Guest Post: Molly Ringle, Author of ‘The Goblins of Bellwater

We’ve had the honour of having Molly Ringle and The Goblins of Bellwater featured on many bloggers’ sites and it’s my pleasure to share this one with you.

Happy Friday!

Delphine's Babble on Some Good Reads

Molly Ringle, Photo Credit: Central Avenue Publishing

Dear fellow Babblers,

As several of you well know by now I am a Young Adult Fantasy Fangirl (wow, talk about a mouthful, huh!?). I recently had the opportunity to read and review an ARC copy of The Goblins of Bellwater (full review here). With a rating of a 4.5 stars I was left wanting more from this author. I was curious how Ringle fused fantasy with realism so fluidly in her novel. What amazed me about this read was not the plot and dialogue, both of which were wonderful in there own right, but not what I’m getting at. The dramatically vivid illustration of the fantasy world where goblins lurk and control the human conscious, and conversely, the human world where everyday young adults fall in love and siblings look after one another, is really what caught me reading this book…

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Happy Book Birthday: OMG… Is He Also a Witch?!

9781771681148September 1 marks the first day of the fall publishing season for us and we’re very happy to show off OMG… Is He Also a Witch?! — the third book in the OMG… series for early middle grade readers by Talia Aikens-Nunez.

Fifth-grade witch April Appleton can’t believe her eyes: a boy just made a large tree branch fall on her dad’s car in the middle of the night! When she gets to school, the mayhem continues, the heat is cranked way up, birds are flying through the hallways and there’s a boy standing in the corner quietly observing all of it.

While her friends, Grace and Eve, try to help, April realizes that she must figure out this craziness on her own. Is this boy the cause of all the trouble? Or is the new math teacher somehow involved? But with ghosts appearing and time stopping, April must take a deep breath and trust in the magical powers of herself and others to make things normal again.

TaliaAikensNunezThe first book, OMG…Am I a Witch?! is an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award Winner. Talia writes wonderful stories using diverse characters and both the first and second books have been used in various literacy programs. We’ve also been getting some great reviews for this book on NetGalley. If you’d like to read a copy, please head over there, we’ll leave it up for requests, but only for the next few days, so grab it while you can!

If you’d like to support Talia and her books, please visit one of your favourite booksellers, a few of which might be listed here:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

 

Review: From Ant to Eagle

What a wonderful review of Alex Lyttle’s debut novel. Thanks to 2 Cooks Crafting Books for the lovely thoughts on this middle grade novel…

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By the end of the first chapter of From Ant to Eagle, eleven-year-old Calvin Sinclair has confessed to killing his younger brother. And with that—just a dozen or so sentences into the book—author Alex Lyttle had my undivided attention.

From Ant to EagleFrom Ant to Eagle is the story of Calvin and his six-year-old brother Sammy. Calvin loves his brother, but he also loves picking on him and manipulating him, and he occasionally excludes or neglects him.

Like many sibling interactions, Sammy adores his big brother. And Calvin takes advantage of Sammy’s hero-worship. Calvin has created a Level System to make Sammy do nearly anything he can think of—like try to eliminate a wasp’s nest with a can of WD40. When Sammy completes a “mission” with bravery and courage, Calvin awards him a Level. Sammy began at Ant, and is eager to reach the highest Level: Eagle.

Two years ago, Calvin’s family…

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Cover Reveal: In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt

It gives me great pleasure to present to you the cover of the first of our Spring 2018 titles, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt.

More details on the book are coming this fall, but in the meantime, I hope you like the cover we made for it. The original photo is of the lush valleys and forests of Rwanda and the overlaid colours were chosen to represent the Rwandan flag. The partially obscured words are meant to reflect on the parts of us that we keep hidden from the world. In addition, they help relate the secrets of the Rwandan hills as they kept a silent watch over one of recent history’s most gruesome events.

While the backdrop of the book is profound, this is more a story of healing, grace and finding one’s place in the world. It’s the kind of book that stays with you and I hope we’ve created a cover that does the story justice.

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Happy Book Birthday, The First Law of Love by Abbie Williams

9781771681100August 1 marks the release of our final title for Spring/Summer 2017, The First Law of Love by romance-writer-extraordinaire, Abbie Williams.

It is the sixth book in the Shore Leave Cafe series, a saga of a family of women who reside by the shores of a northern Minnesota lake.

This story centres on Tish Gordon, the middle daughter who moved away to Chicago to finish her law degree. While there, she’s asked to take a summer job for her new boss in Montana.

While Tish isn’t a stranger to small towns, she is by no means interested in moving back to one. She’s designed her life after her father’s, a high powered job at a big law firm in a flashy city. Spending the summer in the middle of nowhere isn’t exactly what she has in mind.

What she also doesn’t have in mind is reconnecting with a man who once told her she was the love of his life, Case Spicer, a sexy cowboy who plays a mean fiddle. But once she sees him again, she can’t stop thinking about him. The summer heats up and has a lot more in store for Tish as she grapples with trying to figure out what it is she truly wants for her life.

I’m personally in love with the stories in the Shore Leave Cafe series. They’re extremely well written, with engaging characters and locales that I kind of wished I lived in — despite the summer mosquitoes and winter blizzards. Of course, the romance is super hot, and these books are the perfect summer reads. (I’m actually currently reading Until Tomorrow and The Way Back, and Return to Yesterday; the next books in the series that will be released next Winter).

This book is currently up on NetGalley, but will be coming down soon, so head over there to request it, or pick it up at Amazon or your favorite indie bookstore!

Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

There’s good reason that librarians are respected individuals: after all, they are curators of written stories. Leave it to one to write a great review of a book that I personally loved as well. Thank you, Patricia!

It's All About the Book

goblinHow could I resist a book inspired by one of my all-time favorite pieces of writing, Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market? Molly Ringle’s reimagined Market takes place in the forests of present day Washington State, where we are introduced to Kit Sylvain, a young man bound by a family curse to take care of a tribe of goblins. By “take care of” I mean provide them with gold or whatever else they want to prevent them from messing around with the nearby humans. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, since goblins are wily, deceitful creatures.

While Kit is tending to the goblins, sisters Skye and Livy Darwen have grown up in the small town of Bellwater, and spend hours exploring the forest, where they imagine “teeny-tinies” call to them. One day, Skye follows a path that wasn’t there before, drawn by the call of the “teeny-tinies,” which turn out to…

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Amazing Deals for Amazon Prime Day!

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I don’t have too much time to write, mainly because I want to spend a little more time over at Amazon checking out all the deals for Prime Day.

I did want to mention that we have 4 books that were selected for Lightning Deals, and those books are going to be at least half price!

Last night, I Wrote This For You and Only You was on for half price (and it’s still pretty cheap!) Right now, I see that From Ant to Eagle is on for an amazing price of $4.14, and there’s a few hours left. Next up, is I Wrote This For You: Just the Words and The Recipient, so head over there and gobble up these, and any other great deals you might find.

Happy Shopping!