Monday, October 17, 2022

Book Tour: The Dark Unicorn by N. Jane Quackenbush @RABTBookTours

Neverwood, Book 1

Middle-Grade Fantasy

Date Published: 08-31-2021

Publisher: Hidden Wolf Books

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The Mulberry Mansion harbors more than one peculiar mystery. Vintage circus freak decor, oddly decorated bed chambers, and sensational sandwiches are just the beginning of the phenomena. Deep within the attic, twelve-year-old Cloette and her brother, Rocco, discover a twisted glowing blanket fort magically hovering, luring them to enter. From within, they uncover the "Ticklish Tome", an enchanted ticklish book that sucks them away into the eerie realm of Neverwood.

The remarkable land is under an unusual incantation from the wildly wicked Wretched Harridan and is in need of help only the siblings can provide. But the reluctant heroes doubt their abilities to help against such a devilish fearsome foe. With their one chance to break the spell quickly approaching, the race against time is quickly vanishing.

Will Cloette and Rocco discover their own powers in order to save the enchanted realm of Neverwood?

Can they rescue Prism, the most magical dark unicorn in existence?

Will they have any hope of ever returning home?

Will they ever taste sensational sandwiches ever again?

Interview with N. Jane Quackenbush

    How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?

    It all started with my obsession with all things dark and lovely plus my obsession with innocence and unicorns. I love having that juxtaposition of dark and light in characters and Fantasy was the perfect genre to develop this dichotomy.

    What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

    My intention with this book is to present the world with a safe, pleasant, and rewarding reading experience. With all the chaos that we are bombarded with today, I wanted my readers to have a safe and comforting place to land. 

    What was the hardest part of writing this book?

    Writing is the easy part. Self-Promotion is the hard part. I love everything about the writing process. I especially love editing. Because I write with little planning, its always fun to look back and see where the creative spirits have led me. All the minutia it takes to get the book to publication is when my eyes cross and my head throbs.

    What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

    The feeling of having a unicorn touch my head with its horn. A feeling of tingling lightness came over me as I read and reread The Dark Unicorn”.

    Were there alternate endings you considered?

    The ending was a complete surprise to me. I had no idea it would land so tightly. I was very happy with the ending and couldnt think of a better way so I trusted my initial intuition.

    Can you share some stories about people you met while researching this book?

    Weirdly, I went into a writers cave for this project. I did most of my research online but I met so many enthusiastic readers at the farmers market where I go each week to sell my other books. They would offer bits and pieces of what I might include and I sprinkled some of those magical elements in where theyd fit perfectly.

    What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

    I enjoy reading Historical Fiction, MG Fantasy, and anything Neil Gaiman writes.

About the Author

Nancy Jane Quackenbush is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University. She lives in St. Augustine, Florida. She enjoys being outside, observing curious habits of our natural world, stargazing, playing games, imagining quirky realities, talking to strangers, eating gobs of chocolate and is amazed by all the wonders of the universe. For more information, go to

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