Rockstar Tours: GOBLIN MARKET (Diane Zahler), Excerpt & Giveaway! ~US ONLY

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot
on the GOBLIN MARKET by Diane Zahler Blog Tour hosted by 
Rockstar Book Tours. Check out
my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: GOBLIN
MARKET

Author: Diane Zahler

Pub. Date: August 16, 2022

Publisher: Holiday House

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 256

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

One sister must save the other from a
goblin prince in this rich, spooky, and delightfully dark fantasy!

“TERRIFICALLY TIMELESS. . . SPLENDID.”—Shelf Awareness

Lizzie and Minka are sisters, but they’re nothing alike: Minka is outgoing and
cheerful, while Lizzie is shy and sensitive. Nothing much ever happens in their
sleepy village—there are fields to tend, clothes to mend, and weekly trips to
the market, predictable as the turning of the seasons. Lizzie likes it that
way. It’s safe. It’s comfortable. She hopes nothing will ever change.

But one day, Minka meets a boy.
A boy who gives her a plum to eat.

He is charming. He is handsome. He tells her that she’s special. He tells her
no one understands her like he does—not her parents, not her friends, not even
Lizzie. He tells her she should come away with him, into the darkness, into the
forest. . . .

Minka has been bewitched and ensnared by a zdusze—a goblin. His plum was
poison, his words are poison, and strange things begin to happen. Trees bleed,
winds howl, a terrible sickness descends on Minka, and deep in the woods, in a
place beyond sunshine, beyond reality, a wedding table has been laid. . . .

To save her sister, Lizzie will have to find courage she never knew she
had—courage to confront the impossible—and enter into a world of dreams,
danger, and death.

Rich world-building inspired by both Polish folklore and the poetry of
Christina Rossetti combines with a tender sister story in this thrilling novel
from Diane Zahler.

“Lush. . . Dreamy. . . Breath-quickening.”—The Horn Book
“Resonates with emotion.”—BCCB
“Believably wrought.”—Publishers Weekly
“Will entice readers looking for some chills.”—Kirkus Reviews

 

~EXCERPT~

Goblin Market

By Diane Zahler

 

Excerpt for Rockstar Book Tours

 

 

Chapter 1

Market day was Lizzie’s favorite day of the week.

 

Not because she loved going to the market—the few times she’d been there, she’d hated it. There were so many people she didn’t know, from villages and farms clear on the other side of Elza. So much noise, such constant comings and goings, so many smells and colors! It was overwhelming, terrifying. Each time she’d ended up hiding in a doorway at the edge of the square, trembling, until Mother and Minka came to find her.

 

Now Minka went to market on her own.

 

Mother was delighted that Minka was old enough to go alone: she could stay home and attend to the chores. And Lizzie was delighted that she could steal into the Wood for an hour or two when she was done helping Father in the fields.

 

In the Wood, Lizzie always went to the same place, a little stand of birch trees beside a trickling stream. If it was warm and the sun shone down onto the circle of grass inside the grove, she would lie and look up at the sky. She could feel the breath of the Wood as the wind rustled the birch leaves. She could hear the Wood’s chuckle in the water running over rocks. Sometimes she felt as if the Wood’s heart thrummed inside her body. Her own pulse matched the Wood’s, beat for beat.

 

If it was cold, she would wrap up in her shawl and walk to stay warm, just listening—to bird songs, to the creak of branches rubbing together, to the rustle of rabbits and squirrels in the underbrush.

 

For Lizzie, each sound was a color. When she was younger, seven or eight, she’d sat at the kitchen table and tried to paint what she heard, but Minka laughed and pointed at her painted trees, saying, “Leaves aren’t gray, silly! And those don’t even look like trees. They look like sticks with clouds on top.” Minka loved to paint. She did it whenever she had a few minutes free of chores, and sometimes instead of chores. She mostly used watercolors, but if she had a few extra coppers, she would go into Elza and buy a tube of oil paint—cerulean blue, or chartreuse, or violet—and paint the whitewashed walls of the cottage with flowers and intricate designs, inside and out. Her lips were always tinted blue or green because she chewed on her brushes when she thought about what to paint.

 

“We don’t have any silver paint,” Lizzie said. “I had to use gray.”

 

“Leaves aren’t silver, either,” Minka pointed out. “They’re green. Or red and orange in the autumn.” She took the paintbrush, dipped it, and in a few moments there was a tree on the paper, brown and green and almost as real as life.

 

“But the sound the leaves make is silver,” Lizzie protested. “In springtime, anyway.”

 

Minka rolled her eyes. “What does that even mean?” she asked. “The sound the leaves make is silver?”

 

“It’s the color they make when they rustle together,” Lizzie said. “When the breeze blows. You know, the wavery lines of silver?”

 

Minka’s face was blank.

 

“You don’t see that?” Lizzie was confused. The idea that other people didn’t see what she saw was new to her.

 

“You do see that? Actually see it?”

 

Excerpt from Goblin Market / Text copyright © 2022 by Diane Zahler. Reproduced by permission from Holiday House Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

 

About Diane Zahler:

Diane grew up reading children’s books and never wanted to do anything but write them. Now
she’s the author of six middle-grade fantasy novels and a historical novel,
DAUGHTER OF THE WHITE ROSE. She lives in the country with her husband and
slightly neurotic dog in what is aptly nicknamed the Bug House. Visit her
website at www.dianezahler.com.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of GOBLIN MARKET, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

8/8/2022

Ya Books Central

Excerpt

8/8/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

IG Review

8/9/2022

hauntedbybooks

Review/IG Post

8/9/2022

Satisfaction
for Insatiable Readers

Review/IG Post

8/10/2022

Lifestyle of
Me

Review

8/10/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Post

8/11/2022

BookHounds YA

Excerpt/IG Post

8/11/2022

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt/IG Post

8/12/2022

Lisa-Queen of
Random

Excerpt/IG Post

8/12/2022

onemused

IG Post

Week Two:

8/15/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

8/15/2022

Two Points of
Interest

Review

8/16/2022

Beers Books
Boos

Review/IG Post

8/16/2022

Celia’s
Reads

Review/IG Post

8/17/2022

Littlefreelibrarygrahamnc

IG Review

8/17/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

8/18/2022

A Backwards
Story

Review/IG Post

8/18/2022

@jypsylynn

IG Review

8/19/2022

@amysbooknook8

IG Review

8/19/2022

Eli to the nth

Review/IG Post

 

1 thought on “Rockstar Tours: GOBLIN MARKET (Diane Zahler), Excerpt & Giveaway! ~US ONLY”

  1. Cori says:

    This cover is so beautiful it looks like a wonderful story

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