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Witchling’s Girl

The Witchling's Girl Book Cover The Witchling's Girl
Helena Coggan
Sci Fi & Fantasy | Teens & YA
Hodder & Stoughton
Pub Date 7 Jan 2021

In a quiet street far from the river, with an ancient tree growing through its walls and floors, is the House of the Dead. There lives the witchling: healer, midwife and conduit between the world of the living and the world below. A witchling must give up her family and friends and spend her life alone, tending to the sick and carrying the dead down dark tunnels to the underworld. Haley was born with the gift of death-magic, and at the age of seven her mother abandons her to the witchling to be raised as her successor. But as Haley grows older and learns her craft - as invading armies pass through her town, people are born and die on her floor, and loyalties shift and dissolve around her - she finds it harder and harder to keep her vows and be the perfect and impassive healer. But if she can't, it will be her downfall - and that of everyone she's not supposed to love . . .

I failed to get involved in the storyline, it seemed too reminiscent of the stories of Baba Yaga and her house on chicken legs that lives in many dimensions. (In Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga is a supernatural being who appears as a deformed or ferocious-looking old woman. Baba Yaga may help or hinder those that encounter her or seek her out). So having read stories about Baba and her disciples before and quite enjoyed them, I needed to read a story which was completely different – except this one wasn’t. And death magic is quite common too in stories and comes across better in a humorous format I find.

This is my personal view as someone who reads and has already read, far more than the 10,000 lifetime books – as I read 400 books a year. So you really have to be good and original especially when delving into folk-lore or fairytales.

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Author BlogPost: Spice Piracy

Max and the Spice Thieves Book Cover Max and the Spice Thieves
(Secrets of the Twilight Djinn #1)
John Peragine
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Crumblebee Books
Publication date: April 20th 2021

When his mother goes missing, Max Daybreaker’s world is turned upside down. Luckily, a crew of Spice Pirates, led by the mysterious Captain Cinn, help Max on his dangerous mission across the three seas. Along the way, an unlikely alliance aids in his search—a teenage warrior queen, a three-eyed seer, and an assassin spy. Their journey takes them through treacherous lands while facing shapeshifting bears, an ancient witch, harpies, and the nightmarish Djinn, who will stop at nothing to enslave the world. With every new challenge, Max unlocks the secrets of his unsettling past. Powers awaken within, forcing him to question everything he knows. Is Max who he thinks he is? Only time and destiny will tell…

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Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about?

Max and the Spice Thieves was a book that I never intended to write but was born out of necessity. My son was diagnosed with Cold Urticaria from a young age, and with it came some severe reactions that landed us in the hospital.

The first time it was really an issue was during a visit to the happiest place on Earth- Disney World. Our family stayed at the Animal Kingdom resort (imagine giraffes outside your window when you wake up.) My son spent time in the pool, and when he got out, he was covered in hives and had a fever. We called the front desk for help, and the Disney EMTs showed up in the room. (I didn’t know they existed. They were terrific). We realized Max was struggling, and so was our family as we felt helpless to help him. As we spent time in ERs and overnight stays at the hospital, I began writing the Enchanted Boy. In it, the boy, Max, had magic inside him that made him sick whenever he went outside. Max was brave and powerful, and once the spell was released, he felt better. I wrote a chapter a day and read it to him by night.

Our Max began to improve, and one day he came home from school and asked, “Where is my book?” I had never intended to publish the adventures of Max Daybreaker, but my Max insisted. So, three rewrites, four extensive edits, two different covers, and a title change, and Max and the Spice Thieves is now a reality. Book two is almost complete, and it is shaping up to be more than three books in the series.

Max is brave and loyal and values family more than anything else in the book, as does the real Max at home. Max is a strong, young male protagonist, which is not written about often in Middle-Grade fiction these days, so I believe it makes it unique and enjoyable for fans of that genre.

No matter what happens with Max and the Spice Thieves or the rest of the Secrets of the Twilight Djinn series, I really care about one fan and want to make him happy- my son Max.

Author links:

https://johnperaginebooks.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16293261.John_Peragine

https://www.facebook.com/johnperagineauthor/

https://www.instagram.com/johnpwriter/

To purchase:

https://books.apple.com/us/book/max-and-the-spice-thieves/id1544179004

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/max-and-the-spice-thieves-1

Author Bio

John Peragine is an author of over fourteen books. The Secrets of the Twilight Djinn series was written as a bedtime story for his son Max to cope with medical issues he was facing as a little boy. John is a full-time ghostwriter who lives with his son, wife, and a menagerie of animals on his vineyard overlooking the Mississippi River.

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Who would use this bone?

Baculum Book Cover Baculum
(Angelbound Lincoln #4)
Christina Bauer
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: January 26th 2021

As King of the Thrax, Lincoln leads the most powerful demon fighting force in the after-realms … yet he cherishes nothing more than his Angelbound love, Myla. All of which is why Lincoln loses his freaking mind when a demon horde targets his pregnant wife. So. Not. Happening. Sometimes, a warrior just needs to ignite his baculum sword and kick a ton of evil ass.

A continuation of the story of Mila and Lincoln and how their partnership develops.

The Viking Games – a small slice of the Viking world and gods had somehow found its way into a pocket which belonged only to itself, but that Lincoln’s father wanted to have access to for trade reasons. So he sent Lincoln out.

Lincoln found out that there was a trick being played in the arena….

In some ways this was an interesting difference in the story especially when you found out how the trick was being played, but it was a little too full of blood and gore for me. I like a good fight but this was a bit too much. And there wasn’t enough ‘Viking’ for me as they have such interesting gods if you poke into them.

I am beginning to feel ennui from the author. Here is a computer game but in book form. She has copied the concept and written it up rather than being entirely original.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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When you love your enemy: Book Blitz

Enemies To Lovers: Book Cover Enemies To Lovers:
Series Starters Set
by Brittni Chenelle
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Young Adult
Publication date: January 22nd 2021

Their most dreaded rivals might be their greatest need. But with peril dogging their every encounter, will they give into dangerous desires?

Box set: 750+ pages of angsty enemies-to-lovers adventures with daring heroines and their foes destined to become forever partners.

Princess Charlotte’s whole world changed one morning over breakfast. With her mother announcing a rushed arranged marriage to a humorless prince, she’ll do anything to stop the wedding – including shooting him with an arrow. But after the kingdom is invaded and a sinister plot to capture her discovered, can she convince her unwanted suitor to help keep her out of enemy hands?

Reina Bennet won’t stop believing that she’ll eventually get her abilities. But when her childhood champion grows up into a smug superpowered bully, her escalating rivalry with her ex-friend gets them both kicked out of school. And after he ends up in a rebel group at their new academy, can she put aside her grudges for a chance at a fresh beginning?

Princess Sinna of the Shadow Court fears her fated mate means certain death. So when a magical ceremony reveals him as the powerful vampire king, she’s eager to prove she can be a worthy Hunter by killing him. But can she stop herself from falling hard as she tries to seduce him into a fatal embrace?

Enemies To Lovers: Series Starters Set is a kickass collection that includes the YA fantasy Kingdom Cold, the new adult fantasy The Fae & The Fallen, and the adult paranormal romance Chaste Blood. If you like strong women, diverse characters, and emotionally-charged conflicts, then you’ll adore Brittni Chenelle’s bestselling sensations.

Their most dreaded rivals might be their greatest need. But with peril dogging their every encounter, will they give into dangerous desires? ⁣

⁣If you like strong women, diverse characters, and emotionally-charged conflicts, then you’ll adore Brittni Chenelle’s bestselling sensations. ⁣

⁣Enemies To Lovers is a kickass collection that includes the YA fantasy Kingdom Cold, the new adult fantasy The Fae & The Fallen, and the adult paranormal romance Chaste Blood. 

750+ pages of angsty enemies-to-lovers adventures with daring heroines and their foes destined to become forever partners.


AUTHOR BIO: Brittni Chenelle is a USA Today Bestselling Multicultural Fantasy Author who specializes in multi-POV romances. She loves to explore the blurred lines between good and evil and believes wholeheartedly in a great story’s ability to bring people together.

When she’s not writing, she can be found at her home in South Korea where she spends far too much time consuming coffee, dark chocolate, and videos of animals doing human things.

Author links:

https://brittnichenelle.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BrittniChenelle/

https://www.instagram.com/brittnichenelle/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwzp6zYM7UuAN6_K3AR4qqA

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8249137.Brittni_Chenelle

Get your copy of Enemies To Lovers by @brittnichenelle today ➞

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Fire is not to be played with: Author tells us

Playing with Fire
April Henry
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: January 19th 2021

When a fire cuts off a popular trail in the Oregon forest, a small group trapped by the flames must find another way out―or die―in Playing with Fire, an unrelenting teen-vs-nature YA thriller by New York Times bestselling author April Henry. Natalia is not the kind of girl who takes risks. Six years ago, she barely survived the house fire that killed her baby brother. Now she is cautious and always plays it safe. For months, her co-worker Wyatt has begged her to come hiking with him, and Natalia finally agrees. But when a wildfire breaks out, blocking the trail back, a perfect sunny day quickly morphs into a nightmare. With no cell service, few supplies, and no clear way out of the burning forest, a group of strangers will have to become allies if they’re going to survive. Hiking in the dark, they must reach the only way out―a foot bridge over a deep canyon―before the fire catches them.

April Henry Tells why she wrote this book:

After I read news stories about a group of hikers was trapped by the Eagle Creek Fire in 2017, I knew immediately that I wanted to put fictional hikers in a similar situation. The real group of hikers trapped at Punchbowl Falls numbered over a hundred, but that’s far too many to follow for a book. I cut it down to about a dozen.

In real life, as in the book, people who had planned on doing an easy three mile round-trip trek to a swimming hole suddenly found themselves forced to hike over twenty miles on much more treacherous trails, much of it at night.

I was fascinated by the idea of this disparate group of people having to pull together if they are to survive. And after writing books featuring serial killers, it was kind of fun to write one where the serial killer is nature. I wanted the characters to survive everything the environment might throw at them, so I brainstormed scenarios with a search and rescue leader. He told me some crazy true stories about the Eagle Creek Fire. One was about a large tree that toppled and torpedoed down a couple thousand feet of scree slope, which sheared off all its limbs and turned into a giant log missile. I used that in the book.

I decided that my main character had survived a house fire as a child, so I researched house fires, burn units, and trauma therapy.

For additional research, my husband and I hiked in the unburned side of the Gorge in Washington State so that I could take pictures and make mental notes.

I also became certified in wilderness first aid.

The fire struck close to home. In fact, if the winds had shifted, it could have reached Portland. Even so, it burned for weeks. On many days, my car was coated in ash. The Columbia Gorge is considered one of the jewels of Oregon, but now the trees that used to stand sentinel on the hills are nothing but blackened stubs. Surviving a wild fire unfortunately continues to be a timely topic, as the summer of 2020 saw even fiercer wildfires burning in California, Oregon and Washington.

AUTHOR BIO:

April Henry is the New York Times–bestselling author of many acclaimed mysteries for adults and young adults, including the YA novels The Girl in the White Van; Girl, Stolen; The Night She Disappeared; The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die; The Girl I Used to Be, which was nominated for an Edgar Award and won the Anthony Award for Best YA Mystery; Count All Her Bones; The Lonely Dead; Run, Hide, Fight Back; and The Body in the Woods and Blood Will Tell, the first two books in the Point Last Seen series. She lives in Oregon.

Author links:

https://www.aprilhenry.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/88507.April_Henry

https://www.facebook.com/AprilHenry/

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