Elements of Power
By Kate Stoessel
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
The Council of the Harvest Moon was established
to maintain peace among the witches, fairies, vampires, and mermaids of the
United States. However, old feuds die hard and as the powers of fairies wane
with the destruction of natural environments, the witches rise with a rigid
societal structure designed to assert their supremacy as the most powerful
supernatural beings in the modern world.
As the descendant of two prominent New England
witching families, Khlorie Lethestone’s life was destined to fit into the neat,
color-coded boxes established by the American Continental Coven (ACC).
When it is discovered that Khlorie has “extra elemental powers” beyond that of
a typical witch, she is sent to Spindlewick College, a secret institution
designed to help witches develop non-conforming gifts into tools for the
greater good of witching society. Once there, she meets the attractive,
but distant Perry Prentice, who is assigned to help her understand her gifts.
But becoming one of the most powerful witches in the world means that you are
watched closely, and Khlorie learns that there are secrets she must keep hidden
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Kate Stoessel is a
Middle Grades and Young Adult author specializing in Fantasy. She wrote her
first novel, Erine Pershings and the Golden Lyre, because she could not find
interesting and informative historical fiction that explored the daily lives of
women and children in Ancient Athens. The Council of the Harvest moon series
represents Kate’s first foray into Young Adult Fantasy, her favorite genre as a
reader. She knows how transportive a fantasy story can be, and hopes to give
her readers the same experience of wonder and escape. Whether Middle Grades or
YA, Kate is committed to creating characters that feel as authentic and real as
the students she works with everyday as a classroom teacher.
She has a B.A. degree in Classical Civilizations
from Colby College and a M.S.Ed in Museum Education and Childhood Education
from the Bank Street School of Education. Kate lives in Atlanta, GA with her
husband, Jack, son, Augie, and two dogs, Artemis and Apollo.