Janni Lee Simner was born aboard a pirate ship, but as soon as she came of age booked passage with a caravan bound for the Sahara, and spent the next decade as a seeker of lost cities, hidden tombs, and ancient artifacts. While hiding from assassins in the lost Library of Alexandria, however, she discovered she really preferred telling stories, and so she settled down in the Sonoran desert to write, interrupted only by the occasional map-bearing stranger or man-eating Gila monster.
Well, okay, maybe that's not how it really happened, but it's definitely how I wish it happened. The truth is I was a pretty cowardly kid. I probably would have been kicked off that pirate ship once they learned I was scared of heights and climbing; I probably would have starved on that caravan, because it used to be I wouldn't eat any foods I hadn't already tasted.
But at least I was never afraid of scrapes and falls and getting my hands dirty, and I did get braver as I got older, thanks in part to some Girl Scout camping trips, as well as to Scout journeys to Wyoming and Mexico--both pretty far for a New Yorker who used to be able to count all the places she'd visited on one hand, with fingers left over. Eventually, I got so brave I took the stories I'd been writing all my life, forced myself to finish and revise them, and began sending them out into the world.
These days I know there are more places to visit than I'm ever going to have time to get to (though I'm working on it), which is one of the reasons I keep writing stories: because they let me visit all the places I can't visit in person. (Especially the magic ones, which I haven't figured out how to get to yet.) Girl Scouts and college both led me ever-further west, and I now live with my husband, Larry, in Tucson , Arizona . I love living in the desert, and I'm not sure I'll ever live east of the Rockies again.
Unless those pirates show up and offer me a berth. Because now, I'm ready for them.
The stunning conclusion to the Bones of Faerie
trilogy. After a devastating war between humanity and Faerie, Liza's
world was forever changed. Now there are signs of a new sickness in the
forest. Piles of ash are found where living creatures once stood. Liza
investigates and discovers that the Faerie realm has continued to
deteriorate, slowly turning to dust, and that its fate is inexorably
linked to that of the human realm.
NOW IN PAPER!
The long-awaited sequel to Janni Lee Simner's breathtaking YA fantasy debut, Bones of Faerie.
Liza is a summoner. She can draw life to herself, even from beyond the grave. And because magic works both ways, she can drive life away.
Born in the wake of the war between humanity and Faerie, Liza lived in a world where green things never slept, where trees sought to root in living flesh and bone. But now the forests have fallen silent. Even the evergreens' branches are bare. Winter crops won't grow, and the threat of starvation looms. And deep in the forest a dark, malevolent will is at work. To face it, Liza will have to find within herself something more powerful than magic alone.
After her mother mysteriously disappears, sixteen-year-old Haley convinces her father to take her to Iceland, where her mother was last seen. There, amidst the ancient fissures and crevices of that volcanic island, Haley meets gorgeous Ari, a boy with a dangerous side who appoints himself her protector. When Haley picks up a silver coin that entangles her in a spell cast by her ancestor Hallgerd, she discovers that Hallgerd's spell and her mother's disappearance are connected to a chain of events that could unleash terrifying powers and consume the world. Haley must find a way to contain the growing fires of the spell--and her growing attraction to Ari.
Janni Lee Simner brings the fierce romance and violent passions of Iceland's medieval sagas into this twenty-first-century novel, with spellbinding results.
Fifteen-year-old Liza travels through war-ravaged territory in a struggle to bridge the faerie and human worlds and to bring back her mother while learning of her own powers and that magic can be controlled.
Move over, Indiana Jones. Eleven-year-old Tiernay West is ready to take over in this hilarious middle-grade adventure novel. When Tiernay hears of possible Revolutionary War gold buried in her own town, little does she expect that its pursuit will have her running for her life.