Searching for Roy Buchanan
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Searching for Roy Buchanan

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Aki Sato is a 15-year-old girl living in Tokyo with her two brothers, Kenji (20) and Hiro (16). Their parents are gone, killed in a train accident. Kenji has dropped out of school to take over the family business, which the others help in. All three are dealing with the loss differently...Kenji remains stolid and quiet, Hiro is dark, brooding and not very communicative, and Aki remains optimistic.

Aki's deeper issue is the Amida Syndrome, which she inherited from her mother. Aki has the ability to time travel but has no training or experience in using it. Furthermore, Aki is beset by terrifying nightmares, including one in which she continues to hear a strange metallic sound. 

A breakdown of the family truck leads to the incident that changes their lives forever. From the house comes that very sound. An investigation leads them to Kazu, an aging former blues musician. He agrees to teach Hiro guitar and becomes a mentor to Aki. 

Kazu also is a traveler, and proves it by whisking them all to San Francisco of the 1960s, and infusing all of them with the blues, the music that so took him. 

Aki decides to test her powers. A series of misadventure follows, as Aki brings her brothers to the Mississippi Delta of the 30s, London of the 60s, and pre-9/11 New York City, where they meet a legend who died before anyone knew his name. 

Aki gains further understanding of her powers, and also discovers her own "voice." The story ends in a unique manner, but leaves the door wide open to a future where the reader will ask, "What happens next? How did they do?"


A broadcaster for more than thirty years, Tory Gates has seen and done just about everything in the radio business. Currently, Tory can be found hosting, producing and jobbing about the mid-state of Pennsylvania; he also hosts a program for authors on the BookSpeak Network and is known as DJ`Riff, host of The Music Club for the London-based Radio-Airwaves Station.

Tory is the author of four books. The latest, Searching for Roy Buchanan is available on Brown Posey Press. His 2016 release, A Moment in the Sun won First Place in the Young Adult division of the 2017 Red City Review Awards and was a finalist for the Dante Rossetti Award for Young Adult Fiction by Chanticleer Reviews. 2017’s Live from the Cafe was also a Red City Review finalist in 2018. His self-published debut, Parasite Girls is available through and Smashwords. 

Tory's works are of young adult/crossover fiction, with exotic settings, but deal with real-life issues and social problems. 

A native of Vermont, Tory lives in Harrisburg with his five cats. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter (@ToryGates), and in the nearest place that serves good coffee!

by Tory Gates
Trade Paperback - 9 x 6 x .6
192 Pages
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Death, Grief, Bereavement
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / Time Travel
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / Music
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