Book Notes, Sept. 1, 2013

Party starts ‘Relic’ author’s book tour

A book release party and the start of a book-signing tour will celebrate the release of Colorado author Renee Collins’ novel “Relic” on Tuesday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2451 Patterson Road.

There will be light refreshments and an author meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m. Collins will read from her book at 7 p.m., and a book-signing will follow.

There will be a photo area with costume pieces and props for Wild West photos, Western-themed displays and drawings for prizes.

“Relic” is a young adult fantasy novel released by Entangled Teen Publishing.

It is set in fictional Wild West Colorado town of Burning Mesa, but in a world where “the bones of long-extinct magical creatures such as dragons and sirens are mined and traded for their residual magical elements and harnessing these relics’ powers allows the user to wield fire, turn invisible or heal even the worse injuries,” according to information at

Maggie Davis, the novel’s main character, is found to have a gift for handling relics’ powers and is taken from her job at a local saloon to be trained in relic magic by a wealthy young relic baron.

When mysterious fires begin to burn area towns, Maggie, an orphan trying to protect her younger sister, must find out who is using relic magic to set the fires before it’s too late, according to


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