Saturday, August 9, 2014

Fun News! My Middle-Grade Debut Novel

The news is now out that my debut middle grade novel CHATELAINE: THE THIRTEENTH CHARM has been acquired in a pre-empt by Kendra Levin of Viking, for a winter 2016 release. I'm very excited, as I love this book and my main character, Kat, and I'm eager to share them with the world.

Here's a synopsis:

CHATELAINE is a middle-grade novel set in a rundown Scottish castle during WWII. The lady of the manor has set it up as a temporary boarding school for children escaping the Blitz. But something is not right with that castle or that lady, and the children begin disappearing one by one. There are clues that hint that a spy is in the house; there are signs that can't be denied that there is a sinister magic. It's a race against the clock for one girl, her two younger siblings, and her new best friend to get to the bottom of things.

So...World War II, spies, ghosts, magic, a witch, a creepy castle, steampunk, children in danger, an "enigma machine", a magician who may live forever, the Scottish Highlands...

I've made a little video sneak-peek. Let me know what you think!