Press Kit


 
Jennifer Murgia
Young Adult Author
 
 
 
 
CASTLE OF SIGHS
Hedge Witch (Book Two)
 
Young Adult Fiction - Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Digital Release Date: October 27, 2015
Amazon ASIN: B013LJQZKA
Barnes &  Noble ISBN: 978-1633920255

Trade Paperback Release Date: October 27, 2016
ISBN-10: 1633920240
ISBN-13: 978-1633920248
Cover Designer: Lisa Amowitz
Formats: e-book, Trade Paper
 
Book Summary:
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 something darker seems to have been awakened, as well.

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 she will find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.

And the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew.

 
 Advanced Praise for CASTLE OF SIGHS:
 
"A creepy, atmospheric ghost tale to be read with the lights on. Jennifer Murgia has done it again!"
       ~ Cyn Balog, author of FAIRY TALE and SLEEPLESS.
 
 

A castle filled with the ghosts of witches . . .
A Book of Secrets that holds the key to a terrible past . . .
A being made of Magick . . .
            In Castle of Sighs, the magnificent sequel to Forest of Whispers, author Jennifer Murgia leads us through a spooky, tangled web of mystery, mayhem, and magic both light and dark as we follow seventeenth century witch Rune in her exploration of the ancient Castle Pyrmont, the ancestral home that has shaped the extraordinary lives of the women in her family. Be prepared to sit up all night looking over your shoulder and jumping at every sound while this book, like its predecessor, casts its spell over you. Definitely a Must Read.
         ~ Molly Cochran, author of Legacy, Poison, and Seduction






FOREST OF WHISPERS
Hedge Witch (Book One)
 Young Adult Fiction - Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: September 9, 2014
ISBN 10: 9781937053
ISBN 13: 9781937053567
Cover Designer: Lisa Amowitz
Formats: Trade Paper, e-book
 
2014 Moonbeam Children's Literature Award Winner
Bronze Medal YA Horror/Mystery
Book Summary:
Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago . . . and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.
Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to -- one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder -- a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.
 
Praise for FOREST OF WHISPERS:


"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


"A story of magick and discovery." -- Readers' Favorite:

Five-Star review for FOREST OF WHISPERS

 

"FOREST OF WHISPERS drew me in from the very first page! Rune is a capable and empathetic heroine who had me rooting for her from the start. Fans of witch and rune-lore will enjoy this darkly woven tale."

~Amalie Howard, author of critically acclaimed Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kids' INDIE NEXT title.
"NOT your average teenage witch! Jennifer Murgia's FOREST OF WHISPERS is a dark, brooding mystery/thriller that captures the paranoid, plague-driven frenzy of 17th Century Europe with the speed and power of a galloping stallion. Rune, a 16-year old with formidable abilities that she herself can barely understand, must fight her own inner demons as well as what seems to be a whole world gone awry with bloodlust for her kind. This is a thrilling read."
~ Molly Cochran, author of LEGACY & POISON
 
"An interesting and compelling love story, with plenty of mystery and intrigue -- I devoured FOREST OF WHISPERS and will be first in line to read anything else from Jennifer Murgia!"
~ Cyn Balog, author of FAIRY TALE, SLEEPLESS, STARSTRUCK, TOUCHED & DEAD RIVER

 
Author Bio:
 

 
 
 
Jennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE, THE BLISS), to contemporary gut-punchers (BETWEEN THESE LINES). Her latest, FOREST OF WHISPERS, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner. The sequel, CASTLE OF SIGHS, releases October 27, 2015 from Spencer Hill Press. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.
 
Literary Representation:
Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary Agency ~ amanda@macgregorlit.com
 
 
Connect with Jennifer:
 
 
Jennifer is available for book signings, book fairs, interviews, library and school visits. Please contact
her directly for scheduling at: jennifermurgia8@gmail.com.  
 
Publicity inquiries: Felicia Minerva Felicia@midpointtrade.com


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