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Ask the Author: Bobbie Pyron

STAY is the intertwined stories of eleven-year-old Piper and a little dog named Baby. Through a series of events, Piper and her family find themselves living in a homeless shelter. Baby lives in a city park near that shelter with his beloved person, Jewel. The chapters alternate between Baby’s point of view (written in free verse) and Piper’s. When Baby and Jewel become separated, Piper makes it her mission to not only reunite them, but find them a home where they can be together. STAY is very much a story of resilience and empowerment and compassion.

Ask the Author: J.C. Cervantes

“A contemporary adventure based on Maya mythology. Zane Obispo spends every day exploring the sleeping volcano in his backyard. “The Beast” as he calls it, is the one place where he can escape other kids, who make fun of him because he has a limp and walks with a cane.
After a twin-engine plane crashes into The Beast, a mysterious girl named Brooks shows up at Zane’s doorstep, insisting that they meet at the volcano, where she will reveal a terrible secret.”

Ask the Author: Katie Golding

“Fearless is a second chance romance between cinnamon roll cowboy/motorcycle racer Billy King, and fellow racer Taryn Ledell. Fresh off a championship win, Billy returns home to Memphis to win back Taryn’s heart after their devastating breakup, and heal an ankle injury that’s threatening to stall his career. It’s fluffy, it’s steamy, it’s sporty, it’s romantic, and it always makes me smile.”

Ask the Author: Danielle Girard

“After surviving a car accident on an icy road in Hagen, North Dakota, Lily Baker regains consciousness with no idea where or who she is. Scattered Bible verses and the image of a man lying in a pool of blood haunt her memory. 
The same night of the accident, a young woman is murdered and tossed in a dumpster. Kylie Milliard, Hagen’s only detective, doesn’t immediately recognize the victim, but Kylie soon discovers that Lily and the dead woman share a dark past…if only Lily could remember what it was. 
Lily and Kylie both want answers. But Kylie has to play by the book. Lily has to play it safe. And the more Lily learns about her identity, the more she fears the truth.”

Ask the Author: Samantha Bailey

“In a split second, Morgan Kincaid’s life changes forever. She’s on her way home from work when a mother begs her to take her baby, then places the infant in her arms. Before Morgan can stop her, the distraught mother jumps in front of an oncoming train.”

Ask the Author: Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo

“11-year-old Izzy Mancini who feels as if her whole world is shifting, and she doesn’t like it. She wants Piper, Zelda, and herself—the Sea Stars—to stay best friends as they enter sixth grade in their new regional middle school. Everything changes when Izzy’s father invites his former interpreter’s family, including 11-year-old Sitara, to move into the upstairs apartment at the marina where they live. Izzy doesn’t know what to make of Sitara with her hijab and refusal to eat cafeteria food, and her presence disrupts the Sea Stars. But in Sitara, Izzy finds someone brave, someone daring, someone who isn’t as afraid as Izzy to speak up for herself. As Izzy and Sitara grow closer, Izzy must make a choice: stay in her comfort zone and risk betraying her new friend, or speak up and lose the Sea Stars forever.”

Ask the Author: Christina McDonald

“Behind Every Lie is about Eva Hansen who wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning to learn that her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can’t remember what happened, but the police are suspicious that she murdered her mother.”

Ask the Author: Matthew Tessnear

“a memoir about my life experiences with General Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other health challenges. It follows my relationships with food, influential family members and my Christian faith to explore the childhood origins of my mental health obstacles, the ways the battles with my health intensified in early adulthood, and the sources of inspiration for finally addressing my struggles in my early 30s.”

Ask the Author: Neel Trivedi

A collection of stories about females who have their backs against their wall because of various reasons; be it financial issues, rape, abuse, addiction, etc, and how they fight to get out of those situations and ultimately, take control of their lives. 

Ask the Author: Cameron Lund

a high school senior who feels like she’s falling behind the rest of her friend group. She’s interested in having sex, but she doesn’t know if she’s quite ready yet and there’s no one she’s into in that way–until she meets a senior at the local college who acts like he just might be interested in her. But she lets her insecurities get the best of her and ends up asking her best guy friend Andrew to sleep with her and help her become a pro so she can impress her crush. It’s about learning to go at your own pace and feel confident in your own decisions!

Ask the Author: Nigel Stewart

a tale of underachievement and rootlessness. James Clifton is a talented artist, but he has dropped into life in the “real world”. Instead of seeking outlets for his creativity, he keeps them closeted. As he drifts along being nothing, he receives a letter from out of the blue. And then Laura is in his life; everything changes. Set in 1990, Colouring In deals with love and loss: it’s a romantic story – not in the hearts and flowers sense, but because it deals with emotions, imagination, and intuition.

Ask the Author: Ellen Marie Wiseman

set in the Philadelphia tenements during the deadly Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. It follows a young German immigrant, Pia Lange, who loses her mother and must take care of her twin baby brothers until her father returns from the war. When they run out of food she leaves her brothers alone to venture into the quarantined city to search for supplies. But when she comes back they’re gone. It’s also about a woman who uses her hatred of immigrants as an excuse to tear families apart when they’re at their most vulnerable.

Ask the Author: Melanie Conroy-Goldman

“A lifetime’s addiction to the memory drug cloud has allowed Mellie to glimpse other, possibly better, lives, but for the sake of her toddler daughter, she is trying to live in the likely world. When a stranger appears who may be her daughter’s father, the pull of her seductive, dangerous memories may put at risk”