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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

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See reviews of Ms. Cole's books at

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Her website is www.penelopeannecole.com

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"Caught Between Two Curses," by Margo Dill



Today I'm featuring fellow GAP author, Margo Dill, and her new YA book, Caught Between Two Curses.

Margo Dill’s newly published young adult paranormal romance novel, Caught Between Two Curses, is a fast-paced, easy read for teens.  It is especially appealing to those teens caught on the horns of a dilemma in their first experience with romantic love -- dealing with the issues of sex for the first time.   

This story has interesting characters, a double curse plot line, and emotional depth.  It has humor in the daily grind and even features the Great American Past-time:  Baseball!
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The main character, Julie Nigelson is right smack dab in the middle of a family curse, and in a race against time to remove it.  Her family’s curse is also somehow tied to the Chicago Cubs’ Billy Goat Curse: 

“Seventeen-year-old Julie Nigelson is cursed. So is her entire family. And it's not just any-old-regular curse, either-it's strangely connected to the famous "Curse of the Billy Goat" on the Chicago Cubs. Julie must figure out this mystery while her uncle lies in a coma and her entire love life is in ruins:  her boyfriend Gus is pressuring her to have sex, while her best friend Matt is growing more attractive to her all the time. Somehow, Julie must figure out how to save her uncle, her family's future, and her own love life-and time is running out!”

Tragically, this curse on Julie's family has already taken the lives of three members of her family and is threatening a fourth, Uncle Henri.  Plus, it will continue to affect her family until and unless Julie can figure out the clues from the riddle in an old letter  her grandmother gave her, and solve the puzzle in time to save her uncle – and her own future as well. 

Ms. Dill's story has it all:  intrigue in the form of a magical curse, complex family relationships, “true love” – plus all the high school senior year angst anyone could ever want.  The scenes at the high school are so realistic you wonder if Ms. Dill “snuck in” and eavesdropped to get it just right!  Please grab your copy – gift one to a friend -- and enjoy!

Caught Between Two Curses is published by Rocking Horse Publishing and available from quality online booksellers, like www.Amazon.com.

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This is the second published book for Margo Dill.  I also reviewed her first book, Finding My Place:  One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg.  (My December 11, 2012 review is in my Blog Archives.)  It's a realistic historical novel set in Civil War time, about a young girl dealing with war time survival, loss, and family responsibilities.
 Product DetailsRead more about Margo Dill at www.margodill.com. Image of Margo L. Dill

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Tags:  Margo Dill, Caught Between Two Curses, Baseball, Romance, Teens, High School, Senior Year, Chicago Cubs, Finding My Place: One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg, Civil War, history,

4 comments:

  1. Penny:
    Thank you so much for taking the time to review both of my books. You are the best and most supportive of your fellow authors. :) Cheers to you!

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    1. Hi Margo, you're very welcome! You're a great supporter, too. I appreciate your advice and resources. Best wishes for success!

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  2. That sounds like a great book for teens.

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    1. Hi Jan, Yes, I think it will appeal to a lot of teens -- struggling with the same problems. Thanks for your support!

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