Author Guest Post With Shannon Duffy

Shannon Duffy has kindly agreed to guest post here about her work, and share her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her newest release, Spectral.

 About The Author:
Shannon Duffy writes young adult and middle grade fiction. She grew up on the beautiful east coast of Canada and now lives in Ontario, Canada. She is the mom of one boy, Gabriel, her angel. She loves writing, reading, working out, soccer, and the sport of champions-shopping. She is the author of the young adult paranormal romance, SPECTRAL. Her upcoming middle grade fantasy novel, GABRIEL STONE AND THE DIVINITY OF VALTA is scheduled for a January 2013 release.

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 Guest Post:

SPECTRAL is about a girl named Jewel. Her and her family have been on the run since Jewel’s birth…but from what? Jewel believes it’s because of something her father did and that they are on the run from the mob. One day when Jewel overhears a conversation, she realizes that the reality is very different and scarier than what she could have ever imagined.
At this latest location, Jewel also meets two hot guys at school that are both giving her attention. When one suddenly displays magical powers, claims to be her guardian, and tells her that everything she has been told is a lie, she has to try unraveling the pieces in her life, find out the truth and who she can even believe…and make it to her 17th birthday alive. With kidnappings, a magical witchcraft book, covens hunting her, unexplained powers appearing, and two boys competing for her heart, things get a lot more complicated than Jewel bargained for.
My inspiration for becoming a writer probably stemmed from high school and my English teacher, Mr. Rowsell. I remember wanting to hand in great pieces for assignments in creative writing. When he’d read some of my work aloud, it made me feel so proud of myself for working hard, and also made me believe in myself. Add to that two very supportive parents who bought me tons of books and also loved to read my writing, and the bug was set. But, it was really after my son was born that I decided to write my first novel. I thought I’d write a book for him—with him (Gabriel) as the main character. So, Gabe was a big inspiration for sure. That middle grade fantasy book, titled, Gabriel Stone and the Divinity of Valta, comes out Jan 1st/13.

Title: Spectral
Author: Shannon Duffy
ISBN: 9780983741879
ISBN: 9781476293585
Pages: 334
Release: April 10, 2012
Convinced she’s a part of the witness protection program, sixteen-year-old Jewel Rose is shuffled around the globe with her family like a pack of traveling gypsies. After arriving at lucky home twenty-seven, she stumbles upon a mysterious boy with magical powers claiming to be her guardian . . . and warning of imminent danger. Despite the obvious sparks between them, Jewel discovers a relationship is forbidden, and the more she learns about dark, brooding Roman, she begins to question who she can even believe—the family who raised her, or the supposed sworn protector who claims they’ve been lying to her all along.

As she struggles to uncover who her family has really been running from, she is forced to hide her birthmark that reveals who she is. With new realities surfacing, unexplained powers appearing, and two tempting boys vying for her heart, Jewel battles to learn who she can trust in an ever growing sea of lies, hoping she’ll make it through her seventeenth birthday alive.

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