Pennies from Burger Heaven (#1)
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 hell-bent on discovering what happened the night her Mama disappeared. Danger lurks at every corner for Copper and her rag-tag group of friends. While Copper runs for her life, two questions haunt her. Is her mama dead, or alive? And, will
Copper live long enough to find out?
In the tradition of The Lovely Bones and Room, Pennies 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.
“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 least expect it, and help in those you never thought to ask.”
“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.”
“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 Heaven novel.”
“[Pennies from Burger Heaven] gave me shivers on the first page…[Marcy McKay’s] writing is beautiful and emotional, without being sappy.” – Frontiers in Writing
“Unputdownable.” – Texas Writers’ League Annual Manuscript Contest
Stars Among the Dead (#0)
Living on the streets is hard enough, so when Copper Daniels’ mama drags them from their cemetery home in the middle of the night, the eleven-year-old knows they’re in big trouble. The two clash over this so-called “secret mission” to help an unreliable friend, but Copper can’t seem to protect her mama from herself. By the time, they discover the first dead body, it’s too late. They’re running from a killer, and Copper isn’t sure they’ll make it out alive.
Stars Among the Dead is a novella, set nine months before Pennies from Burger Heaven.
“I can never get enough of Copper.”
Murder, They Wrote: Four SkipJack Mysteries
Murder, mystery and mayhem by all four award-winning authors at SkipJack: Pamela Fagan Hutchins, Ken Oder, Rebecca Nolen and myself.
(Coming in 2017)
Six months after Pennies from Burger Heaven ends, Copper Daniels’ world is just a different kind of bad. She takes matters into her own hands and runs away, back home to the cemetery where she belongs. A new mystery unfolds that calls her to Paradise once more — the meanest, nastiest part of Remington, Texas. Copper swore she’d never go there again, but she must save her precious friends, Salt and Pepper, from eminent death. Or, die trying.
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