LEBANON, Missouri (PRESS RELEASE)- If you come out to Boat Town Brewery on Saturday to meet local author Phyllis York, be careful. She can be kind of mean — at least to the people in her books.


York propels her beloved characters through a series of excruciating circumstances in the second book of her trilogy, Myths, Monsters and Mary.  The new book, Turn the Paige, is available now via Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.


“I don’t really think it’s mean, but they do go through a lot of pain, stress and tragedy in this one,” York says. “It’s so they can continue to grow as people, and of course it just makes for a good story.”


Again, the main character is Paige Harper, now 24, who in the first book, Mary the Queen, left her world as a beautician in a small town to travel the world as the personal assistant to vampire Mary Stuart. Now, with a new baby and the knowledge that she carries vampire DNA, Paige and her partner, Noah, must return to America after receiving news that Noah’s father has fallen ill.


Once there, a freak accident injures Paige, activating her previously dormant healing abilities. She becomes addicted to the euphoria of the experience, finding ways to hurt herself repeatedly as she drifts farther and farther from her child and the man she loves.


Meanwhile, a military scientist is at work to unlock the secrets of the genetic abnormality that causes vampirism, and he’s willing to do anything he must to his test subjects to achieve his goal. When he captures a friend of Paige, she is forced to confront her own demons before she can begin to help anyone else.


Early reaction to the second book has been enthusiastic. An Amazon reviewer, Zeusboomer911, wrote that the plot is “very engaging … (I) read the book in less than five hours and will more than likely read it again.”


The new book will be launched at a celebration at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Boat Town Brewing. York will be on hand with copies of both the first and second books, which she will sign for free. She also has a little gift for the MMM fans who come out, she says.


“It’s just a little thing, but it should be fun. I predict there will be a few new selfies taken,” York says.


Book lovers will also be able to enjoy the experience of great craft brews in Boat Town’s backyard-style beer garden complete with cornhole, frisbee games and yardzee, or chill in the tasting room and brewery.


For the hungry who are looking for a regional specialty or prefer international flavors, the food truck Spork Express will bring its full service mobile kitchen to share its eclectic mix of decadent favorites, vegetarian and healthy entrees. More information about the Spork Express menu is available at http://www.sporkexpress.com.


Boat Town Brewing is at 18146 Campground Road in Phillipsburg. For more information, call (417) 532-2772 or visit the Boat Town website at http://www.boattownbrewing.com.


York is a native of southwest Missouri and resides in Lebanon with her husband, Ken York. She is currently working on the third book in the series, which she hopes to have ready for release later in 2018. More information about the books and their author is available at www.phyllisyork.net.