New Release Mondays: Barn Shadows by Laura Wolfe

Author Name: Laura Wolfe

Book Title: Barn Shadows (Dark Horse, Book Two)

Book Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Release Date: March 14, 2017

Synopsis: A year after her tumultuous exit from the prestigious Foxwoode Riding Academy, Brynlei returns determined to win Foxwoode’s Top Rider Award. When she accidentally unearths an antique doll, a series of inexplicable occurrences force her to question whether her condition as a “Highly-Sensitive Person” is to blame or if something more sinister is at play. Could a decades-old tragedy and the dangerous happenings at Foxwoode be more closely entwined than she ever imagined?

Excerpt: A jolt of anxiety rushed through her as she held the doll, her chest heavy. She gulped back a feeling of overwhelming sadness. Who used to love this doll? How long had it been buried underground? Surely it had been special to someone. The abandoned toy seemed to have an energy all its own. Although it was silly, Brynlei felt as if she had saved it from something. If she hadn’t tripped on its hand, the forgotten doll might have been lost forever under the cement foundation of the new barn.

“Looks like an antique.” Brynlei brushed more dirt off of the dress, the fabric so thin in spots that she could almost see through it. Rebecca had a knack for finding discarded items at garage sales and later selling them on eBay for hundreds of dollars. This doll could be worth something, especially if she restored it.

“Dolls creep me out.” Anna took a step back. “Get that thing away from me.”

“How old do you think it is?” Brynlei ran her fingers over the molded hair. “1920s or ‘30s?”

“Dude. I have no idea, but she looks like she’s seen better days.”

The sound of laughter and chattering erupted from around the bend. Brynlei hid the doll between her arm and her body, darting to the safe side of the construction tape. She didn’t want to explain her rare find to anyone else. Anna bolted after her and they resumed their journey toward Cabin 5. They passed the wiry construction foreman and the heavy-set driver of the bulldozer who now sat on a bench eating egg sandwiches, nodding at the girls as they passed.

“Don’t tell me you’re keeping that thing,” Anna said when they were a safe distance away.

“I’m going to fix it up when I get home and sell it on eBay.” Brynlei squeezed the doll against her chest. “Rebecca makes money selling antiques all the time.”

“Okay. As long as you don’t sleep with it—that’s where I draw the line.”

Brynlei laughed. “Relax. I’m going to hide her in my suitcase. You’ll never see her again.”

 About the author: Laura Wolfe is a lover of animals and nature. When she is not writing, she can be found playing games with her highly-energetic kids, riding horses, or spoiling her rescue dog. She lives in Michigan with her husband, son, and daughter. Laura’s YA mystery, Trail of Secrets (Dark Horse, Book 1), was named as a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards—First Novel category. Laura holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a JD from DePaul University. She is an active member of multiple writing groups, including Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the SCBWI. For more information, please visit:



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12 responses to “New Release Mondays: Barn Shadows by Laura Wolfe

  1. Kristina Stanley

    My pleasure. This is a great series.

  2. Thanks for reading, Sheri. I can’t wait to check out your book, too!

  3. Kristina, my daughter’s best friend is named Brynlei. I always thought it was a beautiful name and it fit with the personality traits of my MC!

  4. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks for stopping by Sheri. Laura, Sheri has written an amazing YA book called Seven Days to Goodbye.

  5. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks for stopping by Kristina!

  6. eightpawswriting

    Laura, horseback riding and spooky a antique doll sounds like an exciting story. I love the cover, too. Thanks for sharing. I love reading YA!

  7. It sounds like you can relate, Susan! There’s something about those dolls’ eyes… Thanks for sharing that!

  8. Kristina Stanley

    Great excerpt. How did you come up with a beautiful name like Brynlei? I’ve never heard it before.

  9. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thank you so much for stopping by Susan. Your Arizona rental does sound creepy!

  10. Susan Van Kirk

    Laura, This sounds like a really great idea for a story. Actually, I rented a house in Arizona for the winter one time that had several collectible dolls on a shelf looking down into the living room. It was a bit creepy. I’m with Anna on this one! Good luck with your series.

  11. Judy Penz Sheluk

    My pleasure. Good luck with your release!

  12. Thank you for spreading the word about my new release, Judy!

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