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From Tweens through Gold to Adult

Author Cagey Magee, creator of the newly released Cass and Wat (NorthWatch – Book 1), offers some insights into what inspired him to write these wonderful books. NOTE: The second book in the series, Cass and Logan, is currently in the final editing stage, and will release on December 16, 2019. Indeed, it’s already available for pre-order.

We’ll have easy purchase links for the debut novel below, but first, we turn this over to Mr. Cagey Magee.

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Once upon a time, my wise and wonderful partner and wife, Dot, and I were walking through a regrettably now extinct Borders Bookstore when she pointed to a huge hardback book. “Kids are wild for that,” she said. “They are actually reading again, even Jeffrey, who once stuck a book to the ceiling of my library.” As a librarian, researcher, editor, and writer, Dot knew who-read-what in the greater New York City area. Like the other books of Ms. Rowling’s estimable series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire created devoted readers of all ages as well as a devoted group of notably insignificant detractors.

A few days after Dot’s and my Borders visit, I was leaving work and noticed an eleven-year-old girl, the child of a staff member, waiting for her mother and reading Goblet. I asked if she enjoyed reading such long books. “Oh, this is my third trip through. I love it. Every time I read it, I see something new.”

A few weeks ago, with all of the initial four-volumes of my “NorthWatch” series in existence in one form or another, I asked an English teacher from a prestigious upstate school what tweens and teens were reading these days. “They aren’t,” he said, “unless they care about making a decent grade, and that’s a far from universal pursuit.”

“NorthWatch” contains no magic wands, but it’s fun, just the same. I wrote the series because the tale and the world it predicts intrigue me, because I believe that an immense core of visionary tween and teen readers still exists, and because I find it great fun to consider the young adults of the future and what they will likely do. Even now, they’re influencing the world.

Fourteen-year-old Cassie Watson and her HeEm don’t play by the same rules in 2037 as they would today; neither will others of their age and time. That’s a good thing despite those parental curmudgeons who refuse to believe that adolescence is one of the most golden times of life, to be enjoyed by parents and anticipated by tweens.

Many prominent folks in every life pathway from Confucius to Disney to Prince embraced the necessity of always moving forward. Prince said, “Young folks are the ones with the ideas and constantly moving forward.”

I wish I had said that. Oh, perhaps I did—there’s more than one way to draw a hero, especially if it’s Cassie Watson.

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The eBook is now available at most major retailers, and the paperback is up at Amazon and in the works at Barnes and Noble.

 

 

Cass discovers an intricate pattern of betrayal as she protects her family and her father’s presidential campaign.

“The relationships and intrigue come out brilliantly. The young protagonist is a fascinating character with a unique perspective on life, one that helps to deepen the use of humor in the story. The reader will want to unravel the mystery, to identify the mind behind Cass’s predicament and to find out if she can live up to her goal. This novel is hilarious, highly engaging, and entertaining.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Christian Sia (5 STARS)

Cass, thirteen, seeks to escape her captors, protect her little brother, and assist her presidential-candidate father, Glen “Wat” Watson. Oddly, Cass finds herself confined to a luxurious suite in NorthWatch Castle—the Watsons own the castle and the Maine Coastal Island it dominates. How can Cass’s family not be behind this?

“Cagey Magee brings new meaning to coming of age thrillers in Cass and Wat. …brings his characters alive with vivid personalities and redeemable qualities. …overall, I was spellbound. I was impressed with the ending and look forward to more novels from this author.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Peggy Jo Wipf (5 STARS)

 

And to pre-order the second book, just visit the book page HERE, where you’ll find the appropriate links.

Cass is counting down to her father’s inauguration when she realizes that Mac Beverly may be alive. Her 2036 kidnapping now seems a lovely vacation.

Cass Watson tries to put her kidnapping last year behind her as her father’s inauguration approaches. On her first day of school, though, the WatTechPrep parking lot explodes outside her window. More incidents follow. When her father vanishes on the eve of his inauguration, Cass becomes certain that her kidnapper, Mac Beverly, has returned.

Celebrate Halloween with Spooktacular Reading (for Adults)


 

We thought this — being Halloween — would be a great time to remind you that, if you really have the urge to read scary, spooky, chilling, thrilling, nail-biting books… well, you’ve come to the right place.

The books pictured above, whether stand-alone books or the first books in their respective series, are fantastic ways to satisfy that urge. Many are award winners, and all are critically acclaimed, highly polished, professional products that adhere to our strictest standards: QUALITY IS PRIORITY #1. Each book is shown below with easy links to major retailers, so… Please enjoy!

 

These first 2 eBooks are Exclusive at Amazon Kindle
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These next 10 eBooks are available wherever eBooks are sold:

 

 
So turn those lights on — all of them — and… ENJOY!

Cagey Magee

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Author, editor, teacher, virtuoso, Mr. Cagey Magee, graduated from modestly bookish, obnoxious kid to obsessive young-adult reader at around the age of eleven. He lived not far from an excellent library filled with novels that led him to faraway universes and fascinating people. He devoured them—the novels, not the people—and soon became obsessed with writing his own horror, young adult, mystery-thriller, and coming-of-age stories.

Cagey’s first novel came in at the size of two long books. He quickly learned the error of his ways when he needed to print the thing out and carry it. His current novels are more compact but still a little offbeat. He inevitably falls in love with his characters and really hates to kill them. For Cage, the near future holds infinite marvels. No one is all good or all bad. He loves them for who they are and where they go next, and hopes his readers will hang in there for the bumpy ride.
 

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Kent Swarts

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Kent Swarts was an aerospace engineer for 46 years, and is now an astronomer. He has edited the Central Texas Astronomical Society’s newsletter for 15 years. He’s published in six sci-fi and dystopian anthologies. Now retired, he finds retirement more demanding than any job he’s had. He lives in Waco, Texas with his wife and dog, and when not writing, he reads or goes golfing. Engineering has influenced his writing, particularly pertaining to characters and to penning sci-fi.

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Watch for THE PISA AFFAIR, a new spy thriller, to release in the summer of 2021.

Vague clues from the theft of fissionable material lead an international contingent of spies to ferret out one person, known to them only as MB.

Reed Walker, a CIA agent in Pisa, Italy, receives photos of two autos passing a train, and is told that terrorists attacked the train, carrying fissionable material, and killed all the guards. The images reveal nothing, but he learns there may be a mole in the CIA.

In the course of his investigation, he uncovers five possible moles. Then the killing starts.

Reed now races against time as international agents continue to fall. He sets up a snare and closes in, but has he really found MB? What will the collateral damage be? Will Reed Walker ever be accepted again by his fellow spies? Will his newfound love survive?
 
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Watch for the next segment in the “Denny McConnell PI” series of private detective/murder mystery novels to release in late 2021 or early 2022.

Details coming soon, so please stay tuned….

Parris Sheets

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Parris lives in Mesa, Arizona with her husband and two golden retrievers. She discovered her love for reading when a middle school reading assignment led her to the fantasy section of the library. This passion sparked stories of her own imagination, yet she never put pen to paper until after college. When she’s not consumed in her writing, she enjoys Olympic weightlifting, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and coaching color guard.
 

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Watch for The Hollow Key, the fourth book in the “Essence of Ohr” series of Young Adult Fantasy adventures, to release in the spring of 2023.

The world’s future lies within Kole, but what will salvation cost him?

War has begun. Only the united front of six gods can fell Aterus’ corruption. Yet the only one who can bring the gods together and save Ohr is missing.

When Kole leaves his world behind in search of a hidden god who can save Ohr, he faces floating islands, crumbling lands, and distorted gravity. With the portal home set to reopen in mere hours, Kole must navigate this strange landscape, release the god, and find his way back before the war is lost.

After dark secrets of his past come to light—what he truly is and will become—will Kole want to return? Or will he leave Ohr to its fate?