(The Variant Series, #2)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Alexandra Parker might be the most powerful Variant the world has ever seen—but even that won’t get her out of finishing her junior year of high school.
The challenge of keeping her abilities under wraps during class is daunting enough, but throw one surly, sandy-haired Jumper into the mix, and things can get downright complicated.
Declan’s new job? Watch over Alex while she’s at school and do everything in his power to keep her from losing control. But as sparks of every kind begin flying between Alex and her new bodyguard, she's left feeling more unstable than ever.
When avoiding her abilities results in a surprise visit from her parents’ killer, Alex’s worlds collide with a bang that nearly levels Bay View High.
With her freedom now squarely in the Agency’s crosshairs, Alex will be faced with the fight of her life… and a decision that could forever alter the course of her destiny.
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(The Variant Series, #1)
Possessing the uncanny ability to fry a television set from twenty paces can really wreck a girl’s social life.
If you’re looking for proof, just ask sixteen-year-old Alexandra Parker. After catching her boyfriend in the arms of the prettiest girl in school, she made the journey from social elite to social pariah in a haze of electricity and exploding electronics. But finding herself at the bottom of Bay View High’s social hierarchy was nothing compared to the shock of discovering who—and what—she really is.
After being zapped out of a burning bookstore by the mysterious Declan—a hero nearly as handsome as he is infuriating—Alex finds herself under the protection of the powerful Grayson family. It’s through them that she learns the truth: that the world she’s always known is nothing like it appears to be... and that she has far more in common with them than she might want to believe.
Now, on the run from a fire-wielding hit man and a secretive government organization, Alex must navigate a strange and treacherous new world filled with superhuman mutants known as Variants. As she begins to unravel the many secrets of her family’s past, she uncovers the real reason for her parents’ death twelve years earlier—and finds out that the threat to her family, and to everyone she cares about, is still dangerously real.
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The Beginning and End of It All
By Author Jena Leigh
Want to know a secret?
I rarely know what I’m doing.
When it comes to the beginnings and endings of my novels, I usually only have a vague notion of what needs to happen before the words are written.
Working on a series, it’s necessary to have at least a rudimentary outline of the overarching plot—a basic understanding of where it is your characters are headed in the subsequent novels. In truth, however, even that rickety framework of upcoming events can be twisted and reshaped as you go along.
One of my favorite things about writing is the surprise that comes along with the revelation of plot twists that I never saw coming.
As a writer, I’m what you’d call a “pantser” in that I tend to fly by the seat of my pants as I write my novels. I let my characters tell me what needs to happen, scene by scene, and do my best to let the plot evolve naturally out of their actions and decisions. I take delight in being just as surprised as my readers are by what comes next.
Because of that, I do my best to keep the framework of my series as flexible as possible. The ending of Resistance was only loosely fixed in my mind as I wrote the book—and even then, it didn’t turn out exactly as I’d planned. For me, it helps to be able to roll with the punches. When I try to write by a rigid outline, I find myself fighting to make scenes work, even if I don’t particularly like them.
Another lesson I learned early on was to write for myself. Whenever I write with a particular audience in mind, it always comes out feeling forced. If you sit down to write a novel in the hopes of pleasing everyone, more often than not, you won’t please anyone.
Write about what you like. Even if it doesn’t connect with everyone, if you write from the heart about something you enjoy, I promise your words will find their audience.
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Jena Leigh spent ten years in the mountains of North Carolina before returning home to the lightning capital of North America. A shameless geek, she loves bad sci-fi movies, Skittles, writing cracktastic e-mails to friends and taking shenanigan-filled road trips to faraway concerts. She has a degree in English from Appalachian State University. REVIVAL is her first novel.
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