Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jimmy Spoon and the Pony Express

Hello everyone! After a gazillion reader requests, I'm happy to announce a nice new paperback and kindle edition for Jimmy Spoon and the Pony Express.   I hope you like it!!
    It's a continuation of the true story of Elijah Nicholas Wilson, the Mormon boy who ran away to live with the Shoshoni Indians in the mid-1800s.  This story opens in Salt Lake City when Jimmy sees an intriguing ad in the newspaper:
     "Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over 18.  Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily, orphans preferred.  Wages $24 a week ..."
     And no one is more qualified than Jimmy.  He had lived with the Shoshoni for years and had learned their ways.  No white boy could ride like Jimmy Spoon.  But fifty miles a day isn't an easy ride -- even for him.  And the trails are dangerous.  Living conditions are primitive; there are outlaws, angry tribes, blistering heat, and below-zero winters.  And all along, Jimmy yearns to return to his Shoshoni family, especially to rekindle his friendship with the lovely Nahanee ...

** "Terrific ... " - VOYA.
** "Exciting ... those who have not read Legend will certainly want to do so after finishing this one." - School Library Journal

Look for Longhand: One Writer's Journey, to be published Spring 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

STALKED: Danger and Furry, Ellis Island 1912

Good morning, reading friends!  I'm happy to show you the new cover for
Stalked: Danger and Furry, Ellis Island 1912, showing clipper ships in a foggy New York Harbor.  It's available in paperback and on Kindle.  I hope you like it!

** Awarded the GOLD MEDAL for Young Adult Mystery from Literary Classics.
** Kirkus Reviews calls it "An atmospheric confection that will thrill YA readers...Gregory achieves a realistic, rich atmosphere with insightful details about the immigration process and New York tenements in the early 1900s."
      When Rikke Svendsen, a 15-year-old Danish servant arrives at Ellis Island in 1912, she realizes that a fellow passenger on her voyage across the Atlantic -- whose advances she had spurned -- is stalking her. In the chaos of immigration and trying to flee him, she gets stranded in New York City instead of being able to meet family in Racine, Wisconsin. Relieved to have eluded the man, she finds work in the tenements as a seamstress for a film company and struggles to earn money for a train ticket north. Meanwhile, through letters and telegrams, she learns that mysterious accidents are befalling her loved ones in Racine with deadly results. As Rikke pieces together clues, frantic for her beloved Viggo, she seeks to unravel what or who is behind the terror.

Look for Longhand: One Writer's Journey, to be published Spring 2015.