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Xeno Oaks by Marjorie B Hill #atozchallenge

A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2013   has most bloggers tired out by now. I hope you got as much as you put into it — bloggers as a community are generous, which is what has kept this challenge going into its fourth year! I’m co-hosting it on Amlokiblogs, so drop me a comment there if you have something to say about the challenge itself. On this blog, I’ve been featuring mostly indie-published book excerpts for all of April. I love reading, and supporting author-friends, and this is a good way to do both.

Today, for Y, I give you a juvenile/christian/ fantasy: Xeno Oaks by Marjorie B. Hill

Xeno Oaks

Xeno Oaks

Elevator Pitch: Separated from her family after the death of her mother, Molly struggles with life’s questions and finds the answers in the most unexpected places.



    Aunt Tess’s angry voice snatched her back to reality. Molly hurried down the hall, opening the screen door, holding her head high. She stepped onto the porch and gasped.
    “I told you to take care of this…this animal!” Aunt Tess sputtered angrily. “This is the last straw. He has to go.”
    “She,” answered Molly, staring at Aunt Tess, not believing her eyes. They she stared at General.
    “What–?” Molly tried to say, but instead, “What–?” turned into a gurgle, then laughter, until she was whooping with tears streaming down her face. That didn’t make Aunt Tess very happy.
    “What in the world?” Grandpapa B. asked, coming onto the porch from the library. He stared and then threw back his head, laughing.
    Sassy was covered in flour, a white raccoon with black, beady eyes. General, covered in flour, held a wriggling Sassy. She reached up to pat his floured face.
Buy the book on Amazon, and the author’s website.


Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her next literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and was published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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