Samantha Mishra opens her eyes and discovers she's alone and injured in the thick of a jungle. She has no idea where she is, or what happened to the plane taking her and the rest of the Drake Rosemont fencing team across the Pacific for a tournament. Once Sam connects with her best friend, Mel, and they find the others, they set up shelter and hope for rescue. But as the days pass, the teens realize they're on their own, stranded on an island with a mysterious presence that taunts and threatens them. Soon Sam and her companions discover they need to survive more than the jungle... they need to survive each other.

This taut novel, with a setting evocative of Lord of the Flies, is by turns cinematic and intimate, and always thought-provoking.



I’m thrilled to introduce my first YA novel, Damselfly, published by Scholastic in 2018. A longtime author, I’ve also written a number of award-winning novels for adults. These include On Borrowed Wings, a historical drama set in early 20th century Yale University; Breathe the Sky, a fictionalized account of Amelia Earhart’s last days; and Death of a Circus, which Booklist calls “Richly textured [and] packed with glamour and grit.”

I’m the originator and editor of, and a contributor to Mixed, an anthology of short stories on the multiracial experience, which was published to international acclaim by W.W. Norton. Today, in our irrefutably diverse country, Mixed is used in many high school and college English classes.

My shorter works, including poems and nonfiction, have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Week, the official magazine of The U.S. Department of State, Teen Voices, and numerous literary and arts magazines. I also have a short story in Amy Bloom’s terrific anthology New Haven Noir.

I’m currently working on additional YA novels. I’ve realized that YA is my favorite genre—an appealing cross between the most ambitious children’s fiction and the most absorbing adult lit.


Waiting For The Storm (Publication Review)

HUGEOrange Publication Review
Waiting for the Storm, by Sly Goodridge

Waiting for the Storm is a good read about a widower trying to overcome his ongoing grief to love again.  Robert Conlin has sunk deep into the memories of his marriage and the happy years he and his wife Jen had.

It’s difficult for him to focus on anyone else having had a love that strong. Then, on the fifth anniversary of Jen’s death, circumstances cause a chance meeting with a stranded stranger named Ann. As a hurricane covers the area in Key West he’s lived in for years, he and Ann must survive the storm and admit to a budding attraction they both feel.

The author, Sly Goodridge, has written a book that’s hard to put down. The characters in it are easy to like and well thought out. Anyone who’s lost someone will understand the feelings torn between discovery and loyalty that Robert struggles with. And if you haven’t, you will after reading this great romance story. 



A daughter hunts her father with a team called The Black Knights to face her father who continues terrorist activities in Central America region.

Arestana: The Key Quest (Arestana Series Book 1)


Beware the Chicken!

Liam is about to find his normal day of school and dealing with bullies is going to take an unexpected turn when he gets flushed down a toilet!

The toilet turns out to be a portal to another world and this world is unlike anything Liam could ever have imagined!

Join Liam in this riveting and hilarious adventure as he battles monsters and joins up with some very strange friends to complete a quest.  If Liam cannot complete his quest in time, he may find he is stuck in this strange new world… forever.


The Healer's Making (Author Interview)

The Healer's Making, looks like a great dark fantasy book. Are there any plans to make this part of a series?
All my books occur in a timeline. This one is a mythology in the Forsaken Isles. This one was so much fun to write that I am seriously considering blowing this novella out into a full book.

What do you think makes a great story?
An unreliable narrator that keeps readers on their toes, unknowables that shape plot twists, and a rip-roaring good time. I’d normally add humor, but The Healer’s Making foregoes humor for action pace and epic scale.

What inspired you when writing The Healer's Making?
The world of www.forsakenisles.com is powerfully magic, full of gods and heroes, and is brutal. I wanted a story of compassion during a lost epoch of peace. This is Atlantis, Greece, Rome, and other empires falling and in their midst, a healer.

What are your ambitions for your writing career? Full time? Part time?
I aspire to full time but am enjoying this so much right now I often wonder if I went full time, would it become a job.

The Carbynarah Chronicles: An Epic Fantasy Adventure (Swords and Magic) Book 1


Awarded, 1st runner up in eBook of the year 2017!
Enter a world of fantasy and magic …
The Carbynarah Chronicles – a new Amazon bestseller

The Carbynarah Chronicles takes the reader on a tale of magic, swords, and sorcery as the battle for the very soul of this magical realm unfolds. With a cast of unforgettable characters, perfectly paced adventures, and epic battles, The Carbynarah Chronicles delivers a world that leaves the reader desperate for more.

Prepare for a journey of fantasy, swords, and a battle for a world of unsurpassed magic

Having reached the #1 spot on Amazon in several categories and across several countries, The Carbynarah Chronicles is delighting readers with its epic tale of magic wielders and an ending that blows everyone away. Aimed at the entire family, The Carbynarah Chronicles is destined to become a classic, in science fiction and fantasy, that will capture the imagination of all generations.

Thank you for reading! We can’t wait for you to discover the incredible world of Carbynarah.

The Evil Trance


A seemingly innocuous adult film grabs the attention of a young lad. But the store owner, who also finds himself drawn to it, pays the price for it, with his life.

Enter Dr Mitra, a man of science. He finds his very basic grounding in science threatened, as uncanny events around him propel him to question what he has learned and held onto so far.

Gopi, his junior, and Shukla, a private detective, hop onto the scene even as Feroz, an inspector, is busy chasing the many suspicious events from the purview of the law. Murky waters must be charted to understand the myriad ramifications of what they have stumbled upon.
And this is no mean adventure. It is, but an Evil Trance.

Dare Andy: A Challenge Back in Time


Andy’s lack of self-confidence and a dare from his nemesis Bud creates a confrontation that leads him into a world where he faces the biggest dare of his life. In a dangerous and adventurous strange world, he must save the life of a new friend along with his four friends and Bud. While on this journey he learns valuable lessons that changes the way he sees himself and others.

The Bird Queen's Book

Hugeorange Publication Review

This fun read involves a mysterious book written in code, the teenage angst of a 13-year-old at school and home, loss, friendship and so much more. The Bird Queen’s Book is a thoughtfully written journey down the twists and turns of growing up and through the social maze of middle school with all the ups and downs life can throw at kids.

Denny is trying to maneuver through the mine fields of school and life when he finds a puzzling book with a bird on the cover. The journey he takes through the book’s story and the tale of his own life unfolding is a wonderful read for both adults and young adults.

Real life tragedy and fantasy mix in a relatable way bringing together an intriguing and enjoyable fantasy book.  The author does a great job connecting the reader to Denny and his world. 

Recommended for everyone interested in a new story of creativity that’s hard to put down!

Killers: A Novel


All Jon ever wanted was to be normal, but the grisly murder of his parents when he was just a child left something terrible brewing inside of him. Jon was a killer, a fact he’d long accepted as he now lives on the streets, looking for a place he belongs in this world. 

On a night that seems like fate, while on a train heading west, a stranger intervenes as Jon is on the verge of his most recent crime. His name is Professor James Conrad, and he asks Jon to come live with him and a group of young serial killers he has taken under his wing. Together, they search for a purpose in their murderous ways. 

It isn’t long after that a new sadistic serial killer begins to terrorize Seattle, leaving cryptic messages intended for the Professor and throwing a wrench into all they’re trying to accomplish. As Jon struggles with his need to kill, his questions about what Conrad's true motives are, and even his first love, time seems to be running out for the group to find the answers they’re searching for. 

Where will they go? What is their purpose? And with the killer closing in, who will survive the night? 

KILLERS is a look into the mind and life of a young serial killer with a conscience, and just the first in a working trilogy.