*WHAT SCARES US*

For the month of October, we are writing about scary things here at Scene 13.

Today, I am going to let you know what scares the main characters most from my YA novel, Triangles.

Autumn: getting cancer, commitment, hurting people she loves

Joey: failing to gain Autumn’s love, letting his family down, doing a poor job at work

Marcus: rejection, going broke, losing

As you can see, even fictional characters fear the things we do!

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June Preview!!

We’ve got another great month of releases coming up!!

Michelle Pickette’s PODs releases June 4th from Spencer Hill Press:

podsSeventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it’s in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it’s a balm for the broken soul.

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That’s the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating… monsters.
Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life–a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

Dorothy Dreyer’s My Sister’s Reaper releases June 18th from Month9Books

sistersreaperSixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it.

When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human. To top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara’s soul. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper or let Mara die … this time for good.

 

PJ Hoover’s Solstice releases June 18th from Tor Teen:

solstice_cover_275_411Piper’s world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.

Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.

Kimberly Ann Miller’s Triangles releases June 18th from Spencer Hill Press:

kim coverA cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong?

In the Bermuda Triangle – a lot.

Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life–her father’s death years ago, her mother’s medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her–seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she’s gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser is suddenly claiming they’re a happy couple… a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying “Happy Anniversary”… and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship’s doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she’s warned that these “alternate realities” could become permanent.

She just has to ask herself one question – how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?

Robyn DeHart’s The Secrets of Mia Danvers releases June 18th from NAL:

600149_10200771614755067_1586137962_nA lone witness finds her protector…

Since losing her sight in a childhood accident, Mia Danvers has resided in a small cottage on the vast Carrington estate. Thought to be dead, Mia lives a life of virtual seclusion—until one night, while walking home, she happens upon a horrendous crime.

Alex Foster, Eighth Duke of Carrington, lives according to society’s expectations for him. He’s never met the woman who lives in the cottage at the edge of his property. But when she arrives at his door in the pouring rain terrified and claiming she has witnessed a murder, she seizes his attention.

Mia is determined to help the authorities track down the culprit, even though the only person willing to accept her aid is the handsome, arrogant duke. Working closely together proves difficult as Mia’s beauty and independence tempts Alex to ignore convention and follow his desire. But what neither of them know is that this murderer has struck before in Whitechapel, taunting the British press only to vanish—a ruthless killer who knows that Mia is the only living witness to his crime…

Jennifer Allis Provost’s Copper Girl releases June 25th from Spence City:

CopperGirlsFRONTcoverFINALSara had always been careful.
She never spoke of magic, never associated with those suspected of handling magic, never thought of magic, and never, ever, let anyone see her mark. After all, the last thing she wanted was to end up missing, like her father and brother.
Then, a silver elf pushed his way into Sara’s dream, and her life became anything but ordinary.

For more info on all these amazing releases, check out the author’s pages above.

 

 

This month’s theme is Transitions, so be sure to check in each day for each author’s interpretation 🙂

LITERARY LOVE

For the month of February, we have chosen the topic of literary love for our blog posts. Today, I am going to talk about a few authors and the things they do that I love.

First up: Jennifer Armentrout, author of the Covenant and Lux series. I love the way her female protagonists are strong, sassy, and smart. I love the way her male protagonists are annoying yet loveable. Most of all, I love the scenes between these guys and girls and the sparks that ignite the page between them!

Next: Sarah Fine, author of Sanctum. She is fantastic at painting the settings and emotions in her book, and I cannot wait for more from this debut author. The feelings she delves into regarding suicide, for both the suicidal character and the ones left behind, are real, believable, and true-to-life.

Next: Emily McKay, author of The Farm. I love the suspense she created in her book as the main character and her sister plan and attempt an escape from the facility that holds them. While reading, I felt myself worrying along with them as they went through their trials and tribulations.

Next: Maureen McGowan, author of Deviants. She does secrets and the risk of exposure really well. She’s another debut author who does suspense well and keeps the reader turning the pages.

Next: Brigid Kemmerer, author of the Elemental Series. She is great at dealing with family relationships, specifically between the four brothers who populate her books. They are individuals with unique ways of dealing with each other, and the family dynamic is consistent throughout.

Next: John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars. He is amazing at young adult contemporary fiction filled with emotion. His ability to make readers feel for his characters is incredible.

Next: Maggie Stiefvater, author of The Wolves of Mercy Falls series. She is amazing at writing description and love that never gives up no matter the obstacles.

Next: Ann Rule, true crime writer and author of many books, most notably The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy, The Shocking Inside Story. She excels at writing true crime in a way that fascinates the reader while including facts and truths.

Finally, there are many more authors I admire, but these writers stand out in my mind when I think of books and stories I love!