Thursday, 7 February 2013

JANUARY BLACK by Wendy S. Russo

Today’s post is dedicated to an extremely talented writer Wendy S. Russo and her debut novel released by Crescent Moon Press on January 15, 2013! I got lucky to have acquainted with Wendy and her enthralling writing long before that time, and now is hopefully your turn to appreciate this book either by ordering a paperback copy or buying a kindle version of it on Amazon!

January Black
by Wendy S. Russo

Sixteen-year-old genius Matty Ducayn has never fit in on The Hill, an ordered place seriously lacking a sense of humor. After his school’s headmaster expels him for a small act of mischief, Matty’s future looks grim until King Hadrian comes to his rescue with a challenge: answer a question for a master’s diploma.

More than a second chance, this means freedom. Masters can choose where they work, a rarity among Regents, and the question is simple.

What was January Black?

It’s a ship. Everyone knows that. Hadrian rejects that answer, though, and Matty becomes compelled by curiosity and pride to solve the puzzle. When his search for an answer turns up long-buried state secrets, Matty’s journey becomes a collision course with a deadly royal decree. He’s been set up to fail, which forces him to choose. Run for his life with the challenge lost ... or call the king’s bluff.


“…From Matty's lightheadedness when he walks into the King's immense library of real books to the stargazing, to the cryptic messages passed between people who are known only by their number, to the sweet, tentative steps of first love between Matty and Iris, this is a book to be savored, read, and then read again. ~ Christine Ashworth

“…I loved Russo's intelligent style, her intricate world-building and characters who seemed to leap off the page. ~ Maer Wilson



Wendy S. Russo got her start writing in the sixth grade. That story involved a talisman with crystals that had to be found and assembled before bad things happened, and dialog that read like classroom roll call. Since then, she's majored in journalism (for one semester), published poetry, taken a course on short novels, and watched most everything ever filmed by Quentin Tarantino. A Wyoming native transplanted in Baton Rouge, Wendy works for Louisiana State University as an IT analyst. She's a wife, a mom, a Tiger, a Who Dat, and she falls asleep on her couch at 8:30 on weeknights.

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