Sunday, August 21, 2022

Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions Virtual Book Tour


Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions Book Giveaway


Enter for the chance to win an exciting Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions prize pack—including an Amazon digital gift card!

Five (5) grand prize winner receives:

- A hardcover copy of Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions

- A $35 Amazon Digital Gift Card

- The Novel Soundtrack on USB/Cassette

- A View-Master w/Reel

- A Mini Comic

Ten (10) winners receive:

- A hardcover copy of Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions


Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions

Written by Anthony J. Rapino and Anthony D. Grate

Ages 10+ | 392 Pages

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group | ISBN-13: 9781626349667

Publisher’s Book Summary: Sometimes our greatest moments of enlightenment come from our worst mistakes.

When life supplies eleven-year-old Tommy Grant with some unfavorable circumstances intruding on his otherwise tranquil life in rural 1980s Ohio, he retreats into the spell-binding Order of Cosmic Champions. When he discovers that the largely successful animated program and toy line is holding a nationwide ”Create-A-Character” contest where applicants submit their action figure designs, Tommy knows he has to enter as surely as he knows his own name.

But when Tommy’s character design fails to win the contest, he finds his world crumbling from all sides. And there is only one way he knows to fix it. What follows is a whirlwind coming-of-age adventure of righting wrongs, overcoming perilous obstacles, confronting our inner demons, and challenging the limits of reality. In this waxing nostalgic and imaginative fantasy, readers will discover what excitement lies waiting when you take risks and conquer your fears.

Only one question remains: In the final hour when you heed the call, the courage to give your all, will you stand or fall?




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Transitions are tough. To quote from The Princess Bride, “Anyone who tells you differently is selling something.” But no one expects all the transitions in life to come at once, and that is what happens to Tommy. The story begins with the last day of fifth grade; there is an entire summer and then the adventure of middle school to look forward to. Instead of the fun he expects, Tommy winds up being dumped by his best friend and having far too much time to witness the disintegration of his parents’ marriage. The return to school doesn’t make things any better since it is hard to concentrate in class with the distraction of his home life and being tormented by bullies. Out of everything that is going wrong, he pins his hopes on winning a contest to design a new character for his favorite fandom - The Order of Cosmic Champions. If that dream doesn’t come true, what does he have left? The fantastical elements of this story do not take away from the very real pain Tommy’s character experiences. It may find echoes in readers who have also lost friends, had a family split up, or dealt with similar childhood ordeals. The positive side is that there are people who care; friends new and old, a teacher, even his parents (when they aren’t distracted by their own drama). And Tommy may use the voices of his favorite characters to deal with his situation, but he learns valuable lessons along the way. He learns to recognize true friends, depend on his own strength, and choose to do the right thing even when revenge is very tempting. For readers who have always wondered what it would be like if they could interact with the heroes and villains of comics and action figures, this coming of age story combines the fun of being a superfan with the heartaches of middle school in a story that captures the imagination.


Anthony J. Rapino resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania with his cats Luna and Poe. When he’s not writing speculative fiction, Anthony can be found in the classroom teaching English or crouched in dark alleyways sculpting horrific autumnal creatures out of clay. His work has appeared in On Spec, Acapella Zoo, Black Ink Horror, Madhouse, Liminal Spaces, and others. His novel, Soundtrack to the End of the World, and the story collection, Greetings from Moon Hill, are both available now.

Anthony D. Grate lived through the ’80s, from ages six to sixteen, by surviving on steady doses of Masters of the Universe, Kool-Aid that he put way too much sugar in, and BarNones. Occasionally he put pencil to paper and created comic strips to entertain his friends. He dreamed of one day working for Marvel or DC. Once out of college, however, he found himself selling furniture. Life sure is funny.

After a few failed attempts to use a new thing called ”the internet” to find a nice lady to share life with, a nice lady found him. They married and soon found themselves raising four children together. Meanwhile, in his spare time, Anthony tried desperately to appease the creative spirit dwelling within him. Comic strips, websites, books, board games, interactive online games . . . you name it, he probably gave it a shot.

Nowadays, Anthony juggles the responsibilities of a husband, father, business owner, and creator pretty well—or at least he thinks so. He lives in the same quiet corner of Ohio that he always has, with no plans of changing that. The guy’s not much for change, which is probably why he still watches Masters of the Universe and eats too many BarNones. He did ditch the Kool-Aid, however.



Saturday, August 13, 2022

The Children’s Book Review

A book review of Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions

Monday, August 15, 2022

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

An article by author Anthony J. Rapino

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Life Is What It’s Called

An interview with author Anthony D. Grate

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The Momma Spot

A book review of Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions

Thursday, August 18, 2022

icefairy’s Treasure Chest

A book review of Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions

Friday, August 19, 2022

Lisa’s Reading

A book review of Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions

Monday, August 22, 2022

The Fairview Review

A book review of Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Because I Said So

A book review of Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

J.R.s Book Reviews

A book review of Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions

Virtual tour in partnership with The Children’s Book Review, Anthony J. Rapino, and Anthony D. Grate.


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