Hello, Spring 2020 YASH Participants!
With all that's going on in the world right now, I'm especially thrilled to be part of this season of YASH! Safe, fun, positive activities like these are so important during these trying times.
Now, on to the good stuff ... I'm so excited to share a bit about my YA paranormal, academy-themed novella, The School of Nine. Here's a bit of background on the book—and some related goodies! :)
Wherever you are, I'm sending hope and best wishes to you and your loved ones!
XO, Amanda Marin
THE SCHOOL OF NINE
Flunking out of Brightling Academy—a prestigious finishing school for Muses-in-training—isn’t an option for Bianca Harper. But if she doesn’t master Poise and Charm or stop tripping over her ballgown, failure is inevitable. Then he shows up: Sebastian Greenbriar, the first male student to walk through Brightling’s halls in decades. For extra credit, Bianca agrees to help him settle in—even though putting up with his self-absorbed attitude feels more like a punishment than a chance at redemption.
But just as Bianca begins to make good, she discovers an even bigger problem lurking in the shadows. As foretold by ancients, the Well of Imagination—the force from which Muses draw their powers to inspire—is running dry, threatening the future of Muse-kind and the beauty they bring into the world. Sebastian’s connection to this danger is impossible to miss, but when he isn’t who or what he claims, can Bianca rely on him to help her stop the impending darkness?
A novella published as part of the Academy of Magic limited edition digital box set.
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Enchanted Quill Press
Publication: November 12, 2019
SNIPPETS FROM THE SCHOOL OF NINE
PREVIEW THE NEXT STORY IN THE MYTHIC ACADEMY COLLECTION
The Dream Reader | Coming Fall 2020
Wondering which type of mythological creature will be next in the collection? It's Seers! This coming fall, I'll release a short story based on the Cassandra myth. "The Dream Reader" stars Jillian, a sassy precognitive dreamer grappling with some personal demons—while trying to get the faculty at Helenus Academy to believe her dire prediction about the school's fate.
To the right is a brief preview. Happy reading!
“Read this,” Professor Hartwick tells me, sliding a crystal ball across my desk.
The sphere looks innocent enough right now, clear and neutral, but I know better. The instant I reach out toward it, all that will change.
“I-I don’t feel the energy right now,” I say softly, swallowing hard.
“Consider this your substitute pop quiz,” he insists. “A practical exam to replace the written one you missed today.”
It’s tempting. I don’t want a failing grade—another mark against me on any report from Mrs. Abernathy to my parents. But I don’t want to see what the crystal ball holds for me, either. I don’t trust myself to read it. My mistake might cost someone his or her life, just like it did Meredith, and I can’t go through that again.
“Very well, Jillian,” Hartwick says with all the warmth of an iceberg. “I see I’ll have to report to Mrs. Abernathy that you not only missed your test, but are being willfully disobedient, too.”
A sucker punch. He knows my weakness. Of course he does. Reluctantly, I reach out a hand, my fingertips barely grazing the glass. Immediately, misty clouds will appear, swirling around the sphere. Colors emerge.
In addition to my contribution to the Purple Team grand prize
(a copy of The School of Nine), I'm running the following giveaways:
Note: the giftcard giveaway is cross-posted on my blog page for YASH; it is not an additional contest.
ALL YASH PARTICIPANTS:
THE SCHOOL OF NINE WORD SEARCH
Calling all word nerds (like me)! All YASH participants are invited to download a free, print-at-home word search based on The School of Nine. No purchase necessary, and no entry requirements—just download and have fun!
INSTAGRAM FOLLOWER CONTEST:
ENTER TO WIN A $20 AMAZON GIFTCARD
Follow me on Instagram for a chance to win a $20 Amazon digital giftcard. Entrants must go through the Rafflecopter link below. No purchase required. One winner will be chosen at random. If selected, I will DM you to confirm giftcard country preference.
Preorder Enchanted Kingdoms on Nook, Receive a FREE Audiobook!
What do you get when you mix 20 novel-length fairytale retellings, 99 pennies, and a children's charity? You get my next big, bookish project: Enchanted Kingdoms: A Limited Edition Twisted Fairytale Anthology! I have a mythology-based retelling of The Wizard of Oz that will be included in this anthology, which releases in February 2021). The best part of all—100% of the proceeds are going to Puzzle Peace United, a charity for autistic children!
Preorder Enchanted Kingdoms, exclusively on Barnes and Noble Nook, for just $0.99 and receive a FREE audiobook code for one of our authors' other books! To claim your audiobook code, simply fill in the form below with your choice, upload a proof of purchase of Enchanted Kingdoms, and we'll send you your audiobook link to enjoy now!