Tag Archives: YA

Have You Seen the Book Video for Shards of Light by Susan Miura?

Shards of Light is in the second in the Healer series by Susan Miura. It’s a story of a gifted teen with the ability to heal others who discovers a dark secret at the convent where she’s been sent to learn more about her gift.

“With its different characters and their special focuses and its gentle exploration of a young woman’s life in flux, Shards of Light is a beautifully evocative story that stands well alone while enhancing a series. It invites readers to reflect long after Shilo’s journey through faith and secrets comes to an end.” – D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

 

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Welcome, Jennifer DiGiovanni!

Miracle GirlWe’re excited to welcome Jennifer DiGiovanni to Vinspire Publishing! Jennifer has written a can’t-put-down story about a girl who was miraculously healed. When she meets a boy recovering from a family tragedy, she questions her belief in faith healing.

An outdoor girl who loves to run and hike, Jennifer writes contemporary and light fantasy books for teens. Having lived in Canada for two years, she recently returned home to Pennsylvania, and when she’s not writing novels, she likes to travel and learn new things like archery and video games. All in the name of book research, of course!

We’re thrilled to welcome Jennifer to our team of fabulous authors!

Book Cover Reveal and Giveaway

Leanne Pankuch, author of the upcoming YA fantasy, Dragon’s Truth, is celebrating her cover reveal with a giveaway that includes a signed copy of the book, a Dragon’s Truth book bag, themed jewelry, and a bookmark! Want to know how you can win? (It’s really easy!) Check out the details at Leanne’s website!

And we may be a bit biased, but we do think Dragon’s Truth is a beautiful cover!

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Coming Soon: On the Edge—Book Bundle

If you like young adult contemporary romance, you’ll want to keep a look out for our next book bundle which will be releasing in May. On the Edge includes Girl in the Middle, Waking Under Water, and The Broken One by Christine Bailey.

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Authors in the Kitchen–Christine Bailey’s Poppy Seed Bread

Try a Bite!

Read an excerpt of Christine Bailey’s new release Girl in the Middle. This “morsel” shows main character Skye Walker in the kitchen with her mom shortly after Skye’s sister goes missing. For the Walker women, baking is therapeutic—it’s their way of dealing with life’s vexing situations. Also help yourself to a delish recipe for Poppy Seed Bread—it’s simple to make and great for sharing!

 

POPPY SEED BREAD

 

3 cups all-purpose flour                    1 ½ cup milk

1 ½ tsp. baking powder                    1 ½ cup oil

1 ½ tsp. salt                                                1 ½ Tbsp. poppy seeds

2 ¼ cups sugar                                 2 tsp. vanilla

3 eggs                                                2 tsp. butter flavoring

 

Mix together all ingredients; beat 2 minutes.  Bake for 1 hour at 350.

 

Glaze:

¾ cup sugar                                               ¼ cup orange juice

1 ½ tsp. vanilla                                 ½ tsp. butter flavoring

 

Mix together and pour over hot bread.  Let stand 30 minutes.  Remove bread from pan.  Yield: 8–12 servings. This recipe makes five small loaves.  Wrap each loaf in plastic wrap, add a pretty bow, and PRESTO-five gifts!  Poppy seed bread is great with morning coffee or as a snack.

 

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Excerpt from Girl in the Middle:

 

Sunday made two days since we had last seen my sister. Mom and I spent the morning in the kitchen cooking and baking stuff in silence. She had called Aggie and Jimbo, and they were on their way.

Mom kneaded and molded dough on the countertop, and the whole kitchen quaked from the incessant pounding. Timers buzzed and silverware clinked. Mom flitted from oven to stove to fridge to countertop without saying anything. But then again, neither did I. I didn’t know what to say to her.

After a while, the mixed aromas of spices filled the air. The smells of a spiced roast with sage and rosemary from the crockpot blended with the scent of homemade bread seeping from the oven. A pot of beans bubbled on the stovetop. My stomach grumbled.

“Mom, do you think she’s okay?”

“Of course she is.”

“Do you think that? I mean, really?”

“Check the oven, will you? I don’t want anything to burn.”

Her blank stare unnerved me. I didn’t want to push it, so I changed the subject. We continued to work in the kitchen, making small talk, and finally, after a full morning of non-stop baking and cooking, I told her, “No more. I’m done.”

I took off the brown and orange apron, spattered and soiled with a mixture of ingredients, and kissed her on the cheek. The next thing I knew, I had curled up in my bed and given in to a much-needed nap.

A loud knock on my door stirred me about an hour later. Mom, zipped up in her red winter jacket, said she and Dad were going to the police station.

“Listen for the phone. Call me if you hear from her. Oh, and Aggie and Jimbo left a while ago from the lake, but I’m not sure when they’ll get here. All that food is in the fridge, if you get hungry.”

She kissed me on the head and closed the door on the way out. After a few minutes, the garage door grumbled shut. I listened as the house creaked from the strong winds outside. Other than that, the only sounds came from the occasional passing car and the heat kicking on every so often. The emptiness in the house upset me, especially with Sophie away at a friend’s house.

I needed a distraction, so I watched a few episodes of Lonely Girl on my computer. I got so immersed in the small scandals, I didn’t even hear the car pull up or the garage door open. But the heavy footsteps on the hardwood knocked me back to Grand Rapids from the sweet life in the Hollywood Hills. Everything came rushing back. I ran over to my window to see if my sister had come home. It wasn’t her vehicle I spotted but rather an unfamiliar white sedan in the driveway beside Mom’s car.

 

Find Christine Bailey

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Bailey/118957858286312

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GIRL IN THE MIDDLE coming soon from Vinspire Publishing!