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Aura by Rebecca Talley
Everything in Crystal Scott’s life finally seems perfect—until a demon thirsts for her Light.
Vincent Crandall, the human host for a powerful demon, discovers that Crystal possesses the power to disrupt the connection between demons and their hosts.
On prom night, Vincent sends in operatives from his demon army to neutralize Crystal, and she is suddenly thrust into battle.
With help from a mysterious young man, Crystal must learn to control the Light within her before Vincent kills her parents and harnesses her power for himself.
Rebecca Talley grew up in Santa Barbara, CA. She now lives in rural CO on a small ranch with a dog, a spoiled horse, too many cats, and a herd of goats. She and her husband, Del, are the proud parents of ten multi-talented and wildly-creative children. Rebecca is the author of a children’s picture book “Grasshopper Pie” (WindRiver 2003), three novels, “Heaven Scent” (CFI 2008), “Altared Plans” (CFI 2009), and “The Upside of Down” (CFI 2011), and numerous magazine stories and articles. You can visit her blog at www.rebeccatalleywrites.blogspot.com.
For What It’s Worth by Karey White
Twenty-four year-old, Abby Benson has dreams of owning her own wedding cake shop. An inheritance from her aunt gives her the ability to make those dreams come true. She hires Dane, a handsome contractor, to help her get the bakery up and running and soon they’re moving toward their own happy ending.
Unsure what to charge for her cakes, Abby has a crazy idea to let the customers decide what they think their cake is worth. This plan has its ups and downs, but the novelty of the idea makes her a local celebrity. When she is interviewed on television about the unusual idea, business booms and Abby has cake adventures she never dreamed possible. But as her fame grows, Abby is swept up in a whirlwind that threatens everything she values. With the challenges that face her, will she be able to determine what is worth the most?
Karey White was born in Provo, Utah. As the oldest of eleven children, her life has been full of useful and often ridiculous experiences. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University.
She endures housework; enjoys traveling, reading, and baking treats; and loves spending time with family and friends. She lives in Cedar Hills, Utah, with her very funny husband, Travis, and their four clever children. She is currently working on her next book.
Gift of the Phoenix by Donna Cook
A prince is murdered.
An island sinks into the sea.
A thousand-year-old ritual foretells great evil.
A nation’s fate rests in the hands of three strangers, thrust together by their common destiny to protect the Phoenix, and their world, from destruction. The Three must learn to unite in spite of what separates them, and unlock the magic of three stones that seem to harm as much as they help.
Their journey leads through unexpected doors. Along the way they encounter a cursed people, a haunting vision, a woman on the run.
It all begins and ends with the gift of the Phoenix.
Donna Cook’s passion for writing began at a tender age and has persisted throughout her life. As a reader, she enjoys a wide range of fiction from the classics to modern tales. Her criteria for a good book has less to do with genre and more to do with the quality of the writing.
After graduating college in 1995 with a strong literary background and a creative writing degree, she discovered fantasy in 2002 when the popularity of the Harry Potter books was too much for her to ignore. She fell in love with the whimsy and adventure of the genre and began working on Gift of the Phoenix shortly thereafter. Some traumatic events in her personal life pushed writing to the background for several years, but Gift of the Phoenix finally released in 2012.
She’s currently working on the sequel to Gift of the Phoenix, as well as a standalone fantasy titled The Crossroads. After that she plans to return to her literary roots with a novel tentatively titled The Lost River.
She is an Arizona native recently transplanted to Boise, Idaho, where she is delighting in the change of scenery. When she’s not writing she spends her time chasing the kids, exploring delicious eateries downtown, and dancing with her talented husband.
Gold Clash by Steve Westover
When legend becomes reality, no one is safe…
When Jimmy agreed to lead a youth activity through the historic Missouri countryside, he had no idea what he was getting into. Now he and his friends Paul and Emily must race to recover a long-lost treasure and rescue two teenage hostages before the conflict tears an entire town apart.
Gold Clash is a sequel to Defensive Tactics.
Steve Westover lives in a small rural town in Missouri. He has a wife, four children, and lots of chickens, cows, kittens and a dog. He started writing as an experiment—just to see if he could do it. Apparently, he can.
Steve is the author of three novels: Defensive Tactics, Crater Lake: A Battle for Wizard Island, and Gold Clash (the sequel to Defensive Tactics). The sequel to Crater Lake will be released in April 2013, and a new YA dystopian novel will be released in September 2013.
Iced Romance by Whitney Boyd
Kennedy Carter has the perfect life. It includes an engagement to an NHL celebrity all-star, a Vera Wang wedding dress, and more money than she could ever spend. But when Kennedy learns that her fiance Todd is cheating on her, she decides to leave the glamour and glitz behind.
She escapes to Orlando, Florida with a plan to rebuild her life while staying hidden from a country obsessed with celebrity scandals. The real world however, is tougher than she expected. Suddenly Kennedy has to deal with cockroaches, creepy alarm salesmen, and waiting tables… along with David, a gorgeous new love interest.
But what happens when the past refuses to stay hidden? When the truth of her background catches up to her, Kennedy must finally decide who she is, what she wants and where she really belongs.
Whitney Boyd: I was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. After graduating high school I lived in various parts of the United States, including Florida, Utah and Idaho. I got married in 2009 to the love of my life and graduated from the University of Calgary in 2010 with my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Spanish. (Hola!)
These days I enjoy writing, running for both fun and in competitions, and cooking. That’s me!
Whitney is also the author of Tanned, Toned, and Totally Faking It .
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4 thoughts on “December 2012 Prize Sponsors”
Ooh, they all seem very interesting!
Those are some amazing books! Can’t wait to read them.
What an interesting variety – definitely some fascinating choices!
Some new reads for me!! I am very sick and have been searching for a couple new books to force me to rest and recover completely. Looks like I am heading over to Amazon to buy iced Romance and For What It’s Worth! Thank you for keeping up this site…it is my go to site when searching for a good new book.
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