Book One of The Turner Chronicles
In association with White Wolf Press, LLC
Copyright 2009 Mark Eller
This book is lovingly dedicated to my very patient wife, Daneen, and to my children, Troy Anne, Kameron, and Kris. It is also dedicated to the best sister in the world, Becky, and to the memory of my parents, Stanley and Shirley Eller.
I miss you now and always.
First and foremost, I have to thank Daneen, my wife and friend and greatest fan who not only encouraged my writing efforts but also had the patience to deal with the long hours I was unavailable because I was hunched over a keyboard or hovering before a microphone. Huge thanks go to my friend and writing partner, Liz VanZandt, who writes under the name Elizabeth Draper, for all the time she has put in over the years critiquing and polishing my writing, ruthlessly insisting that only my best work was acceptable for the public eye. Dindy and Bill from Swimming Kangaroo Books are absolutely due for their share of thanks, and then there are my editors, Jess, Isaac, Laura, without whose input and suggestions this book would not have been complete. And who can forget Emz, nag and friend who shoved me toward Basil, and Basil. Which leads me to thank Basil Rathbone, my second publisher. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you for your time and effort on my behalf.