Along Came a Wolf
TheYellow Hoods #1
by Adam Dreece
Genre: YA, Steampunk, Fantasy
Gripping adventure, brilliant inventions, and splash of humor.
Steampunk meets Fairy tale.
"...intriguing contraptions, appealing characters, snide villains, humor, and an exciting story." — Kirkus Reviews
"Dreece has crafted a tale with elements to delight the child in all of us, and intrigue the most creative adult mind." — Author J.K.Norry
Tee, Elly, and Richy peaceful little world is shattered when they become entangled in a plot to steal the world's first steam engine plans from master inventor, Nikolas Klaus. Will Klaus' ties to the secret society known as the Tub (lead by a butcher, baker, and candlestick maker) be their undoing? Or will they live on to become legends?
The series grows in intensity as it goes and uses humor along the way. It has strong female characters, no graphic violence, no sexual content, and is loved by kids aged 9-15 and adults (written for both audiences). Loved by fans of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and Ranger's Apprentice.
Awards and Accolades:
-Book 1 - Finalist for IAN's Book of the Year 2015 in Young Adult -Book 1 - Honorable Mention by Reader's Favorite for their 2016 award for grades 4-6 Book 1 - Calgary Herald best-sellers '14, '15 Amazon #1 Best Seller in Steampunk, Fairy Tale
The Yellow Hoods #2
"A powerhouse of young adult fiction" - IndieImprint.com
In an act of desperation, Maxwell Watt entrusts his son to smuggle the completed steam engine to Nikolas Klaus, a master inventor in another kingdom. When the nefarious secret society, the Fare, learns the game-changing invention’s plans are en route, they accelerate their own scheme to neutralize to reclaim control over the kingdoms.
Meanwhile, after a decade of relative tranquility in Mineau, local children have started to go missing—again. Captain Archambault suspects the return of the disturbing and depraved Ginger Lady. With the help of Tee, Elly, and Richy—the Yellow Hoods—the search is on to find the missing children before it is too late.
What is the secret that ties one of the Yellow Hoods to the Ginger Lady?
Who are the Red Hoods?
All the King's Men
The Yellow Hoods #3
"Truly masterful storytelling" - Goodreads.com
More than a hundred years ago, a king declared that all geniuses, scientists and inventors were abominations, save for those willing to become his Conventioneers. His edict spread like wildfire through the kingdoms, and drove the hunted into the arms of the secret societies, the Tub and the Fare.
Decades later, having taken control of the remains of the crushed Fare, a young Marcus Pieman follows up on rumors of a homeless, teenage Abominator in his city. When the scared Nikolas Klaus looked up at Marcus for the first time, a tremendous bond was forged.
A betrayal leads Tee to a showdown with her greatest foe. Who breaks and who lays bleeding in the middle of nowhere?
And Mounira learns the truth about the once great inventor, Christophe Creangle.
Beauties of the Beast
The Yellow Hoods #4
The Lady in Red’s revenge against the Piemans is nearly complete, and soon there will be no one to stop her. She’s ready for anything, except for the return of her long dead son. But is it really him?
Tee watches as the airships rain down fiery destruction. She adjusts the rocket-pack’s leather straps and glances over her shoulder. Her friends might never forgive her, but she can’t stand idly by any longer. In a blink, she’s thrown into the air. Then, the unthinkable happens—the rocket-pack comes off.
Who’s the new Yellow Hood? Who dies? And are the Piemans really down for the count?
Beauties of the Beast continues the thrilling ride from All the King’s-Men and will have you punching the air with joy and biting your nails in angst.
The Day the Sky Fell
Yellow Hoods #5
The gripping adventure continues in this international best-selling Steampunk meets Fairy tale series!
As the shepherd watched the aerial bombardment of his village, he had no idea it would lead him to tip the scales in the war between Marcus Pieman and the Lady in Red.
Meanwhile, the Yellow Hoods, along with the meager remains of the Tub, race to rescue Nikolas Klaus before it's too late. Who will betray them, and who will be murdered?
The Day the Sky Fell picks up where Beauties of the Beast left off, and brings an epic finale to the series. But is this truly the end of the Yellow Hoods? Find out!
What inspired you to write this book?
My daughter gave me the nudge to start writing The Yellow Hoods series, starting with Along Came a Wolf. In terms of The Wizard Killer, that was a nod to when I was a late teen and wrote "bubblegum superhero" serials.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Wow, where to start? Well, we've got more seasons of The Wizard Killer coming over the next two years. Also, in the fall, I'm releasing Tilruna - Season One, which is my debut fantasy space opera. Next year, Yellow Hoods fans can expect to see a novella or two, and then in 2019, I'll be releasing book 1 of a spin-off series from the world of The Yellow Hoods. And somewhere along the lines, I'm releasing a non-fiction book on hand-selling books, and need to get another tale in my Cloud 9 world out. If that sounds busy, I'm a man driven and inspired.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
I do, and the first one I ever released was called Snappy and Dashing. It focuses on a secondary character, Richelle Pieman, after the events of Book 2 - Breadcrumb trail. I'm planning on releasing a few more novelettes and novellas in that world over the next two years.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born in England, but we moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada when I was two. Despite spending 17 years there, it never quite felt like home, likely having a lot to do with the anti-English politics and bubbled up regularly.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
I'd have a tranquil day, spending time with my wife and three kids, making sure that I gave each of them some one on one time.
Who is your hero and why?
I don't have a specific hero, someone whom I am trying to live up to. After coming out of 15 months of horrible scar pain and being left with chronic pain, then fighting through being hit with an inflammatory disease and severe asthma, I came to appreciate the heroism of regular people who don't just accept how things are. People like my friend, author, and marathon runner Martin Parnell who after a nearly crippling brain issue, fought back and now is preparing to run a 150km ultra-marathon.
Adam Dreece kicked off his indie author career with his best-selling steampunk meets fairy tale series, The Yellow Hoods, which struck a chord with kids 9-15 and adults. After four books in the series, the former software architect put out two more young adult books, the post-apocalyptic fantasy book The Wizard Killer – Season One, and then his science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9. The first two novels in The Yellow Hoods series, as well as The Wizard Killer, have been finalists for Book of the Year awards from the Independent Author’s Network.
When he’s not working on his next book, Adam can be found giving talks at schools, libraries, associations, as well as comic-con type events like CalgaryExpo and FanExpoCanada on subjects from how to get one’s ideas out and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, to how to give a successful book signing.
Along the way, Adam has faced many challenges, including working around his Dyslexia (reading and writing disorder), and needing to be ruthless with his time and energy in face of his severe asthma and chronic abdominal scar pain. He’s become an inspiration to some, and a symbol of tenacious hard work to others.
He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and children. He is an active online mentor at adamdreece.com, and is a busy public speaker, panelist, and author in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.