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Local author raises the stakes in latest novel


October 11, 2018

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Local author Bethany Helwig will release her latest novel on October 16.

In the fourth installment of the International Monster Slayers series, local author Bethany Helwig makes her most ambitious move with The Brood of Nightmare set to publish October 16. The series brings fantasy and paranormal elements to modern day locales such as Moose Lake, Duluth, and Minneapolis. The twin protagonists, Hawk and Phoenix Mason, have battled shapeshifters, rogue werewolves, and even saved a magical city from destruction over the course of the first three books, beginning with The Curse of Moose Lake.

So how does Helwig raise the stakes in her latest installment? "Secrets the twins have been trying to hide since the beginning are finally exposed," said Helwig. "And nothing will ever be the same for Hawk and Phoenix."

Not only is The Brood of Nightmare the longest book in the series so far, it's also the first to have dual-perspective narration from the leading brother and sister. The first three books were from Phoenix's point of view only.

It's not the first time Helwig has let readers experience the world from a different perspective, however. Earlier this year, she released a novella, The Dark Whisper, that tells the origin story of a secondary (but very important) character.

"There's still so much to explore in this world," said Helwig. "I can't do that through one character's point of view alone."

Which is why Helwig has two more novellas in the works that will focus on other characters yet to be announced. These will complement the main story arc which will span seven novels by the end of the series.

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"The response I've gotten from readers has been incredible," she said. "I've had fans come up to me at vendor shows and tell me how much they love the books. It's so incredible to connect with people through stories."

Helwig has been writing stories since she was little, even reading one chapter by chapter to her class in the fifth grade. Influenced by her love of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and Marvel superhero movies, she has a passion for writing fantasy stories with witty and humorous characters.

"There's always another story to write," said Helwig. "I don't imagine I'll ever run out of books I want to write."

Helwig's books can be found at online retailers, her website, and the local library. She will be signing and selling her books on October 12 and 13 at the Black Bear Casino Vendor Fair and at the Festival of Trees in Duluth on November 10 and 11.


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