Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): The Super Spies Series by Lisa Orchard

Posted June 1, 2016 by meezcarrie in children, giveaway, Lisa Orchard, mystery/suspense / 3 Comments


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super spies book 1Genre: Upper Middle Grade Mystery/Thrillers
Astraea Press
Publication date: March 13, 2012
Number of pages: 277

In a small town in Michigan, fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman and what’s worse? One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death.

Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own investigation. The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the investigation. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer.

Or die trying…


super spies book 2Genre: Upper Middle Grade Mystery/Thrillers
Astraea Press
Publication date: July 26, 2012
Number of pages: 366

This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate.

The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?


super spies book 3Genre: Upper Middle Grade Mystery/Thrillers
Astraea Press
Publication date: march 13, 2012
Number of pages: 277

Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are at it once again when they learn their missing parents’ cell phone has been traced to Alden, Michigan. When the FBI declines to continue the in-vestigation, Sarah takes matters into her own hands. She calls upon the Super Spies and they delve into the situation. Suddenly, the teens find themselves immersed in small town intrigue and mystery involving a menacing stranger, who Sarah dubs “The Stalker.” But when Sarah learns he’s connected to her parents’ disappearance, she’s determined to find out what that connection is. The Super Spies embark on a journey that leads them into a web of corporate corruption at its highest level that leaves innocent victims in its wake. Can they find the proof they need to stop the greedy corporation before it’s too late?


about Lisa Orchard

Lisa Orchard

Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. She was hooked on books by the fifth grade and even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then. Her first published works are the “Super Spies Series.” These stories revolve around a group of friends who form their own detective squad and the cases they solve. “The Starlight Chronicles,” is the next series that Lisa created with musical misfit, Lark Singer as her main character.

Lisa resides in Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she’s working on the next book in the Starlight Chronicles Series along with a few new ideas that may turn into stand-alone novels. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.


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from The Super Spies & The Pied Piper

Chapter  One

A  whoosh  of  roiling  hot  air  lifted  Sarah  Cole  and  flung  her   against  the  kitchen  wall  like  a  fumbled  football.  At  the  same  time,   the  windows  burst  into  millions  of  pieces,  showering  everything   with  tiny  shards  of  glass.  Sarah  crumpled  to  the  floor,  still  clutching   the  phone.  She  lay  there  stunned,  unable  to  inhale  or  exhale.

“Sarah!  Sarah!”  her  younger  sister,  Lacey,  screamed  from  the   bathroom,  where  she’d  been  drying  her  hair.   The  ringing  in  her  ears  was  so  intense,  Sarah  could  barely   hear  her.  Groaning,  she  opened  her  eyes  and  saw  only  red  through   her  right  one.  Dread  rippled  through  her  body.   “Sarah!  Sarah!”  Lacey  cried  again.

Sarah  dropped  the  phone,  and  put  her  hand  up  to  her  eye.   She  fingered  the  area  gently  before  pulling  her  hand  away.  Blood.   “Lacey,”  she  croaked,  unable  to  manage  more  than  that.

“Sarah!  Where  are  you?”

“The  kitchen,”  Sarah  said,  finally  able  to  breathe.  She   blinked  her  eyes  twice  and  her  vision  cleared.  Relief  flooded  her   body  and  she  wilted  against  the  floor.

 “Holy  Moley!”  Lacey  shrieked.   Sarah  jumped  at  the  sound  of  her  voice.  She  didn’t  realize   Lacey  had  come  up  the  stairs  and  into  the  kitchen.  The  ringing  in   her  ears  was  almost  gone.   “You’re  bleeding!”

“No  kidding,”  Sarah  said,  covering  her  right  eye  with  her   hand  and  glaring  at  Lacey  with  her  uncovered  one.  She  brushed   her  shoulder  length  blonde  hair  away  from  her  face  and  gasped  at   the  blood  running  down  her  arm.

“We’ve  got  to  get  you  to  the  hospital!”  Lacey  screamed  in  a   voice  edged  with  hysteria.   “Stop  freaking  out!”  Sarah  gave  Lacey  the  old  one-­‐‑eyed   glare  again.

“Sarah,  there’s  blood  everywhere,”  her  sister  whimpered  as   she  wrung  her  hands.  She  gazed  around  her.  “What  happened?  Did   our  furnace  blow  up  or  something?”

 “I  don’t  think  so.”  Sarah  shook  her  head,  dust  particles  and   slivers  of  glass  cascaded  to  the  floor.  She  furrowed  her  brow  and   absentmindedly  brushed  off  her  clothes.  “I  think  something   exploded  outside.  Help  me  up.”   Lacey  held  out  her  hand  to  Sarah  and  pulled  her  into  a   sitting  position.   Blinking,  Sarah  gazed  around  the  kitchen.  On  most  days  it   was  a  sunny  room  with  pineapple  wallpaper  and  pine  cabinets.  It   was  the  most  popular  room  in  the  house—everyone  congregated   there  during  the  holidays.   Sarah  blinked  again.  Dust  floated  through  the  air  and  glass   littered  the  yellow  linoleum  floor.  She  groaned  and  turned  her   attention  to  her  arm.   As  she  examined  the  blood  running  down  it,  another  wave   of  panic  flooded  through  her  body.  Sarah’s  legs  wobbled  when  she   stood  and  she  stumbled  as  she  reached  for  a  kitchen  towel  that  lay   on  the  counter.  She  used  the  soft  cloth  to  blot  her  eye.  When  she   pulled  the  towel  away,  she  was  shocked  to  see  the  amount  of  blood   that  had  soaked  into  it.  Sarah  gulped,  trying  to  swallow  her  fear  as   beads  of  sweat  broke  out  on  her  forehead.   With  unsteady  feet,  Sarah  stumbled  into  the  hall  where  a   mirror  hung.   She  was  afraid  to  look.  Taking  some  deep  breaths,  she  stared   into  the  cracked  mirror  and  noticed  a  cut  in  her  eyebrow.  The   amount  of  blood  that  seeped  from  the  cut  was  enormous  compared   to  its  small  size.   Lacey  walked  past  Sarah  on  her  way  to  the  den.  The  crunch   of  glass  under  her  sister’s  feet  caught  Sarah’s  attention,  and  she   sighed.  Thank  goodness  we  had  our  shoes  on.  A  wave  of  relief  washed   over  her  body  and  she  exhaled  another  deep  sigh.  The  girls  had been  getting  ready  for  school  when  the  windows  exploded  and   covered  everything  with  glass.

“Sarah,  come  here!  You’ve  got  to  see  this!”  Lacey  yelled.   Sarah  whirled  around  and  spotted  her  sister  walking  from   the  den—her  eyes  were  round  and  full  of  shock.   “I  think  all  the  windows  have  been  smashed.  Come  and   look.”   Holding  the  towel  against  her  cut,  Sarah  followed  her  into   the  den.

“Holy  crap!”   She  gazed  into  the  room.  Shards  of  glass  covered  the   furniture  and  the  floor.  The  sun  streamed  through  the  window,   shining  on  the  jagged  bits  embedded  in  the  carpet.  It  appeared  as  if   tiny  diamonds  were  buried  within  the  fibers.   “What  in  the  world  happened?”   Sarah  shook  her  head.

“I  have  no  idea.”   The  shrill  ring  of  the  phone  made  Sarah  jump.  She  dashed   back  to  the  kitchen  and  found  the  phone  where  she  had  dropped  it   earlier.   “Hello?”   “Sarah?”   “Jackie?”   “Yeah,  it’s  me.”  Jackie’s  voice  eased  some  of  the  tension  in   Sarah’s  body.  Jackie  Jenkins  was  her  best  friend.  They  had  met   when  Sarah  and  her  sister  moved  in  with  their  aunt  and  uncle  three   months  earlier.   Sarah  glanced  down  at  her  legs  and  for  the  first  time  saw   tiny  nicks  where  she  had  been  hit  by  flying  glass.  She  bent  down   and  examined  the  cuts  further.  They  were  not  deep,  and  were   already  clotting.   “All  of  our  windows  exploded!  Do  you  know  what’s  going   on?”  Sarah  asked.   “There  was  an  explosion  at  the  high  school.”   “There  was  an  explosion?”   “Yep.”

“How  do  you  know?  Was  it  a  bomb?”  Sarah  brushed  her   hair  away  from  her  face  and  watched  as  more  dust  cascaded  to  the   floor.   “I  heard  it  on  the  police  scanner.”   “Was  it  a  bomb?”  Sarah  asked  again.   “They  don’t  know,  but  what  else  causes  an  explosion?”   Jackie  said  with  a  voice  edged  with  apprehension.   “Crap,”  Sarah  gasped,  as  the  energy  seemed  to  drain  from   her  body,  replaced  with  heavy  dread.  Sagging  against  the  kitchen   wall,  she  clutched  the  phone  as  if  it  were  a  lifeline.  “Uncle  Walt.”   She  choked,  and  then  turned  toward  Lacey  and  stared.    “Sarah?  Are  you  there?  Are  you  all  right?”  Jackie  yelled   from  the  phone.   “Sarah?”  Lacey’s  lip  quivered.     Tears  welled  in  Sarah’s  eyes  as  she  spoke  to  Lacey.  “There’s   been  an  explosion  at  the  high  school.”   “What?  No  way!”  Lacey  shook  her  head  and  swung  away.   “Sarah,  I’m  coming  over!”  Jackie  screamed.      Sarah  nodded  numbly  as  she  watched  Lacey.  Her  sister’s   breathing  was  labored  and  her  face  turned  pale.   “I  feel  like  I’m  going  to  faint.”  Lacey’s  knees  buckled  and  she   reached  for  the  kitchen  chair.   “Put  your  head  between  your  knees!”  Sarah  dropped  the   phone,  grabbed  Lacey  and  helped  her  to  the  floor.  She  gently   pushed  Lacey’s  head  down  between  her  knees.  Her  sister’s  face  and   knees  disappeared  behind  the  curtain  of  her  long  blonde  hair.   “Now,  take  deep  breaths.”   Lacey  inhaled  deeply  and  let  her  breath  out  slowly.  The  two   girls  sat  like  that  for  a  few  minutes,  Sarah  holding  her  sister’s  head   down  and  Lacey  breathing.   “Thanks.  You  can  let  go  now.”  Lacey  raised  her  head  and   smiled  at  Sarah.   Sarah  nodded  and  peered  into  her  sister’s  green  eyes  that   were  so  much  like  her  own.  “Better?”

“Yeah.”  Lacey  let  out  a  long  shudder.  She  sat  back  on  the   floor.  “I’m  not  ready  to  get  up  yet.”   “Jackie’s  coming  over.”  Sarah  picked  up  the  phone  and   pushed  buttons  with  a  shaky  hand.   “Who’re  you  calling?”  Lacey  whimpered.   “Uncle  Walt’s  cell.”   Sarah  listened  to  the  phone  ring,  as  her  stomach  tightened   into  a  knot.  “It  went  right  into  voicemail.”  She  gulped  as  the   enormity  of  the  situation  hit  her.  Fear  ate  away  at  her  self-­‐‑control   and  her  stomach  clenched  tighter.  Taking  some  deep  breaths,  she   wondered  what  she  should  do  next.  Without  a  doubt,  Sarah  knew   that  Lacey  was  going  to  lose  it  at  any  moment,  and  someone   needed  to  take  charge.  “We  have  to  call  Aunt  June.”  The  quiver  in   her  voice  betrayed  the  fear  she  tried  to  hide.   “I  hope  he’s  okay,”  Lacey  whimpered  and  then  sobbed  as   she  sagged  against  the  cabinets.  Rocking  back  and  forth,  she  tried   to  calm  herself.   “I’m  sure  he  wasn’t  near  the  explosion.”  Sarah  cast  a   sideways  glance  toward  her  sister,  hoping  to  reassure  Lacey,  but   her  words  rang  false  in  her  own  ears.   “He  went  to  school  early  today,”  Lacey  whimpered  as  she   rocked.  She  rubbed  her  hands  together  as  if  they  were  cold.   Sarah  dialed  her  aunt’s  office  and  waited  for  Beatrice,  the   receptionist,  to  answer.  Pacing,  she  chewed  on  her  nail.  What  was   taking  Bea  so  long?  While  Sarah  waited,  the  wails  of  police  sirens   and  the  blare  of  fire  truck  horns  filled  the  air  as  they  rushed  past.   Panic  gnawed  at  her  gut.  She  fought  to  keep  it  at  bay  and  won  for   the  moment.   Beatrice  answered  the  phone  and  informed  Sarah  that  her   aunt  was  with  a  patient.   “Bea,  this  is  an  emergency.”  Sarah’s  voice  cracked.  “I  really   need  to  talk  to  her.”   “I’m  sorry  Sarah.  I  didn’t  recognize  your  voice.  Just  a   second.  I’ll  interrupt  her  session.”

Sarah  waited  on  hold,  listening  to  the  elevator  music   filtering  through  the  phone.  She  paced  and  chewed  her  nails.  “Let’s   go  in  the  den.”    Lacey,  still  wobbly  from  her  near  faint,  stood  and  clung  to   Sarah,  as  Sarah  guided  her  into  the  den.     “Turn  the  TV  on  and  see  if  there’s  anything  on  the  news,”   Sarah  instructed.   She  paced  back  and  forth  while  her  sister  stumbled  toward   the  TV.  Lacey  walked  hunched  over  and  slow.  With  a  trembling   hand,  she  finally  pushed  the  power  button  on  the  television.   Stifling  an  irritated  sigh,  Sarah  peered  at  the  TV  and  caught   a  glimpse  of  a  scroll  at  the  bottom  of  the  screen.  It  said  Harrisburg   High  School  and  Jr.  High  School  closed  today  due  to  faculty  meeting.   Please  stay  away  from  the  High  School.  There  has  been  an  explosion  and   emergency  personnel  need  to  be  able  to  get  to  the  scene.   Sarah  stifled  a  growl  of  frustration.  That’s  it?  That’s  all  they’re   going  to  tell  us?

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