My Debut Novella The Charm is Out Now!

Buy The Charm at Amazon.co.uk

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Buy The Charm at MusaPublishing.com

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About The Charm:

Fifteen year old Luca has the charm, a gift he inherited from his mum. Charmers can control minds, but they abide by a code—to only use the power for good, and only with the person’s permission. Luca knows breaking the code is wrong, and his mum would kill him if he tried!

But when a rogue charmer uses the power for criminal means, the Restorative government jumps in. Luca’s mum is imprisoned and the Register for Charmers is announced. The media creates a frenzy of fear and suspicion against charmers.

Believing the family is in peril, and wishing to keep Luca’s gift a secret, Luca’s dad takes them to stay with a friend in the country. Here, Luca meets Fee, a computer genius who can hack into anything. Fee introduces Luca to an underground rebellion group of internet hackers who have their own issues with the Restoratives and their own way of protesting.

Fearful of how the Restoratives are treating his mum in prison and concerned about their motives for creating the Register of Charmers, Luca must make an impossible choice—break the rules and use his gift or stand by and watch as the power is abused.

The Charm by Jojo Debrazza
The Charm by Jojo Debrazza
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Welcome to the Cover Reveal for The Charm by Jojo Debrazza.

About The Charm:


Extraordinary powers come with a price.


Fifteen year old Luca has the charm, a gift he inherited from his mum. Charmers can control minds, but they abide by a code—to only use the power for good, and only with the person’s permission. Luca knows breaking the code is wrong, and his mum would kill him if he tried!
But when a rogue charmer uses the power for criminal means, the Restorative government jumps in. Luca’s mum is imprisoned and the Register for Charmers is announced. The media creates a frenzy of fear and suspicion against charmers.
Believing the family is in peril, and wishing to keep Luca’s gift a secret, Luca’s dad takes them to stay with a friend in the country. Here, Luca meets Fee, a computer genius who can hack into anything. Fee introduces Luca to an underground rebellion group of internet hackers who have their own issues with the Restoratives and their own way of protesting.
Fearful of how the Restoratives are treating his mum in prison and concerned about their motives for creating the Register of Charmers, Luca must make an impossible choice—break the rules and use his gift or stand by and watch as the power is abused. 
Are you ready for the cover?

Book Details:

Title: The Charm

Author Name: Jojo Debrazza

ISBN-13: 978-1-68009-066-6

Price: $2.99

Genre: Young Adult, YA Dystopian, Urban Fantasy

Keywords/Search tags: control minds, mind power, internet hackers

Hashtags: #TheCharm

Publisher:  Musa Publishing, LLC  http://www.musapublishing.com/

About the Author:
Jojo Debrazza is a writer of young adult and children’s fiction. The Charm is her debut YA novella. 
Jojo has a vivid imagination and likes to make up stories. Her friends call it lying but she calls it writing. She lives mainly in a dream world with her partner and a house full of small furry animals. It’s a carefree happy place where everything is bright and fluffy.
Jojo’s other passion is football (soccer). As well as playing and helping to run a club she works as a football development officer in Cambridgeshire, England.
Find Jojo on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jojodebrazza

Three More Sleeps to the Cover Reveal of The Charm

The cover for my debut novella The Charm will be revealed on Wednesday 10th December, and I can’t wait!

You can be part of the cover reveal tour too! Click here for the sign up form.

The Charm is due for release on 26th December 2014 with Musa Publishing.

About The Charm:

Fifteen year old Luca has the charm, a gift he inherited from his mum. Charmers can control minds, but they abide by a code—to only use the power for good, and only with the person’s permission. Luca knows breaking the code is wrong, and his mum would kill him if he tried!

But when a rogue charmer uses the power for criminal means, the Restorative government jumps in. Luca’s mum is imprisoned and the Register for Charmers is announced. The media creates a frenzy of fear and suspicion against charmers.

Believing the family is in peril, and wishing to keep Luca’s gift a secret, Luca’s dad takes them to stay with a friend in the country. Here, Luca meets Fee, a computer genius who can hack into anything. Fee introduces Luca to an underground rebellion group of internet hackers who have their own issues with the Restoratives and their own way of protesting.

Fearful of how the Restoratives are treating his mum in prison and concerned about their motives for creating the Register of Charmers, Luca must make an impossible choice—break the rules and use his gift or stand by and watch as the power is abused.

Mud and guts

The guys caked in mud
Mudderella 2014

I don’t like running and I don’t like mud. Yet I paid good money to run five miles and get caked in mud. Obstacle course runs are popping up all over the place these days and they seem to be really popular. But why?

That was the question I asked myself yesterday as I joined the horde in the mass warm up before heading to the start line of Mudderella. “Remember why you are here,” the organisers shouted down the microphone as they built the crowd up.

Why am I here? I thought. “Are you raising money for charity, to challenge yourself, or to support a friend?” the organisers asked. None of the above, I thought.  I’m here because my friends are here and I don’t like to miss out on a laugh.

So we donned our race numbers, painted our faces and set off. The first section was uphill and seemed to take forever. Reaching the first obstacle was a relief – a short break from running. The first obstacles were not too bad, crawling under nets and climbing over hay bales.

But it soon got worse than just muddy hands and knees when we reached the obstacle called ‘Fifty Shades of Mud.’ After sliding down mud mounds into stinking waist deep water and clambering up the other side we were completed caked from head to foot. And if I thought the running was tough already then I was in for a shock when I had a thick layer of mud, soaked through clothes, and trainers full of gunk to weigh me down.

Thankfully most of the mud was washed away at the final obstacle.  However, it did involve descending a kamikaze style water slide into a pool of water mixed with the mud, sweat, probably blood, and who knows what else of all the runners before us.

We made it to the end and enjoyed the well-deserved complementary beer. So would I do it again? Well I still don’t like running, or mud, or being cold and wet but it was somehow funny and if my mates did it again then yes I would probably join them.

Quick reads

If you have a couple of minutes to spare, why not download the nifty little Ether Books app – available for free on android and apple. It’s a mobile reading app, full of short stories and quick reads, perfect for when you are at the bus stop or waiting at the dentists.

Once you have the app you’ll have access to loads of great stories, many of which are free – including mine.

My three latest stories were written for the 8 Days of Ether flash fiction competition. Each story is less than 500 words. Download them for free, read and enjoy:

Time Stone
Summary: Sofka has a powerful stone but has time run out for him now?

My Body Beautiful
Summary : Sally needs to get back into those jeans!

Wedding Day
Summary : Weddings take a lot of organising and this one was planned from start to finish.

I hope you enjoy the stories. Feedback is very welcome.

Lost Luggage

My short story ‘Lost Luggage’ is now online at www.short-fiction.co.uk

Read Lost Luggage online for free.
Summary: Kevin’s luggage has been lost. Will he let it spoil his lads’ holiday in the sun?

I also have two short stories on the Ether Books mobile reading app (free on i-phone and android):

Witches’ Night Off
Summary : It’s Halloween and Jessica’s spooky friends have taken the night off. But when the trick or treaters arrive, Jessica can’t resist playing a few tricks of her own.

Little Horror
Summary : When her boyfriend Simon is killed, this little spider seeks revenge. It is a dangerous game to play, but who will win in the end?

The Perfect Pub Crawl

Free air guitar with every drink sign. Pub in Dublin, Ireland
Pub sign in Ireland

Is there such a thing as the perfect pub? Lemming, Knoxie and I went to Ireland with no intention of finding that out but our adventure led us close to finding the answer.

We arrived in Belfast, found our hostel, dumped our bags and headed off to explore.  We decided to find a pub to sample the Guinness and plan our itinerary.

Finding a pub proved tricky. There were plenty of them to choose from but Knoxie was very selective. We seemed to walk the entire length of Belfast but each pub we came across was deemed too scary, too posh, too empty, too busy, too brothelly, or had too many bars on the windows.

Eventually we found a place that Goldilocks Knoxie was happy with. We marked out the places we wanted to go on the map and decided to visit the Titanic museum that afternoon. Four pints later we found that the museum had closed at five and we had missed it.

That evening we searched for more Knoxie approved bars. Eventually we found a table in a traditional Irish pub. However this seat was right opposite the men’s toilet, where judging by the fact that countless men came out still pulling up their pants, there was not much room.

On Saturday we got up bright and early to catch the bus into Dublin where we had a quick gander at the castle and St Patrick’s Cathedral before searching for some decent pubs. Once again plenty of bars failed Knoxie’s scrutiny (too laddish, too posh and too full). We stumbled across a pub which I thought Knoxie would describe as ‘too bohemian’ but she thought it was cool. However we didn’t stay long as it turned out to be too cold.

Eventually we found a pub where we could sit and watch the rugby while a live band played. This seemed like a perfect place to settle but we had one problem. We faced a two and a half hour journey back to Belfast on a bus with no toilet. Knoxie came up with the genius idea that as alcohol is dehydrating we should drink more to avoid the need to pee. Amazingly, it worked.

On Sunday we took a coach tour up to the Giant’s Causeway. The driver told some good tales and pointed out some interesting features of the Irish coastline in his thick London accent. We stopped at Carrick-a Reed and paid £5 to walk over a 5 metre rope bridge in the wind and hail then sat on the coach, cold and wet before exploring the rocks at Giant’s Causeway. Luckily there was a nice pub with a fire where we enjoyed a hot toddy and dried off before the coach trip back to the hostel.

That evening we discovered a bar with a huge pool hall but cold toilets and too many cupboards. Then another with a cool secret garden but soggy toilet paper and too many TOWIE rejects.

Next we found a pub with a warm fire and nice music but nowhere to sit. We left after encountering some discarded jeggings in the toilet.

We retired to the hostel after our busy day but were woken in the night by our roommate and her male visitor. As if trying to block out the sound of them attempting silent sex in the bunk underneath Lemming wasn’t bad enough, he also snored and his phone went off every half hour.

We returned home the next day, exhausted from our interrupted night’s sleep.  I’m not sure that we found the perfect pub but we had fun looking and concluded that enjoying the company of the people you are with is more important than the place – unless it’s too cold, too busy, too brothelly…

A Day in the Life of Merlin Moon-dancer

This morning, after the moonlight was replaced with a blindingly bright light, one of my humans asked me what I had been up to. So here is how I spent my last 24 hours:

6.00am: I had been running in my wheel all night. I was going really fast but starting to get tired when one of my humans came in and the bright light suddenly appeared.

6.15am:  My humans were rushing around and making a noise. I could smell food so I ran around in my cage to get their attention. I ran to my empty food bowl and then up to the side of the cage. I pulled my best adorable yet hungry face. My human passed a slice of banana through the bars…nom nom nom!

6.45am: The bright light went out and my humans left. The moon had gone by now so I went into my house and fell asleep.

5.00pm:  My humans returned so I came out of my house to see if they had any more food for me. They didn’t, so I went back to sleep.

8.00pm: I woke up and left my house to stretch my legs. One of my human’s giant hands came into the cage and picked me up. She took me to the big red thing where the other human was sitting. I tried to get in the gap at the edge of the big red thing but the human grabbed me and pulled me out. I climbed over the human to try to get to the other gaps but was distracted when I saw the human’s tasty fingers. I ran to try and take a bite but it moved out of the way.

8.15pm: My human picked me up, put me in the green ball and closed the lid. It was zorbing time! I ran across the room, faster, faster and faster until I smashed into the wall. Then I turned round and ran the other way until I hit the wall again. It was so much fun that I did it over and over again.

8.30pm: I stopped for a break and pooed through the cracks in the ball.

9.30pm: My ball suddenly rose into the air. The lid opened and I was at the gate of my cage.  I could smell there was food in my bowl so I climbed out of my ball and into my cage. I shoved all the food into my pouches and moved it into my house, well hidden from my humans.

9.35pm: The humans picked up my poo while I checked out my cage. I’m not sure what they do with the poo but they must like it as they had put some treats in my cage.

9.45pm: I went back to my wheel and ran some more. The bright light went out and was replaced by the moonlight. The humans said goodnight and left. I danced and ran in the moonlight all night until the bright light reappeared and the human asked me what I had been up to.

So that was my day. I have a feeling today will be similar, and probably the day after too.

Just saying…