Cover Artist: Lisa Amowitz
For almost-16 year-old Anne Devans, the annual Renaissance Faire means three things--her dad spending weeks in the smithy, her bipolar mom doing some manic costume making, and another ruined birthday for her and her twin sister, Mary.
This year, Anne wants things to be different, and she's going to do things her way. On the eve of the Faire, Anne, along with a reluctant Mary, conjures up a spell that will make their 16th birthday party a whirlwind event. Little do they know that it's a literal request.
After the mini tornado in their room subsides, the girls realize they've invoked the power of the Gemini Twins, Castor and Pollux. That's the good news. The bad news is they also caught the attention of a sorceress named Zeena who has been collecting children born under each Zodiac Sign to enhance her power. Once she captures Anne and Mary, Gemini twins, the entire Zodiac, and the world, will be hers.
Anne leads the fight against Zeena, but her one-sided decisions could throw them into a world so far from home, even the Renaissance Faire would seem like a brilliant vacation. Between managing their new Zodiac powers, dodging their manic mother and trying to stop Zeena, they'll get a 16th birthday they'll never forget.
Never Too Old For YA
I didn’t start reading YA until I picked up a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I admit feeling a little silly at reading a “kids book,” but so many people shouted its praises, I decided to give it a try. And it didn’t take long for me to get sucked into JK Rowling’s world. I gotta admit, I awaited each new book in the series like a crazed tween.
Then came the Hunger Games trilogy, Twilight, Shiver, Eragon, and OMG so many others I can’t even name them all.
More than 50% of YA book readers are adults, so it’s not a passing fancy or an oddity. So what is it about young adult fiction that grabs the attention of grown ups?
I think part of it has to do with remembering our youth. Remembering the raw, intense emotions. Remembering the sweetness of new love, crushes, and angst. Remembering feeling secure at home while also yearning to leave the proverbial nest and claim independence.
It was a time when all we faced were feelings and we didn’t carry the weight of bills, responsibilities, and regrets.
Most people read fiction to escape. And what better escape is there than falling into a world of nostalgia, thrilling adventures, and where everything is new and fresh?
About the author:
Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, and horror. She’s a lucid dreamer, meaning she can direct her dreams while they’re happening. When she’s awake, she pens stories from her dreams and shares them with her readers.
Laura has many published titles including the Pride Series (New Pride, Shifting Pride, soon to be re-released, and Tsavo Pride), the Endure Series (Endure and Evoke, soon to be re-released), The Zodiac Collector, a novella Sunset Moon in the Lore anthology, and several shorts stories. When she’s not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond–Lucid Dreamer, and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion.
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