Win a Free Darkwoods EBook; Cool Word of the Week Contest for June 27-July 2

Seventeen-year old author Marta Stahlfeld announced this week's Cool Word of the Week Contest word: sirocco. The most creative use of "sirocco" wins a free eBook of of the author's debut novel, Darkwoods. Entry deadline is noon (PDT) July 2, 2011.
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June 27, 2011 - PRLog -- Darkwoods author Marta Stahlfeld announced this week's word for her Cool Word Of the Week Contest (CWOWC):  "sirocco."  The entry with the most creative use of sirocco wins a free eBook of Darkwoods.

Darkwoods is the first book in a new fantasy series for middle-school and young adult readers, in the tradition of the Redwall and Warrior series.  

Darkwoods begins with the death of the foxes' ruling oracle, Scythe, freeing the foxes to leave their home in Darkwoods determined to conquer the world.  Standing in their way is Princess Zuryzel of the Wraith Mice, with the ability to fade undetected into the shadows, and her allies among the Squirrel Tribes, Ranger Mice, and River Otters.  Like any good epic tale, Darkwoods includes battles, romance, and treachery, as well as the individual heroism necessary to defeat evil.

To win a free ebook of Darkwoods, think of the most creative use of "sirocco" and email your entry to DarkwoodsBooks at by noon (PDT) on July 2, 2011.  The winner will receive a coupon allowing them to download a free eBook of Darkwoods from, the leading distributor of eBooks for authors.  

A sirocco ("suh-ROK-oh") is a " hot, oppressive wind."  For a longer definition and a sample sentence, go to the DarkwoodsBooks fan page on Facebook (

Interested readers can sample the first five chapters of Darkwoods at  Print copies of Darkwoods are available at Barnes & Noble locations and local bookstores, as well as online at and

Stahlfeld, who is 17 years old, began writing Darkwoods when she was twelve and has already finished writing the follow-up novel, Pasadagavra.  She plans a total of six books in this epic series written primarily for middle-school readers.

Stahlfeld just finished her junior year in high school and plans on majoring in English Literature or History when she starts college in 18 months.  She is a voracious reader and has long been fascinated with WWII history.  In fact, the Ranger Mice characters of Darkwoods were inspired by the U.S. Army Rangers who scaled Pointe du Hoc on D-Day, which she visited on the 4th of July.  It was shortly after that when she began writing Darkwoods.

Stahlfeld can be contacted at DarkwoodsBooks at or on Facebook at the DarkwoodsBooks fan page (  She is also on Twitter (@DarkwoodsBooks).

Book details:

Perfect Bound • $16.95 cover price
275 pages • 6 x 9
ISBN10 1-935359-77-0
ISBN13 978-1-935359-77-7
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