May 18, 2012 in Books (F)
[prMac.com] Bethesda, Maryland - MB Publishing and its distribution partners are thrilled to announce a just-in-time-for-summer release of a new middle-grade adventure, Celtic Run: A Jake McGreevy Novel. Written by debut author Sean Vogel, it is the first in a series of books and is now available in softcover, as well as in the iTunes iBooksstore and on various e-platforms via PicPocket Books and BookBaby, and in audio throughTales2Go. The novel was narrated by Ax Norman, an in-demand New York-based actor and voiceover artist. Emma Walton Hamilton, best-selling author and editorial director of the Julie Andrews Collection, is the editor of this new, exciting series.
This fast-paced action tale revolves around a 14-year-old gadget whiz named Jake McGreevy. His idyllic class trip to Ireland to learn about his Irish ancestry on the bucolic Dingle Peninsula unexpectedly turns into a breakneck-paced hunt for clues to a vast treasure trove that has been missing since ships from the Spanish Armada sank off the Irish coast more than 400 years ago. Close encounters with determined thieves, who are on the same trail of clues, force McGreevy to concoct outrageously ingenious devices and heroic schemes to foil them. Along the way, McGreevy finds romance with a local lass, tussles with a class bully, loses and has to save his best friend, Julie, and relentlessly leads the hunt, the success of which represents his best chance to restore his life to the one he once enjoyed before his father's accident.
Sean Vogel explains, "I began writing as a necessary diversion from the boredom I encountered during my tour of duty in Iraq. A pen is much easier to carry than a guitar." A recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, Vogel has traveled around the world and participated in his share of adventures. In this middle-grade fiction, his keen ability to make the reader feel as if he or she is right there with McGreevy and friends - deciphering clues and leaping into and out of harm's way - is revealed. Diane Donovan of Midwest Book Review states that readers "will find Celtic Run a vivid, coming-of-age novel" and a "memorable adventure story."
The publisher, Margie Blumberg, says, "When I received the query e-mail from Sean, I was hooked right away - just from his three-paragraph synopsis! It's been a pleasure working with Sean, Emma, and Ax and my distribution partners to bring this story to readers. Even a reluctant reader will have trouble putting this book down. And if that spurs a love of reading, then that development alone will surely alter the course of his or her life... because that's what reading books does. Additionally, the read-aloud function of the iBook with Mr. Norman's brilliant narration will further enhance the reader's experience. The second title in the series, Chicago Bound, is slated to be released in 2013."
MB Publishing, LLC, is an award-winning publisher of books for all ages. Its fiction and non-fiction titles have been honored with gold medal awards from the Mom's Choice Awards(R) and Moonbeam's Children's Book Awards.
For interview requests with the author, Sean Vogel, please contact Margie Blumberg. Requests for review copies of the book may be made by phone or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* iOS 4.3.3 or later
* iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
Pricing and Availability:
Celtic Run is $8.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.
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