Tour Stop: SPARTANICA + Excerpt and Giveaway



Ty and Marcus Mitchell are average middle school brothers growing up north of Chicago until one night when they’re hurtled through an inter-dimensional gateway to a parallel world defined by its multiple moons and planet-wide apocalypse. As they struggle to figure out where they are and how to get home, the boys encounter refugees of “the last day” from the distant city of Atlantis and a mysterious girl called Bellana, the sole survivor and resident of the devastated city of Spartanica. 
Ty and Marcus soon learn they only have seven days to get home. But before they can leave, they must battle through long-extinct predators, track down the elusive Professor Otherblood, and rescue a new friend from certain death. Is all of this insanity just Ty’s overactive imagination or are the brothers truly on the brink of being stranded on the brutal wasteland known as Spartanica?



If my little brother, Ty, is anything, he’s predictable. He always has an answer (not that he’s always right) and will gladly be the first to explain how anything works, even when he’s just heard of it for the first time. Our Aunt Andi says he’s our “instant authority” on everything.
Don’t get me wrong. Ty is really smart. Book smart, that is. He’ll gladly recite the first two hundred digits of pi and explain how gravity works better than any teacher. But he can get on people’s nerves (including mine), usually without realizing it.
Finding him staring at the wall in the “A” room all by himself in the middle of the night was totally not right. I should’ve known right away something was sideways because he was awake and it wasn’t exactly 6:50 a.m. He’s so proud because he doesn’t use an alarm clock. Big deal. Everyone uses an alarm clock. If using an alarm clock wasn’t normal, they wouldn’t have been invented. Am I right?
But finding Ty was only the beginning. A really bright light shot out of this bowling ball in the “A” room, forcing me to cover my eyes. I opened them back up after a bit to find I was in total whiteness. It’s like total darkness except everything’s, well, I think you get it. It was beyond freaky. I couldn’t even see myself! I started wondering whether it was real. After all, something that weird had to be a dream.


Powers Molinar grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and earned engineering and business degrees at the University of Iowa. While he works as a process engineer and project manager during the day, his passion is writing science fiction. His first novel, Spartanica, is the culmination of several year's of part-time effort mostly late at night and on weekends when he wasn't enjoying time with his wife and kids, all of whom were big helpers getting Spartanica written. 
 Powers believes every kid has the potential to become exceptional. In addition to being a blast to read, he truly hopes his books spark kids' imaginations and inspire them to read more and maybe even become writers. Being a solid reader is a foundational piece of leading an exceptional life. Powers hopes his books can be part of that foundation for as many kids as possible.
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