Mar 282018
 
Author photo of Crystal Duffy.

Photo credit: Bianca Zaragoza.

Crystal Duffy’s TWIN TO TWIN, the story of a 29-year-old mother’s harrowing yet heartwarming adventure through a high-risk twin pregnancy to Chris McKenney at Mango, for publication in Fall 2018, by Katie Shea Boutillier.

Mar 082018
 

Cover of Always Never Yours by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley.Kirkus: Bold senior Megan Harper is known for directing student theater productions and being a self-proclaimed boy-crazy flirt. But Megan isn’t ever “the one”: Most of her seven ex-boyfriends have met their true loves right after leaving her…

Charming characters and an enchanting exploration of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy make this husband-and-wife duo’s debut a must-read.

Feb 152018
 

Cover of Missing at 17 by Christine Conradt.Booklist:…Peppered with plot twists that will keep readers on their toes.

Conradt succeeds at creating well-rounded main characters that complement one another, filling their stories with drama reminiscent of quick-moving made-for-TV movies. Romance fans will gobble up Candace and Toby’s story, rooting for them to be together despite the odds stacked against them.

A thrilling romance sure to entertain.

Feb 062018
 

Cover of The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson.Sixteen-year-old Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth.

This can be scientifically explained (it’s called parthenogenesis), but what can’t be explained is how Elena is able to heal Freddie, the girl she’s had a crush on for years, from a gunshot wound in a Starbucks parking lot. Or why the boy who shot Freddie, David Combs, disappeared from the same parking lot minutes later after getting sucked up into the clouds. What also can’t be explained are the talking girl on the front of a tampon box, or the reasons that David Combs shot Freddie in the first place.

As more unbelievable things occur, and Elena continues to perform miracles, the only remaining explanation is the least logical of all—that the world is actually coming to an end, and Elena is possibly the only one who can do something about it.

Jan 302018
 

Cover of It Should Have Been You by Lynn Slaughter.Living in her sister’s shadow has never been more dangerous.

Five months ago, Clara Seibert’s twin sister was murdered. Struggling under the weight of newfound and unwanted attention, the only thing that makes Clara feel normal is ghostwriting an advice column for her school’s newspaper—until she starts receiving threatening emails in her staff inbox.

“It should have been you…but soon.”

Convinced that her email stalker blames her for her sister’s death and is out for revenge, Clara undertakes her own investigation to clear her name and avoid a similar fate. Can she solve the murder before it’s too late?

Jan 092018
 

Cover of The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson.School Library Journal: Hutchinson artfully blends the realistic and the surreal (and a bit of the biblical) for an utterly absorbing take on the Rapture.

Beneath the snarky, self-deprecating prose lie thought-provoking questions about morality, the universe, and free will.

The author presents an entirely original take on apocalyptic fiction—no mean feat. Hand this stirring tale to fans of Aaron Starmer’s Spontaneous and those who enjoy A.S. King’s work.

Dec 192017
 

Cover of The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson.Publishers Weekly: Provocative and moving insights into the angst, wonder, and uncertainty of being a teenager. A thoughtful story about choice and destiny.

Nov 082017
 

Cover of It Should Have Been You by Lynn Slaughter.Publishers Weekly: This solid mystery from Slaughter (While I Danced) opens with the murder of Clara Seibert’s twin sister, Moura, a piano prodigy. Clara’s voice and internal conflict feel authentic, and the contentious relationship between the sisters is equally believable.

Fans of the genre will find much to enjoy in this thriller.

Nov 012017
 

Cover of The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell.In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It’s all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather – a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric – from ruin. But they have no idea they’ve become the obsession of the girl in the woods.

Abandoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family – something she’s known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can’t resist the temptation to get close. Where Henry’s mother sees a poor girl in need, his father sees only wickedness. When Henry forges an unexpected bond with Eve, he believes he might be able to save her. He doesn’t know how wrong he is.

Eve is about to take charge of her own destiny – and that of Henry’s family. As both their worlds spin violently out of control, Henry must make an impossible choice: protect the broken young woman who’s claimed a piece of his soul, or put everyone he loves at risk in order to do the right thing.

Oct 252017
 

Cover of It Should Have Been You by Lynn Slaughter. Booklist: Clara Seibert’s identical twin sister, Moura, was murdered five months ago, and Clara is still a suspect in the unsolved crime. While the twins were not close (Moura was a piano prodigy about to leave for Juilliard, while Clara has no musical aptitude but a considerable talent for journalism), Clara and her family are still reeling. Then Clara, who runs the school newspaper’s advice column, starts getting threatening e-mails (such as the book’s title) and finds herself needing to take an active role in the murder investigation.

A tidily constructed murder mystery.