Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Last Shadow Gate - Michael W. Garza

Print Length: 264 pages 
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: NeverHaven Press; First edition 
Pre-Order Date: December 9, 2016
Publication Date: March 3, 2017
Language: English
ISBN-13 (Paper Back): 978-0997900415
ISBN-13 (eBook): 978-0997900408
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic

Summer vacation was never supposed to be like this. 

It was bad enough Naomi had to be shipped off to her dad's home for the summer and deal with her half-brother Gavin, but when the siblings are forced to spend their break with their great-grandmother in upstate New York, everything changes. An investigation into the strange disappearance of their great-grandfather forces them to retrace his footsteps. They discover a gateway between worlds and encounter extraordinary creatures in a land where the people are desperate to escape the coming of a shade lord. To survive their adventure, Naomi and Gavin must settle their differences and find the elusive shadow gate that will take them home again. 
The Last Shadow Gate is a book that you will not want to put down. Imagine epic fantasy, but at a middle grade level! Clean, fun, and fast paced adventure that will keep you reading the entire book in one sitting!
The Last Shadow Gate follows siblings Gavin and Naomi on their summer visit to their Great-Grandmother. While they are there, they learn more about their Great-Grandfather and the reasons he is missing. When they get a taste for the same thing.... The Shadow Gates, they also become inthralled with The Shadow Gates.
Once they find themselves across the threshold, Naomi and Gavin have some hard choices to make. They meet new creatures never thought of and make new friends as well as enemies.
The Last Shadow Gate truly is an epic tale for a young generation. There is never a dull moment, and the world that Garza has created is amazing! The story is easy to follow, and super hard to put down, no matter your age!
I love that we all get to watch Naomi and Gavin grow and learn not only to be better siblings, but they learn more about their Great-Grandfather and his journey as well!
Fast paced, intriguing, impossible to put down! Highly suggest that you and your middle grade and up's read it!


Book 1: The Last Shadow Gate
Book 2: A Veil of Shadows (Coming Soon) 


"If this book had been around when I was a kid, I’d have held it right up there with The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings.”
- Sunshine Somerville, Author of THE KOTA SERIES 

"You won't want to miss out on the thrilling yet perilous world beyond the shadow gates!" 

- J. Cornell Michel, Author of JORDAN'S BRAINS 

*If you love fast-paced, YA Fantasy, THE LAST SHADOW GATE is the book for you.* 

Michael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise him and it’s always his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He hopes everyone will find something that frightens, surprises, or simply astonishes them.

Where did the idea for The Last Shadow Gate come from? 
This book was in the draft phase for over a decade. I based the characters on my kids and as they grew and developed their own personalities I allowed the characters in the book to do the same. It’s been a labor of love and seeing it finally in print has been a wonderful experience. Every time I read through it I see my daughter and son on every page. 

Where do you get your ideas? 

Ideas for stories come from the strangest places. I never sit down and say ‘let’s write a book’ there’s usually a spark that comes out of nowhere. It’s the littlest things that lead to the big ideas for me. I’m never in a hurry when it comes to writing so I’ll sit on something for quite a while and let it build until I can see an entire adventure from beginning to end. In that way, by the time I sit down to write I usually know exactly where I’m going. 

How do you find the time to write? 

As a father of three, time is always a challenge. Writing is a hobby for me. It’s something I’m passionate about but my focus is usually needed elsewhere. A majority of my writing is done in the quiet of a late night when everyone else is in bed. I take my shots whenever I can get them. I’ve been known to disappear for a short time here and there if I see an opening for a writing opportunity but a majority of the good stuff I get down on paper is done long after everyone else is snoring. 

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