Debra Chapoton

Biography

Debra Chapoton is the author of several YA novels including the thriller Edge of Escape, the break-your-heart adventure The Guardian’s Diary, and two paranormal dramas, Sheltered and A Soul's Kiss. She lives in a full log home in the middle of a scary forest in northern Michigan. When she’s not writing she’s playing Qwirkle with her husband or shopping online.
She has also written several middle grade novels and non-fiction works.
She enjoys talking and tweeting with fans. You can find her on her blog: http://debrachapoton.com or on twitter @Debra_Chapoton.

Smashwords Interview

What is the first book you published. What is the latest?
My first published book is Edge of Escape, a psychological thriller with a sympathetic twist. I've written many more in between that one and this year’s coming of age novel, The Guardian’s Diary.
Is there a character or scene that you wish you could go back and change?
There is a character that I based on a particular student I liked in one of my classes. I’m not going to say which book he’s in other than that it’s one of my young adult novels. When I got frustrated that no agent would look at the manuscript I rewrote the ending and killed off that character. Wouldn't you know that then the book got grabbed by a publisher and we kept that ending. I’d like to go back and save him.
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Edge of Escape
Book trailer for Edge of Escape: Emotionally impaired yet clever, Eddie obsesses over the most popular girl. He drugs her, abducts her and locks her away. She escapes, but that is part of his plan as he pretends to be her knight in shining armor. Will she accept his special devotion or reject his fragile love? Stalking gets a sympathetic twist in this story of fixation and fear.

The Secret in the Hidden Cave
Two 12-year-olds, Missy and Kevin, explore the old lodge, the woods, the cemetery and the dark caves beneath the lake and find surprises, danger and secrets. Can they solve the riddles, follow the clues and save the place from destruction? Or are they being used by someone smarter who needs help to reveal an ancient secret. THE SECRET IN THE HIDDEN CAVE is a middle-grade novel with surprising twists, high tech gizmos, clever riddles and scary stuff. It is book one of the Big Pine Lodge series.

Books

The Guardian's Diary
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 80,770. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
17 year old Jedidiah was born with a gruesome deformity that causes him to drag his foot. He embraces the nickname Dragonfoot and sets his goal to become a champion skateboarder, but amputation, a mission trip to Peru, and two girls that God puts in his path challenge his dream.
Nick Bazebahl and the Fake Witch Tunnels
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Series: Tunnels, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,310. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
NICK BAZEBAHL AND THE FAKE WITCH TUNNELS is book 6 in the TUNNELS series. Nick and Samantha find themselves in an ancient land full of superstitions. Once again they have strange things in their bags. An antfarm, a hairbrush and a sparkly wand help them complete their first mission. But what will they do with a package of jello when they tunnel to the 1600’s and stand trial for witchcraft?
Nick Bazebahl and the Cartoon Tunnels
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Series: Tunnels, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,670. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
NICK BAZEBAHL AND THE CARTOON TUNNELS is book 5 in the TUNNELS series. In this adventure Nick and his friend Samantha tunnel through an alternate reality and into three separate cartoons. The two of them enjoy a break from their usual missions as they interact with well-known cartoon characters. As usual their backpacks are filled with handy things to get them out of trouble.
Sheltered
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,990. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Living together unsupervised, five troubled teens confront demonic forces and are forced to deal with their problems in distinctly different ways. Paranormal meets psycho meets Goth in this story of a supernatural haunting and budding love.
Adventures in Reading
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Price: Free! Words: 41,890. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
This is a Sampler collection of the first 5 chapters of several children’s books by author Debra Chapoton. These samplings are brought to you by Big Pine Lodge Books. All books are available in e-book form for $2.99 or $.99 as well as in paperback form.
Nick Bazebahl and the Mining Tunnels
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Series: Tunnels, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,070. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Sliding into the Old West from their space adventure is quite a shock, but Nick and Samantha adapt quickly. Gold, dynamite, stagecoach villains and an Indian princess are a few of the surprises in book 4 of the TUNNELS series. Should they trust the Indians, the cowboys or the townsfolk? And just where are the tunnels? Will Nick and Sam find one in time?
Nick Bazebahl and the Wormhole Tunnels
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Series: Tunnels, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,690. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
In book 3 both Nick and Samantha slide into a galactic adventure. She has invented a prince who lives on a planet of strange animals, but the prince is covered with boogers. When his zombie-like behavior creeps them out they escape through wormhole tunnels into a space ship designed totally by Nick’s thoughts. He lets his imagination run wild and Sam is both impressed and afraid. Find out why.
Nick Bazebahl and the Red Tunnels
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Series: Tunnels, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,290. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Nick and Samantha strengthen their friendship and even out their personal competition in this adventure. Wild dogs, wolves and mountain lions can’t keep Nick from completing each mission. When he teams up with Samantha he can’t get past one particular obstacle and Sam edges ahead of Nick in a challenge he forfeits. Problems arise but they perform awesome feats to get out of THE RED TUNNELS.
Nick Bazebahl and the Forbidden Tunnels
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Series: Tunnels, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 7,940. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
12 year old Nick escapes from a strange reformatory only to end up in a stranger place where he is teamed up with a partner and given an assignment. They slide down a forbidden tunnel and begin their odd and mysterious mission to save banned books like Huck Finn, Treasure Island and even Harry Potter. When Nick tries sliding alone the adventure gets crazy. Book 1 in the TUNNELS series.
The Secret in the Hidden Cave - Teacher's Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 1,680. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
This is the companion teacher's guide to The Secret in the Hidden Cave, a middle grade novel for children ages 9 - 12. The questions, discussion prompts and activities were created by the author, a 30 year veteran teacher. This teacher's guide is appropriate for use in public, private and home school settings and may be reproduced or condensed as deemed necessary.
Bigfoot Day, Ninja Night
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,200. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
2 Spooky books in one. In Bigfoot Day Anna and her friends skip the school fair to explore the woods behind the playground. They find evidence of a Sasquatch then can’t find their way out of the woods. Things get worse when they take shelter in what might be Bigfoot’s nest. In Ninja Night Luke and his brother, Nick, go on a boys only camping trip, but things get scary quickly as it gets dark.
A Tick in Time
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,620. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
The old pendulum clock ticked when it should have tocked and Tommy slipped into another dimension. Strange adventures, unusual creatures, quirky riddles and scary stuff are normal in this world. When Tommy shows Noelle how to enter this land, the two of them fearlessly explore. Then their younger siblings follow them through the portal and that means trouble. And who or what will follow them back?
Bullies and Bears
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Series: Big Pine Lodge, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,540. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Missy and Kevin unravel more mysteries and secrets in the caves, the attic, the cemetery and the ruins. A new week of adventures and escapades face them as they confront teenage bullies and a troublesome mama bear. This is book 3 in the series after book 1, The Secret in the Hidden Cave, and book 2, Mystery's Grave. For kids ages 8 - 12.
Mystery's Grave
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Series: Big Pine Lodge, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,870. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
After solving the mystery of The Secret in the Hidden Cave, Missy and Kevin thought the rest of the summer would be calm, but they were wrong. In Mystery’s Grave, book two in the series, more surprises await them in the woods, the caves, the stables and the cemetery. Two new families arrive at the lodge, but one family isn’t human. And they’re hiding in the graveyard! For kids ages 8 - 12.
The Secret in the Hidden Cave
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Series: Big Pine Lodge, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 50,150. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
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Two 12-year-olds, Missy Stark and Kevin Jackson, explore the old lodge, the woods, the cemetery and the dark caves beneath the lake and find surprises, danger and secrets. Can they solve the riddles, follow the clues and save the place from destruction? Or are they being used by someone smarter who needs help to reveal The Secret in the Hidden Cave?
Edge of Escape
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Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 58,880. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2010. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.67)
Emotionally impaired yet clever, Eddie obsesses over the most popular girl. He drugs her, abducts her and locks her away. She escapes, but that is part of his plan as he pretends to be her knight in shining armor. Will she accept his special devotion or reject his fragile love? Stalking gets a sympathetic twist in this story of fixation and fear.

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Smashwords book reviews by Debra Chapoton

  • The Adventures of Steven and Diesel on July 17, 2011

    This delightful story would make great bedtime reading – a chapter a night – for boys and girls 4 to 8 years old. Young readers who want to tackle a book on their own will have no trouble with The Adventures of Steven and Diesel. An imaginative 8-year-old, Steven, is lucky enough to become the owner of a well-trained but adventurous dog named Diesel. Together they explore, play, and learn, while the reader is presented with a story that flows gently. I would compare this to the calming entertainment of a Mr. Rogers show. There is no real danger, villains, accidents or anything objectionable. The infusion of humor adds to the story and gives a charm that old and young will appreciate. I recommend this book to parents of children learning to read.