From the Author
Author Michael Lopez grew up as anAir Force brat and later became an elementary school teacher. Now he taps inthose experiences in the first of a planned series of books which puts girls asforefront heroes. Book one, filled with monsters, magic, and mayhem, is entitledZoeyLe Mar and the Veil of Fear.
Michael drew from his manyexperiences growing up and teaching to come up with his characters and plot ideas."Children say and do the most colorful of things," Michael said. "I take fromwhat's right in front of me and transfer that genuine playful innocence intoscenes that do them justice. It's comical, and at times, poignant. Such islife."
Starting him on this journey,Michael recalled an experience from a college children's literature class that sparkedthis girl power idea. He was later reminded of that when his student'srequested more contemporary reading material. "I was asked, 'Where are thesmart girl characters? Where are the girls of color?' These students motivatedme to write."
The series will capture the trialsand tribulations of the main characters in their friendships, family life, and anewfound responsibility. Humor is a staple component in the books, but aserious side does popped up unexpectedly, prompting a stop-and-think mentallybefore it's a learning-by-experience reality, sometimes perilously so. "Realityhas a cruel mistress, so take detailed notes, and don't make her mad," Michaelsays in between laughs as he makes an abridged quote.
This is his first book, and Michaelis currently working on book two: Zoey Le Mar and the Wrath of the Anasazi. .
From the Inside Flap
After being plagued by dreams and urgent premonitions,Zoey learned of a bizarre familial obligation tied to real monsters and magic.Dumb luck, ingenuity, and courage saw her through, and she became the savior ofher family--but at a price. She has dragged her friends into her obligation andput them into mortal danger. Acquired magic has tied them to her forever. Butwhat does the future hold, and will she be able to see them through, again?This worries her.
Reserved and analytical, Danielle is the librarian to theInternet superhighway. She does research and gets answers to questions thatarise during a mystery or crisis. Pulled out of her cyber-world shell, she isthe go-to girl of this odd quartet. Sometimes, her quiet reserve is tested, andshe becomes the lion, not the lamb.
Lucy Le Mar
Fiery and crafty, Lucy fears little as she respondsthoughtfully to any situation. She has learned to temper a biting tongue and asharp wit with being demure and polite, her yin versus her yang. This is hardfor her. She is a fighter and champions for the underdog. She dares andchallenges. She is the fierce heart of this team.
Innocent and logical, Rhea, the newest member to thisfriendship circle, brings a balance to the others. She thinks before she acts.She is the questioning conscience and calls for caution and forethought whentimes are tough or getting hairy. However, when push comes to shove, she haslearned how to shove.
Local group home bad boy, Tricky O'Leary, is an outsiderlooking in, and he likes it that way. He will fight, cheat, steal, or lie toget his way, and if that doesn't work, he will use his street smarts and lookfor a weakness or an opportunity. If that doesn't work, he will be charming and loquacious.To him, the end justifies the means.