Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Glow of the Fireflies by Lindsey Duga. This tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club. I’ll be sharing a top ten from the author and there will be a giveaway.
Glow of the Fireflies
by Lindsey Duga
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Release Date: October 1st 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Briony never planned to go back to the place she lost everything.
Firefly Valley, nestled deep within the Smoky Mountains, is better kept in her past. After an unexplained fire gave Briony amnesia, her mother disappeared and her dad moved them to Knoxville.
But now her grandmother needs a caretaker and Briony’s dad volunteers her to help. The moment she returns, her whole world shifts. She feels a magical connection to this valley, as if it’s literally part of her somehow.
And when she meets a hot guy who claims he was her childhood friend but now mysteriously keeps his distance, Briony starts piecing together her missing past…and discovers her mother didn’t leave to start a new life somewhere. She’s trapped in the hidden world within the valley.
Now, Briony will do whatever it takes to rescue her, even if it means standing up against dangerously powerful nature spirits. Even if it means giving up her first love.
From the Author:
Top Ten Places in the Smoky Mountains
I’ve been all over the Smokies and I’ve pulled some of my absolute favourite places to share with y’all! Think of this as a very unofficial travel guide to the Smoky Mountains!
The Biltmore Estate – Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina sits America’s largest home, complete with 35 bedrooms, 45 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces. The grand estate was built in 1889 by George Vanderbilt, architect Richard Morris Hunt, and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Today, you can visit the home preserved as it once was a century ago, along with its garden and grounds, its own winery, and a village on the property full of shopping and dining options. All to say…THIS PLACE IS EPIC!!! (Also the setting for Robert Beatty’s best selling series, Serafina and the Black Cloak.)
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad – A great opportunity to see the beauty of the Smokies through the windows of a real steam engine train! Starting off in Bryson City, the trains take you on various routes through the western North Carolina mountains. With dining and seasonal event options, each train ride is full of history and entertainment. Pro-tip: try the Moonshine Experience if you’re over 21!
Knoxville – Definitely one of my favourite cities to visit. Not only is it right smack dab in the middle of the Smokies—with some great hiking trails close by, it has a really cool scene! Just try Market Square in downtown Knoxville. It has cute artist and vintage shops, and amazing brunch places like Tupelo Honey Cafe.
Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge – What trip into the Smoky Mountains is complete without staying in the quintessential mountain cabins of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge? Guaranteed some of the most beautiful scenes in the Blue Ridges!
Tuckaleechee Caverns – There’s something truly magical about seeing cave formations. Thousands of years of running water has made spectacles such as columns of limestone hanging from above? Pretty cool. The Tuckaleechee Caverns are particularly special because they host the most sensitive seismic station on earth! It was originally planted there as a way to detect nuclear testing across the globe. I even mention the Tuckaleechee Caverns and their unique seismic connection in my book. After visiting there myself, I couldn’t NOT include it somehow!
The Rockin’ Parkway Drive In – Maryville, TN Drive-In Movie Theater – Think drive-in movies are dead? Think again! The Rockin’ Parkway Drive In calls back on a true American pastime. It shows the latest movies as well as hosts events. Grab a blanket, lower your truck bed, and grab some popcorn and enjoy a double feature on Fridays and Saturdays!
Sugarlands Visitor Center – This is the be all, end all of Smoky Mountain nature and hiking trails. With plenty of free parking, you can spend all day on the trails! This is also the location where you can get a front row seat at the synchronous fireflies that are mentioned in my book. This special species of fireflies are the only kind found in the Smokies that synchronize their flashing patterns. Their flashing is part of their mating display and usually happens in May to June.
Cades Cove – This valley offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. There is a one-way 11 mile loop around the valley to allow visitors to look for wildlife such as white-tailed deer, black bear, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and more.
The Lost Sea Adventure – Located in the Craighead Caverns, the Lost Sea is America’s largest underground lake! The lake is over 4 acres, and is nationally recognized as a Registered National Natural Landmark. There is also an abundance of rare anthodites, more commonly known as “Cave Flowers” which are a spectacle in of itself.
Dollywood – A Dolly Parton theme park…need I say more? Seriously?
Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.
Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.
Gold Prize (Grand Prize- US only)
Amazon Gift Card $25
Commissioned Art Print
Catching Fireflies Soy Candle
Fireflies Key Chain
Two Silver Prizes (Runner-Up Prizes-US only)
Amazon Gift Card $10
Commissioned Art Print (plus various swag)
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