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Spotlight – The Inventory Trilogy by Andy Briggs


Today I am super excited to be closing the brilliant Black Knight Trilogy Blog Tour by spotlighting this brilliant sci-fi trilogy by Andy Briggs and celebrating the release of the  third book Black Knight!

Black Knight was released on the 6th April 2017 published by Scholastic and is the epic conclusion to a gripping MG trilogy!

So lets have a look at what the trilogy is about……

I also have a fab giveaway!


Hidden under a small suburban town, the Inventory is a collection of the most incredible technology the world has NEVER seen: invisible camouflage, HoverBoots, indestructible metals, and the deadly war robot Iron Fist. Dev’s uncle, Charlie Parker, is the Inventory’s mild-mannered curator, with security provided by Eema, a beyond-state-of-the-art artificial intelligence system. But security is catastrophically breached when Lot and Mason from school turn up unexpectedly and, hot on their heels, a ruthless gang of thieves working for the Collector and the Shadow Helix organization. If the thieves succeed in their goal to seize the Iron Fist, Dev, his friends, and the world are in a whole heap of trouble.

Hidden under a small suburban town, the Inventory is a collection of the most incredible technology the world is NOT ready for. In this sequel to Iron Fist, much of the Inventory’s technology has fallen into the wrong hands \- including Newton’s Arrow, a powerful weapon that can manipulate gravity. It’s up to Dev and his friends to get it back, and they follow the weapon’s trail around the world. Along the way they learn the terrible truth about Newton’s Arrow’s capabilities \. as well as disturbing details about Dev’s origins.

Dev and his friends are back with more mind-bending tech in this third installment of the Inventory series. The World Consortium is recruiting more agents to defend the most advanced technology the world isn’t ready for, and it’s up to Dev, Lottie and Mase to train them up for action. But will they be ready before Shadow Helix’s next strike? And has Dev uncovered all the secrets of his past, or is there more to know about his special abilities?

You can buy a copy of this trilogy here or from your local bookshop!


About Andy Briggs

Andy Briggs is a screenwriter, producer and author of the Hero.com, Villain.net and Tarzan series. Andy has worked on film development for Paramount and Warner Bros, as well as working with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee and producer Robert Evans. With a strong social media following, Andy tours the UK regularly, doing festival, school and library events. 

You can find out more about Andy on his website – www.andybriggs.co.uk

Or why not follow him on twitter using – @aBriggswriter

You can catch previous posts from Andy Briggs on Tales by clicking on the below links….

A Day In The Life Of An Author

Favourite Fictional Worlds


Giveaway

With thanks to the lovely people at Scholastic I have a set of this fab trilogy to giveaway to one lucky winner!

Just head over to my twitter page where you can follow and RT to enter by clicking here

UK Only

Ends 07/05/2016

Good Luck!


Blog Tour

Catch up on this fab blog tour at the following stops!


A huge thanks to Katrina at Scholastic for having me on this fab tour and sending me a copy of the book and to Andy for always being such an awesome author!

You can find a previous guest post with Andy Briggs telling is all about a day in the life of an author here

Or Andy’s Favourite Fictional Worlds here

Have you read any books by Andy Briggs?  Does the Inventory Trilogy sound up your street?  Which was your favourite in the trilogy?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading!

Guest Post – Favourite Fictional Worlds by Andy Briggs


 

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Today I am super excited to have the super talented Andy Briggs on Tales again, this time to celebrate the release of the second book in The Inventory series, Gravity!

Gravity was released on the 6th October 2016 published in paperback by Scholastic and is set to be a brilliant MG Sci-fi sequel to Iron Fist which was released earlier this year.

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You can find a previous guest post with Andy Briggs telling is all about a day in the life of an author here

So sit back and relax and read all about Andy Brigg’s favourite fictional worlds…..


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Eeek! Think that’s a monster? Nope: it’s a person. What terrible weapon could do this…? Errr – well, that used to be top-secret. Problem: it’s not quite so secret anymore. Dev messed up big time the day he let the ruthless Shadow Helix gang into the Inventory. What is the Inventory, we hear you ask? Well, it’s the secret lockup for all the deadly battle tech the world is NOT ready for. Which is why letting it get nicked was a REALLY BAD IDEA. Now the Shadow Helix have Newton’s Arrow: a terrifying weapon that messes with gravity, causing … well, you get the picture from this book’s cover. Dev and his mates HAVE to get it back – even if it means crossing the entire globe. To stop this evil, no trip is too far!


Favourite Fictional Worlds

Dipping a toe into another world is my idea of relaxing. To walk in another’s shoes through uncharted territory is as close to an explorer I’m likely to become. With a huge range of wilder lands out there, I thought I’d take you into a few of my favourite realms.

Enter Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. The flat land, balanced on the back of four giant elephants soaring though space on an enormous turtle. What is there not to like? I have a complete set of Discworld books and they remain a treat to dip into every now and again. While it echoes our familiar world, with the parody dialled up to eleven, that is not quite what lures me to this exotic land. I enjoy seeing how Discworld evolved from the first book, The Colour of Magic. Ignoring the wonderful characters and stories, it’s a real treat to see how Sir Terry refined the world with each subsequent book. While I adore Tolkien, there is a feeling that Middle Earth was meticulously planned from the beginning and the stories would never deviate from that path. History had been set. While with Discworld, history evolved with each subsequent story which somehow made me, as a reader, feel as if I was part of the world building.

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While on the subject of fantasy worlds, I have always been a fan of Terry Brook’s Shannara series. A wonderful fantasy realm which I encourage you all to check out. That said, my favourite hybrid world of Brook’s comes in the superb Magic Kingdom for Sale, Sold. Love it!

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When it comes to futurism and dystopia, there can be none better than William Gibson. The daddy of cyberpunk, Gibson creates not only a terrifying world, but offers insightful glimpses of what technology is actually capable of (and in some instances we are almost there), but also what a world would be like if humanity took a backseat.

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I have to drop Star Wars into this list as it is one of the few worlds that has crossed every media – comic, books, films, TV shows, games…. And bathmats. It is such a perfect example of how a new world can be created and populated by countless contributions that span across the fictional world’s history. From relatable characters, such as Luke Skywalker, to those charismatic space pirates we’d all like to be (Solo, of course), Star Wars is, in my mind, the grand-daddy of all fictional worlds.

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And that makes me wonder… where do we go next? That is one of the joys of being a writer, but I feel it is a joy that is shared with the reader. When it comes to fictional world building it is the author and reader who, hand-in-hand, make it work. So, where shall we go next?

51aalkwnvml-_sx324_bo1204203200_You can buy a copy of Gravity here or from your local book shop!

Or why not add it to your Goodreads wish list here!


About Andy Briggs

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Andy Briggs is a screenwriter, producer and author of the Hero.com, Villain.net and Tarzan series. Andy has worked on film development for Paramount and Warner Bros, as well as working with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee and producer Robert Evans. With a strong social media following, Andy tours the UK regularly, doing festival, school and library events. 

You can find out more about Andy on his website – www.andybriggs.co.uk

Or why not follow him on twitter using – @aBriggswriter


Blog Tour

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Monday 17th October

Fiction Fascination & Heather Reviews

Tuesday 18th October

Kirsty Leanne & Emma’s Bookery

Wednesday 19th October

Bookish Outsider & Book Lover Jo

Thursday 20th October

YA Under My Skin & Luna’s Little Library

Friday 21st October

ArtsMum & Wonderfully Bookish

Saturday 22nd October

Library Girl and Book Boy

Sunday 23rd October

An Awfully Big Adventure

Monday 24th October

Tales of Yesterday & YA Yeah Yeah

Tuesday 25th October

It Takes a Woman & Sister Spooky

Wednesday 26th October

Bibliobeth & The Books Bandit

Thursday 27th October

MG Strikes Back & Read it Daddy

Friday 28th October

Snuggling on the Sofa & Live Otherwise

Saturday 29th October

Bart’s Bookshelf

Sunday 30th October

Kirstyes

 

 


A huge thanks to Faye Rogers and Scholastic for having me on this fab tour and sending me a copy of the book and to Andy for such a fab guest post!

You can find a previous guest post with Andy Briggs telling is all about a day in the life of an author here

Have you read any books by Andy Briggs?  Does the Gravity sound up your street?  What are your favourite fictional worlds?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading!

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Guest Post – A Day In The Life Of An Author by Andy Briggs


Iron Fist

Today I am joined by the wonderful Andy Briggs! 

Iron Fist was released on the 5th May 2015, published by Scholastic and is set to be a brilliant MG Sci-Fi / Adventure read!

I have recently received a copy for review and I simply cannot wait to jump in!

Also the design team at Scholastic have done another brilliant job with this cover – it’s stunning!

Today Andy gives us a day in the life of an author in this fab guest post which may or may not be quite what you would expect…..!

*Hands over to Andy*


About Iron Fist

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The Rules: if you find a secret inventory of utterly deadly battle tech.

1) Do not try it.

2) Do not tell anyone.

3) Do NOT let thieves in behind you.

What’s more secret than top-secret? The Inventory. Home to the deadliest inventions the world isn’t ready for. Invisible camouflage. HoverBoots. Indestructible metals. Plus a giant creature of chaos: war robot Iron Fist. No one has ever broken past the state-of-the-art AI security system. (Seriously, most bad guys have no idea this stuff is even there.)

Problem 1: the security robot wasn’t ready for a gang of kids wandering in.

Problem 2: they’ve ONLY brought the ruthless Shadow Helix gang in behind them. Seriously dumb, but it’s a bit late for ‘sorry’.

Say hello to trouble: the Iron Fist is in the wrong hands!


A Day In The Life Of An Author

As an author I often have people come up to me and ask “what the heck are you doing in my garden?” or other questions which basically amount to what is an average day in the life of an author?

So in homage to the wonderful Sue Townsend’s creation, Adrian Mole, here’s my diary:

8:00 – Good morning world! I bounced out of bed, bursting with ideas and inspiration from a refreshing night’s sleep. Ready to conquer those 5,000 words I need to do today! Let’s go get ‘em!

8:03 – The floor was cold so went back to bed because the inspirational ideas faded away as soon as I found a pencil.

11:14 – Must have nodded off. Now up and active! Breakfast here we come!

12:01 – Straight after breakfast I checked my emails and marked the important ones to reply for the moment I have a spare second, including one from my editor pointing out the deadline for the manuscript. Then I researched my book, which mostly involved watching cat videos. Now it’s time for a short lunch.

12:02 – Just noticed that my editor’s email was sent two days ago. Oh, well. Sure he’ll understand.

14:30 – Lunch over! Now to work!

14:33 – My editor emailed again to check my email was working. He’s getting obsessive!

15:37 – After much hard work I had re-read the 234 words I have crafted today. To the uninitiated it may not sound like much, but I finally placed that pesky comma into a sentence. Victory!

15:46 – Deleted the comma. In doing so came up with an idea for a completely new book! Exciting! Time for a break!

16:18 – Fielded a telephone cold caller for the last thirty minutes. Tried to ask his opinion on the plot point that’s nagging me. Doesn’t he realize he’s the only person I have spoken to in the last thirty-six hours? They ended the call promising never to contact me again.

16:47 – My editor called wanting to know how the manuscript was coming along. I decided to let the answer phone take the call as I was in the middle of finessing this cat chapter. It takes a lot of concentration.

17:13 – Tea break! I skimmed through my work so far. What a great start!

17:54 – Another call from my editor. I was about to pick it up, when I was struck by sudden inspiration for the next chapter, so I think he’ll completely understand that I’m not ignoring him.

18:00 – Well, another hard day’s work finished! Now time to relax, take it easy and belittle those on Facebook who think that writing isn’t a real job.

22:02 – Finally log-off Facebook. Social media is an important tool for writers these days. Just remember that, no matter how many times you are blocked from a group, they really do want to listen to you opinions.

23:57 – After waking up in a cold sweat, I decided to delete the cat video sequence from the book. In the end it didn’t seem to make sense in a high-tech action adventure book. Maybe it will work in the next one?

Iron FistYou can buy a copy of Iron Fist here or why not visit your local independent bookshop

Or why not add it to your Goodreads here


About Andy Briggs

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Andy Briggs is a screenwriter, producer and author of the Hero.com, Villain.net and Tarzan series. Andy has worked on film development for Paramount and Warner Bros, as well as working with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee and producer Robert Evans. With a strong social media following, Andy tours the UK regularly, doing festival, school and library events. 

You can find out more about Andy over on his website – www.andybriggs.co.uk

Or why not follow him on twitter using @aBriggswriter


Blog Tour

You can catch up or follow the rest of this fab blog tour at the following stops!

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Thursday 5th May

Chrissi Reads

YA under My Skin

Friday 6th May

Powered by Reading

Emma’s Bookery

Saturday 7th May

Kirstyes

Luna’s Little Library

Sunday 8th May

Bibliobeth

Book Addict

Monday 9th May

Tales of Yesterday

Annalise Books

Tuesday 10th May

Snuggling on the Sofa

Bookish Outsider

Wednesday 11th May

Middle Grade Strikes Back

Minerva Reads

Thursday 12th May

Teens on Moon Lane

Library Girl and Book Boy

Friday 13th May

Live Otherwise

Big Book Little Book

Saturday 14th May

Barts Bookshelf

BookZone

Sunday 15th May

A Bookish Life

An Awfully Big Adventure


A huge thank you to Faye and Scholastic for having me on the blog tour and to Andy for an absolutely brilliant guest post!

You can catch another fab guest post by Andy Briggs about his favourite fictional worlds here

Have you read any books by Andy Briggs?  Does the Iron Fist sound up your street?  Are your writing days like Andy’s?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading!

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