From the Back Cover:
After his harsh beginnings as a rough-and-tumble orphan on the streets of London, Jake Everton takes his rightful place as the long-lost heir of an aristocratic family with magical powers – his personal quest, to follow in his slain parents’ footsteps as a Lightrider in the age-old battle of good versus evil. In the fantastical nooks and crannies of the Victorian Age, Jake and his friends (including his pet Gryphon) find no shortage of adventure –
righting magic-related wrongs, solving supernatural mysteries, and exploring wondrous new worlds. Now it’s Jake’s first Christmas with his eccentric magical relatives, but trouble never takes a holiday…
...Santa's Horrid Little Helper
Humbug hates being a Christmas elf. Instead of making toys, he’d rather make mischief. Angling for a new job in Halloween Town, he sets out to prove he’s frightful enough for the task by ruining Christmas for as many people as possible—until Jake and his friends capture him. The kids set out on a rip-roaring adventure to the North Pole to hand the troublemaker over to Santa and collect the reward. But the way is fraught with danger, leaving them to wonder if they’ll make it back in time for Christmas…or if they’ll even make it back alive!
JAKE AND THE GINGERBREAD WARS has tumbled down the chimney at last! Sheesh, not a moment too soon! LOL. It's available as both an e-book and a paperback. The other main point to know is that we specifically wrote this story so it would be able to stand alone. You don't have to have read all the other books to be able to enjoy this one. That makes it a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift if you need one for a friend who likes reading.
Much to our surprise, the story turned out to be over half the length of our full-sized Gryphon Chronicles novels, weighing in at 52,000 words. (Our full novels are 90-100k words if you were wondering, with Giant being the biggest, appropriately enough!)
Parents may also like to be aware that, along with all the Santa stuff and the wild-and-crazy North Pole adventure, our story does not ignore the real reason for Christmas -- Jesus' birthday. Readers of other faiths or no faith can still enjoy the tale, but we just wanted to let parents know in case that's a factor for you.
In the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing some of the amusing Victorian Christmas stuff and other interesting tidbits we dug up in research while writing this book. That's one of the most fun things about writing fiction - all the new things you learn!
Thank you very much for your interest in our writing, and if you want to be notified as soon as GINGERBREAD is ready, please make sure you're signed up for our newsletter. On Sale day is right around the bend.
PS--We are still accepting your pix (Jpeg, scan, or phone pic, whatever) of your kids' artwork for our future art wall! So if they get inspired to draw or color a picture of the Gryphon or Gladwin or any of our characters, please forward it to us with name (first name only) and age or grade level, and we'll add them to our future Virtual Fridge.
In the meanwhile, I leave you with this little beauty!