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book coverA Wild and Unremarkable Thing
Publisher: The Parliament House
Release Date: January 23, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Fifteen years have passed since a Fire Scale scorched Cayda’s village.  Fifteen years of beatings, of bare kitchen cupboards and sloppy swordplay.  Fifteen years of biting her lip for her father’s cane while her younger sisters did the same for the grimy patrons of the village brothels. Fifteen years of staring steadfastly after beauty in an increasingly ugly world.
Now, with hair shorn and breast bound, Cayda marches into the Summer Alps as Cody, a hopeful Champion seeking a dragon-slayer’s reward, with the full weight of her family’s survival on her shoulders.
But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers that she is not the only Champion with her eye on the prize, or the only one wearing a disguise.
With monsters, gods, and royalty hot on her heels, Cayda must ask herself if victory is worth sacrificing her identity for or her life.
A Wild and Unremarkable Thing pits girl against dragon in a stunning blend of Greek mythology and medieval lore. Readers will not quickly forget the diverse cast or the thrilling, sexy ride!


Jen Castleberry lives and writes in Virginia Beach.
Her background is in Animal Welfare.
All of her pets are named after superheroes.

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The Struggle of Identity and Self Acceptance in YA Fantasy – AWAUT

In AWAUT, Cayda is living in a patriarchal society, which is fairly typical in historical fantasy. After her family is thrust into poverty, her father decides to raise her as a boy and train her to slay a dragon, so she can one day bring home riches as a dragon-slayer. (Girls aren’t allowed to register as champions, and their rewards will be revoked if their gender is discovered post-slaying.) So from a very young age, Cayda is trained not only to be champion, but also to be a boy. Her gender is essentially assigned by her father, and her identity struggle goes into overdrive when the feminine aspects of her identity begin to emerge, particularly after she leaves home and gains some distance from the family she’s trying to save. To deal, she essentially separates herself into two separate people, calling her feminine self by her true name, Cayda, and her masculine self Cody.

For some people, gender identity is very clear. For others, gender is a more fluid concept. I would say Cayda falls into the latter category, but she struggles to appreciate the fact that she can converge the masculine and feminine aspects of her identity into one, congruent sense of self. On the outside, she’s capable, callous, self-assured, but beneath the surface, she’s struggling. For Cayda, an enormous part of her journey to self-acceptance involves expanding her cultural experience (leaving her small town), and meeting other characters who accept and admire her.

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Crooked Cat new Divine Heart Bookcover.jpgThe Divine Heart
by Danielle R. Mani
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: September 27th 2017


Seventeen-year-old Elle Collins spent most her life waiting for someone else to die…

When a heart donor is found, Elle awakes from surgery gifted with more than just a new heart—clairaudient messages and spiritual apparitions haunt her until she is convinced that she must be insane. Either that, or her donor is sending a message.

Desperate for answers the medical community can’t provide, Elle’s divination leads her to the family of her donor—a young girl named, Cas. With the help of her best friend, Rob—the guy who’s a testament that her new heart is capable of love, Elle must make sense of the clues Cas is sending. As pieces of Cas’s life and death emerge, Elle will discover that she and Cas share more than just a heart.

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Not one but TWO excerpts from The Divine Heart By: Danielle R. Mani

As I step under the spray, the water hits my face in hard pellets. It feels good. Begrudgingly, I reach down to grab a bar of soap. A sharp pain shoots down the left side of my arm. For a moment, I feel paralyzed. My immediate thought is to yell for help, but I can’t find my voice. I try to take a deep breath, but can’t. I crumple to the tub and feel a strange, tingling sensation zip through my fingertips.
“Mom!” I let out a bloodcurdling squeal in a voice I don’t even recognize.
My mother runs into the bathroom and slams the shower door open.
“What is it?” She is the color of her bleached white towels. “What’s wrong?”
“It’s my heart! Something is wrong. Call the hospital.”
“I’ll be right back!” She runs out and I wait, helpless, as the running water beats down on my back. A few seconds later, she returns, holding the phone, her hands shaking as she dials 911. She soaks her sleeve reaching into the shower to turn off the running water. The phone is on speaker and is wedged tightly between her face and neck as she pulls me from the tub.
“911, what’s the emergency?”
“It’s my daughter! I think she’s having a heart attack! I live at 42 Chauncy Way.”
“We have an address for you, Mam. An ambulance will there right away. Is your daughter breathing?”
“Yes, she . . . she has a heart condition.” Kate rips our “show” towel off the rack and drapes it around my arms and neck. She drags my limp body to the couch. I wish I had the strength to help her.
“Ma’am, do you have any aspirin in the house?” the voice on the line asks.
“That’s not going to help!” Kate shouts. “I’ll wait for the ambulance, but I need to call her doctor now!” Kate ends the call.

She lets out a long sigh. “I heard that you received the heart of a girl about the same age as you.” She looks at me intently. I can tell she’s trying to read my expression, but I play it cool and keep a straight face. “She had an accident, honey.” After a long pause and a moment of uncomfortable silence, she continues. “There was nothing anyone could do,” She takes a deep breath and pushes the strands of hair away from my face. “Are you okay?”
“I am,” I say, surprised by my composure. A sense of calm washes over me and I use my pain as a guide to trace my fingers over my chest. I feel the bulkiness of the bandages under the linen hospital gown and rest my hand over my chest. It takes a moment before I feel the beating of my new heart. It’s different—steadier. I slide my tongue over my lips and taste the salt of my tears. Thank you. Thank you. I’m not exactly sure whom I’m thanking—God or my donor. It doesn’t feel right to thank God for what’s happened. He couldn’t have taken this girl’s life just to save mine. Closing my eyes tightly, I say a quiet prayer. I wish I knew your name. Then I could know whose soul I am praying for.
“Cas!” The voice is a soft, willowy whisper. I open one eye and gaze around the room. My mother is seated in the chair next to me, a closed People Magazine on her lap. She’s staring at a blank TV screen, lost in thought. The nurse is standing in the doorway, speaking with a doctor. From where I lie, I can’t see anyone else around.
“Cas?” I repeat again, only louder.
My mother sits erect in the chair and the color drains from her face.
“What did you say?” she whispers.


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About the Author

Danielle R. Mani is a fan of the paranormal in both print and film. In her first book, The Divine One, Ms. Mani combines supernatural fiction with the everyday dramas of young adulthood. Her newest YA paranormal novel, The Divine Heart, is scheduled to be released later this year. Ms. Mani holds a Bachelor of Arts in education and a Master of Science in communications. She is currently a doctoral student studying parapsychology. She resides in Westchester, New York, with her husband, four children, two dogs, and two rescue cats.

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The West Woods Cover Reveal - Suzy  Vadori Aug 8 2017.jpgThe West Woods
by Suzy Vadori
Genre: YA
Release Date: September 22nd 2017
Evil Alter Ego Press


Magic, sacrifice and the quest for freedom.
Courtney Wallis wants nothing more than to escape St. Augustus boarding school. After uncovering a well-kept secret about the school’s founder, Isaac Young, Courtney turns to the school’s magic to convince her dad to let her leave. Things take a turn when she meets Cole, who lives in the nearby town of Evergreen. He gives her hope that things might not be so bad. However, the school’s fountain has other ideas, and binds Courtney to her ambition, no matter the cost.

As Courtney struggles to keep the magic from taking over, she and her friends get drawn into the mystery woven into the school’s fabric. Everything seems to lead back to the forbidden West Woods. Together, she and her friends seek out the spirits of the past to ask for help, and find themselves in much deeper than they’d bargained for. If they succeed, Courtney could be free of the magic. If they fail, she may never be the same.

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The West Woods is a prequel to The Fountain (click on images for Goodreads link):

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Guest post – Talk about The West Woods
The West Woods
As a kid, I always loved the woods. Woods with mossy carpeted floors were always places where fairies could hide. Wintery woods with barren trees were places where I could hide. Finding a place in the woods to hide has always had appeal for me.
When I took up running in my 20’s (I still run, but I’ve never enjoyed it), I was known to try to read a book while running on a path through the woods in a ravine near where I lived in Toronto. Note: do not try this, it doesn’t work.
As The Fountain Series developed and I looked for a mysterious setting to visit the magical stone fountain, it was only natural to me that it would be in the woods. The shadows and light between the trees is both foreboding and inspiring. I particularly like woodsy areas in the fall, when a slick carpet of leaves crunches underfoot.
I lived in Boston when I was growing up, and the trees in that area kept coming back to me as I imagined the school and the adjoining woods. So, it seemed inevitable that St. Augustus would be in a New England town not far from Boston, despite the fact that I now live in Calgary, Canada.
In the series, Ava has a grandmother who lives near the school, on the other side of the woods. It’s a shortcut for Ava to get there by cutting through, though the woods are off limits to students of St. Augustus, the punishments severe for venturing in. I’ve had many readers point out the connection in this setting to the song….
“Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go…”
I didn’t have the song in mind when developing the series, but is definitely fun. Even more readers have asked if I intended to parallel Little Red Riding Hood, where Red ventures into the woods to see her Grandmother (also unintentional on my part).
I love that readers are finding ways to relate the setting, it shows that the woods really resonate with them. Recreating fairy tales is very popular right now in young adult fiction, with series like The Land of Stories, The Yellow Hoods and A Court of Wings and Ruin. I love that readers are looking for these themes.

About the Author
Suzy Vadori is an Operations executive by day, Writer by night. The Fountain is her debut novel for Young Adults. Suzy is an involved member of the Calgary Writers’ community, service as Program Manager for Young Adult at When Words Collide (a Calgary festival for readers and Writers) since 2013. Suzy lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband and three kids.
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cover _ book2 _final.jpgElemental Lies (Essential Elements #2)
by Elle Middaugh
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Release Date: July 24th 2017


Valerie Moore is an Elemental, a person who commands one of the classical elements of wind, water, fire, or earth. She’s special, though. She controls two—fire and water—though sometimes it seems like they control her.
After the accidental exposure of Elementals to humanity, Valerie finds herself—and all of her kind—struggling to attain equality. Three different groups fight to secure leadership, and with all of their hidden agendas, she doesn’t know which side to choose. The balance between peaceful cohabitation and all-out war is precarious, at best.
When a chance meeting brings Val and earth Elemental Cade Landston back together, everything changes. She realizes what she knew in the beginning—that he’s the one she wants. Her desire to win him over draws her closer to him, and his vengeful mission to hunt down her murderous grandfather brings them both closer to trouble.
From mysterious doppelgangers to reckless rescue missions, scapegoat bombings, and evolving Elemental powers, Valerie strains to keep up.
All she knows is she must stop her grandfather at all costs. To do so, she has to figure out the truth. But how can she, when almost everyone she knows has been telling lies?
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Elemental Secrets (Essential Elements #1) by Elle Middaugh
Release Date: November 11th 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Navy brat, Valerie, makes friends at a high school in the secluded mountains of Pennsylvania, only to discover that they have supernatural Elemental Powers, in this YA Fantasy Romance.

“This book is “Avatar: The Last Airbender” meets “X-Men” in a high school.”
– Hey, It Was Free!

“If you like elemental persons, if you like SYFY, if you like YA, this book is for you. If you don’t like any of those, then you are missing out!”
– Kelly’s Nerdy Obsession

Valerie Moore is a beautiful, headstrong girl with below-average social skills and above-average anxiety (including a flair for overanalyzing).
With her mother long deceased and her father recently deployed, she is sent to live with her eccentric aunt in a tiny town nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Being a Navy brat has made her into a bit of a loner, and making friends certainly isn’t her strongest suit—as if the life of a typical teen isn’t hard enough.
Torn between the conflicted heartbreaker next door, the persistent jock at the top, and the rugged college bad boy, Valerie finds it almost impossible to choose just one guy.
Her love life isn’t her only problem, though. She soon discovers she’s not a typical teenager—not by a long shot.
Secrets are revealed about her family, her newfound friends and relationships, and her whole world…
The biggest secret of all is unveiled when Valerie discovers she has Elemental powers, unleashing a rapid chain of irreversible events.

Dream Cast Fun:

Oh man, a dream cast is a really difficult one. Not only because I’d rather the reader picture the characters for themselves, but also because there are so many incredibly talented and beautiful people out there that it’d be near impossible to choose!
But I’ll do my best lol

Valerie – I’d choose the model on the book cover if I could! But, maybe Candice Swanepoel?
Cade – I always picture someone like Max Irons
Holden – David Henrie maybe? (Don’t laugh! Lol)
Sienna – Megan Fox
Elise – Amber Heard
Jay – Someone like David Beckham
Chase – Chris Pine


About the Author
Elle Middaugh lives in the Allegheny Mountains outside of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, with her wonderful husband and three beautiful children. She spends most of her time raising kids, writing stories, playing video games, reading, and attempting to keep a clean house.
She’s a proud Navy wife, a frazzle-brained mother, a fan of health and fitness, a lover of hot tea and iced tea, and a believer in happily ever afters.
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The Deadly Sun.jpgThe Deadly Sun (The Sanction Series #1)

by H.J. Lawson

Genre: YA Dystopian/Scifi

Release date: August 21st 2017


Skylier is desperate to escape her underground confines and save her mother’s life.
On a school visit, she hears something she’s not supposed to and now she realizes that not only was her whole life a lie, but that she is in grave danger.
She doesn’t know who to trust and her enemies are everywhere. Now she is in a race against time to save not only her life, but her mother’s and those she cares about.

And if she fails, she’ll suffer a fate worse than death…

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Book Three – The Sanction Games

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hj lawson author pic.jpgAbout the Author

I was born in Lancaster, England. Growing up in a single parent household with five other siblings was difficult but at the same time character building.

As a young child I found a passion for drawing and writing, which has stayed with me into adulthood. I graduated from the University of Central Lancashire, England with a BA(Hons) in fashion design.

At aged twenty seven, my husband and I packed up our belongings for our lifelong dream to move to California. Our America dream was completed with the birth of our daughter.

A new job opportunity opened up New York, and we decided to relocate to Long Island, NY, where we currently reside.
My books are a mixture of thriller, action, and dystopian. If you’re looking for a good place to start, take a look at War Kids series of thrillers, available now. You can grab copies in either ebook or paperback. To get an email whenever I release a new title, sign up for the VIP newsletter by click this link.

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Nostalgic Rain 005.jpgNostalgic Rain: Galaxies Away
by A.S. Altabtabai
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: July 1st 2017

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What seventeen-year-old Leland finds in the abandoned basement of his house is something he will never forget.

Leland lost his father when he was seven. Since then, he has successfully adapted to the awful life of being a student, the man of the house, and a father figure to his two younger siblings. All of that changes when he and his best friends stumble upon a secret in his deserted basement, and fall into another dimension with three moons, foggy woods, and an ancient castle-Oremanta.

Learning who he really is, how he came to this remote planet, and the shocking, ugly mystery of Oremanta aren’t as bad as the quest he finds himself obligated to complete-killing someone he never thought he’d meet in Oremanta to save everyone.

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Medical student, writer & travel passionate.
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