Blog Tour: Jennifer Murgia’s Hedge Witch Series

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We are so glad to be a stop on Jennifer Murgia’s blog tour!  Today, she’s sharing with us her Top 10 Creepy YA Reads:

Jennifer’s Top Ten Creepy YA Books

  1. AMITY – Micol Ostow
  2. DIVINERS – Libba Bray
  3. LAIR OF DREAMS – Libba Bray
  4. THE FALL – Bethany Griffin
  5. THE CREEPING – Alexandra Sirowy
  6. LONG LANKIN – Lindsey Barraclough
  7. THIS IS NOT A TEST – Courtney Summers
  8. THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS – Amy Lukavics
  9. DIARY OF A HAUNTING – M. Verano
  10. MARY: THE SUMMONING – Hillary Monahan

Jennifer really gets us!  We love all of the titles she’s suggested.  We’ll definitely be digging into a few of them over the next week to get ready for Halloween!

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Teaser Tuesday — Castle of Sighs by Jennifer Murgia!

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Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another. 
After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon and Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs—shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping to find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle. 
As secrets unspool, the delicate thread of Rune’s world is threatened when she realizes the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew.
 
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I raise the lantern high and hold my breath, and then I see it.
Distorted in the dimming light, the bone juts out from the snow at an odd,
twisted angle, its color resembling a pale animal hide, alabaster and cream now
grayed and foreboding in the dark. I edge closer, the light bouncing off of it,
accentuating the thin onion-like layers where the elements have chipped and
picked it clean.

Shadows are heavy and thick at my back. The stretch between the forest’s
gloom and the comfort of the kitchen, an impossible length, yet I kneel beside
the protruding appendage—curious, disgusted, cautious. I see why Niclaus had
been so captivated, for I, too, am suddenly intrigued. Settling the basket
beside me, I swipe at the snow, shifting it away from the bone to fully unearth
it. I am careful not to touch it, but continue to clear away, until shoots of
yellowed grass kiss my fingers. The length of the larger bone tapers to what
appears to be the slender slope of a wrist. I follow it with my eye, and then,
I pull back. Breathless and cold, I let my body grow numb as I stare at the
ground. It is hauntingly beautiful, yet terrifying, and I take all of it in.
The snow-covered bone. The color of what truly lies beneath our skin. The
broken limb that elongates into the remains of a hand. With upmost care I pull
one of Niclaus’s finds from the basket and hold it against the skeletal stump,
matching the delicate finger to the eroded joint. It is a perfect fit. So
slight are the digits. So simple are the knuckles. With rapt, studious
attention, I compare it to my own hand, and then, I remember what I am holding
and drop the thing to the ground, wiping my hands upon my snow-soaked skirt.




12047339_10204925037027853_275710381_n.jpgJennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE, THE BLISS), to contemporary gut-punchers (BETWEEN THESE LINES). Her latest, FOREST OF WHISPERS, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner. The sequel, CASTLE OF SIGHS, releases October 27, 2015 from Spencer Hill Press. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.

Literary Representation:
Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary Agency ~ amanda@macgregorlit.com
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Teaser Tuesday! Jennifer Murgia’s CASTLE OF SIGHS

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12025463_10204925059908425_1921066318_n.jpgSome secrets cannot be kept—in life or in death. 

Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another. 
After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon and Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs—shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping to find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle. 
As secrets unspool, the delicate thread of Rune’s world is threatened when she realizes the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew.

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     “He is magnificent.” She whispers when we
have finished.
     The child lies still upon the table. A
composite of hair and skin and bones from the village boy—his heart now beats
with magick. In time, the delicate stitches will heal and no one will question
how, or why.
     It was almost too much to bear the moment
we began, and so I created a tonic of herbs and incense to fill the room while
we worked. The woman’s nerves have now settled, and by the look upon her face
she seems pleased with my work.
     “Utterly magnificent,” she repeats, her
finger tracing the delicate flesh of his arm, his collarbone, his jaw. She
holds a lock of his hair between her finger and thumb, then reaches for her
own, inches shorter in a place at the nape of her neck.  “He looks just like my son.”
     “He is
your son,” I confirm.
     She nods, her eyes still disbelieving yet
accepting, all at once.
     The boy yawns then wakes, as if he’d been
asleep this whole time.
     “Will he know me?”
     “Your blood is his now.”
     She approaches the child with caution and
the moment he sees her, he smiles and holds his arms out to her. Tears of joy
spill down her cheeks.
     My heart clenches, for it too misses the
love of a child.
     “But . . .”
     “You will tell your husband that you found
the babe in the forest, crying and alone.” I hand her a small, muslin pouch.
“Tonight, you will stir these herbs into his ale, and the rest into your tea.
By dawn, it will be as if the boy has been born to you all along.”
     I wait patiently for her to nod and agree
with what must be done. “Have you a name for the boy?”

     “After
my father,” she tells me. “His name shall be Laurentz.”


12047339_10204925037027853_275710381_n.jpgJennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE, THE BLISS), to contemporary gut-punchers (BETWEEN THESE LINES). Her latest, FOREST OF WHISPERS, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner. The sequel, CASTLE OF SIGHS, releases October 27, 2015 from Spencer Hill Press. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.

 
Literary Representation:
Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary Agency ~ amanda@macgregorlit.com
 
 
Connect with Jennifer:
 

Waiting on Wednesday — Jennifer Murgia’s upcoming CASTLE OF SIGHS

Katie and I are so happy to share this with you!  CASTLE OF SIGHS is the sequel to FOREST OF WHISPERS, which Ashley loved.  We can’t wait to read this one!
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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly awaiting!

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Title: Castle of Sighs (Forest of Whispers #2)
Author: Jennifer Murgia
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Expected Publication Date: April 27, 2016

Blurb:
Some secrets cannot be kept—in life or in death. 
Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another. 
After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon and Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs—shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping to find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle. 
As secrets unspool, the delicate thread of Rune’s world is threatened when she realizes the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew.



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12047339_10204925037027853_275710381_n.jpgJennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE, THE BLISS), to contemporary gut-punchers (BETWEEN THESE LINES). Her latest, FOREST OF WHISPERS, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner. The sequel, CASTLE OF SIGHS, releases October 27, 2015 from Spencer Hill Press. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.

 
Literary Representation:
Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary Agency ~ amanda@macgregorlit.com
 
 
Connect with Jennifer:
 

Between These Lines — Relaunch!

Hi, Everyone-

Sadly, the small press, YA PLAYLIST, is no more.  However, the wonderful authors that had books published through them have been lucky to find new homes for these great titles.  Jennifer Murgia’s contemporary BETWEEN THESE LINES is one of them!

With the relaunch comes a new cover, which I’m excited to share with you:

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In case you’re unfamiliar with the book, here’s the summary:

Summary: When a Social Communications class assignment brings quiet Chase Mitman and popular Evie Cunningham together, it’s a real eye-opener. Haunted and damaged in their own way, they have only shown others what they want them to see–not that they each hold a terrible secret deep inside, or that they have more in common than they’d ever like anyone to realize.

But then it happens. The sweaty palms. The kiss. And something worse . . . and Chase is there to pick up the pieces.
Knowing their relationship comes at a price, Chase’s life collides with Evie’s in the most beautiful and tragic way, until the unthinkable happens. The party. An innocent prank turns ugly. An anonymous note changes everything. And lives at Whitley Prep will never be the same.

You can buy it via Amazon as an eBook only (for the time being).