Magical Land Comes to Life in New Fantasy Fiction ‘The Glass Key’

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Author Joanna Marsden explores possibilities of reality, imagination in new book

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Best friends Toby and Belle take a hike that changes their lives in the new fantasy fiction from author Joanna Marsden, “The Glass Key” (published by Archway Publishing).

This may be the last summer Toby and Belle spend together: a family crisis threatens to split them apart. In an attempt to defuse their anxiety about the future, the two friends journey to their favorite nature trail. But soon after they start their hike, Toby and Belle come across a small key, gritty with age, that changes everything.

In “The Glass Key”, Toby and Belle unlock a world of magic and mystery. The key they discover in the woods breaks the spell trapping a grandfatherly man named Mennoc. As a sign of gratitude, Mennoc invites the two friends to join him in “story-travel” to a far past time. Story travel allows the three characters to see into the past, but not physically enter it. Belle then receives a gift from Mennoc so that she and Toby can begin story-travel – the Glass Key.

“I hope the reader will like Belle and Toby and will empathize with them, seeing how the two friends rely on each other while at the same time discovering their own resources and solving problems they never dreamed existed,” Marsden says. “I want readers to feel they learned something, encountered a different point of view, realized how they come across to others, or asked themselves, ‘What would I do if that were me?’”

“The Glass Key”
By Joanna Marsden
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 208 pages | ISBN 9781480814240
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 208 pages | ISBN 9781480814264
E-Book | 208 pages | ISBN 9781480814257
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Joanna Marsden treasured listening to “Let’s Pretend,” radio’s famous series for children. Those dramatized stories of adventure and magic, featuring both exotic and humble characters, created an enduring imaginative platform in Marsden’s life, which, in turn, inspired “The Glass Key.” Marsden is an avid amateur naturalist who lives and writes in New England.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit or call 888-242-5904.

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