Hi everybody! How are you enjoying your summer? Hope that you are all doing fine, enjoying your books.
I want to invite you to join an awesome giveaway that the author Victoria Simcox was kind to let me prepare for you! There will be 3 lucky winners of her first book, The Magic Warble! Check the book below and don’t forget to join the giveaway! Everyone is welcome to join!
Genre: Middle-grade (ages 9-13), Fantasy, Magic
Number of pages: 267 with 1-2 picture per chapter
Format: Digital / Paperback
Published February 1st 2009 by Two Harbors Press (MN)
Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals and the evil Queen Sentiz. In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one,” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble,” in its final resting place. She must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, and an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.
Ugan worked as fast as he could to dump the water overboard,and when he looked over the edge, he could see many sharks swarming around the perimeter of the boat. The rain began to taper off, and he decided that scooping up the water one more time would be sufficient. Then he’d get back to rowing and try to get away from the sharks. Every bone and muscle in his body ached from being in the icy wind and rain, and his fingers were almost totally numb. He scooped the last bit of rainwater and was about to throw it into the sea, when his foot got caught in a rope on the bottom of the boat. The boat swayed to one side and then to the other, and he fell forward over its right side. With his foot caught in the rope, he dangled, just inches above the dark, twisting sea.
“Help!” he yelled franticly as a shark’s fin brushed against his face.
Queen Sentiz got up off her pillow and glared down at Ugan over the side of the boat. She seemed to enjoy watching him dangle in fear. Two sharks jumped up, angrily snapping at each other, no more than a foot away from his head.
The queen laughed wickedly. “Do you want to come up?” she asked.
“Please, my most gracious queen, don’t let me die,” Ugan begged.
“Well, I could row myself,” she said, looking toward the sky.
“But I don’t think I will. I don’t want to break a nail.” She grabbed the rope and pulled Ugan back into the boat. “Now get back to the oars, and don’t let it happen again, or you’ll be making some shark a tasty feast,” she said, tugging on his beard.
About the Author
Victoria was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She now lives in Western Washington with her husband, Russ and their three children, Toby, Kristina, and William. Her other family members are a Chihuahua, named Pipsy and two cats, named Frodo and Fritz. Besides being an author, Victoria is a home-schooling mother of twelve years and an elementary school art teacher of eleven years. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys managing her two older children’s Celtic band. She also loves writing, reading, painting watercolors, hiking, good movies, and just simply hanging out with her family and friends.