Welcome Guest Blogger: Lisa Orchard

I hope everyone enjoys my guest blogger, Lisa Orchard, today. She has written a great article.

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Hello everyone! I’m Lisa Orchard and I’m here to discuss the benefits of reading for not only the young, but also for us more “mature” adults. I want to thank Ryder for being the host on my first stop in my blog tour. I’m a Young Adult author. My book “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer” was just released in March. Did you know that reading helps in just about every area of intellect? Those students that read for pleasure have higher GPAs, higher intelligence, and more general knowledge than those who don’t. Experts have found that reading in general makes you smarter and keeps you sharp as you age. (I love the sound of that ) Reading also increases vocabulary. In fact reading increases your vocabulary more than talking or direct teaching! Did you know that language in children’s books is likely to be more sophisticated than your average conversation? Reading also improves analytical thinking. In Anne E. Cummings paper she found that readers increase their general knowledge and more importantly they were able to spot patterns quicker. If you can spot patterns quicker your analytical skills get a boost! Not only does reading improve your intellect it also builds self-esteem! Wow! Who knew a book could do so much? And the most exciting part of this—most e-books cost only $2.99! So buy your teen a book today! Just look at it as an investment! Think of all the money that you’ll be saving in future tutor fees and therapy bills! 

This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission.  The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…

Thanks, Lisa for coming today and giving us something to think about while we are looking up your book on Amazon. Great cover and wise words all at the same time. Please leave a comment and win a copy of her e-book. “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer”.