A. A. Smith is a nineteen year-old author studying at the University of Toronto. She is the partner and co-founder of A. A. Smith Publishing House and is in charge of scouting and reviewing submissions. She is always searching for new talent and enjoys hearing your thoughts and suggestions on upcoming novels. Be sure to "Like" her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Alisia.A.Smith and "Follow" her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AASPublishing to keep up to date on new projects and releases!
As well as "The Perfect Crime," Alisia has a few completed manuscripts at the beginning of the editorial process. One tells the story of a girl who, in discovering her own supernatural powers, also discovers that she is the only one capable of saving her world from extinction - at the cost of her life. And so, along with struggling to hone her skills, she now needs to find the courage to sacrifice herself for the entire human race. Another project is a paranormal romance wherein a teenage girl falls in love with a "decider of fate". Suited for his job, he is a cautious romantic, and has feared the loss of a loved one too much to become attached. These fears become a reality when she is kidnapped and killed by old enemies, forcing him to choose between true love and a power entrusted to him by forces not meant to be reckoned with. Stay tuned for more completed manuscripts!
Completed manuscripts aside, Alisia is also writing a number of stand-alone novels as well as a series. The most prolific of them is currently a fantasy in which a young adult realizes that the dream-like world of her childhood was more than make-believe and that she plays a crucial role in maintaining the balance of good and evil on Earth as well as on her home planet, Thera. An adventure series is also in the works based on one of her short stories "Hostage" about a teenage spy named Matthew McMillan (yes, another spy series). This story begins with McMillan having been impersonated by his ex-partner and subsequently exiled from his agency. He escapes before they can erase his memories and embarks on a quest to clear his name, capture his ex-partner, and evade death.
Excerpt (The Perfect Crime):
Eric's gut told him to keep his eyes open, to face death head on, and to show this assassin, this man who hid behind a gun, that he wasn't afraid of anything. He didn't need to know that inside Eric was shaking through his bones and that the beating of his heart was louder than the bullet that would pierce through his skull.
Alpha, keeping the smirk on his face, was proud of what he was about to do. It would, once again, prove his authority and rank in the group as well as guarantee their victory. He aimed - although it would be hard to miss at such a close distance - and readied himself to wipe the look of determination off the young man's face.
Yet, just as the bulky man was about to pull the trigger, just as Eric swallowed one final prayer, Alpha, along with the rest of his group, fell to the ground, the tiniest darts jutting out of their necks.
“Marc, take her to her quarters.” Marc nodded and walked toward me as Cole reopened the closet door and felt around the bottom of it. He then spoke to me, “I really need you to think about this.” I saw him take out a bandolier and wrap it around his chest. “Thera really needs you right now,” he took out a shield and placed it beside him on the ground, “and if Thera needs you then Earth needs you.” He took out a military belt and loaded it with daggers. “I have to go deal with something, I’m gonna let you think things over. I’m sure, being the rational individual you are, that by the time we meet again you’ll have changed your mind.” He now picked up the shield and I saw a miniature harness for a gun within it. He then smiled at me, nodded one final time, and was on his way.
A. A. Smith has also been featured on a CBC community blog (February 2013) as one of 6 inspiring black Canadians! Check out the story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2013/02/black-history-month-todays-community-leaders.html
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