Aurelio Voltaire’s debut novel, Call of the Jersey Devilwill be an Amazon Big Deal from today, April 25 until Sunday, May 11.
The Pine Barrens of New Jersey are a wasteland – well, even more so than the rest of the state. Few people can live there, businesses certainly don’t thrive, and other than the trees that cast an impenetrable darkness over the sugar sand, not a lot of things flourish in the unusual landscape.
Except for the Jersey Devil. Hellspawn of folklore and legend.
Which makes it the perfect place for a Goth festival!
Or, at least that’s what brings five disenfranchised mall rats and a washed up Goth musician to a particular, lonely cabin in this wasteland. Where they’re about to find out that it really is true: New Jersey is an entrance to Hell.
With the help of a lone witch, this small group must face off against their deepest fears and the most unholy monsters in a battle where their very souls, the world they live in, and any chance of returning to Hot Topic is at stake!
And Darby Karchut has TWO specials. Right now Gideon’s Spear, the sequel to Finn Finnegan is also an Amazon Big Deal from today, April 25, until Sunday, May 8!
For Finn, it’s time to Irish up.
When a power-crazed sorceress and the neighborhood pack of beast-like goblins team up and threaten both his master and his friends, thirteen-year-old Finn (not Finnegan) MacCullen does the only thing an apprentice monster hunter can do: he takes the fight to the enemy. And woe to the foe he meets along the way.
Squeee!!! It’s finally time share the cover for the sequel to FINN FINNEGAN Darby Karchut‘s GIDEON’S SPEAR! You all know how much I love my author, Darby, so please help me spread the word. Even awesomer, the amazing Lisa Amowitz, another friend of mine, outdid herself making this cover–and it truly is a perfect fit for the book. Everything you may have loved about Finn, but with even more action and humor!
Awww over the cover…and here are the details!
The sequel to FINN FINNEGAN
By Darby Karchut
(The Adventures of Finn MacCullen #2)
For Finn MacCullen, it’s time to Irish up.
With a shout, Finn held the spear aloft. “Come along, ye manky beasties,” he yelled, throwing every bit of Gideon-ness he could into his voice. “I’ve a wee point to share with ye!” Gripping the end of the shaft in both hands, he swung it around and around over his head, creating a whistling sound. “Faugh a ballagh!”
“The Spear!” Goblin voices screeched in panic. “The Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan!”
“Yeah, you got that right!” Finn yelled back.
When a power-crazed sorceress and the neighborhood pack of beast-like goblins team up and threaten both his master and his friends, thirteen-year-old Finn (not Finnegan) MacCullen does the only thing an apprentice monster hunter can do: he takes the fight to the enemy.
And woe to the foe he meets along the way.
(Book One of The Adventures of Finn MacCullen)
“Overall, a great choice for adventure-loving readers who prefer their battle scenes with a hefty dose of ancient weaponry, ground-fighting skills, and just a touch of magic.” —School Library Journal
“If Lloyd Alexander had written The Ranger’s Apprentice, the result might have been something like Finn Finnegan. Fantastic!” –Mike Mullin, author of Ashfall and Ashen Winter
“Finn Finnegan brings classic adventure into a modern day setting for a great read.”
—Dee Garretson, author of Wildfire Run and Wolf Storm
Title: Gideon’s Spear (The sequel to Finn Finnegan)
Thank you everyone who participated in my Cover Reveal Scavenger Hunt–whether you posted a piece or were hunting through to win one of the awesome prizes!
If you haven’t yet entered, let me remind you of what’s up for grabs:
A beautiful oval fused glass necklace on an antique backing featuring a kelpie–or, well, a scary looking black horse. It matches the MacArthur tartan, color wise! Made by Renee of Stained Glass Creations!
More beauty + jewelry! A necklace featuring Vic Caswell’s actual art of the kelpie in a beautiful setting by Art by Stefanie.
For the non-jewelry inclined: An 11×6 poster of the cover art, signed by the author and artist, plus a set of trading cards based on the scavenger hunt pieces–the characters featured on the cover!
How do you play? Go to the various blogs below and collect the words from the novel excerpts within each of the posts! To make it extra easy, here are the permalinks with the words you need to collect:
Besides catching the awesome art and some sneak-peaks at the novel, some of my hosts have written their own messages about the novel, about some of the topics in the novel, and (thank you, Laura), about their experience editing the novel. Take a little time to look around these blogs; you may enjoy what else they offer!
Finn (not bleedin’ Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the Amandán, a breed of goblin-like creatures.
Now with the beasts concentrating their attacks on Finn, he and his master must race to locate the lost Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan, the only weapon that can destroy the Amandán, all the while hiding his true identity from his new friends, Rafe and Savannah, twins whose South African roots may hold a key to Finn’s survival.
Armed with a bronze dagger, some ancient Celtic magic, and a hair-trigger temper, Finn is about to show his enemies the true meaning of “fighting Irish.”
Vikki and I were going through the slush pile when we both fell in love with this manuscript. Irish mythology! Adventure! In the suburbs!
Only… it was skewed a bit young for what, at that time, we were familiar with as the type of book SHP went for.
At first, unbeknownst to each other, we each still individually jumped on Kate to expand the SHP vision to include mid-grade.
Kate, in her usual awesome-Kate-ness, said something to the effect of, “Sure, I think we can do that!” and then informed us we each had asked for it, and wouldn’t it be nice for us to co-edit the manuscript.
Lots of fun ensued.
Including Vikki snickering at me searching through tissues for this one particular scene I was editing at her kitchen table. Because snark and teasing so don’t fit with the things we adore about Darby’s characters. Noo… not at all! Finn is such an angel… no, wait, that’s Darby’s other books (also awesome.)
So, with the ups being the immediate emotional ties we had to the characters, our love of the humor and dialogue, our appreciation of the story… what was there left for us to edit, you ask?
Well, there was a big chunk of “No, you need to write even more about this, this… and definitely more Gideon!” (Seriously, wait till you meet the knight!)
Since this is also written in third person, mostly through Finn and Gideon’s eyes, we also played around with the point of view, which is a lot of fun to play with because it can both offer some excellent insight to the characters, but get confusing if it gets away from you… as writing often does in its journey.
Also, for my part, my roommate-at-the-time and I experimented with my collection of daggers, dirks, and knives to ensure the plausibility of using one’s jeans to hold a blade (notsomuch, boy/girl-butt shape regardless). Vikki picked up on the specifics of knife sharpening (whetstone needs oil) and set me to work helping her sharpen some kitchen knives for missing something I should’ve caught. ;). Of course, in my geek world, any excuse to (safely) play with blades and talk about them makes me a happy camper.
As I said, much fun ensued.
Furthermore, because having so much fun editing wasn’t enough, I managed to hook Darby up with one of my favorite Celtic bands, Emerald Rose, who let us license their music for the wicked cool trailer! Darby loved them so much, she also asked about licensing to quote their lyrics to “Fire in the Head” in the novel. Way cool!
While I have not had the chance to hug Darby in person for this release, I’m happy to direct you to her page where, if you’re out west-ish, you might get to do that for me. She’s got an excellent tour planned with her boys (Finn and Gideon… and possibly Griffin and Basil might make a showing), that, if at all possible, you must check out.
At the very least, you have to get yourself your own copy of Finn Finnegan to love and hug.
And be tortured by as you wait for its sequel, Gideon’s Spear, coming out next year.