Lanaia Lee hosts Anna Mae Mysteries – The Golden Treasure

October 28, 2008

Anna Mae Mysteries – The Golden Treasure

About the book: Three ‘tween sneaker sleuths face the unsolved mystery of Jefferson Davis’lost gold treasure with a little bit of help from a ghostly black fist and divining rods.

Twelve-year-old Anna Mae Botts, her eight-year-old brother Malcolm, and Anna Mae‘s best friend Raul Garcia, face a ghostly black fist on their first day of school. It blocks their entrance into school, while dropping paper clues about Jefferson Davis’ lost Civil War gold. Things get more complicated when a school fire occurs.

Mysterious events soon overtake Raul, Malcolm, and Anna Mae at school as well as at home. Rats, alphabet noodle clues, floating chalk, and phantom false-bottom wagons lead the tweens to travel the same route by car that was taken by Jefferson Davis and his gold-laden wagon train.

With divining rods given to her by her granma, computer printouts, and Spirit Journey memories that take her back to a Civil War past, Anna Mae, Raul, and Malcolm find Jefferson Davis’ lost gold treasure, part of it buried on Chennault Plantation and more of it in a vacant lot on the outskirts of Warthen, Georgia.

Excerpt:

I heard someone stomping, and I thought it was Malcolm fooling around. I sniffed the air. The scent of lavender and roses invaded the hallway. I retreated into the living room and looked around. My eyes centered on the window that faced the neighbor’s hedge.

The window frosted over. Letters dripped on the glass like melting icicles, ragged and blurred. A cold black hand covered my mouth. I stiffened. My eyes swung to the other side of the room. In the far corner, a mist twisted. Time stretched out endlessly. I strained my ears, but I heard nothing.

Then I saw him. An officer dressed in a gray uniform with golden buttons, high black boots and silver spurs. He glided towards me, but he faded when he reached me.

I bit the hand. It jerked away. My lips burned. I screamed, “Granma!”

I must have fainted. When I came to, Granma and Malcolm were kneeling on the floor beside me.

“What happened?” Granma asked.

“She saw another haint,” Malcolm said, wiping my forehead with a damp
bathroom towel.

Granma glared. “No haints live here, oh dear Jesus. Tha’ why I done made tha’
mojo. Don’ eveah let me hear yo’ sayin’ that ‘gain.”

“Wha’evah,” Malcolm said.

“Anna Mae, wha’ happened t’ yo’?”

“It started with the window. It frosted over. Written letters appeared on it.”

She narrowed her eyes and clambered back to her feet. Granma pushed past the sofa and crept to the window. I saw her eyes. They widened until you could see her brown pupils. She studied the window, reached up and touched it. “The window’s wet, but I reckon. I don’ see any lettah spellin’ words. Yo’ sure ’bout tha’?”

Malcolm helped me to my feet. I trembled a bit, but kept my balance.

“Granma, look!” Malcolm pointed. On the window, letters appeared. My name,
Anna Mae, was spelled out. Malcolm ran over. He traced the letters with his fingertips.

“Cool!”

Granma looked at the window, and then swung her eyes towards me. “Wha’ are
yo’ goin’ t’ do ’bout it?”

I looked at her. “Yo’ see my name?”

“Of course, chile. Wha’ I want to know is wha’ are yo’goin’ t’ do ’bout it?”

“I’m not sure. First yo’ ‘cuse me of lyin’ and now yo’r not. Wha’ gives?”

“Lost gold.”

Granma said it so plainly that I thought I heard her wrong.

“Whose lost gold?”

Granma stamped her foot. “The black fist’s lost gold. Child, yo’ ain’t been paying
‘tention t’ nothin’ I been sayin’. Wha’ are yo’ goin’ t’ do ’bout it?”

“Why are yo’ hollerin’ at me? I’m doin’ the best I can. This is new t’ me. I need t’
think first, ‘fore I act.”

“Don’t take too long. Someone else might figurah it out afore yo’, then what will
yo’ do?”

Malcolm’s head darted between the two of us. He was confused. So was I. Why didn’t Granma find the gold if she was so hot to trot for it? I turned and walked towards the kitchen. “Yo’ still thirsty, Granma?”

“Changin’ the subject? I reckon the lemonade still sounds good. Malcolm, yo’ want some too?”

“Anna Mae,” Malcolm screeched. “Look at it…on the living room window.

Hells bells, I thought that chicken hoodoo worked!”

“False bottoms!” was written on the window.

“Merciful heavens!” Granma shouted. Her hands flew up over her eyes and covered them.
“It’s meltin'” Malcolm howled. “See? Cat prints on the glass.”

Granma backed up and sat on the sofa. She stroked her throat.

“Bettah write down wha’ yo see ‘fore it is gone. Malcolm, run int’ yo’ Poppa’s den and get yo’ sistah a slip of paper and pencil so she can write ’em down.”

Malcolm ran down the hallway. I heard Poppa’s study door open and then close.
Malcolm rushed back into the room with a yellow-lined pad and a pencil stub. He licked the stub and handed both over to me. I wrote down what I saw.

I felt Granma’s eyes watching me.

“Got ’em, ” I said.

“Let’s have our lemonade ‘fore the haint comes back!”

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Lanaia Lee Toasted on Michigan Paranormal Underground Radio

October 24, 2008

On Oct 23, Lanaia Lee was a guest on Michigan Paranormal Underground Radio – listen to the show and hear the amazing predictions of psychic, Lizzie, who sees great success in Lanaia Lee’s future!  She also picked up on Lanaia’s goodness and the many great gifts she possesses as a writer, historian and with her will to succeed!  Great show and one you can’t miss!  Lanaia reads poetry and discusses her series of historical fantasy novels – Of Atlantis.

Denise Cassino

LOCAL AUTHOR TO SHARE STORIES WITH SEVERELY DISABLED CHILDREN WHOSE FUNDING MAY SOON EVAPORATE

October 21, 2008

 

October 18, 2008- Pepperell, MA – Local author, Rosemary Chaulk whose book, Nissitissit Witch, has taken the area by storm, has been invited to read portions of her book and answer questions posed by severely disabled children at the Seven Hills Pediatric Center in Groton, MA.
 
“I was deeply moved when I saw the twisted bodies of these little children and the kind and loving care administered by the staff, “ said Chaulk.  “It’s just terrible that the State is considering cutting funding for such essential services.”
 
Chaulk will spend time with the children on Monday, October 20, at 10am and revisit the center again on October 22 at 10am to read and visit with both the disabled adults and children.
 
The center is located at:
Seven Hills Pediatric Center
22 Hillside Ave
Groton, MA 01450
cgates@sevenhills.org
www.sevenhills.org
(978) 448-3388 X 280
(978) 448-2329 Fax
Carol Gates, Administrator
 
Nissitissit Witch has been roundly received as the book focuses on the legendary witch of North Village and the strange deaths that shrouded the area in the early days of the industrial age.  Book is available at www.rosemarychaulk.com.

 

Lanaia Visits with Coach K Talk Radio Show for Women

October 21, 2008

Lanaia visited with Keesha Mayes on her talk radio show on Oct. 20 -listen to the show.  They have a lot in common, share some personal histories including health issues and more.  http://coachkradioshow.bravehost.com/

Rosemary Chaulk’s Book Breaking Sales Records!

October 21, 2008

Rosemary Chaulk better quit her day job to keep up with the demand for her book, Nissitissit Witch. The book revolves around a small NE village in the early industrial age where folks are dying strange deaths and Indian Tribes have disappeared.  Is the witch killing them or is it something else?  Rosemary is keeping busy with public appearances, book signings and watching all those books go out the door! Good job, Rosemary.

www.rosemarychaulk.com

Lanaia Interviews Jo Linsdell, Promoter of Writers and Authors

October 11, 2008

Jo Linsdell is a big promoter of authors and hosts many on their virtual book tours at Writers and Authors, her blog.

Writers and Authors is a place for people in the writing industry to gather and share experiences, tips and advice, not to mention promote their latest work and discuss various topics related to the writing industry. Included in this blog you will also find; links to sites for writers, competitions and contests, interviews, writer and book event listings and more…

Here is a little more about Jo – enjoy!
Jo Linsdell:  the person:

What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
ambitious, dreamer, creative

How do you think others would describe you?
You’d have to ask them. Hopefully in a nice way though

Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing. My husband and baby son. They are my world. My son is 9 ½ months old now and is growing so quickly I make sure I get the most out of everything we do together.

Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
I have a dog called Bea. She’s 4 years old and I’ve had her since she was 45 days old. She’s definitely part of the family.
What is your most precious memory?
The first time I held my son in my arms. I’d had a difficult pregnancy where I was basically on bed rest for the whole 8 months. I was even recovered in hospital a few times so it was an amazing feeling to finally be able to hold him and see that he was healthy and happy.

If you weren’t a writer and book promoter, what would you be doing with your life? I’ve done a variety of jobs over the years including to name a few; waitress, tour guide, receptionist, credit controller, English teacher, cashier, shop assistant and secretary.  I believe in taking opportunities as they arise and making the most of them, so it’s hard to say what I’d be. It could literally be anything. I don’t give myself limits.the writer:

Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a “real” writer?
It would have to be when my first article was published. It was the first article I’d ever sent and they accepted it straight away exactly as it was written. I couldn’t believe it. It was published in a newspaper in Florence called The Florentine. I’d worked as a writer in the past connected with the dental industry and then for a few years in the Neurology department of the hospital here in Rome but it was seeing my own name printed on something I’d written that made me realize I could make it work as a career writing about what I was really interested in.

What is going on with your writing these days?
I’m currently working on a rewrite of my book ‘Italian for Tourists’ which is being made into a pocket version and also working on an ebook series ‘The Italian Home Study Series’. With a small baby to deal with I don’t get as much time as I’d like to work on my project but being a mum is my priority and I love doing that too.

What are your future goals for your writing?
I’ve worked on other peoples guides to Rome in the past (most recently the Weissman Guide to Rome in 2006) and I’d really like to do my own one day and publish it with one of the big publishing houses. Obviously it’ll become a best seller J

 

the details:

 

Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?
I have several websites:
http://jolinsdell.tripod.com

http://writersandauthors.blogspot.com

http://astheromansdo.blogspot.com

http://www.lulu.com/jolinsdell

http://www.myspace.com/jolinsdell

Is there a place where readers can reach you?
I’m available via email.
Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
Italian for Tourists and A Guide to weddings in Italy are both available in print and ebook from www.lulu.com/jolinsdell

I also have several other ebooks; Il Dolce Natale: Christmas traditions in Italy, La Befana, The Patron Saint of Lovers, Inside-Out and Some risks are worth taking.

20. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

In conclusion:

Thanks!

Jo Linsdell

Creator and Manager

Writers and Authors

http://writersandauthors.blogspot.com

 

 

 

Rosemary Chaulk’s Book Breaking Sales Records!

October 10, 2008

Rosemary Chaulk better quit her day job to keep up with the demand for her book, Nissitissit Witch. The book revolves around a small NE village in the early industrial age where folks are dying strange deaths and Indian Tribes have disappeared.  Is the witch killing them or is it something else?  Rosemary is keeping busy with public appearances, book signings and watching all those books go out the door! Good job, Rosemary.  www.rosemarychaulk.com

Lanaia Lee interview with Pete Klein

October 4, 2008

Lanaia spent an hour with Pete Klein of www.BlogTalkRadio.com/the_dancing_valkyrie  – take a listen – they hit it off famously as Pete is a horror writer and Lanaia loves that stuff and writes her own dark poetry.

Book Review by Amanda Kilgore – Of Atlantis

October 4, 2008

Of Atlantis – Lanaia Lee
Review by Amanda Kilgore
Roval Publishing and Digital Services
July
ISBN 0615207685
Epic historical fantasy
 ****

Archimedes loves his royal father, even though the older man carries as much or more fear of his son than any he might have when going into one of the many battles the King of Atlantis faces. Rather than the halcyon, highly advanced civilization many authors have portrayed the lost kingdom to be, this Atlantis is much like Greece or Rome, albeit a touch more magical.Treachery, violence, forbidden love, religion, and politics make up the complex web that forms its society until the day the waves sweep it into being nothing more than a legend. Yet, it is not the end, for its last royal, Archimedes will live on through the ages. This is his story.

In great detail, the author brings life in this imaginary society to such life that you can believe it truly existed. Archimedes moves from boyhood into being a fascinating man with a rich history that readers will look forward to discovering in the books yet to come. One particularly wonderful aspect of this novel is the beautiful poetry that highlights it. That feature alone will make bibliophiles want to buy a second copy, the audio form, to be able to hear the music of the words as well as reading them.

Book Review for Of Atlantis by Lanaia Lee

October 4, 2008

Archimedes loves his royal father, even though the older man carries as much or more fear of his son than any he might have when going into one of the many battles the King of Atlantis faces. Rather than the halcyon, highly advanced civilization many authors have portrayed the lost kingdom to be, this Atlantis is much like Greece or Rome, albeit a touch more magical Treachery, violence, forbidden love, religion, and politics make up the complex web that forms its society until the day the waves sweep it into being nothing more than a legend. Yet, it is not the end, for its last royal, Archimedes will live on through the ages. This is his story.

 In great detail, the author brings life in this imaginary society to such life that you can believe it truly existed.  Archimedes moves from boyhood into being a fascinating man with a rich history that readers will look forward to discovering in the books yet to come. One particularly wonderful aspect of this novel is the beautiful poetry that highlights it. That feature alone will make bibliophiles want to buy a second copy, the audio form, to be able to hear the music of the words as well as reading them.

Amanda Kilgore, author