Aug 10, 2012

Blog Tour: Lisa Orchard - The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer

• Pub Date: March 12, 2012
• Publisher: Astraea Press
• Format: ebook, 175 pages
• Age Range: Young Adult

In a small town in Michigan, fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman and what's worse? One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death.

Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own investigation. The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the investigation. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer.

Or die trying...
All About the Olympics
by Lisa Orchard

Hello! My name is Lisa Orchard and I’m a Young Adult Author.  I would like to thank Mickey and Stef for allowing me to guest blog today. Thanks guys! :o)

I was struggling to come up with a topic for this post as I watched the Olympic Games. I’ve done quite a few guest posts since my books have been released and I wanted to write about something new. Suddenly, it hit me, I should write about the Olympics. What better topic? I mean it only comes around once every four years. So it’s not like they’ve been discussed ad nauseum by every blogger in the world, right?

So I did a little digging and did you know the Olympic Games began in Greece in 776 BC? Wow, I was flabbergasted when I found this out. At the time there was only one event in the games and it was called a Stadium. It was a two hundred yard dash and the victors were crowned with wreaths created from a sacred olive tree.

The Olympic Games have evolved quite a bit since then. It grew to a two stadia event in 724 BC and then two years later it grew to a twenty four stadia event. For more information on the history of the Olympics look here.

In 2008 it was estimated that the games had grown to three hundred and two events in twenty eight sports. They have certainly come a long way!

I don’t know about you, but I find this amazing. These games are an incredible tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation. There was a time when the Olympics were abolished because of overzealous rulers or cancelled because of wars. However, they’ve been brought back time and again, surviving these catastrophic events.  I can’t think of any other tradition that has survived so much.

What keeps these traditions going? That is a very good question and I can only give you my opinion. I believe it’s the athletes themselves. It’s amazing to watch someone with such talent and drive go for the gold.

For example, look at Katie Ledecky, fifteen years old and she won the 800 meter freestyle swim event. I was on the edge of my seat as I watched her swim. She wasn’t even the favorite in the race and she almost beat the world record. Only in the Olympics will you find such talent and ambition at such a young age.

I admire that “go for it” attitude, that all or nothing spunk that I see in these athletes and in my main character Sarah Cole (who’s also fifteen :o)) in the story “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer”. Check out her dogged determination and see if you can’t see a little of Katie Ledecky in her or even a little bit of yourself. :o)

**I want to thank for some of the information provided in this post. :o)

Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. Her debut novel "The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer," is a suspenseful thriller about young girls thrust into a situation and the choices they make. The setting is Harrisburg, a small town in Michigan, much like the town where Lisa grew up. Many of her characters' adventures stem from her exploits as a young teen. After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Marketing Degree she spent many years in the insurance industry, pining to express her creative side. The decision to stay home with her children gave her the opportunity to follow her dream and become a writer. She currently resides in Rockford Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she's working on the second novel that stars the same quirky teens, and she hopes to turn the Super Spies into a series. When she's not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for being a part of my blog tour! Your efforts are greatly appreciated! :)


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