Guest Post: Off the Itinerary series by M. Liz Boyle

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Off the Itinerary series book 1

Title: Avalanche
Series: Off the Itinerary #1
Author: M. Liz Boyle
Publisher: Independently Published
Release Date: September 26, 2019
Genre: Christian middle-grade/YA, Adventure

“Avalanche surprised me with its depth…a 5-star read…” -For the Love of Literature

Five friends. One moonlit summit. An unforgettable journey.
Excitement hangs in the air as Marlee and her sisters join their friends on a daring hike up a Colorado mountain – in the middle of the night. When Sawyer first proposes the idea of a moonlit summit during the two families’ annual backpacking trip, Marlee is terrified but also hooked. Having grown up taking trips to the mountains, they’ve learned a thing or two about hiking, and Sawyer is confident they’ll be back by sunrise. But when disaster strikes, their knowledge, faith, and stamina will be put to the test. Digging out of the cemented snow is the first of many challenges in the coming days, and now Marlee has to trust Sawyer, who, by the way, was the brain behind the dilemma. Will their faith and friendship survive, or will they cave under pressure?
This engaging journey, told by fifteen-year-old Marlee Stanley, captures a timeless sense of adventure. The five young adults strive to exhibit godly character throughout their escapade, but it will take immense strength to hike out of this mess.
“I know that if their journey inspired me, it will certainly inspire others…Boyle has brought YA fans an uplifting, adventurous novel.” -A Baker’s Perspective

Title: Chased
Series: Off the Itinerary #2
Author: M. Liz Boyle
Publisher: Independently Published
Release Date: June 1, 2020
Genre: Christian middle-grade/YA, Adventure

“Chased would be a great addition to a k-12 Christian school library. Middle schoolers and up will enjoy it.” – Library Lady’s Kid Lit

It’s been a year since Marlee, her sisters, and the Miles boys survived an avalanche. Sure, it was a little embarrassing for them when all the neighbors saw them on the news, but they love being outdoors, and what are the odds that another tragedy would strike this adventurous group? Has anyone calculated the statistics of being hit with two natural disasters? It has to be low, so of course the two families planned to backpack again this summer.
When the teens first meet Thad, a dehydrated hiker on the trail, they give him water and food and help him recover. He seems harmless until he tells them to hike a few extra miles at sunset. Then Lydie finds a hand-drawn map that Thad dropped, and they discover why he is so eager to get away from the Stanley girls and Miles boys. So eager that he starts chasing them.
Now they have to climb up unforgiving ridges, sneak through the night, and – is that thunder and lightning? To make matters worse, Marlee has a nagging worry that her older sister Ellie is preparing to move away from home.
What is God’s plan? How will they get away from Thad before it’s too late?
“…realistic, exciting, and suspenseful…Chased is the perfect sequel to Avalanche. It’s gripping, suspenseful, entertaining, and, best of all, Christian.” -David M., Beta Reader

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Title: Ablaze
Series: Off the Itinerary #3
Author: M. Liz Boyle
Publisher: Independently Published
Release Date: February 25, 2021
Genre: Christian middle-grade/YA, Adventure

“M. Liz Boyle tackles the topic of showering difficult people with grace and forgiveness, making this a must-read for Christian teens. Adventure seekers who loved Avalanche and Chased will fall head-over-heels for the adventure that heats up in Ablaze!” – Author Allyson Kennedy

This summer the Stanley sisters and the Miles boys are excited to hike together again, and now they have the unique opportunity to help two of their ranger friends with an outdoor program in the beautiful Montana mountains.
Marlee has always considered herself a willing follower. Give her a direction and she’s happy to help. Her older sister Ellie is a natural leader, and Marlee is content in her role as assistant.
Marlee and her sisters have been assigned to help with Ranger Rose’s team, and they are savoring the adventure. But in a heartbeat while the group is divided by a few hundred feet, fire breaks out between Ranger Rose and Marlee’s group. In this enthralling finale to the Off the Itinerary series, Marlee must face her fears with courage that only God can provide.

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M. Liz Boyle is an author, the wife of a professional tree climber and the mom of three energetic and laundry-producing children. She received her Associate’s of Arts at the University of Sioux Falls, where she received the LAR Writing Award for her essay entitled, “My Real Life Mufasa.” Liz once spent a summer in Colorado teaching rock climbing, which she believes was a fantastic way to make money and memories. She resides with her family in Wisconsin, where they enjoy hiking and rock climbing. Liz and her husband have also backpacked in Colorado and the Grand Canyon, which have provided inspiration for her writing. She likes making adventurous stories to encourage others to find adventures and expand their comfort zones (though admittedly, she still needs lots of practice expanding her own comfort zone). She has thoroughly enjoyed working on the Off the Itinerary series.

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Story Inspiration From Close Call

A real experience and real headlines became the inspiration for my second book, Chased. The idea formed during a backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon. My husband and I, along with 8 other hikers, were on one of the most primitive trails in the Grand Canyon. Our group had experienced guides and everybody had spent months preparing for the trip, so we were up to the exciting challenge. At about 2:00 on our first afternoon, when the sun was making us all feel like dried up worms on a sidewalk, we encountered a completely unprepared young couple. Somehow they had missed all the signs warning people not to try to hike to the river and back up the 4,000 foot rock wall in one day. They were on their way back to the rim, were almost out of water, and the young lady was showing signs of heat exhaustion and couldn’t even stand up. The guy didn’t have a clue how to help her, and there were no more day hikers passing by. 

Our group was able to hold up shade for the young lady, give them electrolytes and water, and call for help. It would still be many hours before the rangers would get to this couple, and after much group discussion, we agreed to split up. Part of our group stayed with the couple while the rest of us went ahead for water. Then most of us set up camp while our strongest hikers took water back up to the couple. When the rangers arrived in the middle of the night to hike out the couple in the cool temperature, our group was able to reunite. 

After the trip, while waiting to hear from the couple we helped, one of our leaders was scrolling through recent headlines from the Grand Canyon. That was just as  eye-opening as our humbling opportunity to help! It was shocking how many close calls had occurred, and we realized what a blessing it was that we had had an amazing trip. 

Thankfully their story turned out favorably and we received word that they made it back safely. Being in the position to help them was incredibly humbling. I realized how fragile we can be, and how quickly a fun day can turn into a life-threatening situation. 

The experience and headlines piqued my creativity, and I had the idea for Chased. Marlee and her sisters and the Miles boys meet a dehydrated, exhausted hiker. They stop to help him, but unlike my real-life experience (thankfully), when the ill hiker recovers, he becomes a threat to Marlee’s group. 


(3) winners will receive one Off the Itinerary series book (winner’s choice), book swag, and $15 Amazon gift card!

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  1. I love the covers and synopses, the Off the Itinerary series sounds like an exciting read for my teen-aged grandchildren and I. Thank you for sharing the author’s guest post, bio and books’ details

  2. Great covers and the series sounds like exciting reads for the kids!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a fantastic weekend!

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