Magdalena Gottschalk: The Crooked Trail
***** 2018 Readers' Favorite Finalist in Children - PreTeen Category *****
***** 2017 NYC Big Book Award Winner for Juvenile Fiction *****
Lily Brooke, where small town charm and a hidden secret converge one fateful late autumn night. The demons of the past are determined to never be locked away again. MALB, the Mystical Alliance of Lily Brooke, consists of six childhood friends that are bound together in loyalty, friendship, and courage. Together, they all face the unleashed enchantments that are haunting the children after their discovery of the forbidden sacrificial cave, crooked trail, and mysterious treehouse. Magdalena has always known she is different from the others, but the cause has always escaped her, until now. Coming to grips with her soul purpose, she must gather courage she never knew she possessed to save her friends and family from the evil forces hiding amongst them.
Magdalena Gottschalk: The Crooked Trail, is a middle grades to young adult epic fantasy fiction novel, that explores faith, unity, differences, belief in a higher power, magic, and teamwork. It will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat, begging to turn the page, while written for audiences of all ages. With a touch of southern charm and tradition, this novel takes you on a journey not for the faint of heart. Witches, wizards, demons, black magic, and soul searching all have their place in the quaint little town of Lily Brooke.
About M. Gail Grant (Atlanta, Georgia Author)
Writing has always been my underlying passion in life. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a formal minor in Sociology, as I felt understanding and studying human behavior on the individual and collective level, would apply to anything and everything I chose to do in life. Identified as being a strong writer for my age, at the time, I attended a summer literary writer's camp around age twelve. I flourished and loved every moment of my experience and it has stayed with me throughout adulthood.
The desire to write has always been an integral part of who I am and about eight months ago I decided my time is now. I have always been an avid reader of topics from intense young adult fantasy and thrillers to light hearted summer romances. In middle school summers, I used to stay up to the wee hours of the morning reading because I just couldn’t put the book down. This basic idea, not being able to put a book down, is the principal I have built on while writing my first novel. It has moments of ease, moments of intensity, moments of humor. I strive to offer some of my own personality in my writings. There is a time for sweetness, a time for seriousness, and always a time for kindness and life lessons. My style isn’t made up. It is simply who I am, on paper.
Melinda Gail resides in Canton, Georgia with her three daughters, husband of over twenty years, and two adorable fur babies. Surrounded by the north Georgia mountains, the scenery provides for inspirational settings for her novels. Being raised in the south, she brings a little southern flair and tradition to her characters all the while remembering the adventurous nature of middle grades to young adult age children. With a passion for the extraordinary and imagination, Melinda hopes you enter a world of fantasy as you see life through the eyes of the characters.