Steve Messman has had quite the life, even if it can be summed up in only a few phrases. He was raised in a small town in Indiana, graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington, spent twenty-one years in the U.S. Army while being married and raising two wonderful boys, and spent ten years teaching the middle-school grades. During these years after teaching, he has been fortunate enough to change the direction of his life—twice.
The first change was when he decided to become an author. Steve self published two novels. The first is a very “dark” and suspenseful crime novel: Double Sided. The second novel, The Gas Conspiracy, is not quite as dark, but is just as suspenseful. Both of these novels met with critical acclaim from readers.
The second change of direction occurred when Steve decided to write fantasy and children’s books instead of crime novels. He spent three years perfecting two novels in a genre he calls science fantasy. Grandpa’s Portal takes place in your own backyard, thus the fantasy. And if you liked this one, Debbie’s Choice, the sequel, expands Grandpa’s magical world to include a shift in time and space.
Steve will be publishing a couple of children’s stories very soon. Written for very young readers, these humorous stories continue Grandpa’s antics. They contain approximately 1000 words, twenty pages, and ten pictures. These stories bring to life a series called “Grandpa’s Tall Tales.” Read excerpts at www.stevemessman.com.
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Grandpa's Tall Tales: A Quick Trip To The Past
"Grandpa’s Tall Tales: A Quick Trip To The Past" is a picture story about Grandpa and Bubbacakes, and their new time machine. This seems to work well, but Grandpa soon discovers that he and Bubbacakes have accidentally landed in yesteryear. Bubbacakes, luckily, saves the day. This story is perfect for younger children who find it exciting, adventurous, and funny. Excellent for family reading time.
Grandpa's Tall Tales: The Shrinking Gate
Grandpa’s Tall Tales: The Shrinking Gate is a delightful story of just over 1200 words about Grandpa, his cat, Bubbacakes, and their adventure through the shrinking gate into the world of insects. Grandpa’s infinitely deep bucket of good luck gets him out of jam after jam until he finally returns home. Your child won't believe the twist at the end. How will Grandpa fix this huge, new problem?
Debbie’s Choice is the essential sequel to Grandpa’s Portal. Debbie, 12 years old, is the answer to an ages-old prophecy. Upon entering a strange world of giant spiders and twisted time, she must rescue and bring home a relative she has never met. She makes the leap. Facing both evil and death she learns many valuable lessons, all of which form needed stepping stones along the path to her destiny.
Grandpa’s Portal is an exciting mix of adult magic and youthful fantasy. Grandpa disappears while walking with his grandkids. Their great detective work and adventurous spirit find him in a magical world. They try to free him from his captors. The kids are attacked by ants, captured by spiders, and nearly eaten by a mouse. They are forced to make hard decisions. They do, and they survive--sort of!
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