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About the Author

Biography Misty Provencher lost her literary agent in 2011. Rather than jumping back onto the publishing merry-go-round, Misty followed her gut desire to connect with her readers. She decided to release her debut novel, CORNERSTONE, week by week, in chapters, on her blog. The outpouring of support and positive response to the book was astounding. Pushed to safeguard the ownership of her work, Misty released the book digitally and in paperback. However, the first five chapters of the novel can still be found on her blog. CORNERSTONE is the first book in her young adult, paranormal fantasy, Cornerstone Series. Misty can be reached through her Nothing Cannot Happen Today blog, on Twitter, Facebook, and through email at: misty_pro@msn.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467943401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467943406
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Misty Provencher is a prolific author, long-term wife and mama. The second two are a bit more recent, but Provencher's writing roots date back to the hieroglyphics she left in her mother's womb.  

While Provencher can ride a motorcycle, knows how to Karate chop, and has learned enough French, Spanish, and Sign Language to get herself slapped, Misty's life is dedicated to connecting with, and understanding, the people who cross her path. She is totally enchanted with them and spends her days trying to translate the soul bouquets of her everyday muses into words.

Misty Provencher writes for teens and young adults and full-fledged adults.  Her genres include: fantasy, paranormal, Sci-Fi, contemporary romance, and erotica.  There is a little something for everyone to enjoy with intricate plots and fascinating characters, and always, always, exciting twists that will surprise and delight readers.

Misty Provencher lives in the Mitten. Knock on her internet blog door at mistyprovencher.com.  Also at: Misty Provencher's Books on Facebook, mistyprovencher on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Tsu, G+, and wherever coffee is sold.  

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By julianalbrandt on November 17, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm always a bit peeved when books jump straight into the action without letting me fall in love with the main character first (the exception being mysteries, of course ;). Misty Provencher obviously knew what she was doing when she wrote the first chapters of Cornerstone. I couldn't help but sympathize with Nalena because of her house filled with paper, the questions Nali's mother refuses to answer and the strange powers that begin to surface in her mind and body.

Nali's life is thrown out of whack and I was left flipping pages as fast as I could to find out the answers as Nali did. The action was fast-paced, intense and so well written that I couldn't help but be immersed in the story.

And my-oh-my, Ms. Provencher outdid her self with her male lead- Garrett. The scenes between Nali and Garrett had my heart turning to goop and hoping so badly they would end up together. Garrett is strong, self-assured and above all, truly dedicated to Nali. Plus, he's hot and so dreamy! Does it get better than that??

I must admit, I'm hooked and am eagerly awaiting the next installment!
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By upfront_reader on December 20, 2012
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For the most part, I liked this book. I thought the author did a good job of world building, and I especially liked the way the story drew me in with its portrait of a young girl dealing with a situation that she thinks is one thing--her mother's hoarding problem--that turns out to be something quite different. I also liked the relationship between Nali and Garrett and enjoyed watching it develop. The author does a good job of describing the changes Nali undergoes and makes the reader care about the decisions that she has to make.

What detracted from the book, though, were the grammatical errors, the punctuation problems around dialog, the occasional misused words, and stray typos throughout. It's a shame really, because the story has a great deal of potential, and the author has created characters the reader cares about. But the errors were a big distraction. I certainly understand the temptation for authors to self-publish these days, but a professional copy editor can make all the difference.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MoonChaser on August 23, 2012
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Misty Provencher's writing style and the pacing of this novel really drew me into the story. Nalena surprised me by not being the usual whiny or snarky main character found in most YA books. It was refreshing to read something that felt unique in this saturated market. It was funny, romantic, action-packed, heartbreaking and I loved every page. Looking forward to reading more in this series!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Vered Ehsani on June 6, 2012
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Nalena is known as The Waste at school, because of her mother's bizarre obsession with paper. But Nalena's life gets a whole lot more bizarre when she receives a sign that she isn't who she thinks she is. Neither is her mother. And that knowledge is going to change everything.

I loved Cornerstone. Seriously. Why? 1) While there are familiar elements in common with many other teen paranormal romance stories, there are also a lot of original ideas and unique characters. 2) Nalena is no wallflower. While she is head over heels for Garrett, she won't take any nonsense and gives as good as she gets. 3) Misty Provencher writes beautifully, and the editing is pretty good too. The pace was great. There was a good balance between budding romance, mystery, tension and adrenalin filled scenes. 4) I like the message that fear weakens us. As Nalena is instructed: Don't bring fear into the fight. Overall: highly recommend this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on March 8, 2013
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17-year-old Nali lives with her mom who is a paper hoarder. Every few days Nali has to stop at the office supply shop to pick up 1500 sheets of paper, which her mother then fills with random sentences, and stacks up in their house. There’s hardly any space to even walk around their home now, and everyone at school makes fun of Nali for this.

When Nali is attacked near the library one night, and ends up with a broken arm, she is rescued by Garrett, a popular boy at school, but one who seems to have an interest in her. It seems that the attack wasn’t random though, and Nali is soon about to find out that there is more to her life, and Garrett’s life than she ever realised.
What has Nali’s mother been hiding from her her entire life? Why does she scribble random things on pieces of paper? What do Garrett and his family have to do with it? And who was the man who attacked her in the woods?

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but it certainly wasn’t what I got.

I know people may think me nuts for doing this, but sometimes when I’ve been recommended a book loads, I don’t read the blurb, because I don’t want to spoil a book that so many people have recommended to me because they loved it.
Cornerstone was one of these books. So many people have recommended this to me, I’ve seen people tweeting about it, it’s turned up in ‘best of 2012’ lists, it was one of my book club’s monthly reads, and it was even free on kindle. Looking at the cover of this one I thought it was an adult book, and that it probably has something to do with sand, hieroglyphics, ancient powers, a bit of mystery, something along those lines, but it wasn’t any of those things. Time for a cover change? Maybe.
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