Today marks the last guest author visit for my Father’s Day theme on the blog. I’m thrilled that author Shawn McGuire is sharing a scene from her latest book in the Wish Makers series Had a Great Fall featuring a dad. I just finished reading the first book, Sticks and Stones yesterday, and I absolutely LOVED it. I am looking forward to reading more. If this excerpt intrigues you (and come on, I know that cover art does), scroll on down to find the link to get yourself a copy. The first book in the series is still free on Amazon.
Everyone deserves happiness. Is Robin the exception?
A cross-country move to a new state offers Robin Westmore the chance to get away from the relentless bullies and reinvent himself. But on the first day at his new high school Robin finds himself in front of Zane, the school’s star pitcher and chief tormentor, at the exact wrong moment and right back into the role of victim. Hopeless, he wishes for it all to stop.
When Desiree, the new leader of the genies, grants Robin’s wish he’s sure things are finally going his way. But problems in the magical realm have made Desiree equally hopeless and too distracted to give Robin the attention he needs.
As Desiree hides from her responsibilities, Robin disappears into the video game he’s created. There he finds excitement, adventure, and control. When the game presents him with a real escape from his tortured life, will he take it?
A few minutes later, Dad came in the kitchen and set his gun and briefcase next to the door.
“Your hand still bothering you?” he asked.
I was opening it wide and closing it tight, trying to stretch out the pain.
“It’s cramping. Mom said she’d make an appointment for me.”
He plugged a pod into the machine and set his mug underneath.
“Good,” he said with a nod. “Your mom told me what happened yesterday.” He had this cautious way of talking to me since the attempt. Like if he spoke too loud or said anything remotely upsetting I’d go running back out to the garage again. “Everything okay?”
I thought of the pictures, gifs, and memes that had been posting throughout the night and couldn’t help smiling.
“Yeah. Everything’s fine.”
“Good.” He nodded as if verifying his feelings on it. “That’s good.”
“Mom wants us to have dinner together tonight,” I said. “She put it on your calendar.”
“Dinner,” he took out his phone and flipped to his calendar. “That looks good.”
Neither of us said anything more while plugged in the second pod. Once it was ready he screwed on the cover and grabbed his briefcase. “Would you do a favor for me? Put this back in the vault.”
He set his gun case on the counter next to me.
“No range today?” I asked.
“Nope. I’ve got dinner plans now.” He gave me a wink. “See you later.”
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Shawn McGuire is the author of young adult novels that blend contemporary settings and issues with a touch of fantasy and magic. She started writing after seeing the first Star Wars movie (that's episode IV) as a kid. She couldn't wait for the next movie to come out so wrote her own episodes. Sadly, those notebooks are long lost, but her desire to write is as strong now as it was then.
Her books deal with harder topics (dating violence, death of a sibling, divorce, substance abuse, runaways, bullying etc.) because she believes it is important to talk about these things. Those kinds of topics can be hard to handle and a bit overwhelming, so she infuses a bit of humor in her work as well because she also believes that a sense of humor can help you get through just about anything.
Shawn lives in Colorado with her family where she loves to read, cook and bake, craft, decorate her house, and spend time hiking and camping in the spectacular Rocky Mountains.
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