Leanna Sain Presents, WISH, at Blue Ridge Books – The Mountaineer

Southern author Leanna Sain will be discussing and reading from her new novel “Wish” at 3 p.m. March 22 at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

When 17 year old Maddie McGuire discovers a list consisting of 23 names —one of them, her mother; all of them, dead — she’s convinced it’s more than just a coincidence. Was her mom’s death caused by something more than cancer? Had her New York City cop dad found out? Was his “suicide” really murder? And what if the answer was “yes” to one or more of these questions? Who could she turn to for help?

The answer comes in the most unbelievable way possible when Maddie closes her eyes and makes a wish just days before Christmas. What follows is a week-long roller-coaster ride filled with more danger-filled twists and turns than she ever could’ve imagined. But in the end, would she face the same fate as her parents?

Though “Wish” claims a young adult audience, it’s definitely a crossover book. As a “stand alone” novel set in New York City, “Wish” is a change from Sain’s usual Southern suspense or “grit-lit,” but fans will still get the strong, sometimes-snarky characters, gripping dialogue, and vivid descriptions that they’ve come to expect from Sain’s novels.

Sain’s first book, “Gate to Nowhere,” published in 2008, won Foreword Magazine’s Book-of-the-Year Award, as well as, the Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians.

The sequel, “Return to Nowhere,” published in 2009, also won the NCSH Historical Fiction Award, and was nominated for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. The third book of the trilogy, “Magnolia Blossoms,” published in 2010, was nominated for the Global E-book Award.

There will be a time for questions at the close of the event at Blue Ridge Books. Books will be available for purchase.

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