by Elayne Audrey Becker
Release Date: August 31, 2021
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy
TO BE BORN OF THE FOREST IS A GIFT AND A CURSE.
Rora is a shifter, as magical as all those born in the wilderness–and as feared. She uses her abilities to spy for the king, traveling under different guises and listening for signs of trouble.
When a magical illness surfaces across the kingdom, Rora uncovers a devastating truth: Finley, the young prince and her best friend, has caught it, too. His only hope is stardust, the rarest of magical elements, found deep in the wilderness where Rora grew up–and to which she swore never to return.
But for her only friend, Rora will face her past and brave the dark, magical wood, journeying with her brother and the obstinate, older prince who insists on coming. Together, they must survive sentient forests and creatures unknown, battling an ever-changing landscape while escaping human pursuers who want them dead. With illness gripping the kingdom and war on the horizon, Finley’s is not the only life that hangs in the balance.
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ELAYNE AUDREY BECKER is a storyteller with a passion for history, myth, mountains, and magic. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MSc from the University of Aberdeen and has worked as an editor at a New York publisher. Born and raised in Georgia, she grew up with a lake and woods as her backyard, spending long days outside and visiting national parks with her family.
Bad Witch Burning
by Jessica Lewis
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: August 24, 2021
Content warning: minor body horror, threat of harm to animals and animal death. Some animal death is real and some is imagined.
For fans of Us and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comes a witchy story full of black girl magic as one girl’s dark ability to summon the dead offers her a chance at a new life, while revealing to her an even darker future.
Katrell doesn’t mind talking to the dead; she just wishes it made more money. Clients pay her to talk to their deceased loved ones, but it isn’t enough to support her unemployed mother and Mom’s deadbeat boyfriend-of-the-week.
Things get worse, when a ghost warns her to stop the summonings or she’ll “burn everything down.” Katrell is willing to call them on their bluff, though. She has no choice. What do ghosts know about eating peanut butter for dinner?
However, when her next summoning accidentally raises someone from the dead, Katrell realizes that a live body is worth a lot more than a dead apparition. And, warning or not, she has no intention of letting this lucrative new business go.
But magic doesn’t come for free, and soon dark forces are closing in on Katrell. The further she goes, the more she risks the lives of not only herself, but those she loves. Katrell faces a choice: resign herself to poverty, or confront the darkness before it’s too late.
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About the Author:
Jessica Lewis is a Black author and receptionist from Alabama. She has a degree in English Literature and Animal Science (the veterinarian plan did not work out). She lives with her way-funnier-than-her grandmother, who answers all of her wild questions about ghosts and zombies and werewolves (even if she’s annoyed sometimes haha!). When she isn’t writing or working she enjoys watching cooking shows or HGTV-type home shows.
Title: Hijinks & Misdemeanors
Author: Apryl Baker
Genre: YA Paranormal
Cover Designer: Deranged Doctor Design
Publisher: Limitless Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: September 7th, 2021
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Learning to be a living reaper is hard enough, but discovering your own father captures other paranormal beings to experiment on for the government? It’s something Ella Banks is trying to come to terms with. She’s starting to hate him a little because he’s not about to retire from the military, and she’s not about to change her mind that what he’s doing is just plain wrong.
This fact becomes even more apparent when a dragon shifter goes missing in town and the sheriff shows up to question Ella about her father’s comings and goings. She’s all but certain her dad took the shifter, and it’s tearing her apart. Should she betray her father, or should she stand up for the paranormal community? She’s at a loss as to what to do.
Before she can even begin to figure it out, she’s attacked in her home, and Eli, her Guardian Angel, starts to think her father’s superiors suspect Ella is something more than human.
And then there’s the guy who seems to have taken an interest in her. He’s cute, a football player, and a shifter. Another complication.
It’s all just a little much to deal with, and Ella decides tackle one thing at a time. First on the agenda is investigating what really happened to the dragon shifter, but along the way, her sister falls into the line of fire.
And it’s up to Ella and Eli to find the answers…before everything falls apart.
So who am I?
Well, I’m the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn’t love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.
Now, I live in a small town in West Virginia where I entertain my niece and nephew and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something fierce…lol.
I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.