That is a terribly long wait, because Summerton is amazing. It is the book of my heart and I plan to talk about it a lot, so you’re prepared. Mostly I will wait until it is released, so as to not spoil it, but for now, take my word for it: Summerton is incredible and you should buy it as soon as you can.
Here is one of the reasons I love it: It is the first book I’ve seen professionally referenced as a supernatural adventure story, as you will see below. Since that is my favorite way to describe books like this, my heart grew ten sizes to see it used for the first time with Summerton, the book of my heart.
Summerton is perfect. A town in the isolated and stunning West Coast region of New Zealand, it is blessed with gorgeous weather during the most crucial holiday period, a huge music festival every New Year’s Eve, and hordes of tourists, who helpfully pick up and go home, leaving a lot of money behind them without ever trying to move in themselves.
But Keri is immune to her hometown’s charms. Her older brother has just killed himself, without warning or explanation, and left Keri aching with his absence and too many questions. So when her childhood friend Janna and tourist Sione offer answers, Keri is keen to listen.
Janna and Sione’s own older brothers died in suspicious circumstances. Sunny Summerton has dark secrets. And as they investigate, the answers to their questions become more bizarre. Discovering the secrets of Summerton may open the trio to dangers they never knew were possible.
Can they save Summerton’s next victim? Or will they become victims themselves?
A young adult supernatural adventure, Summerton will be available in September 2011 from Allen and Unwin (Australia/New Zealand) and Little, Brown (USA).
Hellebore & Rue edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft and Catherine Lundoff. This is an anthology of stories about lesbians and magic, and the ebook will be released in October.
The editors recently released the Table of Contents and it looks like fun.
“Counterbalance” by Ruth Sorrell
“Trouble Arrived” by C.B. Calsing
“Personal Demons” by Jean Marie Ward
“The Windskimmer” by Connie Wilkins
“Sky Lit Bargains” by Kelly A. Harmon
“Gloam” by Quinn Smythwood
“Witches Have Cats” by Juliet Kemp
“D is for Delicious” by Steve Berman
“And Out of the Strong Came Forth Sweetness” by Lisa Nohealani Morton
“Bridges and Lullabies” by Rrain Prior
“Thin Spun” by Sunny Moraine
“A State of Panic” by Rachel Green