Pennies from Burger Heaven

Lost Souls Mysteries

Book 1
SkipJack Publishing
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Eleven-year-old Copper Daniels is homeless and alone. She spends her nights sleeping beneath the cemetery’s Warrior Angel statue for protection, and her days battling the mean streets of Remington, Texas, hell-bent on discovering what happened the night her Mama disappeared. While Copper and her rag-tag group of friends find danger at every corner, two horrors are certain: her Mama’s really missing and someone’s after Copper, too.

In the tradition of The Lovely Bones and Room, Pennies from Burger Heaven tells a dark story through the eyes of a child. With wit and wisdom, Copper Daniels will steal your heart, then break it in two.

AWARDS:

*Winner – Writers’ League of Texas: Best Mainstream Novel

*Winner – Frontiers in Writing: Best Mainstream Novel

*Winner – Frontiers in Writing: Best of Show

“Against the gritty backdrop of an inner-city ghetto rises the unforgettable voice of eleven-year-old Copper ‘Penny’ Daniels, offering poignant and heartbreaking insights into the horrors and trials of homeless life on the streets, finding heaven where you least expect it, and help in those you never thought to ask.”
– A.G. Howard, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Splintered Series

“At once disturbing and exhilarating, heartbreaking and heartwarming, Pennies is the story of an undying love between a mother and daughter. It grabs you by the heartstrings from the start and won't let you go, even after you've read the last word."

– Ken Oder, author of The Closing and Old Wounds to the Heart

“Debut novelist McKay infuses Pennies from Burger Heaven with wit, charm and moxie, so much so that the achingly beautifulness of Copper Daniels’ life sneaks up on you. All of this wrapped around a mystery that is fast-paced and rife with tension, with a satisfying series of twists. Can’t wait for the next Lost Souls Mystery.”
– Pamela Fagan Hutchins, author of the What Doesn't Kill You romantic mystery series


“[Pennies from Burger Heaven] gave me shivers on the first page…[Marcy McKay’s] writing is beautiful and emotional, without being sappy.”
– Frontiers in Writing

“Unputdownable.” – Texas Writers’ League Annual Manuscript Contest
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About the author

 Marcy McKay knew she wanted to write stories the moment she read about Oompa Loompas in the fourth grade. She's an award-winning short-story author and copywriter, as well as a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in Writer's Digest, Accent West, Roots & Wings, The Write Practice, Write to Done, and Positive Writer and Jane Friedman.com. Marcy lives in Texas with her husband and two teens, who all still like her...most of the time. 


Follow Marcy here:
Website: http://marcymckay.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Marcy-McKay-Author
Twitter: @MarcyMcKayBooks
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Publisher
SkipJack Publishing
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Published on
Dec 28, 2015
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Pages
330
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ISBN
9781939889324
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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READ THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY! “Me and Mama inch our way into the dark room. Shadows of bodies lie on dirty mattresses on the floor, or stretched across the bare boards themselves. People moan like they’re in pain. Every step feels rocky ‘cause we’re walking on human trash.” Living on the streets is hard enough, so when Copper Daniels’ mama drags them from their cemetery home in the middle of the night, the eleven-year-old knows they’re in big trouble. The two clash over this so-called “secret mission” to help an unreliable friend, but Copper can’t seem to protect her mama from herself. By the time, they discover the first dead body, it’s too late. They’re running from a killer, and Copper isn’t sure they’ll make it out alive. Stars Among the Dead is a novella, set nine months before the first book in the Lost Souls Mysteries. SEE WHY MARCY’S NOVELS ARE SUCH WINNERS: 2016 Winner - Shelf Unbound Winner 2016 Finalist - USA Best Book Award 2010 Winner – Writer’s Leagues of Texas: Best Mainstream Novel 2010 Winner – Frontiers in Writing: Best of Show WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING: “Copper Daniels is so plucky and your portrayal of her is vibrant.” — Pamela Fagan Hutchins, author of the What Doesn't Kill You romantic mystery series “I LOVED spending time with Copper and the gang in Paradise again.” — Robyn Bradley, author of What Happened in Granite Creek INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR Q: What makes the Lost Souls Mysteries special? A: In 2008, I drove through the gates of my local cemetery, and heard an imaginary voice whispering in my ear. It was a homeless girl who said that she and her mama lived at the Warrior Angel, but her mom had gone missing. I started writing the Burger Heaven series that night to see what happened to Copper Daniels’ family, and to her life. I love Copper because she’s a strong female protagonist, with an unforgettable story. Q: Why should readers give your books a try? A: Because the Lost Souls Mysteries are fast paced action books, with complex characters and great plots. They’re intense stories that aren’t afraid to explore dark matters, but with humor and hope along the way. I enjoy exploring age-old themes: good versus evil, forgiveness, redemption, as well as love conquers all. Q: Which eBook Categories can readers find the Lost Souls Mysteries? Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Psychological Thriller Action & Adventure Literary Fiction Coming of Age Young Adult Q: Where can readers connect with you?

A: Join my email list at marcymckay.com. I send out posts about once or twice a month, so I don’t hound people. I don’t have time. I’m too busy working on the next Lost Souls mystery. Happy reading! 

READ THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY! “Me and Mama inch our way into the dark room. Shadows of bodies lie on dirty mattresses on the floor, or stretched across the bare boards themselves. People moan like they’re in pain. Every step feels rocky ‘cause we’re walking on human trash.” Living on the streets is hard enough, so when Copper Daniels’ mama drags them from their cemetery home in the middle of the night, the eleven-year-old knows they’re in big trouble. The two clash over this so-called “secret mission” to help an unreliable friend, but Copper can’t seem to protect her mama from herself. By the time, they discover the first dead body, it’s too late. They’re running from a killer, and Copper isn’t sure they’ll make it out alive. Stars Among the Dead is a novella, set nine months before the first book in the Lost Souls Mysteries. SEE WHY MARCY’S NOVELS ARE SUCH WINNERS: 2016 Winner - Shelf Unbound Winner 2016 Finalist - USA Best Book Award 2010 Winner – Writer’s Leagues of Texas: Best Mainstream Novel 2010 Winner – Frontiers in Writing: Best of Show WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING: “Copper Daniels is so plucky and your portrayal of her is vibrant.” — Pamela Fagan Hutchins, author of the What Doesn't Kill You romantic mystery series “I LOVED spending time with Copper and the gang in Paradise again.” — Robyn Bradley, author of What Happened in Granite Creek INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR Q: What makes the Lost Souls Mysteries special? A: In 2008, I drove through the gates of my local cemetery, and heard an imaginary voice whispering in my ear. It was a homeless girl who said that she and her mama lived at the Warrior Angel, but her mom had gone missing. I started writing the Burger Heaven series that night to see what happened to Copper Daniels’ family, and to her life. I love Copper because she’s a strong female protagonist, with an unforgettable story. Q: Why should readers give your books a try? A: Because the Lost Souls Mysteries are fast paced action books, with complex characters and great plots. They’re intense stories that aren’t afraid to explore dark matters, but with humor and hope along the way. I enjoy exploring age-old themes: good versus evil, forgiveness, redemption, as well as love conquers all. Q: Which eBook Categories can readers find the Lost Souls Mysteries? Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Psychological Thriller Action & Adventure Literary Fiction Coming of Age Young Adult Q: Where can readers connect with you?

A: Join my email list at marcymckay.com. I send out posts about once or twice a month, so I don’t hound people. I don’t have time. I’m too busy working on the next Lost Souls mystery. Happy reading! 

 A COPPER DANIELS SHORT STORY

"The lady cop slaps the cuffs behind Mama’s back, while the man officer rattles off her rights. Hearing those words up close is way worse than watching ‘em on TV. The whispers and stares from nearby gawkers prickle me as I follow behind Mama to the cop car.” Ten-year-old Copper Daniels and her mama wake up to a crisis at their cemetery home – a missing body, followed by an arrest. The homeless girl faces a possible future in either foster care, or worse – juvie. Will the missing body be found, and will Copper survive with her family still intact? The Moon Rises at Dawn is the short-story prequel to Marcy McKay’s novel, Pennies from Burger Heaven (Book #1 in the Lost Souls Mysteries). AWARDS:

Winner – Writers’ League of Texas: Best Mainstream Novel Winner – Frontiers in Writing: Best Mainstream Novel Winner – Frontiers in Writing: Best of Show INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

Q:What makes the Lost Souls Mysteries special? A: In 2008, I drove through the gates of my local cemetery, and heard an imaginary voice whispering in my ear. It was a homeless girl who said that she and her mama lived at the Warrior Angel, but her mom had gone missing. I started writing the Lost Souls Mysteries that night to see what happened to Copper Daniels’ family, and to her life. I love Copper because she’s a strong female protagonist, with an unforgettable story. Q: Why should readers give your books a try? A: Because the Lost Souls Mysteries are fast paced action books, with complex characters and great plots. They’re intense stories that aren’t afraid to explore dark matters, but with humor and hope along the way. I enjoy exploring age-old themes: good versus evil, forgiveness, redemption, as well as love conquers all. Q:Which eBook Categories can readers find the Lost Souls Mysteries? Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Psychological Thriller Action & Adventure Literary Fiction Coming of Age Young Adult Q: Where can readers connect with you? A: Join my email list at marcymckay.com. I send out posts about once or twice a month, so I don’t hound people. I don’t have time. I’m too busy working on the next Lost Souls Mystery. Happy reading!

In this gritty and gripping new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Eve Dallas fights to save the innocent—and serve justice to the guilty—on the streets of New York.

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.

Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.


Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances...

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Jonathan Kellerman’s psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix.”—Los Angeles Times

Psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis unravel a shocking crime at a raucous wedding reception in this gripping psychological thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.

LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis is a fine homicide detective, but when he needs to get into the mind of a killer, he leans on the expertise of his best friend, the brilliant psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. While Sturgis has a knack for piecing together the details of a crime, Delaware can decipher the darkest intents driving the most vicious of perpetrators. And there’s no better place for the doctor’s analytical skills to shine than a rowdy hall full of young men and women intoxicated on life and lust . . . and suddenly faced with the specter of death.

Summoned to a run-down former strip joint, Delaware and Sturgis find themselves crashing a wild Saints and Sinners–themed wedding reception. But they’re not the only uninvited guests. A horrified bridesmaid has discovered the body of a young woman, dressed to impress in pricey haute couture and accessorized with a grisly red slash around her neck. What’s missing is any means of identification, or a single partygoer who recognizes the victim. The baffled bride is convinced the stranger snuck in to sabotage her big day—and the groom is sure it’s all a dreadful mistake. But Delaware and Sturgis have a hundred guests to question, and a sneaking suspicion that the motive for murder is personal. Now they must separate the sinners from the saints, the true from the false, and the secrets from those keeping them. The party’s over—and the hunt for whoever killed it is on.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from “a superb craftsman of suspense” (Entertainment Weekly).

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn’t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What’s one extra day? He takes the detour.

At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians had been on their way to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they’re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners seem almost too friendly. It’s a strange place, but it’s all there is.

The next morning, in the city clerk’s office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He’s told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He’s always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place?

As Reacher explores his father’s life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly.

Praise for Past Tense

“Child is one writer who should never be taken for granted.”—The New York Times Book Review

“[Lee Child] shows no signs of slowing down. . . . Reacher is a man for whom the phrase moral compass was invented: His code determines his direction. . . . You need Jack Reacher.”—The Atlantic

“Superb . . . Child neatly interweaves multiple narratives, ratchets up the suspense (the reveal of the motel plot is delicious), and delivers a powerful, satisfying denouement. Fans will enjoy learning more of this enduring character’s roots, and Child’s spare prose continues to set a very high bar.”—Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review)

“Another first-class entry in a series that continues to set the gold standard for aspiring thriller authors.”—Booklist (starred review)

“With his usual flair for succinctness and eye for detail, Child creates another rollicking Reacher road trip that will please fans and newcomers alike.”—Library Journal (starred review)
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