This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Corinna Turner’s book, “Mandy Lamb and the Full Moon.” It is a CWG Seal of Approval recipient! Can the world’s only half-sheep girl be friends with strange, dog-like orphan James, who keeps disappearing every full moon? Buy Link:
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Mandy Lamb is the world’s only half-sheep girl, thanks to a spot of well-meant but ill-advised genetic tinkering. She’s starting senior school and she’s about to meet James, a strange, dog-like orphan who has a bad habit of running off at the full moon. With danger on the way, will James prove friend or foe?
This page-turning rural fantasy is a heart-warming tale about friendship, trust, and courage–and not letting what you are define what you do. Those looking for a unique, challenging read will love this ‘animal yarn with a Christian twist.’
Buy the book to start reading Mandy and James’ adventure today!
The boy dropped over the high stone wall and landed lightly on his feet. He remained motionless for a moment, listening, then eased through the shrubbery until he could peep out. Round the front of the house he could just see a woman standing next to a car. He could hear her tapping her nails impatiently on the hood. He had very good hearing.
“Well?” the woman asked, as a man hurried out to join her. “Where is he?”
“There’s a rolled-up blanket in his bed. Didn’t you check last night?”
“No, I didn’t check. It’s about his ‘time of the month’, isn’t it? Do you think he chooses the full moon specially, just to wind us up?”
The boy loped across the lawn and let himself in quietly at the back door.
The woman went on, “I’m sick and tired of phoning the police only to have him come strolling back in time for breakfast. Quite frankly, I’ve reached the point where I’d rather not know if he’s taken himself off for a bit. But today? He seemed so keen on the idea of a fresh start!” She heaved a big sigh. “Well, I know he’s missing now. I shall have to phone the police.”
She swung around and started—the boy stood behind her. He had a rucksack on his back and a water-filled plastic bag in his hands with a big black goldfish swimming around inside.
“There you are!”
“You haven’t been waiting long, have you?” asked the boy politely.
The woman made an exasperated noise and opened the car door. “Come on, get in, then.”
The boy didn’t move.
“You haven’t yelled at me yet.”
The woman shook her head. “Oh no, James, in a few hours when we reach Wales you’ll be someone else’s problem and I shall let them waste their breath. In you get, now.”
The boy shrugged, slipped off the rucksack and stuffed it in the back as she got into the driver’s side. He settled into the passenger seat and put the fish on his lap.
She glanced at him. “Is that everything?”
“It’s all I want.”
“Well, be careful with that fish.”
“I’m always careful with my fish,” said the boy, flatly.
The woman glanced at him again, but stuck the key in the ignition rather than reply.
The man looked through the car window. “Bye, James. The new place sounds nice. Try to make it work, won’t you?”
The boy nodded his dark head sadly. “I’ll try.”Excerpt from Mandy Lamb and the Full Moon
CORINNA TURNER is the author of the I Am Margaret and unSPARKed series for young adults, as well as stand-alone works such as Elfling and Mandy Lamb and the Full Moon (for teens) and Someday (for older teens and adults). All of her novels have received the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval (except new releases for which the Seal may be in process). Liberation (‘I Am Margaret’ Book 3) was nominated for the Carnegie Medal Award 2016 and Elfling won first prize for ‘Teen and Young Adult Fiction’ in the Catholic Press Association 2019 Book Awards. Several of her other books have been placed in the CPA Awards and the Catholic Arts and Letters Awards.
Corinna Turner is a Lay Dominican with an MA in English from Oxford University, and lives in the UK. She has been writing since she was fourteen and likes strong protagonists with plenty of integrity. She used to have a Giant African Land Snail called Peter with a 6½” long shell—which is legal in the UK!—but now makes do with a cactus and a campervan. You can find out more at www.UnSeenBooks.com.
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2stn92K
Check it out: Amazon paperback currently $1 off as part of Corinna’s Lockdown Sale.