Friday, July 20, 2012

The Black Shard by Victoria Simcox (Book Spotlight and Giveaway)

Kristina's stay at summer horse camp is horrible to say the least, and it's all because Hester and Davina are there as well, making her life miserable. When Hester's cruel prank goes terribly wrong, it's actually what sends the three girls back to the magical land of Bernovem. In Bernovem, Kristina is very excited to see her former friend, Prince Werrien. When he invites her to sail with him on his ship to his homeland Tezerel, putting it simply, Kristina can't refuse.
Reunited with her gnome, dwarf, animal, fairy friends ... and best of all, Werrien, things seem like they couldn't get any better for Kristina. But when Werrien becomes fascinated with an unusual seeing stone, the "Black Shard," Kristina is haunted by a ghostlike old hag. Struggling against suspicion, guilt, illness, and ultimately the one who wants to possess her soul, Kristina will see it's in her weakest moment that she will encounter more strength than she has ever known.

    Chapter 3 - Return to Bernovem 
    “Kristina?” a male voice called to her from the nearby trees.
    The voice caused a shiver to run up her spine. “Who said that?”
    Kristina said, looking around, slightly confused.
    A young man suddenly appeared. Kristina looked bewildered.
    “Who ... are you?” she asked.
    “Come on—has it really been that long?” he said, just before
    cracking a familiar smile.
    Kristina’s stomach flooded with butterflies.
    It can’t be, she thought.Her heart began to pound. He was taller, more muscular, and his
    voice was deeper—and he was more handsome than she could ever
    have imagined.
    “Werrien!” she cried.

    • Reading level: Ages 9 and up
    • Book two in series, book one is The Magic Warble 
    • 266 pages with 1-2 pages per chapter
    • Publisher: Two Harbors Press (October 4, 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1937293149
    • ISBN-13: 978-1937293147
    • ASIN: B0084AA7RO
    • Available to purchase at Amazon: PRINT & KINDLE ($2.99)

    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.


    Enter to win a copy of The Black Shard by Victoria Simcox - there will be four winners! One winner will receive a printed copy (US only) and three winners will receive an e-copy (Int.).

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    1 comment:

    1. I have fifteen grandchildren and a children's book blog so I feel as if I can share this amazing book to many children.