Today I have my first guest blogger, Cherley Grogg. Cherley is the author of "Stamp Out Murder" and "The Secret in Grandma's Trunk". Please welcome Cherley as she tells us a bit about herself and the inspiration for her YA (adults will also enjoy) novel "The Secret in Grandma's Trunk" She also is our 'fearless' leader on Writing Wrangles and Warriors blog site.
Take it away Cherley!
I’m so glad to have this opportunity to share a little about myself and my children’s novel “The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk”, which is free to download from Amazon for a limited time. The inspiration for the book came from my grandsons. I have three grandsons and a granddaughter. My granddaughter loves to read, but the boys do not, so I decided to write a book they would love to read. I knew it’d have to have strong kids in it, strong physically and head strong too. The characters would all have to be realistic with problems and scuffles among themselves, it would have to be fast paced and full of adventure. Plus my grandsons like sports and girls so I needed to put that in there as well. I couldn’t leave my granddaughter without someone to relate to so I gave the brothers in the story a female cousin who could keep up with them in most things and top them in other things. In addition to the children, there are some strong, funny and interesting adult characters. This book appeals to people of all ages.
The main character in “The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk”, Brandon is not quiet. He’s very outgoing and loud. He’s a leader and his outgoing boisterous personality works well for him, but not listening also gets him into a lot of trouble. Jordan his cousin is a female version of Brandon, but Jacob his brother is the opposite. He’s a quiet listener, a thinker. The 13 year olds get in a passel of trouble because of not listening, and Jacob quietly follows them.
Cherley, can you give us a sample of your book?
Here’s the Blurb: A teen's life disrupts when his Great-Grandmother, a stranger comes to live with him and his family. She upsets his life so much that he stoops pretty low to get rid of her, including trying to find a way to get into the oversized trunk she has stored in his garage. Spunky Grandma keeps the key in a special place.
The kids expect treasure, but discover a terrible secret instead, which puts Grandma in danger’s way. Will she turn to her grandchildren for help or to a young ghost?
This is an excerpt from Chapter Fourteen:
Jacob looked astounded. "How in the world did you pull that off?"
"A girl has to have stuff." She grinned. "You know girl's stuff."
"No, we don't know, and we don't want to know. The important thing is you got the card." Brandon reached for the credit card.
"I want to know," Jacob said.
"Believe me, you don't want to know," Jordan laughed as she handed the card to Brandon. "Hurry up. I need to get Dad's card back to him before Mom's out of the shower."
In the next chapter the kids went to play soccer. Grandma went with them. Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 15:
Lilly turned to Grandma. "It doesn't matter what she thinks, she's not on our team. I don't know why the coach favors Jordan. Maybe he feels sorry for her. She's so big and clunky."
Grandma's eyes flashed, and her little fist doubled up. Brandon hoped she wouldn't spit. He put his hand on Grandma's shoulder. "Let's go."
"I'll go, but I want her to know that Jordan sure is big. She has a big heart, and a big personality, and she's twice the lady that girl is. She would never put someone else down to try to make herself look better."
"I don't need to put her down to make myself look better. I always look good."
Grandma turned her head and spit.
Cherley, what is the link to your book?
“The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” is free from Amazon; I hope you will enjoy it.
Free on Amazon-limited time http://www.amazon.com/Secret-in-Grandmas-Trunk-ebook/dp/B0089MAPG0/ref=tmm_kin_title_0
How can readers find you and what you are doing next?
Join me on my Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/cherleygroggfanpage
Here's a link to my website : http://cherley.webs.com/
Cher'ley's Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores.
Stamp Out Murder” and "The Secret in Grandma's Trunk" This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren.
Cherley, thank you so much for joining me as my first guest. It has been a pleasure and continues success on your writing. Doris