THE REALITY OF THE “CLOCK FLOWER”
By Barbara Casey
Long before I started thinking about writing The Clock Flower, studies were being conducted on the medicinal qualities of the dandelion flower. Considered an unwanted weed by most, the dandelion is actually beneficial when it comes to such things as cancer prevention, liver detox, healthy skin, and even cardiovascular mortality.
Even before studies were being conducted on the health benefits of the dandelion, the ancients considered it a sort of time piece or reflection of life beginning with the creation of the flower bud, the full opening of the flower, and then finally the white seeds that are spread throughout nature by the wind. Given that, it is a perfect symbol for my third book in The FIG Mystery Series, The Clock Flower.
The FIG Mystery Series tells the stories of three orphaned girls, each with IQs in the genius range, and a special talent that they have developed in order to cope in a world that doesn’t understand them. In Book 1, The Cadence of Gypsies, Carolina Lovel, the devoted teacher and mentor to the FIGs, invites “her girls” into her private life as she searches for her own biological parents. This search takes them to Italy where she discovers that her mother is a gypsy.
In The Wish Rider, Book 2 in the series, it is Dara who is now ready to find out the truth about her parents, and why she was abandoned as a little girl all those years ago. With the help and support of Carolina and the other two FIGs, Mackenzie and Jennifer, her search for truth takes them to New York City where they discover a hidden underground society almost too horrible to imagine. Dara also finds her mother.
Now, in Book 3 of The FIG Mystery Series, The Clock Flower, it is Mackenzie’s turn. Lacking in confidence and afraid, Mackenzie, along with Dara, Jennifer, and Carolina travel to China where she is determined to find out why she was left in an orphanage as a new-born infant. It is only through the support of her best friends, Carolina, Dara, and Jennifer, that she is able to face the terror that accompanies her truth and survive.
Based on the reality of the simple dandelion and all that it offers, The Clock Flower offers the symbolic passing from childhood into adulthood.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Book Title: The Clock Flower by Barbara Casey (Book 3 of The F.I.G. Mysteries)
Category: YA Fiction, 208 pages
Genre: Mystery / Fantasy
Publisher: Gauthier Publications, The Hungry Goat Press Imprint
Release date: February 2018
Tour dates: Feb 26 to March 30, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (There is light profanity and some threat of violence.)
Dara Roux, abandoned when she was seven years old by her mother. Exceptionally gifted in foreign languages. Orphan. Accepted to Yale University.
Mackenzie Yarborough, no record of her parents or where she was born. Exceptionally gifted in math and problem-solving. Orphan. Accepted to MIT.
Jennifer Torres, both parents killed in an automobile accident when she was sixteen. Exceptionally gifted in music and art. Orphan. Accepted to Juilliard.
The three FIGs—Females of Intellectual Genius—as they are called, have graduated from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women after returning from New York City where Dara learned why her mother abandoned her all those years ago, and they are now attending universities where they can further their special talents. This means they will be separated from each other and from Carolina, their much-loved mentor and teacher who is “one of them,” for the first time in their young lives. They vow to try living apart for one semester, in the so-called real world that doesn’t include the orphanage; but if things don’t work out, they will come up with another plan—a plan where they can be together once again.
Dara is invited through Yale University to take part in an exciting archeological project in China. Jennifer, once again visualizing black and white images and the unusual sounds of another cadence that seem to be connected to Mackenzie, is engrossed in creating her next symphony at Juilliard. Mackenzie, because of her genius at problem-solving, is personally chosen by a US Senator to get involved in a mysterious, secret research project involving immortality that is being conducted in a small village in China—not too far from where Dara is involved with the archeological site. Once there, however, she finds herself facing a terrifying death from the blood-dripping teeth of an ancient evil dragon. Her best friends, the FIGs and Carolina, rely on their own unique genius and special talents to save her as she discovers the truth of her birth parents.
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Although THE CLOCK FLOWER is the 3rd book in the F.I.G. Mystery series, it is a stand-alone novel. If you want to read the previous two books in the series, they are:
The Cadence of Gypsies: Book 1 of the F.I.G. Mysteries
Book Title: The Cadence of Gypsies (Book 1 of The F.I.G. Mysteries)by Barbara Casey
Category: YA fiction, 272 pages
Publisher: Gauthier Publications/Hungry Goat Press
Release date: April 2015 (e-Book)
Content Rating: PG-13 (A few expletives, mild sexual innuendo)
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.
The Wish Rider: Book 2 of the F.I.G. Mysteries
Book Title: The Wish Rider (Book 2 of The F.I.G. Mysteries) by Barbara Casey
Category: YA Fiction, 160 pages
Genre: Literary / Mystery
Publisher: Gauthier Publications
Release date: May 10, 2016
Content Rating: PG-13
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.
About the Author:
Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction true crime and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her nonfiction true crime book, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll Behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency. Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. Barbara is also a partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in cutting-edge adult nonfiction. Barbara lives on a mountain in 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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