Magpie & Dilly giveaway & character interview R.M. Wilburn

I’m happy to “free”ture an exciting fantasy book for the Indie Author Giveaway Hop hosted by IAmAReaderNotAWriter and Krazy Book Lady.

Magpie & Dilly  by R.M Wilburn

First a bit of the Amazon blurb:
…In the days before Buggy Crenshaw arrived in Lloyd’s Hollow to save the world… the Darkest of All Evil was already laying the groundwork for his rise to power. When the Demon King learns that his prize prisoners, the world famous Mystics known as the Seven Sisters of Surrey, each had a child before they were captured, he sends out his most fearsome Hunters to find and destroy them. It’s not as easy as he expects, though… By now, these seven children are all around twelve years old, but are scattered about the world, hidden in pairs mostly, and are oh-so-carefully guarded by some of the Greater Good’s most heralded Warriors. And for very good reason…  if these children were ever to meet and combine their magic, their power would be devastating (possibly world-ending!) which is all the more reason to bring their stories to light. Maggie and Dylan Cooper are the first to be targeted, but be very certain they won’t be the last. Magpie & Dilly is the first book in the series A Nexus Series Tangent, a sister series supporting the Buggy Crenshaw books, In Search of the Nexus. It can be read independently or in combination with the Buggy Crenshaw books.

All the Amazon reviews so far give 5 stars to Magpie & Dilly. One says,” It was an awesome book. Ms. Wilburn’s best so far. I highly recommend it for both teenagers and adults alike. The characters and locations come alive and you feel like you are a part of the story.”

Now let’s get to know Maggie and Dylan Cooper and find out why you should want to read their book.

Character Interview: Maggie and Dylan Cooper of Magpie & Dilly by R. M. Wilburn.
Who are you and where do you live?
My name is Dylan Cooper and this is my cousin Maggie.  Right now, we’re both staying with our Great Uncle Smudge in Evan’s Hollow.  That’s along the gulf coast, near the Mississippi delta.
And what do you do there?
Maggie:  Mostly, we wait…We practice our magic and we wait.
What exactly are you waiting for?
Dylan (shrugging and glancing at Maggie):  Possibly, the end of the world…
Maggie:  Word from…our family.  We can’t really say more than that for now.  It’s too dangerous, I think.
Because your story isn’t finished?  (Both nod.)  Then, tell us a little more about yourselves, or better yet, each other.  Maggie, what can you tell us about Dylan?
Well, most importantly, he’s my best friend.  But, also, he’s very…imaginative!  His talisman
may only be a Slug, but don’t underestimate him.  Dilly is destined to be an Imaginarium!  
Quickly, could you please explain a few of the terms you just used?  Talisman, for instance…
Of course.  A talisman is sort of like a familiar.  Everyone, magical and non-magical, has an
animal familiar, a spirit who protects their soul and helps them do magic, but whether or not they recognize the creature for what it truly is…Well, that’s one of the things that divides the magical and non-magical worlds.
And you say Dylan’s talisman is a…Slug?
(She giggles.)  A sign of the Under-Achiever in our world.  But, believe me, in Dylan’s case, that’s very misleading.  Dylan’s only just met his talisman, so he still has much to learn, but he has a remarkable imagination, so I believe he has a great deal to look forward to. He’s already well on his way to being an Imaginarium, or Storyteller Supreme!
A Storyteller…But, what about his magic?  How’s that coming along?
Storytelling is magic; just ask any reader.  But I think you want to know about things like spells and enchantments, isn’t that right?  (I nod.)  Well, I have to say Dylan’s too impatient when it comes to learning magic and that can sometimes turn out very badly.  I wouldn’t exactly call him reckless, but the word does come to mind…
(Note:  The whole time I spoke with Maggie about her
cousin, Dylan mostly stared at the floor as if deep in thought, or wondering
just exactly what he might safely say about his cousin.)
So, now Dylan, what can you tell us about Maggie?
First, I’ll say the same: that she’s my very best friend.  But also…(He glances at Maggie, seemingly asking permission, to which she nods.)  Also, as you can see, Maggie is a Halfling.  She’s part human, part Magpie which is…or rather, was her talisman.
Yes, so I see.  (Barred from photographing Maggie, I can only say she has very small, black feathers covering her head, and talons for feet,
hence the wide-brimmed hat and floppy shoes.)

Briefly, could you explain how Halflings came to exist?  Either of you?
Dylan:  I will. You see, Maggie…and thousands more children just like her…were stolen away by the Darkest of All Evil (D’Evil) when they were very young.  Maggie was only a baby when goblins came and took her from her crib.  They kept her in an orphanage,  hidden in plain sight, where the evil Dr. Big-and-Low and his assistant Nurse Long-and-Skinny performed horrible experiments on her!  Maggie was there until my mother Emma Stone rescued her five years later.
(An awkward silence followed this, but was quickly broken by Maggie who assured me, “I’m fine, really.  Please go on with your questions.”  And so I did. )
Dylan…aside from the physical transformations the experiments caused your cousin, were there more side effects?
Oh, yes!  Or, at least, everyone thinks so.  Halflings are very clever and they’re extremely powerful when it comes to their magic.  Most think it’s because they’re so closely linked to their talismans, but in Maggie’s case, as smart as she is, she may have been just as powerful by now if she’d never been taken away.
Is that right?  You sound like a very big fan.  (He nods rather sheepishly.)  Here’s another question for you both:  many people who’ve read Magpie & Dilly have called it “spooky” or “eerie.”  Is that how it was intended?
(Dylan and Maggie exchange glances.) 
Maggie:  Our story has a narrator, a Chronicler Supreme (historian) named Persnickitus Crum, who is most familiar working with facts, not fiction, so he didn’t gloss over some of the more…disturbing parts.  Even so, I don’t think anyone could’ve told our story better.  It is spooky.  It is eerie. And it’s far from being over!
Dylan (laughing): Considering the subject…that the D’Evil is holding our mothers prisoner
while trying to take over the world…I’m not sure how it could’ve been cheery!

Understood.  So, my very last question for you both:  what do you think lies in store for you?  You’ve already faced incredible odds, defied death, and outwitted the D’Evil himself!  What more could there be?
Dylan:  There’s no way to know for certain, but I think we’ll hear soon.  The latest rumor is that the war between Good and Evil has already begun in Lloyd’s Hollow and that everyone’s hopes are hinging on a girl named Buggy Crenshaw.
Maggie:  She’s going to need our help.  I’m certain of that.  But until then, we wait and we practice our magic.
Magpie & Dilly is the first book in the series A Nexus Series Tangent, a sister series to the Buggy Crenshaw adventures, In Search of the Nexus.  For more information on either series or about R. M. Wilburn’s other current projects, please visit her website at or her illustrated blog Ponderous Things.  You may also find her on Facebook or Twitter or Goodreads.
Amazon link: Magpie & Dilly

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Please come back on June 15th for the Kindle Fire Giveaway featuring 10 authors, and on the 17th for Artful Magic, how to use Photoshop to illustrate a book, by R. M. Wilburn. And if you decide to buy R. M Wilburn’s books or anything else on Amazon, please use my associate link or go through my Amazon Store page (Click the tab at the top of my blog) to help me fund future giveaways.Thanks!

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  1. I live in Denmark, and I would very much like to read it. All the magical elements in the book sound great to me.

  2. I live in the US and would love to read this as I enjoyed the Buggy Crenshaw books and would like to read more.

  3. I live in the US.
    This book sounds very interesting. I apparently live under a rock as I had not heard of R.M. Wilburn, the Buggy Crenshaw books,or Magpie and Dilly. I would love to read this book as the characters sound so life-like, and their world sounds so creative.

    • Hi, Lisa & thanks for entering the giveaway. I hardly doubt you’ve not heard of me, rock or no rock, since I’ve only just recently crawled out from beneath my own! I was never one for social media until this past year when I published Magpie & Dilly. As much as I love writing the Buggy Crenshaw books, I have to admit I’m especially proud of Magpie & Dilly. I think you’ll really like it!

      Good luck!:-)

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! I’m from the USA. I haven’t heard of this book before, but it sounds like such a fun read! I’ve already added it to my TBR list.

  5. I live in Spain. I would love to read this book because I am a fan of YA literature with magical and supernatural elements. And it sounds like a very interesting book to read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I’m in Canada, and I’d love to read this book! I love the paranormal genre!

    thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Hi, Darlene & thanks for entering the giveaway. If you’d like to know more about Magpie & Dilly or any of my other books, please visit my website at Also, if you have questions or comments you’d like to share with me, feel free to use the email link on my site.

    Good luck!

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