There may be two sides to every story, but sometimes there's only one way to set things right...
Music is Elijah's life. His band plays loud and hard, and he'll do anything to get them a big break. He needs that success to help take care of his sister, who has special needs. So he'd rather be practicing when his friends drag him to a musical in the next town...until the lead starts to sing.
Kristen dreams of a career on stage like her grandmother's. She knows she needs an edge to get into a competitive theater program—and being the star in her high school musical isn't going to cut it. The applause and the attention only encourage her to work harder.
Elijah can't take his eyes off of Kristen's performance, and snaps a photo of her in costume that he posts online with a comment that everybody misunderstands. It goes viral. It goes viral. Suddenly, Elijah and Kristen are in a new spotlight as the online backlash spins out of control. And the consequences are bigger than they both could have ever imagined because these threats don't stay online...they follow them into real life.
This first novel tells the story of Alice and Tucker, the young stewards of Jasper Spring. Tucker's family has lived on the ranch for generations, and the two look forward to filling the homestead with children of their own. After two miscarriages, their hope of a family is fading quickly and they feel farther apart than ever before. The only living thing that either one of them feels truly connected with is their border collie, Tommie, a dog with an uncanny sense of their needs.
Enter Ray -- an ill dressed 11-year-old boy sorely neglected by his single mother. Ray stumbles across the gorgeous and isolated valley while out on an aimless spin with his dilapidated bicycle. When Tommie finds Ray, the boy is transfixed by the beautiful dog, and the collie's natural instinct to herd spurs him to drive the boy into Tucker and Alice's empty arms. The couple develops affection for the forsaken boy, and he feels truly at home for the first time in his young life. As their relationship deepens, shocking twists and turns are presented by the boy's peripheral mother--with one that leads to catastrophe. The the close trio is drawn into battle to preserve the land they love. Additional outside forces loom (drought and development). Though they have the help of two horses and a heroic dog, the struggle is intense and not without loss.
Jasper Spring is a heartwarming tale of a couple that experiences trials that would test any marriage, and the boy and dog that bring them back together again. A series of dramatic events renders Alice and Tucker's characters in a nuanced and sympathetic manner, with their plight moving the most hard hearted reader.
The author's experience in training border collies inspired his description of Tommie, Tucker and Alice's loyal and beloved companion.
In 1984 Connecticut, sixteen-year-old Hannah Zandana feels cursed: She has wild, uncontrollable hair and a horrid complexion that she compulsively picks, and as if that weren’t bad enough, her emotionally unavailable parents mercilessly ridicule her appearance and verbally shame her.
Wanting to change her pathetic life, Hannah attempts to impress a group of popular girls—an ill-fated effort, except that she captures the attention of Deacon, a handsome and mysterious boy who also happens to be her school’s resident drug dealer. Suddenly, Hannah’s life takes an unexpected detour into Deacon’s dangerous and seductive world—but when her relationship and family unravel around her, she is forced to reexamine what she believes about herself and the people she trusts the most.
Perfect for fans of Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland, 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I Like You Like This is a poignant young adult read about addiction, sexuality, peer pressure, and first love.
Nyx Estrella is a princess from Gexalatia, a world on the other side of a portal. Unfortunately, she has no idea. Sent to Lucky, Texas, when she was a baby to protect her from the evil King Paraximus, her biggest concerns are grades and seeing her friends. She has no idea that she possesses magical abilities and that her reality is about to become really strange. Jet Lamia is a war prisoner, sent from Gexalatia by the queen, Liana Estrella, to bring Nyx back home to the kingdom of Ymber. The portal only opens on the winter solstice, so Jet finds himself trapped on Earth, trying to blend in. Fortunately, he has help in the form of the queen’s chosen assistant, Seth Alvar. But playing well with others has never been one of Jet’s talents. It is a race against the clock to tell Nyx her true identity and try to train her, while also keeping her alive. Nyx and Jet struggle to defeat the assassins sent to kill them both, while trying not to kill each other. Can this duo put their differences aside and return to Gexalatia?
Dying wasn’t on seventeen-year-old Xander Hemlock’s summer to-do-list. Finding ways to spend more time with his girlfriend, Lila, was the most critical thinking he planned on doing. But that was before he found himself trapped in a realm of only darkness with thirty days to convince Lila he’s not actually dead?well, not completely, anyway.
As Xan tries to show Lila she isn't alone, she struggles to comprehend how her life has changed so completely. Six months ago her life was perfect: she was on her way to becoming a professional dancer, her parents were still married, and her boyfriend was alive. But now, with her anorexic tendencies stronger than ever, she must decide which is the lesser of two evils: letting go to be with a boy she doesn't love, or holding on to the unreasonable, yet overpowering, feeling that Xan is still within reach...and trying to show her something.
Improbable and endearing, Within Reach is a story of two soulmates discovering that sometimes it takes more than one lifetime to get it right.
After defeating the Volgrim witches, life in Orkney is quiet. Too quiet. Before Sam Baron can catch his breath, an army of fire giants led by Surt gather in the Eighth Realm of Musspell, determined to destroy Orkney—and it's all Sam's fault. After all, he took Odin's life with an ancient cursed dagger, and now, mankind has lost its protector. To make matters worse, the God of Mischief, Loki, is on the loose and determined to reunite with his evil wife, Angerboda, and their three children: Fenrir the wolf, Jormungand the sea serpent, and Helva, Goddess of Death.
Orkney's only hope lies with Sam and his stalwart friends. As Surt prepares to launch his forces against Orkney, Sam and two of his fellow witches, Perrin and Mavery, set out on a journey to rescue Odin, aided by Skidbladnir, a magical ship of the gods that can fly over land and sea, and Geela, a Valkyrie who can transform into a battle-ready goose. Meanwhile, Leo and Keely travel north to stop Loki from starting a war between the Eifalians and the Vanir, while Howie is left to watch over Skara Brae. With time running out, our heroes try frantically to prove once again that they can find the courage to do what's needed when the odds are stacked against them—even when the sacrifice asked is greater than any of them could imagine.
From the award-winning author of WhipEye Chronicles comes the new epic fantasy series, Divided Draghons--an action-packed thriller with mystery, romance, and battles set in a world as beautiful, dangerous, and mysterious as the three heroic women--Famere, Jennelle, and Camette--who must fight for their people's survival and the men they love.
The debut fantasy book from Geoffrey Saign, Wyshea Shadows, is a new addition to the great epic fantasy tradition of Dean Murray, Marc Secchia, and Ava Richardson.
Allie Sanders thinks life in a small town can’t get any more dull and boring. She plans to escape after graduation. After a bad break-up, she wants to sail through junior year without distraction. Then the mysterious loner sits down in front of her in AP English. He’s the guy she noticed last year desperately trying to stay invisible. She wants to know his secrets. Suddenly her much older military brother, Doug, makes a rare appearance. He takes a special interest in her life. Suspicious of his motives Allie holds back, never really trusting him. Doug wants what she wants—the boy she has come to love. No way would she let that happen. She’d go against family and friends to protect him—and his secrets—even if it ends up breaking her heart.
Life goes from bad to worse for Lyla Langston. When she was just a baby, dark creatures invaded, killing most of the world’s population and forcing the rest into hiding. Her mother was killed in the process, so she was raised by her grandparents. Now, her grandmother is dead, her grandfather has been taken, and her supposedly dead father shows up at her door, revealing the most irrational secret of all time. She is a witch from the realm of Armoria. Coping with her situation becomes easier when she meets Thomas, the love of her life, but this also complicates matters, as he unintentionally distracts her from what is truly important. With the help of her twin sister, Lilly, she is refocused, and ready to defeat Damien, who sits on his throne and wishes to rule not only the realm of Armoria, but earth as well. In the meantime, Lyla’s nightmares of her mother’s death become increasingly strange as Damien intervenes to mess with her head. Soon enough, she finds out that her nightmares may just be the key to saving them all.
Mellis, a courageous and resourceful young woman, is kidnapped from the human world and taken to the Space Between by a tribe of faeries called the Penitents. Because of guilt over an ancient sin committed by their angel ancestors against the Maker, the Penitents have cursed themselves with grotesque physical disfigurements. Mellis can help them reunite with the Maker and find their way back to redemption, but she would need to give up the life she’s always known to remain in the Space Between. As she struggles with this heart-wrenching decision, one of the Penitents, bent on revenge, commits a gruesome attack against the tribe, and they learn he has taken Satan—the Maker’s greatest enemy—as his ally. All in the Space Between are facing grave danger. Will a long-awaited act of vengeance save them?
Susan Rooke builds a rich and fantastical world of angels and demons, monsters, faeries and dragons. Abounding with spirituality and humanity, this faery tale for adults has a cast of vivid characters you won’t soon forget.
Sometimes it's hard to get out of high school, at least that's what Lance Martin found out one April morning. What if you went to high school and found yourself trapped there...FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS? Join Lance, Artie, Morgan, Ginny and a thousand others who find themselves faced with just that! Read on for the most intense high school experience of your life!
The last thing bookworm Frederick Platt wants in his cloistered, little life is to explore a dirty, nasty cave. A glass of warm milk and a good book at home is more his style. But when vengeance turns the tables, Frederick wakes, bruised and battered at the bottom of a dark pit, with only a flickering flashlight for company. Surrounded by his worst phobias and with cold and starvation gnawing at his heels, Frederick struggles to survive deep in the belly of the earth. To find his way back to the light, he will have to conquer his fears and ultimately, himself.
'I’d been treating life like a chess game, forgetting to live in the moment when I had a chance. I had to change all that.' decides Blake Morgan.
Blake is the biggest geek in all the graduating class of 2005, possibly in all of Annapolis, maybe even the entire world. He decides that talking to a girl, doing something unexpected, getting an F, and performing a brave act during his senior year will make him into a whole other person. Maybe even cool. Yet when he checks something off the list he hurts the few people who love him just the way he is. A loser. Is he able to repair the damage? Is changing who you are worth it? Can Blake be an astrophysicist and have a supermodel as a girlfriend? Blake Morgan is stupid enough to wreck his life, but is he smart enough to put it back together?
A forbidden love, a sacred bloodline, and a powerful gift plagues the last remaining descendant with an unspeakable burden and an unforgivable fate.
Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Anne Morgan is no stranger to the supernatural world. Haunted by voices and visions for most of her young life, she begins to question her sanity as a teen, setting her apart as an outcast in school. In quatrains and sacred manuscripts, a Chosen One is prophesied. Yet, Elizabeth does not know the secret her small hometown of Caneadea has in store for her. In her senior year of high school, Elizabeth meets two strangers, both who know her secret and who turn her world upside down. Meanwhile, her only friend Freddie, loyal and devoted, stands quietly in the shadows of her life as she begins to unfold the mystery of who she is destined to become.
All Wynn wants to do is finish high school, but anything normal seems impossible when the monsters under your bed are real...
Wynonna Hendricks' world is turned upside down when A Demon Lord shows up in her bedroom and declares her soul his property. To regain her freedom, she must conquer the seven deadly sins. In doing so, she finds herself caught between the realms of Heaven, Hell, and Earth, with the angel Caleb as her only ally. His refusal to end her life may have started a war between the factions and thrown the Mortal Realm into mayhem.
Wynn discovers new powers, new allies, and enemies she never knew existed—including her own human weakness.
To protect her family, she vows to fight. Like. HELL.
Cricket Mohs is an average fifteen year old girl who loves reading, watching movies, and playing video games. When she follows a white wolf under an old bridge, she finds herself in an alternate world of knights and swords, of honor and valor, and discovers that she is, in fact, the powerful priestess foretold of in legendary scrolls and sent to save them all from peril.
When fifteen-year-old Ciarán Morrigan eavesdrops on a conversation between his father and two mysterious strangers, his life--and the life of his little sister, Remiel--is changed forever. After their father makes a startling decision, the Morrigan siblings are forced to flee the only life they've ever known and embark on a dangerous adventure across the nation of Empirya. With the help of a disinherited vagabond, a cynical violinist, a fire-juggler with a fierce temper, an aspiring mechanic, and a cheerful librarian, Ciarán and Remiel must fight to escape those who have been hired to hunt them. But will Remiel's dark secret prevent the Morrigan children from finding a place they can truly call home?
The common people have become the currency, outlaws have shifted to mercenaries, and freedom is no more than a thought of the past.
Fear, violence, slavery--throughout his adult life, Barloc has known no other way.
A quarter of a century has passed since King Sclavus decreed slavery legal in the Kingdom of Kuldaire, certain it was the only way to keep the economy strong. He created alliances with the wealthy ruling class, and cast the common folk into chains. A handful of rebellions rose, but fell almost as quickly as they began, and the concepts of freedom and peace became dusty relics of the past, a nearly forgotten dream.
When Barloc is sold to Lord Harbor, his new owner offers queer promises of freedom, promises only King Sclavus can honor after a thirty-day trial. Barloc, as someone who has lost everything, or who never had anything of his own to begin with, is forced to question everything around him as he embarks on this new trial.
Whom can he trust? Why has he been selected and thrown into this strange new setting? What happened to just being a slave? How can life be any different from the only way he's ever known? What is freedom, and at what cost?
This is Barloc's chance--perhaps his last chance--to once and for all cast off the chains that bind him. And maybe, just maybe, he can bring others to freedom with him.
It's the fall of 2002, and Skyler Bram is bracing herself for another year of torture from her half-sister Kina Dunlap. But when a family emergency strikes, the girls are forced to live under the same roof. Instead of drawing a line down the middle of their bedroom and letting the war wage on, Skyler and Kina make what they believe to be the mature decision to call a truce and put their past behind them. Together, they'll break each other out of their comfort zones, rise through the ranks of a secret society, and...lose friends along the way? Turns out, their decision to play nice has ramifications for all of their closest friends. Little Bram is a comedy about the bonds we form, the friends we lose, and what we'll do to get them back.
What happens when The Wizard of Oz meets 12 Years a Slave? You get Mulatto Girl Aggie, 13: Name on the Ledger.
This story takes you into the life of a precocious, spoiled and bratty 12-year-old named Aggie Lucas. Aggie is your typical 7th grader who loves her cell phone, social media and designer sneakers. Eager to celebrate her 13th birthday, Aggie is disappointed when her parents break their promise to her by not giving her the gift she really wanted. Mad at the world, Aggie goes to school and is sent to detention hall for disrespecting her teacher. Aggie accidentally falls and bumps her head, then wakes up in a dream where she is transported back to the year 1816 as a slave on a plantation in Goochland, Virginia. As a slave, Aggie is forced to adapt but not before learning some valuable and very harsh lessons in life.
Some memories refuse to stay buried… On Christmas Eve, a horrific car accident leaves Carly Perez without a mom. After a year of surgeries and counseling, Carly’s life is nearly back to normal—except for the monsters—vague, twisted images from the accident that plague her dreams. When her father insists on spending their first Christmas alone in Guatemala with a slew of relatives Carly has never met, she is far from thrilled, but she reluctantly boards the plane anyway. That’s where she first spots the man with the scarred face. She could swear she has seen him before. But when? Where? In Reu, the Guatemalan town where her father grew up, Carly meets Miguel, her attractive step-cousin, and thinks maybe vacation won’t be a total waste after all. Though she is drawn to him, Carly’s past holds her back—memories that refuse to be forgotten, and a secret about the accident that remains buried in her subconscious. And everywhere she turns, the man with the scarred face is there, driving that unwelcome secret to the surface.
Brooke was just killed in an accident, but a part of her is still here. Seeking answers, she sets out to retrace her life and soon meets others like her, among them, Tyler. Tyler remembers Brooke from before, and so she hesitantly gives him the one thing she never bothered to when they were alive; a chance. Together, they visit the people and places in their small beach town that once held meaning to them, developing a mutual, grudging respect as they learn to view life in different and unexpected ways.
Tyler soon decides that they must let go of their pasts if anything is to change, but Brooke can't bring herself to say goodbye just yet. As she watches the impact of her death on her loved ones, Brooke questions her desperate need to hold onto a life that's no longer hers. But can she move on from a life she's barely begun to live?
A bittersweet story about family, friendship and the impact one life can have on others, no matter how young it is.
You've met Scout Finch, Ellen Foster, and Ruth Anne Boatwright (Bone): Now meet Girl Brown, the spunkiest nine-year-old in all the South. Girl lives with Tracie, her guardian, who smokes so much pot she "can't remember a thing," and Antoe, who is "big like a grown-up" only he is Girl's best (and only) friend and playmate. She spends most of her time taking care of Antoe and making sure they both keep out of Chuck's way. Chuck is Tracie's disabled Vietnam vet boyfriend who is fighting his own demons with too much whiskey and too much heroin and he hates what he calls "sassy-mouthed" kids. And Girl is the sassiest of them all with a mouth like a sailor on leave, and fingers so sticky she can clean out the local Woolworth store in a heartbeat. Life begins to spiral out of control when she finds a friend in the only African-American girl in her class, Cerese Miller, and begins to spend time with the Millers against Chuck's demands. Things take an even grimmer turn when Chuck is thrown in jail for beating up Cerese's older brother, Brady, and Antoe is mysteriously sent away. Girl sets off on a journey to find Antoe that leads her to some unexpected allies in a monastery of Carmelite friars, and from Brother Joseph, she is able to piece together the heartbreaking truth about her parents. After Brother Joseph takes Girl back home, there is an unexpected death that she may or may not have had something to do with, and Brother Joseph offers Girl the opportunity for a different life. The Naming of Girl is a page turner of a first novel with a group of the most unforgettable characters you will ever meet.
1854, France. David Sandoval wakes up on the outskirts of Le Havre, with no memory of what he has been through and who he has left behind– not of Fenrir the world-devouring wolf, not Baba Yaga the witch, Tanuki the shape-shifter, not even Acacia the Sphinx, who has held a place in his heart for years. It is not only his memory that is gone, for his existence has been erased by Lord Nyx, the incarnation of the Night, and no one in the human world can see or hear him. Yet something still ties David to the magical world, keeping alive a glimmer of hope that he can be restored. With the help of the storyteller Anansi and Baba’s cat Vasilisa, David traverses the places and people of his past, gradually regaining his memory and his existence. But old enemies start to pick up on his trail, including Madness itself and Nico the Teumessian, who blames David for his “undead” state of being. To complete his restoration, David must face the Moirai, the weavers of the magical Curtain that not only separates the worlds of humans and of mythical creatures, but also holds everyone’s destinies. Can David have a new fate woven for him, and will the price be higher than he is willing to pay? Meanwhile, Acacia finds herself in league with the Asgardian warrior Tyr and the vengeful Fenrir to defeat Lord Nyx once and for all, and an old friend of hers, Alasdair Gullin, is coming with a league of Master Huntsmen to side with her in the final battle. What Gullin will have to sacrifice to do so, however, may spell his doom, and may not be enough to take down the night god and save all worlds from falling under Lord Nyx’s shadow.
When Alicia meets the new guy in school, there is something about the mischievous look in his eyes that implies he's breaking the rules by talking to her. It's the rule abused kids live by - don't let anyone into your life. Don't let them see the real you. She and Zack both have secret lives that only the other can understand. They suffer in silence, afraid that no one will believe them. Can their love for one another help free them from their turbulent lives, if only for a few minutes at a time? Together, can they find the courage and strength to escape from their hidden world of lies and deception in order to live normal lives? Content warnings: This is story is meant to inspire hope in abused teens and young adults, though there are a number of traumatic scenes of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Some scenes may be disturbing for readers.
Millington Valley is a quintessential small Pennsylvania town: families go back generations. Football rules. Kids drink while adults look the other way. High school is a whirlwind of aspiration and rivalry, friendship and jealousy.
When smart and pretty Molly Hanover moves to town and attracts the attention of the football team's hero, Wade Thornton--a nice guy with a bad drinking habit--longtime friendships are threatened and a popular cheerleader tries to turn the school against Molly.
The young couple's future is shattered when Wade, drunk, wrecks his truck and Molly is thrown through the windshield. She wakes from a coma to find her beauty marred and her memory full of holes. As she struggles to heal, she becomes sure that something terrible happened before the accident. And there is somebody in the valley who doesn't want her to remember.
When Malin leaves the city to recover from a life threatening illness, a world of magic opens for him. He discovers he can connect with the minds of animals, see what they see, feel what they feel. Then he encounters a young wolf and discovers he can communicate telepathically as clearly as he can verbally. But when a malicious and cruel hunter arrives on the scene, Malin learns his gift has two sides, and he must master both or die.
THE WORLD ENDED THREE DAYS AFTER HER 16TH BIRTHDAY.
In the aftermath of a massive Yellowstone caldera eruption, America becomes a wasteland, trapped in a suffocating volcanic winter.
In Sera Donner's isolated Pacific Northwest town, thousands are dead and hundreds are missing--including her own mother. As Sera struggles to make sense of the chaos around her, scrambling to survive in a post-apocalyptic nightmare, resources begin to run low and her community soon erupts into a bloody civil war. Neighbor turns against neighbor. Survival of the fittest becomes the law of the land. Sera's disabled brother is targeted for extermination, and Sera quickly discovers how far she's willing to go to protect the people she loves. When a benevolent military leader marches into town with an imposing force, offering food, medicine, and peace, people think the worst is finally over. They're wrong.
For nearly thirteen years, the woman searched for the missing boy—the one with the blue eyes, the one destined to lead. The man secretly followed the boy's new life across the ocean, calculating the time when all would be changed, all made right. Thirteen-year-old Chinese adoptee Cal Vandiver resides in California with his adoptive parents, plagued with an ever-present fear of being "taken," exacerbated by his uncharacteristic blue eyes and extraordinary athleticism. Cal and his band of friends discover someone really is watching him. What happens next thrusts his under-the-radar existence into the spotlight, forcing him to a place that's anything but safe as he trains for the 2020 Olympic Games. The Olympian-in-training will be faced with decisions that will impact his future, as well as those for whom he cares—on both sides of the ocean.
Laerka is Southern Gothic tale of rescue involving a group of teenagers and a Russian crime ring that sells girls to night clubs in Savannah, Georgia. One particular victim, Laerka, is a Danish girl who transforms into a mermaid when in water. The Russian crime boss who masterminds the trafficking changes into a "Vodyanoy" dragon when he hunts girls for the illegal skin trade. Savannah native, sixteen-year-old Stella Delaney finds Vodyanoy's first victim floating face down in the marsh. Can she save Learka from this fate? Is she in danger, herself? Could Laerka be a crook, herself? She and the traffickers share the same prison tattoo so who in this forbidding landscape can be trusted?
Twelve-year-old Travis Warnofski dreams of being a superhero. But the only person who can make it happen is an uncle he can't stand. Excerpt: Smoke poured from all four wheel wells. The coupe sprang forward, slamming Trav into his seat…Supercharged ion streams sprayed from the headlights, the parking lights, the turn signals and even the hood ornament. Both side mirrors spat plasma. Trav whooped over the engine’s thunder. “This is a definite rush.”
Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her “last-chance home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexi, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Zoey will do anything to keep Lexi safe. After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), where she meets the other reason to remain: Daniel, her co-worker, the man she loves. But there is something unique about Zoey. She can see fae. Because of this, the DMG hires her to work as a Collector: catching, researching, testing, and using the fae to save human lives. The work never registers on her sympathy radar. She was raised to think of fae as beasts that feed on humans and want to destroy them. When devastation hits Seattle, Zoey’s whole world is turned upside down. The electric storm connects her to a ruthless fae Wanderer named Ryker whose dealings expose them to even more trouble and danger. They embark on a journey, running and hiding from the government and fae, both of which threaten their lives and those they love.
It's the night before the SAT test. The forces of darkness are stirring.
Twin brothers, Bing and Ron Slaughter, know they've got to cram like their lives depend on it because their college plans sure do. If they don't ace the test, they'll be doomed to spend the rest of their days flipping burgers at the McDonald's their parents run. That's why they hatch a plan to meet up with the members of their punk band, the Ephits, spend the night studying at a secluded cabin in the woods, and maybe squeeze in a little jamming. What could go wrong with a brilliant plan like that?
Ancient evil. That's what.
As a cataclysmic lightning storm rolls in, Bing, Ron and the rest of the Ephits find themselves tangled in a sinister plot to summon a demon. Yes, demons are real. To survive the night, the band must find a malevolent artifact, battle bloodthirsty monsters and stand against the most dangerous and powerful foe humanity has ever faced...the Golfer's Association.
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.
Josie Figueroa is the girl no one in the family has to worry about. She's smart, responsible, and reliable.
The good girl.
Except her life isn't as perfect as everyone believes. Her older brothers are overprotective and clueless; her dream-boy leads her on, and dumps her.
And then there's cousin Margarita who can't deal with her own life, much less a deadbeat husband and two small children.
That's okay because there's always Josie-to-the-rescue, Josie who will take care of everything for everyone else. After all, it's not like Josie doesn't have problems of her own, it's not like she's fifteen, pregnant, and every choice she makes feels like the wrong one.
A modern day, real-world fairytale with a twist. Based on the story of Rapunzel. Tristan Parker is lost. After living through his parents’ bitter divorce, Tristan surprises everyone when he decides to uproot his life and move across the country with his dad. Disenchanted, Tristan deals with his pain by shutting out the world… until one day, when trying to retrieve a lost baseball, he climbs a tower and meets a girl. Helena Thompson is like no one Tristan has ever encountered. She’s quirky, weird, and lives in an imaginary world—her only way of coping with the bizarre life her paranoid mother forces her to lead. Drawn by Helena’s magical view on life, Tristan finds himself returning often to the unique girl with the long golden hair. But spending time with her is not an easy task, especially because their relationship must be kept a secret. When Helena’s mother discovers the truth, can Tristan find the strength to fight for the girl who has awakened his heart? Or will the paranoid woman who keeps her daughter under lock and key stop their dreams from coming true?
Seventeen-year- old Woody and his friends are looking at dead ends in Mendocino, a small town on the Northern California coast. So is Ray Ellis, their basketball coach, an ex-All American with a dark past. Everything changes when sophisticated city kid Chase MacMillan shows up, inspiring in them all the confidence and self-respect they need to face the future. But as Chase introduces a new competitive spirit both on and off the court, those dead ends close in on his friends, and Ray’s dark past starts catching up with him, Woody discovers, tragically, at what cost success can come.
It all began with a rumor: an Indian girl who sang with the voice of an angel. A tiny girl, perhaps only nine years old. No one believed it at first, but the rumor persisted. Finally one day a runner arrived bringing news... And so the journey of the woman and the girl--Sister Mae da Docura and Yema, the Caete Indian child acclaimed as The Cantora--begins to unfold as perilous circumstance compels them to become agents of fate, changing the destinies of all who cross their path.
The setting for The Cantora is coastal Brazil during the early 1500s, in the colonial town of Luis, a shipping port for the brutal and lucrative dyewood trade. Many Indians and Africans are enslaved at the port, and the Indians, afflicted with European diseases, are perishing by the hundreds.
A village priest discovers an Indian child with a magical voice, and he allows her to sing the Latin Mass. The regional bishop assigns the girl to Sister Docura with the intention of making the child singer a ward of the Church. The child is also treasured by her tribe as a mystical Tuguy Kuna (Blood Woman).
The bishop summons The Vatican's Consilium de Virtutibus (The Council of Miracles) to certify Yema as a The First True Miracle of The New World, but when an Indian rebellion breaks out, the Council accuses the nun and child of heresy and condemns them to death as Docura and Yema are forced to flee for their lives.
It’s the first day of summer in the swamps of South Louisiana. Twelve-year-old Cajun boys Billy Boudreaux and Nick Landry are preparing their “Swamp Camp” for an upcoming camp out when they encounter the elderly Mr. Pierre as he makes a mad dash to escape the legendary swamp monster, Rougarou. Breathless and terrified, he vows to abandon his home in the swamps of Pierre Part, Louisiana, and to never return.
Doubtful that the creature is anything more than a myth and wanting to help their neighbor, Billy and Nick set out to solve The Mystery of the Rougarou. In the course of their adventure, they stumble upon the hideout of an escaped convict, Lufroy Aucoin, and his dimwitted cousin, Gator Bait. To make matters worse members of the hillbilly mafia, run by the ruthless Roscoe Clinton, will be arriving soon to purchase the stolen property Lufroy has stock piled at this remote location.
After being captured, our young heroes must use all the skills and knowledge they have of this dangerous environment to not only make their escape, but to survive what will be the most difficult challenges they have ever faced. The boys will introduce you to the unique beauties of the swamp, unfortunately, with beauty, comes danger.
Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.
The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it's only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.
With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm's ancient magic--the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.
Aurora might have survived her first battle against Queen Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun...
April was an infant when her teenage mother abandoned her and disappeared. With the sudden death of her father, seventeen year old April is devastated and feeling abandoned once more. With nobody left to take her in except her mother's sister, a woman she has never met, April has no choice but to move to New Orleans, a city that she has never been to. After a cryptic conversation with her aunt Kate about family secrets and lies, April is more lost than ever before.
It's Miles, a handsome tour guide, who brings April into the heart of the Big Easy. When his cemetery tour takes her to the tomb of Marie Laveau, April senses a spine tingling connection with the infamous 19th century Voodoo Queen.
When a mysterious Voodoo shop owner suggests she can help April find peace amid the chaos, April must decide-is the woman crazy, or is the haunted city of New Orleans a place where the impossible comes true?
An Average person blinks every five seconds. That is roughly 17,000 blinks in a day or 6.25 million blinks in a year. Little usually happens in the blink of an eye, but Willoughby discovers in this, the third installment of the award-winning Cryptic Spaces series, that an entire world can change in one blink.
Blink! Willoughby, Sydney, Antonio, and Dr. J race to find and save their friend T.K., but other things are racing too, some light, some dark. Navigating a fabric of monsters and deities, modern technology and ancient magic, the team faces challenge after challenge. Do they trust the artificial intelligence determined to lead them? What secrets, hidden in the cry of a banshee, could separate and destroy not only the team, but everything they know, everything they love?
The Dark Edge finally comes into full view. From under-sea temples in India, to abandoned control rooms in London; from haunted halls in Tasmania, to the high monastery walls of an island city, the action rises to fever pitch, and then, Blink! Everything Willoughby thought he knew, everything he thought he had, everything changes…
Brennon Roarke is cursed. Stolen from his family at the age of sixteen and forced to use his glamour in the service of Eilé’s most malevolent goddess, Brenn has little room for warmth in his heart. For seven long years, he endured hardship and pain, only to escape and find his parents and sister murdered, his nephew left blind and broken. With the stain of dark magic on his soul, Brennon perseveres for the sake of his young ward, always worrying that one day the evil infecting his spirit will destroy him for good. Seren is an outcast among her own kind, ridiculed and ostracized by all but her mother. Born to the Fahndí tribe of the Weald, Seren’s glamour allows her to transform into a deer, but it also grants her the power to heal grave wounds. When she reveals this gift to her peers, jealousy and hatred drive them to murder, forcing Seren to either flee or fall victim to their malice. Taking on her animal form, Seren leaves her old life behind hoping to find a safe haven in a world that has only ever offered her hardship. Despite being worlds apart, Seren and Brennon are brought together in a single life-altering moment. When the doe Brenn shoots turns into a young woman before his very eyes, he has no choice but to bring her home with the hope that she’ll recover. What he doesn’t realize, however, is that Seren is quite capable of healing herself with glamour that may be able to cure his wounds as well, and not only the ones that run skin deep.
Receiving a full-ride scholarship to the most prestigious school in the nation is supposed to be a good thing, right? Not to twelve-year-old Bridgette Swanson. It was definitely something she didn’t want or expect, but she couldn’t pass up the chance of a lifetime for her and her family.
The Las Vegas School of Excellence claimed to have found the key to unlocking the power of the mind. And that was true …… for a few select students. For others, the school tried its best to bury the results of the detrimental side effects of its experimental “brain enhancing” drug.
What is the school really trying to accomplish? Join Bridgette, George, and Janice as they courageously attempt to uncover the truth, walking like lions.
Sam is 13-and for 13 Sam is growing fast. A coming of age novel that follows the life and thoughts of Sam, a teenager who is met with a life changing event. Maneuvering through the emotional forest of life, Sam draws on the comfort knit by family, those in the neighborhood, and personal experiences to use as a compass as the shores of familiarity drift further from view.
Preying season! The Admiral wants answers by any means necessary. More secrets. Deep, deadly and dangerous. More Mysteries. A hunter without a face. Ghosts from the past. New friends. Beating drums warning: “Don’t go into the mist!” Decisions ... Decisions ... Curiosity will rise. Yet, there is no place to hide. Not even in paradise. It’s only a matter of time.
Drew Royce was a lot of things he didn't want to be. A murderer, rapist and ex-Windstalker. His humanity was poorly spent; and all he has after his taste of the supernatural is a battered and ignored soul. The weight of his actions visit him each night as proof he must still be alive. But now, even as an abducted criminal, kept ward by an evolved Nephilim race and used as a weapon against their enemy, he still has to defeat the beast who stole his humanity - himself.
In Mrs. McClellan's eighth-grade homeroom, Bart Wagram sizes up potential teammates for the coming season through a mood as dark as the inside of his battered locker in the field house. For the second time, he flunked a grade - this time eighth. So his teammates from last year have moved on to high school, leaving Bart, a man-boy at age 15, to play with a bunch of 12- and 13-year-old kids who were in seventh grade last year.
Bart's mood darkens further. He can't complain to anyone. His parents are divorced and his father, a preacher, is never at home anyway. He misses his mother desperately and hates his step-mother. And he has a hole in his heart the size of California.
On the same row of desks, a couple of seats in front of him sits Franklin Gibson. Bart despises Franklin Gibson. The son of a banker and an overly protective mother, Franklin played little league football as a kid. But by seventh grade he weighed too much to be on a little league team. So he played with the mill village kids last year. And he got his ass kicked every day. What Bart doesn't know is that Franklin has his own demons. He's fed up with the humiliating cracks about his weight, he's fed up with being accused of getting special treatment because of his family, and he's really sick of being afraid of Bart Wagram's abuse.
Throw Bart and Franklin onto the same team, then mix in the exhaustion of two-a-day practices in late summer. Stir in a dose of rivalry, a generous portion of surging testosterone and the chance for their team to go undefeated for the first time in a generation. Combine with vicious hits, foul mouths, and more dirty plays than you can count and you've got Life on the Line: Football Rage and Redemption, a story about hatred and revenge, of loss and longing, and, ultimately, redemption and love and new beginnings.
There are dark secrets hidden behind closed doors in the small Washington State town of Hoquiam, and the neighborhood has been content to keep those secrets hidden.
It's the summer of 1945 and seven-year-old Nora Lee Sutter hasn't spoken in days. A spirit has asked her to deliver a terrifying message. The warning is ignored and the tragic events that follow push the quiet girl further into isolation. The only one who can get through to her is her friend, Joanne 'Jo' Waterman. Jo's large boisterous family provides Nora with a much needed safe haven from her own dismal world.
As Nora and Jo navigate their teenage years into young adulthood, their friendship becomes a beguiling seduction. However, no amount of distraction will stop the restless spirits from circling in on Nora. They've been blotted out and forgotten and they will not move on until they've been heard . . .
It's the summer of 1949, between junior high and senior high, and Sonny Madeski's big thing in life is baseball. Not for love of the game but for love of himself. He's after fame and glory. His batting average as an eighth grader was .753, so he needs a new challenge. His worst enemy, Tommy "the felon" Fallon, is delighted to supply that challenge. He dares Sonny to abandon his current team, the Loyal Angels, and go up to the Cardinals in the high school league. Sonny suspects that Tommy is up to no good, but it's a dare that no glory hound could refuse. How will Sonny react, though, after striking out six times in a row because the pitchers are all 17 and the ball is so fast he can't even see it? He'll give up, of course, and return to the Loyal Angels in shame and humiliation, just as Tommy knew he would. No he won't, not this boy. Instead, he'll reinvent himself as "the brat." That's what everybody will call him, and for good reason. He'll be truly obnoxious, even to his parents, his uncle, his religious advisor, his best friend, his girlfriend, and his teammates. But he'll also be getting on base and scoring, thanks to his foot speed, his bratty antics at the plate, and his capering on the base paths, all of which annoy and befuddle the opposing players. In other words, he'll set aside his dreams of heroism and home runs, and lower himself to "small ball" or "tiny ball," or just "brat ball." Is it possible to attain glory and fame without swinging the bat? Well, if you're Sonny "the brat" Madeski, it just might be.
Harken back to the Golden Age of Piracy, an exceedingly brief but highly memorable epoch. Launched at the beginning of the 1700's, this unforgettable twinkling in time spawned such notorious and celebrated reprobates as Blackbeard, Calico Jack and Black Bart to name but a few.
Glamorized and sensationalized by novels and the silver screen to an unrealistic and surreal level, these nautical hooligans have been cast in the roles of noble, gallant, misguided or misunderstood daredevils and protagonists. These erroneous portrayals could not be any further from the truth. In reality, pirates were notorious criminals and despicable cowards responsible for wonton acts of savagery, barbarity and bloodthirstiness.
Bilge Rat Pirate Adventurer paints a vastly different and much more realistic picture of the harsh and brutal world of pirates. Expunged are the orchestrated swashbuckling duels amongst rivals, the storied histrionics of saving damsels from unspeakable defilement, the Hollywood-created fantasy of innocents walking the plank to their eternal doom and the ridiculous folly of these fiends actually burying hard-fought booty on some deserted atoll. Rather, this unique and action-packed series depicts a realistic and genuine account of life amongst these sea vultures, while providing a highly powerful and entertaining reading experience.
The series centers on a young lad and his lifelong trials and tribulations. Orphaned as a youth, our hero is forced to flee his beloved homeland due to the evil machinations of a despicable bully. Highly educated by a cleric uncle and fluent in a slew of foreign languages, the youth is forced to quickly adapt to the rigorous and unmerciful life as a sailor. By fate's grace, the burgeoning tar has been gifted with a special ability to duplicate all manner of sounds and voices, which enables him to outwit contemptible adversaries and avoid mortal dangers throughout his travels.
This raw recruit is sea-seasoned by a host of highly memorable, charismatic and fascinating rascals and rogues. At the same time, our hero is tormented and bedeviled by an abundance of malignant, malicious and lethal enemies. Only his well-honed quick thinking and cunning can keep him out of harms way.
The star-crossed adventurer is eventually captured and forced into a life of piracy by a mangy and noxious band of sea wolves. Caught up in a world of nautical psychopaths, miscreants and scalawags, the series paints a realistic account of everyday life aboard a pirate ship, along with documenting a myriad of insidious and malevolent depredations wrought by these sea devils.
This refreshing and novel series also introduces an appalling pirate scourge--The Black Tarantula. This pirate demon is nothing more than evil personified. He is a lethal threat to all humanity as he treats his numerous victims with utmost malice, torment and hideous annihilation. This diabolical archfiend takes a particular interest in our young hero and spends considerable effort persecuting and vexing his well being and livelihood.
Chocked full of rollicking and captivating sea tales and sailor's yarns, this novel and exciting series is a must read for every pirate aficionado!