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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Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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Book 1
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
Dan Brown
The #1 New York Times Bestseller 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.
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!

Andy Weir
The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon.

Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich.
 
Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time.
 
So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can’t say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions—not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can’t handle, and she figures she’s got the ‘swagger’ part down.
 
The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz’s problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.
 
Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she’s in way over her head. She’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city.
 
Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal.
 
That’ll have to do.
 
Propelled by its heroine’s wisecracking voice, set in a city that’s at once stunningly imagined and intimately familiar, and brimming over with clever problem-solving and heist-y fun, Artemis is another irresistible brew of science, suspense, and humor from #1 bestselling author Andy Weir.
Book 22
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER •  Lee Child returns with a gripping new powerhouse thriller featuring Jack Reacher, “one of this century’s most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes” (The Washington Post).

Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?

So begins a harrowing journey that takes Reacher through the upper Midwest, from a lowlife bar on the sad side of small town to a dirt-blown crossroads in the middle of nowhere, encountering bikers, cops, crooks, muscle, and a missing persons PI who wears a suit and a tie in the Wyoming wilderness.

The deeper Reacher digs, and the more he learns, the more dangerous the terrain becomes. Turns out the ring was just a small link in a far darker chain. Powerful forces are guarding a vast criminal enterprise. Some lines should never be crossed. But then, neither should Reacher.

Praise for The Midnight Line
 
“Puts Reacher just where we want him.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A gem.”—Chicago Tribune
 
“A timely, suspenseful, morally complex thriller, one of the best I’ve read this year . . . Child weaves in a passionately told history of opioids in American life. . . . Child’s outrage over it is only just barely contained.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“A perfect example of Lee Child’s talent . . . Lee Child is the master of plotting. . . . This is Child’s most emotional book to date. . . . This is not just a good story; it is a story with a purpose and a message.”—Huffington Post
 
“I just read the new Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. . . . It is as good as they always are. I read every single one.”—Malcolm Gladwell
Book 1
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
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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