Sweethearts and Wolf Experts.

DJ Swykert emailed me this book in October.

Maggie Elizabeth Harrington, DJ Swykert, black wolf, wolves, minds, central michigan, fictio

At first, based on a guest post he sent along with it, I thought the entire book was about wolves. Not sure that I was entirely awake at the time . . . So I told him this:

This all looks great, and I’m flattered that you thought of me, but I’m going to be honest here : I’m just not sure my blog is going to be all that helpful.
. . . It’s with heavy heart that I confess I’m not sure I’d be of much help for you to advertise with. I sincerely don’t know that much good would come of it.

Thinking that this was just about wolves.


Actually, this book is about Maggie Elizabeth Harrington, a thirteen-year-old in a mining town in Central Michigan in 1890-something. She stumbles on some wolves, kind of, and hides them from her authoritarian father to save their lives.  I have two wolves of my own, as you can see.

My handsome Vizsla's sleeping

I tell you about her because I’ve never stumbled on a character quite like Maggie Elizabeth. Not in my life. And I mean this in the best way possible. She’s strong and confused and thirteen and in love. Swykerts writing is truly one-of-a-kind. It’s tight, clean, and full of . . . stuff. He’s a man that can write sweetheart fiction. Where else can you find that? I can’t even say it well. As soon as I finished reading, I emailed Swykert and asked if he’d written a sequel yet, cuz if he hadn’t, I was hell-bent on getting him started on one. The moment (later that day, thankfully) I got the sequel in my hands, I started reading. I sought out opportunities to read.

THAT SAYS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW. Remember I’m doing a book release?! -March 27th- Busy girl.

I was not at all disappointed in the second book, Alpha Wolves, except for when it ended. Because it ended. You get it, right?

In my review on amazon, I put it this way: This book swept me off my feet, and then dropped me on my head. In the best way possible. Kind of. Loved it. Seriously.

My fear, and my main motivation behind posting this, is that I’m worried Maggie Elizabeth is going to get lost in the big Kindle world. (The cover needs work, I know. DON’T JUDGE, MMKAY?!This is a book I really believe in. Swykert said he got it to the big 5 in NY, but they wouldn’t take it (although they liked the writing) because they felt it was too local.

Right. And Harry Potter was too local to London for the US to appreciate, eh?

So here’s the info on where you can get a copy of Maggie Elizabeth Harrington, or the sequel, Alpha Wolves, or get in contact with DJ Swykert. He’s a forgiving, gracious man.

If you want to read this book, he’s giving out copies in exchange for a free review. Check out the Facebook link if you want to know more.

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DJ Swykert is a former 911 operator. His work has appeared in The Tampa Review, Detroit News, Monarch Review, Lunch Ticket, Zodiac Review, Barbaric Yawp and Bull. His books include Children of the Enemy, Maggie Elizabeth Harrington, Alpha Wolves, The Pool Boy’s Beatitude and The Death of Anyone. You can find him at: www.magicmasterminds.com.

He is a wolf expert. Obviously.

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  1. Jenny says

    Oh, I do this *all the time*, misunderstand plots and pass on books. Then I get bored and pick them up anyway AND I LOVE THEM! Honestly, you’d think I was old enough to *not* judge a book by its cover, so to speak…

    • says

      I hope it is, because it’s really a fantastic book.

      I think we could brainstorm a pretty epic cover, don’t you?! You’re into movies and visual stuff. I think we should have a competition!

  2. says

    That just goes to show how important a good cover is, doesn’t it? I know we shouldn’t judge books by their covers, but people do it all the time — there are just so many books that *something* has to influence which ones a reader even picks up (or clicks on) for a closer look — and to be honest, an unfortunate cover makes me doubtful about the interior formatting and proofing, etc. I hope the author can afford a professional cover at some point to give the book a better chance.

    That said, great review, the books sound intriguing… and your wolves are adorable!

    • admin says

      Agreed! Cover is SO important.

      I think I’m going to do a ‘progressive cover development post’ on my cover. AKA- the many covers we went through to get to the one. It took nine months. Like a pregnancy. Now I’m SO IN LOVE I CAN’T STOP STARING!!

      And yes, my wolves, the ruthless tummy-beasts are my favorite 😉

  3. Dave says

    Yeah, this cover needs work. I looked at it and thought it was a book about wolves written by Maggie Elizabeth Harrington. Never mind that name in the upper right corner. I likely would never have picked it up. Your post highlights the importance of a good cover. After reading your description of the book, now I want to read it.

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