Gail Anderson-Dargatz – an update

PlayingWithFire

Playing With Fire
by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Genre: Playing With Fire is a mystery for literacy learners. Reading level: 2.8 (Part of the Rapid Reads adult literacy series published by Orca Books)

Quick description: Small-town journalist Claire Abbott has a sixth sense, what the fire chief calls a “radar for crime.” When a string of suspicious fires breaks out in town, Claire thinks she knows who the firebug is. Or does she? She finds there is much more to the story than she imagined. Worse, no one will believe her. The firebug is getting bolder, and the fires he sets more dangerous. Claire is now in a race against time to catch the arsonist in the act before he takes a life.

Playing with Fire is the second in a series of mysteries featuring journalist and sleuth Claire Abbott. The first, Search and Rescue, was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in Sept. 2014.

Gail’s book may be purchased from:
Orca Books
Amazon
Chapters/Indigo

About Rapid Reads (from Orca’s website)

Author Ian McEwan once wrote that “the novella is the perfect form of prose fiction.”

In our increasingly fast-paced world we believe there is a need for well-written, well-told books that can be read in one sitting. Rapid Reads are short books for adult readers. They are intended for a diverse audience, including ESL students, reluctant readers, adults who struggle with literacy and anyone who wants a high-interest quick read.

The Rapid Reads series includes titles by best-selling authors Gail Bowen, Reed Farrel Coleman and William Kowalski, among many others. Visit the Authors page for a full list.

Rapid Reads focus first and foremost on strong writing and storytelling.

We are committed to providing books that will help adults achieve their literacy goals in an interesting and accessible way. Each novel in the Rapid Reads series is written between a 2.0 and 6.0 reading level. The plots are contemporary and entertaining, with adult language and themes.

Rapid Reads in the Classroom
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Gail Anderson-Dargatz

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Search and Rescue is a mystery for literacy learners. Reading level: 3.0 (Part of the Rapid Reads adult literacy series published by Orca Books)

Quick description: When a young woman goes missing on a nature trail, small-town journalist Claire Abbott is first on the scene, as usual. The clues to the woman’s whereabouts are misleading, but Claire has a sixth sense—what the fire chief calls a “radar for crime.” Trusting her intuition, Claire insists that the search and rescue team look elsewhere for clues to the woman’s disappearance. When they fail to follow up on her lead, she pursues it on her own, embarking on a snowy chase up a mountainside that puts herself and others in danger. She’s more than just a journalist chasing a story. Claire is determined to do the right thing at any cost.

Search and Rescue is the first novel in a series of mysteries featuring journalist and sleuth Claire Abbott.

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Brief biography:
By the age of eighteen, Gail Anderson-Dargatz knew she wanted to write about women in rural settings. Today, Gail is a bestselling author. A Recipe for Bees and The Cure for Death by Lightning were finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She also teaches other authors how to write fiction. Gail lives in the Shuswap region of British Columbia, the landscape found in so much of her writing. Her next Claire Abbott mystery will be published in 2015.

Links to buy Gail’s book:
Orca Books – Rapid Reads
Amazon – eBook and print
Chapters/Indigo – print
Kobo – eBook

Gail’s promo links:
Website
Gail’s Writing Community
Twitter
Facebook

What are you working on now?
My next literary work, The Spawning Grounds, as well as middle school, YA and new adult projects.

Gail’s reading recommendation:
Short fiction writer Julie Paul’s upcoming book, Pull of the Moon.