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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joy Preble  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Mystery Romance

Audience: Young Adult;

Born:


-- Website -- http://www.joypreble.com/
-- Joy Preble on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=joy+preble


Illinois Connection

Joy grew up in Chicago and attended Northwestern University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joy was a former English teacher who now lives in Houston and writes full time.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Dreaming Anastasia: A Novel of Love, Magic, and the Power of Dreams
ISBN: 1402218176

Sourcebooks Fire. 2009

What really happened to Anastasia Romanov?

Anastasia Romanov thought she would never feel more alone than when the gunfire started and her family began to fall around her. Surely the bullets would come for her next. But they didn't. Instead, two gnarled old hands reached for her. When she wakes up she discovers that she is in the ancient hut of the witch Baba Yaga, and that some things are worse than being dead.

In modern-day Chicago, Anne doesn't know much about Russian history. She is more concerned about getting into a good college—until the dreams start. She is somewhere else. She is someone else. And she is sharing a small room with a very old woman. The vivid dreams startle her, but not until a handsome stranger offers to explain them does she realize her life is going to change forever. She is the only one who can save Anastasia. But, Anastasia is having her own dreams…

Haunted (Dreaming Anastasia)
ISBN: 1402244681

Sourcebooks Fire. 2011

Anne Michaelson is trying to forget everything that happened last year. But it's hard to do when her heart aches for Ethan and there's a wild-haired woman stalking her...

Ethan Kosinsky is embracing his newfound mortality. But something is drawing him back to the girl he left behind―back to Anne and back to the magic...

A mysterious stranger is hunting Anne wherever she goes. No one sees her but Anne. When she searches for the woman's identity, Anne exposes secrets about her own life― things that will change her life forever. And when the gorgeous Ethan returns, her life gets a lot more complicated.

Anne thought her journey with the Romanov family had ended, but it was just the beginning...

Praise for Dreaming Anastasia:

"A ride of paranormal fantasy, contemporary and historical fiction, with a little bit of romance. It's the perfect blend."―Examiner.com

"Dreaming Anastasia is a story of love and loss on many different levels. It was a wild, fun, and sweetly romantic ride."―Galleysmith.com

"An intriguing tale of magic, tragedy, love, and betrayal...Be prepared to fall into this story...Lovers of fantasy and romance will not be disappointed..."―YABooksCentral.com

Anastasia Forever (Dreaming Anastasia)
ISBN: 1402268750

Sourcebooks Fire. 2012

Praise for Haunted:

"Spooky, sassy, sinister, and sexy!"―Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times bestselling author

Is it possible to change the past?

Anastasia

No one ever knew what happened to her except her half–brother, Viktor―and he'll do anything to keep it that way.

Anne

She just wants a normal boyfriend, a normal family–no visions of the past, no evil mermaids, no Brotherhood trying to kill her. But Anne is not normal...and she's capable of a lot more than she thinks.

Ethan

He's been eighteen for nearly a century, and finding Anne is the best thing that's ever happened to him. But the magic in his blood is turning darker, forcing him to wonder whether he's the most dangerous threat of all...

The Sweet Dead Life
ISBN: 1616951508

Soho Teen. 2013

The angel book gets a Texas makeover from the author of the Dreaming Anastasia series.

"I found out two things today: One, I think I'm dying. And two, my brother is a perv."

So begins the diary of Jenna Samuels, who is having a very bad year. Her mother spends all day in bed. Dad

vanished when she was nine. Her older brother, Casey, tries to hold together what’s left of the family by working two after-school jobs—difficult, as he’s stoned all the time. To make matters worse, Jenna is sick. Really sick. When she collapses one day, Casey tries to race her to the hospital in their beat-up Prius and crashes instead.


Jenna wakes up in the ER to find Casey beside her, looking pretty good. Better than ever, in fact. Downright... angelic. The flab and zits? Gone. Before long, Jenna figures out that her brother didn’t survive the accident at all, and she isn’t just sick

she’s being poisoned. Casey has been sent back to help Jenna find out who’s got it out for her, a mystery that leads to more questions about their mother’s depression and their father’s disappearance.

The A-Word: A Sweet Dead Life Novel
ISBN: 1616952903

Soho Teen. 2014

Jenna Samuels and her guardian angel brother battle heavenly head-honchos and earthbound bullies in this hilarious, Texas-set follow up to The Sweet Dead Life.



It's been almost a year since Jenna Samuel’s stoner brother, Casey, bit the dust and returned as her guardian angel. A year since Casey and his “angel boss,” Amber Velasco, saved Jenna’s life and helped her foil the bad guys—more or less. A year in which Jenna has solved the true mystery of the universe: how to get one Ryan Sloboda to ask her out.


Jenna’s feeling mighty cheery about life and love. But Casey, whose doomed relationship with Lanie Phelps (who has no idea her boyfriend is, well, dead) isn’t doing much to distract him, has his own big question: Why is he still hanging around?


Bo Shivers, a heavenly head honcho Jenna and Casey didn't even know existed, might have the answer.

Bo knows something big is coming. Something that might just change everything for Jenna Samuels, who once again finds herself up to her non-winged shoulders in heavenly secrets of global proportions—just as she’s finally found the perfect Homecoming Dance dress.


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