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Alison WeissVicki 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.
Brett WrightLouisa 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.
Gabrielle HarbowyTRULY AND FOREVER/Speculative YA: Of all the examination rooms in Dr. Jack's office, Room 3 was the one I hated most.
Claire EvansA 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.
Kat BrzozowskiMillion 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.
T.S. 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.
Claire EvansThe Keepers/ YA Fantasy: The hunger cramps crept into the hollow insides of my body, silent and sly.
Stacey AbramsSecrets 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 BrzozowskiJamie Gilman KressWILD LIFE / Adult Urban Fantasy: Vegas seared the eyes of normal people.
Sara SargentASHER 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 WeissTAKING CHARGE/Contemporary: Brody Lang was getting laid, he just didn't know it yet.
Sara SargentDebbie 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.
Brett WrightHanna and the Horsemen/ YA Fantasy: The problem with having Death for a father is that he can be anywhere, at anytime.
Claire EvansLifeweaver - Epic Fantasy : Just once, Talyn wished he could be the guest of honor to something besides an aftermath.
Gabrielle HarbowyThe 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.
Peter SenftlebenKNIGHT 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.
Gabrielle HarbowyELUDING 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.
Peter SenftlebenALIEN 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 HarbowyAn Absence of Light / NA Sci-fi: The dead don’t blink.
Gabrielle HarbowyDESIDERIUM/YA Fantasy: A blinking yellow light draws my gaze to the steel band clinging to my wrist.
Alison WeissINNER FLAME/YA Fantasy: Everything ends.
Kat BrzozowskiANOMALY/ YA FANTASY: I was born to stand out, but I always seem to fade into the background.
Kat BrzozowskiDragons Are People, Too/YA Urban Fantasy: Well, crap.
Brett WrightSomebody 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.
Claire EvansCRASH DAYS / YA Literary Thriller: I believed in the healing power of parking garages.
Kat BrzozwskiJ5/YA Alternate History: Tacked to the wall in a wooden frame, a rustic little impostor amid much finer furnishings, our family portrait mocks us.
T.S. FergusonThe 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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Stacy AbramsI Found You: YA ContemporaryThe motorcycle caught my eye first, but the rider took my breath away.
Alison WeissDemon Invasion/MG Fantasy Adventure: Huff was missing.
Alison WeissBeyond 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.
AlisonThe 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.
Kat BrzozowskiPirate 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.
Peter SenftlebenThe Legacy of the Eye/Sci-fi Romance: It might have been a symbolic gesture, but I was not budging.
Gabrielle HarbowyOperation Witches/MG Contemporary: I knew Shannyn was going to lie before she opened her mouth.
Sara SargentThe 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.
Alison WeissThe Truth About Leaving/ YA Contemporary: The first time I met Dov, I was twirling in the foyer of Wilmette Academy.
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Sara SargentMeditation/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.
T.S. FergusonDEATH BY HIGH HEELS/Mystery: Cops hate it when you vomit all over their crime scene – a mistake I had no desire to repeat.
Sara Sargent Twelve Steps / YA Contemporary: There should be a support group for kids with perfect siblings.
Sara SargentHeart 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.
Claire EvansDRAGONEER/YA Fantasy: “Reyna, a princess does not spin about like some circus performer.”
Alison WeissBLOODFRUIT/ YA Urban Fantasy: A no-kill order was unprecedented in Hell.
Gabrielle HarbowyBook Realm: The Keeper's Heartstone/MG Fantasy: Careful not to smudge the sparkling clean glass, I peer through the door of Read It & Weep.
Gabrielle HarbowyEDGE OF LIFE/YA Contemporary Romance with Magical Realism: Leaning forward, I looked down.
Brett WrightBECOMING 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.
Brett WrightArrows/YA contemporary myth retelling: Karma didn’t see me the night I made her fall in love.
Kat BrzozowskiAccording to Legends/MG Fantasy: In the quiet stillness of Imaginatia, a river waited.
Kat BrzozowskiMutiny/Space Opera: Mac's face burned from lying on hot sand.
Greg Ferguson, Egmont USADriven Commercial Fiction Stretching as he exited his car, Jimmy Rickliefs smiled; it was good to be home.
Claire EvansHeritage Blade Awakening/YA Urban Fantasy: Killing was one of those things that grew easier with time, that and tight rope walking.
T.S. FergusonThe Gear'd Heart/NA SteamPunk: The clouds thickened as Keira picked her way down the muddy slope toward the grotto.
T.S. FergusonNUMBERED/YA Horror:Our families were tight, but it was obvious Karen's mom was nervous having me in the house.
Kat BrzozowskiDragon's Treasure/ NA Fantasy: A bone-deep tremor snaked down Olivia’s back as she hurried along through the unfamiliar forest.
Claire EvansRAINBOW TEARS/Upmarket Women's Fiction: I was 392 days old when my big brother died.
Sara SargentA 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.
Kat BrzozowskiThe Kingdom Legend: Beyond the Castle Walls/Middle Grade FantasyAgmund’s dark hair and eyes mimicked his father’s, but he wasn’t human.
Claire Evans.Little Devils/ MG Fantasy.The second worst feeling in the world is realising you’ve just done something mammothly, brontosaurusly stupid.
Sara SargentThe 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.
Greg FergusonLetters 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 SargentSarita/Middle Grade Historical: “ELI DID WHAT?”
Claire EvansThe Princess Who Was Not/MG Fantasy“You are not my daughter.”
Gabrielle HarbowyFutureShock/YA time travel: "They can take our freedom, but they can never take our French fries!"
Sara SargentOF STARSHINE AND ASHES/YA SciFi: She appeared in late afternoon, at the tree line where our mowed grass ended and the wild woods began.
Claire EvansThe 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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