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The Dead Girl Under the Bleachers…Three girls…Three dead bodies…

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020
The Dead Girl Under the Bleachers
A Craven Falls Mystery Book 1
by Donna M. Zadunajsky
Genre: YA Mystery
Three girls…
Three dead bodies…
The quiet town of Craven Falls is depleting in population. One by one…
Scarlet Fitzgerald thought it would be fun to play a game on Laura Stevenson, a nobody at Craven Falls High. But what happens when the game unleashes buried secrets Scarlet doesn’t want anyone to know? Secrets that could get someone killed, including herself.
Three can play a game, but one of them ends up dead…
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Donna M. Zadunajsky started out writing children’s books before she wrote and published her first novel, Broken Promises, in June 2012. She since has written several more novels and her first novella, HELP ME! Book 1 in the series, which is about teen suicide and bullying.
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With upperclassmen, teachers, and teammates vying for their attention, the gang must work even harder to root out the red-herrings from the true thief

Monday, June 15th, 2020
Asbury High and the Parcels of Poison
Asbury High Book 2
by Kelly Brady Channick
Genre: YA Mystery
Asbury’s fearless foursome are back! Is their favorite restaurant to blame for customers falling ill? Or is there something more sinister at work?
After an unprecedented first year of high school, the gang is ready for a relaxing summer vacation, although in Asbury that may be easier said than done. This summer, the Food Network is running a summer special highlighting local hot spots; Carly, Maddie, Pilot and Cornelious are psyched to have the world’s best restaurant featured – their very own Brady’s! In fact, Maddie can almost forget that her arch-nemesis, Alexis Johnson, will also be on TV for winning the logo design for Caulfield’s Candies… almost.
However, after patrons start falling ill, rumors of food poisoning cause many to point their finger at Brady’s. When Brady’s threatens to close it’s doors, Pilot realizes his mother’s job is in jeapordy, as well as his future in Asbury. With the aid of Cornelious’ wealthy cousin Dane, who spends every summer with the quartet, the gang is once again thrust into an investigation. Unfortunately, they find themselves thwarted by both the local police (who believe their recent success was due to luck rather than skill), and Cornelious’ father, who has decided to run for Mayor of Asbury and cautions his son on the need to maintain a spotless public image.
With a new pancake house on the boardwalk, Mainlanders invading their beaches, and the Pitbulls sneaking around and terrorizing shoobies (as usual), there’s no shortage of suspects. But can they solve the case before the summer, and Brady’s, are finished?
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Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble
Asbury High Book 1
Asbury, although a haven to shoobies (tourists) in the summer, is a divided coastal town. With the rich half living in the East, and the rest living in the West, most friendships stay within their boundaries. Luckily for a spunky-smart tomboy, a clever billionaire athlete, a gossipy-in-the-know cheerleader, and a wrong side of the tracks technological genius, boundaries are a foreign concept. In fact, Maddie, Cornelious, Carly and Pilot have been Asbury’s strongest quartet for years, despite their vast differences. Nevertheless, after a few weeks of starting high school, the foursome’s friendship is tested.
After a string of burglaries in East Asbury, the gang decides to solve the crime as a reason to make time for each other. The further they investigate, the more they find themselves constantly side-stepping tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum-like policemen, outsmarting local bully JB and his gang of misfits, and dealing with Cornelious’ billionaire father and Governor—who has disapproved of his son’s choice of friends for years. In addition to these obstacles, the foursome must also adapt to their evolving friendship with each other and their peers.
With upperclassmen, teachers, and teammates vying for their attention, the gang must work even harder to root out the red-herrings from the true thief. Aided by Carly’s gossip, Maddie’s boldness, Cornelious’ quick-wit, and Pilot’s knack for technology, the gang soon discovers its edge over the local police department.
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For as long as she could remember, Kelly Brady Channick loved making up stories, and leaving her listeners/readers on the edge of their seats.
Perhaps that’s why she always managed to talk herself out of trouble…
After graduating from NJ’s own Ocean City High School, Kelly accepted a basketball scholarship to Holy Family University, in Philadelphia. As a lifelong athlete, Kelly understands the importance of teamwork and overcoming adversity, something she hopes translates into her books.
Before writing page-turners, she taught first, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade — like a dessert menu, she simply had to test them all out. But her favorite job is the one she’s now doing full time: writing. Kelly loves to craft whodunit mysteries, leading readers through various twists and turns filled with red-herrings, hidden clues, and more peculiar characters than a reality show.
Kelly lives in South Jersey with her handsome husband, energetic baby boy, two cookie-stealing dogs, and an awfully smart cat.
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Luckily for a spunky-smart tomboy, a clever billionaire athlete, a gossipy-in-the-know cheerleader, and a wrong side of the tracks technological genius, boundaries are a foreign concept

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

 

Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble
by Kelly Brady Channick
Genre: YA Mystery
Asbury, although a haven to shoobies (tourists) in the summer, is a divided coastal town. With the rich half living in the East, and the rest living in the West, most friendships stay within their boundaries. Luckily for a spunky-smart tomboy, a clever billionaire athlete, a gossipy-in-the-know cheerleader, and a wrong side of the tracks technological genius, boundaries are a foreign concept. In fact, Maddie, Cornelious, Carly and Pilot have been Asbury’s strongest quartet for years, despite their vast differences. Nevertheless, after a few weeks of starting high school, the foursome’s friendship is tested.
After a string of burglaries in East Asbury, the gang decides to solve the crime as a reason to make time for each other. The further they investigate, the more they find themselves constantly side-stepping tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum-like policemen, outsmarting local bully JB and his gang of misfits, and dealing with Cornelious’ billionaire father and Governor—who has disapproved of his son’s choice of friends for years. In addition to these obstacles, the foursome must also adapt to their evolving friendship with each other and their peers.
With upperclassmen, teachers, and teammates vying for their attention, the gang must work even harder to root out the red-herrings from the true thief. Aided by Carly’s gossip, Maddie’s boldness, Cornelious’ quick-wit, and Pilot’s knack for technology, the gang soon discovers its edge over the local police department.
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For as long as she could remember, Kelly Brady Channick loved making up stories, and leaving her listeners/readers on the edge of their seats.
Perhaps that’s why she always managed to talk herself out of trouble…
After graduating from NJ’s own Ocean City High School, Kelly accepted a basketball scholarship to Holy Family University, in Philadelphia. As a lifelong athlete, Kelly understands the importance of teamwork and overcoming adversity, something she hopes translates into her books.
Before writing page-turners, she taught first, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade — like a dessert menu, she simply had to test them all out. But her favorite job is the one she’s now doing full time: writing. Kelly loves to craft whodunit mysteries, leading readers through various twists and turns filled with red-herrings, hidden clues, and more peculiar characters than a reality show.
Kelly lives in South Jersey with her handsome husband, energetic baby boy, two cookie-stealing dogs, and an awfully smart cat.
If you want to know when Kelly’s next book will come out, please visit her website at http://www.kbchannick.com, where you can sign up to receive emails providing updates for new releases, or contact her directly, as well as win fun giveaways, and receive up to date news.
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His best, and only, friend—J.C. Rivera—thinks this new power is cool until Leo accidentally looks into J.C.’s eyes and “sees” his murder…

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

 

I Know When You’re Going to Die
by Michael J. Bowler
Genre: YA Mystery, Thriller
Leonardo Cantrell is a painfully shy sixteen-year-old who cannot look people in the eye. One night while he’s volunteering at a homeless shelter, an old man forces eye contact and gives Leo the power to see Death.
His best, and only, friend—J.C. Rivera—thinks this new power is cool until Leo accidentally looks into J.C.’s eyes and “sees” his murder, a murder that will occur in less than two weeks. Stunned and shaken, the two boys sift through clues in Leo’s “vision” in a desperate effort to find the killer and stop him before he can strike.
Aided by feisty new-girl-at-school, Laura, the boys uncover evidence suggesting the identity of the murderer. However, their plan to trap the would-be killer goes horribly awry and reveals a truth that could kill them all.
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Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author who grew up in Northern California. He majored in English/Theatre at Santa Clara University, earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and a master’s in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. Michael taught high school in Hawthorne, California for many years, both in general education and students with disabilities. When Michael is not writing you can find him volunteering as a youth mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, volunteering within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles, or caring for his newly adopted son. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, and hopes his books can show young people they are not alone in their struggles.
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The realm feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, and protects the hunted… so long as their hearts are pure

Saturday, July 28th, 2018
Tales
From the Forest
by
Johanna Sarah Aldridge
Genre:
YA Mystery
 
The
Forest Realm is a magical world within our own. You cannot see it,
nor can you hear it, and only very few might be able to feel it. The
realm feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, and protects the
hunted… so long as their hearts are pure.

 

 

Recently
orphaned, two heartbroken brothers are at risk of separation by the
government…

 

 

A
black Labrador leads a colony of rabbits away from danger…

 

 

A
destitute family of rats seek a new life away from the pollution of
the big city…

 

 

All
have been rescued by the realm of magic, and their lives are truly
about to change.

 

 

Come
and join us in The Forest where magic thrives, adventures are rife,
and friendships last forever.

 

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Jo
was born in Colchester, Essex, in 1974 and since an early age has
always been accused of having a wild imagination. This didnt stop her
from studying for an honours degree in Cell and Molecular Biology,
training as a science teacher, then go on to train as a Biomedical
Scientist. She eventually took a post in Clinical Chemistry at Jersey
General Hospital in the Channel Islands.

 

 

 

Whilst holding down a
full time job, and working 28 hour emergency on call shifts, she has
managed to find the time to share that wild imagination with the
world by writing online fan fiction stories about the CW series
Supernatural.
She enjoyed it so much that, with a lot of
encouragement from her husband, she decided to write her own stories.
Not an easy task for somone dogged by anxiety and depression, and
since her diagnosis in 2013 she has also been battling with
Ulcerative Colitis.
In spite of her struggles, Tales from the
Forest, a series of short stories set in a magical realm, began to
take physical form on her laptop screen, and her black labrador
Nelson is a valiant hero in some of the stories. As an avid animal
lover, she has vowed that all proceeds from the sale of this book
series will help to set up a forever home sanctuary for stray,
elderly and abandoned dogs.
Although still working full time
at the hospital, she has turned her thoughts to the future, and now
holds a Diploma in Dog Training from the Centre of Excellence, and is
currently studying towards a Diploma in Canine Communication in order
to prepare for a life of working with rescue dogs.

 

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A bridge once burnt severs ties forever…

Sunday, July 1st, 2018
Shadowed
Seats
Oliana
Mercer Series Book 1
by
Marguerite Ashton
Genre:
YA Mystery
 
Oliana
knows that every family has a secret, but she never expected hers to
come from the grave.

 

 

High
school senior Oliana Mercer dreams of attending the prestigious
Reyersen Drama Academy and pursue her acting career. But when tragedy
strikes, Oliana discovers secrets hidden from her by her adopted
parents, dimming the lights on her perfect world.

 

 

As
the sins of the past surface, Oliana finds herself caught up in a
tug-of-war between two families while the love for her boyfriend is
tested.

 

 

Determined
to find some form of happiness in life, Oliana becomes student
director in the high school’s senior play. When her best friend,
Devin Worthy, dies during dress rehearsal, Oliana is re-cast as the
lead.

 

 

Everyone
thinks the death was a suicide, except Oliana, whose search for clues
may be enough motive for the killer to murder again.

 

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Staged
Oliana
Mercer Series Book 2
 
It’s
been two weeks since Oliana Mercer learned a horrible family secret
and witnessed the death of her best friend. Two weeks of heartache,
secrets, and lies. While Oliana wants to move on, graduation day is a
turning point for her, but for the worse.

 

 

Austin
wants Oliana to stay and not attend Reyersen Drama Academy, a
relative from the past wants her forgiveness, the custody battle for
her little brother moves forward…and then there’s James whose
recent drug habit landed him in trouble. Now he’s missing. After a
charred body, believed to be James is found in a dumpster behind the
high school, Oliana receives a text from James’ phone.

 

 

When
Oliana turns to the police for help, she is pulled into a conflict
that makes her question whether to obey the law while fighting with
the family who abandoned her.

 

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Cold
Read
Oliana
Mercer Series Book 3
 
Settling
into campus life at the posh Reyersen Academy acting school, Oliana
Mercer prepares for an audition for a lead part in a play called
Cold. She soon discovers that her new roommate is not only vying for
the same role, but is seeing Austin – Oliana’s ex-boyfriend. She does
all she can to avoid Austin until he is found murdered at a party.
With hardly any clues, she starts snooping around and descends into
Reyersen’s forbidden East Wing, which mirrors the set for the
upcoming play.

 

 

As
Oliana learns more about the school’s past, she begins to suspect
people around her might be involved and becomes obsessed with finding
out what really happened. When another body is discovered, Oliana
finds out that acting will be her best chance for survival.

 

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Burned
Bridges
Prequel
to the Oliana Mercer Series
 
Newly
sober and dating the man of her dreams, Traci Collins is ready to
enjoy the good life, until her new best friend, Olivia Durning,
confides a dreadful secret far worse than Traci could
imagine. 

 

 

Sealed
by a shared bond, and unaware there is more to the secret than what
she was told, Collins feels honor-bound to protect her friend when a
confrontation between Olivia and her childhood tormentor turns
deadly.

 

 

A
mysterious text forces Traci to question Olivia’s actions and
re-examine her loyalties. When the answers to Traci’s questions
endanger a life she treasures more than her own, she must decide if
friendship has a limit. For a bridge once burnt severs ties
forever…

 

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When
Marguerite Ashton was in her twenties, she took up acting but
realized she preferred to work behind the camera, writing crime
fiction. A few years later, she married an IT Geek and settled down
with her role as wife, mom, and writer. Five kids later, she founded
the Crime Writer’s Panel and began working with former law
enforcement investigators to create; Criminal Lines Blog, an online
library for crime writers who need help with their book
research.

 

 

She’s
a workaholic who hides in her writer’s attic, plotting out her next
book and stalking Pinterest for the next avocado recipe.

 

 

A
member of Sisters in Crime, Marguerite grew up in Colorado, but is
now happily living in Wisconsin and playing as much golf as possible.
She can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Turns out, staring death straight in the face is just the beginning

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
Shadow
Lilies
The
Shadow Lilies Book 1
by
Lee Ann Ward
Genre:
YA Mystery 
 
Sixteen-year-old
Julia Reynolds struggles with her parents’ gypsy lifestyle and the
urgent need to find out what happened to her missing cousin, Aubree.
Soon Julia stumbles upon the mystery surrounding the Ursuline Convent
in New Orleans, its banned third floor, and the blessed nails that
seal its windows shut.

 

 

Solving
the mystery of the Ursuline and blogging the story to the entire free
world could gain more interest in the disappearance of Aubree. But
there’s just one catch: the others who have explored this mystery
have one thing in common…they’re all dead.

 

 

Things
get even more complicated when Julia falls for Ryan Grandle, the
hottest guy in her school, and he falls right back. Will she really
risk her life and new love to explore an unsolved mystery for the
story that could save her cousin? Turns out, staring death straight
in the face is just the beginning.

 

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Lee
Ann Ward is an award-winning fiction author with a background in
journalism and mass communications. She is also the former Senior
Editor of Champagne Books. Her love of books started at the age of
three, and she’s been addicted ever since. She’s published six novels
with her seventh and eighth on the way (SEE a YA paranormal by
Evernight Teen in June 2017 and GLIMPSES OF WILDERNESS a YA romance
by Inkspell Publishing in December 2017) and has written several
more. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, singing, baking designer
cakes, bowling and dreaming. She’s married to Joe (who also happens
to be her publicist) and they have 4 sons whom they adore, and a
granddaughter who is the love of their life. They make their home in
the small fishing community of Bayou La Batre, Alabama.

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Oliana Mercer Series

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Shadowed Seats
Oliana Mercer Series Book 1
by Margeurite Ashton
Genre: YA Mystery

Springett Hall is haunted?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

What is the most difficult thing about being an author?

I think the hardest thing about being an author is finding the balance between considering your audience and not worrying too much about what people think. We write to share these ideas bouncing around in our heads—to get them out there on paper—so even though we’re telling stories that are important to us, we have an audience in mind. There’s nothing more exciting than getting a story into the hands of that audience and hearing good feedback about it, but there are going to be people who don’t love a story or don’t get it—people it just doesn’t speak to. That can be painful, but you can’t try to please everyone, and you can’t let it stop you from writing.

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Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

I’m really grateful that I had parents who read to me as a child, teachers who encouraged me and taught me to write well, and a husband who supports my goals, but I can honestly say that my critique groups—the Cache Valley chapter of the League of Utah Writers and UPSSEFW—have probably made the biggest difference in my writing. They’ve given me the encouragement and the tough love I needed to push myself to get better and get published.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I wrote this book on a dare from my husband. We were talking about the various paranormal love stories out there—vampires, werewolves, zombies—and I said it was unfair that ghosts don’t get love stories. He said he didn’t think anyone could write a ghost love story that didn’t end badly. I wanted a break from the more serious manuscript I’d been working on, so I said, “Challenge accepted.”

What is the name of your new book? Tell us more about it.

My novel is The Haunting of Springett Hall.

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It’s a YA Victorian mystery about Lucy, a ghost who doesn’t remember how she died or much about her life before. She only knows that she died trying to do something important, and that someone is still trying to stop her from completing her task. She has to solve her own murder, fix the mistakes of her past, and stop a necromancer to protect the rest of the people in the house. She has help from Philip, the only living person who can see her, but he’s also suffering from amnesia and may have been her enemy when she was alive.

What genre does your book fall under?

YA mystery or paranormal romance—it has some aspects of both.

What other books would you compared to?

I think readers who like Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co. series about teenage ghost hunters in London would enjoy this book, as well as anyone who likes mystery, romance, magic, and a bit of spookiness.

What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

I hope readers finish the book feeling like they just had a fun adventure in Victorian England. They may also come away with some thinking points about what love means and our responsibilities for the choices we make.

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

The Haunting of Springett Hall is published by Sweetwater Books, an imprint of Cedar Fort Publishing.

Where can we find your book?

My book is available in store at Barnes and Noble and Seagull books, as well as online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books and Things:

http://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Springett-Hall-E-B-Wheeler/dp/1462116728/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428092592&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Haunting+of+Springett+Hall

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http://booksandthings.com/The-Haunting-of-Springett-Hall-Paperback.html