Three high-spirited 17 year olds, with intelligent quotients in the genius range, accompany their teacher and mentor, Carolina Lovel, to Frascati, Italy, a few weeks before they are to graduate from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. Carolina's purpose in planning the trip is to remove her gifted, creative students from the Wood Rose campus located in Raleigh, North Carolina, so they can't cause any more problems ("expressions of creativity") for the headmaster, faculty, and other students – which they do with regularity. Carolina also wants to visit the Villa Mondragone where the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world, was first discovered and search how it is related to a paper written in the same script she received on her 18th birthday when she was told that she was adopted – a search that will take them into the mystical world of gypsy tradition and magic, more exciting and dangerous than any of them could have imagined.

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"Ouch!  You're standing on my fingers!"  This from the petite girl with a long, blond ponytail, wearing a nightgown, most of which was pulled up between her legs and tied into a knot at her waist to keep it from getting tangled on the limb where she was perched.   Somewhere above her the sound of a saw and splintering wood filled the darkness followed by a stream of profanity repeated in several foreign languages for emphasis.

"It doesn't look right.  It's supposed to have a rim and a dent."  Clinging to a 12-foot ladder as she pointed the flashlight first this way and then that, the heavy-set girl wearing a nightshirt buttoned at the neck offered this with a slight lisp.

The girl with the blond ponytail giggled.

"What do you mean--dent?!  Let me see that picture."  The tall black girl completely hidden aimed her flashlight toward the magazine that was being thrust upwards through the thick branches in her direction.

"And the top is supposed to be rounded--like a button mushroom," the girl in the nightshirt added, the word "mushroom" sounding more like "muthroom."

"That's because it's circumcised," supplied the girl with the ponytail, from which she removed a small twig and a handful of leaves.

"Shekoo, baboo!”  More profanity.  “Okay.  I know what to do."  The tall black girl disappeared back into the upper-most branches of the tall plant that was more tree than bush.  After several additional minutes, the sawing, crunching, and clipping sounds finally gave way to the more gentle sounds of tiny snips.  And then, silence.

"That's it; everybody down."

The petite girl, with the magazine that had been overlooked in the last confiscation and now wedged firmly under her armpit, started the perilous descent first since she was nearest to the ground, followed by the tall girl.  The girl in the nightshirt eased her way down the ladder juggling pruning shears, a hand saw, and scissors.  Once on the ground, the three girls stood back to admire their work.

"That is one honkin' Peni erecti," said the tall girl causing a fresh explosion of giggles.  "Let's get out of here."  After quickly rolling down the legs of her pajama bottoms, the tall girl grabbed one end of the ladder and, along with her two friends, lugged it and the other tools back to the shed that housed lawn maintenance equipment.  Task accomplished, they returned to their rooms, and to their individual beds, careful not to disturb the other dorm residents, the floor monitors, their suitemates and, most importantly, their slumbering dorm mother, Ms. Larkins.  Within minutes, they fell into a deep, peaceful sleep--the sleep of innocent angels.

It would soon be light; and Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women would start another day.

About the author:

Originally from Carrollton, Illinois, Barbara Casey attended the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina Wesleyan College where she received a BA degree, summa cum laude, with a double major in English and history. In 1978 she left her position as Director of Public Relations and Vice President of Development at North Carolina Wesleyan College to write full time and develop her own manuscript evaluation and editorial service. Since that time her award-winning articles, short stories, and poetry for adults have appeared in several publications including the AMERICAN POETRY ANTHOLOGY, the SPARROWGRASS POETRY FORUM, THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF POETRY (Editor’s Choice Award), the NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE MAGAZINE, THE NEW EAST MAGAZINE, the RALEIGH (NC) NEWS AND OBSERVER, the ROCKY MOUNT (NC) SUNDAY TELEGRAM, DOG FANCY, BYLINE, TRUE STORY and THE CHRISTIAN RECORD. A thirty-minute television special which Ms. Casey wrote and coordinated was broadcast on WRAL, Channel 5, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Casey's award-winning science fiction short stories for adults are featured in THE COSMIC UNICORN and CROSS TIME short story anthologies. Her essays, also written for adults, appear in THE CHRYSALIS READER, the international literary journal of the Swedenborg Foundation, and A CUP OF COMFORT ANTHOLOGY by the Adams Media Corporation.

Her two middle-grade/young adult novels, LEILANI ZAN and GRANDMA JOCK AND CHRISTABELLE (James C. Winston Publishing Co.) were nominated for awards of excellence by the SCBWI Golden Kite Award, the National Association of University Women Literary Award and the Sir Walter Raleigh Literary AwardSHYLA'S INITIATIVE (Crossquarter Publishing Group, 2002), a contemporary adult novel of fiction, received the 2003 Independent Publisher Book Award and received special recognition for literary merit by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. Ms. Casey’s novel THE COACH’S WIFE (ArcheBooks Publishing), a contemporary mystery, was listed as a Publisher’s Best Seller and was semifinalist of the Dana Award for Outstanding Novel. In 2007 her novel, THE HOUSE OF KANE (ArcheBooks Publishing), also a contemporary mystery, was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, and in December 2009 her novel, JUST LIKE FAMILY (Wandering Sage Publications), was launched by the
7-Eleven stores in St. Louis, Missouri. Her young adult novel, THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES (Gauthier Publications), was released in March 2011 and considered for the Smithsonian’s Most Notable 2011 Books.  It has also been selected by Amazon for its 2013 List of Best Books.  THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY (Strategic Media Books), a novel for adults, was released in March 2013 and received an IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction.  It has also been listed as a “2013 Best Summer Read” by Conversations Live Radio and has been placed in nomination for a Pulitzer Award.

Ms. Casey is a frequent guest speaker at writers’ conferences and universities throughout the United States. She is former director, guest author, and panelist of BookFest of the Palm Beaches, Florida; and for thirteen years she served as judge for the Pathfinder Literary Awards in Florida.  She held the position of Florida Regional Advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators from 1991 to 2003.

Ms. Casey is president of the Barbara Casey Agency. She represents clients nationally and internationally in fiction and nonfiction for adults. Her past and present professional associations are numerous and include being editorial consultant for The Jamaican Writers Circle in affiliation with the University of West Indies and Mico Teachers College in Kingston. She also received special recognition for her editorial work on the English translations of Albanian children’s stories.

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**Barbara will be awarding a $25 Amazon or gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.


Thank you for the opportunity :)
jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

The book looks quite interesting! I'd love to read it!
Thanks for this giveaway!

Hi Lisa,

You are so welcome. Thank you for stopping by and for commenting.

Julianna, it is so nice of you to host me today. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from your bloggers.

Hi Patricia,

Thank you for your comment. THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES is based on one of the world's greatest mysteries--the Voynich Manuscript. Throw in three female orphans who are geniuses and a teacher with her own mysterious past, it makes for an interesting read. I had a lot of fun writing it.

Thanks for hosting!

Interesting concept. I had not previously heard of the Voynich Manuscript, if it's a genuine article. It sounds like a fun read! Thank you for offering your giveaway contest.

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The title is so good and the cover is beautiful too. The excerpt is very riveting, couldn't stop reading it! Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck with The Cadence of Gypsies, Barbara! :)

That excerpt is a great one! I feel like I have to buy the book, just to see how that little (big?) prank turns out!

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Grampy, there really is a Voynich Manuscript. It has been dated from the 1500s. Scientists and researches have tried for years to decipher it. Decoders used during the war even tried, but failed. It is fascinating. And, yeah, you really out to read the book to see how the prank turns out (grin). I think you will like it.

Thank you so much for your kind words, Bookish Owl. The publisher gets the credit for the cover. She really did a nice job.

I think this book sounds really interesting. Great excerpt! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

Love the sound of this book...put it on my wish list! Thanks for the giveaway!

Thank you, Marcy, and thank you for your comment.

Thank you for stopping by, Kathy, and for taking the time to comment. I will put it on your wish list, too!

That excerpt is so funny! The books sounds really interesting...I'll add it to my TBR list! Thanks for the giveaway!


I am so glad you stopped by and commented, Jenny. Good luck on the giveaway!

Sounds like a good read.


This sounds like a fun mystery adventure story I really like the plot! Thanks for letting me know about it adding it to my tbr! kamclauc AT gmail DOT com


I am glad that you think so. Thank you for commenting.

"The Cadence Of Gypsies" sounds like a wonderful story!

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Thank you, Veronica. I am glad you stopped by.

Nice excerpt

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Looks like an interesting read. Thanks for the opportunity to win a gift.

Sounds interesting, would love to read.

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I would really like to read this book. Thank for the giveaway.

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Love me some contests!!

This sounds like a great read, would love to read it. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Whoohoo thanks for the giveaway and the book looks really intriguing! :)


Thank you for the giveaway :)

Sounds like something I might like. I like books with magic. And That excerpt sounds funny. Cool giveaway too, thanks.

Great expert sounds like it will be a great book,

Sounds like a great read, thanks for the chance to win!

thanks for the giveaway :)

Thank you for the giveaway

Haha, sounds like a great read!

Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!!
Sounds like a great read!!
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Thanks for the chance!
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Julianna, thank you so much for inviting me to be your guest. I had a wonderful time and your bloggers are terrific!

My best,


I'm not familiar with this book or this author. The Cadence of Gypsies sounds intriguing and I just added it to my "want to read" list. Thanks!

Thanks for the giveaway and excerpt! Definitely on my to read list.

I have to admit...your excerpt has me hooked! Three young geniuses, up to no good, carving out phallic symbols in trees?? Tell me that's not a recipe for a good story!!

I wanted to share my good news with all of you who have taken an interest in my novel, The Cadence of Gypsies. It was just announced that The Cadence of Gypsies has received a bronze medal for the 2013 IPPY (Independent Publishers) “Now Living” Book Award for Best Adventure Novel.

My best,


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