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Solerna, a YA fantasy novella.|
Author: Anna Schubarth
Category: YA Fantasy Level: All
When being different can be deadly, Jarrod changes the rules.
Jarrod is a young man desperate to prove himself. His mother is the powerful leader of the colony, with no time or patience for any perceived shortcomings within her own family. Because Jarrod once refused to join them, sadistic, bullying peers have selected him as a persistent target. To make things worse, Jarrod is becoming an adult, and he’s afraid that the lighthearted teasing relationship he’s always had with Emily may be slipping away.
Set in a world that has little to recommend it, other than a moderate climate and a lack of major predators. Everything goes well until their first ritual, when the colonists discover that this planet physically responds to their summons.
Jarrod is the only one of his age who cannot manifest the magic, a deficiency that allows his enemies to shun him from village life. But Jarrod has his own talents which may prove to be the salvation of the entire colony.
"If I hadn't had to, I would not have put this book down! The story is engaging and relatable not only young adults but anyone. As a Pagan, I am constantly on the lookout for novels that incorporate Paganism as nothing more than everyday life as opposed to something bizarre to be put on display. This book does an excellent job of that. Non-Pagans will have no problem relating to the story at all. My only problem is that there isn't more. " (from Dawn, via amazon.com)
Author's Notes: I have previously published children's books, but this is my first YA novella. At 164 pages, it is long enough to be completely engaging, but short enough to maintain a brisk pace and hold the interest of most any reader.
2011 marks my 30th year identifying as Pagan, and I am delighted to be able to put so much of myself into my work.
Where To Buy: Solerna is currently available in paperback from lulu.com. Other distribution channels are forthcoming.
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