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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Review BLOODLINE by Alan Gold and Mike Jones




REVIEW BLOODLINE by Alan Gold and Mike Jones

BLOODLINE is the first volume in the HERITAGE TRILOGY series, an action-packed thriller which is both contemporary and historical, comparing and contrasting, and shining a spotlight on the millennia-long conflicts throughout the Middle East. A. Palestinian Arab boy and a Jewish Israeli doctor discover by chance that they share DNA, and that this connection is no accident of nature, but impelled by conspiracy.

Review: NO HERO by Mallory Kane





REVIEW: NO HERO by Mallory Kane Non-stop action, surprises, and sensual tension fuel this intriguing romantic suspense mystery, set in lovely but often worn-out New Orleans. Some vicious killer has targeted at-risk teens. Many stay at a hostel program at which Detective Gautier mentors. Some consider him a hero, but not his former girlfriend, who provided an expose on his exploits, and now must reunite with the man she scorns before many more troubled adolescents are murdered.

Review: MIDNIGHT PLAN OF THE REPO MAN by W. Bruce Cameron

REVIEW: MIDNIGHT PLAN OF THE REPO MAN 

THE MIDNIGHT PLAN OF THE REPO MAN ought to be on the Best Books of 2014 shortlist. Certainly it holds that position for me, and I am an improved Individual for consuming it (and its prequel short story, THE MIDNIGHT DOG OF THE REPO MAN).

Ruddy McCann is a man with deep character, a person who stumbled, fell, and failed, served prison time, and still confronts his failure every day of his life, because he chose to return to his native small town, where everybody knows his name, his one-time successes, and his subsequent failures. Everybody knows his sins. But Ruddy is a strong soul, who rolls with the punches and endeavours to help others. Ruddy has an enormous heart ( and a delightful beagle, Jake).

I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads, and loved it so much I bought the Kindle version.


Review: PORTRAIT OF IGNATIUS JONES by Peter David Shapiro





REVIEW: PORTRAIT OF IGNATIUS JONES by Peter David Shapiro

Readers of author Peter David Shapiro' s GHOSTS OF THE RED LINE know his gift for not just suspending disbelief, but for holding faith and belief in a sort of bubble or force field, acknowledging that belief exists, while simultaneously showcasing the absence of belief through skepticism and downright cynicism. He is no proselytizer, so don't expect to be bludgeoned with conviction. I stead, each reader decides, just as each character must. Here again, the question of Spiritualism arises, the possibility of Afterlife continuance, and even more, of Afterlife communication.

 The focus is an 1896 portrait, a painting of a famed Boston Spiritualist, murdered 7 years later, when the portrait simply disappeared. Over 100 years later, it is serendipitously discovered by a well-to-do con artist, who makes it central to his new operation.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Review: THE DRUG REP by Daniel House




I was generously provided with a print copy by the author, Daniel House.
REVIEW: THE DRUG REP by Daniel House

Protagonist Jimmy is an ex-Marine, divorced despite himself, unemployed, shallow, and purposeless. His only goal is the return of his ex-wife, and if he were more self-analytical, he would see that's not happening. Instead of going on with his own life, he decides to make a name for himself: Immortality through Notoriety. So he becomes a serial killer, ingloriously labeled "Doctor DEATH.

Review: THE OTHER SHAKESPEARE by Lea Rachel





REVIEW THE OTHER SHAKESPEARE by Lea Rachel

An exciting literary historical accounting of the life of Judith Shakespeare, older sister of William, eldest surviving child of unlucky parents, THE OTHER SHAKESPEARE explores the constraints of an independently minded female living in the patriarchal 16th century. Overshadowing of Virginia Woolf and Shakespearean quotes add breadth and depth.

I reviewed a digital copy provided by the author via The Cadence Group for the sole purpose of my fair and honest review. No fees were exchanged.

Review WE ARE THE DESTROYERS by D. K. Lindler




REVIEW: WE ARE THE DESTROYERS by D. K. Lindler

An extensive and intensive ecological science fiction novel, WE ARE THE DESTROYERS explores past lives, reincarnation, and channeling, as well as environmentalism, religion, and mysticism. Is it possible to live not just one life, but a cycle of lives, playing different roles and enacting different experiences? That is the urgent query for Captain Bel'Kat and his companion Ry Sing.

I reviewed a digital copy provided by the author via The Cadence Group, for the sole purpose of my fair and honest review. No fees were exchanged.

RELEASE DAY REVIEW: BLOODY BLOODY APPLE by Howard Odentz



Apple, Massachusetts is rotten to the core.
Every fall, when the orchards ripen and the leaves begin to die, there are murders. We know it, and we accept it. It’s the price we pay for living in Apple. Families mourn, but no one is ever caught. Now, there’s a body in the woods, and the cycle is starting again. People bruise easily in Apple.
Finding a murdered and mutilated girl plunges Jackson Gill into the middle of a decades-old horror. For Jackson, the newest murders become personal. His mentally ill sister knows far more about the murders than anyone restrained in a basement room should know.
When one by one, her sick, cryptic predictions prove true, Jackson will have to believe the unthinkable and stop what no one has been able to stop in sixty years.
He has no choice. He lives in Bloody Bloody Apple.




Review

This book is so incredibly excellent!! I'M glad for its publication on November 30, so it'll be eligible for Best Horror in 2014. Very rarely do I discover a horror story with this depth of characterization; the only examples I can think of that are anywhere close are Joe Hart' s "Lineage" and Joe McKinney' s "Inheritance," but BLOODY, BLOODY APPLE beats even those most excellent novels. Howard Odentz delivers not one, but THREE highly dysfunctional family groups; but when, the entire TOWN is asylum material!! And then the KILLER ending!! I want to turn back to Page One and live it all over again!!



RELEASE DAY. BONE AND BLOOD. A Berlin Novel by Margo Gorman




Bone and Blood was inspired by a visit to a concentration camp for women near Berlin where Donegal author, Margo Gorman, discovered Irish women had been imprisoned during the Second World War. The result is Margo’s novel; a compelling story of two strong women, their difficult memories and the bonds of love and family. 
Bone and Blood opens in Berlin August 2005 as the death of Brigitte’s daughter, Katharina brings back memories of her conception in 1945 when Brigitte was imprisoned in Ravensbrück Concentration Camp. Brigitte has never told her story of the war years but is challenged by Aisling, her great-niece and a student from Dublin, who arrives for the funeral. Aisling takes possession of the unposted letters, written by Brigitte during war, and commandeers a laptop she finds in Katharina’s room. She gradually becomes hooked on images conjured up by the letters.
Bone and Blood
 was originally shortlisted for the Virginia Prize for Fiction in 2009, but has since been worked up into a full length novel.




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RELEASE DAY. ONLY BLUE WILL DO. by Mark Rippon




Kate and Hugh are part of a university scientific expedition in the snowy wastes of Norway, investigating the environmental impact of climate change. Whilst on a routine sample collecting exercise on a bleak snow field, Hugh discovers two bodies buried in the ice. An excavation of the site is prioritised but, with night falling quickly and temperatures plunging, Hugh is left to keep watch alone, until he is joined later by Kate. 

During the night, the site is visited by a wolf and a man dressed in ancient Nordic clothing who steal the bodies and disappear off into a blizzard. Kate and Hugh follow the strange pair but succumb to the cold. Awaking from unconsciousness, they meet the man they have been chasing – ‘the Guardian’ and his guide Janus, a wolf and her cub Lado. Janus explains that both he and the Guardian have been battling to prevent chaos overturning the unity of the ‘paraverse’, which is being threatened by Prince Adren. In this paraverse, each universe, planet, ecosystem and creature, no matter how distant, is connected, and Hugh and Kate are part of the key to preventing the Prince turning order to chaos. To do this they have to face Prince Adren in different time periods in different guises, with varied outcomes, until they can finally overcome him... 

Only Blue Will Do is a gripping time-slip fantasy that sees Kate and Hugh battle for humanity across different eras.

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RELEASE DAY. ACTING SUSPICIOUSLY by The Mulgray Twins



Description

“If an assignment is known to be extremely hazardous, agents are given the opportunity to refuse. 
He was giving me that opportunity.”

Act It Out’s historic re-enactments from the life of Mary Queen of Scots are not all that they seem. Sites closely associated with that tragic queen are a cover for the distribution of drugs in central Scotland. Revenue & Customs undercover agent DJ Smith and her sniffer cat Gorgonzola join one of the tours, but she begins to suspect that some of her companions – an eerily self-convinced reincarnation of Mary Queen of Scots, a fanatical bagpipe player, a couple of sex-obsessed newlyweds – are bad actors and that in reality, they are couriers in the pay of the drug organisation. When the organisation suspects that it has been infiltrated, suspense builds as the re-enactments in historic Holyrood Palace, the fortified tower on Loch Leven island, and the ruined St Andrews Castle provide an excellent opportunity for murder...

The reader as a time traveller is present at dramatic events in the life of Mary Queen of Scots, at the same time enjoying the suspense of a modern murder mystery in which a cat detective plays a vital part. Acting Suspiciously is a cosy crime novel featuring the sixth undercover mission for DJ Smith and Gorgonzola, a feisty cat with attitude.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: THE BURNING GIRL by Lisa Unger. THE WHISPERS BOOK TWO. Release




REVIEW:  THE BURNING GIRL by Lisa Unger

Second in The Hollows short story trilogy, THE BURNING GIRL finds Eloise Montgomery ten years on, a mostly silent partner in a private investigation firm run by former Hollows PD detective Ray Muldune. Once again Ms. Unger delivers perfect character studies wrapped inside taut plotting, and the story theme linked  with the eponymous character will truly make your hair stand on end.

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RELEASE DAY. ESCAPE THE NIGHT by Richard North Patterson





Description

#1 New York Times–bestselling author Richard North Patterson delivers a riveting novel of suspense and a powerful family’s secrets

Peter Carey was born into privilege during the McCarthy era, when the paranoia of Washington infected his parents’ house and seeped into Peter’s bones. His father was so obsessed with the family publishing business that he never had time for his son. Even as a teenager, Peter barely knew his father—and one dark night, an accident on a lonely road ensured he never would.

Peter’s memories of that horrific night have been erased by amnesia, but decades later he is still tortured by nightmares. When a strange conspiracy threatens to steal his company and take his life, he will have to remember . . . and find the key to survival that is locked in his own mind.




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Monday, November 24, 2014

RELEASE DAY: UNDERWATER by Julia McDermott




Book Description

 November 25, 2014

After years of guilt over a long-ago tragedy, Candace Morgan is finally poised for success. The CEO of her own women’s shapewear company, she’s about to launch a new swimsuit line—and make a fortune. When she is guilted into loaning her brother a huge sum of money for real estate, she believes she’s simply fulfilling a family promise. In reality, she’s enabling a devious sociopath…and now, she’s roped into the renovation from hell.

For years, Monty Carawan has envied his sister’s wealth. Spiteful and self-centered, he’s convinced that her success came at the expense of his own future. But when the housing market plunges and Candace attempts to disentangle herself from Monty’s mess, her brother’s malicious streak brings the family tension to a dangerous boiling point.

Revised edition: This edition of Underwater includes editorial revisions.




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COVER REVEAL: uNHAPPENING by Edward Aubry

 

UnHappenings

 

Genre: Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Science Fiction Romance

 

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

 

Date of Release: January 8, 2015

 

Cover Artist: Andy Garcia

 

 

Description:

 

When Nigel Walden is fourteen, the UNHAPPENINGS begin. His first girlfriend disappears the day after their first kiss with no indication she ever existed. This retroactive change is the first of many only he seems to notice.

 

Several years later, when Nigel is visited by two people from his future, he hopes they can explain why the past keeps rewriting itself around him. But the enigmatic young guide shares very little, and the haggard, incoherent, elderly version of himself is even less reliable. His search for answers takes him fifty-two years forward in time, where he finds himself stranded and alone.

 

And then he meets Helen.

 

Brilliant, hilarious and beautiful, she captivates him. But Nigel’s relationships always unhappen, and if they get close it could be fatal for her. Worse, according to the young guide, just by entering Helen’s life, Nigel has already set into motion events that will have catastrophic consequences. In his efforts to reverse this, and to find a way to remain with Helen, he discovers the disturbing truth about the unhappenings, and the role he and his future self have played all along.

 

Equal parts time-travel adventure and tragic love story, Unhappenings is a tale of gravely bad choices, and Nigel’s struggle not to become what he sees in the preview of his worst self.

 

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About The Author:

 

 

Edward Aubry is a graduate of Wesleyan University, with a degree in music composition. Improbably, this preceded a career as a teacher of high school mathematics and creative writing.

Over the last few years, he has gradually transitioned from being a teacher who writes novels on the side to a novelist who teaches to support his family. He is also a poet, his sole published work in that form being the sixteen stanza “The History of Mathematics.”

He now lives in rural Pennsylvania with his wife and three spectacular daughters, where he fills his non-teaching hours spinning tales of time-travel, wise-cracking pixies, and an assortment of other impossible things.

Find Edward Aubry Online:

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Release Day: HELIA'S SHADOW by K. C. Neal




Description

"Anyone who liked The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, Enclave by Ann Aguirre, or Legend by Marie Lu will want to read Helia's Shadow..." --ARC reader

When the aliens arrived, they were hailed as the saviors of a dying Earth and dwindling human race. But the aliens didn't come to help. Now, one human girl's ingenious invention and one alien boy's awakened heart are humanity's last hope . . .


Nineteen years ago, aliens arrived on a barely habitable Earth with advanced technology and the promise of ensuring human survival in exchange for a place to settle. They were hailed as the saviors of humans and Earth.

Today, 16-year-old Helia wants two things in life: to step out of her over-protective mother’s shadow and become an engineer, and to stop hiding her relationship with alien boy Kalo. But the world definitely isn’t ready for a human-alien romance. And worse, the human-alien partnership is crumbling. Humans are being arrested without explanation. Some of them are never seen again.

When the alien leader imprisons her mother on a false charge, Helia discovers the aliens never intended to help humans at all. Now, she must join forces with alien rebels. If she succeeds, humans have a chance at survival and she has a chance at love. If she fails, the dwindling human race dies out in slavery.



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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Review: DYING FOR THE HIGHLIFE by Dave Stanton









REVIEW DYING FOR THE HIGHLIFE by Dave Stanton

Dan Reno (that's pronounced like "Renno," not like "Reeno," as in the Nevada city) is a failing part-time detective in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, an area noted for its beautiful scenery, and rampant casinos. Dan can't find sufficient investigative work, so must supplement his meager income with bartending at Caesars Casino. Approached with a request to locate a missing person which he knows is couched in lies, Dan wants to demur, but finally accedes, only to discover the off-the-grid individual, a person of little integrity, is the recent winner of a high-paying lottery. No wonder if he is sought out!

I much appreciate the new trend in mystery, in which the protagonist is often flawed and failing, but self-analytical enough to realize, and to acknowledge. Such is private investigator Dan Reno, and these qualities persuade me to continue to read his series.

I reviewed a digital copy generously provided by the author in return for my fair and honest review. No fees were exchanged.

Review: DUPLICITY'S CHILD by F. J, HARMON





REVIEW: DUPLICITY'S CHILD

A riveting, engrossing, and engaging mystery with much that is new and unexpected, DUPLICITY'S CHILD carries a good plot wrapped in extensive character studies. No 2-dimensional characters need apply here: these folks are fully fleshed out, and some of them quite unusual. Witness protagonist and eponymous series lead Mace Franklyn, on the surface failed FBI profiler, failed husband, struggling to establish a new business. But under the surface is a man who is emotionally and physiologically vulnerable, battered from within and without, frequently tripped up by his own failing physiology. Witness also antagonist Roger Mandell, Narcissistic, totally self-centered, head of the Michigan Bureau of Investigation, a man who would rather an alleged serial killer continue to operate with impunity, while he harvests political capital from the situation.

I highly recommend this novel to aficionados of crime fiction, police procedural, and character-driven suspense.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: TWEET REVENGE by Rickard DeMille




Description

A new novel by International Amazon Best Seller Rickard B DeMille

Not all criminals are brought to justice.

Sometimes Justice must be brought to them.

The first victim preyed on young girls. Justice visited, and he fell prey to African Painted Dogs in a Texas Wildlife Park.

The last victim killed her baby with heroin. Justice administered that same fate to her.

The other victims suffered equally fitting and brutal deaths. For rookie FBI Agent Dawn Johnson, her first case finds her in a "hate triangle" between a boss that wants her gone, a bigoted Texas Sheriff that doesn't want her at all, and a serial killer that taunts police, 140 characters at a time.

Rickard B DeMille, author of the International Amazon Best Seller HELLFIRE, brings us a new hero named Dawn Johnson, and a new villain called Justice. They engage in a brutal ballet of vengeance and death until . . .

Dawn joined the FBI for the wrong reasons, and her boss wants her transferred out. Rural county Sheriff Bubba Scates doesn't want anyone messin' with his investigation, especially a female, African-American, over-educated, caustic, independent FBI Agent. Dawn wants to get back to her private agenda, but no one gets what they want. Except Justice, who continues to execute people he feels have escaped justice from the courts. Justice gets his retribution, and uses social media to publicize his vengeance and taunt police.

However, once Justice has claimed his final victim, things really get interesting. Nothing is as it seems, and no one is certain to survive, as the manhunt concludes and the truth is finally revealed.

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TWEET REVENGE is a delightfully convoluted, scary, Texas mystery, with an elusive and Narcissistic villain who believes in his own hype and manipulates social media to inflate his ego, and a complicated, "failed-hero" female protagonist, an FBI Special Agent with far too many investigative junkets of her own.




Tour: THE TREE OF WATER by Elizabeth HAYDON



 

 

Interview with Elizabeth Haydon,

documentarian, archanologist and translator of Ven’s

journals, including The Tree of Water

 

 

Little is known for sure about reclusive documentarian and archanologist Elizabeth Haydon.

 

She is an expert in dead languages and holds advanced degrees in Nain Studies from Arcana College and Lirin History from the University of Rigamarole. Her fluency in those languages [Nain and Lirin] has led some to speculate that she may be descended of one of those races herself. It should be noted that no one knows this for sure.

 

Being an archanologist, she is also an expert in ancient magic because, well, that’s what an archanologist is.

 

Being a documentarian means she works with old maps, books and manuscripts, and so it is believed that her house is very dusty and smells like ink, but there is no actual proof of this suspicion. On the rare occasions of sightings of Ms. Haydon, it has been reported that she herself has smelled like lemonade, soap, vinegar, freshly-washed babies and pine cones.

 

She is currently translating and compiling the fifth of the recently-discovered Lost Journals when she is not napping, or attempting to break the world’s record for the longest braid of dental floss.

 

We had the chance to ask her some questions about the latest of Ven’s journals, The Tree of Water. Here is what she shared.

 

 

1. Dr. Haydon, can you give us a brief summary of The Tree of Water?

 

Certainly. Ven Polypheme, who wrote the, er, Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, lived long ago in the Second Age of history, when magic was much more alive and visible in the world than it is now. His journals are very important finds, because they tell the story of ancient magic and where it still may be found in the world today.

 

In the first three journals we saw how Ven came to the mystical island of Serendair and was given the job of Royal Reporter by the king of the island, a young man named Vandemere. The Royal Reporter was supposed to find magic that was hiding in plain sight in the world and report back about it to the king. As you can imagine, this could be a fun but dangerous job, and at the beginning ofThe Tree of Water, we see that Ven and his friends are hiding from the evil Thief Queen, who is looking to find and kill him.

 

Amariel, a merrow [humans call these ‘mermaids,’ but we know that’s the wrong word] who saved Ven when the first ship he sailed on sank, has been asking Ven to come and explore the wonders of the Deep, her world in the sea. Deciding that this could be a great way to find hidden magic as well as hide from the evil Thief Queen, Ven and his best friend, Char, follow her into the Deep. The sea, as you know, is one of the most magical places in the world—but sometimes that magic, and that place, can be deadly.

 

The book tells of mysterious places, and interesting creatures, and wondrous things that have never been seen in the dry world, and tales from the very bottom of the sea.

 

2. The main character in The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme series isCharles Magnus "Ven" Polypheme. Tell us about him.

 

Ven was an interesting person, but he really didn’t think so. He and his family were of a different race than the humans who made up most of the population where he lived, the race of the Nain. Nain are an old race, a little shorter and stockier than most humans, with a tendency to be on the grumpy side. They live about four times as long as humans, are very proud of their beards, which they believe tell their life stories, don’t like to swim or travel, and prefer to live deep in the mountains.

 

Ven was nothing like the majority of Nain. He was very curious, loved to travel, could swim, and longed to see the world. He was actually a pretty nice kid most of the time. He had the equivalent of a baby face because only three whiskers of his beard had grown in by the time The Tree of Water took place, when he was fifty years old [around twelve in Nain years]. He had a great group of friends, including the merrow and Char, who were mentioned earlier. It is believed that his journals were the original research documents for two of the most important books of all time, The Book of All Human Knowledge and All the World’s Magic.The only copies of these two volumes were lost at sea centuries ago, so finding the Lost Journals is the only way to recover this important information.

 

3. What kind of research do you do for the series?

 

I go to places where Ven went and try to find relics he left behind. Usually this is with an expedition of archaeologists and historians. I am an expert in ancient magic [an archanologist] so I don’t usually lead the expeditions, I’m just a consultant. It gives me the chance to learn a lot about magic and lets me work on my suntan at the same time, so it’s good.

 

4. What is/are the most difficult part or parts of writing/restoring the Lost Journals?

 

Here’s the list, mostly from the archaeological digs where the journals have been found:

 

1] Cannibals

2] Crocodiles

3] Sunburn

4] Sand flies

5] Dry, easily cracking parchment pages

6] The horrible smell of long-dead seaweed

7] Grumpy members of the archaeological expedition [I could name names, but I won’t]

8] Expedition food [when finding and retrieving the journal for The Tree of Water,we ate nothing but peanut butter and raisin sandwiches, olives and yellow tea for six months straight]

9] When salt water gets into your favorite fountain pen and clogs it up. This is very sad.

10] Unintentionally misspelling a word in the Nain language that turns out to be embarrassing [the word for “jelly” is one letter different from the word for “diarrhea,” which caused a number of my Nain friends to ask me what on earth I thought Ven was spreading on his toast.]

 

5. What do you enjoy about this series that cannot be found in any of your other books?

 

Getting to write about a lot of cool magic stuff that used to exist in our world, but doesn’t anymore. And getting to travel to interesting places in the world to see if maybe some of it still does exist. Also getting to show the difference between merrows, which are real, interesting creatures, and mermaids, which are just silly.

 

6. What do you hope readers take away from this book?

 

I hope, in general, that it will open their eyes to the wonder of the sea, which takes up the majority of our planet, but we really don’t know that much about it down deep. There is a great deal of magic in the sea, and I hope that if and when people become aware of it, they will help take care of it and not throw garbage and other bad stuff into it. I have a serious dislike for garbage-throwing.

 

Probably the most useful secret I learned that I hope will be of use to readers is about thrum. Thrum is the way the creatures and plants that live in the ocean communicate with each other through vibration and thought. As Ven and his friends learn, this can be a problem if you think about something you don’t want anyone to know about when you are standing in a sunshadow, because everyone gets to see a picture of what’s on your mind. Imagine how embarrassing that could be.

 

7. Are there more books coming in this series?

 

Well, at least one. In the archaeological dig site where The Tree of Water was found was another journal, a notebook that Ven called The Star of the Sea. We are still working on restoring it, but it looks like there are many new adventures and different kinds of magic in it. The problem is that it might have been buried in the sand with an ancient bottle of magical sun tan lotion, which seems to have leaked onto some of the journal’s pages. This is a very sad event in archaeology, but we are working hard to restore it.

 

As for other books, it’s not like we just write them out of nowhere. If we haven’t found one of Ven’s journals, there can’t be another book, now, can there? We are always looking, however. We’ve learned so much about ancient magic from the journals we have found so far.

 

8. You are a best-selling author with other books and series for adults. What made you want to write books for young readers?

 

I like young readers better than adults. Everyone who is reading a book like mine has at one time or another been a young reader, but not everyone has been an adult yet. Young readers have more imagination and their brains are more flexible—they can understand magical concepts a lot better than a lot of adults, who have to deal with car payments and work and budget balancing and all sorts of non-magical things in the course of their days.

 

Besides, many adults scare me. But that’s not their fault. I’m just weird like that.

 

I think if more adults read like young readers, the world would be a happier place.

 

9. Tell us where we can find your book and more information about where you are these days.

 

You can find The Tree of Water anywhere books are sold, online and in bookstores. There are several copies in my steamer trunk and I believe the palace in Serendair also has one. I also sent one to Bruno Mars because I like his name.


At the moment, I am on the beautiful island of J’ha-ha, searching for a very unique and magical flower. Thank you for asking these interview questions—it has improved my mood, since I have only found weeds so far today. I am hoping for better luck after lunch, which, sadly, is peanut butter and raisin sandwiches, olives, and yellow tea again.

 

All the best,

Dr. Elizabeth Haydon, PhD, D’Arc

 



Description

The epic voyages continue in The Tree of Water, the fourth adventure in bestselling author Elizabeth Haydon’s acclaimed fantasy series for young readers, The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme.

As Royal Reporter of the land of Serendair, it is the duty of young Charles Magnus "Ven" Polypheme to travel the world and seek out magic hiding in plain sight. But Ven needs to escape the clutches of the nefarious Thief Queen, ruler of the Gated City, whose minions are hunting for him. His friend, the merrow Amariel, has the perfect solution to his dilemma: Ven and Char will join her to explore the world beneath the sea.

As they journey through the sea, Ven finds himself surrounded by wonders greater than he could have ever imagined. But the beauty of the ocean is more than matched by the dangers lurking within its depths, and Ven and his friends soon realize that in order to save thousands of innocent lives, they may have to sacrifice their own. For everything in the ocean needs to eat…

“A delightful epic fantasy that will attract a readership both older and younger than the target audience.” —Booklist (starred review) on The Floating Island









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