In Chase Tinker's world, magic, lies and secrets can be a lethal combination...
Thirteen-year-old Chase Tinker can't understand why he has the power to move things with
his mind. Besides that, his dad has been missing for over a year, causing his mom to be too
upset to pay much attention to her sons, so now he's been busted for shoplifting. As if this
isn't enough to worry about, his younger brother Andy suddenly has the ability to stop time.
Can things get any crazier? Chase thinks.
Then, a grandfather they thought to be long dead arrives at their door. He wants Chase and
Andy to come visit him for the summer so they can learn about their supernatural heritage
and why they have magical powers in the first place.
The boys soon find out that Grandfather, along with their cousin Janie, lives on a remote
island in the middle of Puget Sound in an out-of-this-world house where fantastic magic can
be found in practically every room, stairway and corridor. Chase can't believe their dad has
been keeping so much from them.
It's an even bigger shock when Chase learns that all their magic is controlled by a very
powerful and mysterious Relic in the attic, and if anything happens to this relic, every bit of
Tinker magic will be lost forever. He's even more disturbed when he learns his family has
a dark and powerful enemy that is determined to steal all their magic, their house and their
Now Chase must find a way to stop these evil beings, while at the same time figuring out
what has happened to his dad, unraveling even more Tinker lies and secrets and not letting on
that he has a huge crush on the housekeeper's daughter.
Malia Ann Haberman
Author of "Chase Tinker and the house of Magic (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 1),"
Malia loves dancing, reading, writing, playing video games on her iPod, watching TV, and
chocolate. She also has terrible motion sickness and hates onions. She's always wanted to
have the ability to teleport and the power to move things with her mind. Then one night
she dreamed she was living in a house filled with magical rooms and the very next day she
started throwing ideas together for her Chase Tinker fantasy series, after consulting with
her kids, of course. She lives in the Seattle area with her four wild and crazy ferrets. She's
currently working on the 4th and last book of her series.
Guest Post – Magic by Malia Ann Haberman
I think it would be pretty hard to find someone who doesn't like magic, or at least the
thought of it. I mean, seven of the most popular books of all time are about magic. And
haven't we all wondered at some point what it would be like to have real honest-to-
goodness magical powers? After all, look how popular superheroes are. It's great fun
to imagine how cool it would be to become invisible with just a thought or to have the
ability to teleport yourself halfway around the world.
It took some brainstorming to come up with the different powers for my main characters
because everyone had to have their own special unique power. There are so many to
choose from, I knew the ones I picked had to move the story along besides being very
important parts of the plot. I wanted to give Chase one that would affect mostly him
when the power kicked in, but something he could use later on other people. While Andy
needed a power that would involve the people around him so that when his power finally
showed itself then his distrust of magic would be more realistic.
But, it isn't just the people that have magic in my books. Since the Tinker's house is
overflowing with the supernatural stuff, I had a great time adding magic to rooms, doors,
pictures, furniture, staircases, hallways, mops, and even giving magical life to plants and
fish. The magic also gets into Maxwell, Cousin Janie's pet ferret, and makes him a lot
smarter and feistier.
I think magic makes confrontations between good and evil more dynamic too. Since
the magical people in my books use their minds or channel their magic through their
hands and fingertips, then battle scenes can be a lot more creative. The air can get quite
electrified with sizzling firewhips, blazing energy beams or blistering lightning bolts
flying all around.
I think what's fun about writing books filled with fantasy and magic, is that in a
paranormal world, the possibilities are endless. You want to turn into a bird and soar
across the sky? No problem. Or, take a time travel trip to somewhere in the past? Piece
of cake. Or maybe, what you really want most is to conjure a delicious pepperoni and
mushroom pizza...from your nose. Well, real magic can make that all possible. Just use