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New Release Spotlight: The Excelsior Witch Chronicles

What if everything you heard about magic was wrong? Hollywood has twisted the story of Tituba in the Salem Witch Trials to be an evil presence. It’s thought that she brought evil voodoo to the world, but that’s wrong. Bali, an unsure 18-year-old, African-American girl is a recent high school graduate, and is about to find out how her connection of lineage to Tituba gives her great powers of good magic. Bali, along with her two new friends, Leilani and James, set out to figure out how to navigate these new magical gifts they’ve been given. During their time together, they must also learn how to navigate their own insecurities and personal problems, while saving New York City from an evil witch named Adelram. This story weaves the true tale of magic, and how #blackgirlmagic is that of goodness and love. Come step inside a fantastic story with Bali, James and Leilani and learn how powerful diversity can be.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692063374

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Leilani and Bali both had tears streaming down their faces. The three friends embraced in a tight hug, as words could not express the joy and love that was in that room at the very moment.
Their embrace was interrupted by a loud rumbling. The great hall began to massively quake. The walls seemed to crumble and the chandelier that adorned the middle of the room was swaying back and forth. Bali dropped to her knees with her head down. It was as if her body had fallen lifeless unable to move. James and Leilani desperately tried to pick her body up, but it was as if it weighed a million pounds. Suddenly, Bali’s body began to slowly rise from the floor. It was as light as air and she began to float. Her arms, legs and head dangled while her body started rising higher and higher.
Her head flipped up, her eyes opened and she screamed and other-worldly scream, so loud, her friends fell to their knees and held their ears in agony.

Bali slowly and quietly said, “…help…me…”

About the Author!

Lyn Michael Kalani McClenathan was born in Georgia to Linda and Jim. He is of Hawaiian/Irish/Italian/Japanese descent and currently resides in New York City. He lives with his husband Nicholas and his two dogs, Ellie (an English Bulldog) and Pip (a chihuahua). He studies Liberal Studies at Arizona State University and after graduation with his BA, he began his graduate studies at Western New Mexico University in Social Work.
As a cardio workout he loves to put on loud music in his small, Hamilton Heights apartment in Manhattan and dance around the house. Currently, on repeat, is The Great Showman soundtrack. His favorite books are ones that have been/are being made into movies. The Help has been his favorite book, in this genre. He and his husband are also avid Disney fans!
You can follow him on social media!
Twitter: @lynmkm
Instagram: @lynmkm

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FanGirl Friday: The Wheel of Time series

Some books are written to entertain; others are written to inform, but still there are those rare gems that are written to stay with you. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (and finished by Brandon Sanderson) is one of those series that has stayed with me through the years.

Robert Jordan had a way of telling a story, so everything could be perfectly visualized and yet not once did I feel like skimming over any part of the books… Okay, that’s a lie. I always wanted to rush through anything that was just about Perrin Aybara. It’s not that I didn’t like him… I just thought he was less fun than, well, anyone. There was definitely a different writing style in the final three books, but I admire Mr. Jordan wanting his story to be finished, even if he couldn’t be the one to finish them. (RIP, Robert Jordan!) The series stretched on for years and the characters became like friends, and I know anytime I want to I can go back and read the pages and visit them again.

While set in a world full of magic and legend, the characters are real. They have human reactions, flaws, and imperfections.

The Aes Sedai are the embodiment of feminine power, however, they are fearful of men with the same powers, as the male half of the source has been contaminated and drives men who wield it insane. The world needs the Dragon Reborn, but the Aes Sedai want nothing to do with a man who can channel. The only good male magic user in their opinion, is a dead one. In fact, they have a whole group of Aes Sedai that have made hunting down men who can channel their ultimate mission in life. Luckily, for Rand Al’Thor not everyone feels that way. When Moraine Sedai comes into the small village of Two Rivers, she sweeps Rand and his friends away, certain one of them is the Dragon Reborn, and their only hope of salvation.

As each character discovers their own path, they grow from wide-eyed youths to more-or-less responsible adults (cough, Mat Cauthon.) From learning about the world outside of village life to battling the Forsaken, they take each new experience in stride.

The Wheel of Time series is the reason I hardly ever mark a book DNF. The first time I read the books, The Fires of Heaven almost made me quit the series entirely. Okay, so that’s not exactly the whole truth. I did quit reading them… for years. Moraine was my favorite and when she disappeared after battling Lanfear, I was devastated, felt completely betrayed. I didn’t pick the books back up until I knew she was safe and sound. Since then, I have read the series in its entirety no less than three times… In fact, it’s getting about time to revisit these books…