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Josie James Series by Lily Mae Walters - Book Blitz



Josie James and The Teardrops of Summer


Josie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays.Whilst staying at her Great Grandmother’s cottage in the country she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter.Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters.The Teardrops of Summer – magical crystals that render the owner immortal – have been stolen. Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.


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Josie James and The Velvet Knife
“For you to find the Velvet Knife, you must solve the riddles thrice.” A mysterious hooded figure, known only as the Velvet Knife has appeared in the cursed village of Suncroft. No one knows who he is or what he wants but when he starts leaving riddles around the village, it is time for Josie to return to Suncroft for a second time.
With Asher, her faithful husky Protector by her side, Filan, a half elf, and her great grandad, will they be able to solve the clues in time and discover his identity? The Velvet Knife is not the only one causing problems for Josie. Her rival for the position of the ‘Chosen One’ continues to grow stronger, and now he has a Protector of his own.
What does all this mean for Josie? Is she destined to lift the wintery curse of Suncroft or will another take her place as the ‘Chosen One’?



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Excerpt

This is one of my favourite characters in the Josie James series. We have already met Lady but here Josie gets a little more than she bargained for.


“But…How…I mean.”  Josie stuttered and stammered.
“Don’t worry about that now, I’ll explain later.”  Lady placed her paw on the trunk of a thick Oak tree.  “Press the knot in the tree.”  Josie looked at Lady than back at the tree.  “Are you sure you’re the chosen one?  It’s just you don’t seem very bright.”
“Well, excuse me if I’m not quite with it.”  Josie couldn’t believe she was getting attitude from a dog.  “I’m just in shock that’s all.”
“Why should you be in shock?”  Lady looked at her with an inquisitive gaze.  “It’s not like you haven’t heard one of us before.
“Only Asher and that’s because he’s my protector.”  Josie still found the connection with Asher amazing, how what he said formed in her head as if he was speaking out loud to her yet his mouth never moved.
“He’s not your protector.”  Lady corrected. 
“What do you mean he’s not my protector, I connected with him?”  Josie was confused.
“And now you’ve connected with me.”  Lady stared at her.
“But you can’t be a protector, you’re not male.”  Josie was trying to remember all the things she’d learned about protectors last year.  Her grandad had said they were always male.  “You’ve got blue eyes.”  They always had green eyes, the colour of Suncroft.  “And you haven’t got the mark of Suncroft on your tail.”  All protectors had the mark, it matched the teardrop shape of their elder’s crystal.
“Silly rules, made up by silly men.”  Lady started licking her paws as if bored with the conversation.
“So, are you saying that you’re a protector?”  Josie was trying to work out what Lady was implying.
“And why would I want to be one of them?”  Lady’s voice rose in indignation.  “Beholden to a human all the time, no thank you.”


Author Bio
Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series.



She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.


Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local  places and even her old school in her stories.


Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.

Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.



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