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The Carnival of Lost Souls, A Handcuff Kid Novel is finally out there!

I’m very excited that the book is officially available, even though Amazon was shipping it two weeks early. October 1st was the real launch day, so I’m glad it’s official.

Here is a little about the book:

The Carnival of Lost Souls, A Handcuff Kid Novel is the story about Jack, a charismatic delinquent, a foster kid who never seems to feel at home anywhere. His one constant in life is his love of magic and his hero Harry Houdini. Jack is placed with an eccentric professor and finally feels at home, until the professor sells him to an evil magician, the Amazing Mussini, into the land of the dead. Jack must travel with Mussini through the Forest of the Dead where he performs some of Houdini’s famed tricks in Mussini’s traveling magic show. If Jack stays in the Forest long enough, he’ll die himself. To find his way home, he’ll have the help of kids stolen just like Jack—and his wits, nothing more.

I was inspired to write the story after I read an autobiography about Harry Houdini and was inspired by how hard he worked to create magic tricks. Magic is often portrayed as easy and effortless, literally magic, and I loved the idea that magic was man made and tough.

Magic is hard work! Thanks everyone for the kindness and support.

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Oct. 5th, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
Congrats, Laura. I can't wait to give this one to my son, the reluctant reader. He loved "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" and this has that same kind of feel.

Enjoy the launch!
Oct. 5th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
Congratulations Laura! Carnival sounds like a great read. I can't wait to get my hands on it! I agree, it's more interesting if someone has to work for it, especially if it's magic.
Oct. 5th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
Huge congrats to you, Laura! I'm very excited to read about Jack, especially after hearing of your inspiration!
Oct. 6th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
Congrats, Laura--I absolutely LOVED Carnival of Lost Souls! Illusionists have always been a favorite subject of mine, and Houdini was such an inspiring, fascinating figure, so I picked this up as soon as it came in. Jack was such a clever and sympathetic main character.

CARNIVAL is the perfect Halloween book--spooky and fun!
Oct. 6th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
I cannot wait to read this book!! The title alone grabs me. Congrats, Laura!
Oct. 6th, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to reading this. It sounds fun and different. Congrats, Laura!
Oct. 6th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
Magic is hard work indeed! Publishing magic especially, we know how much hard work goes into making it look easy. But here, you've done it and congratulations times one million!!!
Oct. 26th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
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