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GIVEAWAY: ‘The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin’ by Jonathan L Ferrara

CoverTo celebrate yet again the release of the YA fantasy novel, The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin, by Jonathan L. Ferrara, Dragonwell Publishing is offering another giveway. Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win an ebook copy of this novel, which keeps garnering rave reviews, or a gift certificate to shop at the publisher’s bookstore.

The winner will be announced the 17th of March on this blog.

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This the latest one from Portland Book Reviews:

“[The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin] twists biblical scripture into the current era while sending the reader back to a place as close to Hell as can be, and is an exciting read during the whole ride. Not only is it impressive to see small parts of previously used ideas from other famous stories, but to twist them into such a creative manner, and done well is sure to make this a must read.”

Talented author Jonathan L. Ferrara has been featured on The Examiner, Seattle Post Intelligencer, The Writer’s Life eMagazine, Blogger News, among many others.

More about the book…

Seven deadly sins have been unleashed, and the only one who can defeat them is the boy who set them free…

Nicholas Blackwell has no idea he is supposed to fulfill a destiny. All he knows is that he draws trouble like a magnet. Orphaned at seven when two demonic men killed his parents, he copes with the strict rules of his new home, St. Christopher’s Academy, unaware that he has been the real target for the killers and that his guardian angel has saved him in the nick of time. And now, his problems are only beginning when a mysterious serpent lures him into the woods and tricks him into a demonic ritual that will unleash the Seven Deadly Sins to destroy the humankind. Nicholas has no choice but to correct his mistake–or die trying.

Aided by Amy, a shy but determined girl who seems to know more about his task than she should, Nicholas’s quest is to travel into the City of Demonio and defeat the Seven Guardians of Sin. To succeed, he must confront demons, monsters, and lost souls, learn the mysteries of the Chapel of Dreams, discover the true meaning of friendship and love, and face the darkest secret of all: the Blackwell Family Secret.

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About the Author

unnamed copyJonathan L. Ferrara was born in San Pedro, California to an Italian fisherman and a mother from New York. Growing up with one older brother, Jonathan had several hobbies: finding the best hiding spots to jump out and scare his mother, discovering new fantasy book series, and imagining outrageous, whimsical worlds full of magic. He is now happily married, residing in California in the City of Angels. He has two wonderful children-his dog Koda and cat Merlin.

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NEW RELEASE: “The Blackwell Family Secret: the Guardians of Sin” by Jonathan L Ferrara

Seven deadly sins have been unleashed, and the only one who can defeat them is the boy who set them free.

Read more in this exciting young adult debut with a Christian theme:

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Nicholas Blackwell has no idea he is supposed to fulfill a destiny. All he knows is that he draws trouble like a magnet. Orphaned at seven when two demonic men killed his parents, he copes with the strict rules of his new home, St. Christopher’s academy, unaware that he has been the real target for the killers and that his guardian angel has saved him in the nick of time. And now, his problems are only beginning when a mysterious serpent lures him into the woods and tricks him into a demonic ritual that will unleash the Seven Deadly Sins to destroy the humankind. Nicholas has no choice but to correct his mistake–or die trying.

Aided by Amy, a shy but determined girl who seems to know more about his task than she should, Nicholas’s quest is to travel into the City of Demonio and defeat the Seven Guardians of Sin. To succeed, he must confront demons, monsters, and lost souls, learn the mysteries of the Chapel of Dreams, discover the true meaning of friendship and love, and face the darkest secret of all: the Blackwell Family Secret.

MEET THE AUTHOR: Jonathan L Ferrara

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There were two things that have always really interested me, religion and fantasy. I’m fascinated by people’s belief systems, and how they make a relationship with God. I also love a good fantasy that can take me off to a far away land filled with heroes, terrors and fun. As a writer, I love to combine both of these worlds. This how I started writing The Blackwell Family Secret: the Guardians of Sin.
I grew up as a Catholic, going to church every Sunday, being an alter boy, taught to avoid sin. Even as a young boy I was interested in the Seven Deadly Sins. What I find to be even more interesting is that everyone in the world can relate to one of the Sins over the rest. I, myself have felt seduced by a particular sin during specific moments of my life and can easily relate to one of the Princes of Hell in this novel. I wrote this book as a way to give life, history and true meaning to the Seven infamous words: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride. Throughout this series you learn the origin of where the Seven Deadly Sins come from, who they are, and most of all…what they plan to do.

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Fantasy: a genre for all ages

A large number of fantasy books is published with the “Young Adult” label, or–more recently–as part of the “New Adult” category, which combines the young adult appeal with explicit sex (a.k.a. “Harry Potter meets Fifty Shades of Grey”). But are these age labels useful for targeting the appropriate readers?

Sir Terry Pratchett, one of the favorite authors of our staff, believes that fantasy is uni-age. We tend to agree. Fantasy tales appeal to a wide range of readers of different ages, and they tend to cluster by taste more than “age-appropriate matter” as defined by mass media. In the end, many of the timeless fantasies have universal appeal to all ages — and as a result they are targeted to “Young Adult” audiences (loosely, 12-18-year-olds) when in reality most of the buyers of these books are fully aged adults. Examples of such books include “Harry Potter”, “The Lord of the Rings”, and “Chronicles of Narnia”, to name a few.

The flip side of such age labels is that many of these books are overlooked by adult readers, who would be their main audience but tend to cast their eyes toward the adult-labeled titles. Such books pick up their main readership only when they are talked about enough to draw interest, a barrier which probably prevents many good titles from breaking through and creates a lag to their success.

Wouldn’t it be better if such books were marketed as “appropriate for all ages”, to distinguish them from those with excessive sex and violence which may indeed be appropriate only for adults?

We hope that “for all ages” label eventually finds its way into book publishing, just like the recently promoted “new adult” category that combines “young adult” category with hot, steaming sex.

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And, if you are interested, check out Terry Pratchett’s post on the age and fantasy at http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/22/terry-pratchett-raising-steam

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