MacKenna's mother died when she was a baby, a casualty of the first Gulf War. Now seventeen, MacKenna has spent her life navigating the minefield of her dad's moods, certain of one thing: she is destined to follow in her mother's combat boots. But when she pursues an ROTC scholarship, she finds herself at war before even enlisting. Her father forbids her from joining the military, inexplicable considering he'd raised her to be a "warrior princess." MacKenna turns to her grandmother, who arms her with an ammo crate containing her mother's personal effects from the war. Hidden in the crate's false bottom is a journal, one her mom stashed there hours before her death. While MacKenna untangles the secrets of her parents' tragic love story, her own life unravels. Dad's behavior becomes erratic, her best friend grows distant and even hostile, and a boy from her past returns-with a life-threatening secret of his own. If ever a girl needed her mother, it's now. The pen might be mightier than the sword, but are a mother's words strong enough to slice through years of hidden pain? Can those words reach through the battlefields of the past to change MacKenna's future?
Sadie Lin: High school junior Sadie is desperate—to maintain her GPA, to score high on the SATs, for her dad to return from Afghanistan. Time seems to crawl and slip through her fingers all at once. She thinks it’s all in her head.
Sophomore Jolia does the one thing no one expects from the girl who has perfected the art of keeping quiet.
She joins the speech team.
Jolia can't confess the real reason-not to her best friend, her new teammates, or even to crush-worthy rival Sam who offers to coach her in secret.
Keeping quiet might be the easy way out, but when what Jolia doesn't say starts to hurt those around her, it might just cost her a best friend, her spot on the team, and even Sam.
But she isn't the only one with a secret. It's going to take words-her words-to make things right.
If only Jolia can find them.
1st Place: 2015 International Digital Awards, Young Adult Novel
Anything can happen when you stray from the path.
These are not your mother’s fairy tales.
Step into the world of sour magic. Duel with a scarred war prince, defeat a (dashing) bandit king with your own army of toads, venture into the depths of the forest for your heart’s desire.
Forge a bond so strong it defies even death.
Straying from the Path includes two brand-new novellas and four short stories in the (forthcoming) Sour Magic series of fairy tales, perfect for anyone who loves retellings and fairy tale adaptations.
Remember, anything can happen when you stray from the path.
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