My friend and author, Laura Matthias Bendoly, has a new release that you will want to check out!
Laerka is a Southern Gothic thriller featuring Stella, the sixteen year old daughter of an out -of-work Savannah fisherman and Laerka, a mysterious Danish girl who leaps off a container ship into the Savannah River. Stella appoints herself as Laerka's rescuer. Both Laerka and her sister Aleksandra have been kidnapped by a Russian trafficker and forced to work in the off-highway strip trade. Together with a band of teenage skater punks, Stella busts the gang of traffickers, but not before discovering that both he and Laerka have a secret supernatural skill -- she, to morph into the Rusalka mermaid and he into the Vodyanoy water dragon.
Laura Bendoly is a writer, photographer and teacher of writing in Columbus, Ohio. She is the author of the 2016 urban fantasy, Laerka and the 2015 thriller, The Estate. When not researching a book, she photographs architecture, landscapes, animals and people. She also does yoga and cycling, she runs, kayaks and swims and loves long walks in the mountains. Recently moved from Atlanta, she had a long career in the museum field and worked at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, the Atlanta History Center, the High Museum of Art and the Indiana University Art Museum. She has lived in France, England and the Czech Republic, all of which have influenced her writing in one form or another. Laura currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two children.
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