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Sara SargentVicki 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.
Sara SargentLouisa KleinSupernatural Freak/New Adults urban fantasy: Being alone, at night, in the middle of nowhere, is a scary situation.
Alison WeissPersistence of Shadows/Thriller: I see the man’s head before anything else, before his hunched shoulders or the two figures running in front.
Sara Sargent 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.
Brett WrightThe Keepers/ YA Fantasy: The hunger cramps crept into the hollow insides of my body, silent and sly.
Claire EvansMillion 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.
Greg FergusonSUMMONED: YA supernatural suspense:I must be crazy working after school as a nurses' aide at a mental hospital where so many weird things happen.
Kat BrzozoswkiSecrets 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.
Kat BrzozowskiTRULY AND FOREVER/Speculative YA: Of all the examination rooms in Dr. Jack's office, Room 3 was the one I hated most.
Kat BrzozowskiTAKING CHARGE/Contemporary: Brody Lang was getting laid, he just didn't know it yet.
Claire EvansASHER 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.
Alison WeissDebbie 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 HarbowyHanna and the Horsemen/ YA Fantasy: The problem with having Death for a father is that he can be anywhere, at anytime.
Claire EvansJamie Gilman KressWILD LIFE / Adult Urban Fantasy: Vegas seared the eyes of normal people.
Sara SargentLifeweaver - Epic Fantasy : Just once, Talyn wished he could be the guest of honor to something besides an aftermath.
Sara Sargent ALIEN 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.
Stacey AbramKNIGHT 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.
Brett WrightELUDING 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.
Alison WeissAn Absence of Light / NA Sci-fi: The dead don’t blink.
Sara SargentINNER FLAME/YA Fantasy: Everything ends.
Claire EvansSNAP/YA Contemporary: My best friend Jen has always been my biggest fan.
Claire EvansDragons Are People, Too/YA Urban Fantasy: Well, crap.
Kat BrzozowskiSomebody 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.
Brett WrightThe 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.
Claire EvansJ5/YA Alternate History: Tacked to the wall in a wooden frame, a rustic little impostor amid much finer furnishings, our family portrait mocks us.
Brett WrightThe Dragon's Pearl/YA Fantasy: Once upon a time, there was a girl named Misha who was neither kind nor beautiful, but very smart.
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Alison WeissI Found You: YA ContemporaryThe motorcycle caught my eye first, but the rider took my breath away.
Kat Brzozowski, Thomas Dunne BooksWhere 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.
Claire EvansDemon Invasion/MG Fantasy Adventure: Huff was missing.
Kat BrzozowskiBeyond 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. Beyond 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.
KatThe 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.
Alison WeissPirate 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.
Alison WeissThe Legacy of the Eye/Sci-fi Romance: It might have been a symbolic gesture, but I was not budging.
Kat BrzozowskiThe 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.
Kat BrzozowskiOperation Witches/MG Contemporary: I knew Shannyn was going to lie before she opened her mouth.
Brett WrightThe Kingdom Legend: Beyond the Castle Walls/Middle Grade FantasyAgmund’s dark hair and eyes mimicked his father’s, but he wasn’t human.
Claire EvansThe Truth About Leaving/ YA Contemporary: The first time I met Dov, I was twirling in the foyer of Wilmette Academy.
Claire EvansDEATH BY HIGH HEELS/Mystery: Cops hate it when you vomit all over their crime scene – a mistake I had no desire to repeat.
Kat BrzozowskiMeditation/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 Ferguson Twelve Steps / YA Contemporary: There should be a support group for kids with perfect siblings.
Claire EvansHeart 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.
Sara SargentDRAGONEER/YA Fantasy: “Reyna, a princess does not spin about like some circus performer.”
TS FergusonBLOODFRUIT/ YA Urban Fantasy: A no-kill order was unprecedented in Hell.
Kat Brzozowski Book Realm: The Keeper's Heartstone/MG Fantasy: Careful not to smudge the sparkling clean glass, I peer through the door of Read It & Weep.
Sara SargentBECOMING 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.
Sara SargentEDGE OF LIFE/YA Contemporary Romance with Magical Realism: Leaning forward, I looked down.
Alison WeissArrows/YA contemporary myth retelling: Karma didn’t see me the night I made her fall in love.
Claire EvansAccording to Legends/MG Fantasy: In the quiet stillness of Imaginatia, a river waited.
Brett WrightMutiny/Space Opera: Mac's face burned from lying on hot sand.
Gabrielle Harbowy, Dragon Moon PressDriven Commercial Fiction Stretching as he exited his car, Jimmy Rickliefs smiled; it was good to be home.
T. S. FergusonHeritage Blade Awakening/YA Urban Fantasy: Killing was one of those things that grew easier with time, that and tight rope walking.
Sara SargentThe Gear'd Heart/NA SteamPunk: The clouds thickened as Keira picked her way down the muddy slope toward the grotto.
Brett WrightNUMBERED/YA Horror:Our families were tight, but it was obvious Karen's mom was nervous having me in the house.
Claire EvansDragon's Treasure/ NA Fantasy: A bone-deep tremor snaked down Olivia’s back as she hurried along through the unfamiliar forest.
Gabrielle HarbowyRAINBOW TEARS/Upmarket Women's Fiction: I was 392 days old when my big brother died.
Claire EvansA 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.
Sara Sargent.Little Devils/ MG Fantasy.The second worst feeling in the world is realising you’ve just done something mammothly, brontosaurusly stupid.
Claire Evens.SPECIATION/YA light SyFy: Six — minutes I am late.
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Kat BrzozowskiThe 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 BrzozowskiThe Princess Who Was Not/MG Fantasy“You are not my daughter.”
Brett WrightFutureShock/YA time travel: "They can take our freedom, but they can never take our French fries!"
Alison WeissOF STARSHINE AND ASHES/YA SciFi: She appeared in late afternoon, at the tree line where our mowed grass ended and the wild woods began.
Kat BrzozowskiThe 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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