Posts Tagged ‘Young Adult fiction’

Luke yanked her back onto his lap, layering her sputtering lips with kisses

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. 
 
Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.

Love at first sight. It’s every girl’s dream. 
 
But Tara Simpkins is finding out it’s not as easy as it seems. Is this truly the man God sent to be her husband, or is she just desperate to escape her loneliness? The recent loss of both parents has left her reeling, and close friends don’t think she’s in any position to make major life decisions. 
 
 
She and her new-found love are convinced they can live happily ever after in the home of their dreams. His family thinks he’s moving way too fast and might disappoint the kind-hearted woman he’s fallen head over heels for. And then there’s Leah. Leah is supposed to be part of his past, but what if she decides she’s his future? 
 
 
Tara’s match made in Heaven may be over before it truly begins.

 

Snippet:
Tara leapt to her feet when Luke released his hold. Smiling sweetly, she held out a hand to help him up.
“Ah! You got soaked. Sorry. It was all my fault.”
Luke joined in her laughter. “Of course, that cockiness deserves retribution.”

 

Too late, she saw mischief in his eyes. Luke yanked her back onto his lap, layering her sputtering lips with kisses. 

 

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A demon she thought she’d overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels

Monday, December 10th, 2018
Sublime
Karma
by
Peyton Garver
Genre:
YA Romance
 
When
Brie’s stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new
beginning, it’s not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded,
senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous
girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is
next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason,
finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie
is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she’d
overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate
Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to
trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever
happened to her?

 

 

Jake
has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his
curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now
there is competition: the captain of her cross-country team. Jake’s
romantic histories with the girl next door and the school’s queen
bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie.
Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her
crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past?

 

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Peyton
is a secondary ed teacher in Maryland and an author of young adult
fiction. Her newest novel, Sublime Karma, is an edgy contemporary YA
story with diverse characters that addresses real teen issues such as
fitting in, cliques, bullying, self harm, and suicide. Sublime Karma
has themes that may not be appropriate for tweens and younger
teens.

 

 

The
Sublime Karma manuscript won third place in the Young Adult category
of 2015 Lone Star Writing Contest – Northwest Houston Romance Writers
of America.

 

 

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The best and worst parts of Jude Gallagher’s life collide as myth meets reality

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Firebloods
by
Casey Hays
Genre:
YA Paranormal Romance
326
pages
 
Jude
Gallagher thought she was crazy.

 

 

It
all started when the boy next door made her hear music—inside her
head. All the time.

 

 

It
was torture.

 

 

She
didn’t think things could get worse. But then one hot summer, her
best friend Kane O’Reilly decides to tell her how he really feels
about her. Music inside her head? That’s nothing compared what
happens next.

 

 

Things
only turn stranger when she and her lab partner Frankie Melmack begin
a project to prove the existence of the Vatra u Krvi—a race of
people tied to the mythical Phoenix. Add in a neglectful mother and a
magic ring, and the insanity that defines Jude’s life is pretty
well complete.

 

 

Heat
surges across the Nevada desert, and the best and worst parts of Jude
Gallagher’s life collide as myth meets reality. In the middle of
the chaos, she begins to hear more than just music. And she has to
wonder…

 

 

Maybe…
just maybe… she really is crazy after all.

Firebloods is the first book I’ve ever taken out on tour. Based on the legend of the Phoenix, this book is probably one of my favorites. All of my books are very character-driven rather than plot-driven, and this book is sort of an interactive read, where my main character, Jude Gallagher, draws readers right into the story, up close and personal. She’s a seventeen year old girl whose father was brutally killed in a wildlife attack five years ago. Her mother has never recovered from his death, sinking into a clinical depression and staying there to this day. So Jude has fended for herself since she was 12. She’s a gifted pianist, but she hasn’t played a note since her father’s death. But she’s full of an inner-strength she doesn’t recognize, and this has allowed her to overcome her obstacles.

Enter her gang of friends: These four people are Jude’s rock. They’ve been there for her when her mother hasn’t, and she wouldn’t have survived without them. Let’s break them down:

Kane O’Reilly is very confident, but not cocky. He’s gorgeous with distinctive dimples, jet black hair and emerald green eyes, all of which attract a lot of female attention, but Jude stole his heart ages ago over an alphabet assignment in kindergarten. He’s waiting for her to realize that she loves him. He’s into motorcycles and cooking, and he has a huge secret he’s never shared with these four friends.

Jonas Cameron has known Jude since toddlerhood when their mothers commuted together during nursing school. Strong and trustworthy, athletic and kind of a little teddy bear with a wild heart, this blond-haired, blue-eyed boy is always there when Jude needs a friend. He’s really like a brother to her.

Devan Parker is Jonas’s girlfriend. She’s a cheerleader with a thing for fashion. Spontaneous, fun-loving and always ready for some excitement, she’s never afraid to speak her mind, which sometimes gets the rest of them into a bind. Her carefree attitude balances Jude’s much more conservative personality.

Frankie Melmack is the genius in the bunch. Frizzy, flyaway hair and glasses, she’ll likely graduate from college within six months of graduating from high school. For all her education, she’s a firm believer in the supernatural, which is a paradox. She and Jude have been friends since 7th grade when they were thrown together as lab partners. Currently, they are working on a summer project to prove the existence of the Vatra u Krvi, aka Firebloods- a race of people purportedly created with Phoenix blood. This project opens the door to a mythical world neither girl ever imagined.

We can’t forget about Rylin McDowell- a red-headed, hazel-eyed Irish boy who somehow makes Jude hear music inside her head. He’s a mystery she can’t quite figure out. But she will.

 

 

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Casey
Hays developed a love for young adult fiction while teaching high
school English literature. She writes fantasy sci-fi and
dystopian–all with a twist of romance. She is best known for The
Arrow’s Flight Series (
Breeder,
The Archer, Master
),
a YA Christian dystopian, which includes
The
Scent of Lilac
,
an Arrow’s Flight Novella nominated for a RONE award for Best
Novella of 2016, and
A
Heart of Flesh (
the
first NA in the series). Her short story “Edge of a Promise”
is featured in the collaborative anthology
PREP
FOR DOOM
.
Currently, she is working on two more novellas for Arrow’s Flight as
well as the
Firebloods
series based on the legend of the Phoenix. Look for book 2,
Scorch
Song
,
this spring.

 

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The Yellow Hoods Series, Along Came a Wolf

Friday, May 5th, 2017
Along
Came a Wolf
The
Yellow Hoods #1
by
Adam Dreece
Genre:
YA, Steampunk, Fantasy
 
Gripping
adventure, brilliant inventions, and splash of humor.
Steampunk
meets Fairy tale.
“…intriguing
contraptions, appealing characters, snide villains, humor, and an
exciting story.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Dreece
has crafted a tale with elements to delight the child in all of us,
and intrigue the most creative adult mind.” — Author J.K.Norry

 

Tee,
Elly, and Richy peaceful little world is shattered when they become
entangled in a plot to steal the world’s first steam engine plans
from master inventor, Nikolas Klaus. Will Klaus’ ties to the secret
society known as the Tub (lead by a butcher, baker, and candlestick
maker) be their undoing? Or will they live on to become legends?
The
series grows in intensity as it goes and uses humor along the way. It
has strong female characters, no graphic violence, no sexual content,
and is loved by kids aged 9-15 and adults (written for both
audiences). Loved by fans of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and
Ranger’s Apprentice.

 

Awards
and Accolades:

Book 1 – Finalist for IAN’s Book of the Year 2015 in Young Adult


Book 1 – Honorable Mention by Reader’s Favorite for their 2016 award
for grades 4-6

 Book 1 – Calgary Herald best-sellers ’14, ’15
Amazon
#1 Best Seller in Steampunk, Fairy Tale
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Trail

 

The
Yellow Hoods #2
 
“A
powerhouse of young adult fiction” – IndieImprint.com
In
an act of desperation, Maxwell Watt entrusts his son to smuggle the
completed steam engine to Nikolas Klaus, a master inventor in another
kingdom. When the nefarious secret society, the Fare, learns the
game-changing invention’s plans are en route, they accelerate their
own scheme to neutralize to reclaim control over the kingdoms.
Meanwhile,
after a decade of relative tranquility in Mineau, local children have
started to go missing—again. Captain Archambault suspects the
return of the disturbing and depraved Ginger Lady. With the help of
Tee, Elly, and Richy—the Yellow Hoods—the search is on to find
the missing children before it is too late.
What
is the secret that ties one of the Yellow Hoods to the Ginger Lady?
Who
are the Red Hoods?
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All
the King’s Men

 

The
Yellow Hoods #3
 
“Truly
masterful storytelling” – Goodreads.com
More
than a hundred years ago, a king declared that all geniuses,
scientists and inventors were abominations, save for those willing to
become his Conventioneers. His edict spread like wildfire through the
kingdoms, and drove the hunted into the arms of the secret societies,
the Tub and the Fare.
Decades
later, having taken control of the remains of the crushed Fare, a
young Marcus Pieman follows up on rumors of a homeless, teenage
Abominator in his city. When the scared Nikolas Klaus looked up at
Marcus for the first time, a tremendous bond was forged.
A
betrayal leads Tee to a showdown with her greatest foe. Who breaks
and who lays bleeding in the middle of nowhere?
And
Mounira learns the truth about the once great inventor, Christophe
Creangle.
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Beauties
of the Beast

 

The
Yellow Hoods #4
 
The
Lady in Red’s revenge against the Piemans is nearly complete, and
soon there will be no one to stop her. She’s ready for anything,
except for the return of her long dead son. But is it really him?
Tee
watches as the airships rain down fiery destruction. She adjusts the
rocket-pack’s leather straps and glances over her shoulder. Her
friends might never forgive her, but she can’t stand idly by any
longer. In a blink, she’s thrown into the air. Then, the
unthinkable happens—the rocket-pack comes off.
Who’s
the new Yellow Hood? Who dies? And are the Piemans really down for
the count?
Beauties
of the Beast continues the thrilling ride from All the King’s-Men
and will have you punching the air with joy and biting your nails in
angst.
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The
Day the Sky Fell
Yellow
Hoods #5
 
The
gripping adventure continues in this international best-selling
Steampunk meets Fairy tale series!
As
the shepherd watched the aerial bombardment of his village, he had no
idea it would lead him to tip the scales in the war between Marcus
Pieman and the Lady in Red.
Meanwhile,
the Yellow Hoods, along with the meager remains of the Tub, race to
rescue Nikolas Klaus before it’s too late. Who will betray them, and
who will be murdered?
The
Day the Sky Fell picks up where Beauties of the Beast left off, and
brings an epic finale to the series. But is this truly the end of the
Yellow Hoods? Find out!
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Adam
Dreece kicked off his indie author career with his best-selling
steampunk meets fairy tale series, The Yellow Hoods, which struck a
chord with kids 9-15 and adults. After four books in the series, the
former software architect put out two more young adult books, the
post-apocalyptic fantasy book The Wizard Killer – Season One, and
then his science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9. The first two
novels in The Yellow Hoods series, as well as The Wizard Killer, have
been finalists for Book of the Year awards from the Independent
Author’s Network.
When
he’s not working on his next book, Adam can be found giving talks
at schools, libraries, associations, as well as comic-con type events
like CalgaryExpo and FanExpoCanada on subjects from how to get one’s
ideas out and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, to how to
give a successful book signing.
Along
the way, Adam has faced many challenges, including working around his
Dyslexia (reading and writing disorder), and needing to be ruthless
with his time and energy in face of his severe asthma and chronic
abdominal scar pain. He’s become an inspiration to some, and a
symbol of tenacious hard work to others.
He
lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and children. He is
an active online mentor at adamdreece.com, and is a busy public
speaker, panelist, and author in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do the Super Bad, Super Villains need an Academy?

Sunday, June 14th, 2015
Kai, tell us where you were born. 
I was born and raised in small town Wisconsin. The village of Brown Deer to be exact. I’m very proud of my midwest roots. I think the crazy winters helped me gain character and the wholesome people helped keep me grounded.
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What is the most difficult thing about being an author? 
Oh, that shifts daily. Heck, maybe hourly. The waiting. Marketing. Unfavorable reviews. Avoiding social media snark. Editing. Big huge ugh to edtiting! There is a lot of difficult. Luckily there is lots of good fun, too. Favorable reviews. Reader communication. Classroom visits. Monthly lunches with fellow writers.
 
Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer? 
My husband. He has supported me 100% of the way. Encouraging me during my many insecure moments. Cheering my successes and commiserating my failures. I don’t believe I’d have made it to my first publication if he hadn’t been in my corner. 
 
Who or What inspired you to write this book? 
Super Bad is the third book in the Super Villain Academy series. I always knew (more…)