Share The Love: ||3 Day Cover Reveal Countdown + Forest of Whispers Book Review||

Hello Readers!

Sorry for my absence of countdown stuff these last couple days AND the lateness of this post. My family and I spent our Family Day down at Frank Slide walking around and learning more about the tragic event in 1903 in the small town of Frank, Alberta. It’s such a chilling thing to be there, walking around on basically a two mile wide graveyard of limestone. (I’m working on a project related to this so soon I will tell y’all more about it.) So, that is the reason why this post is so late, BUT it’s here now….Better late than never, right?

First things first, The Book Review of Forest of Whispers!

 

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“This is who I am. I am no longer the simple girl hidden behind the safety of a make-believe forest. I am the story. I am the tall tale . . . I am the witch.”

Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago… and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to–one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder–a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.

 

This book….was absolutely FANTASTIC. Within seconds I was pulled into the story and doomed to never return until I reached the words ‘The End’

When I finished this book I sat around for a while trying to figure out what the heck to do with my life now that the book was over.

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This book had me doodling away and SURPRISE fan art was made. I need to actually finish with it…but that is seriously how much I adored the book. 🙂

I was very brutally attacked by feels and many times I just wanted to reach into that book and give Rune and the other characters big hugs… Or just abduct them and put them away in a safe place where their author can’t hurt them and the characters would be happy and I would give them yummy hot chocolate and yes…I would keep them very safe. I just want my beautiful characters to be happy DX But really, despite the fact that this book did kill my feels I still say you pick up your own copy of this book as soon as you can and read it all right now….

Now! Characters! I LOVED the characters. First of all I am not going to lie and say that I kept picturing Matilde to look like the witch from Disney’s Brave…Though maybe not with such a big nose….Okay,anyways. moving on. I really liked Matilde as a character and I loved how she was like a mother to Rune and I just likes that whole relationship going on there. That was great. I loved Rune as a character as well. She was such a sweet character who was put through a lot of trials and had a heavy, and life threatening burden to carry…and really I think she handled everything pretty well…I mean if I were her I would have just curled up in a ball and cried until the ‘bad guys’ found me and POOF! bye bye me! So yeah, she was a great character who was a pretty tough cookie and I really enjoyed her very much.

The story is also from the POV of a young man named Laurentz and it was really great seeing his side of the story and just getting to know him as a character. I really enjoyed him as a character and his want to protect Rune and how he tries to help her is just-I just- ashjskshruhgjkshikgusyfgjysklfg.

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It was just so cute how he set out to protect Rune and refused to see her like everyone else did and was set on her not being what people said and yes…I loved it! Quite adorable. I ship it! There is so much I hope happens in the second book too…. LIKE MY SHIP ACTUALLY SAILING for one thing! It’s a little stranded right now while I wait for ‘Castle of Sighs’ but, either way this book was absolutely wonderful and I adored it very very very much! 😀

My rating for this book is 5 Stars people….and in my mind, 5 Stars = Go buy this book right now, read it then LOVE IT.

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Oh….and one more thing!!!

Day 3 COS

 

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Castle of Sighs (by Jennifer Murgia) Cover Reveal Countdown || 8 Days

Day 8 COS

 

About Castle of Sighs:

Some secrets cannot be kept—in life or in death.

Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another.
After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon and Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs—shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping to find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.
As secrets unspool, the delicate thread of Rune’s world is threatened when she realizes the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew.

Links: Goodreads

Haven’t Read FOREST OF WHISPERS? You can find out more about it HERE or HERE and purchase it on Amazon (HERE)

About the Author:

SHP Author Photo - Jennifer Murgia (updated headshot)

Jennifer Murgia has long loved the dark and speculative — and it’s from these dark places that she weaves fantastical stories, often hoping to find truth in them. Her Young Adult novels include the Historical Fantasy FOREST OF WHISPERS (9/9/14 — Spencer Hill Press), BETWEEN THESE LINES, ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE & THE BLISS. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.

Literary Representation:
Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary Agency ~ amanda@macgregorlit.com

Connect with Jennifer:

Website: https://www.jennifermurgia.com
Email: jennifermurgia8@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.murgia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenniferMurgia
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jennifermurgia/
Goodreads TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18506004-forest-of-whispers

Jennifer is available for book signings, book fairs, interviews, library and school visits. Please contact
her directly for scheduling at: jennifermurgia8@gmail.com.

Publicity inquiries: brooke@spencerhillpress.com

Castle of Sighs (by Jennifer Murgia) Cover Reveal Countdown || 9 Days

Day 9 COS

 

About Castle of Sighs:

Some secrets cannot be kept—in life or in death.

Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another.
After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon and Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs—shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping to find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.
As secrets unspool, the delicate thread of Rune’s world is threatened when she realizes the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew.

Links: Goodreads

 

Haven’t Read FOREST OF WHISPERS? You can find out more about it HERE or HERE and purchase it on Amazon (HERE)

About the Author:

SHP Author Photo - Jennifer Murgia (updated headshot)

Jennifer Murgia has long loved the dark and speculative — and it’s from these dark places that she weaves fantastical stories, often hoping to find truth in them. Her Young Adult novels include the Historical Fantasy FOREST OF WHISPERS (9/9/14 — Spencer Hill Press), BETWEEN THESE LINES, ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE & THE BLISS. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.

Literary Representation:
Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary Agency ~ amanda@macgregorlit.com

Connect with Jennifer:

Website: www.jennifermurgia.com
Email: jennifermurgia8@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.murgia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenniferMurgia
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jennifermurgia/
Goodreads TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18506004-forest-of-whispers

Jennifer is available for book signings, book fairs, interviews, library and school visits. Please contact
her directly for scheduling at: jennifermurgia8@gmail.com.

Publicity inquiries: brooke@spencerhillpress.com

Interview- Jennifer Murgia

Hello Readers!

Today I have the honour of interviewing Jennifer Murgia, Author of Forest of Whispers.

So lets get this thing started, shall we?

 

Hello Jennifer, and Welcome! Could you tell us a bit about your novel?

I’m happy to! FOREST OF WHISPERS is a 17th century Bavarian witch mystery detailing a horrifying inquisition that centers around the life of a sixteen year old girl, Rune. Rune has been raised in the Black Forest just outside a village that, years before, had burned a witch at the stake for a murderous crime. What Rune discovers is that this witch was her mother and she begins to hear her whispers of intent to exact vengeance upon the village.

 

Wow. Sounds interesting. (I have this book on my TBR list) So, What inspired you to write FOREST OF WHISPERS? 

I love witch novels—always have, always will. I also love researching and found it beyond interesting that the largest (and original) sweep of witch trials began in Europe, mainly in and around the area of the Black Forest. My mother, who is a HUGE genealogy buff, had traced our family back to pre-Germania and later discovered our ancestors had settled in Southwestern Germany, and I couldn’t help wonder if they had lived through those horrible years and what they could have endured. Not only that, but it has long been rumored that a great, great, great grandmother of mine was accused of witchcraft. Incredible fodder for a story, wouldn’t you say?

 

Did you write an outline before writing the novel?

No. I’m not really an outline person. I tend to begin with a prologue to keep me focused, but the prologue doesn’t always become part of the story. It wasn’t until I was about ¾ through that I wrote a small outline to keep the timeline on track. I just always need a good chunk of the main story under my belt before I know if I’m headed in the right direction.

 

What was the hardest part of writing Forest of Whispers? 

During my research I read several accounts of those who had been accused of witchcraft, and suffered deeply as a result. What a dark and hideous time it must have been to live in. There was no hope as neighbor turned against neighbor for the silliest of reasons—famine, plague, jealousy. It had catastrophic results and even the most respected or wealthy could not be spared of the accusations.

 

In Bamberg alone, 60k innocent people were condemned. This was so hard to stomach as I tried to create a world around fact for my novel. If you were accused, denying your involvement only prolonged your sentence. Many eventually admitted they had cavorted with Satan or cast spells just to get it over with, as the torture they had endured was so excruciating it was better to admit you were a witch and welcome death.

 

What is one way you relate to your main character(s)?

Rune learns she is a solitary witch, which is often called a Hedge Witch. She doesn’t belong to a coven, nor does she follow any strict rules, other than honoring the Sacred Mother. I’m a very private person. My beliefs are my own yet I do follow a simple structure. I feel connected to Rune’s character in the sense that life is a gift, we should give thanks for what helps you along the way, and always stay true to your soul.

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

If you are to judge someone, prepare to be judged yourself – for things come around threefold.

 

Did you learn anything from writing FOREST OF WHISPERS and what was it? 

I love history and weaving it into a work of fiction gives me a tremendous feeling of satisfaction. You know when you hear of a tragedy and it’s almost TOO BIG to process? Like the Titanic sinking and picturing what the passengers went through on that fateful night—how they felt, what they saw, what they KNEW was about to happen . . . Researching and writing FOREST OF WHISPERS had that same effect on me. The backstory was so intricate, so horrifying it was nearly mind-numbing to accept. When you take the general history and break it down into individual stories and records—when you realize it’s not just a page from a book, or an idea, or a tale passed down, but a REAL event that happened to REAL people, it’s devastating.

I guess I can say I learned how much my heart can hold when I read about how people treated one another, and it breaks when I question if hundreds of years later, have we really become a society that treats people any differently? We may not have village burnings but we have other ways of pointing fingers and ruining.

 

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

When I was in High School the Young Adult section in bookstores was very limited—consisting of either very young, very sweet, or topics written anonymously and whispered about at school. I found my way to the works of Milan Kundera and devoured his titles. They spoke to me. They were emotional and gripping and begged me to dig deep and find myself. I grew up wanting to write like him.

 

What is one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members?

God. I can’t tell you how many prayers were sent to steer me in the right direction and to help me through the rollercoaster moments.

 

Do you have any advice for other writers out there who are looking into publishing or just writing a story in general?

It’s a two-step process, really. Write the story first. Lock yourself away if you have to so you can pull the best possible story out of yourself, then revise, revise, revise. Have a few trusted individuals beta read it for you. Take their suggestions, plug them into your story. Oftentimes we’re too close to what we create to see the flaws, find the correct flow. But the more open you are to accepting suggestions, rejection, ideas on how to make what you have even more polished, the story will shine.

 

Where can we as readers stalk you on social media? (Pinterest, Goodread, FB, Blog etc etc.)

Website: www.jennifermurgia.com

Email: jennifermurgia8@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.murgia

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenniferMurgia

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jennifermurgia/

Goodreads TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18506004-forest-of-whispers

Instagram: Jennifer_Murgia