Dangerous Designs (Design, #1)
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Dangerous Designs (Design #1)

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Drawing is her world...but when her new pencil comes alive, it's his world too. Her...Storey Dalton is seventeen and now boyfriendless after being dumped via Facebook. Drawing is her escape. It's like as soon as she gets down one image, a dozen more are pressing in on her. Then she realizes her pictures are almost drawing themselves...or is it that her new pencil is alive?...more
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published (first published June 30th 2011)
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Holy Hannah! Are you trying to kill me, Dale Mayer? Are you?!? You must delight in putting your heroines into horribly taxing situations and then leaving them there like so much baggage! I have to admit that I liked the story before but leaving poor Storey in the lurch she was left in made me gasp and jump online to hunt down when the next book would be available. *curls into a little fetal ball and rocks*

So, in case you couldn't figure it out, this books ends on a pretty hefty cliffhanger. I me...more
Jamie Kline
**I received an copy of this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review**

Review: I'm not going to do my usual overview on this book because I think the synopsis does a great job of describing the story without giving too much away. Let's just jump right into my review!

1) Character Development: I think the main character, Storey, may be one of my favorite female leads ever. This girl showed almost no weakness; she was strong, determined, and remained calm in the face of danger. Instea...more
Stacy Sabala
Book Review- Dangerous Designs

Storey Dalton is having a rough time. Her best friend and boyfriend moved to another place and apparently moved on to someone else. She doesn’t have any other friends and just loses herself in her art instead. Of course no one really wants to be her friend since her mom is a Wiccan and they think she is weird. So socially Storey isn’t doing so hot. In fact she is feeling a bit sorry for herself as she is walking to school when she finds the one thing that will chang...more
I have to start off by saying that I only do reviews on a series, not on each book (I can never figure out how to do reviews without giving away too much!). I have become email friends with Dale since starting to read her books. I read the Family Blood Ties series and loved it. Because of all of that, I decided to read her other books even though they are not ones I usually would read (silly me!). I cannot begin to explain how thrilled I am that I did read these!!! This is a fantastic series!! T...more
What would you do if your pencil made things happen? I mean big things - like make portals into another world. And what would happen if you developed a crush on a boy from said world who was supposed to "neutralize" you to get the pen (soul bound) out of your hands? Well, Story fights like hell to keep everything she wants and needs in her life. A great adventure with a bit of romance to liven things up.
I enjoyed this book a lot, it had an interesting concept and idea that was nothing like what I had read before.

One of the reasons this book intrigued me was because of the whole traveling dimensions stuff and the thing about the main character Storey's new pencil (stylus) being "alive" and drawing by itself, plus the whole race of evil species being released, gave me a sense of Doctor Who and I immediately had to read it.

Although the pacing was sort of slow for me, I wanted there to be a littl...more
Aug 04, 2011 Tasha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tasha by: Colette
That was a quick, fun read.
A drawing is simply a line going for a walk. - Paul Klee

as seventeen year old Storey Dalton contemplates her present situation of not having a boyfriend, she finds a quaint looking pencil and brings it home with her. why waste a good find? after all, drawing has always been her creative outlet and pencils are basic tools of the trade. her designs, however, become more interesting and stranger and so does her new pencil...
author Dale Mayer has surprised me again with this novel. initially, i thou...more
Storey Dalton is depressed because her long distance boyfriend has ended their relationship. On her way home she finds pencil and picks it up, being an artist she loves pencils and can't wait to get home and use it. A few days later as she is getting in trouble again for not being focused in class and drawing instead. She has had it with school. She meets a new boy to their school, Eric, who she just can't put her finger on. Storey begins to feel the need to draw all the time, and use her new pe...more
A talented artist, fifteen-year-old Storey Dalton, finds a magical pen and suddenly is thrust into the unexpected role as liaison to an alternate reality. She unknowingly opens a door unleashing confusion and terror.

Eric Jordan is sent through the veil between the dimensions to retrieve the missing stylus that was left behind in error when a scientific team was forced to return in haste.

Eric tries to befriend Storey but is puzzled because she seems impervious to his efforts to charm her. Storey...more
Lynelle Clark
Brilliant master piece in the YA Paranormal genre.
Filled with suspense that kept you glued to the pages as the story unfolds of Storey and her ability to draw portals into other dimensions. Creating havoc as she learns to control this powerful tool she picked up while walking in the woods, close to the town she was living in.
We met up with the sixteen year old Storey in a small town. Shunned by most peers she was used to be on her own. What made matters worse was her mother's choice in life styl...more
There is a lot that goes on in this story, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love YA books where the main character is strong and doesn't let anything get in the way of accomplishing her goals. Storey is one of those characters. She has a good head on her shoulders, and once she finds out her stylus is different then what she thought it was, she doesn't let the rules of the other dimension stop her from trying to fix the mess that she accidentally made in both worlds.

Eric was an interesting charac...more
review by SusanAshlea

*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.*

Storey Dalton is a typical awkward teenager. She doesn't pay much attention in class, she doesn't seem to have a great deal of friends, and to top it all off she has a Wiccan mother who runs a new age-y candle shop in a town where people who are "different" don't seem to fit in. She seems pretty miserable, and drawing is her escape. When she comes across a bizarre looking pencil one day she picks it up out of curiosity, and all hell breaks...more
A.R. Von
A very different YA paranormal read for me. Very original, exciting and keeps you on your toes the whole way through. A rating of 3.5 from me, rounded to a solid 4. I enjoyed this new world that Dale Mayer created and feel that many YA paranormal fans out there will find themselves hooked and demanding the next in the series.

Storey (love her name) is a regular teenage girl that lives in a small quiet town that does not have much going on or many people living in it. Simple living is what it is t...more
An enjoyable and captivating YA read, I'd recommend to any avid readers. I was also, impressed to find this to be written by one of my favorite indie authors - "Psychic Visions" series, which I Love!

This year has been like a marathon of paranormal reads - an insatiable need! So, it's refreshing to get away from vampires, werewolves and your various usual suspects, without stepping out of the UF genre.

Storey is an artistic-loner, who I found very relatable to. Her humdrum life is forever changed...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
Dangerous Designs is a cute read. Dale Mayer's has written an amazing second dimension with an evil third. Mayer brings high-tech gadgets and evil monster into this story with Storey and Eric. I really enjoyed the characters and the storyline. The only problem I had was with Storey’s character. No matter how I tried, I couldn't envision her as seventeen. I kept seeing her as fourteen, she just acted too immature for seventeen. But besides That one little problem Storey was great everywhere else....more
A Very original YA paranormal read for me, exciting and keeps you on your toes the whole way through. This book, while being a pretty short one, is full of action.
I really liked the characters in the book especially - The heroine Storey Dalton - A teen that does not fit ,and does not try to fit in, with people in her school and town. She doesn't pay much attention in class, she doesn't seem to have a great deal of friends, and to top it all off she has a Wiccan mother who runs a new age-y candl...more
Jennifer Hampton
Dangerous Designs is a story of love, unexpected worlds and war. Ok that being said I have to say that I absolutely loved this story. The characters are well written with a depth seldom found in a novelette. The scenes are vivid and descriptive without being overly wordy. Across the board Dangerous Designs was a fantastic read.
My favorite character of the story has to be the heroine Storey Dalton. She is a young woman, only 16, but she is strong and tenacious and filled with a compassion that I...more
Lillian Gomez
It kind of sucks to read such a good book and end up disliking the main female character so much.It is a problem I have with a lot of books.Although,I never see to have a problem with male characters.That being said I hate the thought of leaving a book unread so I decided to continue reading.The plot was very unique considering the different dimensions and the stylus itself.It really saved the book and kept me reading despite my dislike for Storey. All in all I enjoyed this story, so, 3 stars.
Olivia (Bookcomet)
This book made for a much needed break between all the dystopian books I've been reading. It was really nice to read something unique and engrossing - exactly what I have been looking for.

I loved the plot and the ideas behind the book, it was really captivating. Dale Mayer has a way of writing, so that his words are realistic and believable. This is very prominent in the characters in the story, particularly in the main character Storey. Storey's speech is geniunely how other girls her age speak...more
Elizabeth F. Nagey
What an amazing adventure!

What an amazing adventure!

I loved this story and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy books. The kind of story that could actually happen.
This was a fun and entertaining series for anyone that enjoys a bit of science fiction, time travel, and a bit of romance to give the reader a taste of all three. I stumbled across this author accidentally through a free book in the psychic visions series. Because her style was so unique and not a genre I would typically read, I gave it a shot with this collection. It was fun, intellectual and written out of pure love. Kudos Dale, you made a new fan! Can't wait to see what else you have up your...more
Dangerous Designs is a very good book. I loved the story. Very well written. The characters were amazing. Storey, a 16 year old with the label of being 'odd', really impressed me. Strong willed, inquisitive and very independent are only a few words to describe her. This book held me from the first page to the last, and then some. Dale Mayer did a fantastic job creating the story, characters and an overall awesome book. I highly recommend reading this. I'm thrilled to read 'Deadly Designs' next....more
Much, much better than expected. At first when I read the reviews of others I thought "magic pencil. ugh. haven't heard that one since first grade." but I liked the cover so I gave it a try. and I'm glad I did. by page five I was hooked. the main character is wonderful and one I could relate to. the whole story was very well written and I can't wait for the next one
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Freelance writer Dale Mayer lives in the beautiful Okanagan valley in British Columbia, Canada. She's multi-pubbed in nonfiction and is currently writing The Essential Series including The Career Essential Series(The Resume, The Cover Letter, The Interview), Lifestyle Essentials (Ergonomics for today's world, Raising the dyslexic child, etc.), and the Gardening Essential Series, (Beginning with Bu...more
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