Learning magic isn’t what Cora had pictured for her last year of high school. Neither was her magical stalker, who has been obsessed with her for years. With rogue mages, spells on her, and a murderous stalker to deal with, this year officially sucks.
Title: Wild Music
Genre: YA Contemporary
Length: 99,000 words
Author: Patti J. Kurtz
Nina Barrow blames herself for the car crash two years ago that killed her boyfriend and the alpha wolf of the pack her father was trying to preserve. But her fragmented memory has hidden the truth from her. Now, she’s determined to find out the truth, even though it could put her and her beloved wolves in grave danger.
Title: SANTA MUERTE
Genre: YA Contemporary (with spec elements)
Length: 63,000 words
Author: Chelly Pike
It’d be insane to kill her best friend’s step-brother, right? Searching through prayer cards for a Saint for a school project at her prestigious New Orleans all-girls Catholic school, 17yo Roan Sepulvelda Robichaux finds Santa Muerte. Or did Santa Muerte find her? Roan lit a candle and said a prayer, and maybe got away with murder. Is Amalie’s brother next?
THE REMEMBER BALLOONS x IDA, ALWAYS. Most days were normal dog days, but Hank loved therapy days. Every week he looked forward to spending an afternoon of patio races, oatmeal cookies, and sunflower scented cuddles with his favorite person: Mrs. Becker. Until one day, as he walked into the care center, the air felt heavy. He sniffed in the fading scent of sunflowers, and that’s when he realized Mrs. Becker was gone, leaving only memories behind.
Girl with a Pearl Earring X Drag Me to Hell with a love story in the vein of The Fly.
An unexpected tender love develops between the easy mark, Eliotte Avery, and the cursed artist, Rota, painting her portrait. As his hex begins to disembogue to her, the ill-fated couple race to save one another before the curse consumes them both.
Title: This Little Piggy Tells a Mostly True Story
Genre: PB Fiction (Meta)
Length: 400 words
Author: Deborah Foster
You know the nursery rhyme. This little piggy ate roast beef. This little piggy had none. But what you don’t know is that the last pig’s story is a LIE! This little piggy did NOT cry all the way home. Despite Pinky's pleas to not turn the page, Pinky must overcome embarrassment to tell the reader what really happened.
Title: Short Skirt / Long Jacket
Genre: Commercial WF/Romcom neurodiverse/MH protagonist
Length: 93,000 words
Author: Sheryl Stein
Ari spurns her mother’s advice and fixups, opting instead to fixate on Gwen Stefani for a #goals roadmap to secure a promotion at the music tech startup where she works as well as to jump-start her love life with work crush Brooks. A merger brings in new bosses who want her out,. Her future's on the line, her parents are in her face, and she’s losing the only man she really wants. Following her “What would Gwen do” logic hasn’t panned out, which leaves her facing with the toughest question of all: What should Ari do?
Title: A Crown of Fangs and Feathers
Genre: YA Fantasy with Romance
Author: Sandy Butchers
Raven wishes battling an army of undead soldiers is the easiest obstacle in life she’ll have to overcome.
Hailed as the last resort to free Alvar, Prince of Ulfgard, from his cursed, beastly form, she finds herself tangled in a web of witchcraft and magic between the crown of a cruel king and a coven of vengeful witches.
With the pyres lit and her wicked aunt fanning the flames, Raven’s legacy as the daughter of a powerful enchantress must save her from a fate burning at the stake and a kingdom of curses brought on by centuries of oppression.
Title: FAIR GAME
Genre: YA contemporary
Author: Robyn Ryle
Amanda’s put up with the boys’ basketball team getting all the attention, money, and crowds for way too long. When the boys trick Amanda and her friends into giving up the “good” gym yet again, Amanda puts their season and their futures on the line by challenging them to a game—boys against girls. If Amanda’s gone too far, she might be responsible for single-handedly setting girls sport at Madison back twenty years. Amanda puts everything on the line to answer the question—can the girls beat the boys—and along the way discovers that might not be the most important question to ask.
Title: Sushi and Sea Lions
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 82,000 Words
Author: Rachel Corsini
After a career-ending injury sends a prima ballerina, DANIELA VERDI, back to Queens, she struggles with her identity after the glitzy distractions of the Upper West Side (boys, pinot, romance novels, and video games) are over. When she runs into her brother’s best friend, a divorced dad scarred by his wife’s affair, at a local bar, she remembers who she was before the glittering stage lights. Falling for him was easy, but when she realizes he doesn’t believe in true love the way she does, she has to decide if the fairy-tale was ever real.
Title: The Marsh House
Genre: Women's Fiction
Author: HM Thomas
After a lifetime of her mother’s rejection, free-spirited artist Darby left home the day she turned eighteen, finally able to escape the unattainable expectations of her traditional southern family. Now, back in the Low Country she loves, she’s found success and satisfaction working with young artists. When a handsome doctor requests she return home to reconcile with the grandmother she hasn’t seen in almost two decades, she gathers the strength to face the women who failed her only to discover secrets that may shatter the peace she's finally found.
Title: Go to Bed Stinkbug!
Genre: Picture Book
Length: 414 words
Author: Stephanie Maksymiw
A tiny, NOISY bug makes himself heard at night but no one wants to hear his BUZZZZING. Just one night-loving friend is all he wants, but all the humans want to do is sleep unless he can learn to be considerate of others.
Title: Fibbin' 'Nocchio
Genre: Picture Book
Length: 155 words
Author: Stephanie Maksymiw
Cows don't jump over moons nor do kittens wear mittens. When Pinocchio says he sees all these things, his nose spirals out of control. Explore the world of nursery rhymes in a counting book using the Fibonacci sequence (STEM).
17 year old Juniper Taylor knew a few things in life. Eric Hampton was her best friend, University of South Carolina was the best school in the nation, and she didn’t like to lose. Until a twist of fate takes everything away, with only one hope—the love of her best friend Eric.
Title: THIS BOOK WILL BLAST OFF IN 10 SECONDS!
Genre: Picture Book (Informational Fiction)
Length: 761 Words (299-fiction, 462-NF sidebars)
Author: Kara Sibilia
THIS BOOK WILL BLAST OFF IN 10 SECONDS! That’s right, we’re heading to S-P-A-C-E; SPACE! Take a romping, rollicking, out-of-this-world adventure, and learn the sights, sounds, and sensations of a real rocket launch. STEM components and back matter enrich this interactive text. Let the countdown begin!
Comps: PLUTO GETS THE CALL by Adam Rex (for the playful narration); YOUR PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE by Jason Chin (for the STEM components).
Telepath Nalani Adar, a former pirate’s slave, now works aboard the sentient freighter, Zeus. When she learns there’s a dead-or-alive bounty on her head placed by her former owner, she must make a choice: leave behind the life she’s built aboard Zeus and flee (her standard operating procedure) or reveal her humiliating past to her crew and make a stand.
Title: Dino Beach
Genre: PB Humor
Length: 439 words
Author: Rachel Scott
While a kid leaves for beach supplies, he asks the reader to babysit Albert, his mischievous pet T-rex, but Albert is a handful for the reader as he gets his favorite towel stolen and devises silly plans to get it back.
Ruth Markson secretly dreams of becoming a doctor, but first must pay her nursing school student loans. After residents in the retirement facility where she works die unexpectedly, Ruth joins forces with her handsome tech-savvy friend to solve the mystery against the backdrop of a besieged Main Street and the opioid crisis in rural America. After a narrow escape, Ruth discovers true love can go hand in hand with dreams.
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