The Fight Against Cancer Takes a New Twist in M.J. Logan’s Debut Novel

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A Chosen One will embark on a journey of healing in “Maurpikios Fiddler”.

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By blending themes of fantasy, magic and the sad reality of childhood cancer, author M.J. Logan’s touching and enchanting story will take readers to another world where magically-gifted and non-magical human beings must work together to save their children from a disease called Scorpioma. As the battle against the plague rages on, a chosen one named Maurpikios Fiddler will emerge to unite the children and embark on a journey towards healing, a voyage in which they will discover love, loyalty, friendship, family and the true meaning of magic.

This fantasy novel is borne out of a real-life tragedy, loosely based on the experiences of an amazing 11-year-old boy who discovered magic and fantasy while going through cancer treatment. Maurpikios Fiddler: The True Meaning of Magic is set in a modern-day fantasy world where two races of people exist: the magicals and the non-magicals. War and conflict have plagued the two groups for centuries. Now, both races find themselves facing a common enemy. In the magical world, Scorpioma plagues the lives of their children, while in the non-magical world, medical professionals have discovered successful treatments for childhood cancers. Both sides, realizing the two diseases are one and the same, forge the Treaty of Earthly Peace, creating a bond that forces the two groups to come together and collaborate at Saint Juliana’s Children’s Research Institute and Hospital.

It is a race to save the lives of their children. Yet there exists a prophecy that gives the world a champion—young Maurpikios Fiddler - but with every champion, there is a dark force to oppose his greatness. Radu Vrotsos, a wealthy philanthropist and a maniacal wizard, makes it no secret that he supports the bigotry and segregation of the old regime. Opposed to the integration of the magicals and the non-magicals, it is his hope to bring an end to the collaboration among the two groups. Maurpikios Fiddler will enter Saint Juliana’s Children Research Institute and Hospital a boy, and in the end, he will have no choice but to display the bravery of a man.

This is a story of life, love, loyalty, family, friendship, and most of all, faith in God. It is set in a world of fairies and angels and all things magical. Its powerful themes promise to resonate with readers, as they display every aspect of real life, and the real and serious challenges many children face every day. Maurpikios Fiddler also reveals to readers the identity of the true heroes who are working daily to save countless children’s lives.

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About the Author
Dr. M. J. Logan currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina, but is originally from a small town in South Carolina called Beech Island, near Augusta, Georgia. She is a mother of two boys and is married to Mr. Maurice Holloway. Dr. Logan has over twenty years of experience in health care and fifteen years of experience as a professional registered nurse in various settings.

Maurpikios Fiddler * by M.J. Logan
The True Meaning of Magic
Publication Date: June 12, 2013
Trade Paperback; $22.99; 412 pages; 978-1-4836-2859-2
Trade Hardback; $26.99; 412 pages; 978-1-4836-2860-8
Ebook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-2861-5

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