~Written by Monica Shaughnassy
Dane Winter has never, ever been afraid of the dark.
As the richest kid in Winterville, he lives in a mansion, owns tons of gadgets, and gets $1,200 a week in allowance. In fact, he has everything a twelve-year-old could want, except his freedom. Born with a rare sun allergy, Dane is forced to spend his days in the gloom of Winter Mansion, hiding from deadly UV rays. But everything changes the day his parents give him a solar protection suit.
Using this spectacular new gift, Dane explores the town his ancestors built and finds all is not well with Winterville. The evil Mad Dogs are on the move, and they're planning their biggest caper yet. Intent on stopping them, Dane dons his suit, teams up with his klutzy gal pal, Jinx Bellamy, and resurrects their childhood superhero team of Doom & Gloom. Though he soon finds saving the day is a whole lot harder than it looks in comic books. Full of sci-fi fun and dazzling swordplay, Doom & Gloom delivers for action/adventure lovers, ages 9+. (Amazon)
Doom & Gloom is an action packed adventure that takes readers on a wild ride filled with superheroes, villains, and awesome gadgets.
Dane Winters comes from a very wealthy family, in fact he lives in a town named after his family, but Dane is affected with Xeroderma Pigmentosum. XP is a genetic disorder that affects the body's ability to repair damage caused by ultraviolet light. Dane has a severe case of XP and must avoid exposure to sunlight at all costs. Dane's parents live in Outer Cambria and because of his disorder he remains in the family mansion in Winterville. Dane's days are filled with laser tag, video games, fencing, dogbots, and spending time with his good friend Jinx. That is until the Mad Dogs gang sets out on a mission to destroy and take over Winterville. Dane vows to stop them, but is limited because of his XP. That is about to change. Dane's parents give him a fancy protective suit, invited by the Winter's company, that will protect him from UV light. But the suit comes with a catch, Dane must move to Outer Cambria. Can Dane save Winterville from the Mad Dogs and figure out how to get out of moving?
Doom & Gloom is a fresh and original story that takes creativity to a new level. Dane's gadgets are one of my favorite aspects of the story, his super suit, dart wielding umbrella, and robot attack dogs are inventive. Dane's ability to overcome setbacks faced by XP and create ways to fulfill his quest teach reader's that they can do anything if they set their minds to it.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of Doom & Gloom. Available on Amazon. Be sure to enter the giveaway for your chance to win an eBook copy of Doom & Gloom.
You can find out more about Monica Shaughnessy and her books by visiting http://monicashaughnessy.wordpress.com.