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Category: Bookish

Ask the Author: Bethany Mangle

“PREPPED is about a girl named Becca Aldaine who has grown up in a community of doomsday preppers. She doesn’t believe in it, so she’s planning to run away to college, leaving behind her little sister, Katie, who is independent enough to not buy into the prepping either. But then there’s an unexpected accident and Katie starts to believe that the world is unsafe. Becca teams up with Roy, her prepper-approved boyfriend, to plot an escape and protect her sister at the same time.”

Ask the Author: Robin Stevenson

“WHEN YOU GET THE CHANCE is a book I co-wrote with my very good friend–and very talented author–Tom Ryan. It is about two cousins who live on opposite coasts and haven’t seen each in years. When their grandfather dies, Mark and Talia find themselves reunited at the family cottage. They don’t have a lot in common, except for one thing: they’d both rather be in Toronto for Pride weekend. So, with Mark’s kid sister Paige along for the ride, they head off– and along the way, make some new friends, uncover some family secrets, and learn a few things about themselves as well.”

Ask the Author: A.S. Reid

“an analogue for 11th-century Hungary, and it’s about a young pagan girl who is cast out of her village for her Jewish ancestry and her lack of magic, who is forced to team up with the disgraced prince in order to stop his tyrant brother from taking the throne and enacting a reign of religious persecution and ethnic cleansing. It’s an enemies-to-lovers romance with lots of religious angst (and plenty of gore, for those who like their fantasy with a side helping of horror).”

Ask the Author: Joan F. Smith

“sixteen-year-old Lila Cunningham creates a series of rules to help prevent her from feeling the kind of pain she felt after she loses her father to suicide. When her mother sends her to a Maine grief camp, Lila must confront the unanswered questions behind her father’s death head-on while forging new friendships and falling in love with someone who might not be who he says he is.”

Ask the Author: Rin Chupeco

“My last two books were released in 2019 – the first is the sequel to THE NEVER TILTING WORLD, called THE EVER CRUEL KINGDOM. The duology is about young twin goddesses torn apart when their world was split into night and day due to the adults ignoring the very deadly effects of climate change in their country, with dire consequences. Now they must make their way toward each other – fighting through monsters borne from this split, along with other stubborn adults who still continue to oppose their efforts, believing they’ve done nothing wrong – and figure out how to undo the destruction before it consumes their world. And if this sounds like a censure against real life events and real life adults currently in charge, then it probably is.

My other book is WICKED AS YOU WISH, the first in the A HUNDRED NAMES FOR MAGIC series, and it has an alternate timeline from ours in that all fairy tales are actually part of real history. A young Filipina teen winds up with a neighbor who turns out to be the long-lost prince of Avalon who is in hiding from the Snow Queen, who wants to end his line. They wind up teaming with others committed to defending their king, all with their own assortment of fairy tale-esque abilities, to get back their kingdom, which has been frozen by the queen for nearly a decade. It’s a book about found family, especially for queer and BIPOC folk, and inspired by my own experiences and personal journey, and the friends that I’ve met and treasured because of it.”

Ask the Author: Ben Gartner

“My latest book, Sol Invictus, is about two siblings—John and Sarah—who travel back in time to an ancient Roman frontier town called Aventicum, in what is modern-day Switzerland near the Alps. They have some very high-stakes pressure to unite the caesar of Gaul with his enemy, an Alemanni (Germanic) “barbarian,” or else something very bad might happen to their world, and endanger their chances of returning home. As if that wasn’t enough, they are also dealing with many physical challenges like an encounter with a wolf, fighting in the gladiator ring, chariot chases, and more. It’s very exciting, if I do say so myself (my sons agree). And, ultimately, it’s about John and Sarah working together, though they each have their own internal struggles.”

Ask the Author: Emily Thiede

“The Last Finestra is a romantic YA fantasy coming out in 2022 about 18-year-old Alessa, a divinely-chosen savior “blessed” by the gods with the power to magnify a partner’s magic who can’t quite get the hang of it and keeps accidentally killing everyone she touches instead. (Whoops!) Facing assassination, she recruits a cynical outcast marked as a killer to become her personal bodyguard, but Dante has dark secrets from his own—he might be the one who can help her master her gift… or destroy her once and for all.”

Ask the Author: Trish Doller

“FLOAT PLAN is about Anna, a young woman who goes to sea after the death of her fiancé in the sailboat they were meant to sail together. Anna quickly learns that she’s out of her depth and enlists the help of Keane, a former competitive sailor. As they make their way through the Caribbean together, Anna and Keane help each other chart new courses for their lives.”

Ask the Author: S.C. Megale

“Lights, camera―all Maeve needs is action. But at eighteen, a rare form of muscular dystrophy usually stands in the way of romance. She’s got her friends, her humor, and a passion for filmmaking to keep her focus off consistent rejection…and the hot older guy starring in her senior film project.

Tall, bearded, and always swaying, Cole Stone is everything Maeve can’t be. And she likes it. Between takes, their chemistry is shockingly electric.

Suddenly, Maeve gets a taste of typical teenage dating life, but girls in wheelchairs don’t get the hot guy―right? Cole’s attention challenges everything she once believed about her self-image and hopes for love. But figuring this out, both emotionally and physically, won’t be easy for either of them. Maeve must choose between what she needs and what she wants, while Cole has a tendency to avoid decisions altogether. And the future might not wait for either.”

Ask the Author: Keith Willis

“My books are best described as swashbuckling fantasy/romance. They’re really an homage to the old Saturday matinees of Errol Flynn and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, with lots of adventure, intrigue, romance, and humor. Or, for more modern audiences, you might say they’re what you’d get if The Princess Bride and P.G. Wodehouse had a baby… Dashing knights, indomitable damsels, and a dragon with a most inconvenient case of hiccups.
Traitor Knight tells the tale of Morgan McRobbie, who’s been set on a clandestine mission to unmask a turncoat on the king’s council. Morgan is posing as a traitor himself, and when he manages (by luck rather than skill) to rescue Lady Marissa duBerry from a dragon, instead of swooning and murmuring “My hero,” she despises him because of his reputation. It’s a classic enemies-to-romance tale, wrapped up in a classic fantasy world complete with dragons, Dwarves, and magic. Plus, lots of political intrigue, a good old fashioned rooftop chase scene, and even, dare I say it, A Murder… *cue ominous thunder* before the good guys win out, as of course they must.”

Ask the Author: Brian Kennedy

“A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY is about two boys who are working at Wanda World (a Dollywood-esque theme park) for the summer. Emmett’s a singer-songwriter from Chicago who wants to be the biggest, gayest country music superstar there is. And Luke, an aspiring chef and the grandson of a disgraced Nashville singer, is a Tennessee native who hates country music more than anything. So…of course they meet and fall in love. However, when a long-lost secret about Luke’s grandma and Emmett’s idol (country music legend Wanda Jean Stubbs) comes to light, it threatens to unravel everything. Unless the boys can uncover the truth of what really happened between the two stars, their dreams for the future and new relationship could go down in history as just another Sad Country Love Song.”

Ask the Author: L. Ryan Storms

“A THOUSAND YEARS TO WAIT follows a young healer (Reina) who believes in medicine, not magic, even when she possesses a second sight she can’t explain. Then she’s chosen to reawaken an ancient magic to end a war, which of course, is a bit problematic since she doesn’t believe in magic to begin with. Naturally, there’s also a love interest (or two) because…well…why not???

THE HEART OF DEATH continues Reina’s journey with old and new friends alike. It deals with the discovery of a new prophecy foretelling the reign of chaos. It’s a little darker and a lot faster and it was a ton of fun to dive back into Reina’s world again.”