Unbound: Stories of Transformation, Love, and Monsters

A YA anthology where the weird and wonderful take center stage, and the only constant is that things never stay the same.
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“A beautiful, challenging, and mind-dazzling collection!”
—Adam Sass, author of SURRENDER YOUR SONS, one of LAMBDA Literary’s Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books

A dull AP English assignment interrupted by the resurrection of a 5,000-year-old mummy. A “boy meets boy meets time travel” tale. An ancient evil summoned from the Scottish moors. A sentient garden turned matchmaker. A troubled teen who rehabilitates monsters. A sinister society where love is punishable by death. A medieval pirate queen in love with a ghost. A demon who rebels against her birthright. A mysterious Power that turns people to stone. A girl who guards the secret behind her best friend’s disappearance. A violinist on the brink who learns to listen to her heart.

The stories in this anthology have one common theme: Transformation. They include international ownvoices perspectives; a New York Times-bestselling author; Emmy, SIBA, and ILA award-winning writers; and emerging, independent voices in YA fiction. The collection’s authors, like its stories, are UNBOUND—diverse voices exploring identity, love, betrayal, and becoming. They give us a glimpse into what can be: stories of possibility, love, friendship, the monsters around us and within us.

About Five Points Press

UNBOUND is a production of Five Points Press. FPP was formed by five authors living in four different countries with a shared experience of one pandemic and way too much time at home: Lisa Amowitz (USA), Sarah Anderson (France), Heidi Ayarbe (Colombia), Emily Colin (USA) & Madeline Dyer (England). 2020 was a year of transformation, and for this group, it became a time of creation and support. This creative safehouse was something we wanted to share with others.

All of us reached out to writers we appreciate—because of their work and because of who they are. We chose them for a reason, the central criterion being ownvoices, inspired stories to remind us of the connection we have to one another in what can seem like a fragmented world.

From the chaos of a year of uncertainty, quarantines, and never-ending online meetings, UNBOUND was born: a collaborative creation, a collection of twelve stories and a poem, a gathering of the mysteries each author lives, each trying to make sense of their world.

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Wicked South: Secrets and Lies

“A collection blazing with seduction, trickery, conflict, and grief, Wicked South: Secrets and Lies is a saga of bitter deceits and breathtaking victories.” — Heather Ezell, author of Nothing Left to Burn

For good or ill—on the page or in life—few things are more alluring than the siren song of a secret.

At the heart of each story in this genre-crossing collection lies a secret. A boy who is not a boy at all, a neighbor with a mysterious identity, a tortured student with a list that isn’t what it seems, a girl who abandoned the person she used to be at the bottom of a river.

Conflict and possibility are embedded in a secret’s very nature…betrayal and conspiracy are encoded in its DNA. Secrets can transform. They can alienate, anger, or inspire.

One thing is for sure: They make a great story.

WICKED SOUTH: SECRETS AND LIES is an anthology featuring young adult stories by authors from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Contributors are New York Times Bestselling author Emily Colin, Elizabeth DeVido, award-winning author Lauren Faulkenberry, Amy Hyatt Fonseca, Lauren Fulcher, award-winning author Robin Kirk, John Klekamp, Karissa Laurel, and Katie Rose Guest Pryal.

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