Sunday, June 1, 2014
Welcome to Tornado Alley Publications
Welcome to the Tornado Alley Publications blog!
We've got a lot of great stories coming up in the near future from some very talented authors! First rattle out of the box is our first Tornado Alley Publications anthology for Young Adult readers, THIS SUMMER STORM.
Authors include: Kristy McCaffrey, Richard Prosch, Angel Drew, Diana Stuart, Allie Burton, and Cheryl Pierson.
Here's a little bit about the stories in THIS SUMMER STORM:
A CURRENT SO SWIFT—KRISTY MCCAFFREY
A wilderness course on the Green River in Utah has sixteen-year-old Amy Whittaker stuck on a raft with football players and cheerleaders from her high school. No longer able to maintain a low profile among the more popular crowd, she wonders how she’ll survive the week. Even more distressing—Sawyer Tate, her crush since seventh grade, is also in the group. When a torrential rainstorm flips the boats and strands everyone, Amy is forced to take charge. And when Sawyer makes it clear he has feelings for her, remaining invisible is carried away on a current so swift.
TO MAKE THE MAGIC LAST—CHERYL PIERSON
Rookie police officer Steve Cooper heads out for work one morning just as the city's tornado sirens blast a warning. In the stairwell, he runs into a different situation—a gang war in his apartment building. Shots ring out and Steve catches a bullet.
Christy Reed, his enchanting new neighbor, pulls him into her apartment and attempts to stop the bleeding. Recently arrived from Mississippi, Christy has no idea what the sirens and gunfire mean, but she is terrified.
As the storm bears down, they take refuge in the bathtub. Through the pain, Steve finds himself drawn to Christy. There's some sort of magic about her. Christy feels the same about Steve. He's the man she's always dreamed of meeting.
When the building collapses around them and they meet the gunmen once more, will Steve and Christy have what it takes to help each other survive? Can they make the magic last?
THE LAST OF HER KIND—CHERYL PIERSON
An antique Victrola record player is the cherished possession of Cassie's grandmother but her new stepmother, Trish, detests it and wants it gone. Despite the heated arguments over getting rid of it, Cassie’s father also seems oddly attached to the antique phonograph, and stands up to his new wife and her demands to see it gone. Cassie’s grandmother is sick, probably dying, and Cassie will be the only one left in the house who sees through Trish as Cassie's brothers no longer live with them. Trish is a threat, and Cassie must protect their family—what’s left of it.
Then Cassie discovers a secret; something so wonderful, yet frightening, that she can hardly believe it. Can she make it work to her advantage? Will her new knowledge save her family…or destroy it?
WAITING FOR A COMET—RICHARD PROSCH
During the long, hot spring of 1910 it seemed all 12-year-old Jo Harper could do was wait. Wait for her father, wait for her friends, wait for the comet that might appear in the sky and wipe out the whole town of Willowby, Wyoming once and for all. But when wild west legend Abby Drake arrives in town lugging an orphaned baby calf, an old-fashioned revolver, and a mystery shrouded with superstition, it’s up to Jo to take action. Why is Abby in town? Who is she after? And what secrets can Jo coax out of her own arch enemy, Emily Bly?
Action, humor, and real life history combine for an exciting mystery about one girl’s summertime quest for family, friendship, and justice on the windburnt Wyoming range at the dawn of a new century.
WEEKEND WHIRLWIND —ANGEL DREW
Cassie is excited about going to her first party at Lyndsey Stapleton’s house. Lyndsey is a senior, and everyone that’s anyone will be there. But, it is a senior party and Cassie’s dad is very protective; what if he doesn’t let her go?
With her family on the verge of a breakup and Cassie’s mother’s bad choices, Cassie isn’t sure she can handle the turmoil of the coming weekend. Determined to go to the party despite her mother’s mid-life meltdown, Cassie knows she has some hard decisions ahead of her. How can she ever be her own person if she has to worry about her parents? This party means everything…but will her family be strong enough to survive one very life-changing weekend?
TAKEN BY STORM—DIANA STUART
Angela Spencer has been dealing with storms as long as she can remember. These storms take over her body, leaving her paralyzed in a wave of fear. Dealing with panic attacks has been detrimental to her high school social life, but this summer Angela is starting over. Her summer job leads to new friends, her first crush, and new opportunities to overcome challenges. As she faces down storms, Angela learns who she really is and just what she is capable of.
ATLANTIS TWISTING TIDES—ALLIE BURTON
When fifteen-year-old Atlantean Princess Adria sneaks away to see a hurricane on the surface of the ocean, she finds an air-breather in trouble. Kai’s sailboat is sinking, and Adria risks exposure of her Atlantean powers in order to save him.
Kai believes he’s rescuing Adria. He’s Atlantean too, with his own skills and secrets.
The two teens stumble onto an uninhabited island, still thinking the other needs rescuing. When other Atlanteans show up—Atlanteans plotting against Adria’s kingdom—Adria must decide whether to trust Kai based on the guy she’s come to know…or the company he keeps.
This wonderful anthology will be available on THURSDAY, JUNE 5!