HIGH STAKES, by Brandy Schillace
Introducing the first in a series of books for Young Adults! “I’m not a vampire,” insists Jacob Maresbeth, teenage journalist for the school paper. But what is a vampire, really? What happens if you have all the right symptoms, but are a living, breathing sixteen-year-old boy?
Diagnosed with a rare disease, Jake can’t help but wonder. After eight years in and out of the Newport News hospital, he’s had it up to here with doctors, diseases and dishonesty. After all, Jake’s father, respected neurologist Franklyn Maresbeth, has been hiding some of his more unusual symptoms for years… particularly that part about drinking blood.
In High Stakes, Jake records his summer vacation in the home of his maiden aunt, the bangled and be-spectacled Professor Sylvia. If that isn’t bad enough (and it is), Jake and his theatre-loving sister Lizzy must keep the “unofficial” details of Jake’s disorder a secret from Aunt Sylvia’s seductively beautiful graduate student, Zsofia. Will Jake survive a whole month pretending to be an invalid? Will Zsofia weaken his resolve with her flirtatiously dangerous Hungarian accent? Will Jake lose his heart–in more ways than one?
PRAISE FOR HIGH STAKES:
“In HIGH STAKES, Brandy Schillace gives us a refreshing take on the teen vampire novel. Blending humor, intriguing characters, and some unexpected twists, she has created an entertaining read and a quirky new hero who will appeal to those thirsting for intelligent young adult fiction. I look forward to reading more Jacob Maresbeth stories. Recommended.” — David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson, author of the Thieftaker Chronicles.
“High Stakes was thoroughly enjoyable read from beginning to end. Schillace gives us a powerful debut, with a strong and an entertaining voice. The story was funny, sweet, but also suspenseful. At the end of this brief and brisk story, I was left wanting more. I can’t wait for more Jacob Maresbeth, and more novels by Brandy Schillace” –Sharon Bayliss, author of DESTRUCTION
Beautiful Wreck, by Larissa Brown
In a bleak future built on virtual reality, Ginn is a romantic who yearns for something real. She designs environments for people who play at being Vikings. But when her project goes awry, she’s stranded in the actual 10th century, on a storybook farm in Viking Iceland.
Heirik is the young leader of his family, honored by dozens who live on his land. But he is feared and isolated because of a terrible curse. Ginn and Heirik are two people who never thought they would find a home in someone else’s heart. When forces rise against them to keep them apart, Ginn is called on to decide—will she give up the brutal and beautiful reality of the past? Or will she have the courage to traverse time and become more of a Viking than she ever imagined?
“With a plot as exciting as it is bold, and with characters as real and important as family, Larissa Brown’s BEAUTIFUL WRECK weaves an intensely gripping tale about the strength of women and the love they carry. This is the story we’ve been waiting for.”
–Rachael Herron, bestselling author of PACK UP THE MOON
Hardcore Zen Strikes Again, by Brad Warner
Brad Warner (author of Hardcore Zen, Sit Down and Shut Up, Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate, Sex, Sin, and Zen and other new Buddhist classics) revisits seventeen of his earlier essays on topics ranging from vegetarianism to punk rock, working for Japanese monster movie makers, and the art of Zen writing, complete with an all-new analyses, introduction and afterword.
The National Portrait Gallery of Kessa: The Art of Arabella Proffer, by Arabella Proffer
Taking inspiration from artists of the Renaissance to Rococo periods, contemporary artist Arabella Proffer has re-imagined the mannerist portrait with a pop surrealist twist. After researching fashion history, heraldry, and peerage protocol, she went on to create her own world parallel to that of old world Europe. Concocting a family legacy – ancestors that could belong to anyone – it has become an impulse and a passion the artist continues to explore, adding characters and stories to her ever-growing private empire of punks, goths, and nobility behaving badly. Included are over 40 portraits created between 2000 and 2011, their stories, family trees, map and more.
Wivenhoe Park, by Ben Vendetta
Set in the mid-1980s, Wivenhoe Park chronicles the adventures of Drew, a former track star, who has become a pill popping, dope smoking, heavy drinking, rock ‘n’ roll-obsessed student with writing aspirations, who moves to England on a whim to escape various demons, including a goth ex-girlfriend; his drug dealing best friend, who is starting to lose control; and a yuppie family, who frowns on his less-than-conventional lifestyle. In England, Drew experiences the ascent of a new indie music scene that includes The Smiths, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Primal Scream, while befriending a cast of characters, including a star music journalist, a smooth mod from New York City, and several enticing British girls. Will Drew find peace, love and understanding or will it all burn down like cigarettes?
“Ben Vendetta honestly brings back an era when a stunning, now-legendary post-punk/indie rock scene was blazing in Britain. He slyly evokes this in a coming-of-college-age story of throwing off the influence (and snares) of normal Middle American life by immersing himself right into the thick of the NME/Melody Maker/Sounds-fed maelstrom in England itself.”
-Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover
“… a breezy, fast-paced glimpse inside one of the most exciting times in modern pop music, the mid- to late 1980s, an era only a few decades back but eons away.”
-Laura DeMarco, The Plain Dealer
“If John Hughes were still alive… well… he’d never touch this story. It’s too full of the sort of gritty realism that never made it into his well-scrubbed coming-of-age stories.”
-Robert Cherry, former Editor-in-Chief, Alternative Press
“Wivenhoe Park wrenched me back to a mid-80s Britain where punk was dead and alternative/goth ruled. If birds, booze and Bunnymen are your thing, as they are mine, then dust off your Sisters of Mercy LPs, squeeze into your Meat Is Murder t-shirt and enjoy the ride.”
-Dave Hawes (Catherine Wheel)
“This is classic coming of age stuff. Drew makes friends, hangs out with bands, dates inappropriate girls, takes drugs and a whole lot more. But what makes Wivenhoe Park such a joy is that Ben writes in a very engaging way … If you ever enjoyed High Fidelity, went to a British University in the mid 80s or are counting the days until Cherry Red reissues the legendary C86 compilation (as a two disc set!) you’ll love this.”