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Friday, October 4, 2019

The Secrets of Hawthorne House Book Blast and Giveaway

Here we have a teen paranormal mystery. And... a giveway with two winners. One gets a signed copy of the book, while the other gets an Amazon gift card. Open worldwide through 10/31. 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.
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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. The cover art seems appropriate for the book. Good job.

  2. I love fantasy books and this one sounds like a great one.

  3. Loving the cover. I'd love to live in a house like that! Book sounds interesting, too.

  4. I love the cover. I love Halloween and spooky stuff

  5. The cover looks appropriately spooky. I would want to read it.

  6. What was your inspiration for this book? I like the book cover.

    1. I like to read urban paranormal fantasies, and I wanted to take a different approach to the traditional haunted house / witch-next-door meme.

  7. I love everything about the cover, especially the spooky old house in the background!!

  8. I like the cover-thanks

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  9. The cover is spooky, and it makes me want to read the book!

  10. Rudy Parfaite, the cover artist, is the lead environmental artist for a Paris-based gaming company. The cover won a July 2019 cover of the month prize.

  11. I like how the author's picture kind of matches the cover.

  12. It looks like an interesting read.

  13. Love the spooky cover! looks like a great read.