🎢🎡Good day everyone,
A happy, chaotic welcome to the Blog Tour for The Belch Park Field Trip, the newest book by Andrew Mackay! Theme parks, war, chaos, and more! From the blurb/cover it sounds like we will all be in for the ride of our lives.
For today’s post I got information on the author/book, but also a fun guest post with more information about this new book.
Be sure to check the tour banner at the bottom for more tour dates and many other fun bloggers who are participating in this blog tour!
Shall we get started?
IT’S A JUNGLE IN THERE!
Henry Williams has never been a leader.
Or stood up to the bullies.
Or kissed the girl of his dreams.
In fact, he’s never stood out from the school crowd.
Mind you, he’s only twelve years-old.
And a foot shorter than his classmates.
All that will change today, though.
The school inspectors are visiting Chrome Junction Academy.
The principal needs to get rid of the cream of the cr@p!
He would have preferred to send them to another galaxy far, far away…
Instead, the obnoxious, high-on-energy-drinks brats are off to…
Roller coasters! Mega-drop towers! Ghost trains! Ferris wheels! Bumper cars!
No end of opportunities for fun, thrills and spills!
The perfect place to run rampant and enjoy themselves…
South London’s notorious Our Lady of Sacrifice Roman Catholic school is also there.
They’re Chrome Junction Academy’s natural enemy.
NOW IT’S WAR!
Limbs will break…
Dares will result in irreparable damage…
The innocent will be caught in the crossfire…
Even the park may not survive
Henry’s destiny awaits…
Chrome Junction Academy’s underdog must step up… and grow a pair.
He’ll have to ensure the safety of his friends.
Fend off the bigger, badder kids.
…and get them out of Belch Park in one piece!
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About the author:
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Some authors are afraid to cross the line.
Me? Oh, I’m glad you asked! I make “the line” my starting point…
My brand is satire.
I hop between genres like madman on crack because my razor-sharp literary knife is hungry for political and social commentary. One genre just can’t cut it (if you’ll forgive the pun.) I’m obsessed, I tell you!
I write straight-up humor and farce, horror, crime, romance… all under the banner of satire.
My novels often contain a ruthless commentary on society, delving into the darker machinations of modern life. They can be uproarious, funny, outrageous and shocking. Make no mistake, though. They are this way for a reason, and always come equipped with a sense of humanity and wit.
My influences include John Cleese, Tom Sharpe, Kurt Vonnegut, James Patterson, Hunter S Thompson, Douglas Adams, Imogen Edwards-Jones, Michael Frayn, Chris Morris, Jerry Sadowitz, Christopher Hitchins, Bill Maher, George Carlin, Jordan Peterson, Pat Condell, and writer/director Larry Cohen.
My obsessions include (and are essentially limited to) obscene amounts of: smoking, drugs, alcohol, caffeine, sex, debating, daydreaming and writing about himself in the third person.
Guest Post! Thanks to the author for writing it. ☺
Oooh, hello everyone. I’ve been asked by the wonderful people at Twirling Book Princess to write about my latest release, The Belch Park Field Trip. It’s a story about a bunch of twelve-year-olds who’ve been sent to a theme park for the day. Why? Because the angry school inspectors are at the school, and the principal wants the bad kids away from the building.
I hope you find it a thrilling, naughty and fun read. My editor has just returned the notes and said she was “exhausted” by it. Which is good, because an action-packed day out is never easy or relaxing, is it?
I got the idea for the book because I happened to be writing the Chrome Junction Academy series – a trilogy of books about school life, from the point of view of the children.
I suppose it was inevitable that the kids would go on a field trip. The fictional belch Park is just like Six Flags and Disneyland. It has a mascot (Belchie the Elephant) and a whole host of scary rides. One of them is called THE VOMINATOR, which is the roller coaster on the front cover. It has twenty-plus inversions and loops, and it makes the riders very… well, quite sick.
I’ve always been a fan of things like The Famous Five and The Goonies, and so having the students trapped in a theme park with a rival school seemed like fertile ground to explore adventure and fun. And everything that can go wrong does go wrong.
I love chaos. Anyone who’s read my stuff will testify to that. The Belch Park Field Trip is probably the most chaotic and crazy. It has ten lead characters, and the real challenge was making sure it was easy and fun for readers to read.
I don’t know if you’ve ever read a book or seen a film that’s set in a theme park and thought “ohh, how cool would it be if someone puked on the rollercoaster” or “wouldn’t it be fun if a tiger escaped from the zoo and tried to climb a ride?”
I think I’ve managed to fulfil all my desires and fantasies in that respect. The Belch Park Field Trip is silly fun, to be sure – a bit like a cartoon. People fly off rides at high speed, others get hit by carriages… there’s a massive food fight in a chicken restaurant… the animals are enslaved and escape. Every conceivable and ridiculous situation I could think of made it into the book.
Above all, though, it’s an underdog story about little Henry Williams. He’s a dweeb and not a natural born leader. People pick on him. By the send of the story, all that might change.
Everyone can relate to a fun day out. Everyone can relate to the kid who has to step up. Certainly, every one can relate to bullies, especially if they’ve been on the receiving end of them.
Belch Park is a allegory for friendship and standing up to your enemies. I think you’ll love it as much as I did writing it.
As a kid (and then as a teacher) I have found myself on dozens of field trips – most to the theatre, or to a museum. Once or twice to a theme park.
Nothing has ever gone terribly wrong during those trips. It’s a bit of a boring answer, to be honest. Certainly when I was a kid back in the eighties, there was more chance for things to go wrong. Back then, we don’t have the heightened health and safety concerns we do now. Nowadays, everything has to be vetted, fact-checked, insured, double-checked, triple-checked, parents signatures absolving responsibility of the teachers.
With The Belch Park Field Trip, everything goes wrong. I guess it was the manic, narcissist inside me that sort of fantasied about how funny things could be if things did get all mad.
What would it look like?
Where would the teachers be? (Answer: in the bar, getting drunk)
How do kids behave? Both in front of their superiors, and away from them?
Also, I got to have a lot of fun with ride concepts and naming them. There’s a drop-tower ride called STAR CAT, which is built to look like a massive scratch post, with a huge plastic cat hovering over it.
So, in short – no, nothing ever went wrong when I was a part of a field trio. Belch Park is based on a very good resort we have near London called Thorpe Park. You may have heard of it. It’s very popular. As kids we went there, and I remember us daring each other to defy the instructions – “please keep hands inside the rides at all times.” I think I have a picture of us on the log flume with our hands all over the place.
It never got any more rebellious than that.
Then again, if it did, maybe I wouldn’t have been so psyched to write something like this book.
I hope you enjoy it!
Get The Belch Park Field Trip on Kindle/paperback at Amazon right now!