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About Jody Calkins
Jody Calkins grew up in the Minnesotan woods and now lives in rural Virginia with her husband, dog, and two cats. She has a degree in classical studies and literature, loves studying languages, and writes young adult speculative fiction.
She is the author of the edgy and heart-wrenching young adult dystopian thriller/drama series The Hexon Code, including Shattered, Redeemed, and Blackout. Look for Sabotage, the seventh book of the series - available now!
More information and her blog can be found at: https://jodycalkins.com
Be sure to follow her on Twitter (@JodyCalkins) and Facebook (@JodyCalkinsBiz) for more details about upcoming book releases and tales of the writing life.
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After seven years, it's clear... she's not one of the lucky ones. No new parents to whisk her away to a better life. No, she's stuck within the confines of Riverbrook Academy's heavily fortified grounds. For another three years.
But then the kids become sick with an undisclosed illness and a series of mysterious deaths occur.
Now their future doesn't look so certain. Who will be next?
In this chilling ghost thriller, Marris learns the horrible truth about the place she's called home for seven years. Everything she believed was wrong.
Now armed with the truth, can she stop the academy and save her friends before it's too late?
Shattered is the first book in The Hexon Code series, a story about pain, loss, and the fight for love in a messed up world.
If you love psychological thrillers, dramas, and love stories, you're bound to love this series.
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When the gangs overtake the city of Detroit, killing the city officials and the guards, Kallis finds herself in her worst nightmare.
Fast-forward three years and her life is still a living hell. It's been a year since she was sold last, but Henry, her new owner and one of the gang's leaders, is anything but kind. She walks on eggshells, worried she'll do something wrong.
She's wanted out, to escape Detroit—not that she would have attempted to escape. She's certain getting caught would result in something far worse.
But when Henry tells her he's taking her out of the city, she's not sure if that's a good thing. Leaving with him?
There's no choice to be made though because an attack sends them charging out of the city ahead of schedule.
Barely making it out alive was bad enough, but then they run into another snag. They have to go back and make right on an agreement Henry had made when he bought her.
Will they survive a second time around? And what will Henry do to make things right with Kallis after everything he's done?
Sabotage (The Hexon Code, Book 7) is a tense, hair-raising wild ride of emotions.
Not for all readers.
Dieran, a young boy who died at the hands of Riverbrook Academy, made a huge mistake. He thought being trapped there was bad enough when he was alive. But now he’s dead. And he’s got nowhere to go.
For weeks he’s been trapped, unable to leave. Unable to move on.
But then one day, a mysterious new property owner shows up at the academy. And weeks later, all the kids, the ones he thought had escaped Riverbrook, return. And to his horror, the blonde-haired girl returns, too.
The new owner claims the experiments on the kids are over. But Dieran knows it’s a lie.
Now is his chance to redeem himself. The only problem is, ever since he attacked the doctor, he’s been unable to make contact with the living world.
But the girl is there because of him and he won’t stop until she’s either safe or dead…
Redeemed is the chilling sequel to Shattered, the first book in The Hexon Code series. Look for the third book in the series – Blackout.
Escaping Faction 73 was hard enough, but now Gabe and Emerson face a new set of problems. Dangerous, life-threatening problems. And ones that will test their resolve and their trust in each other.
If they survive the round-trip trek across the fallen city to search for their friends, will their love be enough to forgive all?
Ivy thought she had Shane figured out. Things were great. Well, as great as they could be stuck inside the prison walls with criminals and creepers.
But then Shane reveals a disturbing secret. Now that her world is turned upside down once more, can she ever trust him again?
The plot to escape DC Prison continues in this fifth installment of The Hexon Code series.
No Way Out (The Hexon Code, Book 5) is a chilling young adult dystopian thriller/drama.
Sixteen-year-old Ivy Gould's world has turned upside down and all she wants to do is survive the rest of the school year and start her summer internship at the medical center.
But then a mysterious agency shows up at her school and recruits a select group of students. And she's one of them.
They claim terrorists are attacking the country and the agency needs students to join their cause to fight back and protect what's left.
Are they telling the truth? Or is it a lie?
She might never know. Because the students who fail to report on time for transportation to the training facility aren't lucky enough to find out.
Now she faces a much bigger challenge... and something far more horrifying. Will she overcome the odds? Or is she lost forever?
Outcast, the fourth book in The Hexon Code series, is an emotional story of terrible mistakes, huge regrets, and solid determination to make things right.
Emerson Wesler and Gabriel Marconne lead a fairly normal life, given the circumstances... Until their city’s cell towers shut down unexpectedly two months before their high school graduation. Then the next morning, there’s an explosion at their home and Gabe's parents are believed to have been inside.
But before social services can arrive to take them away, a mysterious agency shows up at their school, claims terrorists are attacking the nation, and forcibly recruits them along with thirteen other students.
Now they must train to fight for their country…
Only it isn’t long before they discover things aren’t what they seem. And their best chance of survival is escaping the one facility no one seems to know how to exit... All before they complete the training and advance to field agent. Because if that happens, everything's lost.
Blackout, the third book in The Hexon Code series, is a chilling young adult dystopian thriller/drama.
Tessa thought she was happy. She had a boyfriend, she was the lead gymnast at her school, and she had just received a full-ride scholarship for a degree in mathematics.
Until she met Damien at a dance workshop over winter break...
Everything changed that day. She had been living a lie. And most importantly, she was lying to herself.
But when she tried to be honest, everything blew up in her face. And to make matters worse, she was recruited by Faction 73.
All she wanted was to feel something. To feel love. To feel all the things she had felt at the workshop.
But now with her whole world turned upside down, is her chance at love gone? And how can she have it when Faction 73 rules her life?
Breakout, the sixth book in The Hexon Code series, is an emotional tale of lost love and lost memories set in a dystopian society.
Start summer break: Check!
Spend summer break with Tom and Gina: Wait! What?!
When eleven-year-old Ryan Ericksen learns he'll be spending three months helping his aunt and uncle on their chicken farm, he thinks his whole summer break is ruined.
No more playing video games or having super-soaker fights with his older brother. Nope. He'll be stuck on the eastern plains of Colorado with five hundred stupid, crummy chickens.
Little does he know, his life is about to change in a big way. Maybe life isn't always as bad as he expects. And maybe there are things in life worth fighting for, even when obstacles and heartache are there at every turn.
But when disaster strikes at the farm, will he have the courage to risk his neck for a cause greater than himself? Or will he chicken out when everyone needs him the most?
Chickens, Girls, and Other Life Problems is a contemporary coming-of-age middle-grade novel for both boys and girls (ages 8 to 12).
If your answer is "Yes," then this book is for you!
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But a group of individuals, all with one single connection, will stop at nothing to fight for what is right and to fight for love.
An alliance will be formed, but not until the Hexon virus is released in full force across the nation.
Until then, one of them will be forced to work alone to minimize the damage. But how many people will die before the leaders of this evil plan can be stopped? And just how far will everyone go before they decide it's a lost cause?
This is where the story begins...
The Hexon Code is packed with twists, turns, edge-of-your-seat, pulse-racing thrilling suspense and heartwrenching drama set in a dystopian world.
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This collection includes:
Look for Outcast and No Way Out, the fourth and fifth books in the series - available now!
Learn how to fine-tune your time management skills so you can make better use of valuable time and get more writing on the page!
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What if you’re the only one the villagers can trust to create the antidote that will save them but helping the villagers is a crime against the government?
Fira Moseley, a sixteen-year-old graduate at the Network for Recovered Children, had big plans for her new career in biochemical research – strive to do her best work so she could provide the most value to society.
But then when the villagers decide they've had enough of being treated like scum while the NRC children are treated like royalty, she's thrown into the whirlwind of the villagers’ revolt.
To make matters worse, her first off-the-record research project involves creating an antidote for the same injection the government plans to use to exterminate the villagers.
Now her future doesn’t look so certain… because assisting the villagers in any way is a crime against the NRC.
This young adult dystopian thriller is the first book in the Bought series. Look for Charged (Book 2). Available now!