I ThirstAuthor: Gina Marinello-Sweeney
Publisher: Rivershore Books
When Rebecca receives a mysterious note from an unknown source, she has no idea how it will change her life. Twenty-year-old Rebecca Veritas is used to being different, but has never felt extraordinary. She is a Dreamer, living in a world of poetry intermixed with the antics of her unique family and eccentric best friend Adriana. When she meets Peter, a young student from Canada who seems somehow to understand her from the start, her perception changes. With Intermission, the single word in that mysterious note, as inspiration, the two writers embark on an incredible journey to a new world in the form of a story that will ultimately parallel their own lives. Yet, as the story progresses, events remain ever more shrouded in mystery. When unexpected circumstances in the real world throw their lives in disarray, it will be up to Rebecca to find the true meaning of Intermission before the curtain closes on the final act. I THIRST received the 2013 YATR Literary Award for Best Prologue.
Gina Marinello-Sweeney is the author of The Veritas Chronicles. The first book in the series, I Thirst, received the 2013 YATR Literary Award for Best Prologue from Young Adult Teen Readers. Gina has been writing ever since she was a little girl and turned her bedroom into a "library," complete with due date slips and a check-out stamp. As her own stories were "checked out" by family and friends, she dreamed of a day in which her stories would be available in public libraries worldwide. Gina is also an avid poet in both the English and Spanish languages. In 2009, she was asked to present some original Spanish poems at an international literature conference in Costa Rica. Although unable to attend this event, a presentation of the poems was well-received at another scholarly event that same year. Graduating summa cum laude, Gina completed a degree in liberal studies, an elementary school teaching credential, and a minor in Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys producing videos, going to the beach, reading, and traveling. Gina lives in Southern California, where she is at work on the next volume in The Veritas Chronicles, as well as a short story collection.