Publication date: August 25th 2020
Genres: LGBTQ+, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
A teen outcast must work together with new friends to keep her family and town safe from murderous Fae while also dealing with panic attacks, family issues, and a lesbian love triangle in C.M. McGuires’s kick-butt paranormal YA debut, Ironspark.
For the past nine years, ever since a bunch of those evil Tinkerbells abducted her mother, cursed her father, and forced her family into hiding, Bryn has devoted herself to learning everything she can about killing the Fae. Now it’s time to put those lessons to use.
Then the Court Fae finally show up, and Bryn realizes she can’t handle this on her own. Thankfully, three friends offer to help: Gwen, a kindhearted water witch; Dom, a new foster kid pulled into her world; and Jasika, a schoolmate with her own grudge against the Fae.
But trust is hard-won, and what little Bryn has gained is put to the test when she uncovers a book of Fae magic that belonged to her mother. With the Fae threat mounting every day, Bryn must choose between faith in her friends and power from a magic that could threaten her very humanity.
PLAY LIST FOR IRONSPARK
I get a lot of my inspiration from music. I even have one for the process of writing in general. (Top of that particular list is “Loser” by Garfunkel and Oates. If you haven’t heard it, you should stop reading, open a tab, and pull it up. Right. Now).
A lot of Ironspark came directly from music. It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to say that the story as it is wouldn’t exist without Florence and the Machine’s Blinding. As revisions came along and I struggled to understand different perspectives or feel the plot points, new songs joined the list. Here are some of the chief highlights from my Ironspark playlist that helped me to better understand the story or get through some of the tough scenes.
“Blinding” – Florence and the Machine
“Ain’t No Reason” – Brett Dennan
“Hero” – Regina Spektor
“Wytches’ Brew” – Omnia
“I’ll Follow You Into The Dark” – Death Cab For Cutie
“Once Upon A Dream” – Lana Del Rey
“Dream” – Priscilla Ahn
“Lost Boy” – Ruth B
“Iron” – Within Temptation
“To Have A Home” – Team Starkid
“King of the World” – First Aid Kit
“Drumming Song” – Florence and the Machine
“Hallelujah” – Panic! At The Disco
“It’s Almost Halloween” – Panic! At The Disco
“I Put A Spell On You” – Annie Lennox Cover
“Bad Moon Rising” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Riverside” – Agnes Obel
“Bottom Of The River” – Delta Rae
“World Burn” – Mean Girls: The Musical
“Sally’s Song” – The Nightmare Before Christmas
Pro tip: If you’re going to put a lot of Halloween songs on your playlist, maybe don’t listen to them while writing a scary scene in the dark because the power went out. You never know who’s going to come tap on your shoulder. And you never know who your screams will wake.
You can listen to the playlist HERE
I am a storyteller at heart, and my poor mother was grateful when I started writing. It gave her ears a break. I write primarily science fiction and fantasy intended for the young adult and middle grade audience. Presently, I live in Texas with my two cats.
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