Sunday, April 17, 2016

Excerpt: Koolura and the Mayans by Michael Thal with Giveaway

Koolura Series, Book 3
by Michael Thal
Summer Solstice
YA Science Fiction
137 pages

Koolura, a girl with extraordinary psychic powers, is back again with pal Leila. The duo is off to Mexico for Koolura’s father’s wedding. When touring a Mayan archeological dig, the girls uncover a mysterious device that hurtles them 2000 years back in time. They soon discover aliens from the planet Aquari living amongst Mayan natives. Are these Aquarians planning to take over Earth? And can Koolura and Leila stop them in time? 


The burly teen picked up speed as he withdrew his gun. But when he ran by Koolura, she stuck out her foot.
            The teen fell to the ground eating dirt. Spitting out a mouthful, he looked up.
“You! We’ve been hunting for you for days.” He quickly stood, reached out with one of his huge paws to grab Koolura.
            Koolura jumped up. With a flawless roundhouse kick, she connected with the teen in the chest.  From that contact, Koolura knew his name.
            Ad-Em landed on his rump.
            Koolura made a mad dash in the opposite direction in which Nacon had fled, not having time to check on Leila.
            Ad-Em scrambled to his feet, pulled a communication device from his pocket, punched a few buttons, and took off after Koolura.
            Koolura did not want to use her powers. The less these people knew about her abilities the better her position would be in a real emergency.
            As the burly teen dashed after Koolura, two other Vanilla teens came from opposite directions quickly converging on her.
            Just as they were about to reach Koolura, Leila galloped by on a stolen mule. She put out a hand to Koolura who took it, jumped onto the mule’s back and off she and Leila galloped, leaving the teens in the dust.
            Unfortunately, this mule was hungry. When they passed a cart filled with fruit, the beast skidded to a halt, throwing the girls into a nearby bale of hay.
            Meanwhile, teen reinforcements arrived with hoverboards. The hoverboards were large silver discs supported and propelled by a cushion of air. Each teen held on to his craft by a curved metal pipe that acted as a rudder. The boards seemed to defy gravity and sped a few inches off the ground like skateboards without wheels.
            Koolura and Leila hurdled carts while spilling over kiosks to block the path of their pursuers.
            Led by Ad-Em, nothing seemed to slow the Vanilla teens. They had the power to levitate their boards many feet into the sky to avoid disaster.
            Koolura and Leila didn’t have that kind of luck. They crashed into two villagers carrying baskets of food. Fruit, vegetables and cloth spilled onto the dirt road.
            After scrambling to their feet, they took off with the Vanilla trio riding their tails.
            That’s when Leila spotted a huge cart filled with manure. She signaled Koolura to stop in front of it. The girls stood before the cart as the hoverboards approached. At the last second, Koolura and Leila leapt away from the cart. The teens, unable to stop the momentum of their boards, slammed right into the dung-filled cart. 

            As Koolura and Leila ran away, Ad-Em popped his head dripping with poop and shook his fist. The duo headed back to the village laughing.

And here he is. . .

Michael Thal is the author of five published novels—Goodbye Tchaikovsky, The Abduction of Joshua Bloom, and The Koolura Series—The Legend of Koolura, Koolura and The Mystery at Camp Saddleback, and Koolura and the Mayans. He is also a columnist for the Los Angeles Examiner writing articles about parenting and education.
 Moving from the frigid Northeast to comfy Southern California in 1973, Michael taught elementary and middle school for 28 years until a freak virus left him deafened at the age of 50. He reinvented himself as a writer composing over 80 published articles in print magazines as well as novels for middle grade and high school aged students.
 You can learn more about Michael Thal on his website and blog at His books can be purchased on and Barnes & Noble in print and as e-books.

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Goodbye Tchaikovsky:
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The Legend of Koolura:
Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback:

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The Legend of Koolura:
Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback:

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