I would like to introduce you to a new author on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore with here books… K.D. Dowdall and her featured YA/Fantasy book Delphi Altair – Strange Beginnings Book 1
On the day of her mother’s funeral, Megan Donnelly finds a mysterious package, wrapped in faded brown paper and twine on her dresser by the window. She had no idea where it came from or how it got there. Megan got up from the edge of her bed and walked over to it, wondering who could have sent it. Her ginger-colored bangs fell over her hazel eyes in feathery wisps. She pushed the bangs aside, and as she did, she looked down at her black dress shoes. She noticed bits of red dirt still clung to the bottom of her shoes. She inhaled sharply as a wave of grief enveloped her. Exhaling slowly, she picked up the package with her name scrawled on it and sat down on the edge of her bed.
She tore at the brown paper wrapping and stared at the ancient-looking leather bound journal that included a lock and a silver key on a chain. She looked down at the journal on her lap and ran her fingers over the aged leather binding. It looked old and it even smelled old—like mothballs. She considered for a moment something she had not thought of— maybe my mom sent this package! It would be just like her to try to comfort me, but there was no note or card from her or anyone else. Megan slipped the silver chain with the key over her head. It felt warm against her skin. She put the key in the lock and turned it.
Thankful for any distraction from her grief, she shrugged her slender shoulders and flipped it open to the first age-yellowed page. It was written in an old style with ornate flourishes by a skilled hand—like historical letters, she had seen in museums. Megan, perplexed as to who could have sent her the journal, began to read it in the hopes that it might reveal the sender. What she found was a letter of instruction written to whosoever finds this journal.
What would happen next as she continued to read the journal, would change her life forever.
One of the reviews for the book
Simply put, this young adult novel is beautifully done and should be picked up by any fan of epic fantasy stories. I am very impressed by Dowdall’s ability to weave together so many characters and story-lines into a cohesive whole (it reminded me of the way Dickens and Tolkien are so deftly able to do this).
The story takes place mostly in three settings: in a briny, seaside town sometime in the past, in a beautifully evocative land called Janji, and then in a familiar-seeming town sometime in the present day (where McDonald’s and Diet coke and movies exist). Whether Dowdall is evoking an other-worldly one (filled with magical creatures, such as Snagettes and Tittlecrests) or an earthly one (with clam chowder boiling on the stove and nasty schoolteachers pounding paddles on their desks), her scenes are drawn with such detail that they will pull you in, time and time again.
I really can’t recommend this book enough. Try it! You’ll be hooked and waiting for the next one.
Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Delphi-Altair-Beginnings-K-Dowdall-ebook/dp/B00PCRPPMO
Also by K. D. Dowdall
An editorial review for Garrett’s Bones
Writer’s Digest 24th Self-Published Book Awards, Judge 11 writes:
In Garrett’s Bones, a genre novel by K. D. Dowdall, we are presented with a historical thriller, with complex overtones of supernatural intrigue and a dash of romance. At the heart of this story are two young people who set out to clear their names the only way they know how, and in a way, that gets them more enmeshed in darkness. The narrative is tightly woven and compelling, moving at a fast pace while still allowing the reader to experience a true depth of characterization as they develop a full appreciation of the events as they take place. The chapters are nicely paced, with enough meat to make them satisfying but not so ponderous as to make it difficult to keep track of the narrative as it develops. . The overall design of the book is professional, while the cover image for the book is striking and haunting,perfectly in sync with the ideas presented in the book. Writer’s Digest, Judge 11.
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-DeMers-Dowdall/e/B00JO0Q4AM
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-DeMers-Dowdall/e/B00JO0Q4AM
Read more reviews and follow Karen on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7394355.K_D_Dowdall
About Karen DeMers Dowdall
Karen DeMers Dowdall (K. D. Dowdall), born in New England, has a Master’s degree in Nursing and a PhD in Nutrition, spent her elementary-grade school years in the small farming community of Salmon Brook, settled in 1680 by a stalwart group of Europeans.
She grew up exploring its hauntingly dark forest preserve, swimming in Salmon Brook with a plethora of the unexplained, exploring Rock Fall Caves, and ice-skating on a “haunted” pond in winter.
Karen has also traveled abroad and has lived in the Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, and England
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I hope you will head over and check Karen’s blog and books. Thanks for stopping by … Sally