R.J. Crayton grew up in Illinois and now lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. She is the author of the Life First series of novels, which includes Life First and Second Life. Prior to writing fiction, Crayton was a journalist, writing for newspapers, including the Wichita Eagle and Kansas City Star. Crayton also worked for several trade publications, including Solid Waste Report, Education Technology News, and Campus Crime. Her first novels were published in 2013. The third novel in the Life First series, and a short story collection (Four Mothers), will be released in 2014. Crayton is a monthly contributor to the Indies Unlimited blog (http://www.indiesunlimited.com/author/rj-crayton/) and a regular contributor to the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies blog (http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/bio/crayton/). When she's not writing, Crayton spends her time being a ninja mom (stealthy and ultra cool, like moms should be) to her son and daughter. You can find out more about her at http://rjcrayton.com.
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Third Life: Taken
When Kelsey Reed fled her country to escape a forced kidney transplant, she was sure she'd never return. However, when her brother-in-law shows up on her doorstep, he commits an act of betrayal by kidnapping Kelsey and Luke's daughter.
Forced to head back to the nation that tried to kill her, Kelsey will need the help of her husband Luke, and friends Susan and Rob to get her daughter back.
Susan Harper is being held captive by the government in the thrilling sequel, Second Life. As the normally feisty Susan’s hopes of freedom dwindle, a mysterious stranger sneaks into her room and promises to help her.
Susan and mystery man Rob grow close as he tries to orchestrate her escape. When the duo discovers the truth behind Susan’s captivity, they realize she is in grave danger.
Strong-willed Kelsey Reed must escape tonight or tomorrow her government will take her kidney and give it to a stranger.
In this future forged by survivors of pandemics that wiped out
much of the world’s population, life is valued above all else.
Kelsey enlists the help of her boyfriend Luke and a dodgy doctor to flee. If they fail, Kelsey will be stripped of everything....
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- River Magic
on July 11, 2013
River Magic is a delightful tale of two resourceful, orphan teens recruited to deliver secret messages for a mysterious benefactor.
River Magic reminded me a little of Lord of the Rings in the way the teens, Brenda and Aimee, traveled about meeting strangers, and encountering obstacles. And while called River Magic, there is no overt magic (as in supernatural). It's all about the magic of the journey.
The book set in an alternative timeline past (1800s) where slavery has been abolished and the Iroquois are the United States' allies.. This allowed for some humor due to our current knowledge. In one section, the Brenda tells Aimee, "they'll never grow corn in Iowa." As someone who grew up in Illinois and traveled through Iowa a fair amount, I found this totally hilarious. I think anyone who enjoys historical fiction or travel adventure tales will enjoy this book.
P.S. I understand this book is part of a series. This is the first of the series I've read, and starting with it was not a problem.