Darkness Fair author Rachel A. Marks is also known for her artistic talents – she is “The Pix” on the popular DeviantArt site, and has created a how to art book as well as the cover art for other authors’ works. For The Dark Cycle novels, she paints word pictures, telling the story of the battle between the magical forces of Dark and Light, with Aidan and his family and friends, caught in the middle. Diversity in YA co-founder, fantasy author, and brush artist, Cindy Pon (Serpentine), and super-spy / romance author and Rhodesian Ridgeback wrangler Debra Driza (MILA 2.0: Renegade), and Latina Magazine honoree as a “Young (Under 30) Latino Transforming the World” Stephanie Diaz (Evolution) will join Rachel in a discussion of “Spooky to Sci-fi: Ladies Rocking YA Speculative Fiction.”
Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened and enigmatic powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. As he gravitates to Kara, the beguiling and dangerously unstable girl who helped him realize his abilities, a terrible mistake of fate is revealed that points him back toward Rebecca, whose role is becoming more critical to the battle. And no matter what his heart wants, it might be too late to stop the pieces already in motion.
Without knowing the sacrifices that will be required of them, Aidan and his motley crew of friends each with their own role to play must face the demon threat head-on. They re the only ones keeping the growing army of Darkness at bay, and if they fail, the future of humanity could be lost.
Inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology, this fantasy is set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and tells the coming-of-age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns 16, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she's a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell. When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self--even as she falls in love for the first time.
This suspenseful follow-up to Driza's "MILA 2.0" finds Mila back on the runNthis time with potential boyfriend Hunter by her side. As they search for a man who might know more about her mysterious past, Mila must rely on her android abilities to protect them from the people who want her dead.
The final book in the brilliantly paced "Extraction" series. About a fearless girl who wins escape from a brutal life only to find herself battling to save her planet from destruction.