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Can You Escape? Enchantments and Escape Rooms Release Day!

Luna Lane’s witches, werewolves, and vampires welcome you to the Spooky Games Club—in which even the winners could find themselves six feet under. This cozy paranormal mystery is perfect for fans of Adele Abbott, Amanda M. Lee, Nancy Warren, Angie Fox, and Sara Bourgeois. With a witch’s broom that acts like a pet and a focus on games, Spooky Games Club Mysteries also weaves in themes familiar to cozy pet mystery and cozy craft & hobby mystery readers.

Enchantments and Escape Rooms (A Spooky Games Club Mystery #2)

After the disaster of the month before, Dahlia Poplar, cursed witch and helper extraordinaire, is ready for her serene, supernatural small town life to return to normal. However, her hopes for a more peaceful existence don’t last when a childhood friend moves back to Luna Lane to open up an escape room.

With the Spooky Games Club thriving, Dahlia decides to help her friend by using her magic to quickly get his business up and running. Dahlia’s enchantments accomplish the task, but before the Games Club has a chance to enjoy the new attraction, a test of the escape room results in a freak, fatal accident. Riddled with guilt, Dahlia wonders where her enchantments went wrong—or if there’s something more to the disaster.

The only way to divine whether or not the death was her fault, the result of an accident, or murder is to investigate—and perhaps even play the dangerous game herself. In this one-hour escape room, failure to escape could mean death, not just for Dahlia, but for those she holds most dear.

Early reviews say:
I enjoyed this one even more than the first one. It kept me guessing right up to the big reveal! Now I want to visit an escape room…”

The second installment of the Luna Lane adventures is even better than the first. The character development is wonderful. A totally unexpected villain, new characters and fast pacing is making this a new favorite series.”

Things go wonky when the escape room is tested. From there, this author will keep readers entertained with twists and turns as well as a big surprise.”

This is the second book in this series and it’s just as good as the first. Lots of action and well developed characters plus a unique spin on a curse.”

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Fall 2020 YASH Stop Team Purple

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one e-book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until October 4th.

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are multiple contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the purple team–but there are also other teams where you have a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

YASH IS OVER! SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the purple team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally. Anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 4th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
I’m once again hosting Shannon A. Thompson on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Shannon A. Thompson is the bestselling author of the Bad Bloods series and the Timely Death trilogy. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching KDramas in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side. She is represented by Katelyn Uplinger at D4EO Literary Agency. Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in English with an emphasis on creative writing.

Visit her blog for writers and readers at www.ShannonAThompson.com.

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.

Sixteen-year-old Caleb has been called many things: a patient, a musician, even a prostitute…now he has a new name—son. After his identity is uncovered, Caleb bands together with the family he once rejected in order to save the city of Vendona. But it won’t be easy. Enemies wait around every corner—and so do harsh realities. With Violet and Kuthun by his side though, nothing seems impossible. As Vendona sits on the verge of an economic collapse and a massive hurricane threatens the city, Violet and Caleb must show its citizens how to overcome decades of hostility and division to save themselves.

Standing or not, a sea will rage, a wall may fall, and all will depend on immortal pain and sacrifice.

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Shannon’s exclusive content is a Pinterest mood board for Bad Bloods: July Thunder & July Lightning. (Click the image to see the full board!) And a Wattpad prequel to her series! (Click the image to read the full story!)
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And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Shannon A. Thompson, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 3. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the purple team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT 

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out VANESSA BARNEVELD, the next author!

But before you go:

Sales are over!

To celebrate YASH, I’ve got two special, limited-time offers on my YA books! 

Get a copy of FANGS & FINS for 99¢ for a LIMITED TIME on Amazon! (US and UK markets only) Always free on Kindle Unlimited.

Nobody's Goddess

Get your copy of NOBODY’S GODDESS FOR FREE for a LIMITED TIME on Amazon! (Available internationally)

Want a couple of free novelettes? Everyone is welcome to a free copy of JOSIE’S COAT, my standalone YA romantic sci-fi:

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iBooksGoogle PlayAmazonKoboBarnes & NobleProlific Works 

And to TRESSES & ERUBESCENCE, the prequel to my Blood, Bloom, & Water series:

Amazon – ProlificWorks – Barnes & Noble – Kobo – iBooks – Google Play

Giveaway over! ENTER MY INDIE BOOKSTORE GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!

Before you go, consider entering my own Rafflecopter giveaway! Because of small businesses struggling with everything going on in 2020, I’m offering a $25 gift card to the indie bookstore of your choice! (Chosen bookstore must offer online purchase of gift cards. No store is sponsoring or affiliated with this giveaway.) If there are no indie bookstores you can think of, I can suggest one.

Enter the giveaway here!

 
 
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Broomsticks and Board Games Is Out Today! Solve the Mystery

Luna Lane’s witches, werewolves, and vampires welcome you to the Spooky Games Club—in which even the winners could find themselves six feet under. This cozy paranormal mystery is perfect for fans of Adele Abbott, Amanda M. Lee, Nancy Warren, Angie Fox, and Sara Bourgeois. With a witch’s broom that acts like a pet and a focus on games, Spooky Games Club Mysteries also weaves in themes familiar to cozy pet mystery and cozy craft & hobby mystery readers.
https://amymcnulty.com/books/broomsticks-and-board-games/

Broomsticks and Board Games (A Spooky Games Club Mystery #1)

Dahlia Poplar is a genuine witch, an unofficial gofer, and Luna Lane’s only cursed resident.

With a werewolf best friend, a vampire ex-boyfriend, and a ghost for a hanger-on, Dahlia is far from the most unusual dweller of her sleepy small town, but she’s the only one unable to leave. Dahlia has to perform at least one good deed per day—or she’s one step closer to turning to stone.

Fortunately, the residents of Luna Lane have plenty of tasks for Dahlia to complete to avert the curse until Cable Woodward, fetching professor and nephew of her elderly neighbor, stops by for the semester on sabbatical. Attempting to help Cable’s uncle work through the trauma of losing his wife, Dahlia uncovers the man’s collection of board games, which leads to him reminiscing about the long-forgotten Luna Lane Games Club.

Dahlia reestablishes Games Club, only to find evidence of a number of horrible demises connected to the original group. While trying to uncover the truth about the deaths, Dahlia has to fight off her curse, protect her elderly neighbor from becoming the next victim, and most vexing of all, keep Cable from figuring out Luna Lane’s supernatural secrets. Only with eerie board games like these, there may not be a loser—or even a winner—who survives.

Early reviews say:
This book has a very interesting storyline. Plus there’s lots of action. The cast of characters is quite intriguing. I loved Dahlia’s broomstick ‘Broomie,’ who was like a pet who loved to eat cornhusks. Such a different take on magic broomsticks. The mystery is solved but what will happen in the next book is the question. I can’t wait to find out.”
“This one really held my interest. A mystery revolving around a board game club was a fun idea. And I really like Broomie, the author’s unique take on a witch’s broomstick.”
Dahlia‘s personality is contagious, and her relationship with her vampire ex-boyfriend and ghost-in-resident a source of never-ending entertainment, and Broomie (the broomstick) is a real highlight.”
My favorite character was ‘Broomie’. Dahlia’s broomstick. Broomie is a character in her own right who acts like a pet and eats cornhusks. It is a fun, light paranormal cozy.”
Broomie says, “Thank you!” for all the warm reviews.
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Calling All Armchair Sleuths! Announcing the Spooky Games Club Mysteries Series

It’s Cover Reveal Day for Three Cozy Paranormal Mystery Books!

I’m excited to announce I’ve started writing in a new genre! I hope my YA readers will give my new books a chance. If you’ve loved my speculative fiction books until now, I think you’ll still find my new books full of twists and turns, sweet romance, and plenty of magic.

You won’t have to wait long to give them a try. Book 1 in the Spooky Games Club Mystery series will be available September  29th! They’re on a rapid release schedule, with Book 2 available October 27th and Book 3 available November 24th. You can pre-order them both as well!

Dahlia Poplar is a genuine witch, an unofficial gofer, and Luna Lane’s only cursed resident.

With a werewolf best friend, a vampire ex-boyfriend, and a ghost for a hanger-on, Dahlia is far from the most unusual dweller of her sleepy small town, but she’s the only one unable to leave. Dahlia has to perform at least one good deed per day—or she’s one step closer to turning to stone.

Fortunately, the residents of Luna Lane have plenty of tasks for Dahlia to complete to avert the curse until Cable Woodward, fetching professor and nephew of her elderly neighbor, stops by for the semester on sabbatical. Attempting to help Cable’s uncle work through the trauma of losing his wife, Dahlia uncovers the man’s collection of board games, which leads to him reminiscing about the long-forgotten Luna Lane Games Club.

Dahlia reestablishes Games Club, only to find evidence of a number of horrible demises connected to the original group. While trying to uncover the truth about the deaths, Dahlia has to fight off her curse, protect her elderly neighbor from becoming the next victim, and most vexing of all, keep Cable from figuring out Luna Lane’s supernatural secrets. Only with eerie board games like these, there may not be a loser—or even a winner—who survives.

Broomsticks and Board Games (A Spooky Games Club Mystery #1): September 29th, 2020
Enchantments and Escape Rooms (A Spooky Games Club Mystery #2): October 27th, 2020
Potions and Playing Cards (A Spooky Games Club Mystery #1): November 24th, 2020
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TEARS & CRUOR Releases Today!

https://amymcnulty.com/books/tears-cruor/

An insurgent mermaid champion. The vampire champion who just wants to see this war end. The battle between blood, bloom, and water is about to come to a head.

Ember Goodwin knows it looks bad that she’s now the champion of water, but she firmly believes that the ends justify the means. Though smitten with her merman prince, she’s not certain they can keep their plans to save those she’s wronged secret from the friends and foes alike who would stand in their way.

Ivy Sheppard never saw herself crossing sides to become the champion of blood, but it’s the only way to protect her little sister from their traitorous step-sister. What she doesn’t expect is to fall in love with an undead prince whose days might be numbered.

The fourth book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series sees friend become enemy and adversary become lover in the climax of the battle between vampires, mermaids, and faeries. After the events that unfold, things will never be the same.

To celebrate the release, Book 1 (FANGS & FINS) is free (all markets) and Books 2 and 3 (SALT & VENOM and IRON & AQUA) are 99 cents (US and UK only) each from June 16th through June 20th only! You can get all four books for $5.97 during the sale, a savings of almost $10! And of course, all four books are free to read in Kindle Unlimited.
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Spring 2020 YASH Stop Team Purple

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one e-book from each author on the hunt in my team!But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until April 5th.

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are multiple contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the purple team–but there are also other teams where you have a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

YASH Is Over!

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the purple team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally. Anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
Today, I’m hosting Shannon A. Thompson on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Represented by Katelyn Uplinger at D4EO Literary Agency, Thompson is the best-selling author of the Timely Death trilogy and the Bad Bloods series. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching KDramas in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side.

Visit her blog for writers and readers at www.ShannonAThompson.com.

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Fourteen-year-old Violet has been called many things: a bad blood, a survivor, an immortal…now she has a new name—citizen. But adjusting to a lawful life is not easy, especially when she must live under the rule of the same officers who justified the killings of her flock only eight months earlier.

Segregation of bad bloods and humans is still in effect, and rebellious Violet steps into a school where she is not allowed. When the police get involved, things deteriorate quickly, sparking a new revolution at the wall separating the Highlands from the outskirts.

That’s when Caleb steps in. He might appear to be an average sixteen-year-old bad blood, but he has secrets, and Violet is determined to figure them out. Caleb knows who’s attacking the wall and why, but his true identity remains a mystery—and how he relates to Violet could shake the threatened city to its very core.

Together or not, a storm will form, a rally will start, and shocking truths will be revealed.

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Here’s a message from Shannon and an exclusive link to her content:
My exclusive content is a Pinterest mood board for Bad Bloods: July Thunder & July Lightning. (Click image to see the full board!)
It includes character inspiration for Caleb, Kuthan, Violet, and more.
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And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Shannon A. Thompson, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 44. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the purple team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT 

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out Tricia Copeland, the next author!

To reward those staying home to stop the spread of COVID-19 in their communities, I’m offering the first e-book in my vampire and mermaid urban fantasy series for free from March 31st through April 4th only! Amazon downloads only, available internationally.

Get your FREE COPY of FANGS & FINS for a LIMITED TIME on Amazon!

Want a couple of free novelettes? Everyone is welcome to a free copy of JOSIE’S COAT, my standalone YA romantic sci-fi:

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iBooksGoogle PlayAmazonKoboBarnes & NobleProlific Works 

And to TRESSES & ERUBESCENCE, the prequel to my Blood, Bloom, & Water series:

Amazon – ProlificWorks – Barnes & Noble – Kobo – iBooks – Google Play

ENTER MY INDIE BOOKSTORE GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!

Before you go, consider entering my own mini Rafflecopter giveaway! Because of small businesses struggling with the impact of COVID-19, I’m offering a $25 gift card to the indie bookstore of your choice! (Chosen bookstore must offer online purchase of gift cards. No store is sponsoring or affiliated with this giveaway.) If there are no indie bookstores you can think of, let me suggest one or we can discuss your other options if you’re the winner.

Enter the giveaway here!

 
 
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IRON & AQUA Release Day! Get Books 1-2 for 99¢ for a Limited Time!


IRON & AQUA, the third book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series, is finally here! Since the book is in Kindle Unlimited, this e-book is Amazon exclusive. However, the paperback will be available widely. So far, you can order the paperback on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Ask your local bookstore to order it by name!

A beguiling vampire. The besotted girl who agreed to be his champion. The ongoing battle to save not only the vampires, but also the world.

Ember Goodwin didn’t realize that falling in love would mean sometimes transforming into a vampire—or that she’d be able to shoot fire from her hand. Though she never wanted her step-sister to be her enemy, she can’t just stand aside and let the merfolk proceed with their wicked plans. After walking amongst the undead, she knows that vampires are the true heroes of the ancient conflict, and she’ll do what it takes to make sure they win—even if that means going against the sibling who got caught up on the wrong side of the war.

The third book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series takes the war between fangs and fins to new heights as betrayals and secrets threaten to unravel even the best of intentions.

Now through June 20th, get both FANGS & FINS and SALT & VENOM on Amazon for 99 cents each!

Click here to pick up Books 1-2 for cheap while you can!

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Turn to Dust and Ashes Cover Reveal and Publication Date

Above is the cover for the second and final book in the Fall Far from the Tree duology, which I can now announce is publishing September 5th! That means I have a lot of work ahead of me in the meantime, but I can’t wait to share the rest of these characters’ journeys with you. Below is the blurb (spoilers for Book One), too:

Turn to Dust and Ashes (Fall Far from the Tree #2)

Coming September 5th, 2017 from Patchwork Press

Impassive. Devious. Besieged. Naive. In the ashes of their parents’ cruel sovereignty, four teenagers are left holding the reins with no idea how to lead their peoples to peace and prosperity.

Rohesia, told she is the true heir to Hanaobi, must choose between ruling the duchy in her father’s place and returning with her cousin to seek the throne that is more rightfully hers. Without her father figure, she has little interest in either, but there is no escape from the infamous legacy of her parents on both sides of the sea.

Fastello, left to lead both his father’s people and to seek the rule of the entire duchy, has never had so much responsibility in his life. Grappling with heartbreak the likes of which he’s never experienced, he doesn’t know if he has it in him to try to fill the hole so many people so desperately want him to fill.

Kojiro, adrift in a strange land and emboldened by the actions of the people he met there, is determined to find his courage and free his people from the tyranny of his mother’s reign. However, with her number one foe defeated, the empress of Hanaobi is more unstoppable than ever.

Tomiko, the perfect daughter to the strict and controlling empress, is sheltered from the reality of the world but eager to discover the truth. Before the war is over, she must decide between fealty to her mother and loyalty to her brother, knowing full well that either way, her family will never be whole again.

The goals of each of these four young adults are bound to clash—but there’s no escaping their destinies, no matter the destruction left in their paths.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34862530-turn-to-dust-and-ashes

Amazon Pre-order Link Coming Soon

Catch up with Fall Far from the Tree, Book One in the series!

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27048456-fall-far-from-the-tree
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IMGGAFM
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fall-far-from-the-tree-amy-mcnulty/1124435001?ean=9781927940587

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JOSIE’S COAT’s Book (Novelette) Birthday!

It seems like I just had a book birthday. (I did, actually. FALL FAR FROM THE TREE came out this past Tuesday!) Today, JOSIE’S COAT, my YA sci-fi novelette, releases!

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Read for free on Kindle Unlimited or buy for only 99 cents!

A woman with shoulder bones as sharp as an eagle’s talons—bones almost protruding from her skin—opens her mouth as wide as it’ll go, impossibly wide, consuming the pill that takes both of her arms to cradle. The nourishment makes her thin stomach pop out like she’s pregnant with a child so large it’ll burst through her stomach. She swallows slowly and licks her lips. Her eyes search around hungrily for more.

That dream again.
Josie is skilled at her job as an “unfortunate” who inhabits the bodies of her clients to perform their work while they sleep, but her coworkers’ cruel jealousy over her success leads to her enslavement and the loss of her dream-worker status. A YA sci-fi reimagining of the tale of Jacob’s favorite son Joseph, his dreams, and his famous coat.

A novelette by the author of The Never Veil Series and Fall Far from the Tree.

It’s a short read, but I hope you’ll find it interesting! It was inspired by my love for the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

 

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FALL FAR FROM THE TREE’s Book Birthday!

It’s September 6th already, which means it’s the book birthday for my new YA dark fantasy, FALL FAR FROM THE TREE!

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Terror. Callousness. Denial. Rebellion. How the four teenage children of leaders in the duchy and the neighboring empire of Hanaobi choose to adapt to their nefarious parents’ whims is a matter of survival.

Rohesia, daughter of the duke, spends her days hunting “outsiders,” fugitives who’ve snuck onto her father’s island duchy. That she lives when even children who resemble her are subject to death hardens her heart to tackle the task.

Fastello is the son of the “king” of the raiders who steal from the rich and share with the poor. When aristocrats die in the raids, Fastello questions what his peoples’ increasingly wicked methods of survival have cost them.

An orphan raised by a convent of mothers, Cateline can think of no higher aim in life than to serve her religion, even if it means turning a blind eye to the suffering of other orphans under the mothers’ care.

Kojiro, new heir to the Hanaobi empire, must avenge his people against the “barbarians” who live in the duchy, terrified the empress, his own mother, might rather see him die than succeed.

When the paths of these four young adults cross, they must rely on one another for survival—but the love of even a malevolent guardian is hard to leave behind.

Advance praise:

“An original story, with vivid details told in alternating chapters… There was drama, action, intense moments and soul searching and new friendships born.” ~Sheri W., Juniper Grove

“Intense and brutal and just a whirlwind of a ride… Watching them slowly come to terms with the fact that their own morals might not actually align with those of the people who raised them makes for a wonderfully compelling story.” ~Daiz

“It is so easy to read that this book can be read in one sitting. It’s impossible not to like this book after reading it.” ~Alex the Shadow Girl

Big Announcement!

My newsletter readers got this news a little early, but I’m excited to announce that FALL FAR FROM THE TREE is getting an audiobook with narration from the talented Viva Becker! I was worried a book with 4 POVs wouldn’t work as a single-narrator audiobook, but she does such an amazing job breathing life into each character. We’re aiming for a December or January release. I’ll keep you posted!

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