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Gwenda Bond is a YA and children’s fiction author. Her novels include the Lois Lane series (Fallout, Double Down, and, coming in 2017, Triple Threat), which bring the iconic comic book character front and center in her own YA novels, and the Cirque American series (Girl on a Wire, Girl Over Paris, Girl in the Shadows), about daredevil heroines who discover magic and mystery lurking under the big top.

She received her MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts’ program in writing for children and young adults. She has written for Publishers Weekly, Locus, and the Los Angeles Times as well as been a guest-editor of a  YA issue of Subterranean Online, and been a guest on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Currently, she lives a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband.

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For the first time, Lois Lane has almost everything she wants. Non-temporary home? Check. Dream job? Double check. Incredible BFFs? The absolute best. And now, her online crush, SmallvilleGuy, is coming to Metropolis. If all goes well, they ll turn their long-distance friendship into a some-kind-of-fairy-tale romance. But when does all ever go well? Before she can check boyfriend off her list, Lois must take down a mad scientist plus a trio of mutant teens, protect the elusive flying man from the feds (including her dad), and navigate her very first date with SmallvilleGuy. In the follow-up to FALLOUT and DOUBLE DOWN, Gwenda Bond’s reimagination of DC Comics’s first leading lady takes on her toughest challenge yet: Love.

 

 

 

Cinda Williams Chima is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who grew up with talking animals and kick-butt Barbies. Her latest series, The Shattered Realms (HarperTeen), is set in the Seven Realms world. It includes Flamecaster and Shadowcaster, with two more coming. She has also authored two teen fantasy series with Hyperion, The Heir Chronicles contemporary fantasy series, set in Ohio, and the original high fantasy Seven Realms series.

Chima believes in the magic of books. They took her from first grade failure to first generation college graduate to college professor to best-selling author. She was a recipient of the 2008 Lit Award for Fiction from the Cleveland Lit and was named a Cleveland Magazine Interesting Person 2009. She lives in Ohio with her family, and is always working on her next novel.

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A Warrior Princess 

Alyssa ana’Raisa is the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, a queendom embroiled in a seemingly endless war. Hardened by too many losses, Lyss is more comfortable with a sword in her hand than in maneuvering at court. After a brush with death, she goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. If her gamble doesn’t pay off, she could lose her queendom—and her life.

A Young Soldier Who Hates to Lose

Across enemy lines in Arden, rising star Captain Halston Matelon has been fighting for Arden since he was a lýtling. Lately, though, he finds himself sent on ever more dangerous assignments by a king who seems bent on destroying him. Between the deadly magic of the wolf warriors to the north and the ruthless politics at home, Hal is caught in an impossible game of life and death.

A Musician With the Power to Ensnare

Breon d’Tarvos has spent his life as a street performer trying to stay on the right side of the law. This latest gig has him worried — he’s afraid that he might be enticing a young woman into a trap. But he needs the money, and he knows he’ll do it in the end.

The Shadow of Defeat

Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series, this is a thrilling story of the unfathomable costs of war, the allure of dark magic, and conflicted characters drawn together despite everything they are putting at risk.

 

Carey Corp is a NY Times & USA Today Best-selling author who wrote her first book, a brilliant retelling of Star Wars, at the prodigious age of seven. Since then, her love affair of reinvention has continued to run amuck. Writing both literary fiction and stories for young adults, she begins each morning consuming copious amounts of coffee while weaving stories that capture her exhaustive imagination. She harbors a voracious passion (in no consistent order) for mohawks, Italy, musical theater, chocolate, and Jane Austen.

Her debut novel for teens, The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian, earned her national recognition as 2010 Golden Heart finalist and more recently made the N Times Best-seller list. The Doon Series is a young adult series loosely based on the concept of the musical Brigadoon, used with permission from the Alan Jay Lerner Estate & the Frederick Loewe Foundation, and co-written with Lorie Langdon.

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With the witch of Doon on the throne, Jamie believed dead, and Duncan and Mackenna trapped in Alloway, Veronica has no choice but to put her grief aside and prepare her remaining followers for the impending battle against the false queen and her forces. But while on a covert mission to steal a powerful elixir from the castle, Veronica discovers her true love may actually be alive, and fighting a battle of his own.

Now that the Brig o’ Doon had been destroyed and the portal fragmented, Doon’s forces are not only divided, but also isolated in different dimensions. With the help of a storyteller as ancient as the witch herself, Kenna and Duncan learn they must rebuild the bridge to have any chance of crossing back into Doon with their ragtag army. But when Mackenna insists on fighting as well, Duncan soon realizes the only way he can ensure her safety is to turn her into a cold-hearted killer.
For Vee, Jamie, Kenna, and Duncan, saving their kingdom while keeping their lives intact will take a miracle.

 

 

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D. G. Driver has been a published author for 22 years. Her early nonfiction works as Donna Getzinger have won several awards and critical acclaim. She is a PAL author with SCBWI and resides near Nashville. She is the author of contemporary fantasy YA such as the Juniper Sawfeather Novels and Passing Notes. She also has short stories in several new anthologies like Second Chance for Love. When she isn’t writing, she is a teacher in an inclusive classroom of typically developing and special needs children in an Early Intervention program, or can been see performing in a local musical theater production.

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Whisper of the Woods is the second book in the Juniper Sawfeather Novels YA fantasy trilogy about a teen environmentalist who discovers mythical creatures during her efforts to protect the natural world. The mermaids Juniper rescued from the oil spill in Cry of the Sea are gone, and now Juniper and her family are protesting the logging of Old Growth trees. She soon finds herself trapped 170 feet up in one of the trees branches by an ancient tree spirit that is unwilling to let her go or allow anyone to save her. Is the tree spirit good or evil? Will Juniper’s feet ever touch the ground again.

 

 

 

 

Lauren Hudson is a 16-year-old Honors Student at Dixie Heights High School in Northern Kentucky. Though “The Ascension” is her first novel, it is her second published book. Her previous, nonfiction book, “Our Best Tomorrow: Students Teaching Capitalism to America,” which she co-authored with her father, attorney Robert D. Hudson, won numerous awards and garnered national media attention. In addition to being an avid reader, Lauren plays center-mid for the girls’ soccer team at her school, serves as an attorney for the state champion Mock Trial team, and acts in the drama program.

On their 15th birthday, a brother and two sisters—Felix, Jinx and Desdemona Anchor—are having strange dreams. A nurse hands over a newborn baby to a mysterious woman, as the child’s frantic mother is injected with a sedative. A boy stumbles along a pathway, trapped beneath a giant dome, as ghostly relatives light candles on a floating birthday cake. A weird triangular object binds the triplets to each other in a thunderstorm.

Thus begins “The Ascension” (Headline Books), an action-filled coming-of- age novel about gifted siblings, separated at birth, who discover higher purposes for their lives. But after learning the shocking truth about their hidden heritage, can they survive long enough to save the world from evil forces that plague them? Can three naive, yet powerful kids confront evil and preserve a community of guardian angels on earth?

 

 

C.J. Redwine is the New York Times bestselling author of YA fantasy novels. She lives in Nashville with her husband, five children, and her life-sized cardboard Loki signed by Tom Hiddleston himself.

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The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

 

Teresa Richards writes YA, but loves anything that can be given a unique twist. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, got a degree in Speech Pathology from Brigham Young University, then moved to the east coast for a little adventure. A little adventure turned into a long one, and she spent the next fifteen years living just outside New York City.

Now she’s settled somewhere between coasts with her husband and five kids, and has realized that writing is her passion. When Teresa’s not writing, she can be found chasing after one of her littles, driving one of her teens around, or hiding in the house with a treat she’s not planning to share.

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Maggie learns the true story of The Princess and the Pea when a 400-year-old curse claims her best friend after a spying attempt goes awry. To save her, Maggie teams up with a down-and-out princess to stop an enchanted, power-hungry emerald, also known as The Pea.

 

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