FLEDGLING was a finalist in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Contest and is inspired by the author's own daughter who was born with heart defects. Look for Prodigy, book 2 of the Shapeshifter Chronicles, Prodigy- available now!Look for Emergent, book 3 of the Shapeshifter Chronicles, Prodigy- available May 2014!Book Description: Set apart from other eighteen year olds, Ana Hughes knows she is different. A life threatening heart condition smothers her future and she yearns to feel normal. Her hopes are pinned on a fresh start in a remote town far from her native Colorado. Among the locker filled hallways in Clark Bend High, Ana keeps to the shadows, not wanting to draw attention to her violet tinged lips and wilted silhouette. And she almost succeeds, until she meets Chance Morgan. Struggling to keep up appearances, she soon suspects Chance is hiding something as well. His animal-like senses, miraculous healing ability and peculiar reaction to her Thunderbird necklace compels Ana to question if there's more to the stories about his Navajo ancestry. Without any other explanation, she fears he is playing tricks on her. But the truth may prove too much for Ana's delicate heart...Excerpt from FLEDGLING:"Ana continued fading in and out of awareness. Relinquishing to the nothingness that engulfed her, she had the impression of movement. She heard heavy breathing, which she determined wasn't coming from her, sounding more like snorting. She sensed herself hanging, her body limp, unwilling to forfeit control back to her wandering mind. As though she was observing everything from a distance, it felt like she was at the end of a darkened hallway, being pulled back into a hollow chasm. Inky fingers entwined her mind until there was nothing left."Bonus Materials:A special code is provided at the back of the book, for 'the lost chapter' from Fledgling. Be sure to check it out.Suggested reading age- 13 years and up. It is recommended that parents participate in book selections to decide whether a book is appropriate for their children.
- 12 and up