Andrea Berthot's last name has a silent “t,” like the word “merlot” - which fits, since that is her favorite drink to have at the end of the day. Back when she was born in Salina, Kansas, her last name was Price, and she grew up loving singing, acting, reading, and of course writing. By day she teaches high school English, creative writing, forensics, and directs the yearly musical, and by night (or rather, by early morning, as her brain is more alive at 5am than 5pm) she writes young adult stories involving history, romance, magic, literature, and some good, old-fashioned butt-kicking.
THE HYPNOTIC CITY
(Curiosity Quills Press, Aug. 2016)
Philomena Blackwell survived a city plagued with monsters, the gilded cage of high society, and the rule of a heartless man... and she aims to leave it all behind. The world is waiting, and for a girl who dreams of being its most dazzling star, what could be more enticing than the bright lights of New York City?
When Philomena lands a big break, it seems as if the city is ready to fall under her spell - just as she seems to be falling for a handsome young stage manager. But is it her stage presence mesmerizing the audience, or something more sinister behind the scenes?
She's always relied on her fierce will and fiery heart, but a new and more terrible danger lurks in the shadows of Broadway's bright lights, and even a mind as determined as hers may not be immune to its seductive, insidious pull.
THE HEARTLESS CITY
(Curiosity Quills Press, Aug. 2015)
Audio: Tantor Media
Henry Jekyll was a brilliant doctor, a passionate idealist who aimed to free mankind of selfishness and vice. He's also the man who carelessly created a race of monsters. A quarter of the population are now clandestine killers - ticking bombs that could detonate at any given moment.
It's 1903, and London has been quarantined for thirteen years.
Together, two unusually-gifted teens aim to discover who's really pulling the strings in Jekyll's wake, and why citizens are waking up in the street infected, with no memory of ever having taken the Hyde drug... Heart-eating monsters, it turns out, are not the greatest evil they must face.