Editor’s Note: All three of these novels feature young adult protagonists but are enjoyable for readers of all ages. Whether you enjoy a good science fiction story, creepy psychological thrillers, or fun fantasies with dragons, there is something in this roundup for you!
THE CHILDREN OF GENESIS, OUT OF THE WILDERNESS, and FIREHEART are all FREE for Kindle on August 16.
Editor’s Note: Ghostly happenings plague teenager Ariel after her friend goes missing in GRAVITY.
Book Description: Ariel’s best friend, Jenna, goes missing one night and no knows what happened to her. Ariel has to navigate her social life while strange nightmares of the town orphanage and other ghostly visions plague her, somehow related to her missing friend. She doesn’t know who to trust as new friends and old enemies piece together the truth about what is going on in the small town of Hell.
Author’s Inspiration: An extremely creepy, abandoned seminary in my hometown. It’s four stories tall and very intimidating on the outside, and it’s been the site of a fire and numerous incidents of vandalism. Everyone in town thinks the place is haunted, and I always thought it would make a good story. My mom gave me a photograph of it from the 1800s that she found at a yard sale, and I had it hanging above my desk the entire time I wrote the first draft of what would become Gravity.
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I became an author because books have always been like friends to me. From the time I was little, I wrote stories, and I knew pretty early that I wanted to pursue being a professional author because it was what I loved to do most. I started actually taking it seriously after my second child was born, because I needed an escape, so I’d stay up when everyone else went to sleep and tinker with my stories. Gravity is the story I started with because it’s what I wanted in a scary story–it isn’t just about things that go bump in the night (although those are definitely there, bumping away) but also about testing friendships and laughing when times get hard.
Editor’s Note: These young adult stories both feature strong female protagonists. With one fantasy tale and another dystopian science fiction, if you’re looking to escape the mid week lull these books could help!
Get LONELY SOULS and CONCEALED IN THE SHADOWS for free for Kindle on 8/14!
Editor’s Note: In STRIKE a C-student class clown is the world’s last hope… Yikes.
Book Description: When Tobin Lloyd wakes up in the world of Capricious, a place where superheroes are real and attacks by super-villains are just another hassle of living in the city, he suddenly realizes his senior year of high school is not going as he expected. On the run with a beer-drinking dog, a genius, three-foot-tall robot, and a retired superhero, he must somehow, someway find a way back home, all while trying to discover who is chasing him…
Author’s Inspiration: I’ve always loved superheroes and stories about high school, so I wanted to write a story about a kid who is looking forward to nothing more than coasting through his senior year…until suddenly he finds himself in a world filled with things he has seen only in the movies and comic books. And I wanted him to react how I would react: by being really afraid, nausesous, and pretty sure he’s gone nuts.
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Charlie Wood lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Kate, and his comic book collection which is increasingly taking up way too much space. His favorite superhero is Nightcrawler, and when he was younger he used to get depressed because Kitty Pryde and the other X-Men are not real. (This still often depresses him.)
Editor’s Note: SHOCKWAVES is an action adventure with hints of the paranormal and BLOOD PACT is a paranormal story with a twist. Grab both while they are FREE for Kindle on August 13.
Editor’s Note: Today’s young adult selection includes a science fiction, a fantasy, and a western romance. You’ll enjoy following these brave young protagonists as they adventure through unknown landscapes and new emotions.
You can get ALEXANDRIA, SPADES, and THE OUTER EDGE OF HEAVEN for FREE for Kindle on 8/12.
Editor’s Note: If you like castles, knights, horses and mystery then you will like this book.
Book Description: His father missing, ten-year-old Brayden Rider lives in hiding in a small medieval village. When his home is attacked one fall night, Brayden knows he must flee, but, to where? With the arrival of a brave young knight in possession of a cryptic note, Brayden’s life changes forever. He must adapt to life as a castle page, make new friends and unravel the mystery of who is hunting him, and why. In this coming of age story, Brayden will confront all the danger and intrigue of life in the medieval age, while starting down the path to his destiny.
Author’s Inspiration:The inspiration for Brayden and his adventures grew out of my many trips to the UK, and the games I used to play with my friends as a boy. I wanted to write a character-driven story, particularly about a child who lived long ago, and have the reader “grow up again” with the character in a rich historical setting.
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I’m originally from Canada, but have lived in Northern Virginia since 1978 or so, attending college in Ohio and completing graduate work in Washington, DC and Charlottesville, Va. “Brayden Rider” is the first is a series following Brayden’s adventures as he grows up, and is my first novel.
Editor’s Note: ISLAND OF FOG is a dark young adult fantasy with intrigue and conspiracy.
Book Description: Eight families live together on a lonely, foggy island. The adults seem content, but teen aged Hal and his friends question their isolation and wonder what had happened on the mainland to make them move to this small island. After they find something strange in the woods, their dissatisfaction grows in intensity. The story reaches a peak when suddenly they all begin strange transformations into monstrous creatures.
Each child reacts differently to his or her unique monstrous transformation; after all, one may feel proud to be a dragon, faerie, or centaur, but who in their right mind wants to be a sadistic manticore or cowardly harpy?
Enter the world of ISLAND OF FOG and watch as these extraordinary children learn about who and what they really are.
The Kindle book is FREE on 8/10- 8/12.
Editor’s Note: They say not to judge a book by its cover, but lets be honest, we all are guilty. The intriguing covers of these young adult novels are as captivating as their science fiction and fantasy story lines.
Get QUEST, INDIGO KIDS, and THE MIND READERS for FREE for Kindle on 8/10.
Editor’s Note: A suspense-filled coming-of-age mystery.
The writing is clean, the imagery vibrantly descriptive, and the story, though fictional, carries realistic emotion that hits the core of the reader.
Book Description: WHAT WE SAW explores the themes of boyhood secrecy, mystery, and discovery — if you stumbled upon something truly shocking as a child, how would you react?
Author’s Inspiration: Mysteries are so common during childhood, so I dared to wonder ‘what if?’ one of my own fantastical mysteries had come true when I was younger? How would I have reacted?
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Ryan Casey is from Preston, Lancashire, in the UK. He tends to write suspense and thrillers, but dabbles in other genres too. He is a self proclaimed music nerd, and at the moment is into Still Corners, Kanye West, and Sigur Ros Albums.