[BOOK BLITZ] Neima's Ark Series by Stephanie Parent

Title: Forty Days
Author: Stephanie Parent
Series: Neima's Ark #1
Publisher: Stephanie Parent
Date of Release: February 10th 2013 
Pages: 123


The entire village knows Neima’s grandfather is a madman. For years the old man has prophesied that a great flood is coming, a flood disastrous enough to blot out the entire earth. He’s even built an enormous ark that he claims will allow his family to survive the deluge. But no one believes the ravings of a lunatic…

…until the rain starts. And doesn’t stop. Soon sixteen-year-old Neima finds her entire world transformed, her life and those of the people she loves in peril. Trapped on the ark with her grandfather Noah, the rest of her family, and a noisy, filthy, and hungry assortment of wild animals, will Neima find a way to survive?

With lions, tigers, and bears oh my, elephants and flamingos too, along with rivalries and betrayals, a mysterious stowaway, and perhaps even an unexpected romance, FORTY DAYS is not your grandfather’s Noah’s Ark story.

FORTY DAYS is approximately 45000 words, the length of a shorter novel, and is the first installment in a two-part epic story. It does contain a cliffhanger ending.

Readers looking for a traditional, religiously oriented version of the Noah’s Ark story should be warned that FORTY DAYS may not appeal to them. The novel will, however, appeal to lovers of apocalyptic fiction, historical fiction, and romance, as well as anyone who’s ever dreamed of having a baby elephant as a pet.


Everyone’s shouting, and I don’t know where to rest my eyes and ears, until—
The lamp in Father’s hand wavers, his arm sways as a body—whose, I can’t tell—knocks against him, and then the flame is flying, falling—
—exploding against the floor in a surge of heat and light.  The bottom of the lamp cracks, the oil spills and the fire licks it up, spreading across the floor, leaving us no choice but to back away in panic.  The men shout garbled commands, but Shai’s shrieks of terror drown them out.  And then come lower, heavy bellows of pain because—oh—Uncle Ham’s tunic is on fire.  He leaps from side to side as though he can outrun the flames, but he only fans them higher, his voice and the expression on his face twisting in agony till I can’t bear to see or hear and—
It’s gone.  The fire’s gone though the heavy smoke lingers, obscuring the shapes of Uncle Ham flat on the floor, his lower half swathed in a blanket, and another form bending over him.  

Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She moved to Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block's WEETZIE BAT books, which might give you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, books about dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.




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