Press: March Books (April 24, 2009)
Author Name:Claire, M. J.
Nightsweats in Bigelow Hollow is a character driven YA fantasy.
The story revolves around Kelly Black, a college-aged heroine who is one part Buffy Summers and one part Nancy Drew.
Kelly is reluctantly yanked out of her hectic but infinitely normal life and into a Twilight Zone adventure she won't soon forget.
Her path leads to the unwelcome revelations about her family and herself that she might prefer remain hidden.
Kelly learns that the Animelfs did not come upon her by accident.
They sought her out because their destinies are, in fact, inextricably linked.
Kelly must deal with the discovery of her mother's deception about their true heritage and the startling insight into her father's nefarious, secret endeavors.
From the Author
This story is about fantasy and magic but it is also about the harsh reality of the treatment of our animal friends.
The domestic animals in our lives (our dog and cat companions) are our friends and should be treated with respect.
Unfortunately, many animals are not loved or even properly cared for.
Awareness is the start of making things better for our animal friends.
From the Back Cover
Kelly Black is like a combination of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sydney Bristo from `Alias' and Nancy Drew.
She has a quick wit, a ton of attitude and a sharp tongue -- sometimes too sharp.
She's also got issues.
Things are not great at home, but that takes a back seat to what happens when she meets Fagan on a midnight walk through Bigelow Hollow Park.
Things get crazy, and why wouldn't they? Kelly's reality has become talking to animals, walking through paintings into other dimensions and battling the evil Morgrath to save the Animelfs.
Somehow, in the midst of all this insanity, she finds Garth who helps her tap into emotions that she thought were deeply buried.
`Nightsweats in Bigelow Hollow' is the first in a series of adventures with Kelly Black and the Animelfs.
Join her as she begins her strange journey.
...Diving into the woods, she ran blindly.
A few yards in, Kelly collided headlong with a young birch.
Ricocheting off of the tree, like the metal sphere in a pinball game, she lost control.
The momentum spun Kelly around, knocking her off balance.
It sent her sprawling over the edge of the ravine.
Then, she was falling, and falling, and falling...
She hit the ground with a thud.
The air whooshed out of her lungs.
Her head slammed back with a hollow thump.
It was the sound of a wooden floor.
`What the heck?' She extended her arms in an attempt to still the feeling of vertigo.
Her fingers grabbed at a handful of shag rug.
What people are saying about Nightsweats in Bigelow Hollow; These characters and settings are so vividly realistic that I would recognize them if they could actually leap off the page...Dottie M.
-- Massachusetts I don't EVER read fantasy, but I loved this story...Amy C.
About the Author
Claire spends most of her time on the North Shore of Hawaii where she enjoys being surrounded by nature and a house full of animals.
She has been writing novels for young adults since 2003.
'Nightsweats in Bigelow Hollow', is the first in a fantasy series.
The second book in the series, 'Bigelow Hollow Revisited' is due out in May of 2010.
Also coming soon from M.J.
Claire are 'The Invisibles' - a story of three disenfranchised youths who find friendship and acceptance and 'RAIN' a futuristic look at the world through the eyes of 11-year-old Brendon Corbin.
Children's Books,Science Fiction & Fantasy,Fantasy & Magic,Fantasy
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