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Autumn chill, a logical girl, a strange boy and the beating of black wings set scene for young adult novel

Author Susan Cunningham's rhythmic, evocative prose introduces Gin and Felix, two students who partner on a school project on crow behavior that leads to mystery, romance

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The future, fame, a clown mother, world records involving yogurt — this is flash fiction

The rapid-fire nuggets in "Madame Velvet's Cabaret of Oddities" take the reader on a wild, breathless ride of imagination

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Harmless fun at a sleepover leads to life-altering consequences via the internet

In "Screenshot," author Donna Cooner explores the issues of privacy and adolescence in a digital world that can change life in a heartbeat

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A hit-and-run, a dim bar, a drink and a decision sketch the inner landscape of one man’s world

Author Gary Reilly, whose novels were never published while he was alive, worked in all genres. In "The Circumstantial Man," he delves into how small decisions shape a life.

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Paranoia, a dark past and a face on a dating app add new twists to a tale inspired by a real-life crime

Moved by the 2014 "Slenderman" crime in Wisconsin, author Carter Wilson introduces a stabbing victim haunted by her past and struggling to move on

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Touring a women’s camp, journalist Viva encounters the bald and mysterious Marisol

In a murder mystery set in the Colorado mountains, author C.C. Harrison brings together distinctive characters -- and ukeleles

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Pointed toward the underworld and told to use his instincts, freshly tattooed Ty begins his adventure

In this mythology-inspired fantasy, author L.D. Colter introduces us to a protagonist sent on a vaguely-defined mission he can't refuse

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A 1984 flashback reveals family dynamics forged in a trying political campaign

Author Elisabeth Hyde creates vivid scenes of sibling love and discord that play out over decades and converge on one weekend in "Go Ask Fanny"

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An intimate bilingual encounter draws a storied gunfighter to a conflicted young woman

The steamy scene sets the stage for a work of historical fiction built around the exploits of Billy the Kid