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Release Party for The Fifth Doll

Head on down to the American Fork Public Library (64 S 100 E in American Fork) on July 25, 2017, to celebrate the release of The Fifth Doll! There will be a reading, a signing, giveaways, Matryoshka displays, and a little bird tells me crafts for the kiddos. There’s no cost to attend—just bring your beautiful self and any books you want Charlie to sign.

Matrona lives in an isolated village, where her life is centered on pleasing her parents. She’s diligent in her chores and has agreed to marry a man of their choosing. But a visit to Slava, the local tradesman, threatens to upend her entire life.

Entering his empty house, Matrona discovers a strange collection of painted nesting dolls—one for every villager. Fascinated, she can’t resist the urge to open the doll with her father’s face. But when her father begins acting strangely, she realizes Slava’s dolls are much more than they seem.

When he learns what she’s done, Slava seizes the opportunity to give Matrona stewardship over the dolls—whether she wants it or not. Forced to open one of her own dolls every three days, she falls deeper into the grim power of Slava’s creations. But nothing can prepare her for the profound secret hiding inside the fifth doll.

Cover Reveal for The Fifth Doll

47North has released the cover for The Fifth Doll, Charlie’s sixth published novel. The book releases July 25! You can pre-order the novel from Amazon.

Matrona lives in an isolated village, where her life is centered on pleasing her parents. She’s diligent in her chores and has agreed to marry a man of their choosing. But a visit to Slava, the local tradesman, threatens to upend her entire life.

Entering his empty house, Matrona discovers a strange collection of painted nesting dolls—one for every villager. Fascinated, she can’t resist the urge to open the doll with her father’s face. But when her father begins acting strangely, she realizes Slava’s dolls are much more than they seem.

When he learns what she’s done, Slava seizes the opportunity to give Matrona stewardship over the dolls—whether she wants it or not. Forced to open one of her own dolls every three days, she falls deeper into the grim power of Slava’s creations. But nothing can prepare her for the profound secret hiding inside the fifth doll.

“The Autopsy of Publishing” at the Eagle Mountain Arts Alliance Writing Workshop

Learn about all the gory, squishy bits of a publishing career from Charlie and her writerly friend Caitlyn McFarland at the Eagle Mountain Arts Alliance Writing Workshop on September 9. Here’s the course description:

Authors Caitlyn McFarland and Charlie N. Holmberg take the body of publishing and rip it open for all your eyes to see. Want a healthy dose of the truth behind publishing? Come get a behind-the-scenes look at the journey. This class covers the whole shebang, from writing a story, to querying, to finding an agent, to conquering edits, to debuting, and beyond. It also covers social media conduct and the reality of publishing as a full-time career. Quotes included at no extra cost.

The Fifth Doll Available for Pre-order

The Fifth Doll (formerly Keeper of the Dolls) will release August 15, 2017, and you can pre-order it here!

After discovering a room full of matryoshka dolls wearing the faces of her village, a woman learns she may be trapped inside one—but unraveling the sorcery carved into each doll unleashes dark consequences that rip her from the only home she remembers.

Keeper of the Dolls Sold to 47North

A new standalone Holmberg novel, tentatively titled Keeper of the Dolls,  has been sold to 47North and is currently set for a 2017 release!

After discovering a room full of matryoshka dolls wearing the faces of her village, a woman learns she may be trapped inside one—but unraveling the sorcery carved into each doll unleashes dark consequences that rip her from the only home she remembers.

© 2017 Charlie N. Holmberg