It's here! Detours, Book 2 of the Secret Psychics, is finally published! I've rarely had such fun writing a book, and I hope you will enjoy it, too. It can stand alone, but you definitely will miss some of the references from book 1 if you haven't read it. Luckily, Shortcuts is on sale for 99 cents this week on US Kindle in celebration of the release of its sequel! So you can grab a copy and catch up fast!
Detours is available everywhere books are sold. If you do read and enjoy it, I hope you'll take a moment to leave a review on retail pages (Amazon and B&N) no matter where you bought it. Especially in this time of so much online shopping, reviews help get the word out to readers looking for their next book!
Thanks so much!
About the book:
Parker Mills still has it all. She’s the two-time winner of the Miss Divine Pecan Pageant, the chair of the 8th grade social committee, and a secret psychic empath. With her gift, Parker experiences the strong emotions of everyone around her, which is trickier than it sounds. Luckily, she's finally developed better control. Even better, Parker has five awesome friends who are just as gifted as she is, each in their own unique way. It's going to be a great last few months of middle school.
But when kids from Archer, the rival middle school, are forced to share Divine Middle, threats and fights explode. Unfortunately, the Queen of Archer, Gabby Durand, has no interest in using their mutual influence to smooth out the tensions. Nor does she welcome Parker’s award-winning help. She's too busy trying to take Parker's top place in everything, as if she ever could. But with new dangers coming at the secret psychics from all sides, Parker needs to work with Gabby before their rivalry literally burns down the school.
As I have shared, Shortcuts is moving to Snowy Wings Publishing and getting a sequel. I'm so excited to get to share the next step in Parker's story with you. The cover for Detours will be revealed in one week and today... today I'm so happy to share the new cover for Shortcuts:
I love it! Heart-felt thanks to go to Qamber Kids and illustrator Katie Archambault for this beautiful cover! The cover layout and typography is by Qamber Kids, with the cover illustration by Katie Archambault! The entire Qamber Kids team was amazing to work with (shout-out to Najla and Jenn!), and I could not be happier with the final results! Please feel free to share-- sharing is great for spreading the news.
About the book, for those who haven't read it:
If you could change people's hearts, would you?
Parker Mills has it all. She's the two-time winner of the Miss Divine Pecan Pageant, head of the 8th grade dance committee, and a secret psychic empath. Since she absorbs strong emotions from those around her, Parker has committed herself to finding shortcuts to happiness. Whether acting as a tutor, coach, or matchmaker, Parker knows that when others are happy, she's happy. Granted, all that fixing other people's drama means her own crush has no idea how she feels, but it's still a win-win so long as her psychic method remains a mystery.
At least, that's how it always worked until Mia came to town. With her mysterious past and dark cloud of depression, Mia's moods threaten to rain on Parker’s happiness parade. After Parker's usual shortcuts fail-- even after bringing super cute Josh on the scene--she's forced to kick things up a notch, or two. But when Parker's psychic power goes haywire, dangerous secrets unravel... starting with her own.
A few of the older reviews were lost when the books linked, so if you haven't given a review for Shortcuts but have enjoyed it, I'd be grateful if you could add your review to Amazon, even if it's a one-liner!
There is also a new Goodreads page for Shortcuts, which is happily linked to the old one. If you want to share your thoughts on the book there, you can jump to that here. To pre-order the new ebook on Amazon, click here. If you'd like the paperback, well, it's on sale early on Amazon, so you can already grab a copy and leave a review even before the official publication date of April 13th! The new edition is not available in hardcover, but I still have copies of the old hardcover edition for sale.
Thanks for all your support! More information on Detours coming soon!
Book News: Shortcuts will have a new publishing home in April! I'm thankful for my time with CBAY Books and also very thankful that Parker and friends can continue to hang out with us at Snowy Wings Publishing, with a brand new cover!
I can't show the new cover yet, but I love it! With cover design and typography by Qamber Kids, and the cover illustration by Katie Archambault, I think those of you who have read Shortcuts will agree that the new look captures the book perfectly! The cover reveal will be on March 24th, and I'll be share all the new links then, too!
What about Detours? I'm happy to announce Book 2 will arrive this year, too. The publication date will be announced soon. The new series title is Secret Psychics. This series has taken several unexpected...detours...(sorry, I can never resist a pun), but I'm excited both books will be out in 2021.
If you have the first edition of Shortcuts, you have the same story as the second edition (though if you want the new cover, I wouldn't blame you-- it's really pretty!) And Detours was never actually published, so it'll be my first first-edition, so to speak, with Snowy Wings! Exciting times, and I'm happy to finally be able to share the sequel.
If you are interested in advanced review e-copies of Shortcuts and/or Detours, please reach out to me via email or social media. Detours especially will need readers for early reviews to help it launch successfully. And keep an eye out for the cover reveal on March 24th-- if that's something you'd like to participate in, I'm happy to send you the info. Just drop me a note! Thank you!
I'm so happy to let you know that you can now add PARIS ON REPEAT to your Goodreads list! Check it out to see if it sounds like a fit for you! The series name is Wish and Wander. (Book 2 is set in Rome!)
GROUNDHOG DAY gets a hilarious French twist in this delightful upper middle grade novel about first crushes and friendship when an eighth-grade class trip to Paris goes horribly wrong and the worst day of one girl’s life keeps happening over and over.
Fourteen-year-old Eve Hollis is ready to push through her fears and finally let her crush know how she feels. And what better place to tell him than on top of the Eiffel Tower in the City of Love? But things don’t go as planned, and Eve is sure she’s had the worst day of her life— until she wakes up the next morning to realize the whole disaster of a day is happening again. She’s trapped in a time loop.
Desperate to make it stop, Eve will have to take some big risks and learn from her mistakes or she’s destined to live the most awkwardly painful day of her life over and over again, forever.
Cover reveal coming soon!
Book coming July 2020 from Jolly Fish Press
And if you enjoy the story, please take a moment and leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Bookbub, and/or Barnes and Noble. Even a short review helps other readers know if this is a book they would also enjoy, and lets my publisher know that this is a series worth continuing! You can make a big difference. Thanks so much!
All three of the World of Aluvia books have been released as second editions with Snowy Wings Press! They are available in both ebook and paperback. The new paperbacks are smaller in size, more of a traditional MG and YA sizing, with bigger font and more white space for the eyes. It also has a glossy cover, and I love the way it feels!
The paperbacks are currently available through IndieBound, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, via Ingram, and Amazon. For now, the book is available on Kindle Unlimited, so it's only available at Amazon. Links here:
Fairy Keeper: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781948661157
Dragon Redeemer: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781948661195
Barnes and Noble:
Fairy Keeper: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fairy-keeper-amy-bearce/1121206631
Dragon Redeemer: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dragon-redeemer-amy-bearce/1126409843
Fairy Keeper: https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Fairy-Keeper/Amy-Bearce/9781948661157
Dragon Redeemer: https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Dragon-Redeemer/Amy-Bearce/9781948661195
🧚♀️ FAIRY KEEPER: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1948661152
🧜♀️ MER-CHARMER: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1948661179/
🐉 DRAGON REDEEMER: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1948661195/
Fairy Keeper: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fairy-Keeper-World-Aluvia-Bearce/dp/1948661152
Dragon Redeemer: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dragon-Redeemer-World-Aluvia-Bearce/dp/1948661195
That's the good news! The not-so-great news:
Getting to the new paperbacks is still a little tricky on Amazon (U.S.)... if you follow the Amazon paperback, it'll take you to the new paperback editions, but if you click on the ebook and then back again, it'll redirect you to the old editions of the paperback. We're trying to get that straightened out. It does appear that if you try to put the book in your cart at that time, it will provide a warning that you are about to purchase the original edition though you are looking at the new one. There is a link in that warning that will take you to the new edition, so there's that at least, and I put the new links in an author note on the original edition's page, so readers can find the edition they want.
And here is the link to my announcement video over on Facebook! If you are a book reviewer, I do have some e-arcs to give away in celebration of the new editions in the next month, so give me a shout via my contact form or over on Facebook, IG, or Twitter. Thanks!
Thanks so much for your support!
My first three books will be republished with them soon. They gave me a lovely welcome on their website today! The e-books will be republished January 22nd, followed by the paperbacks of each shortly!
In the meantime, the original paperbacks will remain available until they sell out on Amazon and possibly other vendors. But I am so excited about these new editions! They will be a more traditional YA/MG size (5.25 X 8) with more age-appropriate font size and spacing. They will, however, have the same beautiful covers, so hooray!
To those of you in 4th-8th grade and older, I hope I can offer a smidgen of help & encouragement as you traverse the waters of intermediate school, middle school, and high school.