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Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands
by Wendy Willett   

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Publisher:  Outskirts Press ISBN-10:  1432703544 Type: 
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460

Copyright:  January 16, 2007 ISBN-13:  9781432703547
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Spinetinglers 2008 Book of the Year Award Winning Author/Illustrator, Wendy Willett

"Whosoever is in possession of thy book, read thy words carefully, take a second look.... Thou shall falter if thy heart is untrue...."

Book Synopsis for
Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure/Horror
Level: Midgrade - young adult and older

“What would you do if you were a young, White Magic witch-in-training, chosen to fulfill a White Magic Prophecy?"

WGA# 1385002

On the eve of her fourteenth birthday, a young White Magic witch is chosen to fulfill the prophecy of her family's legacy. Amber Shadows and her two best mates set off to rescue her missing family, and retrieve two of the most priceless, magical wands in all of Magia. Having newfound White Magic powers, she must manage to survive deadly encounters with conjured up Dark Magic beasts, life-threatening traps, and eradicate the most evil Dark Magic sorceress of all time. But can she?

Having found three family secrets interlaced by the same quill, Amber is given a newfound gift of age-old White Magic when she opens the Legends, Spells, and Enchantment Book. The more she reads memoirs within the secrets she has found, the more Amber is convinced she is the chosen one to find her missing family and two priceless wands stolen by Lady Gondara. The only problem is, can she manage to protect her friends, family, and her own life while fulfilling the prophecy?

Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands is a magical fantasy adventure of dangerous secrets, and horrifying Dark Magic mayhem with a strong female protagonist and equally strong female antagonist that builds up to an intense, life-threatening end. It is a story of heartfelt emotion, dangerous adventure beyond the imagination, and determination.



P.S. Don't say I didn't warn you . . . .

Now available through Amazon.com and most online stores.

Have A Magical Day!

SCRIPT SYNOPSIS
WGA #1385002

When Amber Shadows searches the attic for information to finish a Magian school assignment, she finds two hidden journals filled with memoirs of her late, great, great grandmother, Lady Jocelyn. Amber is convinced after reading the memoirs that she is the chosen one to find her missing family and two priceless wands, regardless of the rumors about the Dark Magic Sorceress rising from the dead.  Her belief is confirmed on the night she turns fourteen, when an apparition leads her to a third secret hidden in the eldest cypress tree in the Wood. Determined to find her family, Amber sets off on her own when her two best mates abandon her. Against their better judgment, they decide to join her. The deadly adventure begins in the Bewitched Forest where vampire bats and owlsnakes threaten their lives. They find their way out of the Wood and enter a cave leading to an under-ground castle. Facing the most horrifying beasts of the deadliest nature, they tread upon the grounds of Dark Magic, where life-threatening events unfold. Marianna and Jasper are captured along with the dwarves they met when first entering the cave, and Amber is about to be ripped to shreds by sea-serpents when the apparition who chose her to keep the Legends, Spells, and Enchantment Book, appears to her and reveals a prophecy from heaven only Amber can fulfill.  Can Amber manage to protect her friends, family, and her own life while fulfilling the prophecy?

Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands is a magical fantasy adventure of dangerous secrets and horrifying Dark Magic mayhem, with a strong female protagonist and equally strong female antagonist that builds up to an intense, life-threatening end. It is a story of heartfelt emotion, dangerous adventure beyond the imagination, and determination.

 SPINETINGLERS REVIEW
 

 Immediately upon entering the pages of Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands, the reader is thrown into a mystical world that is far from the ordinary. Two secrets have remained hidden and protected within an antique trunk in the Shadows’ family attic. However, unbeknownst to the Shadows family, hidden within the eldest rings of wood just beyond their backyard, is a third secret. Amber Shadows, the youngest of three, discovers two of these secrets while searching the attic for information on an extraordinary witch or wizard relative. On the night of her fourteenth birthday, she is awakened by an apparition, who leads her to discover the third secret. Oblivious of the danger she is now in; Amber manages to convince her two best friends to join her on a quest. Terrifying events unfold as the three friends search through an underground castle for Amber’s parents and grandparents, and two wands with the greatest of magical powers. Amber and friends must find their way through conjured up illusions and escape life-threatening traps, defend themselves from deadly beasts, and manage to return home safe and sound with their friendship intact. But will they?
 

Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands gives a new twist in storytelling a popular genre. “If you are expecting to read a story about a medieval princess, forced to marry a Dark Magic wizard more than twice her age, or missionary knights setting off to fight and conquer a monstrous dragon guarding two stolen wands of power and glory, then you would be very much mistaken,” Willett says. “It’s not your traditional male character leading the adventure using magic; rather it is a story of a teenage female facing emotional distress where her missing family is concerned, and life-threatening situations using White Magic to survive.” Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands is the first in a series of four novels featuring the spunky heroine, and it is certain to be one of this year’s best sellers, and a welcome addition to libraries or home bookshelves around the world.

 

 

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Birthdays are a must for gift giving. So why not give the gift of a magical read?  If you are looking for a magical adventure for someone you love, like, fancy, or simply care about, then you need to buy this book! It's a page turner that will bring you into its world by way of enchanted imagination! 

 

This two-time Book of the Year winner will leave you waiting impatiently in anticipation of what trouble these well-rounded, brought-to-life characters will find themselves in next!

 

 

Whether you are 9 or 99, you'll enjoy this enchanting fantasy of dangerous, unusual beasts as you journey through mysterious Realms of Dark Magic, a wonderous world of White Magic as seen through the author's eyes, and the beloved characters within its pages will live on in your heart. 

 

Attention Amber Shadows Fans . . .

 

 

 

 

The author has sold out available copies. If you would like to purchase a copy, please order through Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Bordersandmusic.com or order from your favorite online book store before they're out of stock. Schools may contact the author for school visits/book sale signing and readings.

 

   

This book sells out fast, online and at book signings! Online stores can't keep it in stock.  Hurry and get your copy today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The E-book version is also available through Outskirts Press.com.

 

Contact the Amber Shadows Fan Club  at MWillett.Ameritech.net  to order directly from this award-winning Author/Illustrator/Screenwriter.

 

Or order here on Authorsden.com. Remember to include in your email the name of the person you want the book dedicated to, or simply put in your email or note that you want a generalized signature.

 

You may also purchase this book at Amazon.com and most online stores. In fact it would be most appreciated if you did.

 

However, beware that the aforementioned stores do not have the authors' autograph. For an authentic autograph, you must order from the Amber Shadows Fan Club.

 

Please make check or money order payable to: Wendy Willett and mail to the Shadows Fan Club address below.

 

Mail to:

 

The Official Amber Shadows Fan Club

P.O. Box 633

Spring Grove, IL  60081

                           USA

 

 

 

May your holidays be magical!

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt
Warning!


My dear children, in Magia there are two types of magic—Dark Magic and White Magic. I shall not preach as to which is which; it would be most insulting to your intelligence, and you would most likely put this book down out of boredom. That being said, I must point out the following about the story you are about to read. In Magia things are not always as they should be. Terrible things happen that are not of our choosing . . . things that sometimes befall us against our will, causing loss and suffering.
If you are expecting to read a story about a medieval princess, forced to marry a Dark wizard more than twice her age, or missionary knights setting off to fight and conquer a monstrous dragon guarding two stolen wands of power and glory, then you would be very much mistaken. Although these stories would be exciting to read, they must be left for another time.
It is a terrible thing to be at such a young age in ones’ life, when you find yourself utterly helpless, having your life placed in danger, and living through terrifying situations beyond anything you can possibly imagine. And it is a far worse thing to have to endure the wrath of Dark Magic entities, striving to take what doesn’t belong to them for the sole purpose of revenge, power, greed, and dare I say . . . immortality.
If you find you do not wish to read about the emotional trials and tribulations of a thirteen-year-old White Magic witch-in-training; one that is left in the care of her older sister and brother while her parents are off searching for her grandparents; one who, along with her two best friends, face numerous conjured up beasts and life threatening events managed by the Dark Magic hand of Lady Gondara, then might I suggest you properly place this book back upon the bookshelf, and leave its story for someone else.
As for those of you courageous enough to continue along with Amber and her friends on their magical journey, please keep the following in mind at all times: being born a White Magic witch or wizard is not all wishes granted, wand power, and magic spells to do our bidding as one might believe.

Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands
Now Available for purchase!
Online retailers: Amazon.com; Baker and Taylor; Ingram; Barnes and Noble.com, and most online stores.
For information on ordering autographed copies please email:
MWillett@Ameritech.net


Have A Magical Day . . . .

Wendy J. Willett


Professional Reviews

Spinetinglers Committee Review
Winner Spinetinglers Book of the Year Award 2008, December 11, 2007
By Spinetinglers Committee "Spinetingling Review... (Ballygowan) - See all my reviews

"Whosoever is in possession of thy book, read thy words carefully, take a second look.... Thou shall falter if thy heart is untrue...."

Are you reeling from the loss of Harry Potter? Do you miss Hogwarts, Dumbledore, and Hagrid? Fear not! Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands has arrived!
Amber Shadows is your typical "Magia" teenager. She likes to read, she doesn't completely hate school, and she is training to be a white witch. When researching a paper on her family history for her "Magia" Session (White Magic class), she is slightly disappointed by the lack of information. She cannot find any "Shadows," past or present, who are remotely interesting. Disheartened, she ventures up into the attic - a place where she knows she is forbidden to go. While there, she finds the journal of one of her ancestors, Jocelyn Shadows. As Amber Shadows reads this journal, the secrets of her family's past are unlocked. Amber is driven by voices from antiquity to begin a dangerous quest. Amber and a couple of trusted friends must face the evil Lady Gondara. Gondara is an ancient enemy of the Shadows and of every white witch. For the sake of her family and of all the people of Magia, Gondara must be stopped. Can Amber save her family from an ancient curse? Can she return the missing wands to their rightful owners? You will have to read the book to find out!
Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands is not your typical children's book. For one thing, it does not patronise its readers. Instead, it opens up a magical world, filled with dwarfs, two- headed beasts, and talking cats. Every page enchants the reader with thrilling detail and wonderfully drawn out characters. Amber herself is heroic, courageous, and perhaps a little bit precocious. Lady Gondara is wickedly wise, but hopefully, no match for Amber. The book brings to life these fascinating characters and knits them together beautifully with a bewitching and thoroughly intriguing plot.
The problem that writers in this genre must inevitably face is a comparison to Harry Potter. Potter caused such a global sensation that most authors who write stories about teenage witches and wizards will have to put up with this. And, most books will regrettably suffer from such a comparison. Fortunately, Wendy Willett will not have to worry about this problem, as she has written a book that will stand up to any such comparison. And, as the Harry Potter story draws to a close, there is a gap in the market for another magical teenager. Amber Shadows may be just the book to fill this void.
Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands is a must-read for any fan of magical adventure. Wendy Willett's first novel will charm and enthral its readers, and will leave you wanting to hear more from these enticing, fresh characters. The only question left to ask is, "When will Book Two be published?"



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