Book blurb and excerpt for The Cadence of Gypsies by Barbara Casey

Today is a book blast tour stop for The Cadence of Gypsies, by Barbara Casey. The novel is a young adult contemporary mystery now available from Gauthier Publishing

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Blurb:
Three high-spirited 17 year olds, with
intelligent quotients in the genius range, accompany their teacher and mentor,
Carolina Lovel, to Frascati, Italy, a few weeks before they are to graduate
from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. Carolina’s purpose in
planning the trip is to remove her gifted, creative students from the Wood Rose
campus located in Raleigh, North Carolina, so they can’t cause any more
problems (“expressions of creativity”) for the headmaster, faculty,
and other students – which they do with regularity. Carolina also wants to
visit the Villa Mondragone where the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious
document in the world, was first discovered and search how it is related to a
paper written in the same script she received on her 18th birthday when she was
told that she was adopted – a search that will take them into the mystical
world of gypsy tradition and magic, more exciting and dangerous than any of
them could have imagined.
Excerpt from The Cadence of Gypsies:
The
slight voice tremor was all that was needed, but the deep, audible sigh
confirmed what Carolina suspected: that she was in for another real
ass-chewing. This would be the eighth time getting called into the headmaster’s
office in the same number of months she had been teaching at Wood Rose
Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. Each time it had been because her girls
had committed a serious infraction of rules or behaved in some inappropriate
way that was unacceptable within the stone walls of Wood Rose.
Her
girls, the ones she had been given total responsibility for, called themselves
Females of Intellectual Genius, or FIGs. Everyone else, however, called them
strange. Never before in the history of Wood Rose had a student even come close
to approaching genius status. Certainly not in the time that Dr. Harcourt had
been headmaster. Then, within the short span of one week, two seven-year-old
children–Dara Roux and Mackenzie Yarborough–were admitted, each from a
different family, a different background, and a different part of the country,
but each with an intelligence quotient well within the range of genius. Amazingly,
several years later, a third student–Jennifer Torres–was enrolled, whose age
and scores were comparable to those of the original FIGs. What Wood Rose could
do for these gifted girls was now coming to a close, much to the relief of the
administration, faculty, and staff alike. This would be their final year at
Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women, for in June–less than six
weeks away–they would graduate.
Carolina
was still in bed, deep in thought as she usually was whenever she had a quiet
moment to herself, when the telephone rang. For several days she had been
struggling with how best to approach the headmaster. Ever since being put in
charge of the FIGs shortly after getting hired at Wood Rose, she had been
trying to come up with innovative ways in which she could somehow excite her
girls, challenge their intellect, and, most of all, keep them out of trouble. The
inherent problems of being different extended beyond their prickly relationship
with Wood Rose staff members. The multi-faceted difficulties in teaching the
FIGs frequently left the faculty with feelings of inferiority and impotency at
the very least. None of the other residents wanted to be around them either,
with the exception of the youngest residents who didn’t yet comprehend the
difference between being brilliant and normal, which brought about additional
struggles of an inner psychological nature. Carolina had tried a variety of
things, but, obviously, what she had been doing wasn’t working. What had
stimulated her when she was their age? What mysteries of the universe had
intrigued her?
Then
she had remembered.
Author information:
Originally
from Carrollton, Illinois, Barbara Casey attended the University of
North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina Wesleyan
College where she received a BA degree, summa
cum laude
, with a double major in English and history. 

In 1978, she left her
position as Director of Public Relations and Vice President of Development at
North Carolina Wesleyan College to write full time and develop her own
manuscript evaluation and editorial service. 

Since that time, her award-winning
articles, short stories, and poetry for adults have appeared in several
publications including the AMERICAN POETRY ANTHOLOGY, the SPARROWGRASS
POETRY FORUM
, THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF POETRY (Editor’s Choice
Award
), the NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE MAGAZINE, THE NEW
EAST MAGAZINE
, the RALEIGH (NC) NEWS AND OBSERVER, the ROCKY
MOUNT
(NC) SUNDAY TELEGRAM, DOG FANCY, BYLINE, TRUE
STORY
and THE CHRISTIAN RECORD

A thirty-minute television special
which Ms. Casey wrote and coordinated was broadcast on WRAL, Channel 5,
in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Casey’s award-winning science fiction short
stories for adults are featured in THE COSMIC UNICORN and CROSS TIME
short story anthologies. Her essays, also written for adults, appear in THE
CHRYSALIS READER
, the international literary journal of the Swedenborg
Foundation
, and A CUP OF COMFORT ANTHOLOGY by the Adams Media
Corporation
.
Her two
middle-grade/young adult novels, LEILANI ZAN and GRANDMA JOCK AND
CHRISTABELLE
(James C. Winston Publishing Co.) were nominated for
awards of excellence by the SCBWI Golden Kite Award, the National
Association of University Women Literary Award,
and the Sir Walter
Raleigh Literary Award
. SHYLA’S INITIATIVE (Crossquarter
Publishing Group, 2002
), a contemporary adult novel of fiction, received
the 2003 Independent Publisher Book Award and received special
recognition for literary merit by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.
Ms. Casey’s novel THE COACH’S WIFE (ArcheBooks Publishing), a
contemporary mystery, was listed as a Publisher’s Best Seller and was
semifinalist of the Dana Award for Outstanding Novel. In 2007 her novel,
THE HOUSE OF KANE (ArcheBooks Publishing), also a contemporary
mystery, was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, and in December 2009
her novel, JUST LIKE FAMILY (Wandering Sage Publications), was
launched by the 7-Eleven stores in St. Louis, Missouri. Her young adult novel, THE CADENCE
OF GYPSIES
(Gauthier Publications), was released in March 2011 and
considered for the Smithsonian’s Most Notable 2011 Books. It has also
been selected by Amazon for its 2013 List of Best Books. THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY (Strategic
Media Books
), a novel for adults, was released in March 2013 and received
an IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction. It has also been listed as a “2013
Best Summer Read” by Conversations Live Radio and has been placed in nomination
for a Pulitzer Award.
Ms. Casey
is a frequent guest speaker at writers’ conferences and universities throughout
the United States. She is former director, guest author, and panelist of BookFest
of the Palm Beaches, Florida
; and for thirteen years she served as judge
for the Pathfinder Literary Awards in Florida. She held the position of Florida
Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

from 1991 to 2003.
Ms. Casey
is president of the Barbara Casey Agency. She represents clients
nationally and internationally in fiction and nonfiction for adults. Her past
and present professional associations are numerous and include being editorial
consultant for The Jamaican Writers Circle in affiliation with the
University of West Indies and Mico Teachers College in Kingston. She also
received special recognition for her editorial work on the English translations
of Albanian children’s stories.
Links:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Cadence-Gypsies-Barbara-Casey

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12 thoughts on “Book blurb and excerpt for The Cadence of Gypsies by Barbara Casey

  1. Unknown says:

    Lisa, thank you so much for hosting me today. I look forward to hearing from your bloggers. The excerpt you picked introduces one of the main characters in THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES–the teacher and mentor of three orphans, teenage girls with IQs in the genius range.

  2. Unknown says:

    Hi Emily,

    Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. It was a fun book to write. I think we all have a little gypsy in us.

  3. Unknown says:

    Lisa, thank you so much for inviting me to be your guest. I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed your bloggers.

    My best wishes,

    Barbara

  4. Unknown says:

    I loved the excerpt! It likes like and exciting read that both my daughter and I would really enjoy. My children and I all have superior level IQs, so this would be an excellent read for us. I also found the "about the author" section very interesting and informative! I love learning about the authors of the books! Thank you for sharing! kbinmich[at]yahoo.com

  5. Unknown says:

    Thank you, Kimberly. And I also need my coffee early in the morning, so I understand. I appreciate your comments. I have found that just as many adults are reading THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES as young adults, and the reviews have been good from both.

  6. Unknown says:

    I wanted to share my good news with all of you who have taken an interest in my novel, The Cadence of Gypsies. It was just announced that The Cadence of Gypsies has received a bronze medal for the 2013 IPPY (Independent Publishers) “Now Living” Book Award for Best Adventure Novel.

    My best,

    Barbara

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