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The Witches of Crannock Dale by @thomasmkane11 | Book Tour and $20 Amazon GC #Giveaway | #Fantasy

The Witches of Crannock Dale (Mara of the League Book 1) by Thomas M. Kane is on virtual book tour. The fantasy stops at Reade...

The Witches of Crannock Dale (Mara of the League Book 1) by Thomas M. Kane is on virtual book tour.

The fantasy stops at Readeropolis with an excerpt.

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The Witches of Crannock Dale
Mara of the League Book 1
by Thomas M. Kane
Genre: Fantasy 

When an enemy army threatens eleven-year old Mara’s home, she makes up her mind to save her family, one way or another. But when the knights protecting her village arrest her favorite aunt for witchcraft, she discovers that the difference between friend and foe may not be as obvious as she once thought.

This is a story of war and espionage, set in a low fantasy world. It is also about a child getting to know her mother and father in a new way.

Thomas M. Kane is a fantasy author living high on a wooded hilltop. He taught international relations at a British university for close to twenty years and brings his insights concerning real-life war and politics into his fiction. He takes a character-based approach to writing, paying attention to his protagonists' personal relationships and inner lives.

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I planted my feet on the worn cobblestones. “Let me go!”

“Shut up.” Mr. Vance dragged me forward.

“Help!” I turned my head to look at the dyer’s apprentice. His ginger hair was cropped almost to fuzz and sweat had soaked through his shirt.

Mr. Vance smiled at the dyer’s apprentice, or maybe it was a snarl. “Hallo, Gus.”

“Help me—”

“I said shut up.” Mr. Vance’s grip tightened on my shoulder until I gasped. His thumb was inside my collar, and I could feel the sandpaper roughness of his skin. “She’s a bit excited. Lucky I found her, or Bel knows what she might have got into. Dangerous for a kid to be about on her own, am I right?”

“Righty-ho, sir.”

“Righty-ho.” Mr. Vance grinned again. “Oh, and tell your master I said hallo. Tell‘m I owe him a pint.”

Gus hefted the handles on his cart and continued down the street. He looked paler than he had looked before, and he kept his eyes fixed on the cobblestones ahead of him. The cartwheels clattered as he passed us by.

Mr. Vance grabbed my other shoulder and shook me. Then he hustled me forward, continuing down the street. He leaned to talk in my ear, and I could feel the heat of his breath. “Who put you up to it? You know I can make you tell me.”

I stamped on Mr. Vance’s foot as hard as I could.


  1. I like the cover and the title, have not read it yet.

    1. Thank you! I really like the cover myself -- Robin Birrell deserves credit for the painting and Tallulah van der Made deserves credit for the design.

  2. Sounds great, I like the cover.

    1. So glad! I am really grateful to have been able to work with such great artists and designers!

  3. The cover looks good - I love a good witch book!!

    1. Really glad to hear it! Hope you like this one! :)

  4. Replies
    1. So great to hear! Artist Robin Birrell included a lot of small details from the book . . . so if you choose to read the story, it might be worth your while to look at the cover again and see how many you can spot.

  5. Sounds like a perfect story for the season. Thank you for the chance!

    1. Thank you! Yes, this is a witchy time of year. Most of the story takes place in late summer/early autumn as well.

  6. I love reading about witches!! And, the cover is amazing!!

  7. It doesn't look nice to the one lady being taken away.