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THE SECRET ROOM

(Amber-Autumn Series, #4)

by

JOHN ALEXANDER

  Genre: Children’s Mystery / Chapter Book

Date of Publication: October 14, 2017

Number of Pages: 159

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Cover Hi Res PNGAmber and Autumn, elementary school sisters, don’t seek out problems to solve, but they often find themselves engaged in uncovering truths, solving mysteries, and helping others in the process. Autumn’s natural curiosity, combined with her boldness, leads her to push for answers to anything she does not understand. Amber, her older sister, more cautious and easily spooked, prefers to let Autumn drive ahead to solve mysteries which come their way, but her keen skills of observation often lead to the resolutions they seek.

In The Secret Room, the girls, during their stay at a  B&B, discover a long-forgotten room in the attic and uncover its secrets. The story takes place at the House of Seasons, a bed-and-breakfast in historic Jefferson, Texas. Their quest to uncover secrets takes the girls on a journey through Jefferson history including a cemetery, a river boat tour, and even an evening ghost walk.

PRAISE FOR THE SECRET ROOM:

“Great book, really enjoyed reading.  I’d guess a target audience would be 7 to 13-year-olds. Thank you for allowing me the honor to preview your book.  I look forward to purchasing your published work.” — Joseph (Teen Beta reader)

The Secret Room is a fun read. Not only is it a mystery; it also contains some of the history of Jefferson, Texas, and the surrounding area, as well as pictures of some special places there. Children and adults will enjoy reading it, just as I did.  — Carol (Adult Beta Reader)

“Overall I thought it was a great book. I would be excited to read the next book in the series.” –Madeline (4th grade Beta Reader)

“The whole time I liked the suspense and the mystery side of it.” – Beta Reader

“I relate more to Amber because she doesn’t like a situation without light and she doesn’t like doing scary things first. She sends her little sister in to do it first and I do that. Amber is the older sister and so am I.” – Beta Reader

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: JOHN ALEXANDER

Who are some of the authors you feel were influential in your work?  

All the ghostwriters under the pseudonyms of Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon, who penned the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series.

 

What did you find most useful in learning to write for publication?  

Meeting peers and writing professionals are critical. Critique groups provide valuable feedback. SCBWI events provide valuable learning opportunities. Conferences provide exposure to industry professionals. Everything I have leveraged so far has been valuable.

 

What are some day jobs that you have held?  Have any of them impacted your writing?

I spent many years in high tech. The values I learned (creativity (5 patents), integrity, respect for others, completing projects on time) all serve me well in my writing career.

 

How has your formal education influenced or impacted your writing?

BS in Physics, BA in Math, and an MBA are not the typical route to a literary career, but they did stimulate creativity and prepared me to be unafraid to tackle something new.

 

What do you like to read in your free time?

I am reading rhyming picture books, my latest endeavor, such as those by Dr. Seuss.

 

What projects are you working on at the present?

Rhyming picture books designed to inspire a moral compass for our next generation.

What do your plans for future projects include?

Find an agent or publisher for my picture book texts.

 

What does your perfect writing spot look like? Is that what your ACTUAL writing spot looks like? 

I am fortunate to be able to write in my office. I have my laptop on my desk facing a window with bookshelves behind me. It is my special place.

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AuthorPic John AlexanderJohn writes chapter books that appeal to elementary school children to capture their imagination and help them discover the love of reading early in life. John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife and his King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Charlie Brown.

 

John spent his childhood in a small town in east Texas. He attended college at the University of Texas earning a BS in Physics and a BA in Math (minor in Computer Science). His years in the high-tech industry, most of it on the “bleeding edge,” allowed him to develop new technology with software.

 

John had the privilege of co-authoring two editions of CallManager Fundamentals. The two books sold over 23,000 copies, exceeding the publisher’s goal of 8,000. Having discovered his love for writing while still working in high tech, he began writing fiction in his spare time and published The Enclave, a mystery / suspense novel, in 2010.

 

After leaving high-tech in 2014, he now spends full time pursuing his writing passion. He loves writing books that help children discover early in life that reading is a fun adventure. He recently released illustrated editions of the first three books in the Amber-Autumn mystery series: Christmas Garden Illustrated, Grandfather’s Blessing Illustrated, and Golden Campout Illustrated. The Secret Room is the fourth book in the series.

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GRAND PRIZE: Signed copies of all four Amber-Autumn series books + $10 Starbucks Gift Card

TWO RUNNERS-UP: Signed copy of The Secret Room

November 27-December 6, 2017

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