Thursday, March 22, 2018

GUN KISS by Khaled Talib

by Khaled Talib

When the Deringer pistol that shot Abraham Lincoln is stolen and ends up in the hands of a Russian military general, covert agent Blake Deco is tasked by the FBI to head to the Balkans to recover the historical weapon. Meanwhile, the United States media is abuzz with news of the mysterious disappearance of Hollywood movie star, Goldie St. Helen.

After Blake’s return from overseas, he receives a tip from a Mexican friend that a drug lord, obsessed with the beautiful actress, is holding her captive in Tijuana. With the help of a reluctant army friend, Blake mounts a daring rescue. What he doesn’t expect is to have feelings for Goldie—or that a killer is hunting them.

The Nightmare

The night’s tempest tossed the ancient carrack sideways. The soaked captain, wrestling the wheel, shouted commands as his crew scrambled around the slippery deck, rolling up the sails and tightening ropes.

Lieutenant Blake Deco rushed up to help the crew pull the shivering mainsail down. The storm was unexpected. His grip was torn loose by a massive wave that swept across the deck, ripping the halyard through the pulleys and throwing the sodden sail over the side of the ship.

Sleepy waves lapping against the sand woke Lieutenant Deco on a beach with wild rocks rising above lofty summits. A dozen bodies lay scattered around Blake, some covered in driftwood and leaves. The crew members who had survived checked on the motionless bodies. Some coughed up water from their lungs when they awoke, others remained rigid.

Lieutenant Deco got up slowly. He stared out at the calm sea in daylight. Their vessel was nowhere to be seen. He felt a hand on his shoulder and turned to see the bearded captain, whose long wet hair floated around his shoulders.

“I don’t remember what happened,” Blake said. “Last night was ominous—unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.”

“Neither do I, but without our ship, I pray for a miracle,” the captain replied, brushing the sand off his hair, face, and dampened clothes.

They scanned the mysterious landscape, then counted the remaining crew. “Only eighteen of us left,” the captain said. “We need to build a fire now or less of us will remain.”

The crew found some dry wood and stones to build a fire, which generated enough heat to warm them in the frigid weather. When they’d regained their strength, the men decided to explore the other side of the island. The rocks cut their feet as they climbed over the mountain. Once over the top the sight of a sun-kissed meadow lessened the pain.

The sun’s rays cast a golden hue over the tall fescue grass, stretching for miles in every direction. No one seemed sure how far they’d walked. At one point one of the men had to be carried. The grass became taller as they ventured farther to a point the stalks covered their path.

Blake suddenly stopped. “Did you feel that?” he asked, sensing a tremor.

“I did,” the captain said.

They felt it again and again. It was surging across the earth like an advancing wave.

“Wild animals?” Blake asked.

“I don’t know,” the captain said.

Standing paralyzed in fear, Blake was the first to see it…




Born and raised in Singapore, Khaled Talib is a former magazine journalist and public relations practitioner. He has authored three thriller novels since 2014. His work has been praised by NY Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, NY Times bestselling author Ruth Harris, USA Today bestselling author Jon Land, NY Times bestselling author Keith Thomson, K.J. Howe, and Jon McGoran. The author is a member of the International Thriller Writers.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018


by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Sign up for the spelling bee? No way!

If there’s one thing 10-year-old Texan Sophie Washington is good at, it’s spelling. She’s earned straight 100s on all her spelling tests to prove it. Her parents want her to compete in the Xavier Academy spelling bee, but Sophie wishes they would buzz off.

Her life in the Houston suburbs is full of adventures, and she doesn’t want to slow down the action. Where else can you chase wild hogs out of your yard, ride a bucking sheep, or spy an eight-foot-long alligator during a bike ride through the neighborhood? Studying spelling words seems as fun as getting stung by a hornet, in comparison.

That’s until her irritating classmate, Nathan Jones, challenges her. There’s no way she can let Mr. Know-It-All win. Studying is hard when you have a pesky younger brother and a busy social calendar. Can Sophie ignore the distractions and become Queen of the Bee?

In fairytales, everyone’s wish comes true. Jack gets the goose that lays the golden egg. Cinderella finds Prince Charming. Pinocchio becomes a real boy. My happily ever after is much simpler. I want a pet goldfish. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. But my parents do. For the past year they have been putting me off every time I beg them for a pet.

“I’m allergic to cats and dogs,” says Mom. There’s no way we could keep a furry animal in the house.”

“Well, what about a fish?” I ask.

“I don’t know if you’re responsible enough to take care of a goldfish, Sophie,” says Dad. “You might drop the bowl and get water all over the place.”

For a ten-year-old I am very responsible. If you forget about the time my brother, Cole, and I had a water fight with the sprinkler in the garage, or when I tied Cole up to a tree to keep him from tagging along with me and my friend Chloe, I’m a model child. I get good grades in school. I’m nice to my friends. And I help out in the house when Mom and Dad ask me to.

Today, I’m making my dream come true! I’m going to convince Dad to let me get a pet goldfish. I march toward the kitchen in my pink and white polka-dot pajamas and lime green fuzzy slippers. After glancing in the hallway mirror, I push down my two, thick black braids, which stick out on each side of my head like handlebars. “Good morning,” I say to my mother, who is busy in the kitchen making my favorite breakfast of bacon, eggs, grits and homemade pancakes.

Since Dad is not up to hear me beg for a fish again, I make my way to the family room to watch a recording of a television show I taped during the school week. Cole rushes into the room before me and grabs the remote control from the end table before I can reach it. “Get back!” I yell. He turns on “Video Rangers”, his favorite TV show. Then he puts the remote control under a pillow, sits on it and passes gas. “Eeeewww! Give me that remote, Cole!” I shriek. “You knew I was getting ready to use it.”

“Moooom! I was here first, and now she wants to change the channel,” he whines.



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Tonya Duncan Ellis hits the ground running with this perfect book for late elementary/early middle school readers. As an older reader, QUEEN OF THE BEE spoke to all my kid fears. I remember vividly tryouts for the fifth grade spelling bee, where I accidentally spelled canyon with a K. So I got to live vicariously through Sophie as she spelled words correctly, which was a lot of fun.

Ellis does a brilliant job with the sibling dynamic. Sophie’s relationship with her younger brother is spot-on. Most of the time, they argue like kids do, but there’s a moment where Sophie’s brother shows he really loves his sister under all the sibling rivalry. It was one of the sweetest things I’ve ever read. Sophie’s relationship with her parents is similarly realistic. Proud parents balance out discipline evenly. This book even features the “cool” grandma coming to visit and spoiling the kids. Adorable.

The tension was great. Sophie’s “enemy,” Nate (aka Mr. Know-It-All), was the perfect antagonist. Ellis even provided a few glimpses into Nate’s life outside of pestering Sophie, and they were a great addition to the story. I felt for Nate and would love to see a later book where Sophie and Nate become allies. Sophie’s guts could help Nate out.

Ellis is definitely a children’s/middle grade author to look out for. She blends entertainment and education (both academic and otherwise) seamlessly. The spelling bee is a great backdrop for the typical struggles of elementary school. I’m looking forward to more of these books.


Tonya Ellis loves reading so much that as a child she took books with her everywhere rather than put them down. She knew she wanted to become a writer after an article she wrote was published in her hometown newspaper when she was fourteen years old. Since then, Tonya has worked as a journalist, written for newspapers and magazines and won awards for her books. She is the mom of three spelling bee champions, and has judged several spelling bee events. SOPHIE WASHINGTON: QUEEN OF THE BEE is her debut novel in a series about Sophie and her friends. Currently, Ms. Ellis lives in Missouri City, Texas with her husband, daughter, and two sons.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018


by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Oh, the tangled web we weave…

Sixth grader Sophie Washington thought she had life figured out when she was younger, but this school year, everything has changed. She feels like an outsider, because she’s the only one in her class without a cell phone, and her crush, new kid Toby Johnson, has been calling her best friend, Chloe. To fit in, Sophie changes who she is. Her plan to become popular works for a while, and she and Toby start to become friends.

In between the boy drama, Sophie takes a whirlwind class field trip to Austin, TX, where she visits the state museum, eats Tex-Mex food, and rides a kayak. Back at home, Sophie fights off buzzards from her family’s roof, dissects frogs in science class, and has fun at her little brother Cole’s basketball tournament.

Things get more complicated when Sophie “borrows” a cell phone from a neighbor and gets caught. If her parents make her tell the truth, what will her friends think? Turns out Toby has also been hiding something, and Sophie discovers the best way to make true friends is to be yourself.

He loves me. He loves me not.

I shrug my shoulders and tug the last petal off the cream-colored daisy, watching it drift to the floor. Then I scoot the mess under my bed with my feet. I have been playing this game every morning for the past week and come out losing more often than not.

“It’s no use,” I moan. “Toby will never like me!” Toby Johnson joined our sixth-grade class this past fall, and it’s as if I’m seeing things through 3D glasses. Mom hardly has to call me to come down for school in the morning, because I can’t wait to get there. Our boring Texas history class is exciting now that Toby sits in the seat in front of me. Even P.E., which I’ve always hated, is fun, because Toby is in the class. He tells funny jokes, is good in sports, and talks to everyone, even the shy and quiet kids.

Toby is a good student, so the teachers like him, too. And, he has all kinds of neat stories to tell about his old school in Cleveland, Ohio, where his family moved from. Toby says that in Cleveland they have enough snow every winter to make snowmen as tall as he is. I’ve never seen snow, except once when we drove through some flurries on a road trip to New Mexico.

Things have been great since Toby got here, except he doesn’t know I like him, and probably doesn’t care. He’s too busy making Goo Goo eyes at my best friend Chloe, the prettiest girl in the class. Not that I’m bad looking or anything, but next to her, I’m not so much. She’s tall and has long, black, curly hair, and wears cute red bows and bracelets that make her look like a movie star, even in our school uniform. I, on the other hand, wear ponytails and need glasses to see the board.



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Sophie Washington is an excellent protagonist for young readers. Her voice is spot-on. Her humor is adorable, and she’s just so relatable. I could feel my sixth-grade self agreeing with her logic. And my adult self cringed, knowing how much trouble I’d gotten into for trying to get away with similar stuff.

THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT SOPHIE presents a great look at today’s middle school dilemmas. The classic struggles to be cool and liked are felt so strongly. Sophie’s crush on her classmate is that perfect young type of crush when it’s all about how nice the guy is to a quiet girl. The chemistry between Sophie and her friends was great, and the level of conflict reflected the age range well. As an adult, I could relate, even though cell phones weren’t something my generation had until almost high school. For today’s kids, it’s very timely.

I really felt for Sophie. She’s the only one of her friends without a cell phone and is afraid she’s uncool because of it. I remember having similar thoughts when I was the only person on my morning bus ride who didn’t have a portable CD player. Sophie tells one lie after another, developing increasingly complicated plans to get a cell phone. By the end, lessons are learned, but not in a preachy way.

Sophie Washington is both educational and entertaining. I definitely recommend this for kids around fourth through sixth grades. It would even be good for slightly younger kids to read with a parent. It’s so refreshing to find an author who captures kid life so well. Looking forward to reading more from Tonya Duncan Ellis.


Tonya Duncan Ellis was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She loves reading so much that as a child she took books with her everywhere. She knew she wanted to become a writer after an article she wrote was published in her hometown newspaper when she was a teen. Since then, Tonya has worked as a journalist and freelance magazine writer. She's an award-winning author of the Sophie Washington children's book series, geared towards readers ages 8 to 12. The books recount adventures of Houston, TX preteen Sophie Washington and her diverse group of friends. Each funny and heartwarming story teaches lessons about friendship, responsibility, truthfulness and perseverance. Books in the series include Queen of the Bee, The Snitch, Things You Didn't Know About Sophie, and The Gamer. When she's not writing, Tonya enjoys reading, biking, swimming, travel and spending time with her husband and three children. She lives in Houston, TX.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

HOPE AND HONOR by Marilee Brothers

by Marilee Brothers

Life is becoming more complicated for soul reader Honor Melanie “Mel” Sullivan. Her boss needs help with his rebellious teen daughter who believes rules are made to be broken and Mel’s current boyfriend, Homeland Security agent Mick Petrov, is becoming an absentee lover, dropping hints about a major decision he faces. To make it worse, Mel’s ex, 3 Peaks detective “Billy the Kid” McCarty wants her back. And those aren’t the only challenges. When a paramilitary group called New Dawn wants her soul-reading skills, Mel meets five-year-old twins who steal her heart. Unwilling to abandon the motherless children, she strikes a deal with the compound’s charismatic leader. Drawn deeper and deeper into New Dawn’s twisted agenda, Mel must figure out a way to save the twins and herself before it’s too late.

When last I saw Mick, he had spikey black hair and facial piercings. He was lean, almost skinny, hoping to pass himself off as a druggie. Apparently it worked. He got his man. He usually does.

I saunter into the Corral and head to his table. He lifts the brim of his hat and I look into eyes as clear and blue as a Norwegian fjord. His soul looks much the same, although it’s picked up some etches and markings common to those involved in law enforcement.

I strike a pose, one hand on my hip, and flutter my eyelashes. Not a natural flirt, this seems silly to me. I lick my lips. “Why, hello there, handsome. You’re drinking Grey Goose vodka and you look like someone I knew a very long time ago, but slightly different. Is it possible we’ve met before?”

His hand snakes out and grabs my wrist. He kisses the back of my hand. I hold back a snicker.

“My maylsh,” he says in a sexy growl. “I didn’t fool you after all?”

Mick is Russian born. In the past, we’ve gone through a number of Slavic endearments. Most of them reference pussycat or kitten. After my strong objection, we settled on maylsh, the Russian term for baby. It’s not all that great, but it’s better than pussycat. In my humble opinion, it’s not worth fighting over.

He scoots his chair back and pulls me onto his lap. I lift his cap to check out his hair. It’s pale blond and growing out from the spikey do.

He says, “Is it true blonds have more fun?”

“You get to decide.”

He leans and whispers, “Believe me, I will.”

Heat spirals through my body, settling deep into my belly. I want to grab him by the hand and drag him out to my car. Have my way with him. Until I see Mick, I don’t realize how much I’ve missed him. But, this is not the time or place. I push away and stand.

“Are you going to introduce me to your friends?”

I suspect they are fellow officers. Not that he’ll tell me.

Instead, he says, “This is Mel.”

He points at the men and identifies each one by first name only. Now I know for sure they’re his work buddies.

I say, “See you around, guys. Enjoy your evening.”

Mick looks a little panicked. “Hey, wait. I’ll see you later. In Number Ten. Right?”

Now, it’s my turn for payback and I love it.

“Wrong.” I walk away.

“At least leave bread crumbs.”

I hear a hint of desperation in his voice and return to the table. “You’re Homeland Security. Remember, you have no rules. I’m sure you’ll figure it out, big guy. Bye, bye.”

His buddies burst into laughter as I sashay away.

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-What inspired you to become a writer?

My parents were avid readers and instilled a love of books in both my sister and me. You might say we were bookaholics. If we were about to finish one book, we had to have another on tap or we would get withdrawal symptoms. I didn’t start writing until years later when our three boys were grown and gone. I wish I’d started earlier, but I have managed to write ten books in ten years.

-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

The setting for the Soul Seeker series is the city of Bend, Oregon, a beautiful city set in the mountains of central Oregon. In my books, I call the city 3 Peaks since it’s bordered by the Three Sisters mountain range. Fortunately, I’ve been there many times. It would be fun to drop in on Mel and see how she’s doing.

-It’s two in the morning. What does your protagonist reveal in confidence? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)

Since Mel can read souls, I think she would tell me something really juicy she’s seen in the soul of someone we both dislike. (Meow)

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

Definitely Uncle Paco. Mel’s gangbanger uncle has many secrets and definitely knows how to have fun.

-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?

I’d buy him a stiff drink and hope he mellows out. If not, I’d sit on him until he begs for mercy.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

A couple of them. I can’t take erotica seriously. It makes me want to snicker. Also, even though I write mysteries, I would have difficulty writing graphic torture scenes or describe in detail, a serial killer’s sadistic actions. Cruelty to animals is definitely out.


Marilee Brothers is a former teacher, coach, counselor and the author of ten books. Marilee and her husband are the parents of three grown sons and live in central Washington State. After writing six young adult books, Marilee is once again writing romantic suspense for the adult market. She loves hearing from people who have read her books. Feel free to contact her at and sign up for her newsletter The Obsessive Page Turner.

Her author page on Facebook is: and she occasionally tweets @MarileeB. Check out Marilee’s Amazon page here.

Marilee’s blog is Book Blather, where she features aspiring and published authors as well as some tidbits of her own.


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Friday, March 9, 2018

SHIFTER SCHOOL by Gwendolyn Druyor

by Gwendolyn Druyor

She’s gonna get them all killed.

So they locked her away.

Laylea has been hiding her entire life. She’s never been to school. She’s never had a friend her own age. She’s never known anyone else like her.

All that is about to change.

In a world hidden from wyrdos and humans alike, shifters are still recovering from a vicious plot to destroy them all. They have two laws they live by now:

1) Hide

2) Protect the children at all costs.

Laylea has just broken rule number one. But she’s only fourteen. So they’re sending her to school. Where she’s going to learn . . .

Anyplace can be a prison.

The Lincoln Park Shifter School is not your grandma’s uber-secret, underground academy.

Normal fourteen-year-olds don’t wake up thinking about death. But Laylea wasn’t anything close to normal. She woke up composing a letter to her adopted parents telling them all the things she’d never get the chance to say in person. Sometimes she thought of writing a letter to her brother, Bailey. Some mornings she imagined leaving a letter for her birth mother too, in case they ever found her. Laylea had been composing the morning letters ever since she’d gone to a veterinarian’s office on a case last summer. Waiting in the lobby for the tech she was following, she’d read every pamphlet the clinic had. Including one that said the average lifespan for a twelve-pound terrier was thirteen to fifteen years.

She’d been fourteen for eight weeks now.


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-What inspired you to become a writer?

Books. I lived in them when I was a kid. I wasn’t allowed to read for pleasure during the school year because I would never do anything else. But during the summer, if my mom didn’t know where I was, she could count on finding me up in the nook of the great tree reading. Once my Sixth Grade teacher, Mr. Frazier explained that I, too, could write the stories in my head, it was all over. My mom says the first time I ever showed interest in anything was when he assigned me to write a play. I sat at Dad’s desk in the family room and worked at it for weeks. Usually I did my homework under my desk during class. Finally, I’d found something that was challenging and fun.

-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

I would go to The Office in the fall, buy two mugs of Glög from Seb, and demand Ned tell me what the knitting is all about! Then I’d lie, cheat, and steal my way into the Lincoln Park Shifter School, find the underground jungle, and just float down the river.

-It’s two in the morning. What does your protagonist reveal in confidence? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)

She’s angry. She’s angry that she’ll never get to meet her mother. She’s angry that she’ll never get her family to understand that Hardknock isn’t all bad. She’s angry at humans who adopt dogs and then never take them for walks or play with them. She’s angry at Kyle for not just telling Dee that he’s a vampire and only mostly dead. She’s angry with her brother for not respecting her. She knows he’s going to blow up if he doesn’t practice his magic, but he won’t. She’s angry that she only gets fifteen years on Earth but Walter gets to torture anyone he likes for-seemingly-ever. And she’s angry that she’s only just made a best friend right before she’s going to die.

And she’s scared that she’s so angry.

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

If I go to Seb’s, I don’t have to pick just one. But I’d like to take Ms. Crow with me. She’s a woman who needs a couple tequilas in her and a girlfriend to share her secrets with. I also suspect she hasn’t been out of the school in at least a decade. So, we’ll go day drinking at a Karaoke bar and then grab some pastries and end the night at Seb’s. I suspect she and Amal could talk books for hours.

-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?

I choose double stick, Dee as my second. He’s used to fighting with an axe so double stick will go against all his muscle-memory and instincts. Plus, Dee is a banshee so he’ll keep peeking looks at her to see if one of us is going to die soon. Keep him off-balance and unfocused. When I win, I will be gracious and offer to trade recipes for our favorite fighting bread. I put currents and sunflower seeds in mine. Seeds in the teeth are very distracting.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

I can’t say never. I used to hate romance novels. I have said as much in public forums. But now I’ve read R.A. Steffan’s Lion Mistress series and Diana Gabaldan and apparently the Sookie Stackhouse novels are romance. So, I guess, I like some romance. And I like love. I’m told my Geoffrey’s Queen is a romance novel. So, even though I get annoyed by predictable, unrealistic, formulaic romances and I hate hyper-masculine, a woman loves a man who takes control-type romances, I could write romance. I would love to write a romance as compelling as Pride & Prejudice. I don’t think I’d write a Happily Ever After though. It’s not in my nature. I like torturing my characters.


Gwendolyn Druyor was born at the Quonset Point Naval Air Station Hospital, North Kingston, RI. The ID bracelet wrapped three times around her little wrist. She could swim before she could walk and read before she started school.

She has traveled the world telling stories. After a year in Amsterdam writing and performing sketch comedy at Boom Chicago, she toured North America with Shenandoah Shakespeare and with the incredible educational show Sex Signals. From Paris, FR to William’s Bay, WI, you’ll find her gypsy life reflected in her books. If you met her on the road, read her closely, you may find yourself in there.

For now, Gwendolyn lives in Hollywood with her Irish Jack Russell, Josh Lyman Zyrga, who is still pouting over the fact that she didn’t put him on the cover of WereHuman.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

NADIA'S HEART, PART II by Wendy Altshuler

by Wendy Altshuler

In Nadia's Heart, Part One, amnesiac Nadia knew that something was wrong, so she went in search of her missing heart. What she encountered has only brought more questions: about her origins and her ties to the people of the Land of Silence. She learned that her heart was indeed removed, and that her memory was erased by an evil Voice. But why? Now Nadia and her glowing-eyed companion, Georgeonus, must help recover the stolen hearts of the children of the Land of Silence. In Part Two, they will do battle against the evil Voice and travel to frightening places. They receive help from a powerful Witch and Wizard, and Nadia gets her heart back—but it's not at all what she expected. Can they rescue the stolen children's hearts in time?

From Chapter IV: The Silver Witch:

They remembered that her visit had been preceded by a magick dust. The dust came from above, the air tingled, and miniscule, silver particles glistened as they fell. It was musical, and as they breathed, they smelled fresh air like new spring, and they felt an excitement of imminent magick. She appeared suddenly, and at first no one knew where she had come from or how; she was just there on the road. She came as naturally as if she had approached them from the road. But as the magick dust settled, they realized—remembered—that the Silver Witch had dropped out of the sky.

As she stood there smiling at them, they remembered that they had looked up at the sky at a circling dot which descended. As it approached, it formed the shape of a square, floating quilt. The Witch was soon revealed to be sitting on top in black garb and hat, her silvery skin thick and rubbery. With both hands placed on diagonal corners of the quilt, she jumped off and shook the fabric out like clean laundry and parachuted down to them, the tennis sneakers on her feet ready for the road. Softly she landed, snapping the quilt upward and folding it once, twice, three times, and again and again until it was a small square deposited into one of her pockets.


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Wendy Altshuler is a writer-producer who explores myth in new media. She writes fantasy novels and creates works in stop motion animation. Her credits include award-winning screenwriting and WGA-accredited representation. With a degree in psychology and a Master of Arts from Columbia University, Altshuler documented the work of international choreographers and wrote and produced regional programming. Her short plays have been performed at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, at regional schools and most recently, Puppet Showplace Theatre. Altshuler's young adult book series has been hailed as "emotionally moving, uplifting and wholesome," and "spirited and haunting. . .with much symbolism and beauty."

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Monday, March 5, 2018


Stars and Stone Books
Featuring: M.T. DeSantis, A.E. Hayes, Serena Jayne, Cara McKinnon, Mary Rogers, and Kylie Weisenborn.

It's never easy to go through the fraught transition into adulthood, but the teens in this anthology have more to deal with than most: super powers, magic, illness, and prejudice against sexual orientation and gender identity. Fortunately, they all find love at the edge of seventeen.

M.T. DeSantis – “Be Null, My Heart” Teen love…with superpowers.

A.E. Hayes – “Her First Fever” Can a smart, stubborn girl look past the things she desires the most in life to help out her annoying, enigmatic biology partner – even if helping him comes with an emotional price?

Serena Jayne – “Dead Man’s Party” Despite formidable evidence to the contrary, Xander was magic.

Cara McKinnon – “Three Jagged Pieces” Boy meets girl meets boy.

Mary Rogers – “The Crayon Thief” The last time they talked, he stole her crayon. Now he wants to take her on a date. But why?

Kylie Weisenborn – “Now I Am” Annalyn is dead…so what is she waiting for?



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