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by Mere Joyce
(Oracle of Senders, #3)
Publication date: June 15th 2021
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Synopsis:When Callum Silver arrives in Greenland for his third summer at Camp Wanagi, the only thing he feels is dread. Last August, camp took a terrible turn. Since then, things have only gotten worse. Mim is still in a coma. Meander is practically non-existent. And Cal’s not the only camper suffering from bouts of insomnia and night terrors. Because this isn’t just another summer with the Oracle. This year, the members of the Shade sector are turning sixteen—the age when the full aspects of their abilities finally come to fruition.
Cal is terrified of seeing his first post-birthday spirit. But as the bright Greenland summer wears on, he discovers there are things more disturbing than sickness-inducing ghosts. New revelations, changing talents, and daring missions twist Cal’s understanding of the past and alter his expectations for the future. But even when he thinks he’s finally got a handle on what it means to be a Sender, the summer’s final encounters prove more deadly than anyone expects. Cal’s not sure how camp is going to end. But whatever happens, one thing is clear—this is a summer no one in the Oracle is going to forget.
Happy birthday, Shade…
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Gianna bounds over to speak with Robbie. She eyes us with annoyance but is unable to wipe the easy grin from his face as he explains why we're here. Their conversation is muted, and I pay it little heed. My attention is focused on Anna.
She bends her white-blonde head, coming to a stop in the middle of the clearing her sector mates marked out. That she's doing this—putting herself through the rigors of being near a ghost for the sole sake of ensuring a good show tonight—is ridiculous. But evidently, confirming the spirit's presence is not enough. The bottom strands of her low-slung ponytail begin to sway, the hair lifting in a heavy breeze the rest of us can't feel. I wait for her to rush to the edge of the marked square, safely out of the ghost's range. But she only lifts her chin, her mouth parting like she's ready to speak.
"Man, I've missed this," Sefa whispers.
He inches closer, his bulky frame blocking most of my view. I take a half-step to the side, curious how long Anna is going to keep this up. She trembles, her legging-clad knees swaying. Still, her lips continue to move and, although I'm glad we're not any closer than the edge of the large square, I wonder what kind of questions she's posing to the invisible mass.
Gianna and Robbie continue their quiet argument while Reed questions why Anna's hair is dancing as if he's trying to find the reason in an optical illusion. On the far side of the square, the other Revenants watch, their eyes calculating as they take note of the spirit's effect. For a hair-raising occurrence, the scene is remarkably casual.
But then Anna's hair shoots straight out, the length of her ponytail straining to one side. As the girl's mouth closes and her eyes widen with surprise, all conversation comes to a stop. The sensation is eerie with everyone standing in stunned silence as we watch Anna reach her hand back and tug at the strands that won't fall against her shoulder. A chill skitters across my skin. Even if I can't see or feel this particular spirit, I blame it for the shiver that makes me hug my arms to my chest.
"Are you okay?" Gianna calls, breaking through the still quiet. Anna raises one arm and waves, signaling she's fine. Still, the Revenant lead looks like she's ready to bolt to the girl's aid. "The reports we have," she explains, the fingernails of one hand coming to her mouth. "They suggest this ghost is…"
Her voice is cut off by a shriek, and the queasiness of our ride over here reappears as I watch Anna's hair snake around her shoulder and across her collarbone. She yells for the spirit to stop, but the ponytail continues, slithering up the far side of her shoulder before twisting around her neck. Watching her is like viewing a demented magic act as the hair creates a grotesque noose.
Anna grips her hair with both hands, and her choked gargle sends my vision veering off-kilter.
Not her neck. Anything but her neck
Mere Joyce is a Canadian author of short stories and novels. Her writing includes contemporary tales, high-action mysteries, fairy-tale fantasies, and her personal favorite--ghost stories. When she's not writing, Mere can be found recommending books as a librarian or spending time at home with her family. She's also been known to be a selective - yet highly enthusiastic - fangirl.
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"Hope was a dangerous thing. It could consume every dream and make them take flight, becoming wild daydreams in one's heart and mind. Or hope could incinerate everything you thought you knew, burning you down to your core, leaving you raw and exposed for the world."
Heir of Lies (Black Dawn #1) By Mallory McCartney
Young Adult, New Adult Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 456 Pages
April 21, 2020
Emory Fae has only known one thing--life at The Academy, a school for those who have special abilities. Following in her parents' footsteps, the pressure to uphold their dream falls on her and one of her best friends--Adair Stratton. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. With whispers of dark magic spreading across Kiero, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.
An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher, sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath, for the first time in years, they demand the Faes listen to their proposition for a new treaty. Caught in the middle of politics, Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis, search for the one thing that matters the most--the truth.
Their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made, and war ravages Kiero. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic, and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision. Will he fight or bow to the darkness within?
But, Adair's decision will change the course of Kiero forever, setting in motion irreversible destinies for everyone at The Academy as Emory Fae rises as heir.
Heir of Lies is the first book in the bestselling Black Dawn series.
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"You lived your entire life feeling like half of you was missing. Fight for the missing part.
Fight for this."
Queen to Ashes (Black Dawn #2) By Mallory McCartney
Young Adult, New Adult Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 350 Pages
April 21, 2020
Emory Fae has abandoned everything she thought she knew about her previous life on Earth. Stepping up to her role as Queen of Kiero she makes a startling sacrifice- feigning her allegiances to Adair Stratton, the man who murdered her parents and casted Kiero into ruin. Emory's memories slowly piece together, and she soon realizes the Mad King may not be all he seems-- and the man who was once best friend, may be fighting beneath the surface.
With the King's attention on her, can she buy Black Dawn Rebellion enough time to recuperate their forces? And when the times comes, will she be able to kill Adair, ending his tyranny and rising herself as the rightful Queen? Fighting to hide her secret, Emory navigates the brutal trials of the Mad King, trying not to lose herself in the process.
Sequel to Heir of Lies, now a bestselling series, the sparks are ignited, as Emory learns the cost of freedom, and her heritage. Will the rebels unite in time? A sinister force has spread across the land, stripping everyone bare- their betrayals, their secrets, their intentions. But above all, what will their decisions cost? By refusing to give in to the darkness, will Emory rise as Queen?
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Excerpt from Heir of Lies
Landing on the ground in a plume of smoke, Adair’s fingers dug into the dirt, as the sun broke over the horizon. The smoke settled, curling around his feet in black and purple hues. The brisk morning air collected dew, and as he rose, small puffs of mist flared in front of him. “My King?” The dabarne’s voice brushed up against his mind, and the creature prowled to his side when he stood. It was a question and a recognition, and Adair bared his teeth as he fixated on the city in front of them. They had traveled through the night, groups of his army breaking off, Adair feeling the shifts of energy like stars streaking across constellations, creating a beautiful serenade of screams that followed him from below. His fire. His carnage. He rolled his neck slowly, bones cracking. Sarthaven and his father waited for him down below. A distant thought tugged at his mind. Once, a lifetime ago, this city had been his lifeline, his hope to explore and to create. Swallowing hard, the thought dissipated, as another thought filled his mind, the magic ripping through his bloodstream, building and building.
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About the Author
Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.
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From the author of Let’s Talk About Love and If It Makes You Happy, this exuberant YA Novel follows six teens locked together in a mansion, contending for a life-changing cash prize in a competition run by a reclusive heiress.
The Marvelous by Claire Kann
Publication date: June 8th 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
Everyone thinks they know Jewel Van Hanen. Heiress turned actress turned social media darling who created the massively popular video-sharing app, Golden Rule.
After mysteriously disappearing for a year, Jewel makes her dramatic return with an announcement: she has chosen a few lucky Golden Rule users to spend an unforgettable weekend at her private estate. But once they arrive, Jewel ingeniously flips the script: the guests are now players in an elaborate estate-wide game. And she’s tailored every challenge and obstacle to test whether they have what it takes to win–at any cost.
Told from the perspective of three dazzling players–Nicole: the new queen of Golden Rule; Luna: Jewel’s biggest fan; and Stella: a brilliant outsider–this novel will charm its way into your heart and keep you guessing how it all ends because money isn’t the only thing at stake.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Claire Kann
1. Claire Kann is an alter ego. Who is she?
2. A procrastinator of the highest order, she waits until the last minute to do just about everything.
3. She wants all her protagonists to be happy, feel loved, and never have to struggle (which is great! on paper! until her editor reads her manuscripts!).
4. Speaking of writing, while on deadline she transforms into an insomniatic gargoyle--crouched on a chair, hovering above her keyboard while subsisting on chips, apples, and diet pepsi.
5. She prefers writing shorter books. If she hits that 60,000 word threshold and she’s not close to done, she starts to sweat and panic.
6. SHINee is thanked in the acknowledgements section of every book she has published. Her favorite song is their entire discography.
7. She gives all of her protagonists very cutesy first names--usually from flowers.
8. Her favorite books are the His Dark Materials trilogy. Her daemon would be a hummingbird.
9. A magical girl at heart, her favorite anime are Madoka Magica, Beyond the Boundary, and Sailor Moon.
10. She believes in aliens. Extraterrestrials are out there, man.
Claire Kann is the author of LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE and an award-winning online storyteller. In her other life, she works for a nonprofit that you may have heard of where she daydreams like she’s paid to do it. Find out more by visiting her website: www.clairekann.com (and while you’re there, tell her about your cats. She loves cats. A lot.)
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by Christina Bauer
(Angelbound Offspring #7)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: May 25th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:Princess. Warrior. Dragon Shifter. Huntress.
When it comes to protecting her family, eighteen-year-old Princess Huntress is known for kicking ass, taking names and then kicking a little more ass, just to be sure. She’s the last of her kind—a glass dragon shifter—and no matter what the threat, Huntress always tracks it down solo.
Then Huntress meets the leader of the L’Griffe crime family, Gage Beaufort, who is a dashing dragon shifter with a knee-melting stare. The attraction is instant, yet Huntress hates it. Why? Crime syndicates hurt royal authority, which means they threaten her family. Long story short, being with Gage is just wrong. Besides Huntress already has a rock-solid life plan, and that’s to fight alone, forever. No relationships, thank you very much.
But when a new danger threatens the royals, everything changes.
Now Huntress needs a mercenary army and fast, so she forges an alliance with L’Griffe. To protect those she loves, Huntress agrees to marry someone she loathes: Gage Beaufort. But will the extra help be enough?
Even worse, Huntress’ family isn’t the only thing at risk–the same is true for the princess’ heart. Because Gage is a man who always gets what he wants. In this case, the crime lord desires Princess Huntress, body and soul.
“With Angelbound Offspring, every page is entertaining… an exciting story that unfolds with magic, dragons, a little romance and a villain to despise.” – Tonja, Goodreads
Perfect for readers seeking a clean fantasy adventure in the spirit of omegaverse romance
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Where I Get My Ideas From By Christina Bauer
As part of the launch tour for my new book, HUNTRESS (Angelbound Offspring #7), the lovely folks at Rockin’ Book Reviews asked me to blog about where I get my story ideas. What I’m about to share applies to storylines, personalities, characterizations… and pretty much everything that relates to my writing.
To explain my writing system as it exists today, it may help to share what I used to do when I very first began as an author. Back then, I thought there were three components to being a writer:
More than thirty books later (HUNTRESS launches May 25th) and I have decided that all three of these are important. Buuuuuuut ... they haven't proven to be the most important for me.
For me, the ultimate writing ally is thinking.
Now, I know that sounds really broad and perhaps a tad useless, so I'll add some context here. When I first started writing, I'd open up a document and stare. And nothing would get written. Over the years, I've learned to wait for the feeling.
And that needs more context, part 2.
When I've done enough thinking about a book, I get to a point where I want to write so badly, it almost hurts. During these times, I can (and have!) written chapters on the Boston T. On my cell phone. At Whole Foods. You get the idea. That sensation only happens when I've thought about a chapter (or chapters) enough that I'm ready to go.
Here's how it works. I map some stuff out and then wait a day or two (which is time I usually spend on another book). Then I come back to the outline, edit it a little and think. At some point, I stop needing to think and just itch to write. That's when I know I'm ready.
Full disclaimer 1: When I start writing, it often turns into something else, and I've learned to stop fighting that.
Full disclaimer 2: I've been doing this thinking-thing for a while without having really given it a formal stage in my writing process. That is, until I saw this interview with
biographer David McCullough. He talks about the importance of research writing, editing, but also setting aside time to think.
On a personal level, it's taken me many years and books to get to where I trust myself and my process. It's different for everyone, but I figured that if I had David McCullough doing this stuff, then it can't be too wacky.
So there you have it. My ultimate secret to writing: setting time aside in my process to just think.
Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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A Night Twice as Longby Andrew Simonet
Published by: Farrar Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication date: June 1st 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
What do you call the difference between what you should feel and what you do feel? Life?
The blackout has been going on for three weeks. But Alex feels like she’s been living in the dark for a year, ever since her brother, who has autism, was removed from the house, something Alex blames herself for. So when her best friend, Anthony, asks her to trek to another town to figure out the truth about the blackout, Alex says yes.
On a journey that ultimately takes all day and night, Alex’s relationships with Anthony, her brother, and herself will transform in ways that change them all forever.
In this honest and gripping young adult novel, Andrew Simonet spins a propulsive tale about what it means to turn on the lights and look at what’s real.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Andrew Simonet
1.) I took my first dance class at age nineteen and decided that week to devote my life to dance.
2.) I was struck by lightning when I was in high school.
3.) I think my narrator is a better sibling to her autistic brother than I am to my autistic brother.
4.) I made a performance called PUSHER in which we sold a dance to strangers on the street like drugs.
5.) The US Women’s National Soccer Team is my favorite team in any sport.
6.) I can’t whistle. You think you can teach me, but you can’t. Many, many people have tried. OK, fine. Yes, I’m putting my tongue on the roof of my mouth. Yes, it’s lightly touching my teeth. Thhhhhhuuuu. See. Can’t whistle.
7.) I often think people are lying about insignificant things, things that won’t even benefit them. Someone recently told me, “I used to be addicted to watching game shows.” And based purely on their energy and voice and rhythm, I thought: That’s a lie. And what an odd, interesting lie, no?
8.) I put kosher salt on my chocolate chip cookies when they are still hot from the oven.
9.) I sleep a lot, 10-11 hours per night when possible. I learned a dream technique as a child prone to nightmares: When something frightens or harms me in a dream, I knock it out and then bring it back as something that supports me. (This is based on the idea that everything in my dream is a part of me.) I’m rather certain this has done more for my emotional and spiritual growth than anything in my waking life.
10.) My mother wanted to name me André, but my father thought I would get bullied. I got bullied anyway. I wish I was named André.
10+1) I am immune to poison ivy.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Andrew Simonet is a choreographer and writer in Philadelphia. His first novel, Wilder, published in 2018. He co-directed Headlong Dance Theater for twenty years and founded Artists U, an incubator for helping artists make sustainable lives. He lives in West Philadelphia with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two sons, Jesse Tiger and Nico Wolf.
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Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.