Sunday, August 22, 2010

Cynthia's Attic: The Magician's Castle

Cynthia's Attic: The Magician's Castle - Book Four of the award-winning time-travel series for 'Tweens

Cynthia had an attic. Not just an ordinary attic. Cynthia's attic was magic.

Cynthia and I came into the world just three months apart. We grew up on the same quiet, sycamore-lined street, our friendship as close as our houses. Fifty years earlier, our grandmothers were best friends. However, we didn't realize the extent of their friendship until after our experience in Cynthia's attic. This is the story of one of our great adventures...the way I remember it.

Sebastien the Great, a magician whose fiancĂ©e, Kathryn, disappears through the magic trunk, vows revenge. If Cynthia and Gus don't find a missing page from the “Book of Spells,” Cynthia’s family could face financial and personal ruin.

Follow this time-traveling duo as they journey back to a 1914 Swiss castle where Eva, Sebastien’s grandmother, gives them clues on where to begin their search. Their journey takes them through miles of tree tunnels, an enchanted garden ruled by a cranky rock monster, and even high in the Alps. They get the surprise of their lives when they're sent 50 years into the future, have a shocking encounter with another set of best friends, and receive a fresh set of clues that could lead to Kathryn's return. But, at what price?

Cynthia and I are best friends and have been for all our twelve years. We're about as different as bubble gum and broccoli, and she makes me so made, sometimes, I could spit. But, no matter what, I know she "always has my back."

We've taken so many trips through the magic trunk in her attic, that I've lost count, but I can't think of anyone I'd rather have with me traveling through time.

The series, "Cynthia's Attic" was inspired by a recurring dream I'd had for more than 20 years about a mysterious attic. When I finally realized that the dreams took place in the attic of my real childhood best friend, Cynthia, the dreams stopped and the writing began.

A move from Florida to Georgia brought us to within an hour of where Cynthia has called home for almost 15 years, and my first phone call was to arrange to meet for dinner. I almost felt sorry for our husbands because Cynthia and I didn't shut up for four hours! It's like we were six-years-old again, still sitting on the floor of her attic playing with paper dolls or discovering some magical treasure in one of the boxes.

Mary Cunningham is the author of the series, "Cynthia's Attic," co-author of the women's humor/lifestyle book, "WOOF: Women Only Over Fifty," and has several published short stories

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