It's here! The book of my heart, my debut middle grade novel, is finally out and on shelves today!
There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital--the mirrors that reflect the elegant rooms once home to a princess, now filled with sick children. Only Emmaline can see the creatures. It is her secret.
One morning, Emmaline climbs over the wall of the hospital’s abandoned gardens and discovers something incredible: a white horse with a broken wing has left the mirror-world and entered her own.
The horse, named Foxfire, is hiding from a dark and sinister force—a Black Horse who hunts by colorless moonlight. If Emmaline is to keep him from finding her new friend, she must surround Foxfire with treasures of brilliant shades. But where can Emmaline find color in a world of gray?
What people are saying:
“Emmaline's narration is unreliable, flawlessly childlike, and deeply honest; her faith in magic brings her solace and, possibly, healing. The magical realism is reminiscent of the Chronicles of Narnia, Elizabeth Goudge, or a child's version of Life of Pi...Readers will love this to pieces.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred review
"Endearing characters, metaphors for life and death, and a slow revelation of the horrors of war give this slim novel a surprising amount of heft."—Booklist, Starred review
"Dramatic and sorrowful" -Wall Street Journal
"Magical, terrifying, and full of heart. Open these pages, and ride true."-Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor-winning author
"A remarkable book. Astonishing!"-Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse
Where to Buy It:
And of course, I always encourage you to buy a copy from your local independent bookstore. Independent bookstores have been incredible supportive of this book, and let's thank them for all they do in our communities by supporting them with our purchases!
Want a signed and personalized copy? You can order them from:
Malaprop's Bookstore, Asheville NC
Highland Books, Brevard NC
Spellbound Children's Books, Asheville NC
The book's website has all kinds of fun things, like an Author Q&A and these downloadable coloring pages from the interior illustrations!
And be sure to check out my events page for full information to see if I'll be coming near you! Here's the official launch party information:
SECRET HORSES OF BRIAR HILL launch party!
Thursday, Oct 13, 7-8pm
Please join me for a fun evening celebration of The Secret Horses of Briar Hill! I'll be reading from the book and showing off the beautiful interior illustrations. Catered by Green Man Brewing and French Broad Chocolate Lounge!