Dust Blog Tour Stop #31

Welcome Lost Girls and Boys to the Dust Blog Tour & Virtual Treasure Hunt!! I’m so excited to be a part of this tour, and cannot wait to read this book! I hope you have visited all of the previous stops.

If you missed one, make sure you start at the beginning – Blog Tour Kick Off.

Previous Stop: HopeBethDougherty




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Title: Dust
Author: Kara Swanson
Publisher: Enclave Escape
Release Date: July 21st, 2020
Genre: Teen and Young Adult Fairy Tale Retelling

The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale.

Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real–since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire’s desperate search points to London… and a boy who shouldn’t exist.

Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins.

The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan–and herself.



Hello Kara and welcome to the blog! Let’s get right to the questions. Can you describe your writing process?

I spend a lot of time outlining a project, putting together a pinterest board for it, finding songs that remind me of the characters, doing research, etc. And then I sit down and write a draft in usually about three months, while listening to music, guzzling coffee, and sometimes having character art pulled up on the side of the screen as I write. 🙂

I think you and I would get along great. I love music and coffee! When you are not writing, what do you like to do?

Well, I work full time in the publishing world. So I do a lot of author coaching (both on my own, and with Brett Harris through The Young Writers Workshop Author Coaching program), as well as marketing and editing.

That’s really cool! What’s your go-to bible verse during times of difficulty?

Isaiah 40:31. They that wait on the Lord will renew their strength; they will mount on wings like eagles, run and not grow weary, walk and not faint. <3

I find that oftentimes my struggles are found when I’m put in a position or trial where I can’t really do much but just…wait. And trust that God is working even when I can’t see it.

Amen! Dessert first or last?

FIRST! If I could choose 🙂

I mean, I don’t see why we can’t choose! If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be and why?

Oh great question! Maybe Sherlock Holmes? Or…Tom Holland’s Peter Parker! I think we’d be great friends. ^_^

Great answers! I’d love to solve some cases with Sherlock Holmes! If we were to peek at your nightstand/coffee table/counter/kitchen table, what interesting things would we find?

A bag of M&Ms that my dear friend Bethany Jennings sent me because I was craving them 😉 A few devotional books, a few notebooks with plot scribbles and bible study notes, my Bible, my computer, a map of Neverland and a cup of coffee. 😀

So….um….can I trade my night stand for yours!? What are you working on next?

Shadow! Shadow is the sequel to Dust and releases in July 2021.

Oh my goodness, I am already ready to read this! A whole year!? Okay, last question. Big city or quiet country? Why?

Honestly? Either, depending on who I’m with. If I have a good community, I could thrive either place. 🙂

That is the perfect answer 🙂 Thanks so much for chatting with me today!!!!



Giveaway Rules: You will collect 36 clues (or keywords), one from each stop on the tour. Each clue will stitch together to create a passage, and each stop will lead you to the next until you end up where you started again!

Note: Please pay attention to punctuation and capitalization!

If you manage to successfully collect every clue, then, at the end, you will be redirected here again to submit your findings!

Now, for the gold! For any of you Lost Boys and Girls brave enough to complete the treasure hunt in one piece, you will have earned a whole treasure chest of pirate gold! Inside the chest you’ll find the following treasures:

  • Bookmarks
  • Print of Dust art
  • Peter + Claire Character Cards
  • Signed Bookplate

For the one Lost Boy or Girl who first claims victory over that codfish Hook and his crew…….

Your treasure chest will additionally include an autographed Advanced Reader Copy of Dust with exclusive notes from Kara in the margins!!!

Such a fabulous giveaway!!! Again, for more information, please visit the Blog Tour Kick Off Page.

Now it’s time for today’s clue. Are you ready!?

Tomorrow be sure to visit the next blog stop at BellaPutt!

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