Carol Presents: R.A. Donnelly … Evelina and the Reef Hag

One thing I love about authors is their imaginations. I’m thrilled to have Ms R.A. Donnelly on my blog today because she has an imagination extraordinaire. Just reading her excerpt tells you this book is going to keep you highly entertained.

I requested she send me a brief bio and she took me literally: R.A. Donnelly is a Golden Heart and Golden Pen finalist. She lives in Canada with her husband, two children, and a crazy cat.

You’ve got to love an author who knows what ‘short’ means! Haha.

Reef-Hag-CoverHere’s the book blurb followed by the excerpt:

Evelina Crimm has to stop the Swamp Hogs from winning the Glaring, but a Reef Hag is killing off the competition.

Her powers are limited as a novice Water Witch, but she’ll fight the dark forces that conjured the Reef Hag to the bitter end. She’ll do what she has to to catch her parents’ killer, even if it means risking expulsion. Falling in love with a Time Keeper is just as forbidden, but it’s difficult to stay away from Frankie Holler, even when he keeps breaking her heart.

Frankie Holler is a Time Keeper on a mission. Like other Warlocks, he wants his tribe to win. But he’ll sacrifice glory and do what he has to, to save the future of the Water Witches, including breaking a few rules, to help Evelina Crimm.

CHAPTER ONE

“You’re dead, Crimm!” Henrietta Ledbetter leered across the aisle, jowls quivering, black eyes narrowed to slits in her big melon head.

“Evelina Crimm!” Sister Mary Rosalina, or Sister Mary Elephant as everyone called her, swung round from the blackboard, like a Smart car pulling a U-ie. The scent of shoe polish and mothballs swirled around her in a noxious tornado. The chalk in her hand slid away from the half drawn quarter note. “Eyes on the board!”

Evelina came upright in her seat.

Every hair sprang to life from the stubble on her legs to the tip of her ponytail.

She’d been thinking about Frankie Holler again. Whenever that happened her brain left the building.

Everyone turned to stare—sliding in their seats toward her, like water to a drain.

Her heart tapped louder.

The last thing she needed was another detention—one more and she’d be pulling garbage duty, or scraping gum off chairs.

She stared straight ahead, ignoring Henrietta’s hot glare, wondering what she’d done this time to incite her wrath? Not that it took much. She was a freak show.

Maybe it was that goose in her bed. Maybe not the goose so much, but what it left behind. Having just learned she was a Water Witch, Evelina didn’t have much control over her powers. Nights were cold at St. Cecelia’s in December. She’d only been trying to conjure a nice warm duvet. But things got a little out of hand—okay, a lot out of hand, especially when the goose escaped.

But who knew that was going to happen?

Not that she was ever far out of Henrietta’s beady sights. But right now Henrietta was relishing her power. Every day since her cousin, Sister Bellona became their new Phys. Ed. instructor, Henrietta had grown meaner.

She seemed to feed off the fear Sister Bellona incited. One gym class was enough to discover why. After two broken noses and a near fatal asthma attack, the school was on high alert. Bellona was out for blood.

A shiver ran up Evelina’s back.

Sometimes she hated school. Hate was a strong word, one you should never use, according to Grammy Crimm, but, today it seemed appropriate. Oh, she enjoyed the learning part, especially music, when the flute trilled in her hands like a spring robin. But all that theory she could do without.

And classmates like Henrietta. She took the prize for evil. It oozed out of every pore, dripping in foamy bubbles from the side of her mouth whenever she went ballistic.

Like right now.

She looked like a bull ready to charge.

Henrietta sprang from her seat, snatching the piece of paper from Evelina’s hand.

Henrietta held it high over her head like a trophy. “Lookee here! Whatcha got, Orph?” She slashed Evelina a look of poison. “Doesn’t look much like a treble clef!”

The entire music class roared with laughter.

A few clapped.

Molly Nuttle, Henrietta’s best friend, howled like a hyena, sending her greasy blonde hair swinging past her ears.

The caricature of Sister Mary Elephant with her pointer shaped like a claw floated above Evelina’s head like the angel of death. She hardly remembered drawing it. She was always drawing something.

Actually, it was a pretty good likeness.

“Oh, no!” Lily Huckabone, Evelina’s best friend, groaned, slinking down in the desk beside her. “Not good.”

She was right.

From the look on Sister Mary Elephant’s face, retribution was at hand.

“SILENCE!!!” She snatched the claw from the corner of her oak desk. The image was so similar to Evelina’s picture a few students snickered. “You think that’s funny, do you, Crimm?”

“No, Sister.”

Sister Mary Elephant’s pale blue eyes narrowed behind her black horn-rimmed glasses. “On your feet when I’m talking to you!”

Evelina scrambled out of her seat, taking the opportunity to snatch the picture from Henrietta’s meaty fist.

Henrietta gnashed her bulldog canines in a snarl.

Evelina leveled a fierce glare on her. For once Evelina was grateful for her height. She might be a feather weight, but at least she could look Henrietta straight in the eye.

Henrietta backed up, wedging her bulbous butt into her seat with a satisfied sneer creasing her face.

“Evelina Crimm!”

Evelina spun round.

Sister Mary Elephant’s pinched features constricted. “Go to Sister Juliana’s office at once!”

Evelina glanced back at Lily, who sat clutching her sandy braid like a rip cord, chocolate eyes as wide as cupcakes behind her wire-rimmed specks.

Being sent to the Mother Superior’s office was no small matter. Inevitably consequences followed, not usually of the pleasant kind. Sister Juliana meant well. But her discipline bordered on medieval, adhering to the ‘no pain, no gain’ philosophy.

Evelina strode from the room with a straight back.

But the hollow bang of the door closing chilled her blood.

***

Okay, you tell me. Wasn’t that the most engaging excerpt you’ve read in a long time? I’ve got a feeling that this book will keep you highly entertained with heaps of humor and many fun twists and turns. Eveline and the Reef Hag is the latest release for Ms Donnelly. Congratulations!

You might want to check out her links to see what else she is up to. And thank you, Rachel for being my guest. I can hardly wait to read Evelina and the Reef Hag!

http://author-racheldonnelly.blogspot.ca/

http://www.amazon.com/R.A.-Donnelly/e/B00KK0S2O6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lola Karns
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 16:00:50

    My daughter finished this book a few days ago and loved it. Highly recommended by my 10 year old.

    Reply

  2. Deborah O'Neill Cordes
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 17:25:22

    I just bought both of the Evelina books for my grandniece to enjoy, and I can’t wait to read them, too. Much continued success to Rachel Donnelly!

    Reply

  3. Jackie Marilla (@JackieMarilla)
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 21:41:26

    Like Debra, I have a grandnephew who will love this book. Carol, thanks for introducing us to R.A. Donnelly’s book.

    Reply

  4. racheldonnelly
    Jun 28, 2014 @ 11:47:19

    Thanks so much for having me, Carol. You’re such a lovely hostess. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

    Reply

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