Today, we are pleased to host Margi Preus, the author of the newly-released middle grade book “Enchantment Lake”, as part of the Blog Tour for the book. Click on the banner below to visit all the other stops on the tour. Be sure to scroll down for your chance to win 1 of 3 signed, print copies of “Enchantment Lake”.
About the Book
Title: Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods Mystery | Author: Margi Preus | Publication Date: March 11, 2015 | Publisher: University of Minnesota Press | Pages: 200 | Recommended Ages: 8+
Summary: A disturbing call from her great aunts Astrid and Jeannette sends seventeen-year-old Francie far from her new home in New York into a tangle of mysteries. Ditching an audition in a Manhattan theater, Francie travels to a remote lake in the northwoods where her aunts’ neighbors are “dropping like flies” from strange accidents. But are they accidents?
On the shores of Enchantment Lake in the woods of northern Minnesota, something ominous is afoot, and as Francie begins to investigate, the mysteries multiply: a poisoned hot dish, a puzzling confession, eerie noises in the bog, and a legendary treasure that is said to be under enchantment—or is that under Enchantment, as in under the lake? At the center of everything is a suddenly booming business in cabin sales and a road not everyone wants built.
To a somewhat reluctant northwoods Nancy Drew, the intrigue proves irresistible, especially when it draws her closer to the mysteries at the heart of her own life: What happened to her father? Who and where is her mother? Who is she, and where does her heart lie—in the bustle of New York City or the deep woods of Minnesota? With its gripping story, romantic spirit, and a sly dash of modern-day trouble (evil realtors and other invasive species), Enchantment Lake will fascinate readers, providing precisely the charm that Margi Preus’s readers have come to expect.
Buzz About the Book
“Minnesota’s master storyteller Margi Preus gives us another gem of a novel—funny and moving, gorgeously written, and suspenseful. As much as this book is an absorbing mystery, it’s also a deeply felt love letter to our uniquely enchanted northwoods. This is a book to lose yourself in.” ~ Anne Ursu, author of Breadcrumbs and The Real Boy
“I…loved the characters. Especially Astrid and Jeannette. They were a little cooky, but extremely funny. I really liked Francie. She was a great main character. She’s so strong and definitely determined to keep her aunts alive and save Enchantment Lake. I fell in love with this book from the beginning. I love a good mystery book. ” ~ Mallory, Amazon
“Such a quirky, highly entertaining, disarmingly charming read set against an atmospheric small-town setting, full of whimsical humor and mysteries. ” ~ Evie, Goodreads
Guest Post: Margi Preus
There is a lake
I know the road along the shore
the turns you take
before it brings you to the door
I know the silence of the snow
the ice that cracks, the winds that blow
I know where fish hide in the weeds
I know where one small river leads
the red-winged blackbird on the reeds
There is a lake.
– from “C’est toi mon lac,” a song by Joel Preus
For as long as I’ve been alive, I’ve spent part of every year at “the lake.” My husband and I own a cabin on the same northern Minnesota lake where my siblings and many extended family members also have places and where I grew up spending magical summers with dozens of cousins. The above lyric was written by one of them who, though he’s lived for decades in France, still feels the pull of the place.
Along the lake there used to be a dusty, twisty, washboardy dirt road that some people despised and others adored. Some people really wanted the road “improved” (which meant paving, widening, straightening.) Others decidedly did not. Tempers flared. Dialogue became heated.
What would happen, I wondered, if my otherwise sweet-tempered neighbors started killing each other over the road? I started scratching out a mystery revolving around just such a scenario. However, stories seem to veer off onto unplanned routes, at least mine do, and this one soon began wending its own twisty, dusty, washboardy way through some unexpected terrain.
Soon—thanks to a conversation I had with a friend who, unbidden by me—started telling me all the things a shady realtor could get up to—there was a shady realtor involved. Then, after a conversation with my archeology student son, something mysterious started happening in the old peat bog. Murder and mayhem, along with wild strawberries, poisoned hot dishes, wacky aunts, a lazy sheriff, an annoying wind chime, raucous loons and squabbling gulls, and all the things that threaten our waterways: invasive species, over development, even the hunt for precious minerals—all these things found their way into the story.
And then it turned out that my main character Francie had plenty of mystery in her own life, too. What really happened to her father? Who was her mother? Why all the secrecy? And what about Francie’s poor tucked-away heart?
The biggest mystery of all, as far as I was concerned, was whether I, a long time reader but not writer of mysteries, would be able to pull it off, while keeping track of the clues and figuring out how it was all going to end.
Although Enchantment Lake could take place on any lake in New England, the northern parts of the Midwest, and some of the western states, too, in my heart it is a Minnesota story.
As for the road along our lake? I’m happy to report that nobody killed anyone over it.
* Giveaway *
Prize: Three winners will each receive a signed, print copy of Enchantment Lake by Margi Preus.
Contest ends: April 21, 11:59 pm, 2014
Open: United States and Canada
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