Monday, January 21, 2013

January Black by Wendy Russo

I'm very pleased to feature a new release by fellow Crescent Moon Press author, Wendy Russo. Here's a little about her.

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.

January Black is a YA.  You can check out her blog and website here. She's running a terrific giveaway and Wendy is just an interesting person to meet.

Here's a short blurb for January Black:
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.
Does Wendy's book have a cool title or what? What do you think January Black was? Have you visited Wendy's site?


  1. I'm always on the lookout for good stories for my YA grandkids. Adding this one to the list. Cool cover and title and I like the premise.

    1. Thank you, LD. A friendly word of caution. It's PG-13. It contains profanity, drinking, and mild sexual conduct. :) I do hope your grand kids are allowed to read it.

  2. That looks wonderful! If I had known I would have mentioned this one today. I'll have to save it for a spotlight later. :)

  3. Thanks, Wendy, for making Monday so interesting on my blog.

  4. Congratulations, Wendy. The book sounds very cool and the cover is spectacular! Best of luck with it!!

  5. @David If you let me know when, I'll put up something to give away. A coffee cup or gift card, or maybe something else cool. :)

    @Susan Thank you for having me on today. :)

    @MJ Thanks so much!

  6. Congrats, Wendy. That early stuff is always bad. We get better though!

  7. This sounds like a tense and exciting story! Thanks for the tip :)

  8. thank you for this review!! we are ALWAYS looking for YA books.

  9. That sounds like a great story. Best of luck with it!

  10. What a cool title! The story sounds great!

  11. The cover looks impressive, and thats half the job done.