Nightshade, a story about a young female werewolf falling in love with a human boy against the wishes of her pack, has already earned praises from the likes of New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith, who called it “a finely-wrought compelling tale of romance and treachery.” The welcome intrusion of the fictional world doesn’t limit itself to the internet: not only does the Nightshade website promise that you can even “text [Shay] straight to his phone,” but readers can send an email to email@example.com to enter the running to receive a calla lily mailed to their address—a special package from, as one blogger put it, “a cute fictional boy.”
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Cremer, an Associate Professor of History at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, began writing Nightshade after breaking her foot and being consigned to crutches for twelve weeks. She plans to follow Nightshade with two subsequent volumes, Wolfsbane and Bloodrose, as well as an official prequel and companion novel. Her other writing projects include The Inventor’s Secret, a YA steampunk novel set in an alternate nineteenth century in which the American Revolution never occurred and the British empire’s power reigns unchecked.
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