J. Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel, authors of The Tracks series, on tour June/July 2012

Posted By on April 27, 2012

About Dark Territory: The Tracks, Book One

Paperback: 504 pages

Publisher: HCI Teens; 1 edition (July 1, 2011)

Star-crossed love, martial arts, and supernatural evil meet at the abandoned tracks in the deceptively quaint town of Middleburg...

When Ignacio Torrez moved from the rough streets of Los Angeles to a small town dead smack in the middle of nowhere, he never expected to find himself in the midst of a gang war. But, he soon learns, these are no ordinary gangs. The wealthy, preppie Toppers on one side of the tracks and the working-class Flatliners on the other adhere to a strict code of honor and use their deadly martial arts skills, taught to them by the wise Master Chin, to battle one another for pride, territory, and survival. When Raphael, leader of the Flatliners, falls for Aimee, a Topper girl, the rival gangs prepare for a bloody, all-out war. The only hope for peace between them lies within the dark territory of the abandoned train tunnels where the tracks cross. Under the direction of the mysterious and frightening Magician, the awesome power within the crossing sends the rivals on a terrifying mystical quest to fight the malevolent force that threatens the existence of Middleburg.

About Ghost Crown: The Tracks, Book Two

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HCI Teens (June 5, 2012)

A priceless mystical treasure, a dark secret order, and a vengeful fallen angel—forces collide as the battle for Middleburg continues . . .

For gang members Raphael and Ignacio, plans for the homecoming dance are almost as harrowing as their recent victory against the demonic forces that threaten their town. Despite their tentative alliance, a fight breaks out between the preppie Toppers and the goth Flatliners when Topper girl Aimee shows up at the dance with Raphael, the rival gang’s leader. In the midst of an all-out rumble, the homecoming queen discovers a supernatural power that causes a potentially deadly catastrophe. Meanwhile, a charismatic half-angel, half-human arrives in Middleburg with plans to steal Aimee from Raphael.

To add to the bizarre circumstances surrounding the town, real-estate moguls begin buying up most of the Flats and evicting the tenants. These mysterious men seek a priceless treasure prophesied in ancient Chinese writings and will stop at nothing to find it. But Raphael and his friends vow to get to it first and use it to reclaim their homes.

As Raphael and the Flatliners and Zhai and the Toppers hone their supernatural abilities and search for the treasure, Aimee begins kung fu training, intent on using her new skills to locate and rescue her mother. When she discovers that the elusive treasure may be the key, the race to find it intensifies.

But there are others who seek the treasure too, and they have the power to reduce all of Middleburg, and perhaps the world, to ashes. . . .

About the authors:

J. Gabriel Gates is a Michigan native and a graduate of Florida State University. He has worked as a professional actor, written several Hollywood screenplays, and coauthored the teen fantasy series The Tracks.

Connect with J. Gabriel Gates at his website.




Charlene Keel is the author of a dozen novels and how-to-books. She has also ghostwritten books for celebrities, doctors, and corporate moguls.

Connect with Charlene at her website.



TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for The Tracks series:

Tuesday, July 3rd:  Reviews by Molly (Dark Territory)

Friday, July 6th: Sweet Southern Home (Dark Territory)

Tuesday, July 10th:  Reviews by Molly (Ghost Crown)

Thursday, July 12th:  Book Labyrinth (Dark Territory)

Friday, July 13th:  Live to Read (Dark Territory)

Monday, July 16th: Sweet Southern Home (Ghost Crown)

Thursday, July 19th:  Supernatural Snark (Dark Territory)

Friday, July 20th:  Live to Read (Ghost Crown)

Monday, July 23rd:  A Book and a Latte – author guest post and giveaway

Tuesday, July 24th:  A Soul Unsung (Dark Territory)

Thursday, July 26th:  Supernatural Snark (Ghost Crown)

Monday, July 30th:  Sort of Beautiful (Dark Territory)

Tuesday, July 31st:  Long and Short Reviews (Dark Territory)

Wednesday, August 1st:  A Soul Unsung (Ghost Crown)

Thursday, August 2nd:  Book Labyrinth (Ghost Crown)

Friday, August 3rd:  A Simple Love of Reading (Dark Territory)

Monday, August 6th:  Sweeping Me  (Ghost Crown)

Thursday, August 9th:  Long and Short Reviews  (Ghost Crown)

Monday, August 13th:  A Simple Love of Reading (Ghost Crown)

Friday, August 17th:  The Written World – author guest post

TBD:  Starting Fresh (Dark Territory and Ghost Crown)

TBD:  My Reading Room (Dark Territory and Ghost Crown)



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