Today’s book promotion comes from Meghan Riley and her book called Anna. If you like young adult/scifi, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!
Book: Anna (The Starseed Series)
Author: Meghan Riley
Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction
Release Date: August 29, 2013
He walked toward me, his black opaque body blocking out the room behind him, with the hesitation of a hunter trying to predict a prey’s flee path. My body shook with fear as I realized there was no way out and I couldn’t fight back. I could try to run again, but he was quick, much quicker than he’d been in the past… Stretching his right hand out further, he grabbed my arm. Electricity shot through my body. My eyes clamped shut and my back arched whipping my head against the side of my mattress as images of stars, strange faces, and oddly colored landscapes flew through my mind. As quickly as they were there, they were gone.
To the outside world, Anna appears to be an ordinary high school senior. But readers will quickly learn that she is anything but in Meghan Riley’s fantastical debut novel, Anna. This fast-paced tale full of supernatural experiences, romance, and half-answered truths expertly blends science fiction with young adult appeal.
Anna has a lot of questions. Should she pursue her desire to leave home for college and live out her dream of becoming a physicist? Or should she stay home and help care for her family, which has struggled ever since her father died in Afghanistan? Is her crush, Steve, really interested in her, or is he only using the highly intelligent Anna to try and boost his grades in school? These questions, plus the ordinary trials and tribulations of high school, distract Anna from noticing some very…strange things that are beginning to happen to her.
For as long as Anna can remember, she has had a haphazard smattering of freckles on her arm. But these freckles are starting to change and cause odd side effects that only Anna seems to notice, including a series of unnerving hallucinations. When a strange shadow man starts to haunt her nights, she decides to go on a hunt for the truth to discover, once and for all, what is happening to her. But in the midst of all the chaos, Anna still attempts a semi-normal life, navigating the perils of high school and struggling to prevent her brother from falling in with the wrong crowd.
The hallucinations continue growing stronger, however, and each new visit by the shadow man appears to become more and more threatening. Eventually, Anna realizes that she can no longer hide from her friends and family what is happening to her. But as she shares her secret with those closest to her, Anna never imagines that her very life, and the lives of those she loves, will be put in jeopardy.
Plunging ahead with her investigation into what these recent strange happenings could mean, Anna soon discovers that space may hold more answers than science had originally thought. As the nefarious shadow man continues to appear, his identity will shatter everything that Anna thought she knew about this world.
Progressing toward the novel’s stunning conclusion, audiences will be left breathless as the ultimate question reveals itself: who—or what—is Anna?
Q & A:
The best thing about writing this book?
The best thing about writing this book was exploring the character’s emotions, their histories, and what it is like being a teenager (all over again).
Where did you get your idea for this story?
I’ve had it since I was a tween. Anna, my main character, has a group of spots on her arm that look like the Pleiades. I used to have a group of freckles on my leg that looked like the big dipper.
What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Being a writer isn’t just about writing. Make sure you network and connect with others in your field and genre. That can be as simple as utilizing social media.
What is your favorite book?
The Neverending Story
Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
COFFEE! It it my life force!
Anything else you would like to add?
If you read Anna, please leave a review! Thank you!
I want to thank Meghan Riley for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Anna!