Bookstore Event: Local Author Program, YA/Fantasy

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
7:00 PM (ET)
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
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Three Connecticut authors visit to share their fantasy and young adult novels. You'll be on the edge of your seat as you follow
A nineteen-year-old and his dragon set off to find a newborn unicorn in hopes of saving his father.
A sixteen-year-old with superhuman abilities who was recruited by the CIA faces the greatest emotional battle and national security threat... her mother.
A woman who was cast out by her community and now has the opportunity to save them all from the Black Death. But at what cost? 
You won't want to miss hearing about these exciting adventures!

Mandi Lynn, I Am Mercy
Imagine living in a world that looks at you as a curse. In 14th century France, Aida is accused of being a witch when the Black Death wipes through her village. Abandoned by her family, she is surrounded by death and disease, but when a woman who may actually be a witch tells her how to cure the plague, it may mean uncovering a dark magic. But if that means being able to save those you love, wouldn't you do it? Even if they didn't love you back?
Mandi Lynn published her first novel when she was seventeen. The author of Essence, I am Mercy and She’s Not Here, Mandi spends her days continuing to write and creating YouTube videos to help other writers achieve their dreams of seeing their books published. Mandi is the creator of AuthorTube Academy, a course that teaches authors how to grow their presence on YouTube and find loyal readers. She is also the owner of Stone Ridge Books, a company that works to help authors bring their books to life through cover design and digital book marketing. When she’s not creating, you can find Mandi exploring her backyard or getting lost in the woods.

M. Wednesday, Moon Reign: A Fallen Star
For hundreds of years, unicorns, their magic, and their origins have been condemned to legend throughout the galaxy. Until, an enigma reveals itself under a grievous spring moon. Nineteen-year-old Drystan and his dragon, Soren, witness what is said to be known as The Birth of a Unicorn the night prior to Soren's unwilling farewell. Though doubtful, Drystan's urgent need to reestablish his father's depleting health drives his faith towards the healing powers of star magic, the most dynamic force in the universe embedded in unicorns. With support and help from loyal friends, he determinedly leaves home in hopes to locate the newborn unicorn. However, they were not the only one to have witnessed such a phenomenon. Soren, a kingdom away and slowly sinking into heartsick devastation, endeavors to stop the new people in his life to abandon their obstinate desires in capturing the unicorn for themselves. Walks of life conflicting intent unintentionally cross in a race against all odds and the direction of the universe. And, Drystan's expedition of revival turns into a journey of self-discovery.
M. Wednesday has been a lifelong writer and first began creating other worlds in the second grade. After several years of working in a local coffee shop, she traded her position of a barista for one of full-time writing to pursue her dream of becoming an author. She lives and works out of her home in suburban Connecticut. Moon Reign is her first novel.

Grant Miller, Achilla the Strong

Strength is everything to Achilla Johnson, and weakness is a sin. She is a Nephilim-a rare human subspecies with superior intellect and athletic ability-and her feats of strength either amaze or frighten her peers until the CIA recruits her at the young age of sixteen. As she investigates international criminals who threaten the United States, Achilla must contend with her country's greatest national security threat, Ailina Harris; a Nephilim who believes she is destined to rule over the human race. Ailina is also Achilla's mother. When the trauma of her childhood and the challenges of her adult life collide, Achilla must choose whether she will follow in Ailina's footsteps or forge her own path, and it will take more than raw power to make the right call when the time comes. One way or another, Achilla will find out how strong she really is.
Grant Miller was born in Denver and raised in Connecticut. He is a writer based in Hartford, who uses his education. Travels and love of reading to inspire his work. Miller earned his Bachelor’s in English from Fairfield University, a Master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University and his Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Achilla the Strong is his first novel and is set in his hometown of Stratford, Connecticut.

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