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Doorway to Scorn by Dimitrius Jones - Book Tour + Giveaway


Doorway to Scorn
by Dimitrius Jones


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GENRE:   Fantasy

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BLURB:

Many in the world of Austyria dream of becoming heroes, gaining classes like Mage, Knight, and Beastmaster. With the power granted to them by the powerful Alrelics, they can level up and accomplish extraordinary feats.


The citizens of Hollo village long for a hero to save them from the malevolent Gate,
which disfigures all who see or try to enter it.
Lex dreams of becoming a Soldier and leaving his cursed village with his friends, Bibi and Ariel,
but his class designation ceremony devolves into absolute disaster.
Within days, he’s forced to embark on a journey that will change his destiny forever.

To save his friends, Lex must uncover the mysteries of this mysterious doorway,
while keeping his scornful heart in check before it consumes him utterly.


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EXCERPT
“Lex. You need to run.” 

Bibi’s voice is low, just above a whisper.
She flips her daggers in her hands until they’re pointing away from her body,
something I’ve never seen done before. They’re normally used for stabbing –
usually in the most treacherous manner possible – and held with the blade facing up, not down. 

“I’m not leaving you here to fight that alone.” 

“Then you’re a fool. You can’t help me here, and that cursed weapon you have won’t save you.
I don’t even know why you’re still holding onto it.” 

“I have potions. If you get hurt, I can at least heal you.”
Bibi doesn’t respond, but I can see the muscles in her shoulders and arms tensing as the shadow man
regains his composure and goes completely still. She doesn’t sound like herself.
It’s as if she’s a completely different person. 

The shadow man points his blade high into the sky, and a strange, smoke-like energy begins to wisp
around him. Soon, he is joined by two identical shadow men, each taking a battle stance with swords
of their own. 

“This is not a fight I plan to win,” Bibi says, and that’s when it dawns on me.
She’s trying to buy everyone else time to escape from these things.

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Author Interview
Favorite childhood memory involving books?
I was so proud of myself for finishing James and the Giant Peach. I think it was one of the first books I’d read cover to cover all the way through, and I didn’t know there was a movie for it at the time. When I found out, I begged my parents to take me to Blockbuster that very day.
Then imagine my surprise when we were assigned to read it in class. I was elated! I was going to make an easy A for the unit, and I’d get to be the smug know-it-all when it came to class discussions. It inspired me to keep finding new books to read with the hopes that we’d end up covering it in class again. 
What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?

I would absolutely kill to live in Sex and the City’s romanticized version of New York City where you can move there on a whim and magically afford a Manhattan apartment on a columnist’s salary. Not only that, I’d be able to afford high-end, luxury clothes and date extremely wealthy, if problematic, men.
It’s definitely fantastical when compared to reality.

Did you want to be an author when you grew up?

To be honest, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. The only thing I remotely wanted was to move out of west Texas to a big city. I’m definitely a city slicker by heart. I’ve never experienced the euphoria associated with dreaming about a quiet life in the country.
However, I also knew I’d want to keep writing. I knew it wasn’t something I’d just stop doing or forget about as I got older. So, technically, I suppose I did always know.
What’s one movie you like recommending to others?

I’m a horror junkie these days, and I like to throw people for a loop by recommending Midsommar. That movie stuck with me for a few days after I watched it, so it’s only fair I share the experience with others.
Usually if it’s my turn to pick a movie, I’m going to go with Jackie Brown. I can watch that film over and over again and never get tired of it. I love Pam Grier with a passion.
If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?

I’m very much a dog person, but that’s too obvious. If I had to pick something exotic, I’d go with an axolotl. Scientifically, those critters are so interesting and unusual. They’re also extremely adorable, and I hear they make great pets. Of course, I’d do as much research as possible before adopting one.
If I had to pick something mythical, I’d like to say unicorn, but I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t be able to go anywhere near it. Still, maybe we could arrange something where I’d leave food out for it and watch it from afar. I think that would work.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Dimitrius Jones was born and raised in West Texas, much to his eternal annoyance.
Despite this, he first picked up the pen at the tender age of six.
His first masterpiece was a page-turner about dolphins that used eye lasers to kill a hurricane.
From there, his life took a few twists and turns, but he always found his way back to his trusty notepad.

His next few projects include a self-help book for those who suffer from low self-esteem as well as
a full-length fantasy/romance novel to be released sometime in the future.
Dimitrius has always, perhaps unsurprisingly, been inspired by the mystery, tragedy,
and wonder of fairy tales.

His goal in life is to constantly inspire, amuse, and shed light into the corners of life we didn't know
were right in front of us.



The book will be $0.99 during the tour.
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION
Dimitrius Jones will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




10 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

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  2. Happy Friday, thanks for sharing the great post :)

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  3. very pretty cover. sounds interesting. thanks for the chance

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  4. I love reading your interviews. When I was younger, maybe 7th grade, we had to read Gift of the Magi. It's one of my favorite stories, where the couple have no money and want to buys something really special for each other for Christmas. I made my daughter read it when she was in 6th or 7th. She got to 8th grade and she HAD to read the book for class. She was so excited that I made her read the book.

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  5. I enjoyed meeting Dimitrius. His books sounds like a page-turner.

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  6. Sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

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