BREAKING NEWS: Khaiah Thomson has been nominated for the West Australian Premier’s Award for Best Emerging Author!
MORE BREAKING NEWS: Khaiah Thomson + Welcome to Blackwood are Long-Listed in Queensland Writers Centre’s Adaptable program that offers the opportunity to pitch to film producers from all over Australia. Khaiah finds out next month if she is one of the finalists.
Welcome to Blackwood is a young adult, paranormal fiction by Khaiah Thomson, being enjoyed by teenagers and adults alike. RRP$22.
Welcome to Blackwood Synopsis:
Freya has spent her life on the run—trying to blend in amongst Mundanes. Like her father, she is a Syphon with the ability to draw energy from others, including their powers. When Freya accidentally draws energy from a friend, she and her family are on the run again and return to her mum’s hometown of Blackwood, where Freya’s abilities remain a secret.
Freya’s mum and brother are wolf shifters—genetics that skipped Freya. Freya has to decide by eighteen whether she joins their pack or remains independent.
Freya discovers Blackwood is a secretive community comprised mostly of Supernaturals like herself. Supers exist outside of mundane laws. With many communities like Blackwood competing for power, strict rules protect the Blackwood community.
Freya meets Beau, rumoured to be a lone wolf, although loosely attached to the Northern Blackwood wolves, her family’s rival pack. He is hostile towards Freya due to the power he senses in her, but when he rescues her from a risky situation, they become more than friends, creating tension with her family and rival packs.
What happens next in the town where nothing is normal could cost Freya her freedom…
Reviews for YA Fiction Welcome to Blackwood:
“This book is incredible! The perfect balance between fantasy and realism with characters that you’ll fast be adding to your list of favourites. (Do I have a new book boyfriend? Yes, I think I do). I absolutely love a good werewolf story and Welcome to Blackwood encompassed everything great about that genre. I’m pretty sure I stopped breathing for the entire heart-stopping finale. These characters have my whole heart! I can not wait for the next book.”Jen @BookBookOwl (66K followers)
“Yes, yes, yes! The moody, supernatural, mysterious vibes are all there. And with a best friend who can see the future. Basically if you love Twilight, you will love this. Like I did.”Jodie @ReadTheWriteAct (45K followers)
“I’ve never been so excited for part 2 in a series. This book blew me away. The twist at the end was so well set up and unpredictable throughout the story. The relationship Freya shares with the mysterious and lethal Golden Eyes was written so passionately and wild. I was lost in the supernatural world of Blackwood and personally felt like I knew the town.”Peta @UnfoldedEdges
‘Featuring shape shifters, handsome strangers, a fairy-tale feel, Truth-Seekers, the Mundanes, genetics, Soul-Stealers, the supernatural and family secrets, the protagonist, Freya, is clever and quick-witted and the dialogue is funny and engaging. Some readers – especially young adult readers keen on mystery, the paranormal and supernatural, the unexplained and the unknown – would be simultaneously frightened, enchanted, enamoured and excited by this story of unusual characters set in an unusual place. The dialogue is especially authentic. I suspect this will be the first in a series of books that develops an almost cult-like following amongst certain readers’…Cass Moriarty.
“Let’s start by saying this book is a hidden wonder!!! It is a wonderful mix of all the best parts of Twilight and True Blood. There is an engaging female main character, Freya, a sexy male lead, Beau, and a storyline that is just all kinds of awesome! Set in a town by the beach filled with supernatural beings and moody, mysterious vibes, Welcome to Blackwood is easily devoured in a single sitting. It was impossible to put it down! It included my most favourite thing of late- shifters! Plus there is a budding forbidden romance that was done so well! Overall, Welcome to Blackwood is *insert chef kiss here*!!”Ellie King @LabsandLiterature
“Khaiah Thomson has a great way with words. From the very first page, she draws you into the world of Freya, and the secrets that will unfold. I read it in a day, and can’t wait for the next book! Great characters, great romantic tension, great suspense! A great new writer in the young adult fiction genre!”Meena
“Couldn’t put it down! Had to know what was going to happen next. Loved the main characters and even many of the secondary characters. The character interactions are fantastic and it is very well written. Found it fast paced but not rushed, highly recommended! Cannot wait for the second.”Ali
“This book is IT. The whole time I read it I couldn’t put it down. Beau is bad for my heart. Female lead? Awesome. Male lead? Hot. Story line? Epic. A town full of supers by a beach? Yes please. I always love a good supernatural romance, and the setting is just right. 10/10 will read again. Loved every twist.”Kat
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“This book sucked me in from the moment I opened it up – from the cheeky dedication to her sisters to the final line of the book, I was hooked. The blooming of a playful romance between two characters, the thrill and chase of the bigger storyline and the way the world has been set up were just wonderful. I canNOT wait to get my hands on the next book and find out what is in store for Freya!”Natalie
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More Praise for Welcome to Blackwood
‘Welcome to Blackwood was an enjoyable romp with great characters, fun humour, and had some interesting twists and turns that really left me excited for the next instalment in the series’…Nita Delgado, Australia.
‘Ridiculously good. I read this in one weekend. Couldn’t put it down. Loved the yin and yang of Freya and Beau’… Click to read long review.Cate Sawyer, Author.
‘I can confidently say, if you love werewolves – you’ll love this book! And if you don’t love werewolves (um, what?) – you will! Welcome to Blackwood focuses on kick-ass female lead, Freya, who is born with a powerful but dangerous gift that only continues to grow stronger with her. As new facets of her gift are tantalisingly revealed, the plot kicks up a notch when Beau, the enigmatic, slightly arrogant—not to mention drool worthy— wolf shifter, enters Freya’s tumultuous path stirring both defiance and desire in her… Navigating super-powers, pack rivals and a romance with golden eyes (that I may have been slightly too invested in) you will soon find yourself deep amongst the secrets of Blackwood. Thank goodness there’s more to come!’Tammy Bevan.
‘I am seriously loving Blackwood! I have that addicted feeling where you are thinking about it when you’re not reading it… 😬’Tammy Bevan, QLD
‘Welcome to Blackwood is a thrilling, easy-read, young adult novel with loads of action and a quirky sense of humour. As soon as I read Khaiah’s manuscript, I signed her for 3 books. Our team is very excited about getting this one to readers’…Carolyn Martinez, Director, Hawkeye Publishing.
‘Whilst there are some classic elements to the story you may have come across before (a teenager looking to find her place in the world; the tension of a star-crossed romance; supernatural characters) they are given a fresh twist so you have the joy of familiarity but in a whole new context. I read Welcome to Blackwood in a day because I found it very hard to put down. The humour, especially in the dialogue, crackles along and the writing is confident and assured.’… READ FULL REVIEW HEREJackie Morris, United Kingdom.