Magdalena Gottschalk: The Crooked Trail

Magdalena Gottschalk: The Crooked Trail
358 Pages
ISBN 978-0-692-91210-2

Magdalena is celebrating her thirteenth birthday surrounded by friends and family, feeling thankful. But, something in her life is missing, a higher purpose, perhaps. Her best friend, Gabriel, is always by her side and Hubert is a close second. Although, secretly he would love to be first in line. Lily Brooke is the town community where they reside and its small-town charm keeps everything nice and cozy, until young teenage curiosity crosses a line.

The trio decides to go for a Saturday morning exploration into the woods behind Hubert’s family barn. What began as another day in small town paradise, brings forth a noticeable anomaly in Hubert’s stallion, an odd fork in a well-traveled path, a chilly crooked trail, a hidden cave that features sacrificial drawings, hidden lanterns, a staged cave wall, and an enormous enchanted tree-house built to withstand the test of time. All this adventure in one day, not to mention the chanting voices and shrill noises beckoning the three friends along the way. For some unknown reason, only Magdalena can hear them.

The exploration produces more questions than answers and the confirmation that something sinister and potentially demonic may be living in Lily Brooke. Perplexed as to why only sweet Magdalena can hear the enchanted voices, the trio decides to meet with their childhood friend group, MALB, otherwise known as the Mystical Alliance of Lily Brooke. It seems all of Lily Brooke is depending upon them and time is of the essence, even though their club, a secret society, is unknown to anyone but themselves.

Through their quest for answers, many protected secrets are uncovered including a select committee that meets in the hidden dungeon at the town church late at night to discuss the super-natural happenings around town. Witches, wizards, and black magic are all things that come to light in what was meant to be a normal weekend among dear childhood friends.

Their lives will forever be changed as they face demons from both the past and present. But, committed to each other and bound in friendship, they push forward no matter the bleak obstacles that lie ahead. Guilt, jealousy, hate, friendship, and love all play a part in this fantasy thriller. Behind the scenes, Magdalena must sort through her emotions for Gabriel. He is just a friend, right?

M. Gail Grant

About M. Gail Grant (Atlanta, Georgia Author)

M. Gail Grant

Writing has always been my underlying passion in life. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a formal minor in Sociology, as I felt understanding and studying human behavior on the individual and collective level, would apply to anything and everything I chose to do in life. Identified as being a strong writer for my age, at the time, I attended a summer literary writer's camp around age twelve. I flourished and loved every moment of my experience and it has stayed with me throughout adulthood.

The desire to write has always been an integral part of who I am and about eight months ago I decided my time is now. I have always been an avid reader of topics from intense young adult fantasy and thrillers to light hearted summer romances. In middle school summers, I used to stay up to the wee hours of the morning reading because I just couldn’t put the book down. This basic idea, not being able to put a book down, is the principal I have built on while writing my first novel. It has moments of ease, moments of intensity, moments of humor. I strive to offer some of my own personality in my writings. There is a time for sweetness, a time for seriousness, and always a time for kindness and life lessons. My style isn’t made up. It is simply who I am, on paper.

Melinda Gail resides in Canton, Georgia with her three daughters, husband of over twenty years, and two adorable fur babies. Surrounded by the north Georgia mountains, the scenery provides for inspirational settings for her novels. Being raised in the south, she brings a little southern flair and tradition to her characters all the while remembering the adventurous nature of middle grades to young adult age children. With a passion for the extraordinary and imagination, Melinda hopes you enter a world of fantasy as you see life through the eyes of the characters.