The Wish Rider (Book 2)
by Barbara Casey
Seventeen-year-old Dara Roux and her two best friends, Mackenzie Yarborough and Jennifer Torres, the three collectively referred to as the F.I.G.'s (Females of Intellectual Genius) because each has an intelligence quotient in the genius range, have just returned from Frascati, Italy. It was there that their much loved teacher and mentor, Carolina Lovel, discovered that her birth parents were gypsies, and that she had a connection to the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world.
Now, with graduation from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women behind them, Dara asks her friends to help her locate her birth mother when she learns that she might be living in New York City. Relying on Dara’s gift for speaking and understanding foreign languages, the black and white images that stir musical cadences in Jennifer’s mind, and Mackenzie’s mathematical calculations that normally provide numerical solutions and answers to life’s most difficult questions, the determined young women tirelessly go from one address to another in search of Dara’s mother.
Their determination turns to desperation, however, as they encounter a dark hidden society more dangerous and terrifying than they could have imagined. It is there that
Dara hopes to find out why she was abandoned in a candy store all those years ago.
The Cadence of Gypsies (Book 1)
by Barbara Casey
On her 18th birthday Carolina Lovel learned that she was adopted and was given a letter written by her birth mother in an unknown language. After years of research she travels to Italy on a mission to find the truth about her past. Carolina is accompanied by three extremely gifted but mischievous students the FIGs from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. In an effort to help their favorite teacher, the FIGs will have to use their special abilities to decipher the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world, and the one thing that is strangely similar to what Carolina was given. Their search will take them into the mystical world of gypsy tradition and magic, more exciting and dangerous than any of them could have imagined.
About the Author
Barbara Casey is a partner in Strategic Media Books, and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. She is also a manuscript consultant and the author of numerous articles, poems, and short stories.
Her award-winning novels have received national recognition, including the Independent Publishers Book Award. Her novel, The House of Kane, was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, and The Gospel According to Prissy, also a contemporary adult novel received several awards including the prestigious IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction. Her most recent young adult novel, The Cadence of Gypsies, received the Independent Publishers Living Now Award and was reviewed by the Smithsonian for its list of Best Books.
Ms. Casey makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix, Fitz, a miniature dachshund, and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.
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Guest Post by Barbara Casey
Using Fact to Create Fiction
In Book 2, The Wish Rider, of the F.I.G. Mysteries, Carolina and the FIGs have returned from Italy, and a long hot summer stretches out ahead of them at the orphanage before Dara, Jennifer, and Mackenzie are to leave Wood Rose to attend the universities where they have been accepted. Dara, however, the tallest and most outspoken of the three FIGs, asks Larry if he can find out any information about her own mother. When he gives her a list of addresses, all in New York City, she decides to go there in order to try to find her mother who abandoned her in a candy store when she was a young child. But only if Carolina, Mackenzie, and Jennifer will go with her.
Against a backdrop of Grand Central Terminal, the young women face a danger more terrifying than they ever could have imagined as Dara tries to find the answers she so desperately seeks. It is from this backdrop that I was able to research the history of the Grand Central Terminal and tie in many of its secrets with my story. For example, Grand Central has the largest basement of any building in New York City. The basement covers 49 acres, from 42nd to 97th street. Today, the MTA is in the midst of an ambitious project to bring Long Island Rail Road trains into the terminal via the East Side Access Project, making Grand Central even larger and deeper. These will be the deepest train tunnels on earth, at 90 feet below the Metro North track and over 150 feet below the street. It will take 10 minutes to reach these tunnels by escalator, at their deepest point.
Well below the main concourse is a room with ancient machinery that was targeted by German saboteurs during World World II. In this room, there’s even a red button that could halt train traffic above. The area is so deep that it cuts into bedrock.
And, farther north, there is a secret track, Track 61, that links Grand Central to the nearby Park Avenue Waldorf-Astoria, a hotel just five blocks away. A publicly known connection between Track 61 and the Waldorf existed as early as 1929, but the rails never received much use. Track 61's first official use came in the transportation of General John J. Pershing in 1938, who, after a near-fatal heart attack, traveled cross-country in a weakened state to attend his son's wedding.
Today under the Waldorf-Astoria, you can still find a platform, an elevator and the old rail car that was used by Franklin D. Roosevelt, who tried to keep his paralysis from the public. It is this old rail car from days of long ago that I write about in The Wish Rider, and it is there that Dara ends her search.
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