Blog Tour · Release day blitz

BOOK BLITZ: Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron

I am so incredibly excited to be part of this book blitz organsied by TBR and Beyond! This book looks and sounds amazing, read the synopsis for yourself below…


In this highly anticipated contemporary fantasy, twelve-year-old Maya’s search for her missing father puts her at the center of a battle between our world, the Orishas, and the mysterious and sinister Dark world. Perfect for fans of Aru Shah and the End of Time and The Serpent’s Secret.

Twelve-year-old Maya is the only one in her South Side Chicago neighborhood who witnesses weird occurrences like werehyenas stalking the streets at night and a scary man made of shadows plaguing her dreams.

When Papa goes missing, Maya is thrust into a world both strange and familiar as she uncovers the truth. Her father is the guardian of the veil between our world and the Dark—where an army led by the Lord of Shadows, the man from Maya’s nightmares, awaits. Now that the veil is failing, the Lord of Shadows is determined to destroy the human world and it’s up to Maya to stop him. She just hopes she can do it in time to attend Comic-Con before summer’s over.


This is a middle grade that sounds right up my street, with a mixture of darkness, a contemporary setting and a mystery, what’s not to like?! This beauty is published TODAY, so go get your hands on it through any of these links…

Goodreads Amazon Barnes and Noble

Book Depository Indigo


Rena Barron grew up in small-town Alabama where stories of magic and adventure sparked her imagination. After penning her first awful poem in middle school, she graduated to writing short stories and novels by high school.

From a very young age she loved reading stories where kids saved the world, tamed dragons, wielded magic, flew spaceships, became the chosen one. She desperately searched for characters in books who looked like her and was always disappointed to find none, which fueled her early interest in writing.

Before HarperTeen acquired her Young Adult Epic Fantasy, Kingdom of Souls, Rena spent 10 years in the query trends–writing across multiple genres and age groups in the pursuit of publication. In 2017, she entered Pitch Wars, a popular and highly sought-after online mentorship program that included an agent showcase round. Rena’s entry (then titled “The Last Witchdoctor”) received multiple offers of representation. She signed with Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary shortly after, and the manuscript went on to sell in a heated auction.

In addition to the Kingdom of Souls series, Rena also has written a middle grade epic fantasy titled Maya and The Rising Dark debuting in Spring 2020, pitched as Stranger Things meets Percy Jackson, that sold in a pre-empt to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. On a personal note, Rena loves all things science fiction and fantasy, ghosts, and superheroes. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading or brushing up on her French.


As today is a Book Blitz rather than a Blog Tour, make sure you go and check out all of the amazing posts from our lovely collection of bloggers. Book bloggers for the win people!

TBR and Beyond
Laura’s Bookish Corner
Kait Plus Books
Blissful Books & Artifacts
The Gem Chronicles
The Writer’s Alley
The Book Dutchesses
Charlie Reads and Reviews
Sometimes Leelynn Reads
One More Chapter
Bookish Girl Magic
Allisa White’s Book Blog
The Doc Reads Too Much
The Wandering Wordsmith
Books Teacup and Reviews
Storme Reads A Lot
Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books
Blonde & Bookish
Justice For Readers
The Book View
The Review Booth
Isobel’s Book Corner
Twirling Book Princess
Lizzy Writes Reviews
PopTheButterfly Reads
Young at Heart Reader
Phannie the Ginger Bookworm
Paperback Jedi
Thorana Reads
Tales of Dreams and Nightmares
The Book Bratz
Diary Of A Bookgirl
The Youngvamp’s Haven
Stocked Up on Starbooks
Confession of a YA Reader
Reading Stewardess
The Book Moo
Starlight Reads
Reading Robyn
Fangirl Pixie Blog 

Thank you so much for reading today’s Book Blitz post and don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for more Blog tour posts from me coming soon…

Mel x

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