Karina’s Silver Shoes    
Denise Marques Leitao
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Sparkly Wave
Date of Publication: September 18th, 2017
ISBN:  9781775063711
Number of pages: 250
Word Count: 70k
Tagline: She’s got the fate of a kingdom in her hands—or rather, in her shoes.
Book Description:
When two princesses ask Karina to go to Whyland, a kingdom in a parallel dimension, to destroy her fascinating and potentially evil silver shoes, of course Karina accepts. Who would refuse a free trip to an alternate world?
Advised by a wise master and threatened by a beautiful stepmother, Karina goes on a journey with a princess to defeat a powerful witch. But Whyland is nothing like she expected. Karina finds herself stuck in a kingdom she doesn’t understand, with no clue on who to trust. Before saving anyone, she’d better save herself—if she figures out how.
From Brazilian / Canadian writer Denise Marques Leitao comes Karina’s Silver Shoes, a teen parody of fantasy and fairy-tale tropes with many female characters, friendships between girls and women, and some subtle romance.
If you like to read about strong girls and women, you’ve found your book.
Excerpt 3
Nia raised her eyebrows. “Well, do you think you can just sneak into her fortress?”
“No. I mean… Wait. Fortress?”
Nia put her hands on her waist. “Where do you think she lives?”
“A… house?”
“Right, a little house in the woods, without any protection.”
In reality that was exactly what Karina had imagined. “And that’s not it?”
Nia got closer to Karina and stared at her. “It’s a fortress, better protected than any castle on Earth.”
“We’re still on Earth?”
“Don’t change the subject.”
Karina stepped back and waived her hands. “It’s not my fault. I didn’t plan anything. I was sleeping, the girls woke me up, they asked for help and I came. That’s it.”
Nia pointed her index finger towards Karina. “That’s exactly it. They are only going because you are going.”
About the Author:
Denise Marques Leitao was born and raised in Brazil. When she’s not creating worlds and characters, she’s discussing the meaning of the Universe with her son, writing unintellectual poetry, podcasting about popular culture, or teaching. She lives in Montreal, Canada, and has a Master’s in English Literature.
To learn more about Denise, get news, bonus materials and preview chapters, visit http://denisemarquesleitao.com
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