Saturday, June 2, 2012

Featured Author Alison DeLuca

Over the next week, Library Girl Reads & Reviews is featuring author Alison DeLuca. Today I will introduce you to Alison and her books plus give you a chance to win paperback copies of the first two books in the Crown Phoenix Series. Tomorrow I'll have excerpts from the books. Then Tuesday there will be a guest post from Alison. I'm also going to be participating in Armchair BEA for the first time this year so those posts will be going up over the next week as well.

Alison DeLuca grew up on an organic farm in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Her parents were British, so in the summers she went to stay with her grandparents near Dublin.

There was no stereo or TV there, so Alison, her sister, and her cousins spent the summer inventing stories and plays for each other. “This gave me the ability to entertain myself with my own imagination in any situation,” she says. “We used to be taken to tea with great-aunts, and we were expected to sit on an uncomfortable couch and not move or say a word. It was possible to endure it because I was watching my own little stories play out in my mind.”

After graduating from West Chester University, Alison became a teacher of English and Spanish, teaching students from kindergarten up to college level. She loved teaching, and it was with reluctance that she left the classroom to be a fulltime mom when her daughter was born.

While she was teaching and raising her daughter, Alison took every free minute she had to write. The Night Watchman Express and The Crown Phoenix Series were the result.

She is currently working on the final book in the series, as well as several other projects.

About the Books:

The Night Watchman Express

Each night, thirteen-year-old Miriam hears the eerie whistle of the Night Watchman Express.

The sound of the train gives her visions of an underground factory and a terrifying laboratory...

Miriam has only her guardians' son for company, and she and Simon dislike each other from the start. But they must find a way to trust each other, or they will end up on the sinister Night Watchman Express.

Full of danger, suspense, betrayal, and a hint of romance, this steampunk adventure is for readers of all ages.

Devil's Kitchen

In The Night Watchman Express, Miriam and Simon were kidnapped and thrown on the strange train... Now in Book Two of The Crown Phoenix series, they arrive at the terrifying destination known as Devil's Kitchen.

There they will face human experiments in a laboratory known as The Infirmary.

There Miriam will be forced to work in an underground factory.

There Simon is held in a luxurious prison by jailers who are as beautiful as they are deadly...

And their courage will be tested to the breaking point.

The Lamplighter's Special

Lizzie and her beautiful sister Ninna are forced to work in a huge Manor and on a steamship to support their family.

They are caught up in several mysteries:
  • The squire’s oldest son cannot leave the attic
  • An old typewriter seems to move time and space
  • A passenger hides in a secret room
  • A beautiful visitor is plotting against them
And Lizzie discovers that she has a strange, new ability.

She and her sister must discover the secrets of The Lamplighter’s Special before their enemy catches up with them.

The Giveaway

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