M.L. STOUGHTON has been an ice-cream scooper, a wedding DJ, a balloon-toting clown, a travel agent and a dental assistant. Now she adds author to that list. She lives in New York with her husband and has two grown daughters, and loves all things paranormal – especially when there’s kissing.
PLEASANTWICK (Young Adult Paranormal Romance)
When her father begins restoring an enormous, ancient run-down house in the middle of the California woods, Melinda Richards is instantly captivated. Steeped in mystery, the grand old structure, dubbed Sotheby House, boasts a history — and power — that Melinda would never guess. She’s lured back time and again, especially after meeting a handsome stranger in the nearby woods. Strong, soothing, charming … Luke makes her feel calm and excited all at once, and it’s not long before Melinda is spending every spare moment with the mysterious young man.
Luke Sotheby is in trouble — in more ways than one. Not only is his magical world, Pleasantwick, under attack by dark witches, but his ancestral home, the very portal to that world, has been bought by a commoner. And worse … he’s falling for the commoner’s daughter. Melinda is smart, sweet, brave. She makes him feel things he’s never experienced — and for an empath, that’s really saying something. At a time when all his energy should be focused on the preservation of his home and the safety of his people, Luke is drawn to Melinda on a soul-deep level that’s impossible to ignore.
As the magical battle spills over into the common world, the young couple begins to face dangers the likes of which neither has ever known. Lives will be lost, secrets revealed, and if Pleasantwick falls, Melinda and Luke could be separated — forever.
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PLEASANTWICK FALLING (sequel)
Two months ago, Melinda wouldn’t have believed witches were real.
Two days ago, she was preparing to start her senior year.
Two minutes ago, her entire life changed.
After the battle with the dark witches, Melinda barely escaped with her life. Now she’s back in Pleasantwick, her true identity has been revealed, and she feels like a lost girl without a home.
Luke isn’t doing much better. Recent events have left him numb, and the empath is afraid to let himself truly feel again. He may break Melinda’s heart if he can’t win the fight in his head.
While emotions run high as Luke and Melinda deal with their inner demons, they have to remember there is something much bigger at stake. The war may be over, but the magical balance has yet to be restored and if it doesn’t happen soon, this could be the end of Pleasantwick as they know it.
With the people of Pleasantwick looking to Melinda, she must make a choice ... accept her destiny and the responsibility that comes with it, or return to her normal life, putting the danger behind her at the cost of saying goodbye to Luke forever.
But will she get to make a choice … or will the dark witches make it for her in one final battle?