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This weekend I welcome guest author Tanya Karen Gough with her book Root Bound

Welcome to the blog Tanya

Tanya Karen Gough was born in Montreal, Quebec and raised in New England, where she developed a healthy appetite for ghosts and things that go bump in the night. An avid reader from a young age, she quickly worked her way through Alice in Wonderland, the Magical Monarch of Mo, Andrew Lang's Fairy Books, all of the Tintin comic books, Nancy Drew, and most of the other books in the children's library.
Finally, at the tender age of 10, she produced this poetic masterpiece:
"Whene'er you get a wandering leg
And feel that you must roam
Remember this and don't forget
The best place is at home"
To date, she has moved more than 25 times.
Along the way, she earned two degrees in English Literature, taught overseas, became the owner operator of the Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue, and contributed to a number of Shakespeare-related publications.
Root Bound is the first of four books in the Emma and the Elementals series.

 


Book Title:     Root Bound
Series:          Emma & the Elementals (Volume 1 of 4)
Author:         Tanya Karen Gough
Imprint:         Baba Yaga Press
Genre:          Children's literature, Fantasy/Adventure
Target Age:   10 and up
Length (trade PB):    251 pages

ISBN-13: 
Print Edition:    978-0-9878506-0-7
eBook Edition:  978-0-9878506-1-4

Emma and her father are always on the move, travelling from place to place as her father’s work demands. Their new home, however, is different. There’s a frightening woman who lives down the hall: she bears an uncanny resemblance to a witch. A mysterious light comes from her apartment, and a small boy seems to be trapped inside.

School in this town is no happy place either, with an odd principal and a gang of girls who make tormenting Emma their special project. And strangest of all is the fact that there seem to be brownies - basement brownies, in the air vent in her bedroom.

Haunted by visions of her mother, Emma travels through the brownie burrow to the valley of Hades to visit with the goddess Ceres, following a series of clues that lead her across the sea of memory to the centre of the world.

There, on an inhospitable rock floating in a sea of steaming lava, Emma must find a way to release her mother from the sea of memory and restore magic to both the brownie burrow and the human world above.

Excerpt
 
The steps grew louder, until they were right outside the door. The brownies clung to Emma, shivering in fear.
“What do I do?” Emma whispered, the words sticking in her throat. The brownies looked around. Truss tugged at her shirt frantically and pointed.
“There!” she gasped. Emma followed her arm, which pointed toward the wall.
“There’s nothing there. Just a wall.”
“Not the wall. The vent,” Piers cried out, clutching her collar. “Down there, along the baseboards.”
“But I can’t fit in there,” Emma whispered urgently. “I’m too big!” Just then the doorknob rattled.
“GO!” the brownies screamed in unison as the knob turned and the door began to creak open.
Emma didn’t know what else to do, so she scooted out from under the bed and ran toward the air vent. The brownies clung to her, grabbing her ears, her nose and even the edges of the book, hanging on for dear life.
“Jump!” Mat screamed in her ear.
“I can’t.”
“There’s no time! Jump! Jump NOW!”
She was so afraid, she couldn’t even think straight.
“Jump NOW!” Piers shouted.
“Slip through! You can do it!” a voice echoed in her ears. She did not know if it was one of them shouting or herself.
“Slip through!”
“JUMP!”
“NOW!”
Emma took a deep breath and looked once more toward the bedroom door. It rattled and shook, and the doorknob started to turn. She turned back to the wall and looked at the tiny vent near the floorboards. Then she did something she never thought she would do.
She jumped.
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