I’m delighted to report that Charles “Chucklehead” Leland’s book is officially here! Charles Bewitched, a novella companion to Bewitching Season, is now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo, with the Apple iBookstore and Smashwords coming soon.
Sixteen-year-old Charles Leland is not looking forward to his summer holidays from Eton—not when he has to spend them cramming history to make up for a less-than-stellar grade last term. Even the thought of staying with his sister Persy and her husband Lochinvar while his parents are in Ireland can’t cheer him up.
But studying quickly takes a back seat to finding out what has happened to Persy, who disappears from home the day he arrives. All signs indicate that she’s been kidnapped by gypsies…but a gypsy boy named Nando convinces Charles that her disappearance has a much more otherworldly explanation.
Now Charles must brave the perils and sheer strangeness of the fairy lands to try to prevent Persy from being forcibly married to a powerful fairy lord. With the help of the fairy lord’s own younger (and alarmingly pretty) sister, a copy of History and Policy of the Norman and Angevin Kings that he must read before September, and Her Majesty Queen Victoria, he just might be able to do it. But will he also be able to rescue himself?
It’s a bit of a swan song for the Leland Sisters; I’ve been moving on to other stories (and centuries!) in my YA writing, but do not rule out a return to their world some day, if a story starts tapping me on the shoulder and whispering, “Write me.” In the meanwhile, I hope you’ll enjoy Charles’s story…and if you do, I’d be extremely grateful if you’d leave a review of it at your favorite on-line book venue. And as always, I love hearing from readers, so drop me a note on my contact form!
In other news, Courtship and Curses continues to get RWA love with another contest final, in the YA category of the OCC-RWA’s Book Buyers Best contest. Speaking of which, I’ll be signing copies of the new paperback of Courtship and Curses at RWA’s National Conference in Atlanta on July 17, at the downtown Marriott Marquis from 5:30-7:30 pm. If you’re in the city, come say hello!