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Book Title: The Clock Flower by Barbara Casey (Book 3 of The F.I.G. Mysteries)
Category: YA Fiction, 208 pages
Genre: Mystery / Fantasy
Publisher: Gauthier Publications, The Hungry Goat Press Imprint
Release date: February 2018
Format available for review: print & ebook (PDF or gifted Kindle copy)
Will send print books to: USA & Canada
Tour dates: Feb 26 to March 30, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (There is light profanity and some threat of violence.)
Dara Roux, abandoned when she was seven years old by her mother. Exceptionally gifted in foreign languages. Orphan. Accepted to Yale University.
Mackenzie Yarborough, no record of her parents or where she was born. Exceptionally gifted in math and problem-solving. Orphan. Accepted to MIT.
Jennifer Torres, both parents killed in an automobile accident when she was sixteen. Exceptionally gifted in music and art. Orphan. Accepted to Juilliard.
The three FIGs—Females of Intellectual Genius—as they are called, have graduated from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women after returning from New York City where Dara learned why her mother abandoned her all those years ago, and they are now attending universities where they can further their special talents. This means they will be separated from each other and from Carolina, their much-loved mentor and teacher who is “one of them,” for the first time in their young lives. They vow to try living apart for one semester, in the so-called real world that doesn’t include the orphanage; but if things don’t work out, they will come up with another plan—a plan where they can be together once again.
Dara is invited through Yale University to take part in an exciting archeological project in China. Jennifer, once again visualizing black and white images and the unusual sounds of another cadence that seem to be connected to Mackenzie, is engrossed in creating her next symphony at Juilliard. Mackenzie, because of her genius at problem-solving, is personally chosen by a US Senator to get involved in a mysterious, secret research project involving immortality that is being conducted in a small village in China—not too far from where Dara is involved with the archeological site. Once there, however, she finds herself facing a terrifying death from the blood-dripping teeth of an ancient evil dragon. Her best friends, the FIGs and Carolina, rely on their own unique genius and special talents to save her as she discovers the truth of her birth parents.
Although THE CLOCK FLOWER is the 3rd book in the F.I.G. Mystery series, it is a stand-alone novel. If you want to read and review one or both of the previous 2 books in the series, the author is willing to send you copies of those too. Just choose this option on the sign-up form.
The Cadence of Gypsies: Book 1 of the F.I.G. Mysteries
Book Title: The Cadence of Gypsies (Book 1 of The F.I.G. Mysteries)by Barbara Casey
Category: YA fiction, 272 pages
Publisher: Gauthier Publications/Hungry Goat Press
Release date: April 2015 (e-Book)
Content Rating: PG-13 (A few expletives, mild sexual innuendo)
On her 18th birthday Carolina Lovel learned that she was adopted and was given a letter written by her birth mother in an unknown language. After years of research she travels to Italy on a mission to find the truth about her past. Carolina is accompanied by three extremely gifted but mischievous students the FIGs from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. In an effort to help their favorite teacher, the FIGs will have to use their special abilities to decipher the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world, and the one thing that is strangely similar to what Carolina was given. Their search will take them into the mystical world of gypsy tradition and magic, more exciting and dangerous than any of them could have imagined.
The Wish Rider: Book 2 of the F.I.G. Mysteries
Book Title: The Wish Rider (Book 2 of The F.I.G. Mysteries) by Barbara Casey
Category: YA Fiction, 160 pages
Genre: Literary / Mystery
Publisher: Gauthier Publications
Release date: May 10, 2016
Content Rating: PG-13
Seventeen-year-old Dara Roux and her two best friends, Mackenzie Yarborough and Jennifer Torres, the three collectively referred to as the F.I.G.'s (Females of Intellectual Genius) because each has an intelligence quotient in the genius range, have just returned from Frascati, Italy. It was there that their much loved teacher and mentor, Carolina Lovel, discovered that her birth parents were gypsies, and that she had a connection to the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world.
Now, with graduation from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women behind them, Dara asks her friends to help her locate her birth mother when she learns that she might be living in New York City. Relying on Dara’s gift for speaking and understanding foreign languages, the black and white images that stir musical cadences in Jennifer’s mind, and Mackenzie’s mathematical calculations that normally provide numerical solutions and answers to life’s most difficult questions, the determined young women tirelessly go from one address to another in search of Dara’s mother.
Their determination turns to desperation, however, as they encounter a dark hidden society more dangerous and terrifying than they could have imagined. It is there that
Dara hopes to find out why she was abandoned in a candy store all those years ago.
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Meet the Author:
Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction true crime and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her nonfiction true crime book, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll Behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency. Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. Barbara is also a partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in cutting-edge adult nonfiction. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband, and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix; Fitz, a miniature dachshund; and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.
Connect with the author: website ~ facebook
BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:
Feb 26 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Clock Flower / giveaway
Feb 27 - eBook Addicts - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 27 - Writers and Authors - book spotlight / author interview
Feb 27 - Pretty Little Library - review of Cadence of Gypsies / guest post / giveaway
Feb 28 - Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 28 - Library of Clean Reads - review of The Clock Flower / giveaway
March 1 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of Cadence of Gypsies / guest post / giveaway
March 2 - #redhead.with.book - review of Clock Flower / giveaway
March 3 - Booklove - review of Cadence of Gypsies / guest post
March 5 - T's Stuff - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
March 5 - Book for Books - review of Cadence of Gypsies
March 6 - Sefina Hawke's Books - review of Cadence of Gypsies
March 6 - Rainy Day Reviews - review of Cadence of Gypsies /author interview /giveaway
March 7 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Clock Flower / giveaway
March 8 - Booklove - review of Wish Rider
March 9 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Cadence of Gypsies /giveaway
March 9 - Cassidy's Bookshelves - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
March 9 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Clock Flower / guest post / giveaway
March 12 - The Book Enigma - review of Cadence of Gypsies / giveaway
March 12 - Sefina Hawke's Books - review of Wish Rider
March 12 - Literary Flits - review of Clock Flower / giveaway
March 13 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Wish Rider / giveaway
March 13 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of Wish Rider / giveaway
March 14 - Pretty Little Library - review of Wish Rider / giveaway
March 14 - Rainy Day Reviews - review of Wish Rider / giveaway
March 15 - Book Reviews @Athena - review of Cadence of Gypsies / guest post
March 15 - Booklove - review of Clock Flower
March 16 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Clock Flower / giveaway
March 16 - Bookworm for Kids - review of Clock Flower / giveaway
March 19 - The Book Enigma - review of Wish Rider / giveaway
March 19 - Book for Books - review of Wish Rider
March 20 - Book Reviews @Athena - review of Wish Rider
March 20 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of Clock Flower / giveaway
March 21 - Pretty Little Library - review of Clock Flower / giveaway
March 21 - Rainy Day Reviews - review of Clock Flower / giveaway
March 22 - Book Reviews @Athena - review of Clock Flower
March 23 - Sefina Hawke's Books - review of Clock Flower
March 26 - The Book Enigma - review of Clock Flower / giveaway
March 26 - Two Points of Interest - review of Cadence of Gypsies / giveaway
March 27 - StoreyBook Reviews - book spotlight / author interview ./ giveaway
March 27 - Book for Books - review of Clock Flower
March 28 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of Clock Flower
March 28 - Books are Love - review of Cadence of Gypsies / giveaway
March 28 - Two Points of Interest - review of Wish Rider / giveaway
March 29 - Books are Love - review of Wish Rider / giveaway
March 30 - Books are Love - review of Clock Flower / giveaway
March 30 - Two Points of Interest - review of Clock Flower / giveaway
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Ends April 7, 2018
1/15/2018 09:34:08 am
I am thrilled to be on tour again with THE CLOCK FLOWER--Book 3 of The FIG Mysteries. Many of you have followed this series and the lives of the three Females of Intellectual Genius. In THE CLOCK FLOWER, the FIGs and their teacher from the orphanage, Carolina, travel to China where Mackenzie discovers the truth about her own background. In doing so, she faces a terrifying horror that only her best friends--Carolina and the FIGs--can help her escape.
1/28/2018 07:11:26 am
I like the plot of this book! If I were to find out that I am adopted, I do not think I will go and search for my parents anymore. It is not that I do not want to meet them, but I feel like that chapter of my life is already over and I should not reopen it. I also want to respect my current parents who took care of me when I was abandoned by my real parents. Digging into the past will only make me wonder why I was not worth of my real parents.
1/29/2018 06:36:28 am
You make a very valid point. Many adopted children feel the way you do. However, many others really want to find out some answers. This is especially true when they become adults, and they need their medical history, for example. Keep in mind that The FIG Mystery Series is fiction, and Dara, Mackenzie, and Jennifer come from completely different backgrounds. Mackenzie isn't interested in finding her biological parents until she sees what happens to Carolina, her teacher, in THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES, and then to Dara in THE WISH RIDER. It is at that point that she realizes in order to move forward and accomplish her goals, she needs to understand her own history and find the answers as to why she is the way she is Book 3 in The FIG Mystery Series is THE CLOCK FLOWER, and it is Mackenzie's story.
2/27/2018 02:15:44 am
Oh, secret societies have always intrigued me. Lovely cover too. Congrats on the tour.
2/27/2018 04:22:37 am
Thank you so much. I am glad you like the cover. The artist who designed it has designed all of the covers in this series, and she hints of the gypsy culture in each one. I appreciate your comment.
3/23/2018 07:16:02 am
3/23/2018 07:50:07 am
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