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DELOS: The White Tree
By Blake Miller
The gripping and exciting story of impossible 16-year-old twins, a black girl and a white boy, who find themselves being called on by a mysterious source to come to its help. Answering this call, however, reveals that they are part of a world much larger than our own, one filled with deep mysteries and life-changing revelations; with Lurkur Witches and evil shadowraiths; with new loves and devastating betrayals; and with battles for survival and a realization of their own momentous destinies…DOZENS of READER REVIEWS available on Goodreads.com (4.75 STARS average) and Amazon.com (4.7 STARS average).
About the Author
Blake Miller is a graduate of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA, and Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. He currently resides in his hometown of Lexington, KY, where he is hard at work on the second book in the DELOS series. His favorite book is Dune, and his favorite book series is the Harry Potter series (he even taught a class on it at The Lexington School in Lexington, KY). What he is most proud of, however, are the reader reviews that he has gotten for DELOS: The White Tree.
By Carrigan Richards
Love is the last thing on seventeen-year-old Megan Devereux’s mind. The only thing she wants to focus on is continuing her good grades to get a scholarship so she can leave her stressful home.
She starts having dreams of sharing an intensely, visceral love with Casper Truitt. But in real life, she hates Casper. She wants nothing to do with him, but that doesn’t stop him from suddenly paying attention to her, claiming he likes her.
When Megan meets the brooding and handsome Vincent, they start dating and quickly fall in love. But each time they kiss, she sees vivid visions of another time and place.
Consumed by the dreams and visions, Megan’s determined to learn the truth about them, but the more she learns, the more her life is in danger.
Where to Buy: Amazon
About the Author
Carrigan Richards is the author of critically acclaimed Pieces of Me, a young adult contemporary romance, and the Elemental Enchanters Series, a young adult paranormal romance series. She earned her BA in English at Kennesaw State University and is currently seeking her Master’s in Professional Writing. As a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, most of her work deals with mental health in the hopes of spreading awareness. She is an author of several young adult novels, writing about psychological topics in many genres. When she’s not writing (which is rare), she’s spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, playing with her furdog, or cheering on her Atlanta Braves.
The Talking Drum
By Lisa Braxton
It is 1971. The fictional city of Bellport, Massachusetts, is in decline with an urban redevelopment project on the horizon expected to transform this dying factory town into a thriving economic center. This planned transformation has a profound effect on the residents who live in Bellport as their own personal transformations take place. Sydney Stallworth steps away from her fellowship and law studies at an elite university to support husband Malachi’s dream of opening a business in the heart of the black community of his hometown, Bellport. For Omar Bassari, an immigrant from Senegal, Bellport is where he will establish his drumming career and the launching pad from which he will spread African culture across the world, while trying to hold onto his marriage. Della Tolliver has built a fragile sanctuary in Bellport for herself, boyfriend Kwamé Rodriguez, and daughter Jasmine, a troubled child prone to nightmares and outbursts. Tensions rise as the demolition date moves closer, plans for gentrification are laid out, and the pace of suspicious fires picks up. The residents find themselves at odds with a political system manipulating their lives and question the future of their relationships.
About the Author
Lisa Braxton is an essayist, short story writer, and novelist. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University, her Master of Science in Journalism Broadcasting from Northwestern University and her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media from Hampton University. Her debut novel, The Talking Drum, was published by Inanna Publications in May 2020.
How the Deer Moon Hungers
By Susan Wingate
Winner Best Fiction In The 2020 Pacific Book Award
Mackenzie Fraser witnesses a drunk driver mow down her seven-year-old sister and her mother blames her. Then she ends up in juvie on a trumped-up drug charge. Now she’s in the fight of her life. And she’s losing. How the Deer Moon Hungers is a coming of age story about loss, grief, and the power of love.
“Adult and new adult readers will fall headlong into it. No one who picks up this heartrending story will emerge from it unchanged or unmoved. Great for fans of Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper, Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, Lois Lowry’s A Summer to Die.”
About the Author
Susan Wingate a #1 Amazon bestseller and award-winning author who writes unputdownable, surprising and twisty stories with crackling dialogue that exhibit a rare deftness in style offering up stories that are riveting, original and with a humanity rarely seen in contemporary fiction.
Bird in Hand
By Nikki Stern
Sam Tate returns to face off against a vengeful killer, a mistrustful boss, a shadowy nemesis, and a 300-year-old pirate.
When Arley Fitchett’s body washes up onto Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Lieutenant Sam Tate, just two months into her new job, is charged with finding out who murdered the popular guide and treasure hunter. Fitchett, she discovers, was hunting a rare carving he believed had been stolen by Chesapeake Bay pirates in 1718 and hidden nearby. No one knows if the story is true, but several locals seem to share Fitchett’s interest in the wooden bird with the sapphire eye. Any one of them could be the next victim. One of them is definitely the killer.
“Shades of the Maltese Falcon. The stuff that dreams are made of for mystery lovers.”
About the Author
Nikki has written five books, a dozen short stories, and countless essays, several of which have been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today and in three anthologies. She is a co-contributor to the interactive murder mystery musical series “Café Noir,” published by Samuel French. The Wedding Crasher, the first in her new series about dedicated homicide investigator Sam Tate, won the Kindle Book Review Award for best mystery/thriller in 2019. Nikki, the former executive director of Families of September 11, currently serves on the leadership council of Search for Common Ground, an international conflict transformation organization. She plans to continue writing mysteries while also collaborating on both a children’s book and a nonfiction project to be announced.
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Article originally Published in the April / May 2021 Issue: Cover Stories.