written and illustrated by Wendy D. Walter
I'm honored to be hosted as the featured author at one of my favorite blogs, GliteraryGirl.com. We chatted about bullies, my favorite books, and the pleasures and pit falls of world building. GliteraryGirl.com is a newsy, review filled blog all about YA books. Check it out!
Book 2 is coming a long nicely, I'm hopeful that it will be ready by March 2013!
Check out all the great blogs I had the honor to visit, last December!
Had a great time at Beth's blog. Her Writer's Fun Zone is chock full of great info for writers.
Fabulous YA fantasy blog! 2Gliterary Girls gave Ambril got a great review! Thanks Sara and Danae
Laurel graciously hosted me on both her blogs, I wrote about my Celtic heritage.
Kudos to Larissa at Howling Turtle. This is a great site. We talked about what inspired Ambril's Tale.
Alison asked me about my illustrations, and offered up opportunities for giveaways!
At Girl About Books, I tell all about what they don't teach you in English, thanks Mia!
MOONRISE!12-12-12 School of the Ages did a masterful job of celebrating the birth of fairies.
Rosebuz posted a very good review and gave it a 5 stars for younger readers. Check out this fantasy /science site.
Lady Reader's Bookstuff! A fabulous fantasy blog. I chat about Bullies and why I sprinkle them throughout my stories.
Roxanne gave Ambril a 4 star review! Great blog for the self published author.
We talked about fantasy and writing and seven random things that I like!
Great YA blog, Full of great reviews, Ambril got 4 stars!
I blogged about how women secretly long to be warriors.
Fairies, Moonrise, and making little fairy babies. A Dream Within a Dream is a great blog for YA reads.
Great blog for writers! I blogged about character flaws and true-blue Ambril.
I blogged about rippling plots, puzzle pieces and what makes a fantasy lover.
Come and read a chapter of Ambril's Tale and enter the giveaway!
I shared tips for fantsy writers
We discuss the bigger issues in Ambril's Tale, such as prejudice and bullying.
I guest blogged about my favorite tchotchke, garden gnomes
Live Chat! January 5, from 10AM to 1PM PST
Ambril got a 4 & 5 star review! 5 stars for content suitable for kids.
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About Ambril's Tale
Return of the Dullaith
A three headed dog, a vicious flower bud and a walking house. They swirl around the top of fourteen year old Ambril's old puzzle box and bedevil her in life.
Just what do they have to do with the mystery of her father’s death? Ambril struggles to answer that question when she moves back to the town she was born in but doesn’t remember and accidentally uncovers secrets about her father which threaten to destroy her entire family.
In this, the first book of Ambril’s Tale, Ambril makes friends with some of the locals as she tangles with ornery garden gnomes, angry bicycles and a magical garden that she comes around to calling home. All this while she struggles to learn how to use the magic that will become her destiny.
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What people are saying about Ambril's Tale!
"Walter practices a magic too few writers are capable of wielding: putting readers right there in the story where they can see and hear and smell everything, yet never burdening the story with endless description. Her descriptions are the work of a true wordsmith.
She’s given readers a story, characters, and a writing style they’ll be eager to come back to."
"Normal teenagers are thrust into a world of magic in this heartfelt, occasionally hair-raising story for the Harry Potter set...Offers plenty of suspense and dangerous near-misses as Ambril investigates who in town has been conjuring the demonic Dullaiths. The cliff-hanger ending will leave readers craving the next installment.
Bound to satisfy young readers hungry for tales of magic, adventure and friendship."
"A fun story mingling real life and fantasy for early teens. At its heart, this is a coming-of-age story of a teenager investigating a corrosive family secret. "
"Ambril's Tale is a simply delightful new novel! The story line and characters are incredibly creative, and really set this book apart from other fantasy novels available today. I couldn't put it away, and stayed up all night reading it! Perfect for both kids and adults who are still kids at heart."
"A delightfully charming and witty fantasy with endless entertainment and adventure. I would recommend this ebook to my friends and family. I look forward to the next set of adventures Ambril and her pals unwind in their quest."
A Press Release from the Sand Hill Review Press 6/29/2012
Ambril’s Tale, The Return of the Dullaith
The First in the fantasy series written and illustrated by Wendy D. Walter
This summer, Europe is slogging through its own mess, they are fighting yet again in Middle East, and the U.S. recovery seems to be just grinding its gears. How do you stay sane amid all the madness? Experts will tell you, a simple escape helps. The Sand Hill Review Press suggests that a sharp left turn into a fast-paced fantasy adventure such as Ambril’s Tale, The Return of the Dullaith might be just the ticket.
A Harry Potter type fantasy, its outlandish characters and humorous take on dealing with a broken family, adolescence and the occasional attack of monsters is a sure-fire cure for whatever the evening news dishes up this summer.
Ambril is fourteen when her family moves from San Francisco to the place where she was born but doesn’t remember. Trouble pounces just after they make it through the Wall, a twenty foot high, five foot thick stone barrier which encircles the town of Trelawnyd. Is it there to keep the monsters out...or to pen them in?
Ambril soon realizes it’s a little of both as she is forced to not only battle real life monsters but also the paranoid behavior of the people around her who are desperate to keep their true heritage hidden. They bully and threaten, but the truth about her father’s death is not a secret that Ambril will let them keep. Against all odds, she continues her quest to clear her father’s name and heal the rifts in her family.
Ambril makes friends with some of the locals as she tangles with ornery garden gnomes, angry bicycles and a magical garden that she comes around to calling home. All this while she struggles to learn how to use the magic that will become her destiny.
The Return of the Dullaith is the first in the Ambril’s Tale series. This humorous fantasy adventure is offered as an ebook. Print books will be available mid-July 2012. Book Two, Riding the Cursed Chutes, is expected out in September 2012.