It's almost Halloween (my favorite holiday!) and I've decided to celebrate it by hosting a Blog Hop with a few of my favorite bloggers and Street Team members!
Just follow the schedule below and visit each blog for a creepy Top Ten and cool, witchy graphic from one of my books! Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway! You could be one of two winners to receive a signed paperback of FOREST OF WHISPERS and an eBook copy of CASTLE OF SIGHS! The Blog Hop runs October 21-October 30. The winners will be announced on Halloween on my website and social media pages.
YA author Lynn Carthage recently invited me to join ranks for an amazing giveaway! You know the gorgeous model on my cover of FOREST OF WHISPERS . . . she's Rune, my sweet-tempered fledgling witch. It seems this model has quite a resume and has been spotted on many a cover! Blogger Erin Davies of Flashlight Commentary first posted here about the book jackets featuring this same model, which ultimately led to Lynn creating this spectacular idea of teaming up!
Want to win three creepy books? Of course you do! Enter our giveaway here to win FOREST OF WHISPERS, HAUNTED, & CALL OF THE VAMPIRE! Then join us on Facebook for a live chat about our books on October 24th 7-8 PM EST! The winner will get all three books sent their way for a wonderfully creepy October read.
Whether the wind blows east or west through your hair, you’ll find a great story. Haunted by Lynn Carthage is about an American girl who moves to the ancestral home in England to learn more about her family’s secrets; Forest of Whispers is about a teen who hears whispers of vengeance from her death mother, killed for being a witch; and Call of the Vampire by Gayla Twist is about a girl and her friend who break into the castle of a famous vampire family and find they may not be able to leave.
The Dutch Rights to my debut YA, ANGEL STAR, as well as the prequel title THE BLISS, have been sold to Dutch Venture Publishing! I'm thrilled my books will reach fans in The Netherlands and Belgium! More information on cover treatments and release dates will be forthcoming, but look for my books to hit shelves in 2017.
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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Don't forget CASTLE OF SIGHS releases on October 27th!
Teaser Tuesday Excerpt
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.
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.
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
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FOREST OF WHISPERS (Book One) is on sale!
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FOREST OF WHISPERS
is a 2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Medalist
YA Horror/ Mystery Category
"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
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