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Koolura is no ordinary girl. Neither is her best friend Leila. While visiting Mexico, the girls discover a device which hurtles them back in time to an early Mayan civilization. The Mayans have troubles of their own—the alien Aquari people have all but enslaved them. They need a goddess to set them free. Could Koolura be the one?

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This is my kind of book. I love paranormal anything and especially YA. The author weaves a wonderful tale which includes a bit of a history lesson on the Mayans. The protagonist, Koolura, is a twelve year old girl who posses psychic abilities. Koolura and her friend, Leila, are sent back in time through teleportation to help the Mayan people against an invading alien race.

As a side note, I know the author is deaf and I love the way he wove American sign language into the plot.

The pace is good and the story is well thought out. Two thumbs up!

I’d like to welcome Indie Author Michael Thal to my page this week. Let’s get started.

   1. What genre do you write or do you write more than one?

I write for the Young Adult (YA) audience.

   2. Why did you choose this genre?

I was a teacher for 28 years before a severe hearing loss caused by a virus forced me from my teaching job. I just couldn’t understand my students any more. I chose to write for the YA audience because I know kids. So I took my knowledge of the middle school and high school student and developed stories they would find fun to read.

   3.What is your latest book?

Koolura and the Mayans is the third book in the Koolura Series, a non-sequential series not involving succeeding plots. Here’s what it’s about: 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 archaeological 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?

   4 . When did it release?

It was released in March 2016.

   5. Who is your target audience?

The target audience is 10-15 year olds.

   6. What do you hope they learn from/like about your work?

Koolura is a very positive role model. She has awesome psychic powers, but never uses them to hurt others only to help. She is very sweet, but assertive when need be. I hope my readers learn that problems can be resolved without violence and the best way to handle an adversary is with patience and respect.

   7. Tell us a bit about yourself? 

I grew up on Long Island. After finishing undergraduate work at the University of Buffalo and obtaining a graduate degree in Education from Washington University, St. Louis, I migrated west to California. I’ve been living in the LA area for 40 years. After I lost my hearing, I re-evaluated my life and decided to teach myself how to write. Then I started writing articles for magazines like Highlights for Children, San Diego Family Magazine, and The Jewish Journal. After 16 years of writing I have to my credit five published novels. (See titles and links below.)

   8. Do you belong to a writing circle/group?

Yes. About five years ago I started the San Fernando Valley Critters. We are four YA writers sharing our chapters monthly providing critiques to help each other improve upon our work.

   9. If so, what do you like about being in the group?

I once belonged to an on line group of writers, but there was something sterile about that. How can you really form relationships with people you never meet nor see. With my in-your-face writer’s group I’ve made three excellent friends who I know have my back. They are always very supportive and if they don’t like something aren’t shy about letting me know. They are very helpful.

   10. Do you have any new stories on the go?

Yes. Currently, I’m working on a novel with the working title, “Gem of Peace: The Story of a Deaf Girl in Iran.” It’s based on the real life story of my wife, Jila, who passed away 18 months ago from cancer.

Thanks for joining us today, Michael. Best of luck with your endeavours.

To find Michael:

Author website:

To purchase his work:

Goodbye Tchaikovsky:

The Abduction of Joshua Bloom:

The Legend of Koolura:

Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback:

Koolura and the Mayans:

Book Trailers:

Koolura and the Mayans:

Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback:

The Legend of Koolura:

Goodbye Tchaikovsky:

The Abduction of Joshua Bloom:



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