Parallel by Claudia Lefeve

Destiny has a way of catching up…

Saddled with powers she doesn’t understand, Etta Fleming’s world is turned upside-down the day she meets Cooper Everett, the man who transports her to an alternate reality. A reality she was meant to be a part of. One minute, she’s an orphan living at Dominion House for Girls, an institution for delinquent foster kids, then finds herself attending the exclusive Dominion Hall Academy.

Plucked from the only world she’s ever known, Etta now has to deal with an aunt she never knew, a boyfriend she doesn’t know, and a best friend who can’t know.

PARALLEL is the first book in the Travelers Series. Continue reading

Life on the Edge by Jennifer Comeaux

Nineteen-year-old Emily is new to pairs skating, but she and her partner Chris have a big dream–to be the first American team to win Olympic gold. Their young coach Sergei, who left Russia after a mysterious end to his skating career, believes they can break through and make history.

Emily and Chris are on track to be top contenders at the 2002 Winter Games. But when forbidden feelings spark between Emily and Sergei, broken trust and an unexpected enemy threaten to derail Emily’s dreams of gold.
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Beyond by Maureen A. Miller

It is the day after Aimee Patterson’s high school graduation. College beckons, as does her dream of becoming an engineer. On an early evening walk, her cocker spaniel charges into the woods on the other side of the pond. Aimee trails after him, and in the stillness of that forest the unthinkable happens. She becomes paralyzed and watches in horror as her hands vanish before her eyes.

Waking to the sound of voices, Aimee realizes that she has been kidnapped. Little does she know how far away from home she is, though. In an attempt to flee her captors, she launches from their confines only to freeze at the view outside the window. The sky is black and filled with stars, and in the distance is a familiar blue globe. The planet Earth.

A group of humans forced to flee their planet after an epidemic destroyed their civilization now travel the galaxies in search of an antidote. Retrieving samples of plant life from every solar system, on this occasion Aimee was accidentally seized instead.

Aimee must learn to avoid the advances of an awkward young scientist who seems intent on dissecting her, as her own fascination turns to the exotic young warrior, Zak. Having fallen in love with Zak, she is now torn with the decision to return to Earth or live beyond the stars. Continue reading

Helper12 by Jack Blaine

Helper12 works as a Baby Helper in Pre Ward, the place where babies spend their first six months of life before they’re tracked for vocations and sent to training. She does her job well, and she stays out of trouble. But one day, the Sloanes, Society members who enjoy all the privileges of their station—family unit clearance, a private dwelling, access to good food and good schools—come to “adopt” one of the Pre Ward babies. The Director makes a deal and the Sloanes walk out with a brand new child.

They also walk out owning Helper12—the Director sells her to them, and there’s nothing she can do but go. At the Sloanes, Helper12 enters a world where people should be able to enjoy life—with high position and riches come the opportunity for individual freedom, even the chance to love—but that’s not what she finds. The Sloanes are keeping secrets. So is their biological son, Thomas.

Helper12 has some secrets of her own; she’s drawing, which is a violation, since Baby Helpers aren’t tracked for Art. And she’s growing to love the child she was bought to care for—at the same time that Ms. Sloane is becoming disenchanted with her impulse baby buy.

When all your choices are made for you, how do you make some for yourself? Helper12 is about to find out. Continue reading

Heron Baby Island by Robert Cherny

One of the most popular girls in the high school trips over one of her classmates while he is photographing a rare bird, beginning a relationship that will change their lives and touch many others. To win her love he launches a project to build a wild bird rookery in a large retention pond. Together, with the help of their friends and family, they overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of the project and their love. Driven by a goal larger than themselves, everyone involved learns to strive higher and succeed at a level greater than they would have previously thought possible. Continue reading

Seeds of Anger by Robert Cherny

Seeds of Anger follows the life of a high school junior whose police officer father has been shot in the line of duty and whose mother is dying of cancer. Worst of all, the property that has been in his family for three generations is being split up for development. A renegade botanist on the hunt for new herbal medicines moves in across the street and uses the large open property to cultivate the plants he needs for his research. He takes the boy and some of his friends to work as his assistants and trains them to be scientists. For three years, he mentors them and pushes them to grow beyond what they would have expected of themselves.
However, when the botanist’s past indiscretions catch up with him, everything changes and the boy must decide if he is to take charge and face the danger or walk away. Continue reading

Stone Bearers: The Gift by R. E. Washington

“My name is Constance and this story starts the day I was ripped apart.”

Caught in a battle between two supernatural forces, five junior high students are killed. But Constance, Jonathan, Avery, Maria, and Danielle return from the dead — and they’ve changed.

They each carry a piece of a soul stone and with it they have extraordinary powers. Now they can summon weapons from thin air and even start fires with their minds. With these powers comes a connection they never wanted, and coming back from the dead hasn’t wiped away the grudges between them. When one of them loses their mind to the power, they are soon caught in a battle against themselves and an enemy that wants to make sure that this time they stay dead. Continue reading

Domus Inter by Sarah Carter

Harriet (Harry) Lawson is a feisty 17-year-old girl who finds her life is about to change dramatically when her mother inherits Domus Inter – a grand house in Wales – from a mysterious man called Jack Lloyd. But after her family moves to Domus Inter, Harry soon realises the changes will be far more drastic than she had thought when Jack Lloyd’s solicitor and a disturbing young man who calls himself Mord take a special interest in her. The two men tell her an unbelievable tale – of murder, and another world, and a magic pendant called the True Heart.

Harry has never felt like she belongs in this world, and she is about to find out why. Not knowing what to believe or who to trust, Harry’s desire to discover her true identity will embroil her in a conflict as old as memory. The legends of this world are the prophecies of another…but have they been interpreted wrongly? Continue reading