Award-winning Carpe Diem, Illinois is the first book in the Leo Townsend Series

For decades, the small town of Carpe Diem, Illinois has quietly unschooled its children, eschewing tests and classrooms for real-life experiences. Now, long-smoldering political feuds and deep personal secrets threaten to explode. More

Reviews for the Leo Townsend series

Carpe Diem, IL –

“Great storytelling by a brilliant author. I opened the novel and did not put Carpe Diem, Illinois down until I was finished.

Kristin Oakley is a gifted storyteller and writer. I was lost in the story, living in Carpe Diem, and turning pages as fast as I could. Wow! I look forward to reading her second book. Her books deserve a large audience . . . and I can see Carpe Diem, Illinois as a movie.”

Nick Chiarkas, author of the critically-acclaimed novel WeepersNick Chiarkas

Carpe Diem, IL 

“Great read. I love a good mystery, but I love a great story more! This is an intelligent, well-written story that had me finding moments all day to get back to the book. The characters are well defined; you cheer for the good guys & gals and boo the enemies! Learned lots about unschooling as well.

The methods of delivering information from newsreporting to the voices of the young folks, masterfully done. Can’t wait for the next Leo Townsend story.”

Mary Helen Conroy

God on Mayhem Street

“Kristin Oakley nailed it again! . . . If her second book is any indication of things to come, we’ve found our next best-selling author. In God on Mayhem Street . . . the characters speak to us so clearly that they become friends.

This is one riveting book that I began at 7 p.m. and finally read the last page at 4 a.m. Yes – it’s that good – stay up all night reading good.”

Linda Thompson, Host of The Authors Show

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Diabolic Characters and Unusual Settings

Years ago, when I was writing the first draft of God on Mayhem Street, I got bored. I had written about a third of the book and it lagged but I didn’t know why. Then it dawned on me — I had no idea what Jacob Landry, my antagonist, was up to. While some scenes had tension without my evil villain, most were downright dull. I needed to know what Jacob was doing, even if he wasn’t in the scene, and then put him in at just the right moment to make Leo’s life hell.

Carpe Diem, Illinois and God on Mayhem Street CDs

Successful Audiobooks Release Party!

My audiobooks release party at The Jefferson in Spring Green, Wisconsin was a huge success! Get your own CDs of Carpe Diem, Illinois and God on Mayhem Street today!

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