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A Pitch For Paranormal with Jenny Brigalow and Giveaway!

Today's feature is from author Jenny Brigalow. Jenny's latest THE CHILDREN OF THE MIST has just been released and there's a giveaway of kindle copy to one commenter!

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Over to Jenny now...

A Pitch For Paranormal.

First of all, I must confess that I didn’t set out to write a paranormal. It just came out that way. Like many people I have enjoyed paranormal novels such as Vampire Academy and Twilight. And it’s hard to ignore the whole paranormal phenomenon on the screen. So subconsciously, at least, I must have been soaking it up!

Paranormal means different things to different people. Indeed I had to do a bit of research to establish the boundaries between fantasy and paranormal. And, I must confess, that the lines are still a little hazy. Paranormal seems to encapsulate anything that defies scientific explanation whereas fantasy seems to hinge on the idea of magic.  To me there seems plenty of overlap. After all, surely magic defies scientific explanation, if it didn’t, would it be magic? Tricky one that. Of course some people may find it easy to separate the two.

So, do I believe in paranormal? Do I believe in magic? The simple answer is that I want to believe. Believe me; I spent years trying to spot fairies at the bottom of the garden and searching the woods for the Magic Faraway tree.  But I can honestly say that I have experienced paranormal for real.  When I was ten years old my family moved into a 16th century house in Wolverhampton. It was rumoured to be haunted. A white figure would often walk briskly past the kitchen window. At first we would go to open the front door, anticipating a visitor. But no one would be there. We learned to ignore it, but guests were always telling us someone had arrived! It wasn’t scary. Just a bit irritating. And at Christmas (and this was spooky) you could smell pipe smoke in the house. No one smoked a pipe. But it was a giant cedar tree in the back garden that actually frightened me. It was so old that it was placed under a preservation order. I never played near it. We moved after just a few years and I’ve never experienced this again. Of course many people scoff and put it down to an overactive young imagination. 

If I didn’t harbour the belief that paranormal is, at the very least, a possibility, I don’t think I could have written The Children of the Mist. For me this story reflects a life time of longing to be - even a little bit- magic. And I haven’t given up hope.


An original paranormal YA about an unconventional girl, an unconventional boy, their extraordinary transformations, and the secrets of the Scottish Highlands.

When skater girl Morven Smith turns sixteen, she develops boobs, acute appendicitis...and a pair of pointy teeth. While she is stunned by her metamorphosis into vampire, her best mate, the enigmatic Zest, is not. For the young werewolf, Morven’s transformation is an answer to his lonely prayers.

But they are unable to celebrate their mutual paranormalcy for long — there are too many dangers, too much suspicion, and too many questions. It’s only in Scotland that Morven can learn the truth about her past. But she discovers more than she bargained for when she meets her birth family — an ancient feud between vampires and werewolves. They may both be Children of the Mist, but only one species can survive.


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14 comments:

  1. It's nice to meet Jenny! Wish her all the best.

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  2. Hi Karen, it's lovely to meet you too. Thank you for dropping by to say hi!

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  3. Oooo, the Scottish Highlands - I'm sold =)

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Ruth. I was lucky enough to visit Scotland in August to research for a story I am planning. I am so in love with Argyll. It is a magical and mystical place. Very inspirational. Happy writing!

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  4. Someday, someday, I WILL visit the Scottish Highlands! This book makes me even more determined to do so~

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    1. Hi Shelley, good to meet you. Hope you get to Scotland soon!

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  5. I love paranormal books! I look for fairies on my outings in the woods. :)

    It was such fun to learn about Jenny's experiences. Her book sounds great and I have been wanting to read it since I first heard about it. Love the title!
    ~Jess

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  6. Hi Jess, good to hear from you. If you spot those fairies please let me know ASAP!

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  7. Yay! Jenny's back! Her book looks great! Just in time for the season.

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  8. Thanks Sherry, that's what I call a welcome. Must say its lovely to be back!

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing! I agree that there can sometimes be overlap between fantasy and paranormal. I never really distinguished between the two until a few years ago. I really like the sound of this book, especially in that it takes place in Scotland. Great post! :)

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  10. I love the look and sound of Jenny's book. I'd like to try paranormal one day.

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  11. I love the story of the paranormal in your real life! Thanks for sharing, and for the info about your book!

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  12. This sounds interesting

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You can discuss your romance novel addiction too!