The weather is absolutely beautiful today and I am longing for summer vacation. For me, that means lots of editing of novels-in-progress (not mine) and writing novels (mine). It also means long hours lying in the sun and reading.
If you are a reader, I’d like to bring your attention to a list of novels that are newly published. I have helped polish and edit all of these books, so go out and buy them already! Most are available as books and as ebooks, and many of them have a website or blog if you want more information. When you buy, read, and enjoy these books, please leave a review on Amazon and/or a comment on the author’s blog! That type of feedback is much appreciated.
For Middle Grade (4th-6th grade):
Priscilla the Great by Sybil Nelson–All Priscilla wants is to be a normal seventh grader, but she has fire shooting out of her fingertips and psycho genetically-enhanced assassins are trying to kill her. This is a humorous adventure story.
Novel Central, Novel Central 2 edited by Linda Ulleseit–Two collections of short novels by my fifth grade students. If you like to write, check out what these amazing writers have created! Wide varieties of story length and genre.
For Young Adults:
Apocalypse Gene by Carlyle Clark and Suki Michelle–Okay, not due out until October 2011, but worth waiting for! Global pandemic rages, euthanasia just became the family business, and Olivya finds out the monsters of myth are real. This book is a combination of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and near-future cyberpunk.
Kings and Queens by Courtney Vail--A Young Adult suspense novel due out this summer. Majesty Alistair suffers from bloody dreams that hint at disaster. She’s also troubled by police not looking deeper into her father’s fatal car wreck, and by the church massacre she hears two fellow students planning.
Songbird by Angela Fristoe–A teen romance due out this summer. Faced with losing her best friend, Dani tries to escape memories of her brother’s death. Then a former foster brother reappears in her life and she begins receiving threatening phone calls.
Twin Souls by DelSheree Gladden–Following tradition, Uriah and Claire approach the Elders of their Tewa tribe to ask permission to marry. Everyone is shocked when the elders refuse, saying the pair are not Twin Souls. Confused and angry, Uriah promises he will never abandon Claire. When she is poisoned by her vindictive father, ancient Native American myths and legends spring into reality, trying to stop him from saving Claire. Action-packed teen romance. (sequel, Shaxoa’s Gift, also available)
Worst Impressions by K.L. Brady–Sharp-witted basketball phenom LizBennett just wants finish high school under the radar…but with three kid sisters, an overprotective mom, and two new popular guys at school that isn’t going to happen. A hysterically funny teen romance.
Bum Magnet by K.L. Brady–Charisse is a savvy, successful real‑estate agent with a quick wit, a low tolerance for BS, a gorgeous plus‑size body, and a thirst for top shelf vodka. Despite her dream house, luxury car, and appetite for life’s best–like fine dining and hot men–she seems to have her own special talent for attracting players. Why do all of her ex‑lovers belong in the Losers Hall of Fame? A very funny romance.
Cable Hornman: The Bard Begins by C. Lee Brown–A female half elf assassinates a duchess, and the guards (including Cable Hornman, Hadin the dwarf, and Oskar the barbarian) must capture her. Elves, assassins, a Golem, thieves and evil leaders makes the guards’ job difficult. A high fantasy adventure tale.
The Coffee Diary by Caroline Kellems–Veronica must return to Guatemala and face the life she left behind after fleeing to California after her father’s murder. Her homecoming rekindles an old flame, unearths family secrets, and reminds Veronica that daily life in Guatemala is filled with love, beauty, violence, and corruption.
Eolyn by Karin Rita Gastreich–Daughter of the last of the Magas, Eolyn seeks refuge in the South Woods. There she falls in love with the man who will become the Mage King and her enemy. An epic fantasy with a romantic thread.
Grateful Undead: They’re so Vein by Susan Stec–A 58-year old woman becomes a vampire and turns her mother and sisters, who in turn make vamps of some local wildlife. Then they find out they’re breaking all sorts of immortal rules. The perfect vampire spoof, this book is irreverent and funny.
A Visitor to Sandahl by C. Lee Brown–I couldn’t leave this one out, could I? A collection of stories set in the world created for Cable Hornman, above, this is a worldwide collaboration of various authors, including me. A fantasy anthology.
The House on Harrigan’s Hill by C.J. Noonan–s a poignant tale of the impoverished lives of the five children, the alcoholism and infidelity of their charismatic father, and the sustaining commitment of their independent mother. Their grim existence leads to resentment, remorse, and ultimately, forgiveness. Wonderful historical fiction piece set in Truckee, California.
In hardback: Captive of the Labyrinth by Mary Jo Ignoffo