Sam and Amy meet on a bridge late one night, both there to jump. Before either can, an earthquake hits. Alone and cut off from the rest of the world, they discover the true meaning of survival. But are they truly alone?
MY MURDER YEAR
Anastasia Nonu thinks she has enough to deal with - her moms are about to get married and the orange bridesmaid dress is never going to fit, even if she diets like crazy. Then there's her dad and his increasingly fanatical religion. Not to mention the new, hot boy at school who might just be Stas's dream come true.
When her mother is murdered, Stas discovers just how petty her problems were before. And if she doesn't figure out how to solve these new ones, she might find herself banished to Siberia - or worse!
Sixteen-year-old Ozzy has a super-hot girlfriend who’s ready to take their relationship to the next level. Tonight. At the lake.
But a missing condom scuttles his plans for seduction. Furious, Ozzy takes his girlfriend home and drives off - into the path of an oncoming truck. He wakes up in the hospital with both legs amputated above the knees.
When his girlfriend runs out of his hospital room gagging after one look at him, Ozzy knows he’s a hideous freak. He becomes convinced he’s blown any chance of getting a girl and having sex.
Determined to prove he can still be a man despite his disability, Ozzy throws himself into dumping the burden of his virginity, but finds there’s a limited number of people willing to touch legless dudes in wheelchairs. His obsession takes him into the seedy underworld of brothels and escort services where he discovers the difference between sex and intimacy, and that sometimes the price you pay for getting what you want is much higher than a sex worker’s fee.
THE SIDEWALK'S REGRETS
Seventeen-year-old Sacha McLeod isn’t looking for someone to rock her world. She just needs a new violin string to replace the one she broke while practicing her audition piece. But when she hears the boy in the music store play guitar, the energy, violence and unpredictability of the music thrills her. She soon learns that the boy who creates it calls to her the same way.
As their attraction heats up, Sacha finds herself spending less time with her violin and more time with this exciting guy who makes her feel things she’s never imagined. But her plans for her violin-virtuoso future - and her self-confidence – are shattered when she screws up the audition for a prestigious summer music program. Failure isn’t something she’s ready to face, so when Dylan asks her to spend her vacation with him in the city, she lies to her parents, pretends she won a place in the summer school, and secretly moves in with Dylan. She’s expecting romance, music and passion, but when she finds herself playing second fiddle to Dylan’s newly acquired drug habit, she realizes despite what the songs say, sometimes love isn’t all you need.
Desperate to understand what’s competing with her for Dylan’s affections, she joins his band and does drugs with him -- just once. But once become twice, three times, and more. As the band's popularity grows, so do the pressures and her drug use escalates. If Sacha can’t figure out how to leave the band, and Dylan, she’ll lose herself and her own music forever; if she does, she’ll lose the guy who stole a chunk of her heart.
AN UNSTILL LIFE
Out of print - due to the closure of Musa Publishing
Things at home are rough for fifteen-year-old Livvie Quinn. Jules, her beloved older sister is sick again after being cancer free for almost ten years. Her mom becomes more frantic and unapproachable every day. School isn’t much better. Just when she needs them most, her closest friends get boyfriends and have little time for Livvie – except to set her up on a series of disastrous blind dates.
Livvie seeks refuge in the art room - the one place her synesthesia helps rather than hinders her - and finds Bianca, the school ‘freak’. Free-spirited and confident, Bianca is everything Livvie isn’t. Shaken by her mom’s desperation, her sister’s deteriorating condition, and abandoned by her friends, Livvie finds comfort and an attraction she never felt before with Bianca.
When their relationship is discovered, Livvie and Bianca become victims of persecution and bullying. School authorities won’t help and even forbid the pair to attend the Winter Formal as a couple. If Livvie defies them and goes, she risks expulsion and further ridicule from her classmates. At home, her mother’s behavior escalates to new levels of crazy and Jules is begging for help to end the pain once and for all.
CHASING THE TAILLIGHTS
Lucy and Tony share nothing except their genetic code. Tony’s the driven high achiever, the champion diver destined for greatness. Lucy’s biggest concern right now is getting Cute Guy from the burger joint to ask her out. Oh, and if her best friend is going to stop getting grounded long enough to make it to band practice.
When a horrific accident kills their parents, and leaves Lucy scarred - both physically and emotionally - she and Tony are thrown together and forced to rely on one another in a way they've never had to before. As they struggle to come to terms with their loss, and each other, they discover they might have more in common than the rock music they both love.
Lucy can't remember the accident and struggles to get her life back on track despite the horrifying nightmares that plague her sleep. When the long-suppressed memory returns, Lucy must decide whether telling the horrible truth is worth destroying the fragile newfound bond she’s found with her brother, or if she keeps the terrible secret festering inside.
Told in alternating points of view, CHASING THE TAIL LIGHTS is an 87 000 word contemporary young adult novel.
Kiersten Stoltz doesn't have time for distractions. At seventeen, she pours her heart into her writing. She dreams of a day when her name will appear in print.
But not like this. Not on the cover of Assignment 9: Autobiography (25% of grade).
Nobody wants to read about Kiersten's childhood, about the fear and anger and abandonment. Even if they did, she couldn't write about it. Not ever. No, she wants to put all that behind her, along with her childhood nickname, Casey.
Then Kiersten sees Mark across the room. Shy and scarred, Mark almost never talks, but his eyes catch hers as they dart around.
In that brief glance, Kiersten sees a fear to match her own. What could frighten him more than her lifetime of tragedy and pain? Curiosity gets the better of her, and she reaches out. They discover parallels between their childhoods – both have been brought up largely by older brothers, and both have siblings whose self-destructive behavior has devastated their lives.
As they write Assignment 9, Kiersten and Mark discover things about themselves, their families and each other that will change their lives forever. One question remains: are they soul mates, or nothing more than damaged goods seeking solace and empathy? If Kiersten dares to find out, the answer may be one she doesn’t want.
ASSIGNMENT 9, a 75,000 word contemporary YA novel, interweaves Kiersten and Mark’s tentative relationship with Kiersten’s assignment as she explores traumatic childhood events that have left her as scarred as Mark, but in far less visible ways.