Monthly Archives: February 2012

Book Review – The Chosen One (Grimsley Hollow Series) by Nicole Storey


The Chosen One (Grimsley Hollow Series)The Chosen One by Nicole Storey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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About the Book

Gage Gilbert is an eleven-year-old boy who has autism, loves Halloween, and has no friends. Although he has always been happy with the safety and security of his family, he longs for a real friend and adventure – not just the ones he makes up in his head. Then, he meets Eve.

Eve is a young witch from another world called Grimsley Hollow. It’s where all magical beings live in safety and peace, but their world is in trouble. Gage is the only one who can help save them from an evil witch who has taken control.

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My Review

The Chosen One revolves around a young autistic boy named Gage, who does not have friends and feels isolated because of his autism. All this changes when he meets Eve and comes to know about another world called Grimsley Hollow where all the magical beings we read in books about, reside. This is the start of an adventure which involves witches, werewolves, vampires, pixies and dragons. This is a classic good vs. evil story as Gage and all his new friends unite to fight against an evil witch Inari, who has captured their parents.

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Nicole’s Books – An introduction to the Grimsley Hollow Series


This post is part of ‘Nicole Storey as featured author for an entire week’. During the week we will be having a number of posts by Nicole. You can find the details here. There will also be a giveaway happening for 3 copies of Nicole Storey’s novel ‘The Chosen One’, which is the first book in the Grimsley Hollow Series series. You can enter the giveaway  here.

An introduction to the Grimsley Hollow Series

I find it hard to describe my own writing.  If I had to choose a genre – a “box” that my book would fit into – I would say that it is a middle-grade fantasy book with a touch of paranormal and a lot of Halloween!  LOL!  However, as many writers will tell you, we all have trouble making our books fit into one or two specific genres.  Most books can be described in many ways – depending on how the reader interprets it.

Grimsley Hollow-The Chosen One is about an eleven-year-old autistic boy named Gage.  He has no friends and he loves Halloween.  I based the main character on my own son, Gage, who also has autism.  In the story, Gage meets a young witch named Eve, and his life is changed forever.  Eve lives in another realm called Grimsley Hollow, and her world is being threatened by an evil witch named Inari, who is trying to take over.  Gage is the only one who can help.  In his adventure, he makes some magical friends, which includes an ornery pixy named Puck, a half vampire-half fairy named Ladon, and a werewolf named Siren.  Gage also learns that he has magical powers and that “autism” is just a word and not a definition of who is really is.

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My journey as an Author by Nicole Storey


This post is part of ‘Nicole Storey as featured author for an entire week’. During the week we will be having a number of posts by Nicole. You can find the details here. There will also be a giveaway happening for 3 copies of Nicole Storey’s novel ‘The Chosen One’, which is the first book in the Grimsley Hollow Series series. You can enter the giveaway  here.

Do remember to come back everyday. There are going to be a lot of great posts by Nicole. You do not want to miss it!

My journey as an Author by Nicole Storey

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Hello!  My name is Nicole Storey and I am the author of Grimsley Hollow-The Chosen One.  This is the first book in, what I hope will be, the Grimsley Hollow series.  I live in Georgia with my husband, two amazing children, my cat (who thinks she’s a tiger), and a bunch of goldfish.

Unlike some, I didn’t want to be a writer when I grew up.  I have always loved writing stories and reading books, but my dream was to become a marine biologist.  I wanted to live on the beach somewhere and swim with dolphins, whales, and sharks.  I wanted to preserve our beautiful oceans and sea-life.  When I was little, I believed there was an under-water city somewhere occupied by mermaids and one day, they would make me and honorary member of their family.  Yeah, I’ve always had a big imagination, so if anyone asks where my kids got their’s from, now you know.  That is probably the one aspect of my children’s personalities that can’t be blamed on my husband.  🙂

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Nicole Storey as ‘Featured Author’ for an entire week!


We have another great Featured Author on our hands! And this one is really special as this wonderful author is also a friend. This week will see an amazing lineup of posts. We’ll start off with an introduction to the author and her series, and move on to my review of the first book in the series, author and character interviews, a guest post. You will come to know  more about the world of Nicole’s world and all of it is going to be so much fun!

There is of course, a giveaway of 3 copies of her magnificent book, ‘Grimsley Hollow – The Chosen One’, which you can enter here. You are bound to like the book if you like a fantasy would with witches, vampires, werewolves and DRAGONS! Why is this book special? Because it focuses on a boy with autism who is the protagonist of the story and tells us about the importance of family and friends. Enough about the book, before I get carried away and give you too many spoilers or write my review here itself!

All you have to do is, go to the giveaway page here and follow the instructions. A valid name and email is all that is required to get you in! Beyond that, the number of entries you get increases as you complete the other options. Here is the link to the giveaway once again:

Giveaway of Nicole’s novel, ‘Grimsley Hollow – The Chosen One’

Here is the schedule for the entire week on my blog:

27th February – Day One: A Biographical write-up
28th February – Day Two: Nicole’s books – An Introduction to the series
29th January – Day Three: My review of ‘Grimsley Hollow – The Chosen One’, the first book in the series
1st March – Day Four: An interview with Nicole Storey
2nd March – Day Five: Guest post
3rd March – Day Six: A sneak-peak at the next book in the series.

So, see you on the first day!

Giveaway of The Chosen One (Grimsley Hollow Series) by Nicole Storey


Thank you everyone who entered the giveaway! The giveaway is now closed and the winner will be contacted by the author.

I will be having author Nicole Story as a ‘Featured Author’ for an entire week on my blog with interviews, book reviews, and guest posts. I will also be giving away 3 ebook copies of Nicole’s novel The Chosen One (Grimsley Hollow Series),  which is the first book in the Grimsley Hollow Series,  on my blog. The giveaway is open internationally. The giveaway will be open till March 20, 2012.

About The Chosen One (Grimsley Hollow Series)

Gage Gilbert is an eleven-year-old boy who just happens to have autism, loves Halloween, and has no friends. Although he has always been happy with the safety and security of his family, he longs for a real friend and adventure, not just the ones he makes up in his head. And then he meets Eve. Eve is a young witch and is from another world called Grimsley Hollow. It’s where all magical beings live in safety and peace, but their world is in trouble and Gage is the only one who can help save them from an evil witch who has taken control.
With Eve’s help (along with a sarcastic pixy, a trouble-making werewolf, and a half-vampire), Gage travels to Grimsley Hollow and together, they begin a journey that will change them all. It’s a dangerous race against evil, where creatures unheard of stalk the land under a harvest moon and monsters that only exist in dreams become real.
Gage wanted friends and adventure, but he had no idea that they would come at such a dangerous price. Can one autistic boy defeat an evil witch and help save his new friends? Travel to Grimsley Hollow and find out!

How to enter the giveaway:

  1. Your name and email address ensure 1 (one) entry.
  2. Following me on twitter gives you 1 (one) additional entry.
  3. ‘Liking’ my Facebook page gives you 1 (one) additional entry.
  4. Following this blog by email gives you 5 (five)  additional entries.
  5. Following this blog on Networked Blogs gives you 2 (two)  additional entries.
  6. If you are already doing any of the above, just leave your details below, including you  twitter username, Facebook name if different and email you used to follow me, and you will receive the extra entries.
  7. You can follow me at as many or as few places you like! If you submit you email and name, you get an entry.
  8. Commenting on posts during the week gets you bonus entries. You will get one entry for each day you comment on.
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Giveaway rules:

  1. Only one entry per user.
  2. Giveaway is open internationally
  3. Entries will be open till March 20, 2012
  4. I will notify the author of the winner, and will pass your email address to her. The author will contact the winner.
  5. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that you receive your book. If you do not receive your book in 30 days, please let me know.
  6. My decision of the winner will be final, I will use a publicly available random number generator to pick the winner.

About author Nicole Storey

Nicole Storey is a native of LaGrange, Georgia.  She lives there with her husband, two amazing children, a finicky cat, and a bunch of goldfish.  She has been an avid supporter of special-needs children since her son was diagnosed with autism at the age of two.  This led her to write her first book, Grimsley Hollow-The Chosen One, where the main character and hero of the story is an autistic boy.

When Nicole isn’t in Grimsley Hollow dreaming up more adventures for her characters, she enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and blogging (along with book reviews).   She also enjoys scheming and devising plans on how to celebrate her favorite holiday when it rolls around each year; Halloween!