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Looking for Dei

Fifteen-year-old Nara Dall has never liked secrets. Yet it seems that her life has been filled with them, from the ugly scar on her back to the strange powers she possesses. Her adoptive father refuses to say anything about her origins, and soon, she and her best friend must attend the announcement ceremony, in which youths are tested for a magical gift.

A gifted youth has not been announced in the poor village of Dimmitt for decades. When Nara uncovers the reason, she uses her own powers to make things right. The decision sets her on a path of danger, discovery, and a search for the divine. In the process, she learns the truth about herself and uncovers the biggest secret of all: the power of broken people.

Wendy Brown-Baez: Where Do Stories Grow?

The Story That Won’t Let Go
A Guest Blog Post by Wendy Brown-Baez

Like many writers, I loved books when I was a child. I especially loved mysteries and the chutzpah of Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew. I began to write my own stories in 3rd grade but I’m afraid they were riddled with clichés. In 6th grade I wrote a story about teen-agers falling in love. I can still picture the cover I designed out of construction paper but I don’t recall where the idea came from. The title was “The Sun Comes Shining.” The boyfriend is killed when he pushes her brother out of the way of an oncoming bus. At the end, the girl goes to their secret place overlooking the ocean and watches the dawn come up. She realizes that life goes on. When I read it aloud to the class, all the girls started bawling. I thought, “This is what I want to do! This is powerful!”

Blog Tour Spotlight: Bound

Magnus Blackwell’s past is about to catch up with him.

An evil force has seized New Orleans. Pestilence, suffering, and darkness cloak the city. The citizens are scared and need their mambo to guide them, but Lexie Arden can’t help anyone. A diabolical presence has taken Lexie’s power and severed her ties with the other side.

Magnus Blackwell is fighting demons of his own. Torn between his devotion to Lexie and a spirit from his past, Magnus’s loyalty is put to the test. He must revisit his sins to uncover the key to the hatred ripping the city apart. If he doesn’t, Lexie’s reign as mambo will end.

Their search for answers leads them deep into the darker realms of voodoo—until a desperate Lexie does the unthinkable, and Magnus can do nothing to spare her from her fate.

Blog Tour Spotlight: The Forest Beyond the Earth by Matthew S. Cox

Under the watchful eye of the Mother Shrine, twelve-year-old Wisp ekes out a simple, but challenging life with Dad, foraging for food and losing herself in old books from the world that came before. She loves the Endless Forest ― except when the Tree Walkers come for her.

In ages past, the great rain of fire and ash destroyed the Earth, wiping out the ancients and everything they had made. Nature has reclaimed much since then, spreading out in a vast forest full of wonder and dread. Ever in fear of being taken away, she follows Dad’s rules without question while learning to survive off the land.

No longer a small child, she accompanies Dad on one of his treks, her first time more than a few steps away from the cabin. A day exploring with him is the happiest time of her life, but joy is short-lived.

A monster follows them home.

Adalina Mae: Where Do Stories Grow?

A Guest Blog Post by Author Adalina Mae

Nothing Is Predictable was written with the hope readers can relate to their inner troubles, particularly for women who have suffered childhood trauma and for women who struggle at relationships.

I have come across many women that struggle to have healthy relationships, resulting in one failure after another. I for one, am one of those women, Zara, the protagonist in Nothing Is Predictable is based on my life’s experiences.

My life’s experiences have taught me that nothing is predictable and nothing can last forever, these days I live by these two premises”.

Blog Tour Spotlight: Fey Spy by Tiffany Shand

A fey,

A world that’s against her,

A mission to save her people,

And a lost love.

Serafina Valeon fights to save her people by working in the resistance as a spy, in a world where she could be killed for being a fey. Only a scared artifact, the keystone, can help bring freedom to the fey. Sera must risk her life to recover the stone and venture into the mage city of Elmira.

Once there she stumbles across her childhood sweetheart, Bastian, who now works for the very people that hunt her race. Sera must find a way to work with Bastian, despite their differences and the forbidden desire between them. Will she be able to recover the artifact without revealing who and what she really is? Will Bastian be able to accept her, or will their love be the doom of her?

Blog Tour Spotlight: The Twilight Saint by Jessica Penot

It has been thousands of years since the fall of the great nations, and the tribes that remain in the ashes of the fallen must fight to survive in the shadows. In this desperate landscape, Ailive has spent her entire life fighting for the honor of her tribe and she has grown weary of war.

When Ailive sees a chance to escape her fate, she flees into a chaotic landscape where death and darkness lurk behind every friendly face until she finds refuge in the peaceful city at the center of her world. In this city, Ailive finds everything she's ever dreamt of, but news of a strange prophet from the South brings whispers of war to Ailive's peaceful home.

Now Ailive alone can stop the genocide of an entire tribe of people. Ailive alone holds the key to bringing peace to the world and destroying the monstrous man whom she once loved, if she can only gain the courage to pick up her sword again and make herself fulfill the destiny she's fought her entire life.

Blog Tour Spotlight: Micromium by David Gittlin

The year is 2038. Earth’s biosphere is on the brink of destruction from the effects of global warming and pollution. The World Energy Council has awarded a lucrative contract to a major US corporation to mine a precious ore discovered by the first manned mission to land on Mars.  One kilo of Micromium can power a large city for a year without environmental side effects.  A few grains of the ore can fuel a car for a year or longer.  Micromium promises to provide clean energy to a thirsty planet far into the future.

When two people die in a mining accident on Mars, the World Energy Council sends Commander Logan Marchant and a crack team of astronaut specialists to investigate.

Curator's Pick: Rollin' Into Mystery

When you’re young, it’s all about finding ways to entertain yourself to keep the boredom at bay. Lucky for the West Main Five it doesn’t look like they have to go too far when they stumble upon a mystery in their own yard. 

Rollin’ In Mystery follows the story of five friends who find a ransom note and jump head first into solving the mystery. With no fear and previous experience, they quickly find themselves deep in a case that not even the police seem to be completely aware of. From interesting characters to helpful hints, these friends will either find glory in solving a case or find themselves in trouble.

Read our critic and curator reviews and download a copy of this book here.

Curator's Pick: Keeper of the Watch

I approached reading Keeper of the Watch with some apprehension; I seem to have read all too many fantasy-based books that just don’t manage to communicate their ideas very clearly. A lot of their sci-fi and fantasy elements aren’t fully explained, which makes it difficult to fully immerse yourself in the story. I have to say though, that I was pleasantly surprised with Keeper of the Watch.

From the moment that I started reading, I wanted to know more. Kristen L. Jackson does a fantastic job of merging realism with fantasy, and even as we learn about different dimensions and the idea of blood flowing from human body to mechanical watch, nothing seems out of place. As protagonist Chase Walker experiences these things, we do too, which allows Jackson to explain everything in a clear, but not overbearing manner.

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