Genre: YA FANTASY
Release Date: 21ST April 2016
Publisher: Lightfoot Press
In a Victorian era where the industrial revolution has been replaced by superstition and magic, Britain is a place where wolves roam freely and children with magic are snatched from the streets. This is home for thirteen-year-old witch, Annie and her baby sister, Georgina. When their mother dies, Annie and Georgina find themselves saved from the workhouse by the mysterious Ernesto Black. But Black’s motives are far from pure and soon Annie faces new, even more dangerous threats. What does Ernesto want from Georgina? And can Annie trust the other teenagers living with Ernesto: Polly, who has her eye fixed firmly on inheriting Ernesto’s fortune and will do anything to make sure she gets it, and the charming Isaac, who would do anything to win Polly’s affections – legal or not.
Fearing for Georgina’s safety, Annie is faced with a terrible choice: she can try to guard her sister from the ever-present threat of Ernesto, or she can leave the child out in the wilds of the New Forest in the hope she’ll be found and taken in by a new family, ignorant of her powers. Annie chooses to leave Georgina’s future to chance and steals her away from Ernesto’s house in the dead of night.
But Annie’s troubles are far from over as her actions set in motion a chain of events that will take her and Georgina into danger she could never imagine. This danger drags country girl, Charlotte Harding into the fray and threatens every one of the teenagers, and it leads them right into the heart of the powerful organisation responsible for the assassination of Queen Victoria, an organisation that wants only one thing: Hell on Earth – quite literally…
FROM THE BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF THE MEMORY GAME AND THE SKY SONG TRILOGY, STORM CHILD IS BOOK ONE OF THE STORM CHILD TRILOGY.
The basket the girl carried was almost as large as her and she gasped as she stumbled, nearly dropping it. It had been dragged on a stolen handcart along dark, silent roads until she reached the edge of the heath. The cart was useless on the dense undergrowth here and now she walked with her precious cargo, crooning to it as she laboured under its weight.
Biting back tears, she took one last look around. Her gaze returned to the lights of the tiny house. Was this close enough? Would the basket be found? What would happen if it wasn’t? But the girl had no choice. The alternative was a fate far, far worse.
She opened her mouth and clear, high notes rang out across the darkened terrain. A few moments passed, the girl singing in the darkness, until a shadow appeared on the horizon and crept towards her. The wolf approached and bowed its head.
‘Thank you,’ the girl said. ‘You will protect her until she is claimed. After that, your will is your own again.’
The wolf stared at the girl, as if in a trance. Then it sat next to the basket and turned its eyes to the heath.
WRITING ACROSS GENRES BY SHARON SANT
I’ve been writing professionally for almost ten years now. I started out writing young adult fiction, and now I write young adult (predominantly fantasy and paranormal), children’s fiction and romantic comedies. People think that’s weird when I tell them, they ask how I can possibly keep my head in all three vastly different genres. The books aren’t even remotely similar in style – while the chick lit is warm and uplifting, the YA is often dark and bleak. My kids’ books are as zany as can be – these are where I let my imagination really fly and they’ve covered everything from talking skeletons to pocket sized dragons. The funny thing is, I don’t find it hard writing in all these different styles at all; it’s all a question of retuning, a bit like a radio finding a new station. I sit down to write, I find the headspace that suits the book I’m working on, I surround myself with stuff that creates the mood, like music, and I begin. Often my own mood affects what I decide to write; I might be feeling darker, less fluffy one week, and so I write something that reflects that.
I love working in a constantly changing landscape. If I had to write just one type of book, all the time, I’d get bored. But this way, when I’ve had enough of one thing I can retune and begin something that feels fresh and different. I read widely, and in many different genres too, and I think this definitely helps. You can see instantly the style and structure in different types of books, what is required to make a book in a particular genre work, and you learn to mimic that in your own.
I’d like to write a thriller next. My agent thinks I’m bonkers, but after three years together she understands how my brain works. She’d ask me to write only one type of book if she could (it would be a lot easier for her to sell) but she knows it would be a waste of time!
ABOUT SHARON SANT
Sharon Sant was born in Dorset but now lives in Staffordshire. Aged eight she wrote a poem about ET, which received the ultimate praise of being pinned onto the classroom wall, and from that moment on she knew she’d never stop writing. She graduated from Staffordshire University in 2009 with a degree in English and creative writing. She currently works part time as a freelance editor and continues to write her own stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes across many genres, when not busy trying in vain to be a domestic goddess, she can often be found lurking in local coffee shops with her head in a book. Sometimes she pretends to be clever but really loves nothing more than watching geeky TV and eating Pringles.
Young adult novels Sky Song, The Young Moon and Not of Our Sky (the Sky Song trilogy), The Memory Game and Runners were all released in 2013 to glowing reviews. Dead Girl Walking followed in 2015 and she has a new trilogy planned for 2016, the first book of which, Storm Child, is due for release in April.
Sharon also writes children’s fiction under the name of Summer Hopkiss.
To find out more you can follow her on twitter where she’s always happy to chat: @sharonsant or find her on Facebook. You can also go to her website: http://www.sharonsant.com
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6888220.Sharon_Sant
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