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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!

Reflections on Johnny Appleseed Day by Author Gregg Sapp

A Blast from the Past!

Did you know that September 23rd is Johnny Appleseed Day? (Neither did we.) We’ve learned a lot about this extraordinary real-life character in the last couple of years, thanks to the amazing work of author Gregg Sapp, who drops by here to share some thoughts on this occasion.

It happens to come shortly on the heels of us learning that Fresh News Straight from Heaven was honored with the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Best Novel – Summer 2018 (1 of only 3 honored in that category), making this the truly perfect time to learn about this amazing character (and a great book).
 

Gregg Sapp

People often ask me why I wrote a novel about Johnny Appleseed. In reply, I like to ask them to tell me what they know about him.

Some describe him as a scruffy vagabond horticulturist, part mountain man/ part hippie tree-hugger, skipping barefoot through the forest primeval like a woodland nymph with a bag of apple seeds slung over his shoulder, a song on his lips, and a rotten-toothed grin for everybody he met.

Others think of him as a howling, wide eyed lunatic who spat venom preaching an obscure and bizarre brand of evangelical Christianity to everybody within earshot, the kind of person that you’d cross the street to avoid if you saw him approaching on the sidewalk.

Still others recall him fondly from images perpetuated in the many children’s books written about him. They describe him as an unkempt but saintly oddball who was sweet to animals and little children, and spread peace, love, and good neighborly understanding wherever he went, kind of like a hobo Mister Rogers.

All are true, and yet there’s much more to this complex, enigmatic, and downright weird historical person.

My interest in Johnny Appleseed began when I was growing up in central Ohio. There, I was close to many of the places where his legend was born. I liked to imagine that he’d passed through the fields and woods near my home. In seventh grade, for a history assignment to write a short biography of some famous Ohioan, while everybody else wrote about presidents, inventors, entertainers, war heroes, etc., I chose to write about Johnny Appleseed.

To me, the reality of John Chapman (his real name) is much less interesting than the folklore about Johnny Appleseed. The real person was of no particular significance. He didn’t do anything that changed history. But he did represent something important to Americans. Johnny stood apart, a character unlike anybody else, who at the same time appealed to something universal.

Other beloved characters in American history are probably better representatives of some of the qualities attributed to Johnny – his honesty, his pacifism, his faith. But no other beloved characters in American history is weirder. Johnny’s oddities are iconic. The mush pot on the head, the coat made of a potato sack, the sack of seeds on his back: Johnny’s image is a celebration of American eccentricity. He is the American Don Quixote.
That’s why his birthday, September 26th, is nationally recognized as Johnny Appleseed Day.

We need more oddballs, misfits, cranks, crackpots and hare brains like Johnny Appleseed. We admire these people because even though they violate social norms, they are entirely true to themselves. You can’t fake weird.

By writing my novel, “Fresh News Straight from Heaven,” I like to think that I’m keeping that tradition alive. We can all use a little Johnny Appleseed in our lives. It would be appropriate to celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day by giving yourself permission to be a little weird.
 

 
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Extraordinary Audiobooks for Your Kids!

Having a hard time getting your kids to embrace reading? Maybe you’ll have better luck getting them to “listen.”

We know as well as anyone just how critically important it is to a child’s intellectual development to read, but we also recognize that it can be a challenge these days. After all, kids seem to be lost in an electronic world. Well, maybe eBooks will satisfy them, but perhaps they need something a little different. How about audiobooks?
 
We have some really terrific audiobooks for kids ranging from 7 to 14, so let us just share those with you here.
 

“Weirdville” Series by Majanka Verstraete, with Narration by Miriam Blum [Lower Grade]


This spooky-fun series is ideal for kids 7 to 11 years old. They feature stories that are scary, but in a fun way — not TOO scary. The audiobooks are priced as real bargains, ranging from $3.46 to $6.95. We recommend you start with the first book in the series, and then move on from there.
 
BOOK 1: THE DOLL MAKER
Currently $6.95 at each of these retailers:
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BOOK 2: HOUSE OF HORRORS
Currently $6.95 at each of these retailers:
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BOOK 3: FRIGHT TRAIN
Currently $3.46 at Amazon, and $3.95 at Audible and iTunes:
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“The Balderdash Saga” Series by J.W. Zulauf, with Narration by Peter Reynolds [Lower Grade]


This spooky-fun series is ideal for kids 7 to 11 years old. They feature stories that are scary, but in a fun way — not TOO scary. As the series tagline states: “Not all fairytales are about beautiful princesses and dashing princes. Some are about the corpses living below our very feet….”
 
The audiobooks are priced as real bargains, each currently priced at $5.95 at iTunes, $6.08 at Amazon, and $6.95 at Audible. We recommend you start with the first book in the series, and then move on from there.
 
BOOK 1: THE UNDERGROUND PRINCESS
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BOOK 2: THE PRINCE’S PLIGHT
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BOOK 3: THE SHAMAN’S SALVATION
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BOOK 4: THE BALDERDASH SAGA SPECIAL EDITION (Features 4 Short Stories)
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“Noah Zarc” Series by D. Robert Pease, with Narration by David Radtke [Middle Grade to Young Adult]


This multiple award-winning series of science fiction time travel adventures is sure to appeal to both boys and girls aged 10 and up. As Publishers Weekly says, “Pease’s strength as a storyteller lies in his ability to connect multiple time periods imaginatively, as well as Noah’s excited, fast-paced narration.”
 
These are full-length novels, and the audiobooks range from $16.18 to $18.49. We recommend you start with the first book in the series, and then move on from there.
 
BOOK 1: NOAH ZARC: MAMMOTH TROUBLE
Currently $16.18 at Amazon, and $16.95 at iTunes, and $18.49 at Audible:
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BOOK 2: NOAH ZARC: CATACLYSM
Currently $16.95 at Amazon and iTunes, and $18.49 at Audible:
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BOOK 3: NOAH ZARC: DECLARATION
Currently $17.95 at Amazon, and $16.95 at iTunes, and $18.49 at Audible:
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“Amüli Chronicles: Frendyl Krune” Series by Kira A. McFadden, with Narration by Christopher Franceschi [Middle Grade to Young Adult]


This award-winning series of epic fantasy adventures is sure to appeal to both boys and girls aged 10 and up. As author Jeremy Rodden says, “The extensive worldbuilding in this book is phenomenal. Amüli are connected to humans via the “soulbound” process but are a species all on their own, an “immortal” race of winged humans. That alone is worth the price of admission.”
 
These are full-length novels, and the audiobooks range from $17.46 to $24.95. We recommend you start with the first book in the series, and then move on from there.
 
BOOK 1: FRENDYL KRUNE AND THE BLOOD OF THE SUN
Currently $17.46 at Amazon, and $17.95 at iTunes, and $19.95 at Audible:
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BOOK 2: FRENDYL KRUNE AND THE SNAKE ACROSS THE SEA
Currently $17.46 at Amazon, and $17.95 at iTunes, and $19.95 at Audible:
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BOOK 3: FRENDYL KRUNE AND THE STONE PRINCESS
Currently $21.83 at Amazon, and $21.95 at iTunes, and $24.95 at Audible:
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“Darla Decker Diaries” Series by Jessica McHugh, with Narration by Robin Jill [Middle Grade to Young Adult]


This critically acclaimed series of young adult coming-of-age adventures is sure to appeal to both boys and girls aged 12 and up. As author C. Clark says, “In Darla, McHugh has created a character that is dynamic and interesting and while I don’t pretend in any way to really know the mindset of a young, pre-teen girl, I read the prose and I feel like I am hearing the voice of a child. Not the perfected cartoonized version of a child, not as simple fodder for the story, but as a genuine, three dimensional, real child. It brought me back to a lot of the young adult books I would read in grade school, living along with the day-to-day exploits of the protagonist as she deals with the dramas of her life and underneath everything, the ultimate and slow transition into adulthood.”
 
These are full-length novels, and the audiobooks range from $17.46 to $19.95. We recommend you start with the first book in the series, and then move on from there.
 
BOOK 1: DARLA DECKER HATES TO WAIT
Currently $17.95 at Amazon and iTunes, and $19.95 at Audible:
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BOOK 2: DARLA DECKER TAKES THE CAKE
Currently $17.46 at Amazon, $17.95 iTunes, and $19.95 at Audible:
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BOOK 3: DARLA DECKER SHAKES THE STATE
Currently $17.46 at Amazon, $17.95 at iTunes, and $19.95 at Audible:
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