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A long-held wish, a forbidden magic spell and a kidnapping propel 10-year-old James Bell and his family into an adventure beyond belief. At the moment of the lunar eclipse on the stroke of midnight the World is to be sold. Armed with only the power of his imagination and the contents of his money box, James must challenge the greed of the mighty Bogus Corporation, a sinister bank and the mysterious Gnomes of Zurich in a race against time to stop the sale and prevent the destruction of childhood.
[Fairy Story] "will make you wish you could go back to the magical time of childhood where anything is possible, as it surely is in this book." Masquerade Crew [4-Star] Review.

"An incredible story. Such an interesting world to dive into, with great twists and turns. A mesmerizing read for young and old." Amazon Reader [5-Star] Review.

"Clearly recognizable strands from many familiar stories deftly woven into a new presentation of sin, bravery, adventure, greed and fear. The modern world of Area 51, cell phones, jets and missiles is mixed with Cinderella almost seamlessly. Like all good stories, a basic morality carries the protagonists down their allotted path to an age-old predictable end (which all good stories do). An end for all with another chapter tantalizingly around the corner." Amazon Reader [5 Star] Review.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Gnomes of Zurich [Excerpt]

These people look like mortals,” William said to Mr. Chalmers, “but my senses are telling me something else.”
As he spoke, a foul stench filled the room. It was like a whiff of hell, and Laura sneaked a glance at her brothers before realizing its source was the two mortal businessmen. They had begun some sort of transformation, and she turned away, fingers in her ears, blocking out the squishy, squashy, squirting, squelching sounds they turned their bodies inside out.
“Ugh!” said James. “That’s gross.”
“Mutants,” Mr. Chalmers told William. “The offspring of fairies crossed with lower forms of mortal life.”
Fairweather remained unruffled throughout the transformations, and, once the air had cleared, said, “It gives me great pleasure to introduce Herr Glocke and Herr Spiel―The Gnomes of Zurich.”

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