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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Magical Realism for everyone

Hi everyone! I am YA author B A Binns , writer of contemporary and realistic fiction for teens. My tagline tells you what I am about - Stories of Real Boys Growing Into Real Men - and the people who love them. 

October is about more than just shifters. I know because I just had my first ghost story published. OK, it's a short story. Actually flash fiction, coming in at a little over 700 words.  But it is a story about a ghost and his still living wife who decides to die so she can rejoin him. He is just not ready for that and it was a blast writing ab out his struggle to make her change her mind.

In celebration of the scary month and my favorite holiday - yes, I admit I love Halloween, I have information on three books with ghosts, shifters and mermaid that are just scary enough for you and your kids to enjoy together.

Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes

If you or your children are interested in magical realism and believe in mermaids, take a look at Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes.  Maddy, the young heroine, Maddy reluctantly takes her turn spending a summer away from the big city down to her grandmother's bayou home. There she discovers something in the deep water, a mermaid, or what her African ancestors once called a Mati Wata. Maddy learns of her family's magical legacy and that, as her grandmother tells her - "To be a hero, bad things have to happen." That includes a disastrous oil leak threatening the bayou that she alone can help, if she has what it takes to be a hero.  This story gives you folk magic, hope, friendship, family and the wonder of life in the Deep South.

Dead Air #1 (The Kat Sinclair Files) by Michelle Shusterman

Kat Sinclair’s dad tells her he has new job as host of a ghost-hunting TV show Passport to Paranormal. That means traveling all over the world with Dad. It also means dealing with an actress possessed by an ancient ghost, making sure her survives longer than previous show hosts, and finding some way to deal with the producer's extremely annoying nephew. 

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
In this paranormal novel inspired by Caribbean folklore, Corinne La Mer and a couple of the village bad boys are all that stands between the people of her Caribbean island home and a takeover by the Jumbies, magical creatures from the forbidden forest determined to destroy the humans invading their island. The jumbies are led by Severine, a witch who takes the form of a beautiful woman and bewitches Corrine's father as the first step in her plan.

Only Corinne and her friends recognize Severine for the witch she really is, and only they have any hope of halting the jumbies' plan to reclaim the entire island and destroy the humans. The gutsy Corinne must call on her courage and her friends and learn to use the ancient magic she never knew she possessed to stop Severine and save her island home.

Try one of these if you want an escape from the usual ghost, zombie or shapeshifter fare, there are way more scary things on heaven and earth that your family can enjoy reading about.


Judith Ashley said...

Thanks for the recommendations, B.A. All look like great reads...something a family could do together!

Diana McCollum said...

Intriguing stories! Thanks for sharing!

B. A. Binns said...

Hope you and your families cuddle up together and enjoy one during this season of the Great Pumpkin.