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Peter SenftlebenVicki 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.
Claire EvansPersistence of Shadows/Thriller: I see the man’s head before anything else, before his hunched shoulders or the two figures running in front.
Alison WeissLouisa KleinSupernatural Freak/New Adults urban fantasy: Being alone, at night, in the middle of nowhere, is a scary situation.
Brett WrightA 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.
T.S. FergusonSecrets 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.
Gabrielle HarbowySUMMONED: YA supernatural suspense:I must be crazy working after school as a nurses' aide at a mental hospital where so many weird things happen.
Brett WrightMillion 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.
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T. S. FergusonASHER 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.
Claire EvansTRULY AND FOREVER/Speculative YA: Of all the examination rooms in Dr. Jack's office, Room 3 was the one I hated most.
Clair EvansTAKING CHARGE/Contemporary: Brody Lang was getting laid, he just didn't know it yet.
Sara SargentJamie Gilman KressWILD LIFE / Adult Urban Fantasy: Vegas seared the eyes of normal people.
Claire EvansDebbie 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.
Claire EvansHanna and the Horsemen/ YA Fantasy: The problem with having Death for a father is that he can be anywhere, at anytime.
Peter SenftlebenLifeweaver - Epic Fantasy : Just once, Talyn wished he could be the guest of honor to something besides an aftermath.
Kat BrzozowskiThe 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 Evans ELUDING 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 WeissKNIGHT 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.
Kat BrzozowskiALIEN 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.
T.S. FergusonAn Absence of Light / NA Sci-fi: The dead don’t blink.
Sara SargentDESIDERIUM/YA Fantasy: A blinking yellow light draws my gaze to the steel band clinging to my wrist.
Brett WrightINNER FLAME/YA Fantasy: Everything ends.
Brett WrightDragons Are People, Too/YA Urban Fantasy: Well, crap.
T.S. FergusonJ5/YA Alternate History: Tacked to the wall in a wooden frame, a rustic little impostor amid much finer furnishings, our family portrait mocks us.
Sara SargentSomebody 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.
Sara SargentANOMALY/ YA Fantasy: I was born to stand out, but I always seem to fade into the background.
Brett WrightCRASH DAYS / YA Literary Thriller: I believed in the healing power of parking garages.
Gabrielle HarbowyThe Dragon's Pearl/YA Fantasy: Once upon a time, there was a girl named Misha who was neither kind nor beautiful, but very smart.
Gabrielle HarbowyI Found You: YA ContemporaryThe motorcycle caught my eye first, but the rider took my breath away.
Claire EvansWhere 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.
Sara SargentDemon Invasion/MG Fantasy Adventure: Huff was missing.
Peter SenftlebenBeyond 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.
T.S. FergusonOperation Witches/MG Contemporary: I knew Shannyn was going to lie before she opened her mouth.
T.S.The 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 AbramsThe Legacy of the Eye/Sci-fi Romance: It might have been a symbolic gesture, but I was not budging.
Claire EvansPirate 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.
Greg FergusonThe 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.
Allison WeissThe Kingdom Legend: Beyond the Castle Walls/Middle Grade FantasyAgmund’s dark hair and eyes mimicked his father’s, but he wasn’t human.
Stacy AbramsMeditation/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.
Gabrielle HarbowyDEATH BY HIGH HEELS/Mystery: Cops hate it when you vomit all over their crime scene – a mistake I had no desire to repeat.
Alison WeissHeart 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.
T.S. FergusonDRAGONEER/YA Fantasy: “Reyna, a princess does not spin about like some circus performer.”
Claire EvansBLOODFRUIT/ YA Urban Fantasy: A no-kill order was unprecedented in Hell.
Alison WeissBook Realm: The Keeper's Heartstone/MG Fantasy: Careful not to smudge the sparkling clean glass, I peer through the door of Read It & Weep.
Alison WeissBECOMING 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.
T S FergusonEDGE OF LIFE/YA Contemporary Romance with Magical Realism: Leaning forward, I looked down.
Sara Sargent According to Legends/MG Fantasy: In the quiet stillness of Imaginatia, a river waited.
Gabrielle HarbowyMutiny/Space Opera: Mac's face burned from lying on hot sand.
Claire Evans, Dial Books for Young Readers and Kathy Dawson BooksDriven Commercial Fiction Stretching as he exited his car, Jimmy Rickliefs smiled; it was good to be home.
Kat BrzozowskiHeritage Blade Awakening/YA Urban Fantasy: Killing was one of those things that grew easier with time, that and tight rope walking.
Brett WrightThe Gear'd Heart/NA SteamPunk: The clouds thickened as Keira picked her way down the muddy slope toward the grotto.
Gabrielle HarbowyDragon's Treasure/ NA Fantasy: A bone-deep tremor snaked down Olivia’s back as she hurried along through the unfamiliar forest.
Kat BrzozowskiRAINBOW TEARS/Upmarket Women's Fiction: I was 392 days old when my big brother died.
Kat BrzozowskiA 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.
Brett Wright.Little Devils/ MG Fantasy.The second worst feeling in the world is realising you’ve just done something mammothly, brontosaurusly stupid.
Gabrielle HarbowyThe 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.
Alison WeissLetters 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.
Gabrielle HarbowyThe Princess Who Was Not/MG Fantasy“You are not my daughter.”
Sara SargentFutureShock/YA time travel: "They can take our freedom, but they can never take our French fries!"
Kat BrzozowskiOF STARSHINE AND ASHES/YA SciFi: She appeared in late afternoon, at the tree line where our mowed grass ended and the wild woods began.
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