Sneak Peek: The First

Today we have a sneak peek from The First, the young adult fantasy novel by author Sarak Zaske.

Cassie Craig is not the chosen one. Not even close. She’s just an ordinary 15-year-old girl whose curiosity leads her to make a strange new friend, Violet. But Violet is more than just a little weird. She comes from a group of people who were here on earth long before us. Powerful people. And they aren’t exactly happy with the way humans have been treating their planet…

This book is available from Amazon, Smashwords, and Amazon UK.


Here is an excerpt from The First

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Don’t Monkey Around – Vote Now

Vote here for this week's flash fiction challengeThe time of choosing is at hand. Who will be the next Flash Fiction Star? Kudos to the entrants. Check out this week’s entries here. Vote for your fave then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Remember, all our winners will be included in the next edition of the IU Flash Fiction Anthology. So, support your fellow writers and participate in this week’s voting, then spread the word, bang the drums, and share the link to let everyone know the vote is on.

Polls close tomorrow at 5 PM.


Whose star shined the brightest in this week's flash fiction challenge?

  • M.P. Witwer (31%, 21 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (24%, 16 Votes)
  • Marjorie McCoy (21%, 14 Votes)
  • Lynne Cantwell (12%, 8 Votes)
  • S.A. Molteni (9%, 6 Votes)
  • A.L. Kaplan (4%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 67

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit are eliminated from the poll.

What is Teen Read Week, and How Can We Make the Most of It?

I had never heard of Teen Read Week before the lovely K. S. Brooks pointed it out to me. We have similar things in New Zealand, but on a much smaller scale. I once spoke at a local library during an event like this and it was awesome to chat with a bunch of teens about stories to do with their age group. They really got into it and asked the best questions.

As a reader, you’re always more likely to buy an authors book if you’ve had personal contact with them. Teen Read Week just might be your chance.

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