Book: Silver and the Castlestone House Mystery by Ray Boydstuncategories: Book, Magic Witches, Family Death, Strong Female Lead, Forever Friendships, Super-Human Spirit, Vanquish Victory, Peril Revenge, Wreaking Havoc Terror, Deadly Danger, Talent Gifts, Concealed Secrets, Illusive Mystery, Mystery Fiction
Ray Boydstunabout this book: This is a book I started to write at 8 years old in 1977 after being inspired by an author and a picture of a girl on horseback swiftly escaping a frightening house. I finished it at 12 years old. It was originally about an 11-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy who lived in the forests of Texas and got around on horseback. When I found the manuscript in 2003 I reworked it into two 14-year-old protagonists with magical powers who lived in the desert of Texas during the summer of 1980. I thought about the 1930s and 1940s children's chapter books when I rewrote it and to me has a lot of dreamy feel to it.
This is an excerpt from the book: They talked on the ride back, but not a lot, because they were really into the fun they were having on the bicycles. They were like cruising easy riders, with the wind blowing through their hair, feeling good, enjoying each other's company. If it weren't for these bicycles, they wouldn't be here together in this moment in time, and they wouldn't be getting around so easily. They laughed happily out loud, feeling liberated from the crowd at the roller rink. They felt comfortable together riding down the road on the bicycles.
As they neared Silver's rental house, about one mile away, they could hear the drone of a vehicle approaching them from behind. Instinctively, they arranged themselves in line on the right shoulder of the road, Silver behind Alex. They could feel the scary vibration the large vehicle caused speeding down the hot blacktop road. It grew stronger the closer it came to them.
Something didn't feel right. Both teenagers looked over their left shoulders to see a small moving van heading directly at them from behind.
Silver swerved to the right to avoid being hit, but it wasn't enough. She screamed in horror.
Thank you very much.
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