Good news! Another of my books coming out–this time, a YA paranormal fantasy.

I am SO excited–my paranormal fantasy, tentatively titled Teen Para, is coming out from WestSide Books most likely this October! The WestSide editor, Evelyn Fazio, is a dream to work with, and WestSide has been incredible with me for Scars, so this feels really good to me on so many levels. I can’t stop smiling! (grinning and grinning)

In Teen Para, Cassie is a telepath in a world where that is illegal. She is on the run from the government troopers, trying to stay hidden and alive–and trying to help make the world a better place for others with paranormal talents.

I drew on many of my trauma experiences in writing Teen Para, just as I did with Scars. Like my main character, Cassie, I know what it’s like to have my life threatened, to face oppression, to experience torture, and to break free from cult or from a group of oppressors.

My main character isn’t gay this time, but there is a queer character who’s important in the book.

I care about this book a lot, too. I needed both realistic and fantasy books to survive my child- and teenhood. You’ve probably heard me say it before, but realistic fiction helped me know I wasn’t alone, and fantasy helped me dream and hope. So I’m delighted that this fantasy book is going to be published and reach readers!

Just because an author is published doesn’t mean that they don’t receive rejections–so I’m even happier about Teen Para getting published!

I can’t wait to see what the cover looks like, can’t wait to share my novel with you! Meanwhile…I’m sharing my excitement. (grinning)

If you want to know more about Teen Para, read on:

As a child, Cassie watched as an angry mob killed her father, murdering him for being a Para. Since then, she and her mother have been on the run from government troopers, and constantly searching for her missing brother who disappeared during the riots. When Cassie starts at a new school she thinks she will have to do what she’s always done–blend in as hard as she can, and never, ever let anyone know sheโ€™s a Para–able to read peopleโ€™s thoughts. But then she meets Alex, a fellow swimmer who she starts to fall for hard, as well as Rachel, one of her first true friends, and she finds herself not wanting to hide any more. But the government is closing in, and someone is killing Paras, draining of them of their life energy. Cassie knows that she doesnโ€™t have much time before her identity is discovered. Ultimately, she must make the decision whether to save herself or save the whole human race.

And, in case you worry about it, Teen Para has a happy ending. Not over-the-top Hollywood happy, but happy enough to work for me (who doesn’t like unhappy endings; I had enough of that in my life). I hope Teen Para interests you, and hope you’ll check it out when it comes out!

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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25 Responses to Good news! Another of my books coming out–this time, a YA paranormal fantasy.

  1. Congratulations, Cheryl! I look forward to reading it.

  2. I can’t wait to read it, and again, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  3. Oh, thank you, Lisa and Tina! (beaming at you both) I really appreciate hearing that. It’s wonderful to have people wanting to read your book!

  4. Joanne Levy says:

    Cheryl, this is AWESOME news! Huge congrats!

  5. This sounds wonderful, Cheryl. I’ll have to buy this one for my daughter. She loves paranormal teen fiction.

  6. Yaaaaaay! Fantastic news, Cheryl. TEEN PARA sounds like another “edge-of-your-seat” read. I already really love SCARS, can’t wait to get my hands on this one. Congratulations! *big hugs*
    : D

  7. Joanne, thank you! (beaming) It feels so good to me, too! And I really appreciate your being happy with me.

    Heather–wow, *thank you*! I’m so glad you’ll give it to your daughter. I hope she’ll enjoy it!

    Ezzy, I love your yay! hehehe And yes, I think it is an edge-of-your-seat type book. It seems to be what I write. (grinning) I’m so very glad you want to read Teen Para; thanks so much for telling me! Hugs to you, too. (beaming)

  8. YAYAYAYAYAY!!!! So excited. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Thanks so much, Maureen! (grinning)

  10. Kim McKellar says:

    Hooray! Hooray! That’s fantastic news! I’m so proud of you!

  11. Thanks so much, Kim! (smiling at you) I’m so excited! And I really appreciate your stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. MW says:

    Congrats!! You are such a gifted writer, so happy that you’re being recognized. Well done!!

  13. Oh, thank you, Melody–that is absolutely lovely of you to say! That felt so good to read. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Hi Cheryl:
    Congratulations on selling Para Teen to Westside Books. And thank you for sharing with us CANSCAIPERS on your exciting career. I remember when Westside asked for teen novels and I sent them one of mine. The editor passed on it, but she was one of the nicest editors I’ve ever been rejected by. She liked my writing and said if I wrote something (I think she said edgier) she would be glad to look at it.
    So I’ll look forward to reading your published book this fall. Your career is on the rise and there’s no place to go now but up and up.
    Best wishes,

  15. Estelle, thank you so much for stopping by, and for sharing in my happiness!

    I’m glad you got a good rejection from Evelyn (had a good experience, any way). She is a really lovely person and a fantastic editor. If she said she wants to see more from you (that is edgier) she meant it! I would really, really follow up on that. That’s an in!

    take care,

  16. Deb Marshall says:

    Absolutely will check it out when it comes out, Cheryl–and celebrate right along with you! Congratulations from out west!

  17. Thank you so very much, Deb; I really appreciate that! (beaming)

  18. Congratulations, Cheryl! It’s great that your writing covers such a range of subject matter, but that you have a strong principle guiding you – realistic fiction that says ‘you’re not alone’ and fantasy to help readers (and you) ‘to dream and hope’. I like that.

  19. Oh, Kathy, thank you. That’s lovely of you to say! I do care very much about reaching people–as well as writing a good story.

  20. Book Chook says:

    I truly believe teens need books like this sounds, Cheryl. Congratulations!

  21. Oh, thank you, Book Chook! I really appreciate your saying that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  23. Of course, Frida. ๐Ÿ™‚ As long as you provide credit and link back to my site, like you said, that would be lovely.

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