To celebrate the release of Emily and the Spellstone by Michael Rubens (6/13/17), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Michaek and 10 chances to win a copy of Emily and the Spellstone, as well as a Grand Prize Giveaway!
And then there was the fire. Little spurts of flame kept erupting here and there on his body as if he were volcanically active. When he roared, flames jetted from his mouth. There were flames coming from his armpits, for goodness’ sake.
“HA HA HA!” he flame-laughed. “I AM GOING TO EAT YOU!” And he stooped and reached out a claw to seize her.
Just as she felt the point prick her skin, she screamed, “WAIT!”
He froze, leaning forward, the claw still entrapping her.
He didn’t move.
Emily didn’t move.
Her heart pounded so hard she thought surely she would die.
He still didn’t move.
And did some more not moving.
Then she saw his eyes dart to the side for a moment, then back to her.
“Uh . . .” he said. “Now what?”
“EEEEEEEEEE!!!” Emily screamed. The demon jumped.
“HELP ME!” screamed Emily. “Heeeelp! HEEEEELP!”
The demon was holding his massive hands over his pointed ears.
“Hold on!” he said. “How? What do you want?”
“I know! I know! How!? How am I supposed to help you?”
“HEEEELLLL—what?” said Emily.
“You said, ‘Help.’ How. Do. You. Want. Me. To. Help. You?”
Emily stared at him, shaking. Her breath was coming in ragged gasps.
“What are you talking about?” she finally said. “Why did you keep saying you were going to eat me?”
“I couldn’t think of anything else to say! I’ve been imprisoned in that stone for an eternity, and suddenly I’m out, and it was the first thing that popped into my head!”
“So you’re not going to eat me?”
“No! I mean, yes! I mean, I’d like to, I fully intend to, but .º.º. I have to help you!”
Emily did a few more moments of staring.
“You have to help me?”
“Yes! I’m . . .” Here the creature appeared to undergo some sort of internal struggle, as if he—or it—was trying to prevent himself—or itself—from saying something vitally important that he—or it, you get the point—didn’t want to say.
“I’m . . . I’m . . . I’m bound to your service and have to obey you!” he blurted. “Argh! Ahhh!” he said, and slammed his giant palm into his gigantic forehead several times. “Why”—slam—“did I have”—slam slam—“to tell her that?” Slam slam slam.
Emily unsteadily got to her feet, her back pressed against the wall. “Who are you?” she said, because of the several hundred questions she had, that seemed like a good place to start.
The demon drew himself up to his full height.
“I am Baelmadeus Gorgostopheles Lacrimagnimum Turpisatos Metuotimo Dolorosum Tenebris Morsitarus.”
To Emily it sounded like one long, multisyllabic word.
“Baelma—?” she started.
“Just call me Gorgo. That’s what my friends call me.”
“You have friends?”
He considered this for a moment. “Nnnnooo,” he said.
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Emily picks up a stone that looks like a cell phone but has unexpected magical powers. It’s a Spellstone! Now that she has become an unwilling Stonemaster—one who wields the power of the Stone—she has to figure out Spellstone technology fast if she is to survive a hair-raising adventure among giant dogs, demons, clones, mean girls, and deeply wicked people who want the Stone. A witty tale of a quiet girl who discovers she’s a hero when she needs to be. Stonemasters rule!
About the Author: Michael Rubens is the author of two YA novels, Sons of the 613 and The Bad Decisions Playlist, and one novel for grownups, The Sheriff of Yrnameer. A correspondent and producer for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, he has also been a producer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His writing has appeared in places like The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts, Salon and McSweeney’s. He lives with his family in Brooklyn. Visit his website at www.michaelrubens.com.
- One (1) winner will receive signed copies of Spellstone and Michael’s 2 YA novels, Sons of the 613 and The Bad Decisions Playlist, as well as a custom Spellstone phone case!
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This is captivating and special. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway.
danielle hammelef says
This book sounds like it features a smart, quick-thinking heroine that I’m going to have lots of fun going on her adventures as I read..
Michael Ryan says
I’ve enjoyed your work with Full Frontal but haven’t had the chance to read any of your books. This one looks great! I especially liked the word “flame-laughed” and the unexpected personality of Gorgo, as his friends call him, or it.
Vicki Wurgler says
the books sound good-thanks for your giveaway
missy ellis says
Flames coming out of an armpit is never a good sign!
Diane Richards says
Sounds interesting! Good Luck Everyone!