Jeff Cassell is a career aviation professional who lives in the beautiful state of Georgia and writes entertaining Middle Grades Fiction. Jeff recently joined us for his amazing new series Bushtails Black Ops. The first trilogy in the Bushtails Black Ops series is called Acorn Squadron and introduces a new team of aviators to USA Air Force life. Building on the concept of the Navajo Code Talkers from WWII, the Air Force creates a highly specialized team of genetically modified squirrels to fly reconnaissance drones gathering intelligence unavailable through traditional methods for soldiers in Afghanistan.
This exciting new series is targeted for ages 8 to 12; grades 4 through 7.
This month we introduced Alaskan author, Kellie Doherty and her book Finding Hekate. Ms. Doherty lives in Eagle River, just outside of Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. Today we share her second book in the Cicatrix duology, Losing Hold. Readers will enjoy the conclusion of Mia Foley's adventures in Losing Hold. For an excellent blend of Sci-Fi, action, humor, and even a little romance consider exploring the complete Cicatrix duology with book 1 Finding Hekate.
Book Synopsis for Losing Hold:
In the sequel to Finding Hekate, after escaping Donavin’s grasp, Mia Foley and her crew crash on a prison planet and need to deal with its inhabitants, beasts, and criminals alike. Mia hears Donavin in her mind once again and knows the transformation into one of his drones isn’t far off. Trapped in her own body, lashing against Donavin each chance she gets, and fearful that she’ll lose it all, Mia has to rely on her crew—on Cassidy—to save her. But she’s not the only one transforming in her little group, and things never go as smoothly as they could out in the black.
This week we present Alaskan author, Kellie Doherty. Currently a resident of Eagle River, Ms. Doherty lives just outside of Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. While Kellie lived in Portland years ago, she states she loves writing in Alaska, because its “long, cold, dark winters make for the perfect backdrop for writing in front of a fire, warm drink within reach, and cats snoozing on my lap.” Thankfully, she’s not only into winter writing, as the extended days brought by our midnight sun in the summer helps her pull together projects too by working longer hours.
Ms. Doherty is the author of two novels: Finding Hekate and Losing Hold, the Cicatrix duology. Her inspiration for the two books developed out of a college class short story assignment. Falling in love with the protagonist, Mia, brought Kellie to a deeper journey of exploring Mia’s story and her motivation, brokenness, and strengths. Readers will relate to Finding Hekate’s main character because of how realistic she is. She is a character with past mistakes that produced a strong resolve but also an emotional defensiveness. Whether you’re new to the Sci-Fi genre or a die-hard fan of it, Finding Hekate is sure to be a favorite. Readers will journey through a hunter-hunted plot mentality while exploring the benefits, challenges, and consequences of technology. For an excellent blend of Sci-Fi, action, humor, and even a little romance consider exploring the Cicatrix duology.
Finding Hekate Synoposis: Mia Foley is running away from the attack that changed her life. She’s captain of a new spaceship when the Acedians find her and try blasting her peaceful crew from the black. She must sever her bonds in order to run, again. But she’s grown fond of this crew, particularly Cassidy Gates. Staying with them will jeopardize their safety, and they have much closer fears than the Acedian hunters. Mia’s time is running out. She’s becoming one of them.