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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Labors of an Epic Punk by Mark & Sheri Dursin - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Mark and Sheri Dursin and their new book, “Labors of an Epic Punk”!  For other stops on their Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Mark and Sheri and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Labors of an Epic Punk
by Mark and Sheri Dursin


GENRE: YA Fantasy, Myth Retelling



Mac is an epic punk. No wonder: after his dad went off to fight in the Trojan War and never came back, Mac spent his childhood evading his mom's scumbag suitors—all one-hundred-and-eight of them. Of course, he turned out this way—a moody, friendless sixteen-year-old who blows off work, alienates everyone at school, and pulls pranks. But when he trains a flock of birds to defecate on the headmaster, Mac (short for Telemachus) goes too far. The administrators give him an ultimatum: prove that he's truly the son of Odysseus by doing something heroic—or get out. A school story that just so happens to take place 3,000 years ago, Labors of an Epic Punk is a tale of friendship and transformation, regret and redemption, and a reminder to us all that even heroes need to survive adolescence.



Mac never remembered his name. He only knew him as the short kid with the bad foot and the big mouth who had the distinction of being, almost without peer, the least “cool” kid in school. Not because of his height, exactly (he barely reached Mac’s shoulders), or any other aspect of his physical appearance—his floppy black hair, say, or his ill-fitting school-issued tunic. And not even because of his pronounced limp, caused by a twisted, misshapen left foot. Those things didn’t help, certainly, but he could have been better looking than Adonis himself, and none of that would have mattered. He was just different.

And today, the kid was definitely different. While everyone else had on these goofy battle accessories, this guy was decked out in an obviously homemade furry cape with a hood, a circular mane-kind-of-thing tied around his chin.

“What are you supposed to be?” Mac heard someone ask, as the pitiable sap limped to the front of the group, wearing his weird get-up and clutching a large sack and a bunch of scrolls.

“For your information,” the kid said, disdainfully, “this is an original Nemean lion costume.” Met with silence, he clarified. “Uh, Nemean lion? Heracles had to kill it as one of his labors? You people honestly don’t know the Nemean lion?”

“Why do you have it?” another person asked.

“My mom made this for me when I was in the fifth grade.”

“You can fit into something from the fifth grade?” an anonymous voice asked.



Five Reasons Why You Should Read Labors of an Epic Punk

A new take on a VERY old world. Labors of an Epic Punk is a mythological retelling inspired by Homer’s Odyssey.  It’s a school story that just so happens to take place 3,000 years ago. The setting and characters are ancient, but the tone is fresh and current. So, although our book has mythical flutes, fantastical creatures, and oracles, we also have regular teens, with regular teen problems. Only our teens wear tunics.

Diverse characters. In the words of one of our reviewers, our book features a “lovable and diverse cast of characters.” You won’t see any of the cliché stereotypes so often found in YA novels. (Example: we portray the ancient Greek poet, Homer, as a gay teenager with a physical disability.)

An inspiring message.  If you ever felt like you were alone in the challenges you faced, like you didn’t fit in or you weren’t...enough, you’ll find a lot to relate to in this book.  This ultimately is a story about redemption, about a character who transforms because of the people he meets.

A fun adventure for all ages.  You don’t need a background in mythology to enjoy this book. There’s something to enjoy If you’re a fan of Percy Jackson novels, John Hughes movies, or any good coming of age story. We describe our book as Clash of the Titans meets The Breakfast Club.

An unapologetically optimistic story. This is not a dark, dystopian drama.  Sure, there’s plenty of teenage angst. But it’s presented with humor and heart.



For many years Mark, a high school English teacher, and Sheri, a freelance writer and blogger, wrote independently. No matter the writing project—newspaper articles, retreat talks, college recommendation letters, fan-fiction, blog posts on spirituality or 80s pop songs—they tended to work alone. Separate rooms, separate computers. But raising their twin sons helped them discover an important truth: All Good Things Come in Twos.






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Mark and Sheri will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.


  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the excerpt and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters and now my twin daughters who all love to read. We have found some amazing books for everyone. So, thank you!

  3. This looks like a fun read. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  4. Great post, I enjoyed learning more about the book :)


  5. What is your favorite book of all time? Thanks for hosting. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980@hotmail.com

  6. I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!