How To Experience Death For Beginner
A Young Adult Thriller
By: Jessica Branton
Casey Darling can enter the minds of people when they die. After receiving romantic advances from the enigmatic new guy at school, a serial killer invades her small town. Local police grow suspicious as she appears at crime scenes, but an FBI agent believes in her psychic powers. Will Casey fall in love or help take down a psychopath? Maybe both.
[Trigger Warning: Subject matter deals with self-harm and stalking.]
Casey and her circle of friends are well drawn with an effective balance of personalities that add interest and suspense… a solid and multilayered thriller. – KIRKUS Reviews
A competent first novel… Branton is skilled at misdirection. – INDIEREADER
Jessica Branton has written the story with such page-turning style- drawing you into the world of Casey Darling, her twin sister, and the ‘curse’ they experience. – Jera’s Jamboree
Zoey’s Zany Life
A Middle Grade Novel
By: Mikayla Lowery
Zoey Song cannot catch a break from quirky mishaps and hilarious accidents. This redhead is as warm hearted as they come, but mischief follows her everywhere. With a little miss perfect twin sister and friends who seem to have everything they want, Zoey has a difficult time finding confidence and a place in the world. Get lost in Zoey’s zany stream of consciousness. Don’t worry. She says it out loud.
Lowery writes [her debut] with heart and ends Zoey’s sixth-grade year with a stirring speech about being yourself and learning from one another… This outspoken narrator should monologue her way into readers’ hearts and teach them a few valuable lessons along the way. – KIRKUS Reviews
That this is coming from the mouth of a publishing world prodigy (remember: having your first book published at the age of 35 is considered to be young by publishing world standards) is incredible. I’m 43 years old, and I think even I could stand to hear some of what Lowery is preaching here from time to time. – Zachary Houle, MEDIUM
The mind of Zoey Song is like a torrential river after a storm. Zoey’s Zany Life by Mikayla Lowery is one of the best examples of a child’s mind expressing “stream of consciousness.” This book is a wonderful, wacky adventure. – Portland Book Review
This author brought forth a fabulous read that I will cherish forever and will go back and re-read just so that I can feel what it is to be that age again and again. – Jenny Bynum Reviews
A wonderful read for late elementary/middle schoolers with strong narration, and identity as the main theme. – Marisa Donnelly, The Teacher’s Closet
The following books are in development:
A Children’s Book Series
Created by: Mary Claire Branton and Gabriel Sotillo
NUMBERS is about a precocious boy entering a portal to another dimension where talking numbers show him the dynamic glory of the universe. These infinite numbers engage him in a relationship with the Creator through character building adventures.
Here is a free color-by-number of Rex!
Here is a free color by number of Engineer Zero!
Self-portrait of Number Nine:
See some of Gabe’s work below. Don’t forget to check out his website!
The Earth Bound
A Young Adult Novel
By: Luke Evans
If you don’t know the boy who sits in the back row with stains on his fingers, you probably think Daniel Cohen is just an introverted artist with a brutally honest tongue. Truth is, Daniel is really treading through life with Asperger’s Syndrome and recently discovered his ability to paint deadly images that slither into reality. Now questioning everything he’s ever known, Daniel’s power puts him up against a dangerous adversary. We learn that several students at Spirit Ridge High are not what they seem. Including his best friend.
(This novel was published by Zharmae Press in 2016. Luke obtained the rights back to his book and is working on a re-release with Charlie’s Port.)
“When I came to Mary Claire with Luke’s book, I was looking for an opinion and possibly direction on how to proceed. Well, we got more than we could have imagined. Mary Claire worked tirelessly on editing the manuscript and shopping it to publishers. She took a chance on a teenager who is “different” and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Luke is realizing things in his life that he thought would always be in his dreams only. We can’t say enough about how blessed we feel for Mary Claire and Charlie’s Port!”
Dede and Tony Evans
Young Adult Poetry
By: Priscilla Johnson
Priscilla has lived an interesting life in the foster care system, and her poetry creatively reflects that life. Her mind is beautiful, as is she.
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