My Next Novel, “The Unwanted,” Coming in 2014

OK, I honestly have no idea why I’ve been sitting on this news for so long. However, enough t’s have been crossed and i’s dotted, so I might as well spill it: my second novel, a YA fantasy called The Unwanted, will be released in 2014 from Bold Strokes Books.

(Please pause while I strike up the Hallelujah Chorus.)

(And yes, the inclusion of Händel in a post about a YA fantasy does strike me as somewhat incongruous. But we’ll go with it.)

Still with me? Good. So what’s it about, you ask? If you’ve read my story “The Trouble with Billy,” which appeared in the Steve Berman-edited anthology Speaking Out, you’ll recognize some of the names. Things take a decidedly unreal turn in the novel though:

Jamie Thomas has enough trouble on his hands trying to get through junior year of high school without being pulverized by Billy Stratton, his bully and tormentor. But then he finds out his mother, who he always believed was dead, is alive—and she’s an Amazon.

Sixteen years after she left him on his father’s doorstep, she’s back… and she needs Jamie’s help. A curse has caused the ancient tribe of warrior women to give birth to nothing but boys, dooming them to extinction—until prophecy reveals that salvation lies with one of the offspring they abandoned. Putting his life on the line, Jamie must find the courage to confront the wrath of an angry god and save the society that rejected him.

(Which god, you ask? Spoilers!)

I’m so excited about this one! (Which isn’t to say that I wasn’t excited about the last one, of course.) I’ll keep you posted on a hard release date and exciting things like cover designs and all those fun moments of sheer panic when I wonder if anyone will like it.

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