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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
Format available for review: Print, ebook (gifted Kindle and PDF)
Will send print books: Internationally
Tour dates: Aug 15 to Sept 9, 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.
Buy the book: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble
The Wish Rider is a stand-alone novel. However, you are welcome to read and review the first book in 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)
Format available for review: print and PDF
Will send print books: Internationally
Tour dates: August 15 to Sept 9, 2016
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.
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Meet 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 where she is involved in acquisitions and day-to-day operations and oversees book production.
Ms. Casey's two middle-grade/young adult novels, Leilani Zan and Grandma Jock and Christabelle (James C. Winston Publishing Co., Trade Division) were both nominated for awards of excellence by the SCBWI Golden Kite Award, the National Association of University Women Literary Award and the Sir Walter Raleigh Literary Award. Shyla's Initiative (Crossquarter Publishing Group), a contemporary adult novel (occult romance/mystery), received a 2003 Independent Publisher Book Award and also an award of special literary recognition by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. The Coach's Wife (ArcheBooks Publishing), also a novel for adults (contemporary/mystery), was semi-finalist for the 2005 Dana Award for Outstanding Novel and listed on the Publisher’s Best Seller List. The House of Kane (ArcheBooks Publishing), released in 2007, was considered for a Pulitzer nomination. Another contemporary novel for adults, Just Like Family, was released at Christmas 2009 when it received “Special Recognition from the 7-Eleven Corporation.” The Cadence of Gypsies, a novel written for new adults, was released in 2011 and was reviewed by the Smithsonian Institute for its List of Most Notable Books. Her novel for adults, The Gospel According to Prissy, received a 2013 Independent Publishers Book Award for Best Book in Regional Fiction. In 2016, Ms. Casey’s biography/true crime Kathryn Kelly: The Moll behind Machine Gun Kelly was released as well as The Wish Rider, the sequel to her young adult book The Cadence of Gypsies.
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.
Ms. Casey's 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. She is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and writers’ conferences around the country including the SCBWI Regional Conference, the Harriett Austin Writers Conference in Athens, SIBA (Southeastern Independent Book Sellers Association), Florida Writers Association, and the University of Auburn, Montgomery. She makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three dogs.
Connect with the author: Website
Aug 15 - Working Mommy Journal - review of The Wish Rider / giveaway
Aug 15 - Bound 4 Escape - review of The Wish Rider / giveaway
Aug 15 - Rockin' Book Reviews - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 16 - Haddie's Haven - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 16 - Writers and Authors - interview
Aug 17 - Mystery Suspense Reviews - review of The Wish Rider
Aug 18 - Sahar's Blog - review of The Wish Rider
Aug 19 - The Travelogue of a book addict - review of The Cadence of Gypsies
Aug 19 - Zerina Blossom's Books - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 21 - Writers and Authors - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 22 - Bookroom Reviews - review of The Wish Rider / interview
Aug 22 - Heidi's Wanderings - review of The Cadence of Gypsies / giveaway
Aug 23 - First Impressions Reviews - review of The Wish Rider
Aug 23 - Olio By Marilyn - review of The Cadence of Gypsies /author interview
Aug 24 - Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - book spotlight / interview
Aug 24 - Haddie's Haven - review of The Wish Rider / giveaway
Aug 25 - Laura's Interests - review of The Cadence of Gypsies / guest post / giveaway
Aug 26 - The Travelogue of a book addict - review of The Wish Rider
Aug 26 - The Autistic Gamer - review of The Wish Rider
Aug 29 - Corinne Rodrigues - review of The Wish Rider / giveaway
Aug 30 - Words And Peace - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 31 - Discovering/Writing Life - review of The Wish Rider / interview / giveaway
Aug 31 - My Journey Back - review of The Cadence of Gypsies / interview / giveaway
Sept 1 - Laura's Interests - review of The Wish Rider / giveaway
Sept 1 - Book and Ink - review of The Cadence of Gypsies / giveaway
Sept 5 - Heidi's Wanderings - review of The Wish Rider / giveaway
Sept 6 - Olio By Marilyn - review of The Wish Rider
Sept 6 - Book and Ink - review of The Wish Rider / giveaway
Sept 6 - Jorie Loves A Story - review of The Cadence of Gypsies / guest post
Sept 7 - Jorie Loves A Story - review of The Wish Rider
Sept 8 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of The Wish Rider / guest post
Sept 8 - My Journey Back - review of The Wish Rider / giveaway
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