YA Mystery – If I Should Remember

IF I Should RememberIf I Should Remember
By K.D. Van Brunt
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Published: February 2016
ISBN: 978-1680584776
ASIN: B01AWWAN9S
Pages: 230
Genre: YA Mystery, YA Suspense

Memories make us human. Are we still alive if we can’t remember?

Seventeen-year-old Zoe Laleigh has accepted that sometimes the only way to survive today is to wipe away the past. That’s what her loving parents and dedicated psychiatrist are helping her do—forget. What, she’s not entirely sure. All she knows is when an entire year of recollections goes missing, there’s definitely something wrong.

Sometimes the past isn’t so easily forgotten…

Through a flood of dreams, Zoe realizes something happened. Something terrible and tragic. Her lost year is a monster hiding in the shadow of her nightmares, taunting her, but unwilling to reveal itself. When her family relocates, she hopes a new town and new school will help her regain a sense of normalcy. If only it were that easy.

Strangely enough, only her dog, Rin, seems to understand her…

He is somehow connected to her lost year—connected to why she keeps doing things her mother calls reckless, foolish, and dangerous. And when she starts to hear voices and sees things no one else can, she is forced to question her own sanity.

The monster of her nightmares has returned, bringing with it the single question that plagues her at night…

What is there to remember?

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If I Should Remember AuthorAbout the Author:
Young adult writer K.D. Van Brunt has authored four books, including the widely acclaimed Win the Rings.  Residing in Rockville, Maryland, he loves all things dogs, the civil war and books.

 

 

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YA Romantic Mystery – A Cold Case

A Cold CaseA Cold Case
By K.D. Van Brunt
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Published: September 2015
ISBN: 978-1680582819 (print)
ISBN: 978-1680582802 (ebook)
ASIN: B0157LPB82
Pages: 591
Genre: YA Romantic Mystery

In 1985, high school senior Jake Weathers stumbles upon a clue to a decades-old mystery…

The day after their graduation in 1961, Kate Delisle and Trish Hawthorne left Weston, Massachusettts and were never seen again. When he discovers a note Trish wrote to Kate the day before their disappearance, Jake decides it’s his destiny to solve the oldest cold case in the state. He’s fascinated by the story, because sometimes he wants to disappear too, and leave his father in the rear view mirror.

Jake needs help in his investigation, and reluctantly turns to the annoying and spoiled Julie St. Hilaire…

Julie would have been Trish’s niece and has the inside track to information about the reclusive, wealthy Hawthorne family. As they chase down leads, the personality clash between Jake and Julie simmers down, and Jake finds it impossible to ignore the growing attraction between them.

Jake and Julie find more than they bargained for…

Jake suspects Kate and Trish had been living a lie and hiding dangerous secrets. As the mystery unravels, he and Julie start to dread what they might discover about the fate of the missing girls.

Some cold cases should not be solved…

This could be one of them.

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Win the Rings AuthorAbout the Author:
Kirk “K.D.” Van Brunt lives and works in Rockville, Maryland, where his day job is lawyering. Kirk is the author of the acclaimed book, Win the Rings, and its sequel, Dance of the Pink Mist.

 

 

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YA Romance, Thriller, Fantasy- Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate

Sweet Desire Wicked FAteSweet Desire, Wicked Fate
By Wray Ardan
Publisher: Ulu Productions
Published: November 2014
ISBN: 978-0991411108
ASIN: B00LH7HSNM
Pages: 428
Genre: YA Romance-Thriller-Fantasy

Discovering long lost relatives can be a real nightmare. Do you know who or what you’re related to? Jaden Lisette never imagined she might not live to see her sixteenth birthday, or that befriending reclusive triplets and a mentally challenged man could be her only chance of survival. Days after coming to Louisiana, Jaden falls for eighteen-year-old Briz Nolan. Then she falls into a living nightmare when she discovers a side of her family that she never knew existed. Once she uncovers her family’s deadly secret, Jaden is forced into a world she could only imagine in horror movies. There’s nowhere to run. YA Romance fantasy-thriller filled with danger, humor, and the intoxicating passion of first love.

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Recent Praise for Sweet Desire, Wicket Fate:
“Wray Ardan has caught my attention with her thriller, Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate. The book’s blurb aroused my curiosity which grew once I began reading. She writes remarkably well, producing an intensely gripping story…” – Michelle Stanley for Readers’ Favorite Book Review ~ 5 Stars

“…the story’s original characters, well-constructed plot, moving portrayal of teenaged angst and lust, and effective blending of genres should satisfy young adult readers looking for a fresh new fantasy series.” – BlueInk Review

“Successfully blending science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, and coming-of-age genres, the novel is intended as volume one in a three-part series.” – BlueInk Review

“Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate is presented in a gripping way, and is guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The characters in this book are well thought out, and it is a delight to meet some really unique and original characters along the way. I also enjoyed the romantic element of the teenage couple in the book.” – Gisela Dixon for Readers’ Favorite Book Review ~ 5 Stars

Sweet Desire Wicked Fate AuthorAbout the Author:
Wray Ardan lives on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with an artist, five cats and a parrot. Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate was inspired by sculptures her partner in life and business, artist Steven Lee Smeltzer created. Currently she is working on book 2 of Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate.

 

 

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YA Contemporary Fiction – Sudden Secrets

Sudden SecretsSudden Secrets
By C. Lee McKenzie
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Published: December 2014
ISBN: 978-1772331745
ASIN: B00R75MVFS
Pages: 265
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction, Realistic Young Adult

Sudden Secrets explores the power of the human spirit to heal from life-altering events. Cleo Brown keeps her tragic secret bundled inside. When she stumbles onto a decades old mystery, she discovers a tragedy as terrible as hers that changed a young girl’s life in the 1960’s.

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One Secret
Cleo has struggled to heal after her baby sister’s death, but the flashbacks to the accident won’t go away. With the move, she vows to keep her tragedy a secret and avoid pitying looks.

One Mystery
Something’s strange about the abandoned house across the street—flashes of light late at night and small flickers of movement that only someone looking for them would see.

Everyone says the house is deserted, but Cleo is sure it isn’t, and she’s sure whoever is inside is watching her.

Another Secret
In one night, Belleza’s life changes forever. So famous, her only choice is to hide her secret from the world so she can silence small town bigotry.

Then Cleo happens.

About the Author:
Sudden Secrets AuthorC. Lee McKenzie is a native Californian who grew up in a lot of different places; then landed in the Santa Cruz Mountains where she lives with her family. She spends most of her time writing, gardening, hiking and doing yoga. She travels whenever she can. Last year she visited Amsterdam, Barbados and Burma. Next year is still in the planning stages, but Ireland and Cuba are on her list.

In her writing, Lee takes on modern issues that today’s teens face in their daily lives. Her first young adult novel, Sliding on the Edge, which dealt with cutting and suicide was published in 2009. Lee’s second, titled The Princess of Las Pulgas, deals with a family who loses everything and must rebuild their lives came out in 2010. Double Negative (2014) was her third young adult novel. Researching it turned her into a literacy advocate. Sudden Secrets, her fourth novel came out in December 2014. When she really wants to have fun, she writes middle grade books. Alligators Overhead was her first published book for readers age 8-12, and the sequel, The Great Time Lock Disaster, is out now.

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Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys

Secrets in the Fairy ChimneysSecrets in the Fairy Chimneys
By Linda Frank
Publisher: Archway Publishing
ISBN: 978-1480805576
Published: February 2014
Pages: 274
Genre: YA Mystery

A young detective volunteering at an archeological dig in Turkey embarks on another adventure where she must unravel an ancient mystery and solve the Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys.

Amateur sleuth Annie Tillery has been warned to stay away from Nevshehir, Turkey, where she is heading to meet her boyfriend, Ty Egan, and Cedric Zeeks, Ty’s best friend. Intent on helping the two excavate an archeological site where they hope to link human remains to the first African ancestors, Annie does her best to shakes her foreboding feelings as her plane lands in Istanbul and she prepares to embark on her next adventure.

But when a stranger claims he is there to pick her up and then disappears once he sees Ty, Annie is immediately thrown back into worry mode—especially after Ty tells her there is unexplained tension surrounding the dig and she receives a threatening note at the hotel. Still, as the three head to Nevshehir, Annie is buoyed by the excitement surrounding ancient Turkey and the possibility of uncovering secrets. The dig is plagued by accidents and theft, however, and the three friends, assisted by the head archeologist’s twins, must search the ancient city of Istanbul and the caves of fantastic Cappadocia to find who is sabotaging their work.

In this young adult thriller, detective Annie Tillery must once again walk on a dangerous path in an attempt to unravel a complicated mystery and solve the secrets in the fairy chimneys.

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Other Books in the Annie Tillery Mystery Series:

The Madonna Ghost
ISBN: 978-1440190742

Seventeen-year-old Annie Tillery and her Aunt Jill set off for Long Island’s Fire Island for a vacation of surf, sun, and sailing. Annie is happy to leave behind the stress of her relationship with her parents. Aunt Jill, who is an NYPD detective, is mixing her vacation with a case she must keep secret from Annie, who is suspicious nevertheless. Annie finds romance and intrigue when she meets Ty Egan, the nephew of their host on the island. They find themselves in the middle of an eerie adventure when she and Ty investigate the tragic and perplexing story of a local ghost.

Annie becomes increasingly uneasy and the investigation turns sinister when Aunt Jill goes missing, the ghost appears, and the troublesome neighbors in the cottage next door become hostile. When they find one of Aunt Jill’s special earrings on the neighbor’s porch, they begin to wonder what she was doing there. Will they find Aunt Jill before it’s too late? In the breathless conclusion to their investigation, Annie and Ty narrowly escape death solving the mystery of The Madonna Ghost.

Girl with Pencil, Drawing
ISBN: 978-1450285391

Seventeen-year-old amateur detective Annie Tillery is at it again. After she wins a series of art lessons at a prestigious art gallery, Annie shows up for her first lesson to find her instructor, Francesca Gabrielli, in a volatile argument with John DiCristiani, the art gallery’s director, over his incessant requests for her to illegally copy art masterpieces. Unwittingly, Annie is about to be drawn into the illicit, treacherous, and unpredictable world of art forgery.

When the gallery director is found murdered in cold blood, Francesca becomes the prime suspect and calls upon Annie to help solve the crime. As Annie and her NYPD detective aunt, Jill Tillery, brave the dangers of an international art fraud ring in an attempt to clear Francesca’s name, they soon realize that the key to solving the case revolves around a mysterious brownstone in Brooklyn whose inhabitants present tantalizing and elusive clues.

As Annie and company attempt to stay one step ahead of DiCristiani’s murderer, they manage to escape one deadly trap after another. The stakes are high in the glamorous yet dangerous world of illegal artwork trafficking. Annie must solve the crime before it is too late.

About the Author:
Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys authorLINDA MARIA FRANK is retired from a lifelong career teaching the sciences. She resides on Long Island, where she is currently writing the Annie Tillery Mysteries series, which includes The Madonna Ghost; Girl with Pencil, Drawing and Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys. She also produces the television show The Writer’s Dream and serves as an active member of several writers’ groups.

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