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awakeningby Christy Dorrity


A little magic has always run in sixteen-year-old McKayla McCleery’s family—at least that’s what she’s been told. McKayla’s eccentric Aunt Avril travels the world as a clairvoyant for the FBI, and her mother can make amazing delicacies out of the most basic of ingredients. But McKayla doesn’t think for a second that the magic is real—it’s just good storytelling. Besides, McKayla doesn’t need magic. She recently moved to beautiful Star Valley, Wyoming, and already she has an amazing best friend, a solo in her upcoming ballet recital, and the gorgeous guy in her physics class keeps looking her way. 

When an unexpected fascination with Irish dance leads McKayla to seek instruction from the mute, crippled, janitor at her high school, she learns that her family is not the only one with unexplained abilities. After Aunt Avril comes to Star Valley in pursuit of a supernatural killer, people begin disappearing, and the lives of those McKayla holds most dear are threatened. When the janitor reveals that an ancient curse, known as a geis, has awakened powers that defy explanation, McKayla is forced to come to terms with what is real and what is fantasy. 

“Right out of the gate I was hooked.”

“The characters are excellently crafted, ranging from down-to-earth protagonist McKayla (who is both a strong female lead and a realistic, relatable high school girl), to the endearing and mysterious Rourke. Every one of them will tug at your heartstrings.”

“…unique and and different from the many books out there.”

CIR: Who is your target audience for Awakening?

DORRITY: Awakening is written toward a teen audience, but pre-teens through adult will relate to the many characters, from eleven-year old Zoey, to the crazy Aunt Avril. There is a teen love story in Awakening, as well as a romance from twenty-somethings.

CIR: Reviewers called this very unique.  Can you compare it to anything?

DORRITY: Awakening is like a cross between the movies Stardust and Strictly Ballroom. Think fantasy and Irish dance.

CIR: That’s an interesting combination.  What do you think makes it most unique?

DORRITY: The characters are all unique in the way they think, and their goals. The worlds of Star Valley, Wyoming, and Tir na nOg are both deeply developed in a way that pulls the reader in to the story. And there are not many books written about Celtic mythology, so the scope for imagination is high.

CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this book?

DORRITY: I hope to take readers out of their daily grind and give them an escape. If they are pulled away from their problems for a few hours, my job is done.

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