Starla by Terrilynn Moore and Quade B. Smith Book Tour Guest Post & Giveaway! {Ends 10/2/23}

Sep 6, 2023 | 1 comment

High school is stressful enough without having to save your town from evil incarnate.

But Starla never really had a choice in the matter.

If you like dragons, incredible fantsy, and a lot of action, this book is for you!

Book Details:

Starla by Terrilynn Moore and Quade B. Smith
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 434 pages
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Publisher:  Laurel Elite Books
Release date:   May 2023
Formats Available for Review: e-book (Bookfunnel download)
Tour dates: September 5 to September 25, 2023
Content Rating:  PG + M: Mild profanity and the lead character lives in a mental and verbally abusive household. The theme of living in an unhealthy household and getting help is a theme in the book.

Book Description:

Starla, an aspiring artist, lives an uneasy life with her mom after the sudden loss of her dad. She seeks refuge at the home of her grandmother, Ma Mère, where she feels safe. As a teenager, Starla begins to demonstrate magical abilities. Among them, she discovers her hands glow with purple light and she can understand the squeaks of her pets.

Her new abilities are no surprise to Ma Mère, who reveals a long-hidden family secret of power and magic. Starla’s new abilities have been passed down for generations and were awakened by the shift in power when Hel, an ancient evil being, escaped containment.

Hel and those under its power are determined to gain possession and control over the citizens of East Pine and the magical dimensions concealed there. Starla and her friends refuse to let that happen.

​If she hopes to thwart Hel’s insatiable quest for power and regain control over it before East Pine and all of the dimensions of existence are destroyed, Starla will have to trust her instincts and find the courage to harness the ancestral magic she was born to wield.

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Review By LAWonder10:

Starla is the story of a fantastical from a fantastical lineage and her discovery of fantastical dimensions.

After some life-changing situations, Starla faces some demons caused by puberty.  In this tale, a whole new perception of puberty is introduced!

This is a book of fantasy. The authors have shown creativity in their story ideas. They are quite unique.

The characters are somewhat unusual, the action is mostly gross, and yet there are several important points made. A couple of points I feel are important are the need for better parenting and communicstion between child and parent. More involvement in our youth’s lives.

I also feel it is important to note that evil is sly and can overtake good before one realizes it. The battle between good and evil leaves many casualties on both sides.

The last page ends with finality but still has a good lead into the next book of a series.

In a few places, the book has a feel of “Gremlins” in it. That movie was not a favorite of mine and some of the characters are not described very well, so I was not able to really connect with this story. I do like dragons and fantasy but different dimensions is not a topic I  often enjoy. However, the way it is done in this book is very creative. I agree with the statement concerning the way people treat each other on this earth is not what other dimensions aspire to be a part of. Unfortunately, I feel that is true. I can’t imagine any planet where many individuals could be so inhumane and cruel. Although, I am thankful most humans are not that way.

I do feel youth who are into fantasy and the unknown will enjoy this book.

I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.

This book was gifted me with no pressure to post a positive review. This s my honest review


Guest Post:

Location Inspiration – How does location impact a story and why did you choose

I have lived in Colorado my entire life. I have climbed its hills, fished its lakes and streams, and walked through its forests. Colorado is breathtaking. Quade, who is an expert mountaineer, shows me parts of Colorado that I have never seen before, expanding my experience of Colorado’s beauty.

As an author, it is helpful to write about something you are familiar with to make the story believable. Basically, the setting creates the world of the story. It both lays out the foundation of possibilities and limits it. Sometimes research helps add important elements about a setting. Readers make mental associations about a location and use their imagination and any experiences they may have about similar places to add depth.

The setting also helps give a sense of the mood of the story.

Starla needed the setting of a small town near the mountains, one that is off the beaten path, has rural aspects, and a population that is a bit old-fashioned. It also needed to be large enough to attract a variety of people who have diverse interests so that East Pine is a microcosm of a bigger town or city. The town is pleasant to live in and somewhat mysterious. The setting helps accentuate the power of community, and nature. 

It is a location where a person can imagine dimensions of space and time converging.

Meet the Authors:

Terrilynn Moore is a retired police officer who now lives as an artist and storyteller. She expresses her passion through her words and art. The book, Starla, was largely written but not completed until after she reconnected with Quade B Smith after a high school reunion. Quade has prior experience as a co-author of a non-fiction book called, The Bark of the Cony.

Connect with the author:  website 

Tour Schedule:

Sep 5 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 5 – China Sorrows – book review
Sep 5  
The Sexy Nerd Revue – book spotlight
Sep 6 – Kim’s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s – book review / giveaway
Sep 6 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review/ guest post / giveaway
Sep 7 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 7 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review/ giveaway
Sep 8 – Ilovebooksandstuffblog – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 11 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 13 – 
Paws.Read.Repeat – book review / giveaway
Sep 14 – Liese’s Blog – book spotlight
Sep 15 – Diane’s Book Journal – book review / giveaway
Sep 18– The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Sep 19 – Books With a Chance – book review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 20 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 21 Leanne Bookstagram – book review
Sep 22 – Authors on iTours: Let’s Talk Books – book review 
Sep 25 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Giveaway Details:

Win signed hardback copy of STARLA by Terrilynn Moore and Quade B. Smith (one winner) (USA only) (ends Oct 2)

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1 Comment
  1. Nancy

    Strange cover

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