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Saturday, March 14, 2020

The Secrets of Hawthorne House Book Blast and Giveaway

With all their free time, don't let the kids get away from doing some reading. Here's an urban fantasy for them to enjoy. The giveaway has two prizes available, one for only US residents and another for worldwide readers. Open through 4/12. Good luck.

The Secrets of Hawthorne House 
by Donald Firesmith 
Genre: YA/MG Urban Fantasy 

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.


Book Trailer 





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. 

Autographed Book of Hell Holes 1: What Lurks Below (US only) 

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16 comments:

  1. My husband and I love Donald Firesmith's work. He's a favorite author of ours.

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  2. I love the cover to this book. So much atmosphere!

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  3. The cover is spooky and I'm intrigued by the title and the blurb. I need to know the secrets!

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  4. I've never read his books. But i'm going to too now.

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  5. I really want to spend the night in the house on the cover. I love that style!

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  6. I love the cover! It really sets the tone for the book!

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  7. I enjoy a good MG fantasy book! This sounds like it fits the bill & I love the cover!

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  8. No questions - the cover is cool

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  9. The cover is awesome and the book looks like something i would like to read.

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  10. I would read the book just for the cover.

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  11. The book just received a great review from US Review of Books.
    https://www.theusreview.com/reviews/The-Secrets-of-Hawthorne-House-by-Donald-Firesmith.html

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