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Crimival: Carousel Crimes (The Disappearing Act #2)
by R.L. Walker
Genre: YA Mystery/Paranormal
Release Date: May 2019


Zoe is back for another summer of adventure. This time she is trying her hand at running her own business selling her idea of deep-fried soda pop. She quickly learns the ups and downs of starting a business and that she needs to balance her crime-solving with her day job. This time things could get deadly when the rides start falling apart literally. Will her telepathic powers be strong enough to stop disaster before it strikes?

Book One: 
The Disappearing Act (The Disappearing Act #1)


The carnival: here today, gone tomorrow.

Zoe has once chance to accept her fate and save her friends. Failure is not an option.
The summer starts off as a normal carnival season for Zoe who has grown up in the carnival. Soon she realizes it's everything, but normal. Friends are disappearing and Zoe begins to notice she has an ability to see what is happening to her. Will she be able to learn to use her newfound telepathic powers to save her friends from a madman before the summer is over?

Come for the carnival, stay for the story....

Series Purchase Links: 
The Disappearing Act 


Ring! Ring! Holding up my phone, Xavier’s face popped up on the screen. Wondering what he wanted, I swiped to answer. 
“Hello! Long time no talk!” I spoke. 
“Hey, I’ve got a problem down here in Gib town,” he started 
.“What kind of problem? I questioned offhandedly I had put the phone on speaker and continued putting the pop machine back together with a wrench. Giving an extra oomph I clamped the other line. 
“Are you even paying attention?” Xavier snapped impatiently, “This is a real emergency and I need your help! Stop fixing that piece of junk pop machine and listen!” 
Frowning into my phone screen I replied, “First of all are you secretly telepathic too? Since you know what I am doing. Secondly, don’t take that tone with me, I knew you when you still drooled. Thirdly, I need to spend the least amount possible on this rusty pile to turn it into a profitable business. So I need to do most of the work myself. Not all of us were born with a silver spoon, you know. Anyways, I’m all ears. Tell me what’s up.” I stepped out of the trailer to squat on the step leading up to the trailer on where a fuzzy kitten tangled itself around my feet. 
There was an audible pause and for a moment I thought Xavier was pulling a prank or hung up, then he whispered, “It’s happening again, Zoe. I need your help down here.” 
“The disappearance or kidnappings? We caught him! It can’t be happening!” I stammered as my heart began to race. The nightmare was continuing. 
Xavier mumbled, “Different than the last time, but I swear someone is trying to sabotage the show. I can feel it in my bones…” 
Click! Then all I heard was a dial tone. “Xavier!” I screamed into the phone. Panicking I couldn’t help, but think the worst and was worried that something or someone caused him to hang up. What if Gunner broke out of jail? What if he had Xavier now? My mind was racing with possibilities.  

Building the World of Crimival  

  Setting up the world of Crimival was a bit easy for me because I grew up in the carnival. Most of the locations in the book are based on places that I have been in the carnival at specific festivals or fairs, but the names were changed to protect the innocent. For the most part, I relied on my memories of the carnival world that I grew up in as a teenager minus the interactions with the F.B.I. and the telepathic investigating. At times, it was difficult to capture the magic of the carnival that myself as a teenager did not see or appreciate as most teenagers are guilty of. 

Since my family is still in the carnival business, I spent some time refreshing my memories at the local fairs and festivals. When I was researching for the books, I began to look around with an author’s perspective to see how I would describe the world that often times seemed boring as kid. I was able to see what an exciting place the carnival is for people not working in it and how much children enjoy going. While there I also employed my five senses to describe how things smelled and sounded to help set up the carnival world in Crimival. Since I like to read and watch a lot of mysteries, I paid attention to how other author’s build suspense and used what I liked in my writing. While preparing to write Crimival and The Disappearing Act I began to look at the setting around me to see ways to make use the setting to create suspense and mystery.

 About the Author
I grew up in the carnival which was the family business, after graduating I went to college. After which I got a job teaching English in South Korea which compelled me to pursue my Masters in Education upon my return. I have been teaching English ever since. 
Last year to help inspire my students to write more, I told them that I would write with them and complete a story and publish it. It took me all year, but I completed my first book, "The Disappearing Act" by the end of the year and got hooked on story telling! My time in the carnival business inspired my first book and my time spent at an archaeological dig helped to inspire my second book, "Kai's Secret".
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