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T.S. FergusonLouisa KleinSupernatural Freak/New Adults urban fantasy: Being alone, at night, in the middle of nowhere, is a scary situation.
Claire EvansVicki 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 SargentPersistence of Shadows/Thriller: I see the man’s head before anything else, before his hunched shoulders or the two figures running in front.
Sara SargentTRULY AND FOREVER/Speculative YA: Of all the examination rooms in Dr. Jack's office, Room 3 was the one I hated most.
Alison WeissA 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.
Allison WeissSecrets 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.
Sara SargentSUMMONED/YA supernatural suspense:I must be crazy working after school as a nurses' aide at a mental hospital where so many weird things happen.
Gabrielle HarbowyMillion 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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Stacey AbramsTAKING CHARGE/Contemporary: Brody Lang was getting laid, he just didn't know it yet.
Gabrielle HarbowyJamie Gilman KressWILD LIFE / Adult Urban Fantasy: Vegas seared the eyes of normal people.
Kat BrzozowskiHanna and the Horsemen/ YA Fantasy: The problem with having Death for a father is that he can be anywhere, at anytime.
Kat BrzozowskiLifeweaver - Epic Fantasy : Just once, Talyn wished he could be the guest of honor to something besides an aftermath.
Claire EvansThe 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.
Kat BrzozowskiELUDING 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 EvansALIEN 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.
Kat BrzozowskiKNIGHT 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.
Claire EvansAn Absence of Light / NA Sci-fi: The dead don’t blink.
Claire EvansINNER FLAME/YA Fantasy: Everything ends.
Kat BrzozowskiDESIDERIUM/YA Fantasy: A blinking yellow light draws my gaze to the steel band clinging to my wrist.
Gabrielle HarbowyDragons Are People, Too/YA Urban Fantasy: Well, crap.
Alison WeissSNAP/ YA Contemporary: My best friend Jen has always been my biggest fan.
Gabrielle HarbowySomebody 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 SargentJ5/YA Alternate History: Tacked to the wall in a wooden frame, a rustic little impostor amid much finer furnishings, our family portrait mocks us.
Alison WeissThe 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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Sara SargentI Found You: YA ContemporaryThe motorcycle caught my eye first, but the rider took my breath away.
Kat BrozowskiDemon Invasion/MG Fantasy Adventure: Huff was missing.
Sara SargentBeyond 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.
Gabrielle HarbowyPirate 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.
GabrielleThe 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.
Sara SargentThe Legacy of the Eye/Sci-fi Romance: It might have been a symbolic gesture, but I was not budging.
Alison WeissOperation Witches/MG Contemporary: I knew Shannyn was going to lie before she opened her mouth.
Claire EvansThe 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.
Gabrielle HarbowyThe Truth About Leaving/ YA Contemporary: The first time I met Dov, I was twirling in the foyer of Wilmette Academy.
Sara SargentDEATH BY HIGH HEELS/Mystery: Cops hate it when you vomit all over their crime scene – a mistake I had no desire to repeat.
Gabrielle HarbowyMeditation/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.
Alison WeissTwelve Steps / YA Contemporary: There should be a support group for kids with perfect siblings.
Gabrielle HarbowyHeart 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.
Alison WeissDRAGONEER/YA Fantasy: “Reyna, a princess does not spin about like some circus performer.”
Sara SargentBLOODFRUIT/ YA Urban Fantasy: A no-kill order was unprecedented in Hell.
Stacy AbramsBook 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 EvansBecoming 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.
Claire EvansEDGE OF LIFE/YA Contemporary Romance with Magical Realism: Leaning forward, I looked down.
Kat BrzozowskiArrows/YA contemporary myth retelling: Karma didn’t see me the night I made her fall in love.
Gabrielle HarbowyAccording to Legends/MG Fantasy: In the quiet stillness of Imaginatia, a river waited.
Alison WeissMutiny/Space Opera: Mac's face burned from lying on hot sand.
Kat Brzozowski, Thomas Dunne BooksDriven Commercial Fiction Stretching as he exited his car, Jimmy Rickliefs smiled; it was good to be home.
Alison WeissHeritage Blade Awakening/YA Urban Fantasy: Killing was one of those things that grew easier with time, that and tight rope walking.
Alison WeissThe Hwajaeng Gene/YA Sci-fi: The first thing I experience is light.
Claire EvansThe Gear'd Heart/NA SteamPunk: The clouds thickened as Keira picked her way down the muddy slope toward the grotto.
Claire EvansNUMBERED/YA Horror:Our families were tight, but it was obvious Karen's mom was nervous having me in the house.
Alison WeissDragon's Treasure/ NA Fantasy: A bone-deep tremor snaked down Olivia’s back as she hurried along through the unfamiliar forest.
T.S. FergusonRAINBOW TEARS/Upmarket Women's Fiction: I was 392 days old when my big brother died.
Alison WeissA 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.
Claire EvansThe Kingdom Legend: Beyond the Castle Walls/Middle Grade FantasyAgmund’s dark hair and eyes mimicked his father’s, but he wasn’t human.
Alison Weiss.Little Devils/ MG Fantasy.The second worst feeling in the world is realising you’ve just done something mammothly, brontosaurusly stupid.
Alison Weiss.SPECIATION/YA light SyFy: Six — minutes I am late.
Stacy AbramsThe 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.
Stacy AbramsSarita/Middle Grade Historical: “ELI DID WHAT?”
Alison WeissThe Princess Who Was Not/MG Fantasy“You are not my daughter.”
Claire EvansFutureShock/YA time travel: "They can take our freedom, but they can never take our French fries!"
Claire EvansOF STARSHINE AND ASHES/YA SciFi: She appeared in late afternoon, at the tree line where our mowed grass ended and the wild woods began.
Gabrielle HarbowyThe 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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