Strange Chemistry, the YA imprint ofÂ Angry Robot Books, is delighted to announce the signing ofÂ M. G. Buehrlen, in a two-book World English Rights deal concluded by Strange Chemistryâ€™s editor Amanda Rutter and Holly Root of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.
The first of these two books -Â The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare –Â will be published in March 2014, with a second to follow early in 2015.
For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like sheâ€™s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the Worldâ€™s Fair.
But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she canâ€™t explain. Trying to excuse away the after effects has booked her more time in the principalâ€™s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.
It isnâ€™t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable ofÂ travellingÂ back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.
Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.
And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.
M. G. BuehrlenÂ said: â€œFirst off, I want to say thankyouthankyouthankyou to Strange Chemistry and Angry Robot for taking a chance on my risky, twisty book. This team doesn’t shy away from the unknown and unproven, and because of that, they’re breaking molds and boundaries in the YA industry. I’m stoked to take part in some of that rule breaking, because I’ve never been too good atÂ colouringÂ inside the lines. Each Strange Chemistry book I’ve read stretches the limits of speculative fiction in bold ways, and I’m proud to join such a formidable group of authors.â€
When she’s not writing about teens who save the world, M. G. moonlights as a web designer and social media marketing buff, and she’s the current mastermind lurking behind the hugely popular websiteÂ YABooksCentral.com, a social network for YA (and kids!) book lovers.
Places you might find M. G. hiding: in her creaky old house nestled in Michigan pines, sipping coffee on her porch, playing in leaf piles, cooking over camp-fires, and dipping her toes in creek beds.