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Tuesday, March 6, 2018


 Two of my most anticipated 2018 books are out today!

A very happy book birthday to Joy McCullough's BLOOD/WATER/PAINT and Lauren Magaziner's WIZARDMATCH!

I preordered BLOOD/WATER/PAINT and I'm doing a panel with Lauren on March 17th (at the Neshaminy Mall Barnes & Noble in Bensalem, PA), so I'll get a signed copy of WIZARDMATCH soon.

The beautiful covers and book summaries are below~ get thee to a bookstore/library and enjoy!

BLOOD/WATER/PAINT-A debut novel based on the true story of the iconic painter, Artemisia Gentileschi.

Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father's paint.

She chose paint.

By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome's most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost.

He will not consume
my every thought.
I am a painter.
I will paint.

I will show you
what a woman can do. 


Twelve-year-old Lennie Mercado loves magic. She practices her invisibility powers all the time (she can now stay invisible for fifteen seconds!), and she dreams of the day that she can visit her grandfather, the Prime Wizard de Pomporromp, at his magical estate.

Now Lennie has her chance. Poppop has decided to retire, and his grandchildren are coming from all over to compete in Wizardmatch. The winner inherits his title, his castle, and every single one of his unlimited magical powers. The losers get nothing. Lennie is desperate to win, but when Poppop creates a new rule to quelch any sibling rivalry, her thoughts turn from winning Wizardmatch to sabotaging it...even if it means betraying her family.


  1. Blood, Water, Paint, certainly sounds like a heavy read (and a worthy one). But despite the clever illustrations on the cover, Wizard Match sounds like it deals with some heavy themes as well. Two such different and interesting books!

  2. I just saw something about WizardMatch too and it peaked my interest. Now I'll have to check it out.

  3. Hi, Jess--thanks for sharing the news about these two books. Rome in 1610? For sure, Blood, Water, Paint interests me. I'm putting it on my list to read. Hope this finds all is well with you and your family!

  4. These look great! I'm especially intrigued by Blood, Water, Paint. Thank you for sharing.
    FYI, I am listening to the audiobook of The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell (narrated by David Tennant) and it's wonderful!