Tuesday, March 6, 2018

**Giveaway** The Cadence of Gypsies by Barbara Casey **Review & Author Interview**

Book Details:

Book Title: The Cadence of Gypsies (Book 1 of The F.I.G. Mysteries)by Barbara Casey
Category: YA fiction, 272 pages
Genre: Literary/Mystery
Publisher: Gauthier Publications/Hungry Goat Press
Release date: April 2015 (e-Book)
Content Rating: PG-13 (A few expletives, mild sexual innuendo)

Book Description:

On her 18th birthday, Carolina Lovel learned that she was adopted and was given a letter written by her birth mother in an unknown language. After years of research she travels to Italy on a mission to find the truth about her past. Carolina is accompanied by three extremely gifted but mischievous students the FIGs from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. In an effort to help their favorite teacher, the FIGs will have to use their special abilities to decipher the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world, and the one thing that is strangely similar to what Carolina was given. Their search will take them into the mystical world of gypsy tradition and magic, more exciting and dangerous than any of them could have imagined.

This isn't my typical read but I like going out of my box if the book really does sound good. The plot sounded really interesting and pulled me in so I was looking forward to going out of my comfort zone. Although the beginning was slow as the author was laying the groundwork of the foundation to the story, I soon found myself completely immersed in the story and am so glad I had the other two books already on hand to continue the story. It was fun and captivating to see their uniquely different stories and how they come together in a sisterhood that will forever keep them united, an unbreakable bond. I enjoyed the different perspectives of each girl, it was done in such a way that it didn't confuse me as the reader. I was pleasantly surprised I liked this book and I look forward to sharing my thoughts on the last two books :)
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About the Author:

Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction true crime and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her nonfiction true crime book, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll Behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency. Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. Barbara is also a partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in cutting-edge adult nonfiction. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband, and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix; Fitz, a miniature dachshund; and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.

Connect with the author:  Website

Interview with Barbara Casey

How did you come up with the idea for The FIG Mystery Series?
Thank you, Elisha, for inviting me to be with you.
When I attended NC State University in Raleigh, I used to drive by an orphanage each day on my way to class. It was an imposing building on acres of manicured lawns, beautiful trees, and stone buildings, and I often wondered about the children who lived there. Many years later, after I became a published author of several adult novels, I remembered that orphanage and decided it was time to write about it.

Was it difficult to find a publisher?
The Cadence of Gypsies has all of the elements to make a good book:  mystery, suspense, orphans, humor, and gypsies all wrapped in a touch of the unbelievable. I was fortunate to find a publisher who loved it, and it was she who encouraged me to make it into a series.

In The Cadence of Gypsies, Book 1 in the series, the Voynich Manuscript plays a big part. How did you make the connection between it and the three “Females of Intellectual Genius (FIGs)?
Each of the FIGs—Dara, Mackenzie, and Jennifer—have IQs in the genius range. In addition to that, each girl has developed exceptional talents within that genius. For Dara, it is her innate knowledge of understanding foreign and obsolete languages. Mackenzie’s genius involves problem-solving and little-understood mathematical formulations. Jennifer’s genius is her talent in art and music. Using these gifts they were born with, they are able to help their teacher learn the truth about her own background and how it connects to the most mysterious document in the world—the Voynich Manuscript.

How many more books do you plan to write in the FIG Mystery Series?
There are three books already published: The Cadence of Gypsies, The Wish Rider, and The Clock Flower. I will write one more book to complete the series, and I have started my research for it.

What will you write once you have completed the FIG Mystery Series?
First I will grieve. These characters have been living in my imagination for several years now. I have been through a lot with them as they have searched for the answers as to why they were orphans. Each time I finished writing the first three books, my husband set a box of tissue on my desk because he knew I would be emotional. I am already emotional about the last book in the series, but I have to write it in order to complete all of the stories of these three remarkable young women. Following that, I am under contract to write another adult nonfiction book.
Thank you again, Elisha, for your interest in my writing, and especially the FIG Mystery Series. I wish you and your bloggers my very best.

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