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Susan Dennard

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April 2010


Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. With a masters degree in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.

She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series as well as the Something Strange & Deadly series. When not writing, she can be found slaying darkspawn on her Xbox or earning bruises at the dojo.

You can learn more about Susan on her website, blog, newsletter, Twitter, or Pinterest.

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“Miss Fitt, you know curiosity gets men killed."
I grinned. "Then I daresay it's good I'm a woman.”
Susan Dennard, Something Strange and Deadly

“Sometimes justice was all about the small victories.”
Susan Dennard, Truthwitch

“Can't say I'm surprised you were here. You have the curiosity of a cat and the common sense of a goldfish.”
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Nation by Terry Pratchett
Nation by Terry Pratchett

Alone on a desert island — everything and everyone he knows and loves has been washed away in a storm — Mau is the last surviving member of his nation. He’s completely alone — or so he thinks until he finds the ghost girl. She has no toes, wears strange lacy trousers like the grandfather bird, and gives him a stick that can make fire.
Daphne, sole survivor of the wreck of the Sweet Judy, almost immediately regrets trying to shoot the native boy. Thank goodness the powder was wet and the gun only produced a spark. She’s certain her father, distant cousin of the Royal family, will come and rescue her but it seems, for now, that all she has for company is the boy and the foul-mouthed ship’s parrot, until other survivors arrive to take refuge on the island. Together, Mau and Daphne discover some remarkable things (including how to milk a pig, and why spitting in beer is a good thing), and start to forge a new nation.

Encompassing themes of death and nationhood, Terry Pratchett’s new novel is, as can be expected, extremely funny, witty and wise. Mau’s ancestors have something to teach us all. Mau just wishes they would shut up about it and let him get on with saving everyone’s lives!
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Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1) by Susan Dennard
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

There's something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she's just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she'll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance
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Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer
Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer

Modern witchcraft blends with ancient Celtic mythology in an epic clash of witches and gods, perfect for fans of V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic trilogy and A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES.

Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the return of her long-absent mother, who barely seems like a parent. But all that really matters to her is ascending and finally, finally becoming a full witch-plans that are complicated when another coven, rumored to have a sordid history with black magic, arrives in town with premonitions of death. Dayna immediately finds herself at odds with the bewitchingly frustrating Meiner King, the granddaughter of their coven leader.

And then a witch turns up murdered at a local sacred site, along with the blood symbol of the Butcher of Manchester-an infamous serial killer whose trail has long gone cold. The killer's motives are enmeshed in a complex web of witches and gods, and Dayna and Meiner soon find themselves at the center of it all. If they don't stop the Butcher, one of them will be next.

With razor-sharp prose and achingly real characters, E. Latimer crafts a sweeping, mesmerizing story of dark magic and brutal mythology set against a backdrop of contemporary Ireland that's impossible to put down.
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Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson
Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson

In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, a devastating but hopeful YA debut about a ballerina who finds the courage to confront the abuse that haunts her past and threatens her future.

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I thought I would be safe after my mother died. I thought I could stop searching for new places to hide. But you can’t escape what you are, what you’ve always been.
My name is Savannah Darcy Rose.
And I am still prey.

Though Savannah Rose―Sparrow to her friends and family―is a gifted ballerina, her real talent is keeping secrets. Schooled in silence by her long-dead mother, Sparrow has always believed that her lifelong creed―“I’m not the kind of girl who tells”―will make her just like everyone else: Normal. Happy. Safe. But in the aftermath of a brutal assault by her seemingly perfect boyfriend Tristan, Sparrow must finally find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past, or lose herself forever…
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“The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”
Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

“He was going to live forever, or die in the attempt.”
Joseph Heller, Catch-22

“If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.”
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Kirti Hello, Susan!
Thanks a lot for adding me!

Shayla Hi Susan!
Thank you for adding me! Can't wait to read your books!! They all sound so amazing and interesting, especially Truthwitch!! :)

Shayla x

message 24: by Shawn

Shawn Wickersheim Hi Susan,

It was great chatting with you at the Heartland Fall Forum breakfast this morning and thank you again for the signed copy of Truthwitch. I look forward to reading it.

Have a good evening,

message 23: by G.K.

G.K. Moore Hi Susan, thanks for the add! :)

Eugenia (Genie In A Book) Thank you for accepting my friend request :)
Looking forward to reading and discovering more of your work.

Best wishes for more books in the future,

message 21: by Mechele

Mechele Hi Susan,
Thanks for the add :)

message 20: by Diane

Diane Thank you for adding me! Something Strange and deadly is soo good so far and daniel is so enticing! I cant wait to read the next book!:)

message 19: by Lily

Lily Hi Susan, I just wanted to say I read your book I though it was Awesome. I can't wait to read the next one.

message 18: by Lily

Lily Thank you for adding me I can't wait to read your book. My next book store trip and I am going to buy it. :)

message 17: by Susan

Susan Crystal wrote: "I just bought your book today at the book store and am SO excited to read it can't wait to get started on it!"

Oh, how cool!! I hope you enjoy it! :D And thanks for the message!

Crystal I just bought your book today at the book store and am SO excited to read it can't wait to get started on it!

message 15: by Katie

Katie hey is something strange and deadly will it be on amazon for the kindle after its release for free sometime?

message 14: by Graeme

Graeme Hi Susan, Thank you for your kind friendship.

message 13: by Susan

Susan Annmarie wrote: "Thank you for the friendship."

Absolutely!!! :D

Annmarie Ager Thank you for the friendship.

message 11: by Susan

Susan Jared wrote: "Hello Ms Susan :D Thanks for accepting my add! and Your book is so cool! I can't wait to read them."

Thank YOU, Jared!! I'm so happy you want to read my book. :D

Jared  Deocareza Hello Ms Susan :D Thanks for accepting my add! and Your book is so cool! I can't wait to read them.

message 9: by Susan

Susan Georges wrote: "....Hi SUSAN...thank you for you friendship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...Happy happy reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Happy happy reading to you too!! :D

Raihana Haha you welcome :) I just couldn't wait to tell you how much I'm excited to read the book but July seems like a reeeeeally long time but I guess it will be worth the wait<3 :D

message 7: by Susan

Susan Raihana wrote: "Hey Susan,

I can't wait to read your YA book!!! It sounds AMAZING!!!!<3


Oh, thank you SO much, Raihana! 1) I'm incredibly flattered you'd say that, and 2) I'm REALLY flattered you'd take the time to write me on Goodreads. <3 <3 Thank you!!!

Raihana Hey Susan,

I can't wait to read your YA book!!! It sounds AMAZING!!!!<3


message 5: by Susan

Susan Yep! The title now SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY. :) I'm doing a big announcement tomorrow on my blog.

THE SPIRIT-HUNTERS was always just a working title, and I've been working with HarperCollins for a few months now to find the perfect official title. :) Finally, we settled on SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY as both catchy and commercial.

message 4: by Kendall Anne (last edited May 13, 2011 10:18AM)

Kendall Anne HI Susan! Does your book, The Spirit Hunters, have a new name now, Something Strange and Deadly? Just wondering...I was confused! =)

Erica (storybookend) Thanks for adding me as a friend! Your book looks really interesting!

message 2: by Susan

Susan Yeah, I saw that! Thanks!! I really appreciate you adding it. :D And, I hopehopehope you enjoy it!

Kathy (Kindle-aholic) The Spirit-Hunters looks like a lot of fun. It's on my list!

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