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Winner of Christine & Ethan Rose’s Prize Pack

The random number generator has provided me a number, 10, so Pam K, you’re the winner of copies of Rowan Of The Wood, Witch On The Water and your choice of either the Green Man Journal or a Pewter Bookmark!


Pam, please email me at to send me your mailing info. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 5 days, I’ll be drawing a new winner from the eligable entrants. 

A huge thanks to authors’ Christine & Ethan Rose for coming by to guest blog and for providing the awesome prizes! I loved all the great comments by everyone. 🙂

October 26, 2009 Posted by | Contests, Winners | , , , , | 2 Comments

Christine & Ethan Rose – Guest Blog & Contest

C & E Rose Today I have Christine & Ethan Rose, authors of the Rowan Of The Wood YA Fantasy series here guest blogging to celebrate the release of the second novel, Witch On The Water. There’s also a contest for some pretty awesome prizes (she says enviously ;)), so be sure to read through till the end and I’ll pass the keyboard over to Ethan…

The Lonely Hero (by Ethan Rose)

It is no accident that most of my central characters are solitary figures. The lonely soul adrift in a world that defies understanding is one of the most pervasive archetypal characters in human storytelling. It is a character easy to identify with since we all feel that way to some degree.

I believe that one of the strongest longings for humans is companionship, not to feel alone in a hostile and confusing world. This longing can be well employed to create an undercurrent to any adventure.

The classic hero’s quest is primarily a quest for the hero to find himself and how he or she fits into his or her world. It is a right of passage that begins alone and ends with a community.

The corollary characters to the lonely hero are the wise teacher and the lover. The wise teacher is typically grand-parental in aspect though not a real relative. They are often imbued with mystical type of knowledge. Merlin to Arthur and Obi Wan to Luke Skywalker are both good examples. They are there to help and guide the hero.

The lover is someone on the hero’s basic level, searching for their own answers and joining forces with the hero for mutual benefit. Taran and Princess Eilonwy from Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles are great examples of this kind of partnership.

I admit that I am heavily influenced by my own life. I grew up without any real community or even a family. As a result I have always been a solitary person myself. But I have spent a good deal of my life searching for both a community and answers. This is why I can identify with my characters so well. There is a little bit of me in all of them.


Thanks Ethan! I can relate to the solitary figure myself, seeing as I’m somewhat of a hermit as well. I’m always fascinated by an authors insight into the inner workings of their character motivations and characteristics. Now on to the contest… 

CONTEST Details:

Christine & Ethan have generously offered one lucky commenter signed copies of both books as well as an absolutely gorgeous handmade Green Man Journal or you can choose a pewter book mark along with your signed books!

Rowan OTW  WOWcover  GMJournal5  OR  PewterBM2&Books

Contest open to USA only. (Sorry to my international readers)

How To Enter

Leave a comment telling us what your favorite kind of hero is. Do you love the reluctant hero? The reformed bad-boy/girl hero? The totally alpha hero? The unintentional hero?  

For An Extra Entry: 

-Subscribe to my blog and be sure to verify the subscription through your email. Leave a comment to let me know you’ve subscribed. If you’re already subscribed and you enter, you’ll have an extra entry.

The contest will run until 11:59pm on Sunday, October 25th and the winner will be posted at some point on the 26th. Please leave an email address in your comment if you’d like an email to let you know if you’ve won. If I can’t contact the winner and I don’t hear back from the posted winner after 5 days, a new winner will be drawn.

Thanks again to Christine & Ethan Rose and good luck! 🙂


Send Witch to the top on October 15th!



October 14, 2009 Posted by | Contest, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, Spotlight On... | , , , , | 33 Comments

Witch On The Water – Spotlight & Review


Witch On The Water by Christine & Ethan Rose

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Moose Press ( October 2009 )
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098199492X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981994925
  • Book Description

    “Witch on the Water” chronicles the continuing adventures of twelve-year-old Cullen and his friends, Maddy and April. Cullen thought he had enough trouble surviving school, dealing with his miserable home life, and being possessed by Rowan, a 1400-year-old wizard. But when Rowan’s wife, the sadistic vampire Fiana, comes back seeking revenge, Cullen and his band of misfits must do what they can to stop her. This time Cullen’s favorite teacher is Fiana’s first target. Imaginative and poignant, the adventures of Rowan and Cullen thoroughly enchants the reader and promises to be a great series for readers of fantasy, young and old. “Witch on the Water” is the second book in the award-winning “Rowan of the Wood” fantasy series.”

    Witch On The Water is the second book in the Rowan Of The Wood Series. Book one:

    Rowan OTW

     Rowan Of The Wood  

  • Publisher: Blue Moose Press (April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981994903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981994901
  • Book Description
    “Rowan of the Wood, Winner of the Indie Excellence Award for Young Adult Fiction, tells the story of a young boy Cullen who meanders through the redwood forest every day on his way to school, losing himself in books and fantasy worlds full of elves, fairies, and wizards. He loves to escape to these magical lands because reality for him is not fun at all. Cullen and his two misfit friends, Maddy and April, are terribly unpopular amongst the other kids, and they regularly endure ridicule and bullying. Cullen’s life changes incredibly one day when he uncovers an ancient magic wand that is inhabited by a powerful wizard, Rowan. Inadvertently, Cullen releases Rowan from the wand and finds himself possessed by the wizard, with a great power and an obsessive need to find a lost love. When danger is near, Rowan emerges from the frightened child to set things right. He and Cullen try to understand what has happened to them, only to discover a deeper problem. Nearly fourteen centuries ago, Rowan and his bride Fiana were separated on their wedding day. Rowan manages to survive, trapped in time, until Cullen releases him from the wand. Fiana uses dark magic to stay alive as she continues searching for Rowan. Over the centuries, Fiana descends deeper into the darkness becoming something evil and eventually giving up her search…until a young boy brings Rowan back to her.”

    My Thoughts

    Witch On The Water continues Cullen’s story and I quite liked the tale. It can be read as a stand-alone, though I think it would be even more enjoyable if you’ve read Rowan On The Water first. Filled with several relatable characters who experience a fantastical situation and journey, I was cheering for Cullen, Rowan, Maddy, April and the rest of the gang. Though this series is classified as Young Adult, it’s also a good read for adults who enjoy a lighter fantasy.

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    October 14, 2009 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , , , | Leave a comment