Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pennies from Burger Heaven ~ ~ Blog Tour* & Giveaway

 Pennies from Burger Heaven
by Marcy McKay
Genre: Literary Suspense
Publisher: SkipJack Publishing
Date of Publication: December 28, 2015
# of pages: 340

Eleven-year-old Copper Daniels is homeless and alone. She spends her nights sleeping beneath the cemetery’s Warrior Angel statue for protection, and
her days battling the mean streets of Remington, Texas, hell-bent on discovering what happened the night her Mama disappeared. While Copper and
her rag-tag group of friends find danger at every corner, two horrors are certain:
her Mama’s really missing and someone’s after Copper, too. 

In the tradition of The Lovely Bones and RoomPennies from Burger Heaven
tells a dark story through the eyes of a child. With
wit and wisdom, Copper Daniels will steal your heart,then break it in two.

 Awards for Pennies from Burger Heaven: 
*Winner – Writers’ League of Texas: Best Mainstream Novel 
*Winner – Frontiers in Writing: Best Mainstream Novel   
*Winner – Frontiers in Writing: Best of Show

Praise for Pennies from Burger Heaven

“Against the gritty backdrop of an inner-city ghetto rises the unforgettable voice of 
eleven-year-old Copper ‘Penny’ Daniels, offering poignant and heartbreaking insights 
into the horrors and trials of homeless life on the streets, finding heaven where you l
east expect it, and help in those you never thought to ask.”

– A.G. Howard, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Splintered Series

“At once disturbing and exhilarating, heartbreaking and heartwarming, Pennies is the 
story of an undying love between a mother and daughter. It grabs you by the 
heartstrings from the start and won’t let you go, even after you’ve read the last word.”

– Ken Oder, author of The Closing and Old Wounds to the Heart

“Debut novelist McKay infuses Pennies from Burger Heaven with wit, charm and 
moxie, so much so that the achingly beautifulness of Copper Daniels’ life sneaks up 
on you. All of this wrapped around a mystery that is fast-paced and rife with tension, 
with a satisfying series of twists. Can’t wait for the next Burger Heavennovel.”

– Pamela Fagan Hutchins, author of the Katie & Annalise mystery series

 Copper Daniels is just eleven years old and living on the streets with her mom.
Everyday is a struggle to eat and survive. They try to find places to get free food and
a place to sleep, but it seems to be getting harder to do. Copper is a very tough young
girl with grit and determination. When her mom turns up missing , Copper must
depend on the few friends she has to find shelter and help her look for her mom.
  I found it very intriguing to read the different names the author uses for the group
of people Copper has contact with. It was a bit hard to understand at first , then I
realized this is part of a language that Copper uses on the street to identify different
people. It was somewhat slang terms that are often referred to as stereo typical ,
which for some could be found offensive. She must now try to solve the mystery
of her mom's disappearance and try to stay one step ahead of someone who is out
to hurt her.
  The story is written with such realism that you can visualize Copper walking the
streets at night looking for shelter. The author holds nothing make and I found myself
so engrossed in the story, I couldn't put it down. There are times in the book that the
vivid details were hard to read, but I appreciate the darkness and evils that plagued
Copper as she raced to save her mom.

The book is a heart pounding story of Copper as she relies on street smarts to
survive in a world where she is abandoned by those she thought would never
leave her. The ending is powerful and reminds me of good vs evil as the story
leaves you in the edge of your seat.
I received a copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours for an honest review.

Marcy McKay knew she wanted to write stories the
moment she read about Oompa Loompas in the

fourth grade. She’s an award-winning short-story
author and copywriter, as well as a freelance journalist.
Her work has appeared in Writer’s Digest, Accent West,
Roots & Wings, The Write Practice, Write to Done, 
and Positive Writer and Jane Friedman. Marcy
lives in Texas with her husband and two teens, who all
still like her…most of the time. McKay is a member of the 
Writers’ League of Texas and the Texas High Plains Writers.



Check out these other great blog stops on the tour!

1/18       My Book Fix Blog  -- Review
1/19       Hall Ways  -- Promo
1/20       The Page Unbound  -- Author Interview
1/21       bookishjessp  -- Guest Post
1/22       Because This is My Life Y'all  -- Review
1/23       The Crazy Booksellers -- Promo
1/24       All for the Love of the Word -- Author Interview
1/25       Books and Broomsticks -- Guest Post
1/27       Missus Gonzo -- Review
1/28       The Librarian Talks -- Guest Post          
1/29       Belle Whittington on Tumblr  -- Author Interview
1/30       Book Crazy Gals -- Promo
1/31       Secret Asian Girl  -- Review
2/1         Texas Book-aholic -- Review

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  1. Woohoo, Deana. Time is a precious commodity. Thank you for taking the time to read Pennies from Burger Heaven, and to share an honest review with your community.

    Clearly, you "got" my book! This story is so special to me, and I'm delighted you enjoyed it, too.

  2. Thank you for your kind remarks.