Book Spotlight: Ennara and the Book of Shadows by Angela Myron

Ennara And The Book Of Shadows
Ennara and the Book of Shadows

Today we’re featuring the middle grade fantasy book Ennara and the Book of Shadows by author Angela Myron. I hate that I can’t do any review tours because I’m a big reading and blogging delinquent, but at least I can help out by putting the spotlight on these interesting books!

Read more about Ennarra and the Book of Shadows and check out the cool prizes — including dragon earcuffs!! — that the author is giving away as part of the tour! The giveaway is open to anyone in the world.

About the book

When strange accidents start happening around thirteen year-old necromancer Ennara and her friends, she must search for the mysterious stolen artifacts causing the attacks while learning the highest form of magic–the spells that could prevent the fruition of a terrible prophecy.

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Spotlight: ElsBeth and the Call of the Castle Ghosties (Middle Grade Magical Adventure)

ElsBeth Call of Castle Ghosties 122413Aaaand we have a middle grade magical adventure book for you today! We’re featuring ElsBeth and the Call of the Castle Ghosties, Book III in the Cape Cod Witch Series by authors J Bean Palmer and Chris Palmer. We also have a short interview with creator and co-author J Bean.

About the Book

When their wild and free ancestral lands are threatened, three ancient ghosts need one of their clan from the living world. They call the Thistle heir from across the sea to the old country.

Almost-ten-year-old ElsBeth Amelia Thistle, the youngest witch on Cape Cod, has her own need to unearth the family mysteries and to begin in earnest her chosen calling to protect the natural world.

ElsBeth uses the best she knows of science and magic (not so very different from each other, after all). But even with help from a curious cast of magical creatures she befriends, and her spirited classmates who’ve been swept along (including the beautiful feisty fashionista Veronica, a Wampanoag chief-to-be Johnny, and Frankie, who wants to follow in the footsteps of his prize-fighting Uncle Vittorio), ElsBeth is in way over her magic level — and into older, odder mysteries than she could ever dream — in an adventure just above the surface of reality.

Interview with J Bean Palmer

Tell us about your book/series in 5 sentences or less.

The series chronicles ElsBeth Amelia Thistle, the youngest witch on Cape Cod, and her needs to unearth the family mysteries and develop her skills to begin in earnest her chosen calling to protect the natural world. She uses the best she knows of science and magic (not so very different from each other, after all). But even with help from a curious cast of magical creatures, and her spirited classmates (who include the beautiful but feisty fashionista Veronica, a Wampanoag chief-to-be Johnny, and Frankie, who wants to follow in the footsteps of his prize-fighting Uncle Vittorio), ElsBeth’s fierce determination often gets her in way over her magic level, and into mysteries and adventures somewhere just above the surface of reality.

How did you come by the idea for your book/series?

I wanted to write an adventure, in the vein of the classics, and something for both boys and girls. But also with magical elements that presented new realties, and an environmental theme because of my passion and respect for the natural world — influenced, no doubt, by my education and degree in environmental science.

What is your favorite food to snack on while writing?

Unsweetened cocoa and cocoa nibs

If you weren’t a writer or author, what would you be?

I first wanted to be a vet but had some allergies preventing that. I did become an environmental scientist, and I’d definitely be doing something in and with the natural world and keeping and making it healthy.

What are you working on now?

ElsBeth ventures to the Wild West and gets involved with some Native American spirits who are troubled by what’s happened to their lands. ElsBeth is growing up even more, and she learns she can’t make things right all on her own, even if she is a witch.

About the Series

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ElsBeth Amelia Thistle, the youngest witch on Cape Cod, is involved in all the normal aspects of growing up. Her teacher Ms. Finch is a horror, like something out of one of those scary movies her grandmother would never let her watch. And the obnoxious Robert Hillman-Jones has it in for her.

But when Halloween approaches in the sleepy Cape Cod town, a never-quite-forgotten pirate’s treasure awakens some serious trouble. And ElsBeth and her friend Johnny Twofeathers, chief-to-be of the local Wampanoag tribe, together with a cast of spirited classmates and curious magical creatures (including two troublesome fairies from the old country), must face off against dangerous outsiders — and the notorious pirate Billy Bowlegs — to restore the balance of past and present, good and evil. (Particularly appropriate for readers aged 8-10.)

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On an innocent field trip to Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, ElsBeth and her classmates become entangled in the kidnapping of another student — a young Arabian prince. Under the Old North Church they meet the famous freedom fighter, the pirate ghost Captain Thomas Jacques, who leads them on a daring rescue attempt across treacherous waters to Nantucket Island. And along the way ElsBeth and her friends get a real-life lesson in fighting for freedom and caring about something bigger than themselves.

Readers also discover a treasure chest of historical nuggets and Cape and Islands lore, together with a brief account of the authentic pirates featured in Books I and II. (Much-enjoyed by readers ages 9-12.)

About the Authors

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In The Cape Cod Witch Series J Bean Palmer calls upon her family’s long history in New England including a Revolutionary “Green Mountain Boy,” Cape Cod cranberry farmers and artists, and an oft-told family legend that as her grandmother’s ancestors stepped off the Mayflower, her grandfather’s relatives were there to greet them. With a degree in Environmental Science (summa cum laude, University of Maine), the author’s ElsBeth stories reflect a passion and respect for the natural world and its magical kinship.

Co-author Chris Palmer makes some use of his education in philosophy (and his experience as a short-order cook on Cape Cod, a Boston cab driver, and an Internet business executive in California) in contributing the poems that are sung or spoken by several characters in the stories. A 14th generation Cape Codder, he and J Bean currently reside in a converted barn on the banks of a western Maine river. The authors welcome readers’ comments and may be contacted at

Review: The Last Enchanter by Laurisa White Reyes

Just to be clear, I’m on a review and tour lockdown, but not for authors that I’ve reviewed in the past! Having said that, welcome to the official blog tour for The Last Enchanter, Book II of The Celestine Chronicles, a fun-filled fantasy adventure series for middle grade readers. I read and reviewed Book 1 last time and I quite enjoyed it so I was pretty excited to read this book.

About the Book

In Book I, The Rock of Ivanore, enchanter’s apprentice Marcus Frye and five other boys set out on a dangerous journey to locate the Rock of Ivanore and bring it back to their village.

In The Last Enchanter, months have passed since they succeeded in their quest. One of the boys, Kelvin, is living as royalty in Dokur, and Marcus is studying magic with Zyll. When Lord Fredric is murdered and Kelvin becomes king, the Enchanter Zyll and Marcus head for Dokur in hopes of protecting Kelvin from meeting the same fate, though it quickly becomes apparent that none of them are safe, and Marcus has had disturbing visions of Zyll’s death. With the help of his old friends Clovis and Bryn, joined by new friend Lael, a feisty girl in search of her mother, Marcus uncovers a powerful secret that will change the course of his life forever.

In addition to The Last Enchanter being released on October 15th in hardback, The Rock of Ivanore is also now available in paperback!

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Book Blast & $50 Giveaway: Hades and the Helm of Darkness by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Hades and the Helm of Darkness (Heroes in Training Book 3)

The Heroes in Training are entering the Underworld—if Hades can conquer his canine fears, that is. The Underworld usually isn’t really meant to be a fun place—but tell that to Hades! He loves the dark and the stinky smell of sulfur. However, there is one thing that Hades is not a fan of: dogs. And when Zeus and his fellow Olympians encounter Cerberus—a snarling, three-headed dog—Hades must conquer his fears and tame the hound so everyone can continue into the Underworld and deposit their Titan prisoner, Oceanus, back where he belongs! But with magical water that causes forgetfulness, hot beds of lava, and another epic battle with two more Titans standing in their way, will Zeus and his heroes make it out of the Underworld with everyone intact?

Heroes in Training by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Authors Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams deliver fun, adventures, and a few surprises as ten-year-old Olympians go on a journey of a lifetime to discover their true identities and defeat their Titan enemies.

Praise for Heroes in Training

“Readers will gobble this down and look for more, make no mythtake.” ~ Kirkus

“This is a fun read, casting Zeus in the role of relatable kid, and there is a nice balance between his primary goal of survival and his sense of destiny and adventure. . . Share this title, and likely more to come, with those still too young for Percy Jackson’s adventures.” ~ School Library Journal

The Series
#1 Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom
#2 Poseidon and the Sea of Fury
#3 Hades and the Helm of Darkness #4 Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire 

Aladdin Paperbacks (ages 6-9)  

Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom (Book 1)After pulling a magical thunderbolt from a stone, ten-year-old Zeus goes on the adventure of a lifetime in this thrilling start to a brand-new series! The terrible Titans–merciless giants who enjoy snacking on humans–have dominated the earth and put the world into chaos. But their rule is about to be put to the test as a group of young Olympians discover their powers and prepare to righteously rule the universe…. Ten-year-old Zeus is mystified (and super-annoyed) by the fact that he keeps getting hit by lightening. Every. Single. Year. He also longs for adventure, as he has never been far from the cave where he grew up. Zeus gets his wish–and a lot more than he bargained for–when he is kidnapped by dangerous, giant Titans! In self-defense, he grabs the first thing he sees–an actual thunderbolt he pulls from a stone that is covered in mysterious markings. Zeus is the only one who can decipher the markings, and sets off on a quest to rescue his youthful fellow Olympians from the evil Cronus. Armed with his trusty thunderbolt (named Bolt, of course), Zeus is on an adventure of a lifetime–and a journey to fulfill his destiny as King of the Gods.

Poseidon and the Sea of Fury (Book 2) A young Poseidon must triumph over aquatic terrors in this Heroes in Training adventure. The merciless Cronus and his Titan buddies are in hot pursuit of Zeus, Hera, and Poseidon, who plan to travel across the treacherous boiling sea in order to save a fellow Olympian. They have a boat, but they also have a problem: Poseidon can’t swim and is terrified of the water (well, really of the creatures that lurk in its depths). The group faces danger after danger as they battle singing sirens, a fishy and ferocious Titan named Oceanus, and people-eating monsters sent by Cronus himself. Can Poseidon overcome his fears and help his fellow heroes escape Cronus and his cronies?


Author Suzanne Williams
Suzanne Williams is the award-winning author of nearly 40 books for children, from picture books and easy readers to chapter books and middle grade fiction series. A former elementary school librarian, she lives near Seattle. Her picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg) won the New Mexico children’s choice award in 2000 and was on several other state award lists. She is co-author (with Joan Holub) of the popular Goddess Girls series(for ages 8 – 12) and Heroes in Training (ages 6 – 11). Other series include Fairy Blossoms and Princess Power.  


Author Joan Holub
I graduated from college in Texas with a fine arts degree, and then freelanced as an art director at a graphic design firm for eight years. I dreamed of working in children’s books, so I moved to New York City and became associate art director in Scholastic trade books, where I designed books for children and worked with editors and illustrators. It was a great job. I illustrated my first published children’s book in 1992 and soon began illustrating full time. I began completing manuscripts and mailing them out to publishers in the early 1990s. In 1996, I sold my first two manuscripts — Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book (Scholastic) and Pen Pals (Grosset & Dunlap). Yippee! Now I write full time and have written and/or illustrated over 130 children’s books. Creating books that entertain, inform, and interest children (and me) is a fabulous job that I truly love.  


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Blog Tour & $50 Giveaway: Lords of Prophecy (The Prophecies #3) by Michael A. Rothman

So we have another review stop this week. Today we have Lords of Prophecy, the final book in the middle grade fantasy trilogy The Prophecies by author Michael A. Rothman. I reviewed the first two books last year and they were really fun reads. I’m so glad to read the final book in the series. Check out my quick review below and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card! Woot.

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Review: The Rock of Ivanore by Laurisa White Reyes

I love fantasy books for young readers. They make for such light, easy and entertaining reads. The Rock of Ivanore by author Laurisa White Reyes was no exception.

About the book
The annual Great Quest is about to be announced in Quendel, a task that will determine the future of Marcus and the other boys from the village who are coming of age. The wizard Zyll commands them to find the Rock of Ivanore, but he doesn’t tell them what the Rock is exactly or where it can be found. Marcus must reach deep within himself to develop new powers of magic and find the strength to survive the wild lands and fierce enemies he encounters as he searches for the illusive Rock. If he succeeds, he will live a life of honor; if he fails, he will live a life of menial labor in shame. With more twists and turns than a labyrinth, and a story in which nothing is at it seems, this tale of deception and discovery keeps readers in suspense until the end.

This was a really fun and feel-good book to read. I read it in one night because I just wanted to find out how everything will turn out. The writing is simple and easy to follow. It had adventure and magic. It talked about friendship, love, honor, and loyalty, but it also had some dark moments. There have been reviews that the story, events and situations in the book aren’t something new, and it’s quite true but that didn’t really bother me. It was still exciting and entertaining. This book would be great for young readers before they get on the hard core fantasy stuff. It’s great for adult readers, too, if they just want a relatively quick and fun fantasy experience.

I received a review copy of this book at no cost and with no obligations. All opinions and views expressed here are my own.

About the author

Laurisa White Reyes has been writing since the age of 5 when she wrote her first poem on a scrap of poster board. After earning a degree in English at California State University at Northridge, she spent thirteen years writing for various magazines and newspapers, working as a book editor, and teaching creative writing. She gave up all that six years ago to follow her lifelong dream of writing novels. Her first book, The Rock of Ivanore, will be released in May 2012.Besides writing, Laurisa is also a voracious reader. She also loves musical theater, chocolate, sushi, ancient history, bearded dragons, and rain storms. She lives in Southern California with her husband, 5 children, 4 birds, 2 lizards, 2 turtles, 1 fish, 1 dog, and a partridge in a pear tree.