Monday, September 10, 2012

Excerpt: Weaving Magic by Mindy Hardwick

Today we have an excerpt from Weaving Magic by Mindy Hardwick as part of the RABT Promo Blitz. I've never read a book about a magician, but this one looks amazing! Check out the excerpt. OMG. Here's a synopsis:

He loves magic. She loves romance. But the biggest illusion is the one Shantel and Christopher perform together. Sixteen-year-old Christopher fights to stay sober while fifteen-year-old Shantel struggles in the aftermath of her mother’s death and seeks refuge in a fantasy world. But the unacknowledged roots of their problems refuse to stay buried and soon, the two are headed toward a deadly magic trick. Can Shantel and Christopher move beyond magical illusions to find love?

Excerpt from Weaving Magic:

Everything would be okay, I told myself. Christopher was my boyfriend. I trusted him. I crunched inside the wicker basket and curled my legs underneath me. I wiped my sweating palms onto my black slacks. The audience stopped calling for an encore. They were so silent I wasn’t sure anyone was still out there. 
I’d barely gotten my balance before the first sword barreled into the basket with a lot more force than we’d practiced. Startled, I realized Christopher was keyed up from the magic show performance. He was overestimating the force he was putting behind the swords. 
I tried to figure out how to tell him to slow down. I couldn’t very well call out to him or the audience would hear. 
Before I could it figure out, the second sword zoomed past me and into the basket. The two swords crossed over my head, and I rearranged myself so I could crouch lower. As I shifted, a third sword whizzed by my left arm and peeled off a small layer of my skin. I saw the blood before I felt the searing pain.

About the Author:

Mindy Hardwick enjoys writing tales of romance for teens and adults. Her books for young adults include Weaving Magic and Stained Glass Summer. Mindy gets many of her ideas from the poetry workshop she facilitates at a juvenile detention center.

Some of the real life teen poems can be found at

Mindy is included on the Washington State Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster, and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She is a member of SCBWI. Currently, Mindy is hard at work on her next romance for teens which is a spin-off Holiday story from Stained Glass Summer.

Thanks so much to Mindy and Reading Addiction Blog Tours for allowing us to post this awesome excerpt!

For more about Weaving Magic check out these sites!


  1. Hey the bottom of the cover with the picture of a lady is the exact same pic used for A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

    1. Oh wow! That's cool. I didn't even notice that!


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