S.A. Larsen is an award-winning author, childhood apraxia of speech advocate, and Maine-iac ice hockey fan, who has watched more hockey games than she could ever count. She also has a soft spot for the strange and misunderstood, which might explain her love for dipping plain chips in ketchup. Her favorite stories push the boundaries of our world and open harbored emotions to inspire and challenge the heart. She’s the author of Motley Education: The URD Saga Book I (Ellysian Press, 2019; second edition), a fantasy-adventure for middle grade readers and Marked Beauty-her debut young adult fantasy-romance (Ellysian Press, 2017). When she’s not chasing her characters around a cemetery or antagonizing them with the wonders of young love, she lives in the land of lobsters and snowy winters with her husband and four children. Visit her cyber home at salarsenbooks.com, find her on Twitter @SA_Larsen and Instagram sa.larsen, or on spookymiddlegrade.com, where she does most of her spookiness brewing up all sorts of creepy ideas with a group of #SpookyMG authors. Stop by for a visit . . . if you dare.
“A deftly crafted … and entertaining read!” – Midwest Book Reviews – Children’s Watch 2017
About MOTLEY EDUCATION: The Urd Saga Book I
*Multiple Award-Winning MG Fantasy Adventure!*
Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically and Celestially Gifted Terms of Enrollment
Signed: Ebony Charmed
Ebony should be excited about entering sixth grade to further develop her skills. And she would be. If only her lame abilities let her see more than three ghosts.
Struggling to live up to her gifted family, Ebony is horrified when she is branded a Seeker: someone who is neither Sensory nor Luminary. To top it off, her Deadly Creatures and Relics project – transforming a measly stick – seems destined for failure.
But there are doors to other worlds where creatures have been watching her. And when the truth emerges that her project is more than a stick, she knows she must act. Along with her best friend Fleishman and his pet lizard, Ebony finds herself wedged between prophecies and quests. Oh, and saving the entire spirit world from annihilation.
Ebony is not ready to be a hero. But a dark presence has already stolen more than one local kid. And this time, her failure is not an option.
- First Place Winner – New England Book Festival’s Children’s Novel of 2016
- Gold Medal Winner – 2017 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards for Children’s Fantasy/Sci-Fi
- Gold Medal Winner – 2017 Literary Classics Book Awards for Juvenile/Grade School Fantasy Fiction
- 2017 Feathered Quill Book Awards, Bronze Medal Winner Best Juvenile/YA Fiction
- 2017 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, Honorable Mention Middle Grade Fiction; ebook
Publisher: Ellysian Press
ISBN: 978-1-941637-63-0 | ISBN: 978-1-941637-64-7 (Ingram) | ASIN: B07XCYPD76 Length: 354 pages
Ages: 8 – 13 | Grade: 3 – 7
Price: $12.99 | $5.99 (ebook) | Audiobook coming soon…
Classified: Children’s Social Issues | Folktales & Myths, Norse Mythology, Coming of Age
Released: September 10, 2019 (original release October 2016)
More about the world of Motley Junior High – School for the Psychically & Celestially Gifted
PRAISE FOR MOTLEY EDUCATION
- “A deftly crafted and consistently entertaining read from cover to cover! Indeed, Motley Education is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to elementary school and community library collections.” ~Midwest Book Reviews – Children’s Bookwatch: May 2017
- “A great middle grade full ofadventure. Fingers crossed for more!”
~CaseyLyall, author of the HOWARD WALLACE Series
- “A wonderful world full of dynamic characters, ever increasing intrigue, and imaginative worlds where amazing things happen! Motley Education is the perfect middle grade fantasy book.” ~Readers’ Favorite
- “This middle grade fantasy is a perfect fall read! MOTLEYEDUCATION features a great friendship, wonderful world building, mythology andpage turning adventure – I highly recommend it!” ~Erin Cashman,author of THE EXCEPTIONALS
NOTE: Book II is tentatively titled DEAD ALLEY
*5 Star Review: “A beautiful tale of mystery, love, and romance. The writing is simply amazing!” ~ Readers’ Favorite
About MARKED BEAUTY
Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.
Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her. Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.
After Viktor saves Ana’s life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger. As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.
2017 New England Book Festival’s Runner-Up, Young Adult Category!
2018 American Fiction Awards Finalist; Young Adult Category
2018 Readers’ Favorite Finalist in the Young Adult – Fantasy – General genre
2018 Maine Romance Writers ‘Strut Your Stuff’ Grand Prize Winner – Readers Choice
2018 Maine Romance Writers Readers’ Choice; YA/NA category
2018 Literary Classics Finalist
Publisher: Ellysian Press
ISBN: 9781941637425 | ASIN: B0743B373F
Price: $12.99 | $5.99 (ebook)
Classified: Magical Realism, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Released: October 2017
More about MARKED BEAUTY
PRAISE FOR MARKED BEAUTY
- “With some of the best imagery I’ve ever read, MARKED BEAUTY will have you desperately flipping pages to find out what happens with Ana and Viktor–who are both mysteriously endearing and an absolute delight to cheer for.”
– Elana Johnson, USA Today Bestselling Author
- “Vividly rich in detail, this compelling read has a tension-filled romance that leaves you turning pages and wanting more. A must-read for paranormal fans.” – Kristin Smith, bestselling author of Catalyst
- “Another great read from S. A. Larsen! I became a fan of this author last year with her (multi) award-winning middle grade novel, Motley Education.” ~ Verified Amazon Customer
- “This rich blend of mythology and romance will appeal to fans of The Mortal Instruments and Holly Black’s Tithe series. Enthralling from start to finish!” – Darby Karchut, author of Del Toro Moon and Finn Finnegan
Fun Facts about Sheri
Place: on the water | cemeteries | reading a book by the fire
Book: Pride & Prejudice (& the zombie one, too!), Dracula | As a child: Where The Wild Things Are and Charlotte’s Web
Snack: Sugar Babies
*For more on her favorites, publishing journey, and writing tips, visit her website!
Giving back to her writing community is important to her, and she does so as a @MixedUpFiles interview & giveaway coordinator, #MGLitchat co-host on Thursday Twitter chats (9PM EST), and writing mentor for First Five Pages under Adventures in YA Publishing.