Stephen V. Masse


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The Taste of Snow

When winter arrives in the Austrian Alps, eleven-year-old Nicole Kinders is ready for the taste of snow. Everything is beginning to show signs of holiday festivities, from the decorated shops in Innsbruck to the scent of cinnamon in the air. At the market stall on her way to school, Nicole gets a candy cane from Boznik, the shopkeeper. He tells her, "This, my dear girl, is a magic candy cane."

From that day extraordinary things begin to happen.

Some good.

Some bad. Extraordinarily bad.

Nicole finds herself losing the joy of holiday preparations, and realizes that the vexing secret she keeps is influencing every part of her life. Her hopes of having a magical Christmas take her on a journey beyond where any ordinary girl would choose to go.


             ISBN # 978-0-9799638-1-0

             LCCN # 2011928294




Meet the real-life Nicole and Ashley, who inspired this story at their family's Christmas party.

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2016 Readers' Favorite Honorable Mention in the Children/Adventure Category
Winner of Honorable Mention in the 2015 Holiday Book Festival
Winner of Honorable Mention in the 2015 Amsterdam Book Festival
Winner of Honorable Mention in the 2013 Paris Book Festival
Winner of Honorable Mention in the 2012 London Book Festival
Winner of Honorable Mention in the 2012 New York Book Festival
Winner of Honorable Mention in the 2011 New England Book Festival for Best Books of the Holiday Season





Short Circus

There's a small city north of Boston that nobody would give a second thought about if Jem Lockwood didn't open his big mouth on the first day back to school. His assignment was to write a five page composition on what he did during the summer, and he said he could write a book.

Short Circus is Jem's own story about his remarkable adventures with his Big Brother Jesse Standish and a host of neighbors and friends, plus a mysterious enemy who keeps sabotaging the swimming pond. There are bike jumping contests, fistfights, motorbikes, visits to seaside towns for festivals, and swimming in a waterfall. What begins as a glorious summer is very nearly ruined when Jem discovers that his Big Brother's rented house is about to be sold, and Jesse Standish may be forced to move away.


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Hardcover by Good Harbor Press

                       ISBN # 9780615320571
                       LCCN # 2009937341
Five reasons to read SHORT CIRCUS 
Cool Jem Lockwood. He's a cool kid, and if he lived in your neighborhood, he'd probably get you in trouble, too.
Surprised It has firecrackers and fistfights, and other stuff your mother wouldn't like.
Smile About a special friendship between Jem and his mentor from the Big Brother Association.
Yell At least one mystery evildoer.
Kiss P. S. There's some romance too, but if you find that too mushy, read it anyway! It might come in handy some day.



A Jolly Good Fellow  

Winner of the Silver Medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards
Best Fiction -- U. S. Northeast Region

Honorable Mention in the 2008 New England Book Festival for Best Books of the Holiday Season -- fiction

One snowy morning in mid-December, Duncan Wagner gets into his car for another attempt at kidnapping the eleven-year-old son of his most despised enemy, State Representative Win Booker. When he drives into the wealthy Boston suburb, he is surprised to find the boy hitchhiking.

So begins Wagner's quest for revenge as he finds himself face to face with a real boy, and without a clue about how to run a kidnapping. Wagner, a self-styled charity Santa Claus, comes to realize that eleven-year-old Gabriel Booker is truly a runaway, much more curious than scared. Gabriel has no idea who Duncan Wagner is -- or could be.

Paperback from Good Harbor Press

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Stephen V. Masse was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He wrote his first practice novel at age 13, handwritten into a school composition book. Educated at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he studied creative writing, and was author of a weekly newspaper column, "Out of Control." His first novel for children, Shadow Stealer, was published in 1988 by Dillon Press. He also runs a home remodeling business in the Boston area.

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