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Short Biography (50 words)

Tessa Barbosa is a Filipina-Canadian author who writes fantasy novels by night, and software help by day. THE MOONLIGHT BLADE is her debut YA fantasy novel. When she’s not writing, you’re likely to find her covered in paint, or making things.

Long Biography (150 Words)

Tessa Barbosa loved books so much that after spending one to many late nights up reading, and eating distractedly at the table, her parents banned her from reading. It didn’t work. Tessa stuffed books under her mattress, hid them in her sweaters, and many poor paperbacks met their ruin in a hot bath.

But writing novels didn’t happen for a long time. She majored in computer science, and minored in the fine and performing arts. After graduation, she switched from a career in software development to technical writing, because words were always her first love. Now she writes software help by day, and fantasy novels by night. THE MOONLIGHT BLADE is her debut YA fantasy novel. What better way to live in stories than to write them?

Her short fiction (as T.S. Bazelli) has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, as well as multiple anthologies.

Literary Agent

Léonicka Valcius at the Transatlantic Agency.

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Book Information

The Moonlight Blade

ISBN-13:  9781649373366
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:  03/07/2023
Age Range:  14 – 18 Years
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Romance

I promised my mother I would never come to Bato-Ko…and yet here I am.

Narra Jal is one of the cursed, cast aside her whole life, considered unlucky. But with her mother’s life on the line, she will return to the city where she was born to face the trials: a grueling, bloodthirsty series of challenges designed to weed out the weak, the greedy, and the foolish. Trials to select the next ruler of Tigang.

Narra has nothing. No weapons. No training. No magic. No real chance of leaving with her life. Just her fierce grit and a refusal to accept the destiny she’s been handed. Even the intense, dark-eyed Guardian she feels a strangely electric connection with cannot help her. Narra is on her own. But she’ll show everyone what the unlucky can do.

Let the bloodbath begin.

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