Saturday, 25 February 2017

Son of a Kitchen Witch by Tim Hemlin

As if being a high school student isn't already hard enough, Bobby Hawthorne and his best friend, Angelina Dellapicallo, struggle to understand the emerging secrets of witchcraft and magic - secrets strictly guarded by Bobby's overprotective mother and her friends. The unexpected appearance of his spirited grandfather, though, sets in motion a series of events that sweep the young teens down a dangerous path, one inhabited by an ancient evil that threatens not only Bobby and Angelina but their whole community of witches as well.

Pixies can't stop the hellhounds . . . but they have sounded the alarm . . . and the magic users must respond . . .

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RJ Reviews - "This is a great, fun read that puts a very American spin on the story of witches living among us in the real world, blending Texan culture and Native American mythology together into something unique and enjoyable. If you're a fan of fast-paced, YA stories, then you need to give Son of a Kitchen Witch a read!"

Snippet #1:

Just as I felt myself let go and the floor come rushing up toward me, a skiff made of books swept in and Angelina and I were suddenly sailing back through time. No, not time. I realized that Esther had cast us from the shop and skipped us back through the portal like a flat rock across the smooth surface of a lake.
Angelina and I held on as we bounced from Seattle to San Francisco to L.A. to San Diego to Austin until finally we arrived back at home on Highway Six, two dazed kids surrounded by the wisdom of centuries, our ship of words now a pile of books beneath the mellow autumn moon.

Bobby Hawthorn's Playlist:

To get me in the mood, I listened to a variety of styles of rock. While Bobbie and his band, Ravenwood, love alternate and old school rock, it’s always with a twist. Bobby is currently obsessed with turning some of the old Sinatra songs into Heavy metal rock ... and doing a bad job of it. But here are the songs he, and I, love best.
  1. Coldplay

    • Paradise
    • Fix you
    • Cemeteries of London
    • 42

  2. One Republic

    • Stop and Stare
    • Apologize

  3. The Fray

    • Never Say Never
    • How to Save a Life
    • You Found Me

  4. Led Zeppelin

    • Stairway To Heaven
    • Dazed and Confused
    • D'yer Maker

  5. Rolling Stones

    • Jumping Jack Flash
    • Angie
    • Can't Always Get What You Want

  6. Sinatra

    • Fly Me to the Moon
    • Summer Wind
    • My Way

  7. Fleetwood Mac

    • Rhiannon
    • Landslide
    • Dreams

  8. Meatloaf

    • Bat Out of Hell
    • I Would Do Anything For Love

  9. Eric Clapton

    • Layla
    • Wonderful Tonight

  10. Aerosmith

    • Dream On

  11. Alice Cooper

    • Schools Out

  12. King Harvest

    • Dancing in the Moonlight

Listen to the playlist on YouTube

Snippet #2:

The first time I saw an angry Earlene Tamarack I thought it was a funny sight. And then I witnessed the storm she unleashed. You see Earlene has a strong connection with the weather and the freak tornado she cut loose caught everyone by surprise and took off a corner of Macy’s at the mall. I don’t even remember what made her angry, only the repercussions. Luckily the only one hurt was a bikini-clad mannequin in a display case.

The Author:

Tim Hemlin has taught middle school English Language Arts in the Houston area for over 20 years and now puts his master’s degree in counseling to work as a high school counselor in the Fort Bend Independent School District.

Besides running marathons, Hemlin enjoys cheering on his favorite sports teams—the Patriots, the Red Sox and the Cowboys. He currently lives with his family outside Houston, Texas.

Son of a Kitchen Witch is Hemlin’s seventh full-length novel and is informed by the decades he has spent as an educator in Houston-area public schools. Set in suburban-Houston, Son of a Kitchen Witch is a fast-paced urban fantasy about the teenage son of a witch and how he navigates the perilous terrain of young love, high school drama, and being hunted by a pack of hellhounds.

Tim Hemlin’s other works include the Houston-based Neil Marshall Mystery series and “The Wastelanders,” a dystopian-clifi novel about a futuristic world devoid of water.

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