Sunday 16 August 2015


Title: Inborn 
Series: The Birthright Book 1
Author: Amy Saunders 
Release Date: 07/21/15

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Rosamund Brandt has had a semi normal life for sixteen years. Well, semi normal for a family descended from aliens. Sure, she could create portals and her family had a secret basement. But she went to school, had a best friend, and got her driving permit like every other teen.

However, her definition of “normal” unravels when a killer with multiple powers and an agenda steps into town. When Rosamund herself becomes a target, she has a choice between playing the killer’s game and saving a few, or getting to the core of the murders and stopping them for good.

Rosamund’s choice will save everyone she cares about–or unleash a new era for herself and her family, shattering whatever hope for going back to normal she had.

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And I tried. And tried. But it wasn’t working and it wasn’t for lack of focus. I simply couldn’t completely form one. Then it struck me that my portals were a kind of door. Could a shield block that too?

The door at the top of the stairs creaked open. First, I froze, then fled deeper into the kitchen, ignoring the cobwebs and dirt and folded up into one of the bottom cabinets. How long would it take her to find me there? Seconds? If I couldn’t create a portal, how was I supposed to survive this? I had no defenses, my phone just terminated by itself, and nobody knew where I was. Perfect.

 I held my breath, trying to talk myself down from the mounting panic attack. Maybe this was some sort of special drill. A test of what I would do under the scariest circumstances ever. But then why would Bryce call and tell me I wasn’t with my mother? He wouldn’t be in on it and I couldn’t think of any reason for him to lie about that.

I stopped thinking and focused on outside sounds. I picked up on a faint scraping, like shoe soles on a hard floor. It suddenly stopped and I covered my mouth with both hands to block my breathing and prevent myself from screaming.

“Rosamund?” I heard whispered in a low, raspy voice.


I’ve always loved stories. From bedtime tales my parents told me about their childhood (over and over again) to the Berenstain Bears, I lived to hear the next story.
So I guess it’s not surprising that I came up with my own stories and started putting them on paper as soon as I could write. I remember carting notebooks with me to school and working whenever I had the chance (some things don’t really change). Later, I branched out into poetry and plays and experimental works, but I always came back to stories.
Weirdly enough, even though I loved mysteries and sci-fi/fantasy, I focused on writing literary short stories for several years. But everything changed when I wrote my first novel as a challenge in 2009. Not only was it a novel, but it was also a mystery (actually, it’s what became The Jester’s Apprentice). I was hooked, and over the last few years, novel writing has grown into a full-time pursuit. (According to my sister, I talk waaayyy too much to write short stories.)

Beyond writing, I’m a Massachusetts native with strong ties to the Rhode Island coast, and I love to bake, watch movies, and tackle graphic/web design projects.

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