This year I went with a “this book is fabulous” type of pitch:
“She speaks and they obey,” but even a supernatural ability can’t help this stay-at-home mom control her own life.
The Rhine Maiden is a laugh-out-loud urban fantasy with an unlikely protagonist, a young mother who has an unusual power. Blessed, or perhaps cursed, with the ability to command obedience, Piper Cavanaugh’s normal life turns upside down in this 75,000-word novel.
A descendent of the sirens who sang sailors to their deaths, Piper has vowed to never use her power of command and is more than happy to stay at home with her two little girls, but one tiny slip-up and her secret has come back to bite her – literally. Now she must win permission to join the United Supernatural Beings, or it’s open hunting season on all of humanity. While juggling toddlers, keeping her husband in the dark, and babysitting her rebellious kid sister, Piper finds herself befriending a vampire, stealing from murderous witches, and doing battle with “Satan,” otherwise known as her mother-in-law. And she thought grocery shopping with her kids was hard!
The Rhine Maiden realistically portrays the joys and frustrations of raising small children and is a refreshing switch for readers who long for a more relatable heroine. Piper handles diapers to decapitations as only a mother can. Filled with comedy, action, and thrills, The Rhine Maiden is “suburban” fantasy at its best!