Writer's Block: Pamela Keyes

Tucson author Pamela Keyes' book The Jumbee has been published by Dial Books for Young Readers. (400 pages, $17.99)

Summary (from press release):

When Esti Legard starts theater school on Cariba, she's determined to step out of the shadow of her late father, a famous actor. But on an island rife with superstition, Esti can't escape the darkness. ln the black of the theater, an alluring phantom voice - known only as Alan - becomes her drama tutor, while in the light of day Esti struggles to resist her magnetic attraction to Rafe, the local bad boy. When shocking accidents begin on the set of Romeo and Juliet, the islanders are sure the theater is haunted by a jumbee. ls Esti's secret mentor a wicked ghost? And what will it cost her - and those she loves - to unmask the truth?

Twists and turns culminate in a dramatic kidnapping, a wild hurricane, a performance where Esti proves she's a fine actress in her own right - and, of course, a deliciously spooky finale. Laced with eerie mystery and the seductive scenery of the West lndies, this new Phantom is perfect for readers who like their love stories served with spine-tingling suspense.

Author bio (from press release):

Pamela Keyes has always been a fan of Shakespeare, romance, and musicals. She lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband-a Parks Service scientist whose job takes them to various cool U.S. outposts (including the U.S. Virgin lslands)-and their two kids. For more information, check out: www.pamelakeyes.com