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Virtual Book Tour ~ Funny Fruit by Grant and Gary Reed

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About The Book

After ninety years of warring, exploring, and saving the realm, brothers Yarl and Fonn, must take up the title of Master again. If they don’t, someone else will surely steal all the fame, glory, and fertile women. How will they ever train new apprentices, save the kingdom, and still find time to fit in that extra order of chicken wings? Make no mistake, the old Masters have a lot to pass on and only a short timeframe to do it.

Will young Garrett flourish as an apprentice Sworvei? Can his partner Azilda master the ‘Nesting Nightingale’? And who in hell invited the ogres?

Join this rag-tag group of ‘Protectors of the Realm’ to see if they can pull off the biggest upset of the Continental Games, by saving young King Renli from the clutches of the evil First General.



“His name is James Lacie. Once he was one of the top alchemists in Cassadia. He was highly sought after for his many time-saving inventions and numerous elixirs. At any given time his shop carried wart remover, air fresheners, love potions, and something closer to that which you seek.”

Miss Mia turned back to her mirror and dabbed at her rosy cheeks again, humming to herself. Milo reached to his belt and produced a small leather bag. Opening the pouch he emptied it into the palm of his left hand. A pair of opal earrings spilled forth. “Closer to that which I seek, you say?” he inquired.

“Yes, a chemical fruit that when eaten would unknowingly render the eater susceptible to suggestion. A great party favourite a few years back. The unsuspecting victim would eat the fruit and was then told to cluck like a chicken or act like a coconut. Its effects would sometimes last the duration of a good party.”

“Yes, the gag would be much funnier if the victim was unsuspecting,” mused Milo. “Tell me, where can I find this James Lacie’s shop?”

“He no longer has one,” replied Mia. “It had something to do with a potion mix up. The king’s cousin ended up falling in love with a sheep, as I recall. The royal family was not impressed, and you know how the Chronicle can be when it gets its hands on what it deems to be a front page story. Ruined the man’s career, or so I’m told. Anyway Mr. Lacie has been on the lam ever since.”


Grant and Gary Reed will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour

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Grant Reed has a background in business management, computer programming, and computer networking. He would much rather be out fishing though, so he spends his time writing and exploring the lakes in his back yard of Canada. He lives in Lively Ontario, Canada with his wife Robin, and their two children Aidan and Megan.

Gary Reed, his wife Kerry and their two children, Hannah and Kailey also live in Lively Ontario, Canada. And yes, he spends his time exploring the countryside too. Photography, fishing, and playing with his girls are amongst his interests.

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Tell our readers about you
I’m 39. I live In Ontario Canada, in a small town called Lively. I’ve written 6 novels over the years- You can check out my webpage at for info on all of the books. Gary and I are twins. I am Married and have two teenagers living at home. *sigh*

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife’s foot on my butt. Somebody has to bring home the bacon…okay she works more than me, but I need time to be creative too!

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
Oh boy, the choices! Hmmm this is a tough one. Since I am re-watching all of the Game of Thrones episodes now, and because I also write Fantasy, I think a day with George R. R. Martin is in order! I imagine he’d have some great advice to give.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
Funny Fruit isn’t our latest book, but since it is book 1 of the Vellian Heroes, and it is the book we are promoting on this tour, I’ll tell you about that one. Funny Fruit is a YA fantasy book about two teenage kids – Garrett and Azilda who are trained by two ancient brother’s Yarl and Fonn, to become the next protector’s of the realm.

It’s a humorous telling of the adventures these characters (and several more) undertake in order to save the King (and the realm) from the clutches of the king’s First General Ascentyai Asimo. If I had to classify it, I’d say it is a whimsical fantasy that is appropriate for the whole family!

Tell us your writing process
When I am writing, I like to get up around 6am, put on that first cup of coffee and then head down to my computer. I usually check the news sites first, in an effort to ease into another day of sitting at the PC. After I have had my fill of news and hockey articles, I re-open my work from yesterday and re-read/edit that work. Then I start writing for that day…

Do you have any advice on what has and has not worked for you that you can share with other authors?
All I can say is get your hands into everything and try all different avenues available. I don’t want to say what I think works and what I think doesn’t, because what works for me may not work for you and vice versa. Try different things and log all of your results. Also, sometimes the best ways to promote your book do not cost a lot of money. Get reviewed!!!

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I knew from about the age of twelve that I wanted to tell stories for a living. I loved being taken away to a new magical place with deadly hazards around every corner.

Tell us about your main character:
Garrett is a twelve year old boy, who is being raised by his adoptive father Kirk Willigins in the small town of Fable. When the town is sacked and the villagers escorted to the Northern Mines to work as slaves, Garrett and his new pals must find a way to free his father. Together with the old Masters Fonn and Yarl and his new training partner Azilda, they set off to right the wrongs visited upon the villagers by the king’s First General.

What are you working on next?
I am putting ideas together for book 4 of the Vellian Mysteries books, and I am also tossing around some ideas for the sequel to Shadow of the Makarios.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I’m an exceptional trout fisherman!

Who are your favorite authors?
David A. Gemmell
George R. R. Martin
J. R. R Tolkien
Hicks /Weiss

What do you like to do with your free time?
I like to fish and hunt, play video games, and yell at my kids.

Thanks for being my guest here today 🙂

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