Blackwood cover NEWChristina opens the wooden chest of her dead stepmother to discover she has been saddled with the ongoing task of the ancient Ostergaard family: To rid the entire world of faeries.

The only problem is, as far as she knows, faeries do not exist.

Meanwhile, less than a mile away in the village of Blackwood, three friends are discovering just how very much faeries do exist. And just how dangerous they really are.

Christina is thrown into a violent, supernatural world of faerie killing, but it is only with the help of the three friends that she can hope to come out of the battle alive.

This story is a collaboration with Dr. Melchior Williams, who discovered a treasure trove of intriguing manuscripts from medieval Blackwood hidden away in the depths of the British Museum – documents which seem to suggest the existence and destruction of the mythological creatures so ingrained in the medieval world. He provided the facts and I provided the fiction. We both hope you enjoy the result!

(YA Historical Fantasy for 10 years+  Word Count: 90,000)

STATUS: Due for release on November 5th, 2017 (Bread&Butter Publishing)

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Article by Journalist, Hilarie Stelfox

“I was hooked from the first few pages – and mightily relieved to discover that it is extraordinarily well written by someone with a finely-tuned sense of humour. In fact, it’s every bit as good as any fiction for the young I’ve read in recent years, including the novels of JK Rowling and Eoin Colfer.

As well as being a natural storyteller, Jo never patronises her readers, an attribute that will endear her to teenagers. Nor does she shy away from the odd bit of violence and unpleasantness, another plus for young readers.”

Joanne Harris, Best-Selling Author of Chocolat

“Just a quick note to say how much my daughter and I enjoyed your book. Most people assume it’s easy to write for children, whereas actually the rules governing what is judged acceptable are even tighter than the adult market! Congratulations on coming up with a story that is fast-paced, funny and original enough to pass my daughter’s (very high) standards.”

Anna Marshall (15)

I thought that the book was absolutely fabulous! I could not find a single fault in the whole thing, Jo has the talent of capturing the reader from word one, and I could barely put it down. Beautifully written, a book that will stay with you forever.

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