Best Allison Maruska books

The Seventh Seed

Allison Maruska

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While researching the cause of beehive demise across the country, Javier stumbles onto a breakthrough--a virus carried by bugs that insecticides can't eradicate. The discovery explains a string of illnesses and deaths, and it means a vaccine is possible. But instead of his achievement being celebrated, his bosses try to kill him. 
After evading capture, Javier meets Liz, a widow who works at a homeless shelter. Together, they become fugitives, and in searching for a vaccine, they discover an intricate chain of secrets that leads to the most powerful entities in the country. Now, to break the chain and free the people, Javier and Liz must fight an impossible battle. While winning means relief from decades of manipulation and oppression, losing would result in more deaths than the virus ever threatened. 
"This standalone sequel to The Fourth Descendant is absolutely gripping from the opening words. Fast paced and intense, it is an amazing story ripped from today's headlines by way of the brilliant imagination of Allison Maruska. If you liked The Fourth Descendant, you will love The Seventh Seed.
- Dan Alatorre, author of An Angel On Her Shoulder

The Fourth Descendant

Allison Maruska

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When Michelle receives a call from a Richmond historian, she sees the chance for a much-needed adventure. All she has to do is find a century-old key. Three others – a guitarist, an engineer, and a retiree – receive similar calls. Each family possesses a key to a four-lock safe found buried in a Virginia courthouse, though their connection is as mysterious as the safe itself. Their ancestors should not have interacted, had no apparent reason to bury the safe, and should not have disappeared thereafter. Bearing their keys, Michelle and the other descendants converge in the courthouse basement and open the safe, revealing the truth about their ancestors - a truth stranger, more deadly, and potentially more world-changing than any of them could have imagined. Now it’s up to them to keep their discovery out of the wrong hands.

Drake and the Fliers

Allison Maruska

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Sixteen-year-old Drake can't understand why the virus spared him. The only survivors he's seen vandalized his makeshift dwelling, and despite his sister's dying wish that he connect with others, he spends his days alone - that is, until he shapeshifts into a dragon. 

While exploring his new abilities, Drake nearly flies into Preston, another shifter. Their chances of survival increase if they team up with others like them, but when their search leads to a group in Las Vegas, they find not everyone is welcoming. 

As Drake develops new relationships, Preston endures daily confrontation and eventually takes off on his own. Concerned for his friend's safety, Drake launches a search and stumbles into a situation stranger than anything he could imagine. Now he must embrace his animalism if he wants to save his humanity. 

"Maruska does a stellar job of creating believable characters that are flawed and relatable but also admirable in their determination." - Allison Gammons, author and blogger for Eclectic Alli

Project Renovatio

Allison Maruska

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Levin Davis has it made. At 20, he’s a college graduate with a dream job, a beautiful girlfriend, and a life that can only get better - until he receives a mysterious letter suggesting his long-dead father is alive and hiding an extraordinary secret.

Distraught, Levin meets the letter’s author, who could pass for his twin. The stranger claims to be part of a genetically engineered race designed to survive global catastrophes and rebuild society, and he insists Levin and his sisters are as well.

Despite his disbelief, Levin uncovers not only the bizarre truth of his existence but also Project Renovatio’s ominous purpose – to secure genetic superiority, the new race must live according to harsh demands or risk severe penalties inflicted on their loved ones. If Levin hopes to protect his family and live a free life, he must escape Project Renovatio – or rise above himself to fight them.

“What if scientists take genetic engineering to the next level and start altering the human race? Allison Maruska writes a thrilling YA novel that will grab the attention of her readers and hold it until the end.“ – Lisa Tortorello, author of My Hero, My Ding

The Box Under The Bed: an anthology of scary stories from 20 authors

Dan Alatorre

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Come along for a chilling ride on a ghost ship, experience eerie daydreams and psychotic killers, explore haunted houses, and send the deceased to their final destination. And that’s just a quarter of the thrills. Edited and compiled by Amazon bestselling author Dan Alatorre, this anthology of scary tales brings together the minds and pens of twenty authors, including bestseller Allison Maruska (The Fourth Descendant), bestselling author Jenifer Ruff (Everett), Lucy Brazier (PorterGirl), J. A. Allen, Juliet Nubel, TA Henry, Ann Marie Andrus, Heather Hackett, Barbara Anne Helberg, Scott Skipper, Joanne R. Larner, Christine Valentor, Adele Marie Park, Curtis Bausse, Annette Robinson, Frank Parker, Eric Daniel Clarke, and Maribel C. Pagan. Perfect for Halloween or any time, these stories will make you think twice before walking alone on the beach at night, reading a diary, or innocently watching a train from your car. Consider yourselves warned. NOTE: Warning! American and British spelling ahead. A few stories words are olde English, too. The story The Death Of Mrs. Billen by Mr. Alatorre is from his novel An Angel On Her Shoulder, used with permission.

The Grandfather Tree: A Tale of Age and Usefulness

Kenneth M Martin

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A beautiful story of a man’s realization of what matters in life, told in Kenneth M. Martin’s immortal words. Bestselling author Dan Alatorre (Savvy Stories) teamed up with teacher Allison Maruska to bring the world Kenneth M. Martin’s new take on wisdom, old age, and a purposeful life. The result is a tender, engaging story of a good man who always knew who he was and how he mattered - until he retired and somehow lost track. Author Kenneth M. Martin’s touching tale of discovery is as simple as it is poignant. Written for young people, the timeless story of Uly is sure to become a classic to be enjoyed by readers all ages, and a beautiful lesson we should all remember.

IA: B.O.S.S.

John Darryl Winston

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The most important thing in the world to thirteen-year-old orphan "Naz" Andersen is keeping his little sister, Meri, safe from the mean streets of the Exclave and insidious foster parent, Miss Tracey. Until now, he's done just that. After losing his best friend to suspicious circumstances, Naz turns his attention to ruthless gang leader, Roffio Styles, and the Incubus Apostles. 

To find out the truth, Naz will need to summon the world within, and with the help of Meri and his therapist Dr. Gwen he begins to discover that the voices in his head, his nightmares, and sleepwalking are actually telekinesis and telepathy at play: a gift from his father of whom he has no memory.

But when Naz gets too close to the truth and tragedy strikes again, he is compelled to unleash his newfound abilities, wield his own unique brand of destruction, and bring his friends' murderers to justice.

S is for Story: 26 Tips for Writing Better Fiction

Allison Maruska

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To write a great story, an author has to consider many elements: Agency, Best Friends, Conflict, Dialogue...all the way to Zippers (and other small details). In S is for Story, aspiring fiction writers can explore 26 tips for writing better fiction and take their stories from good to great.

Allison Maruska's debut novel The Fourth Descendant sold over 20,000 copies in its first 12 months of publication. As an author, blogger, and teacher for more than a decade, Maruska has included essential tips she has learned as a writer and a reader that make for the building blocks of a terrific novel. A must read for anyone who wants to write a book.

An Angel On Her Shoulder

Dan Alatorre

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A series of unexplainable tragedies surround a family and their young daughter as they seek to determine whether they are possessed, paranoid or collectively going insane. Meanwhile, forgotten clues from the father's past may indicate forces are at work in ways more ominous than any of them could have imagined.

Project Liberatio (Project Renovatio) (Volume 2)

Allison Maruska

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After weeks of hiding from the radical group that plans to turn him and his siblings into an army of genetically engineered supersoldiers, Levin wants nothing more than to get back to his old life. So when he learns they have the opportunity to return home, he jumps at the chance - all they have to do is defeat the very faction that has forced them to take refuge.

Following intense training, Levin's group pursues the faction, but his focus isn't solely on the fight. When he sneaks away to visit his girlfriend, he unwittingly reveals himself to the enemy. Now, he must sacrifice his own plans and desires and commit himself to a new mission - or he could lose much more than his freedom.

"Project Liberatio is a fictional treasure that will fully involve the reader. In addition to being a highly entertaining work, it is thought-provoking. This book will appeal to all readers. " - Tracy Miller, Contributing Writer atThe Nerdy Girl Express