Yay, it's so nice to be here on Magic Thursday, not just because I love Thursdays (though I do) but also because I love magic. For as long as I can remember, I've believed that magic is real. The weird thing is that when pressed, I have no answer as to why I believe in something that exists beyond science and explanation, I just do.
Perhaps it's because I grew up on a steady diet of Tolkien, Raymond E Fiest, Anne McCaffrey, Marion Zimmer Bradley and Ursula LeGuin? Or maybe it's because sometimes the real world seems unfair and cruel and the idea of magic existing just makes me feel better. Or, there is a slim chance that I believe in it because I secretly want to wake up one day with some kind of special power (I'm thinking Karma God would be kinda cool!)
But whatever the reason, all I know is that regardless of what boring proof people try and show me, I will always believe that there is something extra in this world!
And because it wouldn't be Magic Thursday without a giveaway, I'm going to put a copy of my upcoming YA novel, Fairy Bad Day up for grabs. To be in with a chance to win, all you need to do is tell me what kind of magical powers that you would secretly like to have (and why).
Fairy Bad Day is my third published novel and it comes out in the US on the 9th of June and in Aust/NZ on the 27th of June. And while there isn't much magic in this book, there are a lot of skittles, not to mention invisible fairies, pointy swords and a cute hero on crutches!
Here is a small blurb about it and you can find more over at my website.
While most students at Burtonwood Academy get to kill demons and goblins, fifteen-year-old Emma gets to rid the world of little annoying fairies with glittery wings and a hipster fashion sense. She was destined to be a dragon slayer, but cute and charming Curtis stole her spot. Then she sees a giant killer fairy - and it's invisible to everyone but her! If Emma has any chance of stopping this evil fairy, she's going to need help. Unfortunately, the only person who can help is Curtis. And now, not only has he stolen her dragon-slayer spot, but maybe her heart as well! Why does she think it's going to be a fairy bad day?
"The exciting plot, humor throughout—often provided by the little fairies—and relatively innocent romance between characters will grab readers and keep them involved. " Kirkus Reviews
"In a fun mashup of the modern and the magical, Ashby (Zombie Queen of Newbury High) creates nicely developed characters and supports them with strong plotting and zippy writing. Laced with humor, danger, and romance, this book will have readers smiling all the way to the last page." Publisher's Weekly
Fairy Bad Day ~ Puffin 9th of June 2011
Sophie's Mixed-Up Magic #1 Wishful Thinking ~ Puffin Summer 2012
Sophie's Mixed-Up Magic #2 In a Bind ~ Puffin TBA
Sophie's Mixed-Up Magic #3 Out of Sight ~ Puffin TBA
Demonosity ~ Puffin Spring 2013