Marty Chan – an update on a new novel

Marty Chan was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in May, 2015, and is back now to tell us about a new novel in a new series from a new publisher,      Clockwise Press!


Keepers of the Vault: Fire and Glass
by Marty Chan
Published by Clockwise Press
Genre: hi-lo fantasy series for reluctant readers ages 12+

A fourth floor that is only pretending to be a storage space, stairs that lead to an abyss and a Goth djinn stalker who likes to play with fire . . .

As if life wasn’t hard enough for Kristina Mah being the new kid in school. The adventures of the Keepers of the Vault are just beginning.

Keepers of the Vault is a hi-lo fantasy series for reluctant readers ages 12+ and uses a dyslexia-friendly font.

Marty Chan is a popular presenter and author for young people, as well as a playwright and radio personality. His previous novel series include the Marty Chan Mysteries and the Ehrich Weiss Chronicles for young adult readers.

For more information about Marty Chan, see the Clockwise Press blog post, Introducing Marty Chan: Author Q&A.

Marty’s book may be purchased from:
Clockwise Press

Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Vashti's Web PhotoVashti Quiroz-Vega

What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Basement – Robbie’s Rite of Passage
Suspense/Thriller aimed at a Pre-teen / Teen audience

Quick description: The Basement is an unusual coming-of-age story about an 11-year-old boy, Robbie. Robbie is an ordinary boy in a normal world, as we first enter the neighborhood and witness an idyllic scene of prepubescent children at play; but what happens in silence and in the dark will amaze you.

Robbie is barely surviving a grim life with an alcoholic father until the day he must pass a terrible test set for him by the father. He is prepared, in a way, by an accident and subsequent ordeal waiting to be rescued during a scout outing, but his father’s cruel test is to leave the boy overnight in a creepy basement of a tenement house.

Robbie draws strength from his belief in God and eventually wins through, with a courage that helps to transform his father.

Join Robbie as he journeys to explore unknown and forgotten tales of intrigue, fear and blind faith.

The Basement is a tale of angst, teamwork and solutions, of treasure hunts and adventure, and of facing your fears. It is a focus on the small- but everything- world of a pre-teen named Robbie and the very real and wondrous world he braves.

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The Basement Book Cover was my concept brought to life by illustrator Denise Spencer. The cover was a finalist in the Authorsdb 2013 Book Cover Contest.

Brief biography:
From the time I was a young kid, writing has been my passion. I’ve always been a writer I just didn’t know it until much later. For me, it is easier to express my thoughts on paper than with the spoken word. I enjoy making people feel an array of emotions with my writing. I like my audience to laugh one moment, cry the next and clench their jaws after that.

My love of animals and nature are often incorporated in my stories. You’ll read intriguing things about various animals, nature and natural disasters commingled in my character-driven novels.

I love to read almost as much as I love to write. Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Anne Rice, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown.

I’m currently living in sunny Florida, where I work as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Writing is my passion, and I also love photography, drawing, reading, kayaking, traveling and watching basketball and UFC fights on TV.

Links to buy Vashti’s book:
Amazon US, Canada – Kindle & paperback
Barnes & Noble – paperback

There are still a few signed books at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at – 11820 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026 (954) 441-0444

Vashti’s promo links:
The Basement Fan Page
Facebook Author Page

What are you working on now?
Lilith is the first installment of my Fantasy Angels Adult Series. The characters in this story are angels depicted in a very unique way. It is a story of many twists, surprises and a bit of controversy. Lilith is currently in the editing process, and I’ve already began writing the second installment, Dracul.

Vashti’s reading recommendation:
I enjoyed reading the book Shadow People by Jo Robinson. It was very entertaining and creative, and I loved the characters. I am currently reading Hidden Light of Mexico City by Carmen Amato and I’m really enjoying it so far.

Mary Cunningham

Mary Cunningham, author Mary Cunningham

What is your latest release and what genre is it? Buried Treasure: The Advntures of Max and Maddie – After completing the adventures of Cynthia and Gus in the 5-book, Cynthia’s Attic Tween series, I began a new series for middle-grade titled, The Adventures of Max and Maddie. The beginning story in this series is, Ghost of Pine Mountain which takes place in West Georgia, the (disputed) site of the first gold rush. The current story (2), Buried Treasure, takes place in Minnesota lake country, near the source of the Mississippi River.

Quick description: Max and Maddie, continue their adventures in Northern Minnesota after they discover a gold coin, given to them by a miner on the grounds of the Pine Mountain Gold Museum, has a magnetic connection to a map Max finds in an old encyclopedia.

The thirteen-year-old best friends travel back in time to 1875 to the source of the Mississippi River where they meet Paul, an enormous, yet, friendly young man who guides them through the wilderness lake country.

Max and Maddie soon discover their new friend’s cheerful demeanor hides a troubled past. A sinkhole and raging waterfall puts their lives in danger as they search for a missing treasure that could restore Paul’s dreams and plans for the future.


Brief biography:
Author, Mary Cunningham grew up in the sleepy little town of Corydon, Indiana where her childhood experiences, and a recurring dream about a mysterious attic, inspired her to create characters, Cynthia and Augusta Lee, for her award-winning, Tween series, Cynthia’s Attic.

Cunningham is a member of The Georgia Reading Association, and The Carrollton Creative Writers Club.

When she gives her fingers a day away from the keyboard, she enjoys golf, swimming, and exploring the mountains of West Georgia where she makes her home with her husband. Together they’ve raised three creative children, have 2 granddaughters and an adopted, four-legged, furry daughter, Lucy.

The author spends non-writing time giving power point presentations on gathering ideas and the writing process to schools and libraries.

Links to buy Mary’s book:
Buried Treasure: The Adventures of Max and Maddie

Amazon Worldwide – eBook
Smashwords – eBook

Mary’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
Continuing The Adventures of Max and Maddie, I’m currently working on the 3rd installment, The Longest Cave. This story takes place near my hometown in Southern Indiana and involves a pre-historic cave that has recently opened to the public.

Mary’s reading recommendation:
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson, one of my all-time favorites. I’m also a fan of Kate DeCamillo, (Because of Winn Dixie, Tales of Despereaux). I’m also a huge Lord of the Rings fan!

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