Local young adult authors to discuss newly published books

With the growing popularity of young adult and teen books, two local authors will be appearing together on Saturday, June 1 at the Barnes and Noble book store in Beavercreek.

In March, Germantown resident Mindee Arnett published The Nightmare Affair, the first in her planned trilogy. Arnett, a graduate of Kettering Fairmont High School and Wright State University, said she always wanted to write a novel and has been writing short stories since she was in elementary school.

Arnett’s second book in this trilogy is slated to publish next year and she is also working on a two book thriller series, entitled Avalon. The Nightmare Affair, the first book in the Arkwell Academy series, tells the story of 16-year-old Dusty Everhart who has magic powers and, it turns out, is the personification of a nightmare and feeds on human dreams.

“I was intrigued with the idea of a demon being a normal girl with an unfortunate aspect in her life that she has to contend with,” Arnett said.

Cincinnati resident Liz Coley will be appearing with Arnett at the 1 p.m. event, to discuss her newly published book, Pretty Girl 13, a psychological thriller about a 16-year-old girl who has multiple personalities.

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“Angie Chapman disappears at the age of 13 and reappears again, three years later, with no memory about what happened to her,” Coley said. “Her identity disorder helped her survive kidnapping and captivity and deal with the emotional aftermath.”

Both books have been nominated for the Young Adult Library Services Association Best Books of 2014 awards.

Coley and Arnett will be available for book signings and a question and answer period during the event as well as readings, if requested. The two authors are also friends and met at a debut authors group meeting as they were both working on publishing their first novels.

For more information about Arnett, log on to www.mindeearnett.com. For Coley, log on to www.lizcoley.com. For more information about the event, call Barnes and Noble at 937-429-1660.

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