Spotlight on Seventh Born by Monica Sanz, Plus Excerpt & Giveaway!
Today we're excited to spotlight Seventh Born by Monica Sanz! Read on for more about Monica and her book, plus an excerpt & giveaway!
Meet Monica Sanz!
Monica Sanz is a romance writer with an established fan base on the social writing website Wattpad where her works have over 6 million combined reads. She is a member of the Wattpad4, a group of writers who host weekly Twitter chats on the subjects of writing and publishing.
When not lost in one of her many made-up worlds, Monica can be found on the sunny beaches of South Florida where she resides with her husband and their three children, or scouring YouTube for new bands to feed her music addiction.
Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she’s the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.
Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium’s Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks...and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.
The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he’ll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she’ll discover that some secrets are best left buried...and fire isn’t the only thing that makes a witch burn.
She was the seventh-born daughter to a witch, her birth the cause of her mother losing her powers and in turn, her life. If she ever cared to forget, the thin black line on her wrist would remind her. And—she glanced about the library at students sitting in plush chairs and wearing warm cloaks—so would the world.
Unable to stomach reading more about the faults of her irreparable condition, Sera looked across the room to the stool opposite hers. Hazel Flemings, the only other seventhborn in the Academy, sat with her back spear straight, her shoulders relaxed and brown eyes downcast. No signs of hostility issued from her frame and demeanor. Had Sera not been fully aware of Hazel’s presence, she might have missed her altogether. The girl was no better than a shadow.
Sera shook her head. Hazel had clearly taken The Unmitigated Truths of Seventhborns to heart. Namely the chapter on the proper decorum expected of their cursed birthright, from keeping oneself invisible to maintaining a pleasant mien lest anyone consider them ungrateful of the mercy bestowed upon them. In other words, keep a low profile and be thankful they were allowed to live.
Perhaps feeling the weight of Sera’s stare, Hazel lifted her lashes and met her gaze. Sera smiled, though inside, her heart twisted at the fourteen-year-old girl’s innocence. It would never last. Sooner or later, she would learn that regardless of how invisible she tried to be, the world still saw her, and that world was full of monsters ready to devour her at first chance.
A harsh gust of cold air lashed Sera, blew the horrid book from her lap, and shoved her sideways against a neighboring bookshelf. She hissed as sharp pain rushed down the side of her face when it collided with the bookcase.
Stiff silence settled over the library, all eyes focused on Sera and the ladies’ matron, Mrs. James, towering over her.
“Socializing between seventhborns is strictly forbidden,” the woman hissed, one hand on her hip and her face pinched in disgust. She pointed her wand at the book on the floor. “And so is mistreating school property.”
Sera’s pulse quickened. Magic roared through her veins, a fierce heat coursing out from her belly and burning the underside of her skin. “I was not socializing.” She lifted her face to Mrs. James. “And I didn’t mistreat the book.”
Red flushed the matron’s cheeks, her face matching her hair. She moved closer, her eyes narrowed to tiny slits, her hand tight around her wand. “What did you say?”
Sera dug her fingers into her knees to keep them from clenching, to keep from channeling the heat in her core into a gale to blow the beastly woman through the stained-glass window behind her. The headmistress wouldn’t allow her another transgression, not after the fire she sparked last month in a fit of rage.
“Nothing, Mrs. James,” she muttered through clenched teeth. She swallowed thickly, suppressing the magic that squeezed hot, sour bile into her throat. “I’m sorry about the book.”
Mrs. James scoffed, her thin lips pulled to a snarl. “Don’t apologize to me but to all the seventhborns who wished they got the opportunity to study at a prestigious school such as this instead of rotting away in whatever hovel they’ve been cursed to, and rightly so. Any goodness that comes to your sort is great kindness, indeed.”
By: Monica Sanz
The cover is stunning and is what initially drew me in, but the synopsis is what sealed the deal for me! I've never read a book about a magical school, so I'm looking forward to picking this one up!
The cover is fantastic and definitely hints to the contents of the book. The storyline is exciting and I think YA fantasy readers will snap this up. Good luck with this one. I think it is a winner.