Rescued by the alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue werewolf brutally killed her parents, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. But then she discovers Chase, a newly turned werewolf locked in a cage in her alpha’s basement. Seeing him, Bryn feels a bond unlike anything she has ever experienced--but speaking to him brings up questions about her mysterious past. The hunt for answers will drive her farther from the wolves who raised her, and closer to a truth that will change everything.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her.But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school--being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot local park ranger--Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood...and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time...And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life: Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long--and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous, and that is...the emerald is cursed.Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all, she has her best friend--the gorgeous Hale--and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses and realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
In fifteen-year-old Alyssa Bondar’s Russian-Jewish culture, having a few drinks is as traditional as blinchiki and piroshki. So when her mom’s midday cocktails turn into an all-day happy hour, it seems like Alyssa’s the only one who notices--or cares. Her dad is steeped in the nightly news--and denial--and her best friend Lana is too busy trashing their shared Russian heritage so she can be popular.Alyssa would rather focus on cross-country meets and her first kiss with her running partner, Keith, but someone has to clean up her mom’s mess. But who will be there to catch Alyssa when her mom’s next fall off the wagon threatens to drag Alyssa down, too?
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
When I was thirty (about twenty years ago), I was troubled by violent and sexual thoughts like Dani Solomon’s. I didn’t know what was happening to me or where the thoughts had come from. Like Dani, I began to avoid the people and activities that triggered the thoughts. I also looked for a therapist, and I found that virtually none of them had heard of symptoms like mine. One I spoke to on the phone was obviously afraid to meet me, and the referring therapist at my HMO asked whether I was hearing voices in my television set telling me to kill people (he thought I was psychotic).
Fortunately, I found a therapist who used a variety of techniques to help me in all areas of my life over a two-year period. We discussed some form of genetic obsessive-compulsive disorder possibly being the reason for my symptoms, but we considered many other possible causes as well.
Not until ten years later, when my librarian sister came across the book The Imp of the Mind: Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Obsessive Bad Thoughts, by Lee Baer (Dutton, 2001), did I see my symptoms definitively diagnosed as a form of OCD. Now another ten years have gone by, and this form of OCD is still not on the map of people’s awareness. The problem is that OCD is connected in the minds of the public and most medical professionals with germ phobias and with rituals and behaviors such as counting and hand-washing.
In fact, of the approximately 80 people whom I’ve told the premise of The Babysitter Murders (“It’s about a babysitter who’s tormented by thoughts of harming the child she cares for”), only one person asked, “Is it about OCD?” If I had said “It’s about a teenage girl who can’t function because she’s constantly washing her hands,” I believe almost all of them would have asked that question.
Since I write novels about mental illness anyway, I thought it would be exciting to put this little-known illness on the map. I had been able to go away and heal in private, but what if a character’s most horrifying secret thoughts became public…became known at school…were published on TV and in the newspaper?
The dramatic treatments Dani undergoes in Boston with Dr. Mandel are real. They’re called “exposure and response therapy,” and a wonderful OCD specialist who advised me on the technical aspects of the novel, Kimberly Glazier of Yeshiva University, told me they’re the “gold standard” for treating OCD. One of the paradoxes of this illness is that the only way to get better is to expose yourself to the triggering situations rather than avoid them, and that’s what brings the story to what I hope is an exciting climax.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Everyone has weird thoughts sometimes. But for seventeen-year-old Dani Solomon, strange thoughts have taken over her life. She loves Alex, the little boy she babysits, more than anything. But one day, she has a vision of murdering him that's so gruesome, she can't get it out of her mind. In fact, Dani's convinced that she really will kill Alex. She confesses the thoughts to keep him safe, setting off a media frenzy that makes "Dani Death" the target of an extremist vigilante group.
Through the help of an uncoventional psychiatrist, Dani begins to heal her broken mind. But will it be too late? The people of her community want justice . . . and Dani's learning that some thoughts are better left unsaid.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Release Date: February 9, 2010
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the Louvre...to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria...to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own--scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.
Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster’s priceless art collection has been stolen and he wants it returned. Only a master thief could have pulled off this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully, just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s (very crooked) history--and with any luck, steal her life back along the way.