Monday, July 6, 2015

Funny Fruit by Grant and Gary Reed Excerpt, Interview & Giveaway

Funny Fruit
by Grant and Gary Reed



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.


Excerpt One:

“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.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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.

Interview by Gary
Where are you from?
I was born in a small town in Northern Ontario Canada. Raised in Redbrige Ontario, I grew up fishing, hunting and enjoying the great outdoors. Hiking and nature photography have become my obsessions as I age. I find nature meditative.
Tell us your latest news?
I’m enjoying my daughters as they grow and trying to live life in the now. These are things you learn as you age. Slow things down. Don't worry so much. It will happen when it’s meant to happen. Do things for yourself. If you find your happiness, you will spread it to others.
When and why did you begin writing?
Creativity is something that you either have or don't. If you have it, it must be expressed. Not a day goes by that I am not writing, painting or photographing something. You have to express these emotions or you will explode. I've seen it happen. As far as I know science has not figured out how to keep a talking head alive yet. So... I keep expressing.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Upon completion of our first book Funny Fruit I knew I was a writer. To put that much energy thought, creativity and work into something as big as a first novel (For me) leaves one with no choice but to believe. –Grant had finished a book before we wrote one together, and he has gone on to write three more Vellian novels solo.

What inspired you to write your first book?
The need to create and share a fantasy world came from reading many other fantasy novels as a kid. Grant and I both collected and read anything in the fantasy genre. I believe I bought our first books - Dragaonlance chronicles- when we were 11 or 12. We never looked back. Short stories of our own followed and years later Funny Fruit. I was also inspired by Grant’s awesome first novel Shadow of the Makarios. It opened my eyes up to the possibility we could do it.
what would you like my readers to know?

Follow your dreams, don't give up. If you are passionate about something, don't waste time doing something you don't love. Get to it and stick with it. I know there are always bills to pay, but always make time for your passion.



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, and a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.


  1. I'd love to win...entered..shared

  2. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway.

  4. Interesting interview. Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

  5. Wow, excellent post! I really enjoyed reading the blurb, excerpt, and the interview. This book sounds like such a fun and interesting read. I will totally be adding it to my "to-read" list.