Release Date:January 7th, 2007
Book Preview: "The Stone Beach"
When Caroline begins her last year of middle school, she barely recognizes her best friend. Brenda dresses differently. She blows off classes, homework and friends. But has Brenda really changed, or is Caroline just seeing her with new eyes?
Caroline has worries that Brenda doesn't even understand. Her fifteen-year-old cat, Casey, is sick and the vet has been hinting that it's time to put him to sleep. How can Caroline lose her two best friends at once.
In the next few months, Caroline learns that some friendships are not worth keeping, others are worth fighting for and still others will endure into the afterlife.
Caroline is learning that life isn't always easy but with the right friend you can deal with what life throws at you.This book is a real tear jerker. Definitely a minimum 2 hankie read. This one makes a real impact, but keep the Kleenex handy.
Reviewed by: Red Roses for Authors
4 1/2 Roses
The night was silent. Unnaturally silent. No crickets, no frogs, no rustling leaves. A chill shook Caroline. As she bent to pick Casey up, a shadow burst out of the bushes, knocking her to the ground.
Except she'd felt nothing, even as it pushed past her. No, not past her. Through her!
Another long wraith erupted from the bushes, and then another and another until the beach was filled with the bounding shadows. They ran along the edge of the river, never touching the water.
"They're cats!" said Caroline.
Orange cats, black cats, striped, calico. Hundreds of cats.
She held onto Casey as the ghostly cats ran around them. He mewled, and Caroline bent herself over him, protecting him from the wraiths. They caterwauled with an ear-splitting howl. Caroline covered her ears but nothing could block out the piercing noise. She shut her eyes tight, but she could still feel the wind against her skin as they swirled around her.
Casey squirmed in her arms, and Caroline held on tight. The ghost cats wanted him. Deep in her heart, she knew it. They wanted to drag him off on their monstrous hunt.
They screamed and raced around the beach until Caroline thought she would go mad.
As suddenly as they'd appeared, they were gone. Caroline opened her eyes to see the last ones running on sleek soundless paws along the river's edge. They melted away, shadows into shadows.
In the silence that followed, Casey mewed loudly. One of his eyes drooped shut. Caroline had to get him home, but she couldn't move. She looked over at Aimee, who also looked frozen in place. Aimee met her eyes and shook her head.
There was nothing to say.