Books And Excerpts

TASTE OF DARKNESS (HEALER BOOK #3)

Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever.

But there's a more immediate theat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry's healing powers are needed now more than ever.

Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision...

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ISBN 13: 978-0-7783-1585-8
Release date: January 2014 MIRA
Price: $14.95 Trade-size paperback

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STORM WATCHER

Luke Riley is lost. His mother's recent death has set Luke and his family adrift. Even though his father, twin brothers, and their three Bloodhounds are search and rescue volunteers, they have been unable to rescue themselves and become a family again. The summer after sixth grade looms in Luke's mind as a long, lonely three months where the only thing he can look forward to is watching The Weather Channel. Luke is fascinated with the weather, but since his mother's death in a storm, he is also terrified. Even the promised 13th birthday present of a Bloodhound puppy fails to lift Luke's spirits. He would rather have a different breed - a petite Papillon, but his father insists he get a Bloodhound.

When Luke decides to get the Bloodhound from Willajean, a dog breeder who owns Storm Watcher Kennel, he works out a deal to help at her kennel in exchange for the expensive dog. Thrilled to have a summer with a purpose, Luke befriends Willajean's daughter, Megan and together they plan how Luke can get a Papillon puppy instead of a Bloodhound. But nothing seems to work as they struggle with stubborn fathers, summer storms, unhelpful siblings, and hidden guilt. Can one little white dog really save both families?

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ISBN 13: 978-1-61603-033-9
Release date: October 2013, Leap Books
Ages 9 to 14
Price: $9.99 Trade-size paperback


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SCENT OF MAGIC (HEALER BOOK #2)

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomaniacal King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confidant, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon's opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon's most horrible creations yet: an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible...again.

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ISBN 13: 978-0-7783-1418-9
Release date: December 18, 2012, MIRA
Price: $14.95 Trade-size paperback


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TOUCH OF POWER (HEALER BOOK #1)

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted.
Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture.
Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people.

As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life....

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ISBN 13: 978-0-7783-1307-6
Release date: December 20, 2011, MIRA
Price: $14.95 Trade-size paperback

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INSIDE(TWO BOOKS in ONE EDITION!)

Four Walls. Four Levels. Eighteen Thousand People. No Escape--Ever.

The world of Inside is simple. Do your job, stay out of the way and don't dream of anything better. Because as every Scrub knows, there are no other options. Until Trella--The Queen of the Pipes, as some call her--gets involved with a revolution that will rock her world.

INSIDE includes both INSIDE OUT and OUTSIDE IN in one big book! For more details about these two stories, scroll down this page.

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ISBN 13: 978-0-373-21068-8
Pub date: February 21, 2012, Harlequin Teen
Price: $8.99 Trade-size paperback!! GREAT PRICE!!


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OUTSIDE IN(INSIDER BOOK 2)

[Spoiler Alert for INSIDE OUT Don't read unless you've read INSIDE OUT]

Me?? A Leader??

Okay, I did prove that there's more to Inside than we knew. That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion-between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we're free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again-while still touching base with Riley, of course. He's the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there's outside and then there is Outside. And something from Outside wants In.

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ISBN 13: 978-0-373-21011-4
Pub date: March 1, 2011, Harlequin Teen
Price: $9.99 Trade-size paperback


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INSIDE OUT (INSIDER BOOK 1)
Keep Your Head Down. Don't Get Noticed. Or Else.

I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. One of thousands who work in the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. The Trava family who rules our world from their spacious Upper levels wants us to be docile and obedient, like sheep. To insure we behave, they send the Pop Cops to police us.

So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? Not like it's all that dangerous--the only neck at risk is my own.

Until a lower level prophet claims a Gateway to Outside exists. And guess who he wants to steal into the Upper levels to get the proof? You’re right. Me. I alone know every single duct, pipe, corridor, shortcut, hole and ladder of Inside. It’s suicide plain and simple. But guess who can’t let a challenge like that go unanswered? Right again. Me.

I should have just said no...

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ISBN 13: 978-0-373-21006-0
Pub date: April 1, 2010, Harlequin Teen
Price: $9.99 Trade-size paperback


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SPY GLASS (GLASS BOOK 3)
An undercover mission leads to danger, adventure and an impossible choice.

After siphoning her own blood magic in the showdown at Hubal, Opal Cowan has lost her powers. She can no longer create glass magic. More, she's immune to the effects of magic. Opal is now an outsider looking in, spying through the glass on those with the powers she once had, powers that make a difference in the world. Until spying through the glass becomes her new power. Suddenly, the beautiful pieces she makes flash in the presence of magic. And then she discovers that someone has stolen some of her blood - and that finding it might let her regain her powers. Or know it could be they are lost forever.

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ISBN 13: 978-0-7783-2847-6
Pub date: September 1, 2010, MIRA
Price: $13.95 Trade-size paperback


Also available with the new cover shown on the right.
ISBN 13: 978-0-7783-1468-4
Pub date: September 24, 2013, MIRA Books
Price: $7.99 Mass Market-size paperback




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SEA GLASS (GLASS BOOK 2)
Like the colorful pieces of sea glass washed up on shore, Opal has weathered rough waters and twisting currents. But instead of finding a tranquil eddy, Opal is caught in a riptide. Her unique glass messengers which allow instant communication over vast distances have become a vital part of Sitian society. Once used solely by the Councilors and magicians, other powerful factions are now vying for control. Control of the messengers equals control of Sitia. Unfortunately that also means control of Opal. If that isn’t enough of a problem, Opal’s determination to prove blood magic is still being used is met with strong resistance. The Council doubts her, her mentor doubts her, and even her family is concerned. When her world is turned upside down, she begins to doubt herself. In the end, Opal must decide who to believe, who to trust, and who has control—otherwise she will shatter into a million pieces and be swept out by the tide.

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ISBN 13: 978-0-7783-2580-2
Pub date: September 2009, MIRA Books
Price: $13.95 Trade-size paperback


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ISBN 13: 978-0-7783-1461-5
Pub date: August 27, 2013, MIRA Books
Price: $7.99 Mass Market-size paperback


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Missing acknowledgements for SEA GLASS:

A big thank you to my husband Rodney and children, Luke and Jenna. Their love, support, patience, willingness to eat fast food and to manage without clean clothes has been invaluable.

Once again, my critique partner, Kimberley J. Howe has bravely surfed the rough waters of my first draft and helped smooth the story. Thanks so much. This book wouldn’t have been finished if it wasn’t for my friend, Judi Fleming. Our contest to see who could write the most words in two months was exactly what I needed to finish this book. Thanks for the incentive and the wine!

After visits to Harlequin’s Toronto and New York City offices, I was amazed to learn how many people touch my manuscript during its transformation into a published book. I don't have room to list them all by name, but I want to thank them all for their hard work and effort on my books.

I like to add a special thank you to my editor, Mary Theresa Hussey who continues to guide me in improving my craft. Thanks to Elizabeth Mazer, a vital member of our team.

As always a thank you to my excellent agent, Robert Mecoy, his cheerleading always makes me feel like I’m his only client. The art department has done another excellent job with this lovely cover. Many thanks to you all for your creative efforts.

And a huge thanks to my growing army of Book Commandos! Your efforts have helped in spreading the word about my books. Special mention to those who have gone above and beyond the call to duty: Elizabeth Earhart, Jane Gov, James Grogan, Jen Grzebien, Kate Ladd, Heather Lloyd, Heidi Ruby Miller, James Pellow, Kelly Plaia, Erica Rowe, Greg Schauer, Larry Smith, Jessica Stachowski, and Sarah Weir. The Master Magicians would be proud.



STORM GLASS (GLASS BOOK 1)
As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it’s time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan’s glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers—particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade—require Opal’s unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap into a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. And the further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance—including her own—Opal must control powers she never knew she possessed... powers that might lead to disaster beyond anything she’s ever known.

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ISBN 13: 978-0-7783-2564-2
Pub date: May 2009, MIRA Books
Price: $13.95 Trade-size paperback


Also available with the new cover shown on the right.
ISBN 13: 978-0-7783-1455-4
Pub date: July 30, 2013, MIRA Books
Price: $7.99 Mass market-size paperback








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FIRE STUDY (STUDY BOOK 3)
Yelena's new role as Soulfinder has made the Sitian Council uneasy. Worried that her new powers will corrupt her, the Council debates her fate. Yelena, though is trying to keep Sitia and Ixia from going to war. In the middle of political wrangling, Yelena receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by Ferde, the Soulstealer who murdered eleven girls and has escaped from prison with Cahil Ixia’s help. Cahil believes if he joins with the new Daviian Clan, he will have enough support to regain the Ixian throne. Testing the limit of her skills, Yelena becomes embroiled in the desperate fight to stop Ferde and the Daviian Clan from siphoning enough power to unleash a Fire Warper on the world. That would be worst than war between the northern and southern lands. Especially since, of all the powers Yelena possesses, she couldn't set fire to a candle wick if her life depended on it. And there is more at stake than just her life.

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ISBN 13: 978-0-7783-2534-5
Pub date: March 2008, MIRA Books
Price: $13.95 Trade-size paperback


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MAGIC STUDY (STUDY BOOK 2)
Yelena is on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago. Although she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways, and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better. Despite the turmoil, she's eager to start her magical training. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia's throne for a lost prince, and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians. If that wasn't bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with her new enemies.

Read an Excerpt from MAGIC STUDY.

ISBN 13: 978-0-7783-2712-7
Pub date: December 2008, MIRA Books
Price: $9.99 Trade-size paperback


Also available with the adult cover shown on the right.
ISBN 13: 978-0-7783-2392-1
Pub date: September 2007, MIRA Books
Price: $13.95 Trade-size paperback



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POISON STUDY (STUDY BOOK 1)
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered a reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust, and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. As Yelena tries to escape her dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and she develops magical powers she can't control. Her life’s at stake again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear!

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ISBN 13: 978-0-7783-2711-0
Pub date: December 2008, MIRA Books
Price: $9.99 Trade-size paperback


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ISBN 13: 978-0-7783-2433-1
Pub date: March 2007, MIRA Books
Price: $13.95 Trade-size paperback


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