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Chester and the Magic 8 Ball (2023)  

A Middle-Grade Novel 

A middle-grade novel with humor, hope, and heart about a dog who may be psychic, probability, magic, and a girl who must learn the difference in order to make a difference. Chester and the Magic 8 Ball is an empowering story of hope for anyone facing life's unexpected challenges.

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"I am completely under Chester’s spell... an extraordinarily moving and uplifting story about growing up and love for your friends, family, and strangers."Melanie Kennedy for Reader's Favorite

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The Surrogate (2021)

A Psychological Thriller

Connecticut high school teacher, Jenn Cooper, falls under the spell of her more stylish double, a woman she encounters in a Key West bar. After a weekend of martinis and makeovers, Jenn is tricked into swapping lives for one month. She uncovers clues about her doppelganger's obsession with guns and the family's twisted dynamics. Jenn discovers dark secrets about Martin, her double's reclusive teenage son. But when she learns what Martin is plotting and that her own life is at risk, it's too late to turn back.

With every plot twist, Jenn faces more obstacles and fewer options. She's on her own as she tries to save herself and prevent another American tragedy.


"The writing was fast-paced and kept me flying through this book with just enough drip feed hints at the twist to keep me interested." - Chapmans Chapters and Pages

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Save Your Spot

  • Mar 02, 2024, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Virtual Author Event
    Former teacher/principal, Lynn Katz, will be joining virtual readers across Connecticut. Slots are still available for interested schools, reach out for more information.​
  • Feb 19, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Middletown, 413 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457, USA
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  • May 30, 2023, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Farmington, 50 Judson Ln, Farmington, CT 06032, USA
    Former teacher/principal, Lynn Katz, will meet with fifth and sixth graders to explore the magic of the writing process and how her own toothless rescue dog inspired a middle-grade story of persistence and probability, Chester and the Magic 8 Ball.
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