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Kat BrzozowskiVicki 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 HarbowyLouisa KleinSupernatural Freak/New Adults urban fantasy: Being alone, at night, in the middle of nowhere, is a scary situation.
Kat BrzozowskiPersistence of Shadows/Thriller: I see the man’s head before anything else, before his hunched shoulders or the two figures running in front.
Alison WeissTRULY AND FOREVER/Speculative YA: Of all the examination rooms in Dr. Jack's office, Room 3 was the one I hated most.
Kat BrzozowskiA 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.
Alison WeissMillion 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.
Kat BrzozowskiThe Keepers/ YA Fantasy: The hunger cramps crept into the hollow insides of my body, silent and sly.
Alison Weiss Jamie Gilman KressWILD LIFE / Adult Urban Fantasy: Vegas seared the eyes of normal people.
Kat BrzozowskiSUMMONED/YA supernatural suspense:I must be crazy working after school as a nurses' aide at a mental hospital where so many weird things happen.
Alison WeissASHER 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.
Gabrielle HarbowyTAKING CHARGE/Contemporary: Brody Lang was getting laid, he just didn't know it yet.
Kat BrzozowskiKat McMahonDescent/YA/ParanormalThere is no one I can trust to find Gideon Jones for me, if he is dead, it’s my fault.
Kat BrzozowskiDebbie 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.
Alison WeissHanna and the Horsemen/ YA Fantasy: The problem with having Death for a father is that he can be anywhere, at anytime.
Alison WeissALIEN 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.
Gabrielle HarbowyKNIGHT FALL/adult science fiction: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 SargentThe 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.
Allison WeissELUDING 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.
Kat BrzozowskiINNER FLAME/YA Fantasy: Everything ends.
Kat BrzozowskiAn Absence of Light / NA Sci-fi: The dead don’t blink.
Stacy AbramsDESIDERIUM/YA Fantasy: A blinking yellow light draws my gaze to the steel band clinging to my wrist.
Gabrielle Harbowy J5/YA Alternate History: Tacked to the wall in a wooden frame, a rustic little impostor amid much finer furnishings, our family portrait mocks us.
Gabrielle HarbowyANOMALY/YA FANTASY: I was born to stand out, but I always seem to fade into the background.
Alison WeissDragons Are People, Too/YA Urban Fantasy: Well, crap.
Claire EvansSomebody 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.
Kat BrzozowskiThe Dragon's Pearl/YA Fantasy: Once upon a time, there was a girl named Misha who was neither kind nor beautiful, but very smart.
Kat BrzozowskiCRASH DAYS / YA Literary Thriller: I believed in the healing power of parking garages.
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TS FergusonI Found You: YA ContemporaryThe motorcycle caught my eye first, but the rider took my breath away.
Stacy AbramsDemon Invasion/MG Fantasy Adventure: Huff was missing.
SaraThe 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.
Stacy AbramsBeyond 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.
Sara Sargent Pirate 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.
Claire EvansThe Legacy of the Eye/Sci-fi Romance: It might have been a symbolic gesture, but I was not budging.
Gabrielle HarbowyThe 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.
Sara SargentOperation Witches/MG Contemporary: I knew Shannyn was going to lie before she opened her mouth.
Sara SargentThe Truth About Leaving/ YA Contemporary: The first time I met Dov, I was twirling in the foyer of Wilmette Academy.
Alison WeissMeditation/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.
Stacy AbramsDEATH BY HIGH HEELS/Mystery: Cops hate it when you vomit all over their crime scene – a mistake I had no desire to repeat.
Kat BrzozowskiTwelve Steps / YA Contemporary: There should be a support group for kids with perfect siblings.
Gabrielle HarbowyDRAGONEER/YA Fantasy: “Reyna, a princess does not spin about like some circus performer.”
Kat BrzozowskiHeart 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.
Kat BrzozowskiBLOODFRUIT/ YA Urban Fantasy: A no-kill order was unprecedented in Hell.
Claire EvansBook Realm: The Keeper's Heartstone/MG Fantasy: Careful not to smudge the sparkling clean glass, I peer through the door of Read It & Weep.
Kat BrzozowskiBECOMING HERO/YA High-Concept: Skye ignored the stench of the banana peels and burger wrappers crushed against his face as he forced himself to breathe steady.(Sure hope this comment posts! Site isn't too mobile friendly, and I don't have internet on my computer, so if I've posted multiply by accident I really do apologize!)
Kat BrzozowskiEDGE OF LIFE/YA Contemporary Romance with Magical Realism: Leaning forward, I looked down.
Sara SargentArrows/YA contemporary myth retelling: Karma didn’t see me the night I made her fall in love.
Alison WeissAccording to Legends/MG Fantasy: In the quiet stillness of Imaginatia, a river waited.
Sara SargentMutiny/Space Opera: Mac's face burned from lying on hot sand.
Sara Sargent, Harper CollinsDriven Commercial Fiction Stretching as he exited his car, Jimmy Rickliefs smiled; it was good to be home.
Sara SargentHeritage Blade Awakening/YA Urban Fantasy: Killing was one of those things that grew easier with time, that and tight rope walking.
Kat BrzozowskiThe Gear'd Heart/NA SteamPunk: The clouds thickened as Keira picked her way down the muddy slope toward the grotto.
Kat BrzozowskiNUMBERED/YA Horror:Our families were tight, but it was obvious Karen's mom was nervous having me in the house.
Sara SargentDragon's Treasure/ NA Fantasy: A bone-deep tremor snaked down Olivia’s back as she hurried along through the unfamiliar forest.
Stacy AbramsRAINBOW TEARS/Upmarket Women's Fiction: I was 392 days old when my big brother died.
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Gabrielle HarbowyThe Kingdom Legend: Beyond the Castle Walls/Middle Grade FantasyAgmund’s dark hair and eyes mimicked his father’s, but he wasn’t human.
Kat Brzozowski.Little Devils/ MG Fantasy.The second worst feeling in the world is realising you’ve just done something mammothly, brontosaurusly stupid.
Claire EvansThe 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.
Kat BrzozowskiSarita/Middle Grade Historical: “ELI DID WHAT?”
Claire EvansThe Princess Who Was Not/MG Fantasy“You are not my daughter.”
Kat BrzozowskiFutureShock/YA time travel: "They can take our freedom, but they can never take our French fries!"
Gabrielle HarbowyA Pretty Pirate Pickle/MG Contemporary: Only two things stand between me and the front end of my daddy's ship--two tall, loud things with bad jump shots.
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