Authors Showcase: From the imaginations of Stacy Juba and Nikki Hopeman
November 5, 2013
The Book: Dark Before Dawn
The Author: Stacy Juba
The Story: Psychic chills and thrills in a deserted Maine beach town from the author of Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, Sink or Swim, and Face-Off. When teen psychic Dawn Christian gets involved with a fortuneteller mentor and two girls who share her mysterious talents, she finally belongs after years of being a misfit. When she learns her new friends may be tied to freak “accidents” in town, Dawn has an important choice to make – continue developing the talent that makes her special or challenge the only people who have ever accepted her. This novel is appropriate for young adults ages 12 and up, or adults. Don’t miss the Audible edition narrated by Cassandra Morris, whose other credits include narrating books in the Gossip Girls, Pretty Little Liars, House of Night, Disney Fairies and The Magic School Bus series and whose awards include recent Earphones Awards from Audiofile Magazine and an Audie Award Nomination for Outstanding Fiction Narration. This title is also available in Kindle format as part of the Young Ladies of Mystery Boxed Set.
What the Critics Say about Dark Before Dawn:
A spooky and fast moving plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the shocking end. (Fresh Fiction)
Dark Before Dawn is a choice pick for those seeking works of modern fantasy and ESP. (The Midwest Book Review
About the Author: Stacy Juba loves to write about Characters at a Crossroads: individuals who are finding themselves and getting on the right life path after overcoming obstacles. Her goals are to entertain readers of all ages as well as inspire them through her mystery, romance and contemporary fiction books for adults, teens and children.
Her titles include Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim for adults; Dark Before Dawn and Face-Off for young adults; and The Flag Keeper and the Teddy Bear Town Children’s E-Book Bundle for children.
The Book: Habeas Corpse
The Author: Nikki Hopeman
The Story: When a series of grisly murders terrorizes the Steel City, Theo-an undead “Riser” working as a forensic technician for the Pittsburgh police-decides to use his dark gift to hunt the killer. He finds a partner in his only friend, Dr. Henry Libitin, but Theo’s unique talent of experiencing the victims’ last moments comes with a shocking price.
“Dexter meets Deadite in Nikki Hopeman’s HABEAS CORPSE — and what a treat this novel is. It’s rare that a debut novel can reignite a subgenre, but Nikki Hopeman’s book just might be the most clever zombie story to hit the shelves in quite some time. Hopeman writes a book with brains, in every way: fun and funny, gory and glorious, this witty tale of an undead ‘Riser’ who bends his unique talents toward investigating crime has single-handedly resurrected my interest in brain-sucking freaks. Such a clever premise. I can’t wait to read her next one… but till then I think I’ll happily just read this one again!” – Michael Arnzen, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of PLAY DEAD
“If George Romero had created CSI, the result might have been something like Nikki Hopeman¹s HABEAS CORPSE. A cross-genre blend of mystery, horror, and urban fantasy, with strong characterization and razor-sharp prose. I loved it! – Tim Waggoner, author of BONE WHISPERS
About the Author: Nikki Hopeman still has a trunk full of spiral-bound notebooks of short stories in elementary handwriting. While she’s graduated to using a computer for writing, she still finds files of mysterious information saved for future writing endeavors and she can sometimes remember why she saved them.
She loves the kind of horror that leaves her quaking in the back of the closet… the kind that won’t let her close her eyes. She worked with some great horror writers while pursuing her MFA in writing popular fiction at Seton Hill University. She lives in Pittsburgh with her very tolerant family and can be reached at www.nikkihopeman.com.