Publication date 21 Apr 2020
Publisher Vesuvian Books
Praise for ISAN Series
"Addictive and impossible to put it down!" --Addison Moore, New York Times Bestselling Author
“Captivating from the very beginning, this sci-fi novel explores issues of autonomy and survival in a world where there are few remaining citizens after meteors crashed into Earth … this thrilling dystopian drama has a splash of romance and tons of action. The fast-paced chapters will engage reluctant readers and fans of postapocalyptic scenarios.” --School Library Journal
"ISAN will leave readers breathless with anticipation as they race through each exciting page." --Tiffany King, USA Today Bestselling Author
While searching for the HelixB88 anti-serum on the black market, Ava uncovers valuable intel that may help the rebels in their fight to bring down ISAN—the location of a hidden facility. But first, the insurgents must find the female citizens unexpectedly displaying powers without use of the Helix serum before ISAN captures them. As the rebels join forces with other sectors, ISAN plans their destruction by using someone they don’t suspect at the rebel home base: a traitor within.
2019 WINNER BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARDS IN SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
2018 WINNER AMERICAN FICTION AWARDS IN SCIENCE FICTION: POST-APOCALYPTIC
2018 WINNER INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS IN SCIENCE FICTION
2018 WINNER READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS IN YOUNG ADULT ACTION
Photo Credit: Michelle England DelavaraMary Ting is an international bestselling, award-winning author. She writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers around the world. Her books span a wide range of genres, and her storytelling talents have earned a devoted legion of fans, as well as garnered critical praise.
Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.
Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Being a huge Twilight fan, Mary was inspired to make book-themed jewelry and occasionally gives it away as prizes to her fans.
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A Legends of Havenwood Falls Novella
Prequel to the #1 Amazon LGBT Fantasy Bestseller, OF SALT AND STARS
Release Date December 6, 2019
ABOUT THE BOOK
Before there was a curse, there was a wish.
For generations, Noelani has lived in the forest of Havenwood Falls, bestowing blessings and good fortune on all who drink from the waters of her well. Over the years, she has been visited by hundreds of blushing brides and aging widows who crave her magic, but never has she met a heart as pure as that of Stella Malloy—or as dark as that of her fiancé, Peter Heilen. When the couple arrives in Havenwood Falls in the autumn of 1993, the warm waters of Noelani’s well begin to run cold, and a bitter chill sets into the naiad’s heart as the forest darkens around her.
When Stella and Peter receive a postcard from the picturesque town of Havenwood Falls with an invite for Stella to sing at the Haven Saloon, the couple decides to skip the big wedding and elope. The more Stella falls in love with the town, the stranger Peter begins to act. After hearing stories of the magic, love-imbued waters of Noelani’s well, Stella believes it may be the only way to save her love from his dark path and return Peter’s heart to her. Little does she know that the wish she casts at the water’s edge may doom them all.
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There are scary movies, and then there are horrifying ones—not the kind that jump out in the dark to frighten you, but the kind that are already there, burrowed under your eyelids and waiting for you to blink.
The Assent, starring Robert Kazinsky (Captain Marvel, Pacific Rim), Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist), Peter Jason, and Florence Faivre is a new film written and directed by Pearry Teo (The Curse of Sleeping Beauty, Cloud Atlas), which debuted October 23rd 2019 at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada. A movie that traverses the space been real and imagined horror, The Assent tells the story of widower Joel Clarke (Robert Kazinsky) who is struggling to make ends meet and keep it together for his son, Mason (Caden Dragomer). Joel is also presumably suffering from a sort of grief-induced schizophrenia after losing his wife two years prior. As Mason declines, he can no longer differentiate the world around him from the new reality that exists in his head and haunts him in the form of harrowing, nightmarish visions. Worse, he worries his son might be displaying the same markers of mental fragmentation that manifests every bit as gruesomely as demonic possession, requiring the assistance of both Joel’s therapist and a recently-disgraced priest, Father Lambert (Peter Jason), who believes an exorcism is the only path to the Clarke’s salvation.
On the surface a demonology film, the true horror of The Assent lies between the blurred lines of supernatural horror and psychological terror, both of which provide fertile ground for experimenting with the dark and often ominous concept of possession. This is exactly what Teo—known for his ability to bend and entangle fantasy and the bleakest of reality—intended. “I think The Assent, under the context of exorcism, is really about my view on mind versus soul,” says Teo. “It’s religion versus science, and inception versus perception.”
“I think The Assent, under the context of exorcism, is really about my view on mind versus soul,” says Teo. “It’s religion versus science, and inception versus perception.”
True to his vision, The Assent is indeed one part a story of possession, both of the biblical kind and also that of the self-inflicted, and one part a parable of the penalties of free will and the power of choice. It provides a compelling narrative on the dangers of living in a mind that is no longer your own, and the crumbling consequences of absolutism—theological or scientific—as well as the incredible power of assent. This makes the film’s title all the more poignant: it’s not ascending out of darkness, but Assenting to its consumption.
This poignancy is one that weaves itself through every aspect of the film through Teo’s spectacular knack for visual cinematography that adds another dimension to the story that is worth mentioning in itself. From shifting hues and deteriorating settings that color the stages of possession and provide a backdrop to the emotional state of the characters, to the intentional inclusion of analog technologies that reflect Mason’s disconnect, to hidden Easter eggs of quintessential horror movies past, nothing about The Assent is accidental. It’s a cinematic cornucopia of subtle and yet totally intentional world-building that make one of the film’s most powerful lines—“demons leave traces of the hunger”—come, for lack of better word, alive.
If you thought Halloween was over October 31, just wait until November. The Assent will lead the weekend on opening night at Shockfest Film Festival Las Vegas on November 22, 2019.
About The Assent (IMDB):
After a series of disturbing supernatural events in his home, Joel a young single father, comes to suspect that his young son may be possessed.