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Solerna, YA fantasy novella, e-book|
Author: Anna Schubarth
Category: YA Fantasy Level: All
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. His peers are either sadistic bullies or potential victims. 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.
The colony, impelled by overpopulation, is intended to be a haven for a group of Wiccan adventurers. The families settle on 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 shortcoming that allows his enemies to shun him from colony 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. " -Dawn (via amazon.com)
Author's Notes: I have previously published children's stories. Solerna is my first YA novella.
2011 marks the 30th year I've identified as Pagan, and it is delightful to be able to put so much of myself into my work.
Where To Buy: The e-book version of Solerna is available for Kindle at amazon.com, for NOOK at barnesandnoble.com and as a general EPUB file at www.lulu.com/spotlight/annaschubarth.
Kindle purchasers enjoy a discounted price.
It will soon be available at the iBookstore.
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