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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

review: dangerous designs by Dale Mayer

A drawing is simply a line going for a walk. - Paul Klee

Dangerous Designs
as seventeen year old Storey Dalton contemplates her present situation of not having a boyfriend, she finds a quaint looking pencil and brings it home with her. why waste a good find? after all, drawing has always been her creative outlet and pencils are basic tools of the trade. her designs, however, become more interesting and stranger and so does her new pencil...
author Dale Mayer has surprised me again with this novel. initially, i thought it was just another teenage artist's story but how she proved me wrong! it was way more than that.
i dabble in watercolors myself and from the get-go, i felt a kinship with Storey and her creative process. she is not without flaws but she is one incredible character. Storey is smart, analytical, detail oriented and thinks out of the box. i admire her tenacity as well and her resolve to do what is right and necessary.  Storey is the latest heroine to save the world or worlds.
her pencil or stylus was more than a piece of drawing instrument. it was responsible for her accidental journey to a parallel dimension. what happened as a consequence is central to the plot. what she also discovers in that other world where people and things look the same but different are highlights of this book.
readers may mistake Storey's adventure as sci-fi but it is not. this is more of an urban fantasy gone haywire and then some -  and i mean that in a very good way.
i loved the latter part of the book where a lot of action and conflict take place. i was blown away when i read the last remaining sentences. the conclusion was totally unexpected and made me shout "whoa!!!" three times. i bet you will too!

*Dangerous Designs (Book 1) is available at Amazon (paperback, Kindle), Barnes and Noble (paperback, NOOK book) and Smashwords. for more information about Dale Mayer and her work, please visit her author pages at Amazon and Goodreads.

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check out my review of Dale Mayer's adult thriller Tuesday's Child HERE

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of Dangerous Designs from the author herself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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