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

Linda Thompson

A Writer’s Book Club – Parable of the Sower

Welcome to my Writer’s Book Club! This month’s selection is the New York Times Bestseller Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. Butler was a renowned novelist and, in 1955, she became the first science fiction writer to win the MacArthur Fellowship.

In Parable of the Sower, fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives in a gated California community with her preacher father and her family.

Climate change and economic uncertainties have made living outside the community’s walls dangerous. When a violent mob tears the wall down, Lauren embarks on a quest to start a new life.

And here’s a surprise — Parable of the Sower, published in 1993, begins in the year 2024!

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Designing a Book Cover and Cover Reveal!

In “Two Book Cover Possibilities–Which Do You Like?” I invited you to vote for your favorite cover design for my young adult dystopian novel The Devil Particle. The results are in and we have a winner! Before I reveal the official cover, I’d like to tell you how I got to this point.

Audiobooks Adventure Party!

Award-winning author Kristin A. Oakley and American Players Theatre Actor Robert R. Doyle will discuss turning Carpe Diem, Illinois and God on Mayhem Street into audiobooks at Mystery to Me Bookstore on Friday, May 17th, 2019 from 7-9 p.m.

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God on Mayhem Street is a Finalist!

Announcing my second novel, God on Mayhem Street, is a finalist in the Winning Writers North Street Book Prize!

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