The Lovability Curse (YA Romantic Comedy)
Nerd-turned-cheerleader Whitney Boswell knows she’s living a fairy-tale life. And she is—just not in the way she thinks.
On her sixteenth birthday, Whitney learns why she’s never met her dad’s family. They’re not Canadian like he told her. They’re American gypsies. Her parents didn’t invite them to Whitney’s first birthday, so her aunt crashed the party and threw a curse on her. When Whitney turns sixteen, no boy will ever fall in love with her. She will become unlovable.
The whole fairy-tale-princess-curse thing sounds ridiculous until Whitney’s boyfriend breaks up with her. She gets kicked off the cheerleading squad. Her face breaks out, and she gains so much weight she has to borrow her mom’s jeans. She’s reverted back to an unpopular nerd. The curse is working. Whitney confides in self-professed gypsy expert, Ben Magee, and he offers to help Whitney find her aunt and get the curse reversed.
Ben and Whitney get to know each other while combing every gypsy RV park in the area, but Whitney’s obsession with getting her old life back could cost her the more meaningful friendships she’s formed since the curse took effect. She believes she has to get the curse lifted, otherwise she’ll remain unlovable forever. What she doesn’t realize is that someone does love her: Ben, the nicest boy she’s ever met.
Snooze (YA Romantic Comedy)
She’ll never forget their first kiss. He can’t remember it.
Fifteen-year-old Kat Connor dreams of finding the kind of love that she’s only read about in her mom’s romance novel collection. One steamy night in the summer of 1985, she’s sure she’s found her own shirtless hero when a boy wanders into her front yard, singing a power ballad with the voice of an MTV star. They share their first kiss, the first kiss of many. But he always takes off before Kat can find out who he is.
When school starts, Kat finds her mystery kisser in her geometry class. He’s the new kid, Phillip Trumble. Super nerd. Total jerk. Sleepwalker? Turns out, Phillip slept through all of their late-night encounters, and he has no idea who Kat is. Worse yet, he’s way different from his nighttime alter ego. In his waking hours, he can’t even carry a tune.
Kat’s about to hit snooze on her hopes of romance when she sees a glimpse of her mystery kisser’s charm hiding under Phillip’s geeky exterior. So she hatches a plan to turn him into the perfect boyfriend. But if she pushes him too far, Kat could risk losing her first chance at love.
Mena Ravencraft and the Golden Sun Disc (Middle Grade Action/Adventure)
Mena Ravencraft has it tough being the only normal one in a family of oddballs. Heck, she might be the most normal person in all of Port Dreary. Her steampunker parents run a Victorian oddities shop, her brother Iggy likes to play dead, and their cat is weird (even for a cat). Mena can’t wait to get away from the weirdness and seek out adventure like her treasure-hunting grandpa. She grew up listening to his stories about the famous explorer Calvin Bradburn’s search for a lost city of gold in the jungles of South America.
Mena finally gets her chance for adventure when her father takes her on a buying trip for the oddities shop. What starts as an auction at a soon-to-be-demolished mental hospital turns into a hunt for the greatest treasure ever excavated—the Inca’s golden sun disc.
She’s not going to let anyone stand between her and this treasure. Not a narcoleptic hunchback. Not a cab driver looking for the mother ship. And not the three creepy sideshow performers who are racing her for the prize.