The Reading Guru is hosting a promo today from middle grade paranormal adventure “Monsters and Miracles”, the first book in the X+Y Files. Enjoy.
Excerpt 1 – A Miracle
“That’s impossible,” Xander argued. “A baby can’t survive for ten days in the freezing cold without food.”
“That’s the miracle part of this story,” Miss Tuttle pointed out. “Some folks believe that a mother wolf took pity on the baby and kept her warm and fed. There were even rumors that it was a UFO and not the storm that caused the crash; that perhaps the aliens abducted the baby for experiments and such, before returning her.”
“Why would anyone think that?” The mention of UFOs and aliens had Xander fully invested in this story.
“Well, young man, there was a strange hole in the side of the plane.” She explained further, “officially, the result of a lightning strike, but I heard that the hole is a near perfect circle, like the kind that could have been made by a laser.”
“Or a particle beam,” Xander said. He’d just read about them a few days before.
“Yes, I suppose so.” Miss Tuttle hadn’t heard of such things but agreed anyway.
“Are there any pictures?” Xander inquired.
“Of the baby?” the librarian asked, pleased at the boy’s growing interest in the story.
“No, of that hole in the plane,” he said, much more interested in the particle beam possibility, than the baby.
“I don’t think so,” she answered, as the boy flipped through the pages of the book. “But, as far as I know, the wreckage is still out there at the base of the mountain.” The librarian gave him a confused look. “You’ve never heard about any of this?”
“That’s odd,” she said, and was about to tell him something else but got interrupted.
“Miss Tuttle,” a loud whisper came from the checkout counter.
“Excuse me,” Miss Tuttle said to Xander, “I need to get back to my station.”
“Thank you,” Xander told her sincerely, “for all your help.”
“I’m right over there,” she pointed, “if you need any more assistance, Dearie.”
Xander began pouring over the eye witness accounts of the wreckage and rescue as Miss Tuttle tottered away from his table.
About The Book
Author: Wayne A.D. Kerr
Genre: Middle grade paranormal adventure
Is the local legend of survival truly a miracle?
Why do his mother’s brownies taste so good?
Is there other intelligent life in the universe?
Xander Bookman already knows the answer to one of these questions. With the assistance of his adventurous cousin, the seventh grader embarks on a quest to learn the truth about the other two. When Yzzie mysteriously disappears, Xander must find his way through a pitch black labyrinth, face monsters both real and imagined, travel across a strange secret world and get some help from some very unusual new friends to rescue her.
Join Xander and Yzzie on the adventure of a lifetime. The truth defies imagination.
Wayne A D Kerr was born and raised in Canada, but has lived in the United States for the past twenty years. When not writing or reading adventure novels, he is most likely hiking, biking or playing tennis.