It is my pleasure to introduce you to the Dragonflies, the 2015 Golden Heart® Finalists. Each Wednesday I'll introduce you to the finalists in each category. Be sure to keep up with these ladies' names because you will want to be reading their books as they come out.
Meet the Young Adult Flight of Dragonflies:
A born-and-bred Texan, Julie grew up reading
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Judy Blume, and every Nancy Drew book she could get her hands on. She is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. She is a 2015 Golden Heart finalist with her novel, Sharing Hunter.
When best friends Rachel and Chloe decide to share a boyfriend their senior year, they risk ridicule, romance, and a rivalry that could destroy their friendship.
Diana Munoz Stewart
Diana Munoz Stewart’s award-winning young adult and adult romantic fiction includes paranormal, science fiction, and contemporary stories. No matter the genre or whether her characters face death, danger, or the daunting trials of everyday life, readers are guaranteed a fast-paced story along with all the tingly temptations of a swoon-worthy romance.
In addition to writing multi-genre fiction, Diana runs her own company providing web content on health, writing, and family. She earned her Master’s degree in Creative Writing from University of Southern Maine and is an active member of RWA and SCBWI. When not writing, she can be found off-roading in her Jeep—easy to spot by the license plate WRITE ME—or behind her lakeside home, kayaking and hiking with her kids and the man who’s had her heart since they were teens.
Diana is represented by the wonderful Michelle Grajkowski of Three Seas Literary Agency.
A time traveling teen struggles to save the world from her future self.
Sixteen-year-old Able McKinney just wants a normal life. Finding out aliens hijacked her future brain in order to carry out their evil plans—so not helping. She should probably give up and tattoo fatalistic poetry all over her face. Except, she’d rather fight back.
Allied with Rainer, present secret crush and future commando heartthrob, Able travels through her own mind and into her future body to wage a war through time. Her desperate actions could reverse the alien plague devastating her world, but could also separate her from the boy she loves forever.
Mary teaches anthropology at a small college while incorporating her first career, archaeology, into her stories. She is currently seeking representation. The Jade Quest is her 2015 Golden Heart novel.
Forever optimistic and easily amused, T.L. Sumner is the author of magical stories about strong, athletic heroines chasing their dreams on and off the playing field. She holds both a B.S. and M.S. in business from Villanova University where she ran cross country and track on a full athletic scholarship. When not hiding in her writing cave, T.L. works in healthcare information technology, enjoys running, and being the number one fan for her kids’ sporting events. Her work has garnered several awards, including being named a 2015 Golden Heart® finalist for her YA novel THE CULLODEN IMMORTALS. Sometimes you can find her hanging out on Twitter or in TL’sDreamworld. She is currently seeking representation.
·Focused on getting a full ride to run track in college, seventeen-year old Kyra Siefert doesn’t have time for distractions like the PTSD induced daymares tormenting her since she was mugged; or Aidan MacGregor, the über chivalrous guy who sits next to her in Calc.
When eighteen-year-old Aidan agrees to do a portrait of Kyra, a romance between them quickly develops; but bound by a strict code of silence and honor, Aidan can’t tell Kyra he belongs to a clandestine society of Scottish immortals originating from the historic Battle of Culloden.
In this Romeo and Juliet meets Highlander, Kyra becomes the pawn for one rogue immortal pursuing a sacred Templar artifact protected by Aidan’s clan and another seeking to settle a centuries-old blood feud. Aidan must betray his family to protect the girl he’s forbidden to love; but haunted by visions of Aidan's death, Kyra's secret may cost her everything – including the boy she loves.
THE CULLODEN IMMORTALS:
Focused on getting a full ride to run track in college, seventeen-year old Kyra Siefert doesn’t have time for distractions like the daymares tormenting her since she was mugged; or Aidan MacGregor, the über chivalrous guy who sits next to her in Calc. As Kyra and Aidan spend more time together, a romance between them quickly develops. But bound by a strict code of honor, Aidan hides a powerful secret from Kyra; he is the son of Scottish immortals, guardians of ancient Templar treasure.
In this Romeo and Juliet meets Highlander, Kyra becomes the pawn for one rogue immortal pursuing a sacred artifact and another seeking to settle a centuries-old blood feud. Aidan must betray his family to protect the girl he’s forbidden to love; but haunted by visions of Aidan's death, Kyra's secret may cost her everything – including the boy she loves.
Stephanie is a young adult and middle grade writer represented by Kate McKean of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. She is a 2012, 2014 and 2015 Golden Heart Finalist who loves historical fashion, comic con, and all things Star Wars. She is a double finalist this year with her novels When I Wake and Our Souls to Keep.