YA Romantic Fantasy – Sweet Water

Sweet WaterSweet Water
Birds of a Feather, Book 2
By Lena North
Publisher: FAB Publishing
Published: March 2017
ISBN: 9789188367112
ASIN: B06XHPG389
Pages: 270
Genre: YA Romance, YA Fantasy

Jiminella “Jinx” Sweetwater is a genius. She’s a scholar, an inventor, hardworking and loyal, and well known in the scientific circles around the University in Prosper City.

Being smarter than everyone else might seem like a good thing, but it isn’t. At least, it isn’t to Jinx who has two friends, a small condo, and no life.

After a fight with her best friend Wilder, it just gets worse. Someone breaks into her home and when her parents show up in all their hippie-like glory, Jinx has had enough and escapes to a small village by the sea.

Suddenly, Jinx finds herself involved in village life, living with the unpleasant Mrs. Fratinelli and trying her best to juggle all the things that seem to end up on her plate. And then there’s calm, cool and gorgeous Dante – Snow’s boyfriend, who seems to see right through the shields Jinx has put up around herself, straight into her mind.

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Birds of a Feather, Book 1
By Lena North
Publisher: FAB Publishing
Release Date: December 14, 2016
ISBN: 978-9188367082
ASIN: B01MQIYHIX
Pages: 343
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance, YA Fantasy, YA Urban Fantasy

Wilder’s wonderful grandfather is dead, and so is her mother, but Grandpa Willy gives her one final gift in his will – the knowledge that her father is only her step-father.

Once she meets Hawker, the scary man who turns out to be her real dad, her life takes an unexpected turn. She finds out about a heritage she never knew she had, and secrets from the past are uncovered as she fights to save her part of the world from destruction.

And then there’s Mac, with his green eyes and a soft voice that flows through her like sweet honey. He’s there to help Wilder when she needs it the most, and as she struggles with how to fit into the group of people around her dad – having Mac in her life becomes more important with every bad thing that happens.

“Wilder” is the first in the Birds of a Feather series and a spin-off from the Dreughan trilogy. It’s set in modern time and can be read stand-alone.

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wilder-author-lena-northThe proper way to put it here would probably be to describe how I love to play with our two big dogs, adore my fantastic daughters and how much I love to read.

Another way would be to use my imagination and then I would be a super powerful warrior woman, think Xena the warrior princess (though with less tacky clothes). Or when I think of it, maybe I’m actually more of a Hercule Poirot (sans the suit and moustache). Or maybe I’m like Aragorn, strong and cool and then I might get to meet Gandalf! Or I could be Bella’s pretty cousin and snap Jacob up in a second (yeah, I’m so not team Edward), or wait, maybe I could be like one of them heroines in historical novels who swoon all the time. I’ve always wanted to swoon…

Well, I guess you get how my mind is working (or not working, some say). Anyways, I like to write. Stories, adventures, romantic and happy stuff mixed up with sorrow and hardship, and bit of laughter here and there because the way I see it – life is way too short to go around feeling grumpy.

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YA Paranormal Romance – The Amarant

The AmarantThe Amarant
By Tricia Barr
Published: February 2017
ISBN: 978-1542982214
ASIN: B06XBSPYYL
Pages: 409
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

A fictional world brought to life, a dark romance that promises eternity, and a secret that threatens to end it all.

Crimson Wilkinson is a teenage girl who, having survived a dark childhood, finds her escape in reading a popular vampire series. After some investigation, she becomes a very active part in the very true vampire stories the world thought were fiction and falls in love with their author, Nicholae Albaric, the sweetly lonely vampire celebrity. But her happiness is short-lived as she discovers she has a rare gene that makes the carrier extremely powerful if turned into a vampire, and she is targeted as the vampire community’s number-one most-wanted, some who want to kill her before she becomes a threat, and others who want to use her powers to their own ends.

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Pages: 182
ISBN: 978-1944956493
ASIN: B0161WJ3HQ
Genre: Ya Paranormal/Fantasy

Phoenyx Blake has a secret. When she wakes in a dungeon with three strangers, she is forced to face it, which isn’t easy seeing as her cellmate, Sebastian, has starred in her dreams. As days pass, they learn they are each one of the four elements bound in human form and they have been abducted by an ancient society that plans to kill them and steal their powers. If they hope to escape, they must master their powers, and Phoenyx must learn to let go of fear and let love in, before it’s too late.

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Tricia Barr always loved creating worlds and romances through writing; however, loving history and the idea of travel more, she pursued a degree in Anthropology. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2011 and looked hard for a job in her field for two years before she realized that her degree would not allow her the travel opportunities she truly wanted.

Now she works as a writer and a jack-of-all-trades with her husband, Eric Barr, leaving them both plenty of time and freedom to travel on their own terms as they raise a family.

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YA Coming of Age – My Ladybird Story

My Ladybird StoryMy Ladybird Story
By Magus Tor
Publisher: Beyond His Words
Published: February 2015
ISBN: 978-1517309633
ASIN: B00TPB2AYY
Genre: YA, Coming of Age

John Bird has never fit in. He can’t be the all American boy his dad wants him to be, he’s bullied at school and he can’t bear to look at himself in the mirror. While most boys his age are playing sports and kissing girls, John can only find comfort in the secret he keeps hidden away in a box in his room…

When feisty Aureus crashes into his life, John starts the long process of realizing that it’s what is inside us that counts and that true friends love us, no matter what our secrets are.

It’s time John learns to embrace the school taunt, “Ladybird” and grow into the person he is meant to be.

Praise for My Ladybird Story:
*****5 stars***** “My Ladybird Story by Magus Tor was a fascinating read for me. While I cannot speak from experience, the story of how John slowly makes the transition from hating his body, to understanding the source of the hate, and then moving towards the solution (i.e. the transformation into a woman) was very realistic and very emotional, too. The writing was well done, and you could not help but feel for John. His fears and emotions were very well described, and I liked that the reactions of the people around him also seemed to be very realistic, i.e. not just “Oh yeah, it’s all fine.” I enjoyed reading this book very much. It had a nice flow, and shows that you don’t need action and violence to make a story stand out.” By Kim Anisi for Readers’ Favorite

“… An inspiring, empowering chronicle of self-discovery and fearless pride sure to entertain and inform both cisgender and transgender readers.” Kirkus Reviews

“I admire the confidence of Tor in approaching the subject so unwaveringly. If you’re looking for a basic story of young love, friendship, and identity focusing on the subject of what it is to be transgender, this is a story of hope at its core. The intention of the material and its positive outlook for LGBT issues should be applauded.” 3. 5 stars on Self-Publishing Review

“… Magus Tor honors those who are mistreated and bullied for the beautiful souls they truly are. The writing was so clear it made it easy to understand the fascinating and love-filled plot from beginning to end. My Ladybird Story is absolutely unforgettable. I didn’t want to lay it down. The message within its pages reaches far beyond just the transgender and lesbian communities. It truly is a message filled with light and love that can touch the heart and soul of anyone has ever experienced feeling as though he or she was an outcast. I highly recommend reading Magus Tor’s My Ladybird Story.” – 5/5 Originally reviewed by Liz Cooper of AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com.

6.0/10 “Tor’s YA novel is a sensitive but preachy story about a boy named John Bird — called Ladybird by his classmates — struggling with his sexuality and gender. While John is well developed and the author ably expresses his protagonist’s feelings and thoughts, the reaction to John’s transition is unrealistic and will take readers out of the story. The prose and story are workmanlike, but the pacing sometimes slows and some minor characters are underdeveloped.” – Review by The BookLife Prize in Fiction

My Ladybird Story Author Magus TorAbout the Author:
Magus Tor is a dreamer who enjoys dreaming varied dreams of being a doctor, a lawyer, a police officer and a teacher but never in the wildest dream to become a writer. Since starting to write in 2007, Magus continues to explore creating worlds in his imaginative mind. Although he wishes to specialize in writing fantasy but his mind twisted his will and he ended up writing more Science Fiction than Fantasy. So far, his only fantasy novella is D-Nine: Protectors of the Crown.

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American History – Jockey Hollow

jockey-hollowJockey Hollow: Where a Forgotten Army Persevered to Win America’s Freedom
By Rosalie Lauerman
Published: September 2016
ISBN: 978-0692507834
Pages: 120
Genre: American History

Award-winning book, “Jockey Hollow,” explores how the beaten up and worn down Continental soldiers faced the harshest winter of the century and how they dealt with chronic supply shortages, desertions, enemy attacks, mutiny, and even treason by one of their beloved officers. The starving soldiers often went unpaid as well.  In fact, the Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Lines hadn’t been paid in a year!

The book highlights the depth of the soldiers’ conviction that America should be a free country and the price they were willing to pay to win that freedom. In his farewell address, General Washington lauded the soldiers, saying, “The unparalleled perseverance of the Armies of the United States. . .was little short of a standing miracle.”

For chronicling the impact of Jockey Hollow on the soldiers and ultimately on the second half of the American Revolution, “Jockey Hollow” is the recipient of the 2016 Bronze IPPY award for Best Mid-Atlantic Region Nonfiction and the 2016 Silver Moonbeam award among nonfiction nominees.

Today Jockey Hollow is part of Morristown National Historical Park, the first national historical park in the United States.

The author comments, “Jockey Hollow Park and I were neighbors for over twenty-five years.  During that time, I often heard park visitors remark that they knew nothing about this Revolutionary encampment prior to their visit.  That’s when I decided to introduce the Jockey Hollow soldiers to today’s young readers.”

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Author Rosalie Lauerman is passionate about uncovering and writing under-told stories for young readers. Her work has been published by “Cricket,” “Highlights for Children,” and other children’s magazines. The author earned a bachelor of arts degree studying journalism and economics. Before turning to writing, she worked in banking and municipal government. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Rosalie and her husband currently live in Woodstock, Illinois.

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YA Sci-fi – Selected

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The Zaratan Trilogy, Book One
By Evelyn Lederman
Published: May 2016
ISBN: 978-0692713402
ASIN: B01GEY1PAE
Pages: 197
Genre: YA Sci-fi

Destruction…. A show of force… And a warning…

Three isolated towns across the world have been destroyed in a show of force by alien invaders. It is a clear warning of what will occur if their demands are not fulfilled. The fulfillment: Human children between the ages of twelve through fifteen years.

Kara Harper is an unremarkable fourteen-year-old girl who is selected by the aliens. She will be physically and socially orientated during the six months it will take to arrive at the planet Zaratan. The girl who liked the safety of being invisible, cannot help but stand out.

Matt Sparks, the boy next door, is also selected. Kara has had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. He vows to safeguard her. The closer they get to their destination, the more difficult it becomes to live up to his promise.

Kara is unsure if she has the strength to withstand the trials and physical changes she is forced to go through. In a new life, Kara will be torn. Will she be drawn in by an alien boy who has shown interest in her or by the powerful patriarch who sees her as the future of his race?

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Evelyn Lederman cannot remember if her first crush was on Paul McCartney or James T. Kirk. Either way, Science Fiction has always been a part of her life. When it came to write her first Young Adult novel, she chose the genre closest to her heart.

She lives in Florida with her cats, her tennis racquets, and her beach bag all packed and ready to go. Like her main character in ‘Selected’, she loves the beach. Most of her literary inspiration occurs while walking along a sandy shore.

Her two adult series, Worlds Apart and Nightshade Saga are about parallel dimensions and soul mates.

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