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A kid's mystery adults will enjoy, too!
Kevin Chandler lives next door to Bill the butcher - the meanest man in town. Bill's son, Dylan, bullies Kevin and his friend, Ben. One night, on his way home from Ben's house, Kevin sees Dylan going into the ramshackle garage behind the Butcher house and he thinks he hears a dog whimpering. The Butchers don't own a dog and everyone knows Dylan hurts dogs, so Kevin decides he must find out what's happening in that garage. He asks Ben to help him, and when his sister, Emma, finds out, she wants to help, too.
Why does Dylan Butcher have a dog in his garage? Is it the missing dog Ben's father read about in the newspaper? How will the boys get into the locked garage to find out what's going on without Dylan or his mean father finding them?
Review on Amazon
Great Young Adult Mystery
"This is a very good mystery novel for young adults. It has no superheroes who can do impossible tasks. It just has ordinary kids (and adults) who want to solve a mystery. The beginning of the novel did not pique my interest, but after a few pages, the pace picked up. The characters were well written and well developed. I especially liked the way the author handled the "bad guys." I think this is a great novel for pre-teens and young teens."
Some of the short stories I've posted here (The Bastard Son of a King and Light Years from Home) are part of the Tresterian stories. Margaret's Choice is the first book I've written about Tresteria, but there will be more.
Like a little romance with your sci-fi?
It is the year 915 A.D. in Tresterian England. Margaret Hall is the sole survivor of an expedition to the planet Tresteria. She is living in a cave and recording her thoughts in a journal. Her husband is dead. He was murdered with the rest of his crew while Margaret was away from their camp. Now she lives in fear of being discovered.
One day, Margaret’s loneliness overwhelms her and she decides to leave the cave to explore her surroundings She heads north, following a river that runs nearby, and stumbles upon another cave. This one is filled with light, and standing inside the cave is a tall, blond man dressed in a long robe. The light is coming from a hole in the floor of the cave. As she watches, the man jumps into the hole and disappears.
Frightened, she runs back to the safety of her cave, but she can’t stop thinking about the man. Who is he? Where had he gone? Was that hole a portal to another world?
When Margaret finally meets the tall blond man in the cave, she discovers he is a wizard named Geezer. He is strong, kind, and peaceful. She finds him sweet and attractive. But when she meets Mace, Geezer’s close friend, he arouses her passion. Mace wants to be king and is willing to do anything to obtain the crown. He is arrogant and selfish, but when he touches her, she burns.
Margaret’s Choice is a fantasy love story of a modern woman thrown into a medieval world and of the two men she loves. Which one will win her heart?
Very mild sexual situations and language.
Review from Amazon
The only thing that would have made this better is if it was longer
"I like this story a great deal -- and I usually loathe "diary" stories. The author managed to draw me into the story early, though, and I liked the idea of fourth "Earths" and how they essentially worked together and "overlapped." This is really well written and clean, and even though I couldn't identify with the heroine or her motivations, I liked reading her story. I think this could have been a great sci-fi series. There is a lot to explore here and I want to know more about the history of the four worlds, how the portals came to be, how things happen in one world and yet don't affect the other worlds, etc. The romantic melodrama -- while interesting -- was not the best part of the book for me. The best part of the book was the possibilities that it represented. I think the author should extend this world -- tell more stories from it -- and this time embrace the science fiction nature of the setup. That's what I'm most interested in. Despite the fact that I don't like "diary" stories because it's ridiculous to think that a character would write word-for-word dialogue in a diary, I have to say that I didn't notice the diary format after awhile. That's a testament to the author. She's written some good stuff here.