Mayfly (Feiwel & Friends)
A futuristic thriller that pits teens against teens, this provocative debut is for fans of James Dashner and Marie Lu.
Jemma has spent her life scavenging tools and supplies for her tribe in the their small enclave outside what used to be a big city. Now she’s a teen, and old enough to become a Mama. Making babies is how her people survive—in Jemma’s world, life ends at age seventeen.
Survival has eclipsed love ever since the Parents died of a mysterious plague. But Jemma’s connection to a boy named Apple is stronger than her duty as a Mama. Forced to leave, Jemma and Apple are joined in exile by a mysterious boy who claims to know what is causing them to die. The world is crumbling around them, and their time is running out. Life is short. Can they outlive it?
Jeff Sweat has made a living from words his entire career, starting out as an award-winning tech journalist for InformationWeek magazine and moving into marketing. He led the content marketing team for Yahoo and pioneered its use of social media. He directed PR for two of the top advertising agencies in the country, Deutsch LA and 72andSunny. He now runs his own Los Angeles–based PR and marketing agency, Mister Sweat. He grew up in Idaho as the middle of eight children—seven boys and one girl—and attended Columbia University in New York. Jeff lives in a big blue house in Los Angeles with his wife Sunny and their three kids, two cats, and a racing greyhound. He loves to travel and writes everywhere he goes, even when there's not a desk. He likes karaoke, motorcycles and carpentry. He was once shot in the head with a nail gun, which was not a big of a deal as it sounds. But it still hurt like crazy.
As a producer, writer and skilled interviewer, Christine Blackburn and her production company, Story Worthy Media, have produced over 475 episodes of her weekly podcast, Story Worthy. She also produces and hosts Story Smash a Storytelling Gameshow, monthly at the Hollywood Improv. Christine is the author of the book “PIT To LAX: My Story Worthy Life” and she hosted Ready For The Weekend Movies on USA Network. She has contributed to Huff Post, is a 3 time MOTH Story Slam winner, performs storytelling all over Los Angeles and has appeared in over 100 commercials. Christine enjoys being a mom, playing tennis and guitar. www.christineblackburn.com