Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Book Spotlight-The Wish Rider-Barbara Casey w/ Giveaway

                                           The Wish Rider by Barbara Casey
About the book (provided by IRead Book Tours)

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.

An Interview with the Author...

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
Because I am a writer, I observe everything – usually without even realizing it. Then, just when I least expect it, something I saw or heard will spring into my consciousness. The Cadence of Gypsies started out as a line in a poem.

There are many books out there about teenage girls. What makes yours different?
Dara, Mackenzie, and Jennifer, or the FIGs (Females of Intellectual Genius) are orphans, and each girl is a genius with a special talent. All of these things taken together make the F.I.G. Mysteries such an unusual series.

What advice would you give budding writers?
You really must develop a thick skin and not let rejection bother you. Don’t submit anything until you know it is the best you can write. If you believe in it, submit it. Then start on something new.

Your book is set in Raleigh, North Carolina, and New York City. Have you ever been there?
I attended NC State University and then lived and worked in Raleigh for many years. When I lived off campus, I drove past an orphanage every day on the way to my classes. I think even back then The Cadence of Gypsies was forming in my mind. I have also had to opportunity to visit New York City many times.

Thank you, Sherry, for interviewing me and for your interest in my young adult novel, The Cadence of Gypsies, Book 1 in The F.I.G. Mysteries.

Connect with the Barbara:  Website 

            A link to the Giveaway follows my Thoughts.

And I Thought . . . 
This was a charming book about a group of teenage girls with a 
huge bond of friendship.  They work together to solve a mystery. 
Their friendship is one that many of us wish we had.  

This being book 2 of a series I didn't feel a huge need to have read book 1 but I think if I were purchasing I would buy both to have a complete set for the young reader.   This book can be purchased for the young reader with complete faith in it's content as appropriate for all ages.  

I received a copy of The Wish Rider from IRead Book Tours in 
exchange for my honest review.  

This book review is posted at the following retails sites . . . 
This review is posted at My Reading Journeys and Good Reads.

Click here for a chance to win. . .
Win one of three copies of The Wish Rider (choice of print or ebook). One winner will also receive a $25 Amazon gift card (open internationally)

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