When wishes are made, I’m the one who grants them. Most turn out fine. A few don’t. That’s not my fault. I always warn them to be careful what they wish for.
Granting wish after wish while never receiving my own has worn me down. I admit it, I’m jealous. Without realizing it, I started taking my bitterness out on my charges. I sent them on wish-journeys that twist into darkness before ending in light. Then came Mandy’s wish followed quickly by Crissy’s. That’s when my life changed, too.
Sticks and Stones
Everyone has a dark side. Mandy’s just moved in with her.
Break My Bones
Everyone makes mistakes. Crissy’s just might kill her.
Never Hurt Me
Everyone has a wish. Desiree’s just got real.
Shawn McGuire is the author of young adult, coming-of-age novels that blend contemporary settings with a touch of fantasy and magic. She started writing after seeing the first Star Wars movie (that’s episode IV) as a kid: she couldn’t wait for the next one so wrote her own episodes. Sadly, those notebooks are long lost, but her desire to write is as strong now as it was then. She grew up in the beautiful Mississippi River town of Winona, Minnesota, the small town that inspired the setting for Sticks and Stones and Break My Bones. The Milwaukee area of Wisconsin (Go Pack Go!) was her home for many years and now she lives in Colorado with her family where she loves to read, cook and bake, craft, decorate her house, and spend time hiking and camping in the spectacular Rocky Mountains.