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Kit WatsonDescent/YA/ParanormalThere is no one I can trust to find Gideon Jones for me, if he is dead, it’s my fault. Peter Senfftleben
Greg FergusonLouisa KleinSupernatural Freak/New Adults urban fantasy: Being alone, at night, in the middle of nowhere, is a scary situation.
Brett WrightVicki 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.
Peter SenftlebenPersistence of Shadows/Thriller: I see the man’s head before anything else, before his hunched shoulders or the two figures running in front.
Peter Senftleben 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 WrightSecrets 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.
Peter SenftlebenSUMMONED/YA supernatural suspense:I must be crazy working after school as a nurses' aide at a mental hospital where so many weird things happen.
T.S. Ferguson The Keepers/ YA Fantasy: The hunger cramps crept into the hollow insides of my body, silent and sly.
Peter SenftlebenMillion 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.
Peter SenftlebenStacy AbramsJamie Gilman KressWILD LIFE / Adult Urban Fantasy: Vegas seared the eyes of normal people.
Please ignore the Stacy Abrams included. Obviously, I do not think this is her.
Peter SenftlebenASHER 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.
Greg FergusonTRULY AND FOREVER/Speculative YA: Of all the examination rooms in Dr. Jack's office, Room 3 was the one I hated most.
Greg FergusonTAKING CHARGE/Contemporary: Brody Lang was getting laid, he just didn't know it yet.
Peter SenftlebenHanna and the Horsemen/ YA Fantasy: The problem with having Death for a father is that he can be anywhere, at anytime.
Brett WrightLifeweaver - Epic FantasyJust once, Talyn wished he could be the guest of honor to something besides an aftermath.
Brett WrightDebbie 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.
Greg FergusonELUDING 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.
Greg FergusonALIEN 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.
Greg FergusonKNIGHT 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.
Greg FergusonAn Absence of Light / NA Sci-fi: The dead don’t blink.
Peter SenftlebenDESIDERIUM/YA Fantasy: A blinking yellow light draws my gaze to the steel band clinging to my wrist.
Peter SenftlebenINNER FLAME/YA Fantasy: Everything ends.
Peter SenftlebenJ5/YA Alternate History: Tacked to the wall in a wooden frame, a rustic little imposter amid much finer furnishings, our family portrait mocks us.
Peter SenftlebenANOMALY/ YA FANTASY: I was born to stand out, but I always seem to fade into the background.
Peter Senftleben Dragons Are People, Too/YA Urban Fantasy: Well, crap.
T.S. FergusonSomebody 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.
Peter SenftlebenThe 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.
Greg 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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Peter SenftlebenI Found You: YA ContemporaryThe motorcycle caught my eye first, but the rider took my breath away.
Greg FergusonDemon Invasion/MG Fantasy Adventure: Huff was missing.
Brett WrightPirate 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 SenftlebenOPERATION WITCHES/MG Contemporary: I knew Shannyn was going to lie before she opened her mouth.
T.S. FergusonBeyond 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.
Brett WrightThe Legacy of the Eye/Sci-fi Romance: It might have been a symbolic gesture, but I was not budging.
GregThe 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.
Peter SenftlebenThe 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.
Peter SenftlebenHeart of Stone/YA Historical FantasyThe carriage ride down from London has been brutal, but we dare not shift in our seats as long as Mama is watching.
Peter SenftlebenThe Kingdom Legend: Beyond the Castle Walls/Middle Grade FantasyAgmund’s dark hair and eyes mimicked his father’s, but he wasn’t human.
Brett WrightThe Truth About Leaving/ YA Contemporary: The first time I met Dov, I was twirling in the foyer of Wilmette Academy.
Peter SenftlebenMeditation/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.
Peter SenftlebenTwelve Steps / YA Contemporary: There should be a support group for kids with perfect siblings.
Peter SenftlebenDEATH BY HIGH HEELS/Mystery: Cops hate it when you vomit all over their crime scene – a mistake I had no desire to repeat.
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Greg GergusonDRAGONEER/YA Fantasy: “Reyna, a princess does not spin about like some circus performer.”
Brett WrightBook Realm: The Keeper's Heartstone/MG Fantasy: Careful not to smudge the sparkling clean glass, I peer through the door of Read It & Weep.
Brett WrightBLOODFRUIT/ YA Urban Fantasy: A no-kill order was unprecedented in Hell.
Peter SenftlebenBECOMING 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.
Peter SenftlebenEDGE OF LIFE/YA Contemporary Romance with Magical Realism: Leaning forward, I looked down.
T.S. FergusonArrows/YA contemporary myth retelling: Karma didn’t see me the night I made her fall in love.
Peter Senftleben According to Legends/MG Fantasy: In the quiet stillness of Imaginatia, a river waited.
Peter SenftlebenMutiny/Space Opera: Mac's face burned from lying on hot sand.
Peter Senftleben, KensingtonDriven Commercial Fiction Stretching as he exited his car, Jimmy Rickliefs smiled; it was good to be home.
Greg FergusonHeritage Blade Awakening/YA Urban Fantasy: Killing was one of those things that grew easier with time, that and tight rope walking.
Peter SenftlebenThe Hwajaeng Gene/YA Sci-Fi: The first thing I experience is light.
Greg FergusonThe Gear'd Heart/NA SteamPunk: The clouds thickened as Keira picked her way down the muddy slope toward the grotto.
Peter SenftlebenDragon's Treasure/ NA Fantasy: A bone-deep tremor snaked down Olivia’s back as she hurried along through the unfamiliar forest.
Peter SenftlebenNUMBERED/YA Horror:Our families were tight, but it was obvious Karen's mom was nervous having me in the house.
Brett WrightRAINBOW TEARS/Upmarket Women's Fiction: I was 392 days old when my big brother died.
Peter SenftlebenA Pretty Pirate Pickle/MG Comtemporary: Only two things stand between me and the front end of my daddy's ship--two tall, loud things with bad jump shots.
Peter Senftleben.Little Devils/ MG Fantasy.The second worst feeling in the world is realising you’ve just done something mammothly, brontosaurusly stupid.
Peter Senftleben.Speciation/YA light SyFy: Six — minutes I am late.
Peter SenftlebenThe 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.
Peter SenftlebenLetters 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.
Greg FergusonThe Princess Who Was Not/MG Fantasy“You are not my daughter.”
Peter SenftlebenFutureShock/YA time travel: "They can take our freedom, but they can never take our French fries!"
Peter SenftlebenOF STARSHINE AND ASHES/YA SciFi: She appeared in late afternoon, at the tree line where our mowed grass ended and the wild woods began.
Peter SenftlebenThe 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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