3 reasons to Read In The Beginning: Dark YA Retellings of Biblical Stories


Hi everyone,

I’m happy to be a part of the blog tour for In the Beginning: Dark YA Retellings of Biblical Stories. Today, we get the privilege to hear from Lori Palmer, one of the eight great authors that make up this intriguing anthology. I’m excited to hear three reasons why everyone should read this book, so without further ado, I’ll let Lori take it away!


Hi, Melissa,

I’m thrilled to be here today on your lovely blog to represent Month9Books’ IN THE BEGINNING Anthology. So, why should you snag your copy as soon as the book releases on October 25th? You definitely should, and here are three reasons why:

#1 – The stories, of course!

Eight authors, four established and four new, have come together to weave some amazing tales based on familiar Bible stories, with a dark YA twist. These stories come to life in new and exciting ways, and, oh, the power and emotion they contain make the anthology such a compelling read. I have loved reading each of the stories contributed by my fellow authors in the anthology and can’t wait for the book to be shared with all of you on release day!

Here’s the link to view a summary of the eight stories included in the anthology and to add IN THE BEGINNING to your Goodreads to-read list: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25946627-in-the-beginning.

#2 –  The Month9Books team

Everyone from the Month9Books team, from the publisher Georgia McBride, to our editor Laureen Cantwell, has worked tirelessly to create a high-quality product. Laureen’s superb edits helped me fulfill the potential of my story, and I can see those same results in each story included in the anthology.

#3 – Check out the gorgeous cover! Doesn’t it pique your interest to read the stories within?



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That is a gorgeous cover, Lori! I’ve already added the book to my Goodreads shelf, and I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanks for joining me!



Lora Palmer

I’m a YA writer and avid fan of fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, and dystopian stories. My debut novel THE MIRRORMASTERS, a YA sci-fi/fantasy, is now available from Clean Reads (formerly Astraea Press). I live in beautiful Bucks County, PA, with my wonderful husband and our mischievous cat. In my spare time, I sing in a praise band, Chalice Sounds.

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In the Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales

Publication Date: October 25, 2016

Publisher:  Month9Books


In the Beginning (Oct. 25, 2016) –Eight authors come together to build a powerful collection of dark young adult short stories inspired by the mysteries, faith, and darkness found within the Bible. Old Testament and New Testament, iconic and obscure figures alike are illuminated, explored, and re-envisioned throughout this charity anthology from Month9Books.

IN THE BEGINNING, ed. Laureen Cantwell and Georgia McBride

Daniel and the Dragon by Stephen Clements
A troubled orphan named Habakkuk dutifully follows his master, the prophet Daniel, into temples of blood-thirsty demon-gods, battles with unspeakable horrors, and bears witnesses to mind-breaking evil until his master’s zealous defiance of the king’s law seals their fate.

Babylon by Nicole Crucial
Far above the earth, in Second Eden, where moments and eternities all blur together, young Babylon befriends Sefer, the Book of Life. As Babylon awaits the moment she’ll fulfill her destiny, she and Sefer try to understand the world in which they live.

Last Will and Testament by Mike Hays
A homeless young boy, Baz, bears the weight of humanity on his shoulders and upon his body. When dark forces test a new-found friendship, Baz’s willingness to bear the ugliness of their world will be shaken.

The Demon Was Me by Sharon Hughson
Based on the story of the demon-possessed boy healed by Jesus, this tale provides a glimpse into a post-apocalyptic world where a teenage boy seeks to journey to a better land and yearns to discover the kind of man he’s meant to be, only to be hijacked by an evil spirit intent upon chipping away at the hope, faith, and resilience of its host.

The Deluge by Marti Johnson
A non-believer shares the story of Noah’s ark-building and the deadly downpour that follows. Fear, faithlessness, and the fallibility of mankind collide in a community where second chances aren’t unlimited and a better-late-than-never attitude just might be your doom.

Condemned by Elle O’Neill
Just sixteen-years-old, Barabbas finds himself pulled out of Routlege Academy and into a reality show competition—against Jesus himself—where the reward for the winner is life.

First Wife by Lora Palmer
In a first-person retelling of the saga of Jacob, Rachel and Leah, themes of family, deception, guilt, and heartache emerge amidst the first days of Leah’s marriage to Jacob—a marriage mired in trickery a mere week before Jacob was to marry Leah’s sister Rachel.

Emmaculate by Christina Raus
Based on the story of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, we enter the troubled mind of Emma, who finds herself torn between her religious upbringing and the purity ring that binds her to her boyfriend and the pregnancy that results from her relationship with another boy.


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