Tuesday, February 9, 2016

'Light Runner' by Philip Brown

Sixteen-year-old Dara Adengard would rather read graphic novels than do her homework and prefers the freedom of skateboarding to the restrictions of life with her military father. Stung by the recent death of her mother, Dara conceals her mom’s picture under a square of grip tape on her skateboard. But no matter how much Dara tries to keep a foothold on the past, she can’t ride away from her own destiny.

One evening, she discovers a silver and gold armlet with mysterious powers in the shadowy water of the swimming pool. Forged from an ancient meteorite metal, it possesses the power to heal or wound. When Dara holds it, it emits a light that seems to have been ignited by a star’s ray. Moments later, she is stunned to find that someone’s broken into her apartment, her father has vanished, and a dead body lies sprawled in the courtyard.

Evading the police, Dara escapes on a perilous quest for her father and begins to uncover her mother’s hidden past—and starts to realize the shocking truth about herself. Accompanied by a stray dog, Dara soars to sudden fame on the wings of a YouTube video that shows her using the Jyotisha to heal the handsome Diego of a gunshot wound. When the video goes viral, and when a famous TV talk show personality connects with her, Dara is propelled from homeless runaway to worldwide sensation.


About the author:

Philip Brown is the author of the YA contemporary fantasy novel, "Light Runner." He previously wrote two astrology books, "Cosmic Trends" (finalist for the Coalition of Visionary Resources Award) and "On the Cusp: Astrological Reflections from the Threshold." He has written for "Dell Horoscope" and "The Mountain Astrologer." "Light Runner," published by Strange Fictions Press (an imprint of Vagabondage Press), is his first novel.

Philip studied to become a Shakespearean actor in London and once lived on a Kona coffee farm on the Big Island of Hawaii.

He received his Master of Arts degree in English from California State University Los Angeles and lives in Southern California. He Is a member of the International Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

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