Permit me to jump ship (ha ha, you’ll get why in a minute) from my usual posts to announce the release of my new book! I am so excited about this book I can hardly stand it. The book is called The Emerald Quest and it’s for middle grade and young adult readers (although my adult readers are loving it too).
The Emerald Quest
A long-lost emerald, a missing treasure map, and a wealthy villain combine for an action-packed adventure!
Thirteen-year-old Noah Winter, the son of sea-exploring treasure hunters, dives the San Isabel shipwreck with his parents in search of a mysterious treasure map lost in the murky depths off the Florida Keys over a century ago. The map reveals the hiding place of the priceless De La Rosa emerald. But before the Winters can find the map, a wealthy treasure-hunting rival kidnaps Noah’s parents. Now Noah must match wits with a dangerous adversary, not only to discover the treasure map first, but to rescue his mom and dad before it’s too late.
Do You Like Alex Rider?
A lot of adults may not know of the Alex Rider series, but I’ll bet your children have heard of them. Think a kid James Bond. I’ve read a few of them and I can see why kids find Alex Rider a fun and entertaining character. The Noah Winter Series will be similar in that they will be action-packed from page one, and future books in the series will take place around the world. And you can bet there will be more scuba diving and treasure hunting!
A Departure From My Usual Genres
The Emerald Quest is actually my second YA novel (I have another one waiting to be published soon). I got the idea because I’d seen spy series and other adventure series for middle grade and young adult readers, but they had little to do with scuba diving and shipwrecks. I thought it would be fun to start a series about a kid sea explorer. And based off initial response, readers are loving the idea too.
I’ve spoken periodically about my volunteering and how I enjoy helping out. One of the things I’ve done over the past year is helping transcribe a whale journal from the 1850s onto the computer. It’s been an interesting project, and I’ve met some great students and teachers. What’s really cool is the teacher heading up the project, Thom Adorney, has been telling the other 5th and 6th grade teachers about The Emerald Quest, and the teachers may use The Emerald Quest in their classes and recommend it for summer reading. I’m stoked about that.
Once The Emerald Quest came back from the editors, I asked for beta readers. I got a nice response and they all overwhelmingly have enjoyed the first Noah Winter adventure. These readers had great feedback for me and I appreciate their help and support:
Julie Buda, Julie Friend, Thomas Lynch, Sean M., Amy Mumma, Brandon Mumma, Sharon Pollock (check out her blog review here), Karen Rought, Sharon Stogner (visit I Smell Sheep on Twitter and Facebook), and Emma V.
A big SHOUT OUT to all of you. Many thanks!
So please go get a copy of The Emerald Quest – you won’t regret it.