Book Review & Giveaway: The Runaways of Missing Lake

The Runaways Of Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe

Publisher:  Kindle Direct Press (September 1, 2020)
Category: Young Adult, Teen, Fantasy, Dragons

ISBN: 9798681416005
Available in Print and ebook, 394 pages

Luke Houser and his friends enter their junior year at Missing Lake High School under extremely unusual circumstances after a tremendous forest fire kept the community on edge for months. The memory of the fire permeates all aspects of everyone’s lives, including those of the incredible secret dragon family who live up north. Luke makes a new canine friend through his step-mom’s veterinary clinic and Chase plays an important role despite not being one of the family’s beloved sled dogs.

The silver dragon, Zagros has some serious news for his young Dragoneer that will impact the entire dragon realm, particularly the young dragons, Helios and Cassiel. Luke has to process this information all while a crisis unfolds during English class. Luke has to make some serious choices that challenge the sometimes awkward sixteen-year-old but he cannot share them with anyone without risking the discovery of the magnificent dragons.

This is the fourth book in the Missing Lake series that follows a reluctantly intrepid young man’s journey into adulthood with his family, friends, dogs, cats and dragons by his side.

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Guest Review by Sal

This is absolutely the kind of book that, while it’s technically a Young Adult novel, makes for an enjoyable story for all ages and reading levels.

Luke Houser is a teenager living in the town of Missing Lake, Montana, and he has a seemingly normal life. He and his father own a group of sled dogs which Luke spends much of his time caring for, and, on top of that, his step-mother is a veterinarian, so Luke is well versed in animal care.

Just before the beginning of the book, Luke and his family are forced to evacuate their house due to local wildfires that are encroaching on Missing Lake. Packing up their dogs and everything else that is important to them, they leave town for several weeks. Around the time school is set to begin, Luke’s family returns to find that their house is still standing although the smell of the fires still lingers in town.
Everything goes seemingly back to normal, but for Luke, normal is a little different.

Since he was fifteen, Luke has been a Dragoneer, a keeper of a family of dragons that lives on a mountain outside of Missing Lake. The head of the family, an ancient dragon named Zagros, shares a telepathic link with Luke through which the two are able to communicate. Having survived the fires that ravaged the area, Zagros now tells Luke that his family is in danger from a more long term threat. The dragons need Luke’s help to save themselves from extinction in the future.

This was a great story with a very worthwhile moral in the end. Luke and his family and friends were excellent characters that made for a rich, interesting world.
Tanya Fyfe’s writing is spellbinding and her usage of atmosphere within the town of Missing Lake was pitch perfect. She has crafted a story here that is enjoyable, heartwarming and thrilling and is definitely worth the read. I have to give it all 5 stars!

Praise for Secrets Abound Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe

“Winner of the Distinguished Favorite for Teens”- NYC Big Book Awards and the Independent Book Awards in 2018

“I so enjoy this series. With his anxieties about school, his love for his family’s sled dogs, and his adventures helping his stepmother in her veterinary clinic, Luke Houser is a very believable teenager in the mountainous wilds of Montana. Most of his problems are perfectly normal for a boy in his circumstances.
So his involvement with the local dragons feels totally natural.
The antics of the baby dragons once they hatch, especially the golden boy dragon, Helios (who is all boy too) are just as realistic feeling as those of Luke’s school friends. You get the feeling that dragons could be just as real as broken marriages and sick dogs. And you wonder how the dragons and dragoneers ever got by without good veterinary support for all these hundreds of years. No wonder they’re nearly extinct!”-Lora of Ettria

“While the third book in the series, I didn’t have a problem reading it without having read the previous two.  I enjoyed Luke’s interactions with the dragons and all they go through.  I was invested in these characters and what happened.  I found Luke and his family to be realistic as were all the problems (outside of the dragons) that he was having.  It is a clean book, which I love, and is just good.  I would let my young teens on up read this, I think they would enjoy it!”-Ashley’s Bookshelf

“The descriptions of North Dakota, Montana, and Vancouver are well written and help the reader sink into the story.  The characters and dialogue keep the pace going and makes for a book that is hard to put down. The ‘Secrets Abound Missing Lake’ is a memorable book that I plan to share with my grandchildren when they are a little older.  I also plan to read the first two books in the series and can hardly wait for book 4.  This book is a must read for those who like coming of age stories and dragons.  Actually animal lovers would love it as well.”-Sal, Bound 4 Escape

About the Author

Award winning author Tanya Fyfe was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada and trained and performed as a professional figure skater and coach for many years. After working briefly as an English Teacher in Japan, she met her husband, Dr.Alistair Fyfe and moved to North Dakota in 1994.

She completed her BSc and then got accepted into veterinary school in Saskatchewan which she graduated from in 2005. Since then she has worked as a veterinarian in ND and Montana.

Tanya has written stories since she was a little girl and enjoyed completing a course with the Children’s Institute of Literature several years ago. She began writing her teen fiction series in 2013 which began with Lost and Found in Missing LakeThe Dragons of Missing Lake followed and then Secrets Abound in Missing Lake came next. Around the time of publication she started selling real estate in Montana (because, clearly, she was not busy enough) but was still able to jump back into the story to complete Book 4, The Runaways of Missing Lake.

She enjoys hanging out with her characters and tries to give readers a sense of what it is truly like to live in the beautiful mountains of western Montana. She enjoys spending time on any golf course with her husband and they canoe, hike and ride horses as well. They share their world with 5 adorable cats, several horses and 3 ridiculously personable ferrets.

Website: https://tanyafyfe.com/
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Giveaway

This giveaway is for 1 copy each for 3 winners and is open to Canada and the U.S. only. The winners will have the choice between print and ebook. This giveaway ends November 26, 2020,midnight pacific time. Entries are accepted by Rafflecopter only.

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Book Review: To Capture the Wind by Deirdra Eden

The Watchers
To Capture the Wind
BOOK #4 Aug 7, 2020


Dark secrets about Azrael’s life and death are revealed which prompts Auriella to break off their engagement and leave Azrael alone on an island of massacred Watcher kin.

In order to prove his loyalty, Azrael sets out to retrieve stolen Starfire from the Legion before they destroy the human race and create their own dark kingdom. Poisoned and stripped of his powers Azrael has no choice but to accept the help of an old enemy with questionable motives. His haunting past and old wounds resurface when he discovers a book of Watcher genealogy listing not only his family, but Aura’s linage along with her three sisters of power, including his dark and beautiful former fiancée.

A few remaining good Watchers must face the fallen Watchers of old along with the Demon God, Moloch, to reclaim Starfire. Azrael must choose his side and prove his loyalty once and for all.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This book is told from Azrael’s point of view rather than Aura’s, and it was nice to see things from a different perspective. Azrael breaks Aura’s heart when he tells her about his past. After she leaves, he realizes that he must reclaim Starfire, and he can only do it with Alamar’s help. But how can he trust Alamar?

The first half of To Capture the Wind is good, and I learned a lot more about Azrael’s past, a little more about Alamar, and some interesting things about their lineage. For example, Aura has three sisters, but she won’t be happy to hear that they’re her sisters.

The second half of To Capture the Wind is great, and I was unable to put it down. When Azrael and Alamar run into Aura, even though she hasn’t forgiven Azrael, she realizes that they have to work together to reclaim Starfire. I felt that Aura has finally matured and is ready to handle whatever is thrown her away.

I was happy to see Cassi the pixie back. The interaction between her and Baby is hilarious! They’re a great way to lighten the mood when things get intense.

I definitely recommend To Capture the Wind, as well as the rest of the Watchers series. Book 5 is next!

About the Author

Deirdra Eden has spent the last decade captivating audiences of all ages with her Amazon Bestselling novels and fairy tales. Her specialty is paranormal theology that delves into documented historical phenomenon and natural disasters of biblical proportions that entices indulgence of a fine line between fact and fantasy.

Deirdra enjoys jousting in arenas, sword fighting and archery, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures with her family.

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Book Review: The Gift of the Quoxxel by Richard Titus

What would you do if you were the monarch of a perfect,
tropical paradise without a care in the world? Well,
King Norr would like to leave, and the sooner, the better.

“Where else but Nibb?” his subjects would contend.
Venturing away from Nibb was heresy and could only
result in misfortune and “haddock.”

Oddly enough, a rash of “haddock” had recently befallen
the sleepy isle making it a veritable hotbed of curious
quandaries. For example —

Had Doctor Hinkus fallen prey to marauding drumbkins?

Whose prank had set the Palace afloat?

What’s a spudcake?

Do pirates bathe?

Did Uncle Fenwad roll into the bay?

Is snoring an art form?

Do Nibbian pigs have a future in aviation?

Were mollusks armed and dangerous?

It’s a “what-happens-next?” armchair adventure for
readers of all ages.

Captain Gadd may be Norr’s ticket off the island, but
it’s not going to be easy. The King isn’t entirely worried,
however. A lifetime of experience tells him most
challenges disappear by simply taking an additional nap.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this book, but what I got was a fantasy that is unique and funny with quirky characters. I read the first edition, which was difficult for me to follow at times because it seemed to go around in circles, but the author sent me the most recent edition, and he has outdone himself. He’s rewritten a lot of it and made it so much easier to read! I had already liked the dialogue, but now it’s even better. I think middle-grade readers especially would get a kick out of it because of the silliness.

My favorite character is Yill. He is quite sarcastic and very funny. The king comes in a close second because he’s very non-kingly and unintentionally funny. In fact, at one point, his wife wonders if she married him for love or for entertainment.

I enjoyed the made-up words (words from Nibb). Some are self-explanatory, such as bloffix, which is a meaningless exclamation. Then there are others that I had to look up in the glossary at the end. One of my favorites was gabthrax: “ailment whereby one talks oneself to death; occurring sometimes in toucans, and more often in politicians.”

The Gift of the Quoxxel is a fun and light-hearted read. I can absolutely recommend the second edition for all ages, but I think middle-grade readers will enjoy the humor the most.

About the Author

The Gift of the Quoxxel is Richard’s debut novel. His life experience includes visual arts, truck driving, camp counseling, verb conjugating, and mastery of an adequate meatloaf.

A Michigan native and parochial school survivor, Richard resides with wife Marina close to, but far enough from New York City. How they ended up there, he’s not really sure.

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Book Review: Flood and Fire by Deirdra Eden

Flood and Fire (Book #3 of The Watchers Series) by Deirdra Eden
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About the Book

Auriella joins the ranks of the Immortals, but Azrael has vanished in the depths of war.

She is forced to choose between love or loyalty when the druids charge her with finding Alamar, an unruly Watcher who can control the seas. Though witty and charming, Alamar and his blood thirsty friends can’t be trusted.

Now, it’s a race against time to find Azrael before he is killed, and Alamar before he is recruited by the Shadow Legion.

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The Watchers Series has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural. The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Traditional Apocrypha, the Pearl of Great Price and the Kabbalah. The Watchers are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad.

 

Deirdra Eden’s, The Watcher’s Series, is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.

My Review

I chose to read book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read the first three books in The Watchers Series, Knight of Light and Hidden Fire, Flood and Fire. I had written a review of Flood and Fire in 2017, and the author contacted me because she had made some changes and offered to send me a copy to read the updated one.

Auriella has been asleep for 50 years while her body recovers from death. When she awakens, Azreal, the love of her life, is not there. She eventually finds out that Azreal thought that she would choose not to return to Earth as an Immortal so he left to fight against Erebus and the Shadow Legion. Since being with Azreal is the only reason Auriella chose to be an Immortal, she is devastated. Her main goal is to find him but first she has to learn to control her fire powers.

After training for a short time, Auriella is sent on her first mission and then she plans on finding Azreal. Her mission is to find Alamar, whose power is water. If Erebus gets a hold of him first, and he joins the Shadow Legion, all hope could be lost.

I like the character of Auriella. She is a little impulsive at times but she knows what she wants and she’s determined to get it. Alamar is a complex character who has a good soul even though he’s a pirate. The love/hate relationship between the two of them makes an interesting read, but poor Auriella doesn’t know what to make of it.

She did it! The changes that she made were perfect. Now I have three more books that I have to fit in my schedule because I can’t wait to read them!

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About The Author

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Deirdra Eden has spent the last decade captivating audiences of all ages with her Amazon Bestselling novels and fairy tales. Her specialty is paranormal theology that delves into documented historical phenomenon and natural disasters of biblical proportions that entices indulgence of a fine line between fact and fantasy.

Deirdra enjoys jousting in arenas, sword fighting and archery, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures with her family.

 
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Book Review: Scavenger Girl: Season of Zoetica by Jennifer Arntson

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Haunted by her past and unsure of her future, Una realizes not everything is as it appears…

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My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Scavenger Girl series is one of my favorites, and I’m sorry to see it end. I can’t get enough of it. I’m hoping to find the time to read the entire series again now that it’s complete.

This is the Season of Zoetica and Una and her family are living with the Resistance. Una is overjoyed that she has a daughter, but she’s having trouble coping with the loss of her other children and knows she has to get them back. She’s also dealing with the effects of being a Seer, and the wolf is ready to take over any time she loses control. How can she stay and enjoy life with her new family when there’s so much going on…when the wolf makes her a danger to everyone? I could feel her angst.

The war between the Authority and the Woodsmen has begun, and the Resistance is getting ready for battle. In the meantime, Una has exiled herself and is trying to find her true purpose, with the children always in the back of her mind. Some of the things that she witnesses and, even more, some of the things she endures, horrified me.

I didn’t know what to think about the ending at first. It was such a surprise, I was thrown for a loop. In retrospect, there were hints here and there, but I had to think about it for a while. It’s not often that I have to contemplate the ending of a series, and eventually I realized that it’s the perfect ending. What writer doesn’t want readers to continue to think about a series long after they’ve finished reading it? Excellent!

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About the Author

Author, dreamer, and sworn enemy of Caillou

Jennifer Arntson has a long history of crafting tales that people find unbelievable, but often true. As an observer of human and social development through the ages, a curiosity of faith, and dedication to the underprivileged of the developing world, Jennifer finds her creative outlet in stories and fables. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children, and a mini-farm of otherwise useless animals where the family eagerly caters to their every need.

Website: www.ScavengerGirl.com

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Book Review: Space Academy by Hannah Hopkins

It’s the year 2100. Earth is dying. A young woman, Elsie, has risked everything to get her newborn son, Will, aboard ‘The Mayflower’ – a spaceship that will transport a select number of people to a new planet they can call home. Elsie’s luck takes a turn when she discovers the captain of ‘The Mayflower’ is an old friend. He allows her to board with her son, giving them a place on the luxurious Floor One, where they live amongst the most honoured of ‘The Mayflower’s’ passengers.

Thirteen years later, and Will is ready to start school at Space Academy, an institute specialising in subjects such as Alien Studies, Technology, and Rocket Control. While a pupil there, Will starts to uncover secrets about his father’s death, becoming wrapped in a mystery that he and his friends must solve if they are to have any hope of saving humanity from the threat that lies in wait.

Lose yourself in this brilliantly addictive novel as it takes you on a journey through the stars. But be warned – you might be surprised by what you find.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Space-Academy-Hannah-Hopkins-ebook/dp/B0883G654X

US – https://www.amazon.com/Space-Academy-Hannah-Hopkins-ebook/dp/B0883G654X

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Space Academy has some good ideas, but there’s so much left unsaid. There is mention of a war and something about the AIs rebelling, but not much else except that people had to leave Earth. There is a ship named The Mayflower that the characters are from, but at some point other ships are mentioned. I was a bit confused.

The story about Will and his friends is a good one. They end up having a strong bond by the end of the school year after going through so much together.

Although I enjoyed the story about Will and friends, I was left with many questions such as how the Space Academy was able to be a clear bubble and never get damaged, how the rocket races worked inside The Mayflower, why robots were still being used if there was a rebellion, and so much more. If there are more books in this series, I’ll be tempted to read them to see if any of these questions are answered.

About the Author

In 2017, Hannah Hopkins released a self-published novel entitled ‘The Split’; the story of four teenagers navigating life after Earth as they journey through space to a new planet. Two years later, the book was picked up by ‘The Conrad Press’ and re-vamped as ‘Space Academy,’ with a new cover, new title and new additions to the story. ‘Space Academy’ was released in 2020, kickstarting Hannah’s career as a writer.

 Hannah is currently busy writing a historical fiction novel with a feminist twist. She spends the rest of her time working at a University and caring for her two young children in the UK.

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Book Review: Fighters, Feared and Fallen by N. D. Richman

Title: Fighters, Feared and Fallen (Boulton Quest Series, Book 3)

Author: N. D. Richman

Publication Date: June 14, 2016

Pages: 210

Recommended Ages: 10+

Thomas is swept into Robert Cain’s web of terror
He’s forced to fight in a child army
Against the most evil of people
And learns the first casualty of war is the truth

“If you can’t trust yourself, Thomas, who can you trust?”

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Fighters, Feared and Fallen, book #3 in the Boulton Quest Series, is a middle grade and young adult book. I read the first 2 books, Brothers, Bullies, and Bad Guys and Sinners, Survivors and Saints quite a while ago, but I remember liking them so I was happy to read Fighters, Feared and Fallen.

Book #3 is mostly about Thomas being abducted along with thousands of other children and taken into the future. They’re taught to fight to save the world…but are they being told the truth? I wondered since they were not treated well if the leaders were being honest. Their excuse was that they needed to harden the kids to be good fighters…but is that true? Thomas definitely learns how to fight and fight well.

I was sad to see that there aren’t any more books in the series. I understand that the author reached his goal by encouraging his children and other youngsters to read, but there are questions that haven’t been answered!

About the Author

I started to write for my son, a reluctant reader. I set out to write a series of books that captivated from the first chapter and pushed the reader through with a solid plot, relentless action and adventure, and humour.

Comments received from parents and teachers indicate I’ve accomplished my goal. I’m very proud of the Boulton Quest Series. It has captivated the hearts of reluctant readers around the world, boys and girls alike, and is entertaining their brothers, sisters, parents, and grandparents.

Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and getting into trouble:  What a great way to grow up!  One of my favourite memories is sitting on the handlebars of my brother’s bike, my dog on my lap, as he careened down the steep mountain trails above our home in Kamloops, BC. My brother and I had caves, tree forts, frog filled ponds, and cactus patches to play in, and sling shots for protection. Somehow I survived my childhood and proudly moved on to fatherhood. My children, Christopher, Michael, Thomas, and Katherine, kindly donated their names, characters, and ideas to the Boulton Quest series of books.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Nightjar’s Promise by Barbara Casey

Book Title: The Nightjar’s Promise (Book 4 of The F.I.G. Mysteries) by Barbara Casey
Category: YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 130 pages
Genre: Mystery, Fantasy
Publisher: Gauthier Publications (Hungry Goat Press)
Release date: April, 2020
Content Rating: PG. There are some themes that deal with the Jewish Holocaust and some frightening scenes appropriate for young adult and adult readers.

Jennifer Torres, one of the three FIGs (Females of Intellectual Genius) who is a genius in both music and art, is the last to leave the closed rehearsal for her upcoming performance over Thanksgiving break at Carnegie Hall when she hears something in the darkened Hall. Recognizing the tilt of the woman’s head and the slight limp of the man as they hurry out an exit door, she realizes it is her parents who were supposedly killed in a terrible car accident when she was 15 years old. Devastated and feeling betrayed, she sends a text to Carolina and the other two FIGs—THURGOOD. It is the code word they all agreed to use if ever one of them got into trouble or something happened that was too difficult to handle. They would all meet back at Carolina’s bungalow at Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women to figure it out.

As soon as they receive the text, because of their genius, Dara starts thinking of words in ancient Hebrew, German, and Yiddish, while Mackenzie’s visions of unique math formulae keep bringing up the date October 11, 1943. That is the date during World War II when the Nazis—the Kunstschutz—looted the paintings of targeted wealthy Jewish families and hid them away under Hitler’s orders. And as Carolina waits for the FIGs to return to Wood Rose, she hears warnings from Lyuba, her gypsy mother, to watch for the nightjar, the ancient name for the whip-poor-will.

As they search for “The Nightjar’s Promise” and the truth surrounding it, Carolina and the FIGs come face to face with evil that threatens to destroy not only their genius, but their very lives.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.  I’ve read several books by Barbara Casey including the first 3 books in this series. The first 2 books, The Wish Rider and The Cadence of Gypsies, are my favorites by the author so far.

The girls have graduated from high school and they’ve all gone their separate ways. All three girls flourish in the different areas they’re gifted in. Even though they’re apart, they talk on the phone with their mentor Carolina every evening. This helps them feel more grounded and not so alone.

Even though this is the fourth book in the series, it definitely stands on its own. There was so much backstory, in fact, that it took a while to get to the current story.

Jennifer sees her parents! She went to the orphanage because her parents were killed in a car accident, but she is positive that it was them. She reaches out to the FIGs and, of course, they’re all going to help her figure out what is going on.

It’s obvious that the author did a lot of research for this book, and I found the history interesting. Along with the history is mystery and even a little danger.

I liked The Nightjar’s Promise but not as much as the first 2 books. I’m going to miss the FIGs!

About the Author

Originally from Carrollton, Illinois, author/agent/publisher Barbara Casey attended the University of North Carolina, N.C. State University, and N.C. Wesleyan College where she received a BA degree, summa cum laude, with a double major in English and history. In 1978 she left her position as Director of Public Relations and Vice President of Development at North Carolina Wesleyan College to write full time and develop her own manuscript evaluation and editorial service. In 1995 she established the Barbara Casey Agency and since that time has represented authors from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. In 2014, she became a partner with Strategic Media Books, an independent nonfiction publisher of true crime, where she oversees acquisitions, day-to-day operations, and book production.

Ms. Casey has written over a dozen award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction for both young adults and adults. The awards include the National Association of University Women Literary Award, the Sir Walter Raleigh Literary Award, the Independent Publisher Book Award, the Dana Award for Outstanding Novel, the IP Best Book for Regional Fiction, among others. Two of her nonfiction books have been optioned for major films, one of which is under contract.

Her award-winning articles, short stories, and poetry for adults have appeared in both national and international publications including the North Carolina Christian Advocate Magazine, The New East Magazine, the Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer, the Rocky Mount (N.C.) Sunday Telegram, Dog Fancy, ByLine, The Christian Record, Skirt! Magazine, and True Story. A thirty-minute television special which Ms. Casey wrote and coordinated was broadcast on WRAL, Channel 5, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also received special recognition for her editorial work on the English translations of Albanian children’s stories. Her award-winning science fiction short stories for adults are featured in The Cosmic Unicorn and CrossTime science fiction anthologies. Ms. Casey’s essays and other works appear in The Chrysalis Reader, the international literary journal of the Swedenborg Foundation, 221 One-Minute Monologues from Literature (Smith and Kraus Publishers), and A Cup of Comfort (Adams Media Corporation).

Ms. Casey is a former director of BookFest of the Palm Beaches, Florida, where she served as guest author and panelist. She has served as judge for the Pathfinder Literary Awards in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Florida, and was the Florida Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators from 1991 through 2003. In 2018 Ms. Casey received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and Top Professional Award for her extensive experience and notable accomplishments in the field of publishing and other areas. She makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three cats who adopted her, Homer, Reese, and Earl Gray – Reese’s best friend.

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Book Review: The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer Book 1 by Mike Wells

17 year old Rachel is crazy about Kurt, but she’s not sure the feelings are mutual. When his parents invite her and his best friend on a family vacation in Aruba, they encounter a strange object on the beach. Kurt disappears. He begins communicating in bizarre ways that shake his family to the core. Rachel realizes that he’s stuck between worlds…she’s the only one who can bring him back.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

It’s been a while since I read anything by Mike Wells but I like his writing style so when I came across The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer Book 1 on my TBR list, I decided to read it.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer Book 1 is a short sci fi young adult thriller about some kids who find something that fell from the sky, and when they investigate it, Kurt disappears. Of course, Kurt’s parents have trouble believing them until he tries to communicate through the TV. Unfortunately, nothing is resolved in the first book, and since the second book isn’t available to purchase without purchasing the first one too, I’ll have to wait to find out what happens next.

Since this book is short and there’s no resolution, I would have preferred that it was just one complete book, but it is a good read as far as it goes.

About the Author

Mike Wells is an American bestselling author of more than 25 “unputdownable” thriller and suspense novels, including Lust, Money & Murder and Passion, Power & Sin. He is also known for his young adult books, such as The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer, The Wrong Side of the Tracks, and Wild Child, which are used by English teachers in high schools and colleges worldwide. Formerly a screenwriter, Wells has a fast-paced, cinematic writing style. His work is often compared to that of the late Sidney Sheldon, with strong and inspiring female heroes, tightly-written scenes, engaging action/dialogue, and numerous plot twists. He currently lives in Europe and has taught in the Creative Writing program at the University of Oxford.

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Book Review: 19 Marigold Lane by R.M. Gilmore

Meanwhile, back in Flintlock…

Prudence, recovering from surgery, refuses to let one busted wing stop her from exposing Sheriff Floyd, falling in love with her odd boy, and finding out who the hell moved in down the street.

I, Prudence Penderhaus, rescued a boy, uncovered a murder, and opened a can of conspiracy worms that downright refused to go back.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read 17 Marigold Lane and was looking forward to reading 19 Marigold Lane, the next book in the Prudence Penderhouse series. I like Pru and her neighbor Cassius and their acceptance of each other’s quirkiness. I especially like the way the author depicts Asperger syndrome in a realistic and relatable way.

Pru just had surgery to remove a tumor from under her arm and although she should be staying in bed and resting, she can’t help but worry about Cassius because he’s alone in his house. She still believes that she could die soon, so she has decided to do what she wants and to speak her mind. Some of the things that come out of her mouth are pretty funny.

She also feels the need to find something to prove that the sheriff is dirty. How is that possible when she’s fighting cancer? Not only that, but her mom is concerned about the way Pru is living her life. Rather than being supportive like she was in the last book, there is now a lot of friction between them.

Cassius keeps hearing strange sounds coming from the new neighbor at 19 Marigold Lane and he’s afraid. Everyone saw boxes being carried into the house but no one has seen anyone come in or out of the house since then. What is going on there?

19 Marigold Lane contains well-formed characters, loyal friends, hope, despair, mystery, and conflict. It was difficult to put down, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

About the Author

R.M. Gilmore is a paranormal and mystery/suspense writer and creator of the bestselling occult series Dylan Hart Odyssey of the Occult. 

R.M. resides in California with her family and a ton of pets. Choosing to behave ‘outside the box’, R.M. prefers to think and live freely without the constraints of social stigma or the ideals of literary rules. That being said, she truly is not your mother’s author.

Website http://www.RMGilmoreAuthor.com

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