Monday, July 30, 2012

Sneak peek of AMBER HOUSE!

"I was almost sixteen the first time my grandmother died."  So begins AMBER HOUSE, a young adult debut by mother-daughters team Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, and Larkin Reed.

Sarah Parsons knows almost nothing about Amber House, the Maryland estate that has been in her family for three centuries.  But when her grandmother passes away, she visits the house for the first time.  According to rumor, the house's walls hide lost diamonds, so Sarah and her friend Jackson set out to find them.  The real discovery occurs when Sarah realizes she can see visions of the house's past--but how much of the past does she want to see?  When the ghostly visions threaten Sarah's brother, she must do everything she can to uncover the house's darkest secrets and stop the course of history before it is cemented forever.

AMBER HOUSE, the first of a trilogy, will appear from Arthur A. Levine Books, a division of Scholastic, in October 2012. You can pre-order it now.

Kelly Moore is a former lawyer and New York Times bestselling author (she co-wrote the true crime book DEADLY MEDICINE).  Moore wrote the beginnings of AMBER HOUSE years ago, using her own family history for inspiration.  When her daughters discovered the manuscript in their attic, they decided to work as a team to reshape the book with a YA perspective.  Tucker Reed currently attends college at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and Larkin Reed is a college freshman.  Below is a picture of the trio:

From left to right: Tucker Reed, Larkin Reed, and Kelly Moore

And now, drumroll please for the cover:

The cover captures the gothic feel of the book very well.  There's a sense of foreboding in the fog, the towering maze, and the distant house, but not without a sense of beauty and elegance, as captured by the gorgeous golden gown worn by our main character, Sarah.  

To learn more about AMBER HOUSE and the world the authors have created (including a character family tree and images that echo the ambiance of Amber House), explore the website, Facebook page, Twitter page, and/or Pinterest page!

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