Finalist Feature: Blood Orange Soda

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Description: Darius Hunter is a bullied high school freshman. When he drinks Blood Orange Soda to transform into a Vampire and earn respect, he soon learns life as a Vampire has its own challenges.

Set in the future on the rural landscape of St. Cloud, Minnesota where pre-Vampire teens are required by the government to take a daily Red pill to prevent their urge to bite, Blood Orange Soda is a coming of age story of love, life and death.

Author: James Michael Larranaga writes about corporate crimes and conspiracies. Much of the author’s inspiration takes a “truth is stranger than fiction” approach and his novels are based loosely on real crimes and events.

James’ Local Library: Carver County Library

Winners will be announced at the 2021 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.

Finalist Feature: Secret Legacy (The Windhaven Witches #1)

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Nestled in the woods of Windhaven, Blackwood Manor waits to unleash a dark and deadly legacy…

Description: When Autumn Blackwood shows up at Windhaven Academy for the Witching Stick Orientation, she hopes to find out what dormant powers she could possibly possess to have been accepted to the elite supernatural school. Instead, the academy is in chaos as everyone frantically hunts for two missing girls.

But as school begins with Autumn no closer to figuring out her powers, strange occurrences start to follow her everywhere. Even at home, Blackwood Manor keeps many secrets, and Autumn can’t escape its haunting past.

New friends urge her to learn more about her family’s history in order to unlock her powers and make sense of what’s happening at Blackwood Manor, but Autumn’s not so sure. Once an accident brings Autumn face-to-face with death, however, she realizes her gifts are tied to a legacy that can either save or doom them all…

Author: Carissa Andrews is an internationally bestselling author from central Minnesota who writes a combination of science fiction, and paranormal & urban fantasy. She keeps sane by chilling with her husband and five kids, playing with art in its various forms, and seeking out life’s mysteries.

Carissa’s Local Library: Kitchigami Regional Library System

Winners will be announced at the 2021 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.

Finalists announced for 2021 Minnesota Author Project

The Minnesota Author Project celebrates indie-published authors and community writing collaborations. Congratulations to all the finalists!

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Winners will be announced at the 2021 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference and will receive $1000, sponsored by the Minnesota Library Foundation and BiblioLabs.

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