Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Give-Away And Series Spotlight

Today I'm spotlighting the Edgar-and Agatha Award-nominated book, The Wizard of Dark Street and its sequel, The Magician's Tower all written by Shawn Thomas Odyssey. These are all part of the Oona Crate Mystery Series.

Since I'm a few days late with my MMGM post I'm also going to be giving away one copy of The Magicians Tower!! How's that for some magic?

About The Book: Oona Crate was born to be the Wizard’s apprentice, but she has another destiny in mind.

Despite possessing the rare gift of natural magic, Oona wants to be a detective. Eager for a case to prove herself, she wants to show her uncle—the Wizard of Dark Street—that logic is as powerful as magic. But when someone attacks the Wizard, Oona must delve even deeper into the world of magic to discover who wanted her uncle dead.

Full of magic, odd characters, evil henchmen, and a street where nothing is normal, The Wizard of Dark Street will have you guessing until the very end. —Goodreads

First Line: On the fourth of November, 1876, the Wizard of Dark Street placed rthe following advertisement in the classified section of the New York Times:

What Other's Have Said: *Starred Review* "Odyssey's lyrical descriptions ("It was a place as ancient as the wind, where candlestick trees replaced light posts, and street clocks told jokes as well as time") and consummate world-building result in a wonderfully fresh fantasy-detective story." —Publishers Weekly


About The Book: Despite her extraordinary magical abilities and sleuthing skills, Oona Crate’s detective agency has failed to take off. But a new challenge captures her attention—The Magician’s Tower Contest.
Held every five years, no one has ever completed the array of dangerous tasks (such as racing on flying carpets or defeating a horde of angry apes). As the competition commences, a case emerges. A rare punchbowl—one with unparalleled magical powers—has disappeared from the carnival surrounding the Magician’s Tower. If Oona can find the culprit, she could use the bowl to answer her question about her mother’s and sister’s tragic deaths so many years ago—was she really at fault?

First Line: One the sixth of March, 1852, historian Arthur Blackstone gave the following speech to the  Historical Society in New York City. "Like the houw hand on a clock, Dark Street spins through the Drift."

What Others Are Saying: This clever sequel to The Wizard of Dark Street (2011) features an admirable heroine and an original plot laced with logic puzzles. Fantasy lovers will have a great time with this one. —Booklist
A traditional mystery structure and word puzzles mix nicely with action-packed magical stunts. Michael Buckley's The Sisters Grimm readers will find this series worth following.  —School Library Journal

GEO Librarian (Giving away the same book, only 8 hours left to enter!) 
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The Hopeful Heroine

What I Thought: Confession; I haven't finished them yet. What I have read, I'm enjoying and love the mystery linked with magic. Odyssey has an incredible imagination and, as you will learn, extremely talented.

About The Author:
Shawn Thomas Odyssey

Who:For eight mysterious years Shawn Thomas Odyssey labored extremely long hours in a 140-seat (and rumored to be haunted) professional theatre in Santa Barbara, California. There he worked as an actor, a musician, a stagehand, a set builder, a scenic painter, casting coordinator, and was the person they sent into the dank, dark underbelly of the theatre to find rusty old props and spider infested wigs.

Upon his perilous escape from this life of daring stagecraft, he began an equally death-defying career as a music composer for film, television, and video games, creating scores for HBO’s Deadwood, and the Activision/Dreamworks video game Kung Fu Panda.

As if these daunting careers were not enough, he sought out even more fearsome territory by writing all kinds of treacherous stories, plays, and books, and acquired a tireless obsession for research into a subject he likes to call “the Dark Street phenomenon.” He is married to a mysterious dancer whom he met while working at the haunted theatre, and along with a passion for collecting magic wands, he enjoys playing unusually dangerous music in a band whose name to this day remains a tightly held secret.

Shawn lives in California. —Website

And now for the giveaway!

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  1. I love Logic puzzles So i am sure the get this one. Hoping DD will grow to like fantasy as she grows older :)

  2. Sounds like a fun series. Thanks for sharing!

  3. If I could clone myself I would want other me to go and buy books while I read them.

  4. This sounds like a neat book! Love the cover.

  5. If I could clone myself I would want the other me to find a day job and make money so I can write all the time.

  6. If I could clone myself, I'd have that other me do all the housework! Then I could get some writing done. Sounds like a fun book. Thanks for the review and for running the giveaway.

  7. I have been wanting to read this series since I first saw the cover of book 1. Love it! Great review. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks so much!

    If I could clone myself I would want my clone to go to work and do my chores. :)


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