Magic and Magic Systems in Fairytales: an Interview with Brandie June

July 2021.

Welcome back for my second book nook! A space where I get to sit down and geek out with incredible authors about their books. Today I had the honor of chatting with Brandie June, debut author of Gold Spun (released earlier this year) about magic and magic systems in fairytale retellings. So boil the kettle, pour the tea, grab some bickies and settle in!

For more information:
Check our Brandie’s website: https://www.brandiejune.com
Follow her on instagram: @thebrandiejune
TikTok: @brandiebooks
Pick up a copy of Gold Spun here: https://camcatbooks.com/Books/G/Gold-Spun2

Live magically x

Gold Spun

If Nor can’t spin gold, she can always spin lies.

When seventeen-year-old Nor rescues a captured faerie in the woods, he gifts her with a magical golden thread she can use to summon him for a favor. Instead, Nor uses it for a con—to convince villagers to buy straw that can be transformed into gold. Her trick works a little too well, attracting the suspicion of Prince Casper, who hates nobody more than a liar. Intent on punishing Nor, he demands that she spin a room of straw into gold and as her reward, he will marry her. Should she refuse or fail, the consequences will be dire. Desperate for help, Nor summons the faerie’s aid, launching a complicated dance as she must navigate between her growing feelings for both the prince and faerie boy and who she herself wishes to become

Brandie June can be found at www.brandiejune.com and follow her @brandiejune.

Mentor Figures in Young Adult Fiction: Guest Panelist at the ALA Annual Show

On June 24th, 2021 I was lucky enough to present at the CamCat panel at the ALA Annual Show. I joined Aamna Qureshi, author of The Lady or the Lion (jump over to my recent interview for more information: https://jordanhbartlett.com/2021/07/02/fairytales-retellings-and-ya-fantasy-an-interview-with-aamna-qureshi/), Bryan Prosek, author of A Measure of Serenity, and Christian Klaver, author of Shadows Over London.

So get a cup of tea ready, and settle in to watch these talented authors and I discuss the roles mentors play in our respective novels as well as in young adult fantasy as a genre. It was such a privilege to speak with these incredible humans, and a huge thank you to Josh Chamberman who was our moderator for this event!

Most of us have been lucky to find positive role models and mentor figures either in our lives, or in books, shows, and movies. Some of my favourite mentor figures in media include Uncle Iroh from Avatar the Last Airbender and Bromm from Eragon. I’d love to hear about the mentors that have made a difference in your lives! Leave a comment, or pop me a message 🙂

Live magically x

Be sure to pop over to CamCat Books for more information about these authors and their upcoming (or released) novels. https://camcatbooks.com/

Fairytales, Retellings, and YA Fantasy: an interview with Aamna Qureshi

July 2021.

Welcome to my book nook! A place where I get to indulge my nerdy side and talk books with amazingly talented authors. Today’s guest is Aamna Qureshi, author of The Lady or the Lion which is coming out July 20th, 2021, and When a Brown Girl Flees which is coming out in 2023.

It was such an honor to speak with Aamna today, so I hope you all enjoy our discussion about fairytales, retellings and their place in YA fantasy (with a little romantic intrigue thrown in for good measure!)

Live magically x

Aamna Qureshi is a Pakistani, Muslim American who adores words. She grew up on Long Island, New York, in a very loud household, surrounded by English (for school), Urdu (for conversation), and Punjabi (for emotion). Through her writing, she wishes to inspire a love for the beautiful country and rich culture that informed much of her identity.

For more information, check out Aamna Qureshi’s website: https://www.aamnaqureshi.com/
Follow her on instagram: @aamna_qureshi or Twitter: @aamnaqureshi_