Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A HINT OF HYDRA Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Today we have another amazing cover reveal!

A HINT OF HYDRA by Heidi Lang & Kati Bartkowski

Jacket copy:
Thirteen-year-old chef Lailu Loganberry must stop a war between the elves and scientists in this follow-up to A Dash of Dragon, which Kirkus Reviews calls “a recipe for success.”

It’s the Week of Masks, a festival held to chase away evil spirits. But Lailu doesn’t have time to worry about demons. She has bigger fish to fry—or rather, griffons, now that she’s been asked to prepare a mystical feast for the king’s executioner, Lord Elister.

Unfortunately Lailu’s meal is overshadowed by the scientists’ latest invention: automatons, human-shaped machines that will respond to their masters’ every order. Most people are excited by the possibilities, but the mechanical men leave Lailu with a bad taste in her mouth.

Even worse, the elves still blame the scientists for the attacks on them weeks ago, and Lailu worries that the elves might be cooking up revenge. So when she and her sorta-rival-turned-almost-frie
nd Greg stumble across the body of a scientist, the elves are the prime suspects. With help from Greg, her best friend Hannah, and the sneaky, winking spy Ryon, Lailu has to discover the truth behind the murder, and soon—because hostilities between the elves and the scientists are about to boil over faster than hydra stew.

And just ask any chef: war is bad for business.

Author bio:
Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski are a writing team of two sisters with twenty years of experience in Judo. Heidi likes to fling food across her stove while attempting to cook new dishes, and Kati enjoys trying new cuisine at fancy restaurants. Between the two of them, they love creating characters that kick butt both inside and outside the kitchen. You can find them on Twitter at @hidlang and @ktbartkowski.

Fun fact about this book:

Kati's absolute favorite holiday is Halloween, and she would love to have it last a whole week. This was the inspiration behind the Week of Masks festival in the book. Heidi just wanted a chance to include a super awkward dancing scene between Lailu and Ryon...which is also in this book.

Pre-order link (Indie):

To celebrate, we're giving away one signed copy of A DASH OF DRAGON. Leave a blog comment with your email by Wednesday November 29, 2017 and you will be entered to win.

And without further ado, check out this awesome cover!
Cover illustrator: Angela Li


  1. Love the cover! So excited for you both! Email is bonecabela(@)yahoo(.)com

  2. Sounds awesome! Can't wait. mbaker7388(@)gmail(.)com

  3. My kids would love this book! kraftka (at) frontier (dot) com

  4. The authors sound as amazing as their book. Congratulations to them! I totally agree with Kati. I'd be so excited if Halloween lasted an entire week. Very cool... (No need to enter me.)

  5. I love Halloween too! I think I have several readers in my classroom that would love this book! Thanks for the chance.

  6. I definitely know students who would love to read Dash of Dragon and A Hint of Hydra. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  7. This is my daughter's favorite book of the year. She's already bought it, but I would love to scoop up a signed copy for her! shonna.slayton at yahoo.

  8. How awesome this looks!! Going to be getting this for my girls. They are currently reading The Fourth Ruby by James Hannibal and are loving that one. It's a part of a series apparently so I imagine they will want to read the whole series soon!