New Author Announcement!

Clean Teen Publishing Has a New Author!

Clean Teen Publishing is pleased to announce that they signed Jennifer Derrick, a new young adult author. Derrick’s first novel— Broken Fate— is slated to release on April 18, 2016.

Melanie Newton—a Clean Teen Publishing’s Acquisitions Editor— says: “When an author can grab your attention in a 140 character tweet you know they have potential. Jennifer managed this and then didn’t let us down with a truly original take on who is in control when lives are literally hanging by a thread.”

Jennifer Derrick is the first author that was signed after having pitched her novel during the industry wide #Pit2Pub day on Twitter last month.



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Jennifer Derrick became a writer at the age of six when her parents bought her a child’s typewriter for Christmas and agreed to pay her a penny per page for any stories she churned out. When she got older, Jennifer realized that she needed to make (much) more money from her writing so she first turned to the corporate world (where she learned that she is spectacularly unsuited to cubicle life) and ultimately to freelancing where she now writes everything from technical manuals to articles on personal finance and European-style board games. Her writing career came full circle when Clean Teen Publishing published Broken Fate, her first novel. By her calculations, her parents owe her about $3.00 for the book.

She lives in North Carolina and, when not writing, can often be found reading anything she can get her hands on, playing board games, watching sports, camping, running marathons, and playing with her dog.


1426556049747Atropos’ job description is simple: Kill all the humans. She’s the third Fate of Greek mythology and it’s her job to snip the humans’ lifelines when their mortal lives are over. It’s a crummy job made worse by self-imposed isolation. Her number one rule is to avoid any relationships with the humans because caring for people she has to kill is the fast track to insanity.

Which is why she can’t understand falling for Alex Morgan. He’s the worst kind of human for her to like: One with a rapidly approaching expiration date. Her willingness to break her own rule makes no sense until she learns that their feelings for each other are the result of an illegal act of fate committed by her sister, Lachesis, as revenge for a long ago incident. Now Atropos has to ask: Is the relationship so tainted that it’s worthless, or should she stay with Alex, knowing that the emotional pain she tries so hard to avoid waits at the end? Neither choice is a winner.

Navigating this emotional quagmire would be enough for any goddess to deal with, but Atropos has another problem. The Keres, Atropos’ rivals in the business of death, want to claim her power and pervert it to meet their own need for bloodshed. It’s not coincidence that Alex has come into Atropos’ life just as the Keres are seeking to renew hostilities. He may be just the distraction they need to get past Atropos’ defenses, steal her shears and, with them, her power.

As Alex moves inexorably toward death, Atropos must come to terms with her role as his killer and protect herself and humanity from the Keres. And she’ll do it alone because her father, Zeus, refuses to interfere, having decided that neither humanity nor Atropos are worth saving.