Stars Among the Dead

Lost Souls Mysteries

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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! 

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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. 


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SkipJack Publishing
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Published on
May 2, 2017
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Pages
129
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ISBN
9781939889607
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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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
 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!

Take four people that have been friends since college. Add a desire to protect others. Toss in a fun-loving look on life, and mix with a dash of a not-quite-by-the-book way of doing things, and what do you have?

The partners of Justice Security.

They are Joey Justice, after whom the company was named, Misty Wilhite, the love of Joey’s life, Dexter Beck, the martial arts master and computer nerd, and Percival “King Louie” Washington, who bears a striking facial resemblance to a particular cartoon character.

In this introductory story, the partners provide security for a society dog show, with unexpected death coming from an unknown source. They also provide security for a Heavyweight Boxing Championship that has no challenger, and they are hired to investigate the deaths of two innocent teens. Those deaths are tied into a government contract, and, through an unfortunate accident, they make a mortal enemy of an insane Mexican drug cartel leader.

They are aided by their government liaison – FBI Agent Marcus Moore. But with the situation turning darker by the minute, can these four unlikely heroes continue to stay alive?

Inspired by the classic song performed by Three Dog Night, Mama Told Me Not To Come is an adventure that you won’t forget!

 A word about this novel: The end is actually the beginning of Jackie Blue - A Justice Security Novel, the 3rd story in the Justice Security series.

Keyword selections for visibility: suspense, mystery, organized crime, drug cartel, Justice Security, crime fiction, torture, thriller, action, adventure, mafia

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
 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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