Monday, March 3, 2014

Book Blast with Excerpt + Giveaway: The Boxcar Baby by J.L. Mulvihill @toobusyreading @JLMulvihill

The Boxcar Baby by J.L. Mulvihill
Series: Steel Roots #1
Publication date: July 12th, 2013

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
The Box Car Baby introduces the character of AB'Gale Steel who was born in a boxcar on a train bound for Georgia, according to what her papa told her. Bishop Steel, a mechanical engineer for the Southern Railroad, found his adopted daughter snuggled in a basket of cotton on an otherwise empty boxcar in the train yard. When no one came around to claim the baby, Bishop Steel, rather than relinquish the child to the State only to end up at the Workhouse someday, smuggled her home to raise as his own. The name on the boxcar he found her in read, A B Gale Logs, and so he named the baby AB'Gale.

But if the mystery of who her real parents are isn't enough for fifteen-year-old AB'Gale, Papa Bishop goes missing. Worried for her family and afraid of having to spend her life at the Workhouse, AB'Gale goes into town to see if anyone's seen her papa, only to find a deeper mystery. At the train station no one seems to know who her papa is even though he's worked for the Southern Railroad for thirty years.

An encounter with a strange Hobo-man, who claims to know her father, results in the acquisition of a leather eye-glass tube that he says belongs to her papa. Before AB'Gale can question him further the man runs away. When she gets home, she finds the Crushers taking her grandma off to the Oldies-home, so she hides until they are gone.

AB'Gale finds that the leather tube contains a map of the United States, with markers made by various towns across the country. By each marker is a word or a name written in her papa's handwriting.

Alone, and with only the clues of the map to go by, AB'Gale has no choice but to set out on her own to find her Papa.

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Praise for The Boxcar Baby

"Miss AB'Gale Steel, is a pure spitfire girl, full of strong-minded grit, who draws strength out of adversity, and endures hardship by bracing herself against self-pity." -- Jorie Loves a Story

"One thing I really loved about this one was it was fast paced and moved quickly. Mulvihill did an amazing job making realistic characters." -- Bee's Knees Reviews

"J.L. Mulvihill is quite a talented writer and I think she has such a creative mind to come up with this Steampunk Southern American Adventure." -- Book and Movie Dimensions

I have always loved the sound of the train whistle, especially when I hear it from far away; the moaning echo across the valley gives it a sorrowful sound like a Piper bird calling for its mate. Sometimes I can imagine the sound is a mournful spirit seeking its long lost love. Sad as it may sound, it calms me when I hear it at night and lulls me to sleep, or wakes me peacefully in the early morning. Every two weeks when I hear the train, I know it's time for Papa to come home. But one morning about five weeks ago, Papa didn't come home.

I'm pretty sure my Granny is going to ask me to go to New Joplan to look for Papa. I don't really mind going to New Joplan, the city is way jigin', but I've never gone to the city alone before, and I'm sure there's creepers there. Of course Granny will have it all worked out for me to stay with a friend of hers, but I will still have to go it alone. I need to go, though, because I have to find out what happened to my Papa. We ain't heard from him or the railroad since Papa left for work last; he usually works a few weeks on and a couple weeks off, but this time he's been gone longer than ever.

If Papa doesn't come back, I can't say what will happen to Granny and me. Granny and I waited four weeks for Papa but when he still hadn't come home we got worried. Granny decided maybe we should go on into Jasper and sell the eggs and milk like we usually do when Papa comes home. So we hitched up the ponies and loaded the cart up and head into town.

About the Author:
Born in Hollywood and raised in San Diego, CA, J.L. Mulvihill has made Mississippi her home for the past fifteen years. Her debut novel was the young adult title The Lost Daughter of Easa, an engaging fantasy novel bordering on science-fiction with a dash of steampunk, published through Kerlak Publishing. The Boxcar Baby, the first novel of her Steel Roots Series, was released by Seventh Star Press in the summer of 2013.

J.L. also has several short fiction pieces in publication, among them "Chilled Meat", a steampunk thriller found in the Dreams of Steam II--Of Bolts and Brass, anthology (Kerlak Publishing) and "The Leprechaun's Story", a steampunk urban Fantasy found in the anthology, Clockwork, Spells, & Magical Bells (Kerlak Publishing).

J.L. is very active with the writing community, and is the events coordinator for the Mississippi Chapter of Imagicopter known as the Magnolia-Tower. She is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Gulf Coast Writers Association (GCWA), The Mississippi Writers Guild (MWG), as well as the Arts Council of Clinton, and the Clinton Ink-Slingers Writing Group.

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