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What Is It About Writers?

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Writers are generous people.
They're eager to share their thoughts and visions.
Writers are inventive people.
They're not afraid to push the envelope.
Writers give you the benefit of the doubt.
They strive to keep an open mind.
Writers are the ultimate tour guides.
They take you to places you've never been before.
Let me kindle your imagination.

I am a writer.


An LOI Prequel Novella


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Since the age of three, the grim conditions and strict directives of Peakie’s Foundling Home have ruled 16-year-old Josefina Charo’s life. Her inquisitive nature and love of books highlight an intelligence that allows her to graduate two years early from secondary school. However, she is disappointed to learn Peakie’s will not provide a higher education, nor will she be permitted to leave because she’s too young. Her spirit dampened, she spends the next several months working in the home’s laundry and cafeteria for menial wages, while she searches for a way to escape her prison. Finally, she sees her chance and grabs it, but she soon discovers the harsh realities of being on her own. Life can be difficult, at best, for a teenage girl with no real world experience.


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When an alien invasion threatens the existence of all the knowledge in the universe, eighteen-year-old Johanna Charette and seventeen-year-old Jackson Roth must rely on their wits, guts, and pluck to save the fantasy-come-to-life world of the Library of Illumination.
It wouldn’t be so bad—all right, it is bad but it would hurt less—if Johanna and Jackson weren’t the ones responsible for breaching the portals to a dozen distant worlds. Now, outside forces are causing shock waves in the space-time continuum, and if that isn’t awful enough, someone from another dimension is trying to steal a book of powerful spells created by a very famous wizard.
At first, traveling to other realms in a time machine seems like a fun perk. However, discovering some inhabitants want to obliterate the teens doesn’t leave them with a warm, fuzzy feeling. Instead, they find themselves forced to sacrifice their own welfare and the safety of their loved ones for the greater good.


The Kirkus Review for Second Chronicles of Illumination is In!

Pack's aptitude for spinning plots major (time travel) and minor (Pru Tellerence's missing child) continues to make this a singularly engaging series. The stakes have never been higher in Pack's inventive epic.
Kirkus Reviews

The Readers' Favorite review for Second Chronicles of Illumination has arrived!

What C. A. Pack has produced is a genuinely thrilling adventure with vivid descriptions and a fully built world. The story was highly unpredictable due to its inventive concept and multi-genre style, making it an exciting yet sophisticated read for both young adults and their elders. Overall, an excellent tale with plenty of twists, vivid imagery, and a satisfying escape from the humdrum real world.
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Chronicles: The Library of Illumination (Books One through Five)

Charms and thrills in equal measures ... literary brilliance ... Come for the literary sights and sounds, stay for Pack's miraculously fine-tuned imagination.
Kirkus Reviews (starred)
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17-year-old Johanna Charette is the youngest curator ever selected to oversee the Library of Illumination, a centuries old, magical place where books literally come to life. She accepts the job knowing surprises and danger lurk in her future. She also knows, in case of trouble, having an assistant can be invaluable, so she hires 16-year-old Jackson Roth to give her a hand with the day-to-day operation of the library. Jackson gets off to a rocky start, but manages to prove his mettle. Besides, he’s kind of cute and a lot of fun, and he really has a good heart.

Johanna is brilliant, beautiful, and resourceful—a natural born leader. She keeps the library operating on an even keel. Jackson is clever, intrepid, and funny. He relies on his wits when trouble arises. Unfortunately, his derring-do is one of the reasons why they sometimes find themselves in awkward situations. And it shouldn’t be any surprise when his wanton curiosity sparks a journey to a distant realm, where they end up with front row seats to what’s destined to become—a war of the worlds.

Chronicles: The Library of Illumination named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014


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The Overseers
(A Library of Illumination novella - book six)

The Terrorian invasion attempt is still fresh in their minds when Library of Illumination curators Johanna Charette and Jackson Roth are invited to the realm of Lumina for Dean Plato Indelicat’s funeral. The teens soon learn there's more to being a curator than meets the eye—some of it good, some of it not so good—and they have to pass muster to keep their positions. To make matters worse, Johanna finds herself at the center of a bold scheme by Nero 51 to bully his way into the competition for Plato Indelicat’s now-vacant position. She has the ability to save the day, but her actions could result in losing her curator privileges.
Meanwhile, the College of Overseers is committed to being fair and impartial, but its stance could result in the Terrorian infiltration of its inner sanctum.

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Portals
(A Library of Illumination novella - book five)

Curator Johanna Charette and her assistant Jackson Roth discover a window to "nowhere." Jackson is convinced some sort of treasure is hidden behind it. Instead, the teens stumble upon a portal that whisks them to a library, similar to their own, yet very different. Their impromptu breach of the ancient portal system sets a series of events in motion that take the teens to distant realms, and they learn a wealth of information about the history of the Libraries of Illumination, however, Jackson’s natural curiosity results in severe repercussions for Johanna, after she is forced to a destroy a precious artifact when Jackson is taken prisoner by an unfriendly being. She’s sentenced to serve time on that hostile world, and uncovers a scheme to take control of all knowledge in the universe. In the blink of an eye, the teens find they must put their lives on the line—in a battle against an ancient foe.

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Casanova
(A Library of Illumination novelette - book four)

Seventeen-year-old Jackson Roth has a big, BIG crush on library curator, Johanna Charette, and she is starting to surrender to his charms. That is, until a handsome, ubersexy rival vies for Johanna's attention, and everything that Johanna and Jackson know about the properties of the Library of Illumination are turned upside down.

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The Orb
(A Library of Illumination novelette - book three)

The wonders of the Library of Illumination grow overwhelming on a steamy summer day, when a pulsating blue orb, protected by a force field, mysteriously appears in the middle of the main reading room. Curator Johanna Charette and had assistant Jackson Roth must work fast to figure out what the orb is, where it came from, and what danger it poses to the past, present and future of literature, all while trying to maintain and protect the the mysteries and integrity of the Library of Illumination.

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Doubloons
(A Library of Illumination novelette - book two)

16-year-old Jackson Roth is library curator Johanna Charette’s new assistant, but he may be too rambunctious for the quiet repository of knowledge. He unwittingly releases a bunch of rowdy pirates, who leave a cache of Spanish doubloons behind in the main reading room after they disappear back into the pages of "Treasure Island." The money from the pirate booty couldn’t have come at a better time, but a pawnbroker’s interest spirals out of control, and instead of untold riches, there is mounting danger. Can Johanna and Jackson outsmart their enemy before an itchy trigger finger finds its mark?

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The Library of Illumination (novelette)

Johanna Charette is sent to the Library of Illumination on a work assignment, and soon discovers a magical place where the written word comes alive. However, it’s not a library anyone can visit whenever they wish. So when her job is placed in jeopardy, she fears losing the one place that makes her feel complete.

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Evangeline's Ghost

When a beautiful spy finds her life has been cut short by an assassin's bullet, she doesn't let death get in the way of bringing her murderer to justice. Join Evangeline as she traverses the fifth dimension, and soon finds herself trying to unravel a plot to assassinate an American president.

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Code Name: Evangeline

The year is 1936 and political unrest is growing in Europe. When rumors circulate of Nazi plans to invade Switzerland, two elite British agents try to learn more. One steals the plans. The other is taken prisoner. Their actions result in the recruitment of an unlikely spy.

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