Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Well, hello CASTLE OF SIGHS . . . I'm glad you're here!
Happy Book Birthday to my sequel, CASTLE OF SIGHS, a 17th century Bavarian witch thriller that follows the initial installment, FOREST OF WHISPERS. So much love went into writing this book (dare I say I love it more than the first??) and I'm super thrilled to share it with you!
You can find both books in the HEDGE WITCH Series at booksellers nationwide, as well as online.
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It's Teaser Tuesday!
Want a 2nd Sneak Peek at CASTLE OF SIGHS?
You can still read excerpt #1 on my blog!
Don't forget CASTLE OF SIGHS releases on October 27th!

Teaser Tuesday Excerpt Two:

          I raise the lantern high and hold my breath, and then I see it. Distorted in the dimming light, the bone juts out from the snow at an odd, twisted angle, its color resembling a pale animal hide, alabaster and cream now grayed and foreboding in the dark. I edge closer, the light bouncing off of it, accentuating the thin onion-like layers where the elements have chipped and picked it clean.

     Shadows are heavy and thick at my back. The stretch between the forest’s gloom and the comfort of the kitchen, an impossible length, yet I kneel beside the protruding appendage—curious, disgusted, cautious. I see why Niclaus had been so captivated, for I, too, am suddenly intrigued. Settling the basket beside me, I swipe at the snow, shifting it away from the bone to fully unearth it. I am careful not to touch it, but continue to clear away, until shoots of yellowed grass kiss my fingers. The length of the larger bone tapers to what appears to be the slender slope of a wrist. I follow it with my eye, and then, I pull back. Breathless and cold, I let my body grow numb as I stare at the ground. It is hauntingly beautiful, yet terrifying, and I take all of it in. The snow-covered bone. The color of what truly lies beneath our skin. The broken limb that elongates into the remains of a hand. With upmost care I pull one of Niclaus’s finds from the basket and hold it against the skeletal stump, matching the delicate finger to the eroded joint. It is a perfect fit. So slight are the digits. So simple are the knuckles. With rapt, studious attention, I compare it to my own hand, and then, I remember what I am holding and drop the thing to the ground, wiping my hands upon my snow-soaked skirt.

You can download the eBook version of
FOREST OF WHISPERS (Book One) for just .99cents
10 20 through midnight 10/26!
 It's coming soon!
October 27, 2015 from Spencer Hill Press.
CASTLE OF SIGHS (Hedge Witch #2) has a new release date.
eBook: October 27, 2015
Paperback: October 27, 2016
Pretty exciting! This means my creepy, murky YA will hit digital bookshelves for Halloween!
(Please note ~ Amazon and BN are in the process of switching the new dates. This can take a few days for the PreOrder to show up.)
is now available on Amazon!
I'm thrilled to re-launch  my YA Contemporary through Birch House Press!
Available on Kindle
When a Social Communications class assignment brings quiet Chase Mitman and popular Evie Cunningham together, it's a real eye-opener. Haunted and damaged in their own way, they have only shown others what they want them to see--not that they each hold a terrible secret deep inside, or that they have more in common than they'd ever like anyone to realize.
But then it happens. The sweaty palms. The kiss. And something worse . . . and Chase is there to pick up the pieces.
Knowing their relationship comes at a price, Chase’s life collides with Evie’s in the most beautiful and tragic way, until the unthinkable happens. The party. An innocent prank turns ugly. An anonymous note changes everything. And lives at Whitley Prep will never be the same.
is now available for Pre-Order on Amazon!
Click HERE to reserve yours!

Have you followed the countdown?
The cryptic breadcrumbs left for you?
It's finally here . . .
the cover to my upcoming Young Adult novel,

In this sequel to FOREST OF WHISPERS, Some secrets cannot be kept—in life or in death. Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another.
After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon and Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs—shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping to find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.
As secrets unspool, the delicate thread of Rune’s world is threatened when she realizes the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew. 

Coming September 15, 2015 from Spencer Hill Press
To celebrate the cover reveal
 FOREST OF WHISPERS (Book One) is on sale!
eBook only.
Download a little 17th century magick and discover Rune's world!





is a 2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Medalist
YA Horror/ Mystery Category
Bronze Medal
"Murgia’s dual narration makes this historical fantasy a compelling read. The plot-driven text quickly moves the story forward, and the vivid descriptions of 17th-century southwestern Germany pull readers in . . .  the pacing and narrative are absorbing. A solid novel for fans of historical fantasy that are looking for a fast-paced, action-filled tale." ~ SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
FOREST OF WHISPERS is included in the
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