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About Nicole Maggi

Nicole Maggi began writing poems about unicorns and rainbows at a very early age. She detoured into acting, earned a BFA from Emerson College, and moved to NYC where she performed in lots of off-off-off-Broadway Shakespeare. After a decade of schlepping groceries on the subway, she and her husband hightailed it to sunny Los Angeles, where they now reside, surrounded by fruit trees, with their daughter and two oddball cats. She is the author of WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW (Sourcebooks 2018), THE FORGETTING (Sourcebooks 2015), which was a 2016 International Thriller Writers Thriller Award Finalist, a 2015 Junior Library Guild selection and a #1 Kindle Bestseller. She is also the author of THE TWIN WILLOWS TRILOGY (Medallion Press 2014), and the non-fiction book HIDDEN WONDERS (Lonely Planet Kids, 2019).


“Despite discussing options pertaining to teen and unwanted pregnancies, the book neither preaches nor condemns. Instead, the girls’ viewpoints and beliefs offer an engaging, emotional debate on rape and abortion. Hand to readers interested in hot-button social issues…” – Booklist

“Maggi’s…passion comes through in the honest portrayal of a privileged girl facing horrors and abuse that exist under her very nose. Readers will watch in suspense as Georgie decides how much she’s willing to sacrifice to see justice done.” – Publishers Weekly

“…this story is a powerful call to action. Yet even with its obvious motivation, it is never preachy. Strong characters, a well-developed mystery and a budding romance all come together to make this a story worth reading. Admirably and appropriately, Maggi refuses to shy away from what Georgie uncovers, including drug use and graphic scenes of sexual violence against children.” – Kirkus

“Maggi’s pacing is quick, and her imaginative prose (with its ear for dialogue) supports a cast of characters, including Alessia’s fiercely protective Italian mother, Lidia. All elements combine to create a nicely textured real world where a surreal battle’s set to take place. Readers will eagerly await the next installment in this promising paranormal adventure.” – Kirkus on WINTER FALLS

“Reminiscent of Twilight and Harry Potter” – Voya on WINTER FALLS

“Maggi’s strength lies in her ability to blend fantastic magic with ordinary life. Boy problems, overprotective parents, and sibling rivalry exist side by side with Clan wars and magical abilities. Fans of the series will cheer as Alessia embraces her power to fight for those she loves. A satisfying finale.” – Kirkus on THE BLUE WOODS

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