By Temple West
Swoon Reads (Macmillan)
New Paranormal YA coming soon.
“Caitlin is your typical orphan …pissed off and grieving. After her mother dies of bone cancer, she’s uprooted to Stony Creek, a pitiful excuse for a town in the rural mountains of upstate New York. Stuck living on her aunt and uncle’s struggling horse ranch, Caitlin vows to simply survive until she graduates high school. Then, it’s on to New York and wrangling a scholarship at The Fashion Institute so she can become a designer and start her own line. But shortly after arriving in Stony Creek, a freak storm sets her on a dangerous path: right in the middle of vampires, demons, and age-old secrets. The only person she can trust? Adrian, the vampire who rescued her. Problem is, he has to pretend to be her boyfriend in order to keep his status as her personal bodyguard under wraps. And in a small town, it’s not long before some secrets get real big.”
“What if you could speak directly to nature? What if it spoke back? A young outcast followed by crows finds a flower in the forest one night – it is the Dreamer’s Lotus, a powerful hallucinogen that opens the mind to the meanings of the symbols. This can be helpful, especially when you live in a world where everything is symbolic. Corvus suspects the Elders of The White Village have rewritten the meanings of the symbols somehow. They say the forest is a perilous place, a land of madness and illusion. They might be right, after-all, inexplicable things have been seen there… They say the boy is a bad omen, part of a prophecy that will destroy the village. Only a brave and curious girl is willing to help him, even though she knows he is playing a deadly game. If he finds what he is seeking they will kill him, but Corvus has to know the truth. Why is he the only one who can hear the voices in the forest and why is he followed by the most feared sign of all? The Dreamer’s Lotus holds the answers, but if he eats it, the crows will be the least of his concerns.”
Clean Teen Publishing
“The Noah girls have beauty, powers, and brains. They use all three to play their games. They blow the dust, the boys are crushed, and no one is ever the same.Each year the Noah girls play a secret game— Crushed. The rules are simple. 1. Use wisdom to pick your target. The boy can’t be too weak or too strong-willed. 2. Blow the enchanted dust into your target’s face to enchant (Crush) him. 3. Give verbal commands and assign them tasks to perform throughout the year. The more tasks completed, the stronger the witch’s power grows. 4. At the end of the year, the witch with the most power wins cold, hard cash. As if being a witch in high school isn’t complicated enough, Kristen picks the wrong boy to Crush. Zack is tall, handsome, and a little scary. Her Crush spell isn’t working on him like it has with the others. In fact, he is behaving the opposite of every other boy she’s Crushed, hating her instead of adoring her. Something is definitely wrong. After someone attempts to kill her, Kristen realizes there is more at risk than a few hundred dollars. She may be betting with her life.”
Coming in August 2015
Wellmaster: The Weeping Wall
by Alain Carver
Deals with social and environmental issues.
“In the dusty streets of a city governed by a distant and ruthless ruler known only as the Wellmaster—where water is as precious as gold—13 year old Farro and his best friend Tarka run through the dangerous alleys for fun and adventure. Life is hard for Farro and Tarka but they and their families manage to survive, until one day Tarka is captured and imprisoned. It is while imprisoned that she makes a discovery that will challenge their friendship and the society that props up the Wellmaster’s power.”