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Isle author offers up first novel

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Editor

When Megan Chapman is not teaching jazz and ballet classes at West Hawaii Dance Academy, she’s usually focused on a much more personal quest.

Chapman was a casual writer until a family tragedy turned a fun project into a memorial for a young cousin.

Her first novel ‘Lion Heart & Alessio’ was born as a gift to her family, which extended from Hawaii to Boston to Greece.

The plan was to share the first book at a Boston family reunion in the summer of 2008. However, her 12-year-old nephew — one of the heroes of the book — was struck by a car and killed the day before he was to leave Greece to meet his extended family in Boston.

That reunion became a time of mourning and was the catalyst for Chapman to turn her tale into a supportive story for anyone who has suffered pain or loss.

Chapman now envisions ‘Lion Heart & Alessio’ as a five-book series of adventures about faith, family, and the struggles we must overcome live a victorious life.

Here’s the book jacket version:

“Jed and Makarios (aka Mak) have big dreams of becoming pro skateboarders, traveling the world to compete against the best. Jed’s stoked because he’s finally old enough to enter the Victory Ride skateboarding competition with his older cousin Mak.

But when he finds out that Mak and his family are moving across the world— to Greece!—Jed’s dreams take a sketchy turn. After a mysterious encounter, Jed and Mak receive an ancient treasure that comes with supernatural powers.

Transformed into warriors named Lion Heart & Alessio, Jed and Mak are sent on an epic adventure and the ride of their lives!”

The book is available at Kona Bay Books in Kailu-Kona. It is also available at, www.barnes&, and

Chapman will appear 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at Logos bookstore on Oahu.

One Response to “Isle author offers up first novel”

  1. Nicole says:

    Great book! Fast read, colourful and I dog eared a few pages that I wanted to return to as it is filled with little God inspired vignettes that are absolutely perspective changing!


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