Check Out The Book Trailer For Suzy Vitello's New Novel, 'The Empress Chronicles,' Out Today!

Suzy Vitello

Suzy Vitello—LitReactor instructor, den mother of Portland's hottest writing group, and all-around awesome human—has a new book out today: The Empress Chronicles!

Here's the synopsis from the publisher, Diversion Books

When city girl Liz is banished to a rural goat farm on the outskirts of Portland, the 15-year-old feels her life spiraling out of control.  She can't connect to her father or his young girlfriend, and past trauma adds to her sense of upheaval.  The only person who seems to keep her sane is a troubled boy who is fighting his own demons.  But all of this changes in one historical instant.

One-hundred fifty years earlier, Elisabeth of Bavaria has troubles of her own.  Her childhood is coming to a crashing end, and her destiny is written in the form of a soothsaying locket that has the ability to predict true love.  But evil is afoot in the form of a wicked enchantress who connives to wield the power of the locket for her own destructive ends.

When Liz finds a timeworn diary, and within it a locket, she discovers the secrets and desires of the young Bavarian princess who will one day grow up to be the legendary Empress of Austria.

It is in the pages of the diary that these two heroines will meet, and it is through their interwoven story that Liz will discover she has the power to rewrite history—including her own...

Suzy's debut novel, The Moment Before, was fantastic: Thoughtful and heartfelt and funny and beautifully written. More than that, it was proof how effective the Young/New Adult universe can be for telling resonant, compelling stories. I read it in one sitting. So I'm really looking forward to picking up The Empress Chronicles

Until you get your copy, which I assume you literally just ordered, check out the book trailer. And for the writers in the crowd, she's teaching a new course for us: Writing Contemporary Teen, which starts pretty soon. Because Young Adult is bigger than dystopian landscapes and overly-complicated sorting rituals. This four-week class is all about accurately rendering real teens in contemporary settings.

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