Wednesday, September 19, 2018

School Suspense Hits the Spot

Ever since my niece hit her teenage years, I've been keeping watch for books appropriate to that age group beyond Harry Potter. She devoured those books along with Hunger Games even before reaching her 14th birthday. I was so pleased to hear about Christine Grabowski's new book,  Dickensen Academy and immediately wanted to know more. I have to admit the location also drew my attention because it is set in the Northwest, one of my favorite places . I lived there years ago and love to set many of my own books there, just so I have an excuse to constantly visit the area for research. I also love to read books set in the area because they make me feel like I'm visiting.

Christine is the guest author in My Writing Corner this week.  She tells us that after graduating from the University of Washington, she earned her MBA at the University at Albany. She says she honed her technical writing skills in marketing and consulting but attributes the creative part of the process to her passion for reading.

When she isn’t reading or writing, Christine says that she can often be found running, skiing, or hiking, perfect pass times for the Northwest. She lives in Newcastle, Washington, with her supportive husband, two avid teen readers, and their energetic wheaten terriers.  Dickensen Academy is her debut novel and while it is a young adult paranormal, it sounds like the sort of book that both young and old alike will enjoy:

Dickensen Academy isn’t a typical boarding school. The faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret within their fine arts program. When Autumn Mattison receives an invitation to attend the high school, she yearns to escape her overbearing father yet remains reluctant to leave her mother and brother. Her doubts fade away when a vivid dream convinces her she belongs there.

Away from home, Autumn discovers a unique school environment that awakens her creative potential, and her new friends become like a second family. However, as she uncovers more about the dark side of the school and struggles with its curriculum, she questions whether Dickensen Academy is truly where she belongs.

When tragedy strikes, Autumn must learn to believe in her own power and stand up to her greatest fear or risk having her memories destroyed to protect the school’s secrets. Caught between secrets and dreams, can she find her true self?

Now that definitely sounds like a good book for back to school reading! If you'd like to see what others are saying about her new book, here are the review links:


Here are the links for Christine if you want to know more about her and check out the book trailer!
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Here are the buy links for Dickensen Academy:

Barnes & Noble (Paperback):


The Wild Rose Press:

Google Play:


And if you would like to know more about Christine or get in touch with her, here are her Social Media/Contact Links:




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Thank you, Christine, for visiting today and telling us about your new book.
Any questions or comments for Christine?

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me. I'd love to hear about when and where you lived in the Pacific NW. (sorry I'm so late to respond.) Putting a book out has been busier than I expected. I'm glad it sounds intriguing.


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