Cover Reveal: The Hidden City by David Bowles

We know a lot of fans have been waiting for Book 3 of the Garza Twins series by David Bowles, The Hidden City. It will be released in Q2 2018, which may disappoint some, but at the least we can reveal the front cover – yet another fantastic design and artwork by Charlene Bowles.

The Hidden City front-C

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of reading David’s young teen/middle grade series, click on the earlier book covers to find out more about what it’s all about, and why he won an American Library Association Honor Award for The Smoking Mirror. You way also want to read the first chapter (previously posted). Continue reading

Preview: The Hidden City by David Bowles

David BowlesGarza Twins series is an outstanding set of middle grade novels, set in our world where the mythology of central America is all too real. The protagonists – the shapeshifting twins Carol and Johnny – are Mexican-American, filling a much needed diversity gap in young teen reading. The first book of the series, The Smoking Mirror, won the prestigious ALA Belpré Honor, and is IFWG’s best selling book. Book 2, A Kingdom Beneath the Waves, has also received critical acclaim.

Next year we will be publishing Book 3, The Hidden City. We felt David’s many fans deserve a preview of this novel, so we have Chapter One reproduced below. We will soon reveal the cover.


Chapter One

“Okay, guys, that was my mom.” Carol leaned toward her monitor with a sad smile. “Time for bed, I guess.”

“What?” Jessica demanded from the Skype screen. “Dude, tomorrow is the last day of classes!”

Exacto,” Itza agreed. “Piensa, güey—we’re not going to be at the same school anymore! Can’t she give you a little more time?”

Carol glanced at the little box where Nikki’s face stared out at her. The girl said nothing, but there was sadness all over her features.

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News: A Kingdom Beneath the Waves Now In Paperback

KBW front cover final

A Kingdom Beneath the Waves is book 2 of the Garza Twins series by David Bowles, sequel to the award winning The Smoking Mirror. We are pleased to announce the release of the trade paperback edition.

The Garza family’s Christmas vacation in Mexico is cut short by the appearance of Pingo, one of the tzapame–Little People. The news is grim–a rogue prince from an ancient undersea kingdom is seeking the Shadow Stone, a device he will use to flood the world and wipe out humanity.

Now Carol and Johnny must join a group of merfolk and travel into the deepest chasms of the Pacific Ocean to stop him and his monstrous army with their savage magic.

The Smoking Mirror can be purchased in hardcover or trader paperback form from any good online or bricks and mortar bookseller, or directly from the publisher. The Amazon link is now available.