PRESS RELEASE: Paige Maddison Series


In Destiny’s Gate, (FriesenPress, August 2014, Paperback $17.99, Kindle $2.99) the second book in the Paige Maddison Young Adult series, teen heroine Paige Maddison awakens to realize she’s just had her first premonition. An overwhelming sense of dread fills her senses and she realizes that the summer’s “fun” is about to begin. Soon another premonition follows. Then she hears a woman’s voice faintly speaking, warning her that she is in danger. Paige now knows she’s in trouble but she doesn’t know why. Worse yet, Paige doesn’t know what to do in the face of the impending danger.

But she has one thing going for her. Paige learns that she is a sensitive or intuitive. She belongs to a unique group of people who have a special gift that enables them to understand and communicate with the supernatural world. It is a perception, an intuition, of that world and often times spirits from the Other Side offer pertinent warning or advice to help them along their best path in life.

Yet Paige wonders if she is the target of something in the supernatural world that intends her harm and whether the spirits from the Other Side will come to defend her when she really needs them most.

Her friend Peggy confirms Paige’s worst fears. “Paige,” she says, “you are in grave danger. There is something walking the grounds of the O’Brien Estate that is looking for you.”

As Paige confronts these troubling thoughts, she meets Allan Brewer. Handsome and gentlemanly and sporting a strange tattoo, Allan is a mystery to Paige. Is he a good man or does he belong to the forces of darkness? An ally or a foe?

Destiny’s Gate is a coming-of-age novel as Paige learns that bad things can happen to anyone, anywhere. We all have the ability to fight against evil and triumph over it. It comes from the pureness of hearts and genuine love for others. When you put the well–being of a friend or family member before your own, that is the purest form of love and self-sacrifice: Unconditional love.

But will that understanding be enough to save Paige from the evil that lurks around her? What must Paige do to meet the challenge from the dark side? And will she prevail?

Cheryl Kaye Tardif, International Bestselling Author says: Destiny’s Gate is beautifully written, inspiring and moving. A truly unique ghostly suspense for teens. Destiny’s Gate promises to be more suspenseful and scarier than Wake Me Up Inside, the first offering in the Y/A series.


Book One

Paige Maddison Series by Lee Bice-Matheson


                                  Wake Me Up Inside  By Lee Bice-Matheson 

The first in a trilogy, Wake Me Up Inside introduces characters whom all demonstrate great potential for further development. I for one await the other two books with fervor. This is highly recommended by Boyu Huang, Allbooks Review Int’l. 

Author Event: Author Reading Live on Blog Talk Radio – March 22, 10:00 am

 About the book – Wake Me Up Inside is a ghost story centered around Paige Maddison, a strong teenage heroine. Paige is disturbed by nightmares of places she has never seen and visions of a girl haunting her dreams. She is angry because she must move with her parents to an estate called O’Brien Manor to help her estranged grandparents, one of whom is in ill health.

As luck would have it, Paige meets Bradley Adam Parkman. Together they explore the estate and although they experience paranormal activity, neither one wants to discuss it for fear of being labeled insane.

Paige stumbles onto a forgotten cemetery and a piece of a stone tablet. She is instantly curious and obsessed with what it is. During this quest, her grandfather’s health fails and Paige bears the burden of solving a family secret which is tied to an evil spirit haunting the estate.  Will Paige uncover the mystery of O’Brien Manor before it’s too late?

Author Media

For photos from Lee’s book signing at The Book Keeper in Sarnia, Ontario: click here

For a highlight of Lee’s book signing at the Orillia Public Library, Ontario: click here

For Lee’s Author Interview at click here

To hear Lee’s radio interview with writer and speaker James D. Roumeliotis: click here

Starred Reviews 

“I found this book to be the epitome of a compelling mystery and ghost story that retains the delightful cleanliness of a short novel suited for any age group. Lee Bice-Matheson’s style of writing very effectively drags you in and keeps a reader on his or her toes until the very end. The most noticeable aspect of the whole novel may be Lee Bice-Mathesons’s choice to use Paige’s stream-of-consciousness to describe the scenes around her rather than the usual ominous third-person descriptions found in so many other stories. This lends the book a sort of endearing innocence while maintaining the level of suspense needed to bring the reader to a satisfying conclusion.” Highly recommend by Boyu Huang, Allbooks Review  

“It was an amazing feeling …” So begins this lively short first novel written by Lee Bice-Matheson. It tells the story of a young girl who will soon be a young woman, so part of the novel’s charm lies in how it describes young Paige’s exuberant feelings for her grandparents, her parents, and her best friends of both sexes. It begins in Scarborough, the Ontario one, not the one in North Yorkshire, England, and then it transports the reader to “the Manor” where life is rather different, both demanding and rewarding! The author deserves to be congratulated, for she has found a style that moves along in a sprightly fashion. She spares the reader the descriptive passages found in most first novels in favour of rewarding the reader with reams of lively speech. The result is that young Paige is very much alive, she enters into relationships, and she turns out to be something of an acrobat, for she leaps off the page! The novel may begin with a dream sequence, but it ends with a hilarious scene with these very words: “What now?! Sacrilege!” – John Robert Colombo, author and anthologist 

Literacy Award Winner from the Readers’ Advisory Panel, Orillia Public Library, and included in Battle of the Books competition, 2012-2015 in Simcoe County schools

About the author – Lee, lives with her husband in Orillia, Canada, and has led a very active life filled with travel. As a young teenager, she travelled with another family and observed the snake charmer in Marrakech, Morocco, rode a camel and has nurtured a monkey in the Canary Islands. Seeing the world has been her life’s passion. Her parents underwent a bankruptcy in her late teens and as such, withdrew from university to help them through this time, but later still managed to see quite a bit of the world – again!  She has degrees in History & Library and Information Science from Western University. Her motivation for writing the book Wake Me Up Inside was primarily to entertain her son and his friends that congregated in their family home, frequently.  Lee wanted to write a page turner for teens/tweens that is short but action-packed with a cliff hanger at the end. It is the first novel in a trilogy. Her over-active imagination needs an outlet and this is a good choice for her creative talent.

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