The Mage and the Magpie (Magemother Book 1)

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Brinley has spent most of her life lost in her own imagination, teaching bullfrogs to do gymnastics and pretending to be invisible. Now, when a magic bell from another world summons her across time and space on a journey to find her mother, she will discover real friendship, face true evil, and overcome her greatest fears in order to save the ones she loves. More
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About Austin J. Bailey

Interview with the Author:

Q - So, why should readers give these books a try?

A - Because the Magemother books are fast and fun, and I guarantee you'll never forget the friends you find inside them. Each of the books is a different experience, but each one is worth your time. And I'm not just saying that because I wrote them. I've also read a TON of Fantasy.

If you like fun, kid-friendly books with lots of magic and a plot that twists and turns, you'll get a kick out of this series.

Q - So, what makes the Magemother series so special?

A - A few different things. When I set out to write the Magemother series I wanted to write the types of books that I love to read. My top picks are usually fantasy books. I'm well into my 20's now and I still love reading the middle grade bestsellers. Especially ones with a good bit of mystery, a few surprises, and lots of laughs.

The Magemother books have a good mix of these things. They mostly focus on the children's fantasy / teen fantasy adventure genre's over all, with some coming of age and mystery aspects thrown in for good measure.

Overall the Magemother series is designed to invite you into another wonderful fantasy universe alongside a set of unforgettable characters.

Q - What order should I read the books in?

A - Well, if I did my job right you should be able to read them in any order you want right? Seriously though, fantasy worlds can get a bit complicated, so if you don't want to risk missing anything I would suggest this order:

- The Mage and the Magpie
- The Empty Throne (Novella)
- The Paradise Twin
- The Bridge to Nowhere (coming soon)

Q - Which one was your favorite to write?

A - That's a tough one. The Empty Throne was fun because Tabitha is such a wonderfully strange and quirky character, and I really had a blast giving her her own adventure. That said, The Paradise Twin is my favorite so far. The characters really come alive in that book, especially Hugo, who has some serious demons to wrestle with. There is also some great plot twists and comedy in that one, if I do say so myself.

More About the Author:
Austin J. Bailey was born and raised in Utah. He is a fiction author and novelist, writing in the middle grade and young adult fantasy genres. Austin has been reading books and making up stories since he was a little kid. In those days, he was dressed like Peter Pan, Robin Hood, cowboys, and wizards, more often than he was dressed like himself. Today he wears normal clothes, but he is still making up stories, and now he has learned to write them down.

On his journey to becoming an author Austin had interesting side adventures like working as a landscaper, cabinet maker, massage therapist, and LDS missionary (not all at the same time). Along the way he got a black belt, a degree in psychology, a very impressive sock collection, and the most wonderful wife in the world. He enjoys traveling the world with her and their son Daniel, eating interesting foods, exploring castles, and getting ideas for new books.

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About the Series: Magemother
This middle grade fantasy adventure series follows Brinley, a girl from our world who is pulled into a strange land ruled by kings and mages. With the help of her friends, she must become the Magemother and find the missing mages in order to save her mother.


Clinton A. Seeber reviewed on June 13, 2017

Overall, this is an enjoyable, imaginative and fairly well-written story. However, it did take it awhile to really kick in for me, and was kind of hit and miss.
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