Hi everyone! Thanks Stacey, for letting me stop over and tell you about my new book:Stealing the Ruby Slippers. Many people don’t know that on August 25, 2005, a pair of original Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz were stolen from a museum in the tiny town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. There was very little national coverage of the theft because the next day Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans. I’m from Grand Rapids, but was living out of state at the time and heard of the theft while watching Katrina coverage. The two events have always been linked in my mind. They’ve never found the shoes, and the theories around the theft fascinated me for years. Finally, I sat down and wrote this book using some facts: the timing and details of the theft, the Hurricane, the town; and added a lot of fiction. It was incredibly fun to write, and I hope people enjoy reading it!
Jared Canning is out of money and out of time. His gambling debts are due, and his creditors are not the kind that grant extensions. An old friend offers him a job: break into a small town museum, steal a pair Ruby Slippers Judy Garland wore in the Wizard of Oz, and share the profits when they are sold to a buyer in New Orleans.
On August 25, 2005, Jared pulls off the heist perfectly.
The next day, Jared watches Hurricane Katrina slam into New Orleans. His buyer, and his money, are gone.
Jared has a creditor with a thirst for blood on his tail, the police knocking on his door, and the most famous shoes in the country hidden in his dirty laundry. He needs to outsmart a sexy, scheming girlfriend, a drunk buddy who saw too much, and just possibly himself in order to find his way out.
Stealing the Ruby Slippers imagines wild possibilities for a real life mystery, blending fact and fiction to keep you guessing until the last page.
Amanda Michelle Moon is the author of two books, Stealing the Ruby Slippers, based on real-life mystery, and Your Pilates Life, which applies the Pilates Principles to make powerful changes in everyday life. A native of Hill City, Minnesota, she currently resides with her family in Minneapolis where she is earning her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Hamline University. Her previous publications include articles for Pilates Digest, and 2nd & Church, and personal essays for Radiant Magazine. Read more at www.amandamichellemoon.com.