Friday, March 21, 2014

A Sandy Grave by Donna M. McDine + Giveaway

Title: A Sandy Grave
Author: Donna M. McDine
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 24
Language: English
Genre: Tween chapterbook
Format: Paperback, hardcover & eBook

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The anticipation of summer vacation can put anyone in a great mood with the excitement of adventures to be had--especially at the beach. But what is a group of friends to do when they discover mysterious men poaching whale teeth at the beach?

First Chapter:

In the back seat of the car, Leah closed her eyes and breathed deeply. The saltwater scent carried by the warm breeze filled her nose. A short block from the beach, Leah’s family car rolled to a stop at their rental house. She hopped from the car and kicked off her flip-flops, dying to feel the warm sand between her toes.

Shielding her eyes from the sun, she heard familiar voices, yelling her name. Squinting through little sunray twinkles, Leah saw Nicole and Hayley.

“It’s about time you got here,” Hayley said.

“It feels like we’ve been waiting forever,” Nicole said.

“I know how you feel. The car ride felt like forever, too,” Leah said. “I just need to take my bag inside, and then let’s head to the beach.”

The trio walked to the beach. Shouts roared over the rumble of the surf. They sprinted down the wooden-planked walkway over the dunes and stopped short.

Down by the water’s edge, a huge whale had washed up, and people swarmed around like bees on flowers.

“Holy cow! How the heck did a whale get here?” Leah pointed.

“Maybe someone caught it,” Hayley said.

Nicole let out a long sigh. “Get real. How could anyone catch something so big?”

The lifeguards had their arms extended and attempted to move the crowd back. The tallest lifeguard said, “People, please stay back. The authorities will arrive to examine the whale and determine the cause of death within the hour. We think the whale must have died at sea and washed ashore.”

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• By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
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• This giveaway begins March 3 and ends on April 25, 2014.
• Winner will be contacted via email.

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  1. Love this first chapter, Donna.

    1. Hi Cheryl,

      Delighted you are hooked!


  2. A mystery and an marine biology lesson all in one. Fabulous!

    1. Hi Lady Slpa,

      Thanks for stopping by, I'm delighted you are intrigued.


  3. I'm looking forward to purchasing this for my "future" grand children - wonderful story line and the illustrations are amazing

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      So pleased you stopped by and like A Sandy Grave. Julie created amazing illustrations. This is the second book she illustrated for me. She is amazing.