read from Tunnel Vision, The Crimson Gate, and Under a Painted Sky, respectively. A panel discussion moderated by S.J. Kincaid will follow.
Romance and action come crashing together in Susan Adrian's Tunnel Vision. When Jake Lukin, eighteen, reveals his psychic ability, he's forced to become a government asset in order to keep his mother and sister safe, but Rachel, the girl he likes, tries to help him live his own life instead of tunneling through others. "Twists of plot, kids outsmarting the bad guys, and a relatively low-tech but fascinating superpower ratchet up the action to a bizarre conclusion that begs a sequel. With a grandfather that would make Richard Peck or Joan Bauer proud, and government goons, male and female, who morph between good and evil with a single look or comment, this is a must-read." --Booklist
In Whitney Miller's The Crimson Gate, sequel to The Violet Hour, Harlow Wintergreen has just been named the new Matriarch of VisionCrest, the powerful religious organization previously led by her father. But there's one big problem. The real Harlow is trapped inside a Cambodian temple, and her double, the evil Isiris, has escaped confinement and is masquerading as her. Now initiated as their leader, Isiris intends to unleash a killer super virus aimed at cleansing the planet of VisionCrest. In order to stop her, Harlow must find a way out of the temple and locate the Resistance...or the world will be destroyed. "Extreme gore and exciting suspense in a highly strange package." --Kirkus
Stacey Lee's Under a Painted Sky begins in Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician--not an easy thing if you're a girl, and harder still if you're Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past. In a starred review, Kirkus says: "Emotionally resonant and not without humor, this impressive debut about survival and connection, resourcefulness and perseverance will keep readers on the very edges of their seats."
Susan Adrian is a 4th-generation Californian who somehow stumbled into living in Montana. She holds a degree in English from UC Davis and a Master's in Technical Communication. When she’s not hanging out with her husband and daughter, she keeps busy researching spy stuff, learning Russian, travelling, and writing more books. Tunnel Vision is her first novel.
Whitney Miller is the author of The Violet Hour and The Crimson Gate. She graduated from the University of Colorado and has an MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. She works in Silicon Valley by day and on her laptop writing novels by night. Whitney loves to travel the world, and she incorporates those global settings into her novels.
Stacey Lee is a 4th-generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She graduated from UCLA, then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain. She serves as the Director of Legal Affairs for the WeNeedDiverseBooks organization.
S. J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire. She also interned for a politician in Washington, DC, and received degrees from universities in Illinois and Ohio, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Edinburgh, Scotland, that she realized she wanted to be a writer. Catalyst, the final book in her critically acclaimed Insignia trilogy, was published in October 2014.
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