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message 1: by Jay (new)

Jay Batista (jayvelosobatista) | 5 comments First time Indie publisher looking for reviewers on Amazon and Goodreads
Please email me if interested—Mobi and PDF versions available
Name: Jay Veloso Batista
Email address: Jay@jayvelosobatista.com
Book Title: Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse

Book Blurb:
Ghostly Curses in Viking England!

Danelaw life is good! Practicing martial skills, grumbling over chores, listening to scary stories and shadowing his brothers everywhere, Finn is a normal boy of ten in the Viking Kingdoms of ninth century England. A bit timid, his father plots his apprenticeship while the family prepares a grand wedding. Off to the North, his uncle sails home after years of exile. And unbeknownst to all, the ghost of an ancient mage sits sentinel over his clan freehold. But when a witch’s curse comes alive, a mishap turns young Finn into a vardoger, haunted by his own forerunner ghost.

Suddenly thrust into a new realm beyond Midgard, Finn struggles to be a boy by day and a ghost at night. His own clan fears him, he overhears murder plots, he learns the truth of giants and the hidden folk, and the witch still hunts revenge…

Will Finn find the courage to defeat his enemies, save his uncle, and accept his new ghostly existence?


message 2: by Martin (new)

Martin Rinehart Jay, you sure that 'historical fantasy' is the genera? Sounds like 'paranormal' or some such should be in there.


message 3: by Jay (new)

Jay Batista (jayvelosobatista) | 5 comments Martin, I am unsure--the story centers on the Agneson Clan in Danelaw England (circa 889 AD) and uses the current Viking archeological scholarship to get the setting details correct, especially for the city of Jorvik (today's York) and the final wedding scene. Medieval Scandinavians had a complicated belief about "Hug & Lich" or Body and Soul which plays heavily into the fantasy part of the story. They believed all "magic" occurred in the spirit realm where the hug could travel but not the lich (body). So the adventure takes place in both the physical world and the fantasy happens in the "spirit" world. The book introduces a family which the later planned books in the series follow as they become divided by blood feuds and Alfred of Wessex as he drives the Danes from the British Isles and unites the petty kingdoms into England. In the fantasy sections, a young boy becomes a vardogar (a forerunner ghost of himself) and travels the 9 realms of Norse legend as well as meets the hidden people (more Norse myths). Each book follows 4 points of view so the stories are 50% real world and 50% in the fantasy realms (more or less...). I am open to suggestions and assistance in setting the genre properly. Would you consider a read to provide input?


message 4: by Martin (new)

Martin Rinehart Sure, Jay. Worst case I won't read a lot.

PDF preferred.

MartinRinehart at gmail dot com


message 5: by Jay (new)

Jay Batista (jayvelosobatista) | 5 comments Thanks Martin. Much appreciated.


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