Cover Reveal | Emma and the Elixir of Madness

Emma tries to balance her newfound abilities as a druid with only being ten years old. Chores and having to go inside before dark leaves only a few hours a day to save the forest―or at least her home town.

Strange magic plagues the people of Widowswood Village. None of the adults take it seriously, as the effects are short-lived and whimsical. Emma suspects something darker is going on, having listened to Nan’s tales of night pixies who aren’t as nice as the Silverbells. Convinced someone or something wishes ill upon her home, she decides to do what the adults won’t.

Amid the chaos, the daughter of a wealthy gem merchant, goes missing. Emma’s father and the entire Widowswood Watch spend all their time searching for the abducted girl. Worse, a bully blames Emma for the girl’s disappearance, but after dealing with a banderwigh and the silk thieves, he doesn’t scare her at all—until he turns violent.

Emma knows everything is connected, and isn’t about to let a mean-spirited older boy stop her from protecting her home.


I’m thrilled to finally be able to reveal the cover for the next book in the Tales of Widowswood series: Emma and the Elixir of Madness! Illustrator Ricky Gunawan did an amazing job bringing Emma, Kimber, and Tam to life. I’m beyond excited for the upcoming release of this one. I’m aiming for sometime within the next week or two.

Happy reading!


New Release and giveaway


Greetings everyone!

The second book in the Tales of Widowswood series, Emma and the Silk Thieves, is now available on Amazon Kindle. (The paperback versions are on the way, but I don’t have an exact date of when they’ll be available.)

The Ebook is available here.

Release Party

Due to a schedule issue, the Facebook release party for Emma and the Silk Thieves is not the same day as the ebook launch, and is being held on Jan 9th from 5-7pm EST. This is an online only event via Facebook posting/commenting. All are welcome to join in to chat, hang out, and play games for prizes.

This is a first for my release parties, in that it’s scheduled a full week after the ebook went live on Amazon. As such, some people will have likely read the book (I hope) by the time of the party. This gave me an idea. I’m posting a trivia game here (and in the release party), based on Emma and the Silk Thieves.

The winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift card (US only as I have no way to gift to other Amazons).

The first person to answer all 20 questions correctly will win – or if no one gets them all correct by the time the party ends (Jan 9th at 7pm EST), the responder with the most correct questions answered will win.

Please do not post answers in the comments – email them to me at mcox2112

—-( Questions )—-

1) What deity is the Harvest Festival held in honor of?
2) Why can’t Julianna participate in the hunt?
3) How many firefruit does Tam find?
4) Who sneaks up on Emma during the Harvest Festival?
5) What does Emma’s father do with his food that she thinks is awful?
6) When Emma tells Kimber “That’s not a storm.” What is it?
7) What flavor treat does Kimber pick?
8) Why does the lantern make Emma sad?
9) Name the young wolf who’s almost as big as Greyfang.
10) What almost happened to Guard Kavan when the thieves attacked?

11) What does Emma’s father want to do with their house?
12) Why did Emma’s father remain apparently oblivious to the family’s magic?
13) What is Kimber obsessed with finding/seeing?
14) Name the young village woman who is expecting a baby.
15) Which nature spirit protects Emma from stepping on thorns/rocks?
16) The family wakes up one morning to find a surprise in the house. What is it?
17) Who is afraid of Faeberry, and why?
18) What about the visiting skalds captures the kids’ curiosity?
19) Why does Kimber start babbling nonsense in the root cellar?
20) What is Tam obssessed with?

Cover Reveal | Emma and the Silk Thieves


I’m thrilled to be able to finally reveal the cover for Emma and the Silk Thieves, the second in my Tales of Widowswood series, a middle grade fantasy. Emma’s adventures continue as she finds herself needing to make good on the promise she made the Spider Queen. Alas, Emma is still dreadfully afraid of spiders (well who wouldn’t be frightened of a green furry spider bigger than a dog) and tries to prepare herself for their inevitable meeting. But the spiders aren’t the most dangerous things in the forest these days… and the thieves have their eyes right on Emma.

(You can read chapter one early here)


To go with the new cover for Silk Thieves, Curiosity Quills has also redesigned the cover for Emma and the Banderwigh (the first in the series) to keep the look consistent. (I love the magical forest feel here.)

Chapter one preview

Chapter two preview