Find out more about Heliotrope by Palmer Pickering in this spotlight post for the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award.

Find out more about Heliotrope by Palmer Pickering in this spotlight post for the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award.

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the books that made it to the semi-finals with a mini spotlight tour for each title.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 15 finalists and one overall winner. Find out more on their website or on Twitter. BBNYA is brought to you by The Folio Society (the home of gorgeous books!) and the book blogger support group, The Write Reads.

I’m excited to be one of the panelists for BBNYA so I will be highlighting some of the books that either I read in Rounds One and Two, or that sound exciting and I’d like to read in the future.

BBNYA23 Semi-Finalist badgeAbout Heliotrope

Length: 784 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Age Category: Adult

Date Published: 23 November 2022

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The blurb for Heliotrope

Teleo is a retired soldier descended from Mages, who were cast out of power generations ago. After years of war and sorrow, he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life on his farm and work his stonemason’s craft.

His wife and daughter had been murdered during a war raid several years earlier and his young son stolen by the enemy side. He spent years unsuccessfully searching for his son and returned home broken-hearted. At the local castle, he comes upon a war orphan stolen by his side from the enemy and rescues him from abuse, adopting him as his foster son.

Teleo is working at the castle when he finds himself in the middle of a coup. This launches a journey to protect his new family, uncover the secrets of the ancient ways, and reclaim the magic of the Mages.

A cast of lovable characters:

Teleo – A gritty warrior who would do anything for you, unless you cross those he loves, then you will meet his blade.

Dinsmora – A reclusive herbalist who weaves shadows.

The fosterling – Orphan who forms a family and softens the toughest of hearts.

The animals – Characters in their own right who carry burdens and bring glory.

Magic:

Magic was outlawed generations ago but lingers in the blood of the kingdoms. There were good reasons it was outlawed and reasons it must rise again.

About the author, Palmer Pickering

Palmer has been writing fiction since she was eight. She received her BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University, with concentrations in Religion and Race Relations.

She currently works in Silicon Valley in the gaming industry and high tech. In addition, Palmer holds a certificate in Chinese Acupressure, is a certified solar panel installer, and studied Tibetan Buddhism with the 14th Dalai Lama.

She lives and writes in the magical redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, California.

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BBNYA Spotlight Tours

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