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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.”

Ask the Author: Trey Stone

“follows a close-knit group of FBI agents whose lives are turned on their heads when a seemingly standard operation goes horribly wrong. An explosion goes off and a fire breaks out, and in the aftermath of the disaster, they realize one of their own are unaccounted for. As the case progresses down an ever-winding rabbit hole, Agent Greer has to cross lines that aren’t easily stepped back over again, proving to himself how far he’s willing to go to save his friend.”

Ask the Author: Ashley Schumacher

“my young adult debut novel and my love letter to readers, booksellers, librarians, and anyone who calls books home. Amelia Griffin uses her favorite stories, The Orman Chronicles, to help her through grief and ultimately, those around her. Along her journey, there’s a badly-behaved dog, a bookstore hidden among trees beside a lake, some flying sky whales, and a heavy dose of hope.”

Ask the Author: Laurie Forest

The Black Witch is about a sheltered young woman named Elloren Gardner who is growing up in a strict and closed-off magical society. She’s the granddaughter an spitting-image of the late Black Witch, the greatest Battle Mage her people have ever known, but whereas her grandmother had vast elemental wand power, Elloren is thought to have none. When she has the chance to attend a university to pursue becoming an apothecary, Elloren encounters people from other countries and cultures for the first time and quickly finds that the wider world is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

Part of my inspiration for this book was the “evil lord” trope in much of fantasy (like Voldemort, Sauron, etc.). I thought it would be interesting if the evil lord won (here the evil lord is the Black Witch) and had a granddaughter – and the granddaughter grew up only surrounded by her people and taught history according to the evil lord’s POV. And then she got thrown into wider society amongst people who are horribly oppressed by her people and hostile to her – but she has no way to defend herself.

I thought that was a very interesting jumping off point for a story.

Ask the Author: Jake Burt

CLEO PORTER AND THE BODY ELECTRIC is a seriously sci-fi quest in a post-pandemic world. It’s got wild discoveries, dangerous drones, mile-a-minute action, and enough plot twistage to keep your head spinning. Its beating heart, though, is a twelve-year-old girl with more brains, courage, and compassion than a dozen of the most dedicated doctors.

Ask the Author: Nicole Melleby

“For Pluto, summer has always started with a trip to the planetarium. It’s the launch to her favorite season, which also includes visits to the boardwalk arcade, working in her mom’s pizzeria, and her best friend Meredith’s birthday party. But this summer, none of that feels possible. 
 
A month before the end of the school year, Pluto’s frightened mom broke down Pluto’s bedroom door. What came next were doctor’s appointments, a diagnosis of depression, and a big black hole that still sits on Pluto’s chest, making it too hard to do anything. 
 
Pluto can’t explain to her mom why she can’t do the things she used to love. And it isn’t until Pluto’s dad threatens to make her move with him to the city—where he believes his money, in particular, could help—that Pluto becomes desperate enough to do whatever it takes to be the old Pluto again. 
 
She develops a plan and a checklist: If she takes her medication, if she goes to the planetarium with her mom for her birthday, if she successfully finishes her summer school work with her tutor, if she goes to Meredith’s birthday party . . . if she does all the things that “normal” Pluto would do, she can stay with her mom in Jersey. But it takes a new therapist, a new tutor, and a new (and cute) friend with a checklist and plan of her own for Pluto to learn that there is no old and new Pluto. There’s just her.”

Ask the Author: Amy Noelle Parks

“The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss is a dual POV young adult romantic comedy about a mathy, anxious girl who wants to overcome her anxiety to take on physics and maybe more. When her meet-cute with the new guy horrifies her BFF Caleb, shenanigans ensue – in real life and online.”

Ask the Author: Frank Morelli Returns

On the Way to Birdland follows the epic journey of sixteen-year-old, self-proclaimed philosopher, Cordell Wheaton as he attempts to reunite his family before his father loses his battle with a terminal illness. Cordy packs his duffel with forty bucks, a few clean pairs of underwear, and a page of his estranged brother’s prized sheet music and hits the open road, the rails, and even a steamship at one point, to travel from his hometown of High Point, North Carolina to Philadelphia to find a brother ravaged by addiction. He hopes to convince his brother, Travis, to travel with him to New York City to watch a show at the world famous Birdland Jazz Club, where Cordy thinks he can help Travis remember his musical past, acknowledge the traits he holds in common with his hero, John Coltrane, and convince him to come home to Carolina again. But along the way, Cordy is wracked by chaotic nightmares, haunted by disembodied voices, and shocked by strange visions that make him wonder if he’s hearing the voices of the fates willing him toward his destiny, or if he’s losing touch with reality altogether.

Ask the Author: Jasmine Warga

“I’m going to talk about two of my books! The first one is OTHER WORDS FOR HOME. OTHER WORDS FOR HOME is the story of 12-year-old Jude who due to the growing violence in her home country of Syria moves across the Atlantic Ocean to resettle in Cincinnati, Ohio. The book is about the struggles and joys of making a new life in a new place. My newest book, which comes out in May 2021, is called THE SHAPE OF THUNDER. The book is about two best friends–Cora and Quinn–who haven’t spoken to each other in over a year since a school shooting happened in their small Ohio town. Cora is still grieving with the loss of her sister, and Quinn is still dealing with the guilt and grief of her brother’s violent actions. The book begins with Quinn leaving a box on Cora’s doorstep. The box contains research and articles about time travel. She tries to convince Cora that they can fix the tragedy of what happened by time traveling to stop Quinn’s brother. The book is about the magic of friendship, believing in impossible things, the trauma of mass gun violence, and most of all the immense power of imagination and love to shape our world for the better.”