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Monday, March 18, 2019

The Secrets of Hawthorne House Book Blast and Giveaway

Check out this teen paranormal mystery then be sure to enter the associated giveaway. Two winners of two different prizes, including an Amazon gift card. Open worldwide through 4/8. Good luck.

The Secrets of Hawthorne House
by Donald Firesmith
Genre: Teen Paranormal Mystery

Matt's life changes forever when a family of druids moves into the dilapidated Victorian mansion next door. The story of an unlikely friendship, the clash of two completely different cultures, secret magic, and a search for the lost Hawthorne treasure.
Fifteen-year-old Matt Mitchell was having the worst summer imaginable. Matt’s misery started when a drunk driver killed his mother. Then his father moved him and his twin sister to the small town of Hawthorne in rural Indiana, as far as his grieving father could take from the ocean that Matt's mother had loved. At the new high school, three bullies are determined to make Matt miserable. And to top it off, Matt learns that the recluse who lives in the 'haunted house" next door is none other than Old Lady Hawthorne, the town’s infamous witch and murderer. Matt’s terrible summer is turning into an awful autumn when something quite unexpected happens. Old Lady Hawthorne’s niece and her three children arrive, and Matt meets Gerallt.

A geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He's also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat by his fear that the term "distinguished" makes him sound like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer whose beard is still slightly more red than gray.

By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels and relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, and his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs, cats, and birds.

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  1. I love this cover. Gets my imagination going!

  2. I'm really loving this cover. I wish I had a house like the one on the cover. Great detail on the art.

  3. Rudi Parfaite, lead environmental artist for a French video-gaming company, did a great job capturing the house based on my architectural drawings.

  4. The cover art seems appropriate for the book. Good job.

  5. The cover is very nice. I like the artwork and the orange graphics are very striking.

  6. The cover is spooky but the author is looks like he might be a bit of a rascal! Both of my daughter's are software engineers. The oldest just quit after 15+years & started acting & has been in several series & few movies! She even took my dog for a role in a made for tv movie! My dog didn't like it & was glad to be home & away from those strange people!

  7. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    The book looks like an amazing read!