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Rescuing Mara’s Father by @dmburton72 is a Middle-Grade and YA Event pick #99cents #ya #mg #giveaway

Title: Rescuing Mara’s Father

Author: D.M. Burton

Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult science fiction

Book Blurb:

Three friends – a hidden starship – a quest

When she discovers her father has been captured by the Queen’s agents, Mara and her two friends embark on a quest to rescue him before the Queen tortures and kills him.


“Sit, Mara.” Basco’s quiet order stops me. His tone has such force I do as he says. “Jako gave you good advice that you should heed. You need a plan.”

“But we’re wasting time sitting here. What if the ship takes off? Call Dockmaster and—and tell him to delay the ship.”

He glances away from me. “The ship is gone.”

“No.” Despair crashes down on me. I slump against the wall. “We’ll never find him. We don’t know where they’re taking him. They’re Coalition. They could take him anywhere.”

“We are not going after your father,” Basco says.

“What?” I cry.

“He gave me explicit instructions to get you to safety if this situation ever arose.”

“Why would he do that? How could he even know the Coalition would come after him?”

Basco sighs. “His actions from long ago have caught up with him. Now, the forces of a powerful person have found him.”

I’m still anxious to get going, to do something, to find Father. “What did he do? Who’s after him?”

“That’s not important now.”

“Yes, it is,” I persist. “How can I know what we’re up against if I don’t have all the facts?” That’s what Father always told me. Get all the facts. “Who is after him?”

“Queen Bormella of Compara.”

“What?” Jako and I whisper-shout in unison.

“The Queen wants Father? Why?”

Basco eyes me as if trying to make up his mind what to say. I can almost see him come to a conclusion. “Taking Grendarus is a means to an end. The person she really wants is you.”

I gasp. “Me? Why me?”

“She has her reasons. That is why I have to take you to a safe place.”

“Forget going to some safe place. I’m going after Father.”

Basco gives me a long look. “Do you realize that if you try to rescue Grendarus, the Queen could take you?”


“Mara.” Lukus finally speaks. “Didn’t you pay attention to anything Teacher said about Compara? About what Bormella does to prisoners?”

I hate that he reminds me. Of course, I remember the lectures on corrupt governments among the Central Planets, especially Compara. But that was just lectures. Words about places as far away and as removed from us as storybook tales.

Now it’s real. Father is Queen Bormella’s enemy. Hang on, how would she even know him? We live out on the Frontier. How could he be her enemy? Stars and asteroids, she tortures and executes her enemies. If she wants me, I must be her enemy, too. Fear for Father, fear for myself overwhelm me. I slide down the wall and struggle to breathe.

“Don’t you get it, Mara?” Jako says. “She’ll torture you . . . or worse.”

Buy Links (including Goodreads and BookBub):

Rescuing Mara’s Father is available in both print and ebook. The ebook is on sale for 99 cents through September.

What makes your featured book a must-read?

It’s an adventure story. Three friends set off on a quest to find Mara’s father who was captured by an evil queen. Friendship is at the heart of the story. Together the three friends are stronger than one alone.

Giveaway –

Enter to win a $20 Amazon US or Amazon Canada gift card

Open Internationally. You must have an active Amazon US or CA account to win.

Runs September 6 – September 14, 2022.

Winner will be drawn on September 15, 2022.

Author Biography:

The first time D.M. Burton saw Star Wars IV: A New Hope, she was hooked on science fiction and space travel. The Star Trek movies made her want to travel to other planets. Alas, she is still Earth-bound. D.M. and her husband live in Michigan, close to their two children and five grandchildren.

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For more info and excerpts, visit D.M.’s website:

She writes adult fiction as Diane Burton, where she combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides writing science fiction romance, she writes romantic suspense, and cozy mysteries.

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Sep 10, 2022

Thank you, D.M., for sharing your book in our Middle-Grade and Young Adult Bookish Event!

Diane Burton
Diane Burton
Sep 10, 2022
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Thanks for inviting me to this event. I'm thrilled that you've featured Rescuing Mara's Father.

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