17 March 2023

Woodencloak | Excerpt + Giveaway

JustRead Publicity Tours


Thirteen-year-old troll princess Horra Fyd’s life changes forever after an unexpected visit from the fairy queen and her two daughters. Tales of fairies gave Horra nightmares as a young troll. Before evening falls, however, a real nightmare unfolds. Horra’s father, King Fyd, goes missing. Her woodgoblin instructor is poisoned and uses his magic to revert to a seed. And a mysterious, gaunt man wearing a cape and playing a panflute joins the fairies in trying to capture her.

Horra flees but is instantly lost in a world she’s never had to travel alone. A letter hidden in her knapsack from her late instructor informs her that a power hungry Erlking seeks revenge against her kingdom and their allies for a two-generation old war. She is tasked with getting his seed to the Weald, a magical forest. There it can regenerate into a druid, the only creature with the power to hold the balance between good and evil, and who is able to defeat the Erlking.

However, the Erlking is always one step behind her. Horra must fight to protect herself, but she has no magic. She accepts a gift from a dead druid spirit of a charmed woodencloak to disguise her. But magic failed her mother, how can she possibly trust it?

Can Horra have faith and courage enough to trust a power she can’t see, and become a warrior heroine her foremothers can be proud of? Or will she allow fear to rule over her and lose everything that matters—including her life?

Publisher: Scrivenings Press
Release Date: February 7, 2023


Woodsly stumbled in. The whistle he kept neatly hidden under his wooden collar was broken and dangling from his neck. His terrified glance jerked around the room until he caught sight of her. He collapsed to the floor and wheezed, “They’ve all been taken. The king . . . gone. Run, Horra! Hide! Save yourself!”

Woodsly’s body shimmered. His bark changed from a lively silver to a dead gray, drying and cracking as though aging before her eyes. Finally, the husk of his body lay unmoving, his bark shed, leaving a slim trunk and limbs behind. His fingers were replaced by leaves that bloomed, then shriveled, and then died. In the blink of an eye, her instructor was nothing more than kindling.


Dawn Ford lives in a small town nestled among the Loess Hills in Western Iowa with her husband and Snickers, the Wonder Beagle. Dawn’s love for stories came naturally to her as a child who was lucky enough to be able to explore the Iowa pastures and countryside in search of adventure.

Dawn adores anything steampunk, is mesmerized by shiny, pretty things, loves purses, shoes, and needs at least one good, strong cup of coffee a day to wake up.

Dawn’s novel, The Girl With Stars In Her Eyes, won the 2016 ACFW Genesis Award under the title, Kingdom Come. Her flash fiction stories have been featured in Havok, an online magazine.

Connect with Dawn by visiting dawnfordauthor.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


(3) winners will receive a signed paperback copy of Woodencloak!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight March 13, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 20, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.


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