“Friday Night Lights meets baseball in this edgy coming-of-age story about overcoming adversity and personal tragedy.” – Publishers Weekly
Andy Lembo is bent on becoming the starting catcher on a talent-packed varsity baseball team in his senior year at a new high school–whereas his brother Daniel, still a junior, is a shoe-in to be the team’s ace. With his 88-mile-per-hour fastball, Daniel has Major League scouts drooling. The brothers are tight and share a dream of winning the state championship. They also share painful memories of child abuse. But Andy carries extra burdens, from panic attacks to a shaky relationship with their father. Then there’s that burn scar covering half of Andy’s face and the bully who won’t leave Andy alone.
Chock-full of nail-biting baseball games, the Panthers are inching toward the division championship. But then Andy loses his biggest supporter in a freak accident and he blames himself for what happened. His emotions raw, Andy quits the baseball team and school, while his father calls him a loser. Eventually, a treasured memory coaxes Andy to attempt a challenging comeback. Andy must find the strength to go the distance–for himself, but also for his brother and their shared dream.
Isabelle Holloway is not your average teen. As if being reincarnated and having confusing flashbacks about her past isn’t enough. Now her boyfriend Erik is back from her life in the 1800s. Not to mention the man who murdered her has returned to seek his vengeance. Even though her friends want to catch the killer, Isabelle can’t trust anyone. Can they stop him, or will they fail?
Kyla LoPresti is an amazing 13 year old author. She launched her publishing career with this exciting supernatural thriller, written while she was 12 years old. And she is just getting started. Kyla is working on the finishing touches for two additional books: Book two of the “Flashback Series” and a new novel, “Love Bites.”
Despite being a busy and successful Middle Schooler, Kyla finds time to mentor “younger” children and her peers to follow their dreams, regardless of age. This talented role model finds time to write daily. Likely she is working on another Amazon BestSeller.
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Barry Hoffman has been a teacher, a publisher, an editor, and of course, a writer. Barry’s eight adult books have been well received by critics and most recently, he is the author of the popular young adult novels, The Shamra Chronicles. The last novel in the series, Chaos Unleashed, was released in May.
Inspired by President Obama’s call to give back to the community, Barry set out to donate 10,000 copies of his young adult novel, Curse of the Shamra in 2009. He provided copies to schools libraries, military families, Girl Scouts, and other organizations with a Young Adult audience. He has already surpassed his goal, giving away 11,145 copies of The Shamra Chronicles to date!
In addition to writing The Shamra Chronicles and eight other novels, Barry is well-known as the Publisher and Editor of Gauntlet Magazine, a magazine dealing with censorship, and as Publisher at Gauntlet Press, Winner of the 1999 Stoker Award for Best Small Press, which produces collectible editions of classic and previously unpublished books.