TIME FOR A PLUG SHOT ON A LOST AND FORGOTTEN TITLE.
I've neglected this book, my first YA in the paranormal vein, but it has always shown me sales, albeit small ones, every month without fail. It seems harsh for me to let it languish and fall into the cracks of obscurity. I think the story excels on a few levels, in that I explain time travel in great detail, instead of glossing over it. It has an undercurrent of Roman mythology, and I have to say that the character, "Wax Man" , is the most horrific, disgusting and vile antagonist I've ever crafted. I think he makes Freddy Kruger look like a candy striper in comparison. Gate Walker held sixth place for highest ranking publisher's novel, in a field of over 200 books, and for a period of six months.
Gate Walker is listed on Amazon for the blowout price of $.99.
Here is a five-star review from Aurora that surprised and delighted me:
Gate Walker by Chris Stevenson
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Incorporated
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Full Length (234 pgs)
Rating: 5 suns
Reviewed by Orchid
Don’t drink and drive, especially when traveling the space-time continuum highway.
Labrador is convicted and sentenced to die for her husband's murder. In
a twist of fate, before the sentence can be carried out, an odd priest
informs her that she is being given a second chance to right the wrongs
of the past. Avalon must die, but before she does, she must also give
birth to a part of herself.
Avy Labrador doesn't know what to
make of the odd twists life has thrown her way since she turned
eighteen. All she knows is that something isn't right and it has to do
with the death of her mother and her husband many years ago. As if an
odd priest, powers she never knew she had, and a brand new magician
boyfriend aren't enough to turn her life upside down, she finds her own
life in danger as she tries to solve a crime that happened more than
three decades ago and prevent a new one from occurring.
Will Avy accept her fate and learn to become a Gate-Walker in order to clear her mother's name and find the real killer?
eighteenth birthday should be celebrated, but Avy's party comes to an
abrupt end when her Uncle Drake arrives home. First he tells her friends
to leave, then he tells Avy she should strike out into the world on her
own. He provides her with a large cheque and a letter from her real
Avy is the biological daughter of Avalon who was married
to Drake's brother. Avalon was sentenced to death for her husband's
murder. Many years and appeals later the execution had to be delayed
when it was found Avalon was pregnant. Avy's mother died giving birth to
her and no one knew who her father was. Drake and his wife adopted the
She finds a job with Sebastian, a magician. She enjoys
the work and also feels an attraction for Sebastian. The letter
convinces Avy of her mother's innocence. Avy is determined to clear her
mother's name - but how?
Father Janus, an acquaintance of
Sebastian, tells Avy she is a Gate Walker and can travel through time
and space. He instructs her to use this ability to find the real
murderer and stop more evil happening. Avy's response is total disbelief
- then Janus walks through a wall and doubt creeps into her mind.
the help of Sebastian and Chubby, a prison guard who knew and adored
her mother, Avy sets out to learn how to use her new skills and prove
her mother's innocence. They also have to keep one step ahead of the
mysterious individual who is following their every step.
Walker is a captivating book. Mystery, magic and the paranormal blend
together in a perfect mix. The story holds the imagination and although
Avy's abilities would not be believed in the world as we know it,
between the covers of Gate Walker they seem very natural.
acts much older than her eighteen years, but at times her youth shows
through. She uncovers a lot of information about the people who were
around at the time of the murder. In the process she also discovers
information about her uncle which refers to his illegal activities in
the present time.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to
fantasy enthusiasts who also like romance. Romance readers would find
this story very much to their liking as the paranormal abilities add
excitement and intrigue. Young Adults of sixteen years an over would
also find this to their liking. Definitely a book I would read again and
again - I keep coming back when I really enjoy a book. Well done Chris
Stevenson, have you written any more books like this? If so I'd love to