Pennies from Burger Heaven

Lost Souls Mysteries

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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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Book 0
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! 

Marcy McKay
 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!

Dan Brown
The #1 New York Times Bestseller (October 2017) from the author of The Da Vinci Code.
 
Bilbao, Spain
 
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.
     As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.
     Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.
 
Origin is stunningly inventive—Dan Brown's most brilliant and entertaining novel to date.
Book 46
Lieutenant Eve Dallas returns in Dark in Death, by J.D. Robb, the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense, and takes on a case of death imitating art...

It was a stab in the dark.

On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime—from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series.

The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer’s deranged private drama—and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.

From the author of Echoes in Death, this is the latest of the edgy, phenomenally popular police procedurals that Publishers Weekly calls “inventive, entertaining, and clever.”

B. A. Paris
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING DEBUT PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER YOU CAN'T MISS!

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

“A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl

“This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” —Booklist (starred review)

"A can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“This debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself.” —Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)

“The sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver.” —The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post

“This was one of the best and most terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read.” —San Francisco Book Review


Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.

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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! 

Marcy McKay
 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!

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