Friday, 31 July 2015

Witch in the Woods

Witch in the Woods

by T.A. Bunker

5 out of 5

Synopsis
When twenty year old, professional witch hunter, Victor Steep is summoned to handle a case; he travels to the town of Beth's Hollow to find residing in the vast woods surrounding the town, a witch with a deadly obsession.

In the woods, Victor meets a mysterious and beautiful young lady named Clearly, and her kind, but cursed brother Fabian. Promising Clearly that he will look for a cure for her brother, Victor soon questions if he can keep that promise, for killing the malicious witch he was hired to hunt, became more complicated than expected. In Order to defeat the witch, Victor now must find a book that has been missing for nearly twenty years, or risk the fate of Clearly, Fabian, and the entire town of Beth's Hollow. Not to mention, if he should fail, losing the possession of his very own skull to the witch’s disturbing collection.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Harlow Whittaker Covers

Harlow Whittaker Series

by Valerie Day-Sanchez

Ok, so about this time last year, I was reading and reviewing the very imaginative Harlow Whittaker & the Apprentice.  And about four months before that, I had the pleasure of getting an interview with Valerie.

Well, the good news is that the third and final book Harlow Whittaker & the End of Days has finally been released, so we can find out how Harlow, Larkin & co come back from that massive cliff-hanger in the last book.
But even better, to celebrate the series, Day-Sanchez has given her books a bit of a makeover.

Old covers:





Monday, 27 July 2015

Wave Singers

Wave Singers

by Echo Fox

4 out of 5

Synopsis
The only future that eighteen year old Merry Malone sees for herself is one involving music. She needs to win a music scholarship or all her dreams will come to nothing.

However, the discovery of a mysterious locket leads Merry to a faraway land, with strange customs and an even stranger people, the Mer. Music plays a magical role here and Merry finds herself warming to this alternate reality.

In an epic battle to free the Mer from their tyrant king, should Merry trust Leander, her childhood best friend or Dylan, a man of the Mer?

EQUILIBRIA SERIES
Trouble is brewing in the harmonious land of Pangaea.

Ever since the continent was split into it’s four elemental parts by Strife, the balance has been edging ever so slightly in favour of the dark.

Now, four elementals just coming into their powers must meet Strife head on and restore balance to their world.

In Wave Singers, we wonder; which future will Merry choose?

Friday, 24 July 2015

Ice

Ice

by Jessica Wren

3 out of 5

Synopsis
In Minterville, Georgia, the residents live in relative seclusion, partly to keep crime out of their small, tranquil community, and partly to prevent the world from finding out about The Minter, a form of telepathy that interconnects them and gives them a sense of unity.

Then The Minter, which cannot function in the presence of evil, stops working. Mayor Tom Watson suspects that two families who had recently moved to town have ties to Manuela Escribano (known as the Ice Queen), a prolific drug lord who, unbeknownst to the rest of Minterville, has a deadly score to settle with Tom.

No one, including Tom, has any idea how deep the Manuela's desire for revenge runs, until one Friday morning, twenty women disappear. When Manuela sends in a video detailing her diabolical plot to get revenge against Tom and the community that has harbored him for thirty years, Minterville must come together as one to rescue the women before time runs out. They must act quickly, or innocent people will die and their beloved community (and along with it, The Minter) will be destroyed forever.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Markie Madden Interview

Markie Madden

Author of:
My Butterfly Cancer
Once Upon a Western Way
Keeping a Backyard Horse

Marguerite Madden, called Markie by friends and family, was born August 19, 1975, in Midland, Texas. She grew up in the small town of Flushing, Michigan. While in high school, she took creative writing and was a photographer for the school newspaper. In 1993, she won the National Quill and Scroll Society award for best photo in a high school paper. She began writing her first novel, Once Upon a Western Way, while still attending school.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

When Dead Men won't Lie

When Dead Men won't Lie

by Felicity Snowden

3 out of 5

Synopsis
Eleven year old Niall Robson is a Yorkshire lad with a vivid imagination, who retreats into a fantasy world of heroes and villains, to colour his post- war childhood. But Niall’s real world is falling apart. His Dad is out of work, his mother at the end of her tether and his sister out of her mind.
Then literally, just beyond his back door Niall makes a fascinating discovery, triggering a series of haunting events that will change his life forever.
Is it the ranting and raving of his neighbours that Niall can hear through the paper thin walls or voices from another time?
Will he solve the mystery of the handsome stranger who steals his sister’s heart?
Can he rise above the taunts and tortures he suffers at the hand of two brainless bullies?
And will he retain his sense of humour and staunch optimism in the face of adversity?
Things are looking increasingly grim in the Robson household and Niall realises that he must forego his childhood fantasies and step into the real world in order to discover the truth and find the true heroes in his life.
  

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Atomic Aardvark

Atomic Aardvark

by Ryan Guy

4 out of 5

Synopsis
The good, the bad, and the Surly.

Q. What do you get when you cross an aardvark, a skunk, and a couple of star-crossed lovers with technology and a series of cataclysmic events?

A. Atomic Aardvark-- An exciting, comedy-action-suspense-with-a-little-bit-of-romance fantasy novel. Guaranteed to be the best one I've ever written. Read it! It's better than this summary. Much longer, too.


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

The Spell Master

The Spell Master

by Markelle Grabo

3 out of 5

Synopsis
Only one key can unlock the secret...

After discovering her true heritage and rescuing her sister, Ramsey Wilder is finally adjusting to life in the Elf Realm. She still has a lot to learn though, especially about her new power, which makes her start in ability school extremely convenient. But even as she immerses herself in school life, the secret she has yet to learn continues to linger in the back of her mind, as well as thoughts of Finn and his dangerous promise to return. And with Stellan away at war and Zora acting strange, Ramsey has no one to turn to but Nathan, an elf from school with much more to him than spells and a sarcastic sense of humor – one that Ramsey can't help but gravitate toward. And as danger reenters Ramsey's life, the terror and mystery only brings them closer together, threatening her future with Stellan and jeopardizing her relationship with her sister.

Ramsey can't lie to herself forever about what – and who – she truly desires, but is she ready for more changes to be a part of her already uncertain future? In this thrilling second installment, the key to Ramsey's secret may very well also unlock the secrets to her heart.

Monday, 6 July 2015

The Elf Girl

The Elf Girl

by Markelle Grabo

2 out of 5

Synopsis
The beginning of an incredible journey...

At fifteen, Ramsey Wilder spends every day receiving numerous taunts and insults from those around her because of her strange, exotic looks. With her pale skin and striking features – not to mention the pointy ears – she struggles with self-confidence, often feeling out of place in her small home town of Wisconsin.

One night, Ramsey nearly drowns from what she can only describe as a magical encounter, and when she meets a beautiful pair of siblings who happen to have the same physical features as she, Ramsey learns that she is far more different than she once realized. She is an elf.

Whisked away to a magical Realm with unique beings like her, Ramsey finds herself placed with the duty of finding her long lost sister. Kidnapped by fairies in the middle of a dangerous war between fae and the elf kind, her sister is the key to a secret surrounding Ramsey’s past that could potentially affect the outcome of the war. Without her, Ramsey will never know why her parents sent her to live with the humans in the first place, or why threats far deadlier than the war itself seem to be waiting in the wings.

Dangers lie waiting for Ramsey wherever she goes, and as she delves deeper into the world of fantasy, she learns that magic isn’t always wondrous and beautiful; it can be cruel and wicked.

Surrounded by mystery, magic…and even a little romance, Ramsey sets out to save her sister, unveil her past, and discover herself.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

#IndieBooksBeSeen Character Quiz



Indie Character Quiz!

Have you checked out the #IndieBooksBeSeen movement today?
Discover your next favourite author at Facebook or join the hashtag on Twitter!
There are tons of freebies for the avid reader; interviews with authors; and help for writers ready to make the leap into publishing.

Here at The Northern Witch, we're holding a little quiz - how well do you know Indie books?  Can you guess the characters below?
The only prize is bragging rights - post below to show off how well you did!

Best of all, all photos and drawings are provided by the authors, which gives a lovely insight into how they view their character, and gives a taste of their artistic flair!