Spirit! Love it!

as I am a proud tour hostess for:

Tomorrow Comes Media Tour HostBe sure to scope out my next Bookish Events!

Including my upcoming reviews for two more Seventh Star Press NEW RELEASES by RJ Sullivan (previously reviewed his Virtual Blue novel) and AshleyRose Sullivan (previously I reviewed Awesome Jones illustrated novel): the two Sullivans are coming up on the 31st of August where I showcase Silver Tongue + on the 28th of September when I showcase Darkness with a Chance of Whimsy.

Silver Tongue is alternative historical fiction whereas Whimsy is a short story collection over the past 10 years of RJ Sullivan’s career. The first time I encountered an alternative historical fiction novel is when I read Andra Watkins: To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis. I will be interviewing both authors – Ms Sullivan on the 4th of September and lateron in October for Mr Sullivan after my review goes live.

In other news, I’m starting an experiment of a trial using The Reading Room which is a social reading site that I appreciated getting to know more about during #K8Chat this past Thursday. (transcript) You’ll notice I’m starting to add ISBN/AISN #s to my reviews (a feature I had intended to add since I’ve been using the UBB) which helps thread my blog into The Reading Room’s database per book title; thus helping to promote the books I’m reading automatically in a similar fashion to my blog cross-posting my review links to Twitter as soon as they go live. I’m all for new innovations to reach a wider audience of readers, book bloggers, and writers! I’m thinking this will be long-term such as my appreciation for Riffle but this is the first time I’ve updated my review archive to reflect The Reading Room!

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Reader Interactive Question:

When it comes to finding comedy in your SFF reads, what style do you love best? Do you like discovering authors who bend genres and take a new spin on a classic character within the SFF realms where they present a new level of where stories can transcend tradition? Is this your first encounter with Seventh Star Press or a next read your awaiting to devour?

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{SOURCES: Book Cover of “Blue Spirit”, author photograph of E. Chris Garrison, author and illustrator biography, book synopsis, blog tour badge, TCM Host badge, Seventh Star Press badge, and interior illustrations were provided by TCM (Tomorrow Comes Media) and used with permission. Small quotation from “Blue Spirit” was selected by Jorie as she read the book and is being used with permission of Seventh Star Press. Comment Box Banner made by Jorie in Canva. Post dividers by Fun Stuff for Your Blog via Pure Imagination. Tweets are inserted due to codes provided by Twitter. The book trailer for “Blue Spirit”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. Jorie Loves A Story Cuppa Book Love Awards Badge created by Jorie in Canva. Coffee and Tea Clip Art Set purchased on Etsy; made by rachelwhitetoo.}

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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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