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Blog Tour / November 25, 2012

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Today I’m very excited to be hosting a guest post as part of The Burning of Isobel Key blog tour. There is also a contest to win a gift card!


The Burning of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel

Release: 1 October 2012

When Lou travels to Scotland, she’s a mess. She’s twenty-six, unemployed, and unsure of herself. It doesn’t help that she’s traveling with Tammy, her best friend, who is everything Lou is not.

At first, the trip pushes Lou towards the brink of depression, but then she meets Brian, a handsome local tour guide. When Brian tells the tourists about the countless witches burned in Scotland, Lou starts to listen. And when she discovers information about Isobel Key, one of the victims of the seventeenth century, Lou finds renewed purpose.

Lou has begun exploring the Neo Pagan faith, a dramatic shift from her wealthy Catholic upbringing. Despite her fears of being too “hocus pocusy”, Lou turns to her new faith as she struggles to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of Isobel Key. But faith or not, Lou must face her demons if she has any hope of righting the wrongs of the past.


Guest Post from JEN

Top 10 Favorite Books & Why

I never know how to answer this question, but I’m going to try.  I’ve always been an avid reader, so instead of my top 10 favorites of all time, I think I’ll share with you my top ten favorites that I’ve read in 2012.  My goal for the year was to read a hundred books before 2013 (or the Mayan apocalypse, whichever comes first), and I’m ALMOST there.

Hmm.  So it might be harder than I thought to pick just ten.  But I’ll do my best!

Make Lemonade, by Virginia Euwer Wolff

This novel-in-verse is haunting, gripping, and beautiful.  It’s a fast read, but it’s also the kind of story that you want to linger in for awhile.  LaVaughn, Jolly, Jilly, and Jeremy will steal your heart.  Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster!

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, by Joshilyn Jackson

If you haven’t read Jackson before, you need to remedy that immediately.  Told from the points of view of three generations of Slocumb women, this is a story about skeletons in the closet (or the back yard) that will suck you in from the first line.

The Minister’s Daughter, by Julie Hearn

What do piskies, Puritans, and witches have to do with each other?  Read this lyrical tale that blends history and myth for the answer.  I was truly charmed by this book: the characters are vivid, the setting is rich, and the story takes a few unexpected turns along the way.  

The Book of Blood and Shadows, by Robin Wasserman

History, mystery, and a sinister secret society: this book is bursting with adventure.  Woven around an alchemical mystery that spans centuries and pulls the story to Prague, I loved every minute of this book. 

The Near Witch, by Victoria Schwab

This is mystery told in true fairy tale fashion.  Dark and haunting, I devoured this book in one sitting.  What an amazing read!

Moon Magic, by Dion Fortune

Known for her esoteric teachings, Fortune’s last novel (completed posthumously) is bewitching.  Lilith is a priestess, and Malcolm is a pragmatic man.  Of course their relationship changes both of them forever.

Cinder, by Marissa Meyer

It’s a sci-fi retelling of Cinderella, with a cyborg standing in for the beautiful scullery maid: so cool!  I love reimagined fairy tales, and this is one of the most unique I’ve ever found.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor

Karou has blue hair.  She’s been raised by demons.  An angel is after her.  Seriously, if you haven’t read this one yet, grab it now.  SO good!

Summoning the Fates, by Z. Budapest

Budapest breaks down a woman’s life into three astrological phases: the Saturn returns.  Myth and fairy tale weave together with astrological wisdom to craft a book that every woman must read at least once in her life.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, by Lish McBride

Dark comedy meets action and mythic adventure in this awesome tale.  Sam’s more than just a college dropout: he’s a necromancer, and his powers plunge him into a world of danger (and zombie garden gnomes).

Well, y’all, those are my favorite books of 2012.  What are your picks this year?


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Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).
She is also an active reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW.
A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When she isn’t crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches writing composition at a community college. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.


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2 Responses to Blog Tour: The Burning of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel

  1. jennifermcconnel says:

    Thanks for hosting me! 🙂

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