Featured New Book: The Magician’s Doll by M. L. Roble


Just when I think the well is going dry for these Featured New Book spotlights, you guys come through for me. Keep it coming!

Today’s guest and spotlight savior is ML Roble, a woman whose kindness and upbeat personality shine through the e-mails we’ve exchanged. I hope this is the start of a good friendship.

Magician's doll

Her book is called The Magician’s Doll. And the song that makes her think of it?

I’ll let her tell you, herself.

One Safe Place by Marc Cohn. I’m partial to his live versions, but any one of them will do.

When looking for a song, I thought I should try to find something magical, whimsical and Disneyesque since The Magician’s Doll is a children’s novel, but somehow One Safe Place by Marc Cohn grabbed me. The lyrics capture a major force driving my main character, Natalie; her journey is one of feeling safe, both outside and in.

“Will you make a smoother landing
When you break your fall from grace
Into the arms of understanding
Looking for one safe place.”

Natalie feels her powers represent a fall from grace, and the people around her, especially her mother, try to help minimize her fear and help her understand that there is good in what she has and in who she is.

“Life is trial by fire
And love’s the sweetest taste
And I pray it lifts us higher
To one safe place.”

Natalie resists her abilities as the experiencing of them can be frightening, but it’s her love for the people around her that brings out her best and helps her come into her own against the forces coming for them.

“How many roads we’ve traveled
How many dreams we’ve chased
Across sand and sky and gravel
Looking for one safe place.”

There will be more journeys for Natalie and those she loves before they are truly free of the forces in pursuit.

Wow, huh? I love how you guys are able to relate your books to one song so well.

Now, for the book blurb:

“They are stronger. They are coming. They will arrive!”

Life is hard enough for twelve-year-old Natalie whenever her mother opens shop as a psychic.

But when Natalie herself starts to “see” things, it gets even harder.

Now she has to deal with losing control of her mind and body when information she does not seek comes to find her. Now people won’t stop asking her questions when all she wants to do is bury her head in the sand and pretend she has a normal life.

But then a big top circus rolls into town bringing with it Beausoleil the Magician, his daughter, Louisa, and his mysterious doll. Strange things are afoot with Beausoleil and his ilk, and in their wake, an eerie storm is brewing. Soon Natalie must decide whether to keep her head in the sand or whether to embrace her abilities and face the growing threat that will change her world forever.

Ooh, I like; it’s a neat twist on the paranormal.

Go pick up a copy for yourself!
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