The Secrets of Constellations

by S. H. Clark

Young Adult Romance

Date Published: 02-14-2023

Publisher: Fire & Ice YA (Melange)

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It’s been sixteen years since Norae Whelan’s adoption. She’s conquered her past by baking her way through her challenges. All that’s left is culinary school, until a unique stranger offers her an opportunity to learn the truth of her birth and with it, the trial of facing down what she thought she left behind.

Her birth mother’s hometown is a place where memories hide beneath the floorboards of an eclectic house. Inheriting a house and all its mysteries is one thing. The instant attraction to Orion Reise is another. There’s only one problem. Orion’s blind, and the reason behind it lurks through the downtown streets, dying to take him away.

With the end of summer fast approaching, Norae must make some big decisions. She’ll have to decide if falling in love with Orion is worth the price of letting go of her past and embracing a potentially, disastrous future. 


About the Author

S. H. Clark is a romance author in the following sub-genres: young adult, contemporary, horror, and fantasy.

Clark lives in Southern California with her two cats and her beloved coffee maker. When she’s not writing, which is rare, she’s an elementary school teacher on one of California’s Native reservations. She holds multiple secondary degrees, including an MFA in Creative Writing, has a bookshelf overflowing with paranormal romances, and loves to write to the sound of a thunderstorm.

It’s been said Clark has attempted to conjure Cadbury Cream Eggs with her Harry Potter wand.


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The World Small

by Kelly Anne Manuel


Children’s Book

Date Published: 07/22/2022

Publisher: Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc.

“The World Small” was born as a poem and remains so in this newly minted Book Two of Kelly Anne Manuel’s Essentials Series. In this story the Child is invited to experience their sleep time ritual with the comfort of Nature nearby.

It is a remarkable combination of relaxation yet imagination igniting prose. “The World Small” offers a standing invitation to the Child. The Child will learn that no matter where they are on the planet, Nature has common elements. She is always available for discovery and wonder.

In the story Nature is personified as a unifying presence to our planet. The simple words take on new meaning as the illustrations pair perfectly with their presentation. The illustrations spark curiosity as they start with a map and end with the evening sky. The story identifies common elements such as the sky, sun, clouds and rainbows, to create continuity for any number of environments.

Children who begin their sleep time ritual with “The World Small” will benefit from the rhythm of the words and the message they send. The message that how Children play and enjoy the world around them no matter their geographic location is designed to awaken curiosity and stimulate conversations on the topic. It is in Early Childhood that a Child’s view of the world and their place in it is under major construction.

“The World Small” is a tool in a Caregiver’s toolbox to assist with that healthy formation. The idea that we are united as a global community with elements of Nature and human nature is an important message that the author feels Children’s literature must reflect. The Child who reads this book will be rewarded with unlimited travels into imagination and how they would like to play once they arrive there.

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