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Fresh Pick | CONJURE by Lea Nolan
Fresh Pick / October 24, 2012

The Hoodoo Apprentice #1 October 2012 On Sale: October 16, 2012 Featuring: Emma Guthrie; Cooper Beaumont 315 pages ISBN: 1620610973 EAN: 9781620610978 Kindle: B009NY42GM Trade Size $9.99  Add to Wish List Young Adult Paranormal, Fantasy Buy at Not quite Halloween but a fun read nonetheless Conjure by Lea Nolan Be careful what you search for… Be careful what you search for… Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry—hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever–present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth–century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh–eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday. But when a strange girl bent on revenge appears, demon dogs become a threat, and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before the last days of summer—and her friends—are lost forever. Previous Picks

Robyn Grady | New Desire Series – The Hunter Pact
Author Guest / October 24, 2012

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J. Lynn | Why is the alpha male so addictive?
Author Guest / October 24, 2012

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