The Sixth Power
by Carol Nicolas
Genre: Young Adult (YA) Paranormal
Cover Artist: Emilie Duchesne
Tania Westing, a high school senior, is one of the Gifted Ones, descendants of an ancient family with seven special powers. Some of the powers are common, and some are rare.
Until her geneticist brother Tom was murdered, Tania lived an ordinary life. Now hidden in her mind is a clue that will reveal Tom's research, including secret formulas to unlock all seven powers. During spring break, Tania meets and falls in love with handsome Dan Maclean. When Tania reveals her rare power to heal, the evil Gifted Ones who killed Tom suspect Tania has his research and formulas and come after her. Tania must learn to use her powers to help save Dan's sister in time to keep Tom's secrets safe.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?I would pick being able to fly, not because it would be practical (like healing, telepathy or empathy, the Gifts which occur in my book, the Sixth Power), but because I’ve always dreamed of being able to soar through the sky.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
When a person who didn’t know me (who wasn’t family or friend) wrote a review and really understood what I was trying to say with my story -- and enjoyed the book -- I was thrilled.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
If you are searching for fantasy, adventure, romance, paranormal weirdness, and a strong heroine who must learn to use her powers to save her friend’s life all the while trying to outwit and outrun her enemies, then The Sixth Power is the book for you.
Anything with chocolate. I’m particularly fond of those chocolate covered pretzels: I get the salty, crunchy goodness of a pretzel along with the rich, smooth, sweetness and texture of chocolate. Yum!
What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading Through the Ever Night, by Veronica Rossi. It’s really exciting!
What’s your favorite season/weather?
I love spring. The snow melts, the birds all come back, the ground wakes up, green things start to grow, and my favorite flowers (daffodils) start to bloom. Spring brings an increase of light and the promise of new things to com
What was your favorite children's book?
My favorite children’s book was The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. I loved all the Narnia books. As I got a little older, The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien, became my second favorite.
Beach or Pool?
The pool has the advantages of a safe place to swim, the blue, shimmering light, and clean water. However, there is something about the beach that will always hold a place in my heart. I love the incredible, powerful movement and color of the waves; the smell of salt and seaweed in the air; the hot, grainy sand beneath my arms as I lie on my towel after boogie boarding; the round, smooth rocks: the majestic flight of the pelicans as they sail by in formation; and how everything tastes better after a swim. Even a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich and an apple become a feast, especially when shared by friends.
What is one book everyone should read?
The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley. I love this book!
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I am currently working on another book that takes place within the world of the Gifted Ones, but it has a new heroine. Claire McDaniels is the main character in two more stories after that. But don’t worry, Tania Westing will eventually get a sequel too.
Carol Nicolas lives in northern Utah (USA) with her husband. A native of Canada, she attended BYU-Idaho (formerly Ricks College) and obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah USA). A teacher, mother of five, world traveler, wearer of silly socks, and fan of sci-fi/fantasy books and films, she enjoys gardening, painting, and family history research. She likes rock, pop, Celtic and classical music.
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