Exciting Book News to Start the Holiday Season!

Two new books are available in time for the holidays. Well, one new book and a new version of an older book.

Unveiling the Wizards Shroud is now available in paperback.

Literary Classics International Book Awards - Young Adult Award Winning Book

As the only son to King Kendrick, Owen despises the idea of being king one day. Magician may be the only career he’d like less. He has dreaded the days leading up to his fifteenth birthday, when his father will certainly declare Owen heir to the throne. But at the birthday celebration, his father falls ill. The only person in the kingdom that may be able to save him is a magician-the very same magician Owen holds responsible for the death of his mother.

Owen and his companions will have to travel the continent of Wittatun in search of the cure for King Kendrick. On the journey, they will battle strange beasts and harsh climates, befriend extraordinary magicians, and meet a dragon before returning to Innes Castle-where much has happened in the days since they departed.


Paperback available for $9.95 from:

Barnes and Noble

eBook available for $5.50 from most retailers; on sale for $2.75 (USD) from Amazon and Muse It Up Publishing:

Muse It Up Publishing



Barnes & Nobel
Apple iTunes

Coming November 26, The Squire and the Slave Master: Saga of the Wizards: Book Two. It’s currently available for pre-order at the special price of $2.99 (regular $4.99) from select vendors with more to come. Currently an eBook only.

The Squire and the Slave Master 333x500The award winning Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud (CLC’s Best First Novel 2014) chronicled Yara, Owen, and Cedric’s quest to revive King Kendrick from a dark, magical spell. After the adventure to save King Kendrick, Yara’s everyday life has grown monotonous. The dull work of learning her father’s blacksmithing trade and the pressure from her parents to decide what she plans on doing with her life has her nerves too stressed.

Lucky for her, a surprise messenger from the castle brings the king’s request. She’s to join a collaborative mission between the Central and Western Domains of Wittatun to stop a recently discovered slave operation in a land to the west.

It’s imperative she keep secret not only her magical abilities from any possible traitors, but also her gender. The people of the Western Domain have a superstition prohibiting girls from sailing. But a chill wind carries the distinct odor of sabotage. Can one girl survive to destroy an evil rooted much deeper than mere slavery?

Pre-order from:

Muse It Up Publishing


Guest Post: Heather Fraser Brainerd and David Fraser Talk Turkey With Their Characters

Just in time for Thanksgiving, brother and sister writing team Heather Brainerd and David Fraser interview two of their characters, Josie and Bitsy, about their thanksgiving traditions… and they give a glimpse into some of the shenanigans that take place in their book, The Sound of Sirens, which takes place at Thanksgiving time. Oh, one last thing before I turn the page over to Heather and David, don’t forget to leave a comment. You’ll get entered for a chance to win the eBook of your choosing from the José Picada, P.I. Series.

A couple of characters talk turkey


We’re Heather Fraser Brainerd and David Fraser, authors of The Sound of Sirens, the latest in the José Picada, P.I. series. Today we’re interviewing two characters from the book. Please help us welcome main character Josie Cates and her mother Betsy Gehry. Many thanks to Eric Price for letting us conduct our interview here!

Bitsy: It’s Bitsy, not Betsy.

Brainerd & Fraser: Oh, sorry. It’s great to see you, Josie and Bitsy. Thanks for coming by to discuss your family’s Thanksgiving traditions with us.

Josie: That’s why we’re here?

Bitsy: Oh, I just love Thanksgiving!

B&F: Uh, you didn’t know why you were coming here?

Josie: Well, I do have two books written about me. I kind of thought the interview would be about that. Or at least what it’s like to be a female private eye constantly caught up in paranormal shenanigans. That’s way cooler than Thanksgiving traditions.

Bitsy: I’m not really much of a turkey person, but I just love all those tasty side dishes!

B&F: Since it’s almost Thanksgiving here in the States, and since The Sound of Sirens is set during Thanksgiving week, we thought it made sense to discuss Thanksgiving with you.

Josie: Yeah, I guess that does make sense.

Bitsy: Oo, and the desserts! I just love pie! But not that icky pumpkin. Who wants vegetables in their pie?

B&F: So, um, tell us about your family’s Thanksgiving traditions.

Josie: Well, we’ve kind of done our own individual things the last few years. Since my mom moved to Tennessee with her new husband, that is.

Bitsy: It’s not like you’re not invited. You know that Hank and I have given you an open invitation to visit whenever you want. Especially during the holidays.

Josie: Can we do this some other time, Mom? Can we just answer these questions?

Bitsy: Of course, honey.

Josie: Okay, so anyway, normally, my mother overcooks the turkey, makes instant mashed potatoes and stuffing and gets gravy from a jar—

Bitsy: But I make my famous pink jello from scratch!

B&F: That sounds delicious.

Josie: Yeah, the jello is pretty good. Anyway, we stuff ourselves until we can’t eat another bite, then we sort of sit around in a turkey coma.

Bitsy: And don’t forget the television.

Josie: Oh, right. We try to start the day by watching the big Thanksgiving Day parade.

Bitsy: I meant the football. Hank is teaching me all about football. Some of those players are just darling!

B&F: So, is that it? That’s how you spend every Thanksgiving?

Josie: Not every year. Sometimes something more… interesting happens.

Bitsy: Oo! Like that year we went to country-music-superstar-slash-theme-park-tycoon Tommy Thomas’s big shindig and afterwards there was all that excitement! Oh, Josie, I was so worried about you and your friend, that nice Al—

Josie: Shh, Mom! You don’t want to give away any spoilers.

Bitsy: Oh, that’s right, sweetie! Thanks for reminding me.

B&F: Is there anything else you’d like to share about your holiday traditions?

Josie: Nope. That about covers it.

B&F: Bitsy? Anything you’d like to add?

Bitsy: No, thanks. I’d better keep my little ol’ mouth closed before I let anything slip!

B&F: Well, okay then. We thought this would be a bit more involved. Since we have a little extra time, how about if we share an excerpt from The Sound of Sirens?

Josie: Sounds good.

Bitsy: Darn tootin’!


Al silenced me by putting a finger to my lips. We crouched there, huddled together, peering through the crack between the barrels while three suited men jogged past the entrance to our hideout. A few seconds later, Al crept to the opening and peeked out. He waved me over to him.

“Let’s go,” he whispered, leading me back the way we’d come. Instead of heading to the water slides, however, he veered left at the giant redwoods and moved amongst their shadows, picking his way from the base of one tree to the next.

“You’re good at this,” I commented as he chose our route.

“Used to be a Boy Scout,” he answered, sounding embarrassed.

I had the urge to make a wisecrack, but since my safety rested on his scouting skills, I decided to let it go.

Finally, we emerged from the forest to find ourselves at the head of Main Street. A mere hundred yards or so stood between us and TommyTown Square, on the other side of which were the park gates and freedom. I was about to launch myself into a sprint, but Al placed a restraining hand on my arm.

The Sound of Sirens is available for preorder through MuseItUp Publishing: https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php/coming-soon/the-sound-of-sirens-detail

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Leave a comment below for a chance to win the prize of your choice! If your name is randomly selected, you’ll get to choose one ebook from the José Picada, P.I. Series: Deception Al Dente (book one) or The Sound of Sirens (book two).