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Stacy AbramsLouisa KleinSupernatural Freak/New Adults urban fantasy: Being alone, at night, in the middle of nowhere, is a scary situation
Greg FergusonVicki OriansCATCH ME WHEN I FALL/YA Paranormal Romance: “Being a Dreamcatcher isn’t as bad as you make it out to be, Daniel,” my partner, Marlene, said.
Gabrielle HarbowyPersistence of Shadows/Thriller: I see the man’s head before anything else, before his hunched shoulders or the two figures running in front.
Brett WrightSummoned/YA supernatural suspense:I must be crazy working after school as a nurses' aide at a mental hospital where so many weird things happen.
Greg Ferguson A Hundred Frogs, Even/MG Contemporary: I would have given Mom a good-bye hug, but StepThad’s arm rested across her shoulder, like the two of them were glued together.
Sara SargentSecrets In Translation/YA Contemporary: I could hardly wait -- no, you guessed it -- I could have waited forever, but my doom was not going to be postponed.
T.S. FergusonTRULY AND FOREVER/Speculative YA: Of all the examination rooms in Dr. Jack's office, Room 3 was the one I hated most.
Greg FergusonThe Keepers/ YA Fantasy: The hunger cramps crept into the hollow insides of my body, silent and sly.
Sara SargentMillion Dollar Lunch / MG Contemporary: It was only the first day of food camp, and already Rome knew two things: one, there was such a thing as a mortal enemy, and two, it was going to be really tough to beat said enemy with a little sister at his side.
Gabrielle HarbowyASHER LOCKE AND THE KNIGHTS OF ARCADIA / MG Fantasy Adventure: The straight razor made a whispery snikt as Asher freed the shiny edge from its metal handle.
Sara SargentKat McMahonDescent/YA/ParanormalThere is no one I can trust to find Gideon Jones for me, if he is dead, it’s my fault.
Sara sargentTAKING CHARGE/Contemporary: Brody Lang was getting laid, he just didn't know it yet.
Sara SargentHanna and the Horsemen/ YA Fantasy: The problem with having Death for a father is that he can be anywhere, at anytime.
Greg FergusonJamie Gilman KressWILD LIFE / Adult Urban Fantasy: Vegas seared the eyes of normal people.
Peter SenftlebenDebbie EmoryCALL OF THE CROW / MG magical realism: Josh Albright sat at a worn wooden table in his clubhouse surrounded by nails, a tin box of craft supplies, and a slightly chewed pencil.
Gabrielle HarbowyLifeweaver - Epic Fantasy : Just once, Talyn wished he could be the guest of honor to something besides an aftermath.
Gabrielle HarbowyALIEN PREP SCHOOL CONSPIRACY / YA science fiction: When Gil and Lew came to my dorm room with the idea of stealing the physics final, I normally wouldn’t have considered such a dumbass move.
Alison WeissThe Silver Sphere/MG Fantasy: "What do you think it is?" Maya asked as she and her older sister Cecilia stood in a narrow alleyway between two shops, staring at a hovering silver sphere.
Sara SergantELUDING ILLUSIONS - Paranormal Romantic-Suspense: The clang of the grandfather clock rang out five times; the sixth strike sent a pang of fear through Emma's body.
Claire EvansKNIGHT FALL/adult sci fi: As a card caring scientist, I knew a lot of things: gravity sucked, sound didn’t travel through a vacuum, and chocolate really could make me feel better.
Sara SargentAn Absence of Light / NA Sci-fi: The dead don’t blink.
Greg FergusonDESIDERIUM/YA Fantasy: A blinking yellow light draws my gaze to the steel band clinging to my wrist.
Gabrielle HarbowyINNER FLAME/YA Fantasy: Everything ends.
Alison WeissSomebody That I Used To Know / YA Contemporary: I tear my gaze from the email's subject line to the sender's name, and adrenaline floods my veins, flushing out the numbness that sustained me these last few months.
Greg FergusonDragons Are People, Too/YA Urban Fantasy: Well, crap.
Brett WrightCOLLIDE/ MG Fantasy: I don’t have any friends because people think Dad’s crazy, a conspiracy theorist, that loon with a telescope, or an astronomical idiot.
Claire EvansThe Dragon's Pearl/YA Fantasy: Once upon a time, there was a girl named Misha who was neither kind nor beautiful, but very smart.
Alison WeissJ5/YA Alternate History: Tacked to the wall in a wooden frame, a rustic little impostor amid much finer furnishings, our family portrait mocks us.
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Claire EvansI Found You: YA ContemporaryThe motorcycle caught my eye first, but the rider took my breath away.
Brett WrightDemon Invasion/MG Fantasy Adventure: Huff was missing.
Gabrielle HarbowyBeyond the River/Literary Fiction: The narrow path led up and away from the rushing water to where the forest thwarted the sun and the river’s hiss diminished.
Greg FergusonPirate Island/MG mystery: My best friend, Andy, strode into our summer writing class, his eyes widening in horror when he caught me airing out my pits, arms dangling to the sides gorilla style.
Gabrielle HarbowyThe Legacy of the Eye/Adult Sci-fi Romance: It might have been a symbolic gesture, but I was not budging.
Claire EvansOperation Witches/MG Contemporary: I knew Shannyn was going to lie before she opened her mouth.
StacyThe New Eden Chronicles: YA SF ThrillerTheresa’s a kicker--Mama and I struggle to keep her in the kitchen chair so the medics can find a vein and fill a vial with her blood.
Brett WrightThe Return of the Mirage/YA MysteryI step up onto the concrete wall outside the Thrifty Inn and shade my eyes from the low sun, straining for a glimpse of the Speedway.
Greg FergusonWhere All the Missing Pieces Go/YA FantasyWaiting in front of Lord and Lady Crocket’s dining room, I could only think of one possible explanation for why I’d been summoned.
Stacy AbramsThe Kingdom Legend: Beyond the Castle Walls/Middle Grade FantasyAgmund’s dark hair and eyes mimicked his father’s, but he wasn’t human.
Kat BrzozowskiThe Truth About Leaving/ YA Contemporary: The first time I met Dov, I was twirling in the foyer of Wilmette Academy.
Brett WrightDEATH BY HIGH HEELS/Mystery: Cops hate it when you vomit all over their crime scene – a mistake I had no desire to repeat.
Greg FergusonMeditation/YA Thriller: I’m not sure what wakes me up first, the pounding in my head, or the cold concrete floor I’m lying on.
Greg FergusonHeart of Stone/YA Historical Supernatural: The carriage ride down from London has been brutal, but we dare not shift in our seats as long as Mama is watching.
Greg FergusonBook Realm: The Keeper's Heartstone/MG Fantasy: Careful not to smudge the sparkling clean glass, I peer through the door of Read It & Weep.
Claire EvansTwelve Steps / YA Contemporary: There should be a support group for kids with perfect siblings.
Kat BrzozowskiDRAGONEER/YA Fantasy: “Reyna, a princess does not spin about like some circus performer.”
Gabrielle HarbowyBLOODFRUIT/ YA Urban Fantasy: A no-kill order was unprecedented in Hell.
Gabrielle HarbowyBecoming Hero/YA High Concept: Skye ignored the stench of the banana peels and burger wrappers crushed against his face and forced himself to breathe steady.
Stacey AbramsEDGE OF LIFE/YA Contemporary Romance with Magical Realism: Leaning forward, I looked down.
Gabrielle HarbowyArrows/YA contemporary myth retelling: Karma didn’t see me the night I made her fall in love.
Greg FergusonAccording to Legends/MG Fantasy: In the quiet stillness of Imaginatia, a river waited.
Claire EvansMutiny/Space Opera: Mac's face burned from lying on hot sand.
Gabrielle HarbowyHeritage Blade Awakening/YA Urban Fantasy: Killing was one of those things that grew easier with time, that and tight rope walking.
Alison Weiss, Egmont USADriven Commercial Fiction Stretching as he exited his car, Jimmy Rickliefs smiled; it was good to be home.
Greg FergusonDragon's Treasure/ NA Fantasy: A bone-deep tremor snaked down Olivia’s back as she hurried along through the unfamiliar forest.
Greg FergusonNUMBERED/YA Horror:Our families were tight, but it was obvious Karen's mom was nervous having me in the house.
Greg FergusonA Pretty Pirate Pickle/MG Comtemporary: Only two things stand between me and the front end of my daddy's ship--two tall, loud things with bad jump shots.
Alison WeissRAINBOW TEARS/Upmarket Women's Fiction: I was 392 days old when my big brother died.
TS Ferguson.Little Devils/ MG Fantasy.The second worst feeling in the world is realising you’ve just done something mammothly, brontosaurusly stupid.
Kat Brzozowski.SPECIATION/YA light SyFy: Six — minutes I am late.
Alison WeissThe God of Many Faces/YA FantasyThe second time Miya was almost kidnapped (they made it all the way to the van), her mother sat her down on the bed and gave her the talk.
Brett WrightLetters to Disappointment/Women's Fiction: I write to you from the belly of this Phony War; for that is what they are calling it now.
Sara SargentThe Princess Who Was Not/MG fantasy“You are not my daughter.”
Alison WeissFutureShock/YA time travel: "They can take our freedom, but they can never take our French fries!"
Gabrielle HarbowyCRASH DAYS / YA literary thriller: I believed in the healing power of parking garages.
Greg FergusonThe Ups and Downs of Andrew Lane/MG Contemporary: Andrew waited in the overwhelming silence, alert to any sound that would reveal an enemy attack.
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