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Author's Book Description: Amateur sleuth Annie Tillery has been warned to stay away from Nevshehir, Turkey, where she is heading to meet her boyfriend, Ty Egan, and Cedric Zeeks, Ty’s best friend. Intent on helping the two excavate an archeological site where they hope to link human remains to the first African ancestors, Annie does her best to shakes her foreboding feelings as her plane lands in Istanbul and she prepares to embark on her next adventure.
But when a stranger claims he is there to pick her up and then disappears once he sees Ty, Annie is immediately thrown back into worry mode—especially after Ty tells her there is unexplained tension surrounding the dig and she receives a threatening note at the hotel. Still, as the three head to Nevshehir, Annie is buoyed by the excitement surrounding ancient Turkey and the possibility of uncovering secrets. The dig is plagued by accidents and theft, however, and the three friends, assisted by the head archeologist’s twins, must search the ancient city of Istanbul and the caves of fantastic Cappadocia to find who is sabotaging their work.
In this young adult thriller, detective Annie Tillery must once again walk on a dangerous path in an attempt to unravel a complicated mystery and solve the secrets in the fairy chimneys.
Annie Tillery Mysterys book three ‘Secrets In The Fairy Chimneys’ can be summed up as Indiana Jones meets Nancy Drew with the skills and precision of CSI. A mystery unfolds amidst a mix of ancient history and modern innovation, in an ageless Eastern country where time moves at a camel’s pace.
Dedicated research by author Linda Maria Frank leaves no stone unturned while great description text transports the reader to the streets of Turkey with it mosques and minarets, towers and modern buildings. One of my favorite quotes from the book is “Water droplets plunked into the pool from the vaulted ceiling. After the heat of the bazaar and the street chase, it was deliciously cool. Ornate columns with carved capitals supported the ceiling. The bases were decorated with animal and human figures. There were a few visitors, but the enormity of the space muffled their conversations.”
Strong characters with great dialog brings us to dusty archeological site in one of the oldest towns in human history called Catalhoyuk. Nothing can explain it better than this quote: “We were in a valley of shapes I couldn’t believe were not made by humans, humans with a fabulous imagination. Conical formations called fairy chimneys in various sizes spread away from us in every direction. The color of bleached bones, they sat majestically among the gray-green brush and white claylike soil. The air shimmered from the heat. I could smell the odor of clay mixed with a faint herbal scent that must have come from the brush.”
Cosponsors from Vermont University are looking for a DNA connection between residents of Catalhoyuk and our original nomadic ancestors in Africa. Annie Tillery and her team go to work excavating this archeological site with all its inherit dangers and a mystery brings out the detective in Annie.
From the spell of an Ouija board to a magical balloon ride in the sky nothing is lost as this time and space makes all their senses come alive with amazing black and white graphics that bring the main characters to life.
Students and young adults of all ages will enjoy Annie Tillery Mysteries. Although a series each book is unique and stands alone with no need to read in a particular sequence.
Cold Coffee Press endorses ‘Secrets In The Fairy Chimneys’ and the Annie Tillery Mysteries by Linda Maria Frank. We received a PDF version of this book for review. Review completion date February 5, 2015. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press: http://www.coldcoffeepress.com
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About The Author: After many years in the teaching profession, Linda Maria Frank, the author of Annie Tillery Mysteries, has launched a new career. Inspired by a childhood passion for the Nancy Drew series and the popular television series, CSI, she successfully married an appealing heroine (Annie Tillery) with gripping story plots to create these new fiction books for mystery readers.
THE MADONNA GHOST has earned the distinctive “Editor’s Choice” and “Rising Star” awards. As a result of this book, Frank is included in the Authors Show 2013 Edition of “50 Great Writers You Should be Reading”. GIRL WITH PENCIL DRAWING, the second book in the series, ramps up the adventure and suspense. Annie stays one step ahead of the bad guys by the skin of her teeth. The third Annie Tillery Mystery, SECRETS IN THE FAIRY CHIMNEYS, takes Annie to Turkey where caves, treasure pirates and saboteurs threaten to close down the archeological dig where she and her friends are working to unlock the secrets in the oldest town ever discovered.
Continuing her passion for her former career in education, she has put lesson plans for her books on her website, www.lindamaria.com, and other teacher websites. Her conviction is that you can make your child a life-long reader by introducing them to exciting fiction that will provoke them to ask questions about the world they live in, or would like to know about.
Before venturing into writing, Frank’s first love was teaching science, her assignments ranging from Middle School to graduate level courses at Hofstra and Adelphi Universities. She was the science chairperson for the last five years of her career at Seaford, L.I. Schools. She was awarded teacher of the year in Seaford High School in 1989. She won an award from the American Association of University Women for her ability to inspire young women to pursue careers in science.
At Hofstra University she taught courses in forensic Science and Biotechnology at Hostra College, as well as Science Methods courses in the School of Education. It was the Forensic Science courses that gave her the story lines for her heroine, Annie, who is based on a composite of former beloved students.
She recently retired from Adelphi University where she supervised science student teachers. To quote, “Writing, publishing, and marketing books is a full time job, and it’s time to change careers.”
Today she collaborates with children’s author, Karen Bonnet, to do presentations about their books and their journeys in self-publishing. Linda and Karen give a portion of the proceeds from their books to the Interfaith Nutritional Network, and are planning a series of programs for the Boys and Girl Club.
She also collaborates with author, Lois W. Stern, on a project called Tales2Inspire, a writing contest, an anthology of inspiring stories, and a marketing platform where authors help authors.
Presently Frank is involved in a project at LTV in East Hampton called “The Writer’s Dream”, an interview show where authors discuss the many different aspects of the profession. The show is aired on Cablevision 20.
Her ultimate goals are: to find an agent who will present my books to TV or film, to find venues to present my books and programs, and to organize book fairs as events for non-profit organizations to raise money.
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Between the Indian Nations and Texas lies an area on the south side of the Red River that was once the winter camp for the likes of the notorious guerrillas, William Clarke Quantrill, Bloody Bill Anderson and later, the James Gang—known as Delaware Bend. The same northeast portion of Cooke County, Texas in 1896 was the center of a massive rustling operation by the Red River Gang. Texas Ranger Bodie Hickman enlists the aid of Deputy United States Marshals Bass Reeves and Jack McGann to go undercover to end this scourge once and for all. But, the Red River Gang slaughters a sixteen man patrol of US Army soldiers to acquire a new weapon—a deadly Gatling Gun. Bass and Jack add Marshal Brushy Bill Roberts and Chickasaw Lighthorse Osí Hommá and Bodie calls upon fellow Texas Ranger Walt Durbin, to bolster their forces against the gang. Will it be enough when they have to face the awesome firepower of a ten barrel Gatling Gun? Who's the mysterious person behind the massive rustling operation? Find out in the exciting fourth novel in the award winning and best-selling Bass Reeves saga of The Nations—ACROSS the RED.
About The Author: Ken Farmer - After proudly serving his country as a US Marine (call sign 'Tarzan'), Ken attended Stephen F. Austin State University on a full football scholarship, receiving his Bachelors Degree in Business and Speech & Drama. Ken quickly discovered his love for acting when he starred as a cowboy in a Dairy Queen commercial. Ken has over 41 years as a professional actor/writer/director, with memorable roles in Silverado, The Newton Boys, Friday Night Lights, Uncommon Valor and over 260 commercials.
He raised registered Beefmaster cattle and Quarter Horses for thirty years at his ranch in east Texas...was a professional Team Penner, competing in the National Finals several times. Ken was the on-camera spokesman for Wolf Brand Chili for eight years and performed in the Ben Johnson Pro/Celebrity Charity Rodeos until Ben's death in '96. Ken now lives near Gainesville, TX, where he continues to write novels and teach acting and writing workshops.
Buck Stienke and Ken Farmer have combined their creativity in writing over twenty-five screen and teleplays, some of which have received award winning recognition like their movie, Rockabilly Baby, written and directed by Ken.
One such recent collaboration resulted in a outstanding screenplay adaptation from the hit novel by John Eastman, "Verdict in Search of a
Crime". The script is now in Hollywood. John Eastman's work and friendship inspired Ken and Buck to write Black Eagle Force. We have released our fourth Black Eagle Force novel in less than one year, "Black Eagle Force: Blood Ivory" and a spin-off, "Blood Brothers" just came out Sept. 20. We have also recently released our historical fiction westerns, "THE NATIONS" and the sequel, "Haunted Falls". All are on Amazon. We just released on Dec. 10, BEF #5, "Black Eagle Force: Fourth Reich". Ken just released the third in the Bass Reeves, The Nations western series, "Hell Hole". He and Buck are finishing "Legend of Aurora". A foray into a new genera, SciFy. "Legend" was released late spring, 2014. The sequel, "Aurora: Invasion" was released Sept. 27. My novel, "Hell Hole", will soon be available in Audio format, narrated by Ken.
Author Ken Farmer’s Published Books (some with other contributors):
Across The Red (The Nations Book 4) – by Ken Farmer and Buck Stienke
Acting Is Storytelling – by Ken Farmer
Aurora: Invasion (Black Eagle Force Book 6) - by Ken Farmer and Buck Stienke
Black Eagle Force: Blood Ivory (Volume 4) - by Ken Farmer, Buck Stienke and Doran Ingrham
Black Eagle Force: Eye of the Storm (Unabridged) - by Ken Farmer and Buck Stienke
Black Eagle Force: Fourth Reich (Black Eagle Force Series) - by Ken Farmer and Buck Stienke
Black Eagle Force: Sacred Mountain (Volume 2) - by Ken Farmer and Buck Stienke
Blood Brothers (A Mark Ingram Adventure Book 1) - by Ken Farmer, Buck Stienke and Doran Ingrham
Haunted Falls (The Nations Book 2) - by Ken Farmer and Buck Stienke
Hell Hole (The Nations Book 3) – by Ken Farmer
Legend Of Aurora - by Ken Farmer and Buck Stienke
Return Of The Starfighter (Black Eagle Force Book 3) - by Ken Farmer and Buck Stienke
The Nations - by Ken Farmer and Buck Stienke
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