Down to Mercy

Upper Middle Grade / Juvenile Fiction—June, 2025

How do you run from your troubles when you take them wherever you go?

Katie McCabe is certain she’s ruined the lives of everyone she knows, so she sneaks out of her house and heads down the road in search of the next bus stop.

When she gets to the big city, she doesn’t have an ID to book a motel room and doesn’t know how to deal with life on the streets—until a teenager comes to her rescue and gives her a safe place to stay.

As Katie tries to figure out what to do next, she’s being stalked by a killer who wants add to her to his collection.

Rain Falling on Embers
Book 1
South of Happy
Book 2
Going Up in Flames
Book 3

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Praise for Rain Falling on Embers (Katie McCabe, Book 1)

“This captivating tale of human endurance is a wonderful read for both young and old.” ~Booktrib

“A cleverly plotted novel with a strong, memorable protagonist. Highly recommended!” ~The Wishing Shelf (UK)

“As Rain Falling on Embers follows Katie McCabe’s adaptation and spunky response to adversity, it proves a solid attraction not only for elementary-level libraries and readers seeking a blend of adventure and psychological insight, but for preteen book discussion circles. Kids ages 9-12 will find in Katie a rebellious spirit that masks an underlay of grief and growth, and will relish her ability to survive new circumstances and demands for different reactions to life.” ~Midwest Book Review

“A realistic, heartfelt, and serious drama the likes of which I’ve never seen in middle-grade fiction before.”
~K.C. Finn, USA Today Bestselling author

“Katie’s beautiful yet difficult personality is portrayed with authenticity and integrity. This powerful novel shows that a child can endure loneliness, change, and loss.” ~Emma’s Insights

“The story took several unpredictable turns that brought out Katie’s tenacity. Those who like defiant, strong female characters will enjoy watching Katie’s antics.” ~Readers’ Favorite