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About S.A. Larsen
S.A. Larsen is an award-winning author, childhood apraxia of speech advocate, and Maine-iac ice hockey fan, who has watched more hockey games than she could ever count. She also has a soft spot for the strange and misunderstood, which might explain her love for dipping plain chips in ketchup. Her favorite stories push the boundaries of our world and open harbored emotions to inspire and challenge the heart. She’s the author of Motley Education: The URD Saga Book I (Ellysian Press, 2019; second edition), a fantasy-adventure for middle grade readers and Marked Beauty-her debut young adult fantasy-romance (Ellysian Press, 2017). When she’s not chasing her characters around a cemetery or antagonizing them with the wonders of young love, she lives in the land of lobsters and snowy winters with her husband and four children. Visit her cyber home at www.salarsenbooks.com, find her on Twitter @SA_Larsen and Instagram sa.larsen, or on spookymiddlegrade.com, where she does most of her spookiness brewing up all sorts of creepy ideas with a group of #SpookyMG authors. Stop by for a visit . . . if you dare.
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***** 2016 New England Book Festival - Best Children’s Book
***** 2017 Readers' Favorite - Gold Medal Winner
***** 2017 Feathered Quill - Bronze Winner
***** 2017 Purple Dragonfly - Honorable Mention
Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically and Celestially Gifted
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Signed: Ebony Charmed
Ebony should be excited about entering sixth grade to further develop her skills. And she would be. If only her lame abilities let her see more than three ghosts.
Struggling to live up to her gifted family, Ebony is horrified when she is branded a Seeker: someone who is neither Sensory nor Luminary. To top it off, her Deadly Creatures and Relics project – transforming a measly stick – seems destined for failure.
But there are doors to other worlds where creatures have been watching her. And when the truth emerges that her project is more than a stick, she knows she must act.
Along with her best friend Fleishman and his pet lizard, Ebony finds herself wedged between prophecies and quests. Oh, and saving the entire spirit world from annihilation.
Ebony is not ready to be a hero. But a dark presence has already stolen more than one local kid. And this time, her failure is not an option.
Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her.
Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.
After Viktor saves Ana’s life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger.
As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.
MARKED BEAUTY was a fabulous read. It’s a YA contemporary fantasy with tons of exciting and dangerous otherworldly happenings, romance, and a large cast of varied and interesting characters. Ana, the main character, can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. This gift is not only powerful, but it’s overwhelmingly difficult for her to live with. Her situation becomes even more difficult after the mysterious Viktor saves her life. As they are drawn together romantically, powerful forces threaten to destroy not only their relationship, but the lives of their friends and the world as they know it.
Simply put, MARKED BEAUTY is beautifully written and compulsively readable. Perfect for readers who love YA fantasy and paranormal romance. – Pat Esden, author of the DARK HEART series
Larsen’s MARKED BEAUTY is a lovely story with magic, mystery, and love. I found myself lost in the wonder of the world she created existing within our own. Lots of lush imagery, well-rounded characters (I just love Viktor.), and plenty of danger to keep you turning the pages. Keep an eye out for this author—I really think she’s one to watch. – Danielle DeVor, author of the MARKER CHRONICLES
MARKED BEAUTY is a compelling, magical masterpiece that hooks you from page one and doesn’t let go. Ana and Viktor’s story is a timeless tale you’ll want to read over and over. – Natalie Decker bestselling author of the YA romance series RIVAL LOVE
"With some of the best imagery I've ever read, MARKED BEAUTY will have you desperately flipping pages to find out what happens with Ana and Viktor--who are both mysteriously endearing and an absolute delight to cheer for." - Elana Johnson, author of the POSSESSION trilogy & co-founder of the Querytracker blog