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Shanna Miles Releases a New Book That Challenges Teen Fantasies

Shanna Reed Miles, an author of fiction for teens and book reviewer based in Georgia, is set to release Willow Born, a new novel that mixes true black girl magic and mystery. This 77,000 word Southern Gothic Paranormal Young Adult novel in the teenage realm perfectly blends supernatural drama, romance, and intrigue to challenge your idea of fantasy.

The story revolves around a sixteen-year-old willow-born witch, Collette, who is a powerful empath gifted with supernatural powers she’s yet to tap. Half a century ago when witch hunters came to Carolina and devoured the Willows, Collette was one of them. Fifty years later, when a series of strange kidnappings started happening again, Collette was resurrected. Snatched from the void she’ll have to acclimate herself to life in the 21st century and on old evil manifesting itself in the rash of missing black girls whose lives and disappearances have been overlooked. Collette now has to choose between a normal life and following the warrior path of the Willows.

A seamless blend of Black culture, Southern sensibility and fantasy Willow Born is a unique story that highlights the strength, resilience and joy of black girlhood. At times, the pace is as frenetic as a crickets call and at others intoxicatingly and beautifully slow as perfumed wood smoke so the story appeals to teens and adults alike.

This wonderful latest edition by Miles reflects her love and passion for transformative fiction, especially stories that speak to the full humanity of kids of color. Recognizing the absence of fantasy books with characters of color she has seen a gap and filled it.

About Shanna Reed Miles: Shanna Reed Miles is an author, reviewer and librarian who lives in Georgia with her two daughters, and educator husband and advocates tirelessly for appropriate representation for…

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