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Signs in the Dark is called “a multi-faceted thriller”

Signs in the Dark by Susan Miura comes highly recommended by Donavan’s Literary Services.

Young adults who choose Signs in the Dark for either its intrigue or its insights into a deaf girl’s world are in for a wild ride in a multifaceted thriller that holds solid action and emotional revelations throughout. It’s highly recommended for teens seeking relationship-driven action stories that incorporate a sense of purpose and growth within its drama, especially those who like unexpected stories of love, commitment, and adversity. 

ONE CAPTIVE. Blindfolded, gagged, and bound, 17-year-old Haylie Summers has only one goal: stay alive. Nothing about her abduction makes sense. Deaf since birth, she can’t hear her captors and can only guess why they would take her. Is she about to be thrown into the dark abyss of human trafficking? Or was she kidnapped by the protestors who marched at the wildlife rescue center where she volunteers? Haylie fights the harsh reality that her capture resulted from Nathan’s unexpected text.

Need to talk. Can you meet me in 10 behind your garage? It was the last thing she saw before getting dragged into a van. But it can’t be Nathan, with his ebony eyes and easygoing smile that crumbles the walls around her heart. No, it can’t be Nathan. Can it?

ONE SUSPECT. After a childhood of disruptions, Peruvian-born Nathan Boliva likes to keep life simple. Haylie is not simple. She is beautiful. She is brilliant. And she is worth the risk of breaking out of his comfort zone. But days after asking Haylie on a date, Nathan finds himself targeted by the FBI for a crime he didn’t commit. Far worse, anything could be happening to Haylie as the search continues.


Have you read the 1st chapter of Miracle Girl?

Our next young adult book releases on November 30th, and the first chapter of this amazing novel, Miracle Girl, is available on Wattpad for free! So go ahead. Read. Get addicted. And preorder your copy of Miracle Girl today!

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Leanne Strong hates June eighth even though it’s supposed to a day for celebration.  Fifteen years ago on that date, baby Leanne was purported to be miraculously healed of a spinal cord defect after her mother prayed to a religious mystic who was later elevated to sainthood. Since Leanne’s unexplained cure, thousands of people gather in her small town every year to celebrate her miracle—a miracle she doesn’t remember but still accepts as real—most of the time.

When teen pitching phenom Braeden Dalisay moves into the house across the street from Leanne, he harbors a chip on his shoulder even larger than his athletic talent. Forced to spend the summer in the same law office, he and Leanne carry on a working relationship that vacillates between stormy and silent. After Leanne finds out that Braeden’s sister, Emeline, recently passed away, the reason for his behavior becomes clear. Emeline Dalisay was a girl who didn’t get a miracle.

Time softens Braeden’s anger, and he and Leanne eventually draw closer. But when he and his family are hit with another traumatic event, he pulls away, the unfairness of life a deep wound. Leanne wants to help Braeden and his family heal as much as she wants a relationship with him. More than that, she wants a miracle for Braeden.

Susan Miura Is Coming to Barnes and Noble

Susan Miura, author of Healer and its upcoming sequel, Shards of Light, will be at the Barnes and Noble in SchaumburgShardsofLight 500x750, IL on September 14th and at the Bloomingdale, IL Barnes and Noble on October 13th. She’ll be signing copies of her books and would love to meet any readers in the area!

To learn more about Susan’s appearances (she has a tentative signing at Books-a-Million in Spring Hill, Tennessee in November) or Susan, visit her website at http://www.susanmiura.com.


Meet Susan Miura on July 17th

Susan Miura, author of Healer and its upcoming sequel, Shards of Light, will be presenting a writing workshop for kids and a separate workshop for adults on July 17th. The event will be held at the Elk Grove Village Library located at 1001 Wellington Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL.

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Christine H. Bailey’s April 30th release, The Broken One, is the story of a 17-year-old trying to find her way back to normal after the death of her best friend. We wanted a cover that highlighted both the hope and the anguish, and our cover artist delivered. See for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Nolan Carlson’s Start


I started writing over 30 years ago when I was in the army.  When I got out of the army I sent my manuscripts to a literary agent in New York (Glenn Cowley Agency).  They liked my work and agreed to represent me.  I soon sold YA books to Berkeley Publishing of N.Y. and E.P. Dutton of N.Y.

My books were also sold abroad and were featured in the Troll Book Club.  A set of my books were given to the Minister of Education of  Russia while he was in the U.S. visiting schools.  I have presented programs to over 200 schools in four states.

One of my books won first place in a state-wide m.s. contest.  I write primary YA but have recently written in other genres.  Five of my books are in the national AR program.

I was contracted with Vinspire about six years ago when they were expanding their genres into YA.  I have had five books published by Vinspire.  I have enjoyed my time with them and am excited by the increased  distribution to other countries.

Nolan Carlson


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