Monday, June 16, 2014

The Luthier's Apprentice by Mayra Calvani: Guest Post with Excerpt

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Title:  The Luthier’s Apprentice

Author:   Mayra Calvani

Published:  May 15th, 2014

Publisher:  Twilight Times Books

Word Count:  50,000

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Recommended Age:  12+


Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another…

When violinists around the world mysteriously vanish, 16-year-old Emma Braun takes notice. But when her beloved violin teacher disappears… Emma takes charge. With Sherlock Holmes fanatic, not to mention gorgeous Corey Fletcher, Emma discovers a parallel world ruled by an ex-violinist turned evil sorceress who wants to rule the music world on her own terms.

But why are only men violinists captured and not women? What is the connection between Emma’s family, the sorceress, and the infamous Niccolò Paganini?

Emma must unravel the mystery in order to save her teacher from the fatal destiny that awaits him. And undo the curse that torments her family—before evil wins and she becomes the next luthier’s apprentice…

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As Emma approached her home, she quickened her step. By the time she reached the door she was almost running. She raced into the hallway and dropped her book bag on the floor.
“Mom!” she called, looking in the kitchen, then in the living room. The house was silent. “Mom!” she called again, racing up the stairs to the bedrooms. Entering her mother’s room, Emma found her sitting very still on the bed with a crumpled letter in her hand.
When her mom saw her, she hastily put the crumpled piece of paper into her pocket and rose from the bed. Her arched brows were furrowed with anxiety.
Emma momentarily forgot the newspaper article. “Are you okay, Mom?”
“I’ve just received some unsettling news,” her mom said. “I must make a trip to see your Aunt Lili. She’s ill. She…I don’t know how long I’ll be gone.”
Aunt Lili? Emma frowned. More surprises. Emma had never met her mom’s eccentric only sister, who lived alone in the Hungarian mountains secluded in an old chateau surrounded by dark woods—or so her mom said. Though again, her mom hardly ever mentioned her.
“What’s wrong with Aunt Lili?” Emma asked. “Can’t I come with you?” She had always been intrigued by her mysterious aunt.

Guest Post
My 11 Favorite Books
by Mayra Calvani,
author of The Luthier’s Apprentice 

The Secret History, by Donna Tartt

Brilliant, dark, and insightful! I have read this book several times and each time I learn something new.

The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

Tragic tale of a woman way beyond her times. Lazy summer evenings and sunsets by the Gulf combine with feminist issues and forbidden love.

Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice

Baroque, dark and rich, the prose flows like blood.

The Stranger, by Albert Camus

Fascinating portrait of a cold, unsympathetic man (probably a sociopath) and society’s prejudices. A super powerful little book.

Diamond Dogs, by Alan Watt

Dark, gripping tale of a love-hate relationship between a father and a son.

Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier

The classic in gothic romantic suspense—need I say more?

Lives of the Twins, by Rosamond Smith (Joyce Carol Oates)

Deliciously dark, twisted story about a young woman involved with a pair of twins.

 Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Dark tale of love and obsession!

 Cold Eye, by Giles Blunt

This book haunted me for years. Dark story of an artist who makes a pact with the devil in exchange for success. The deterioration of his soul as the book progresses is chilling to behold.

 Come Closer, by Sara Gran

Another powerful little book and one of the scariest stories I’ve ever read.

Stepford Wives, by Ira Levin

Fast-pace, exciting, unputdownable. Great cliffhangers at the end of each chapter and pretty darn terrifying.

 Are any of these books a favorite of yours, too?   :)
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About the Author:

Award-winning author Mayra Calvani has penned over ten books for children and adults in genres ranging from picture books to nonfiction to paranormal fantasy novels. She’s had over 300 articles, short stories, interviews and reviews published in magazines such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal and Bloomsbury Review, among others. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, she now resides in Brussels, Belgium.


Giveaway Details:

There is an international tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • $25 Amazon Gift Card OR Paypal Cash.

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Mayra Calvani said...

Dear Laurie,

Thanks for supporting my work. I really appreciate it!


Edgar Gerik said...

Great book, thanks for the giveaway.