Happy New Year 2020

So what’s on my agenda for 2020? New novels, of course!

New Adult/Adult Fantasty

(c) August 23, 2017 Children of Age by A.E.H. Veenman

In 2150, the Nations of Headstead survive the aftermath of global warming upon the premise of humanity in harmony with nature. Settlements throughout the terraformed southern states of America survive on the bounties of viable farmlands and the Emerald River, once upon a time called the Mississippi. For generations, the NOHS Constitution has tightly regulated population to maintain food and land provisions. The colonists garner no other customs than those historically established by the Founders.

Nineteen year old Anise Stanton and Tom Graeme, firstborns of their families, receive their notice of marriage according to NOHS Law. Officially Children of Age, Maiden Anise and Mister Tom prepare for matrimony. The celebration for their twentieth birthday not only marks the weeks leading up to their wedding. Their parents enter Period of Abatement—whereupon the birth of Anise’s first child, the Graemes and Stantons may have another of their own.

But a secret located on the outskirts of the hazardous Jade Forest threatens the NOHS Constitution. What lies hidden undermines the laws of Children of Age, throws Succession out of alignment, and reorders every family’s Period of Abatement. Anise has an older sister…an unregistered Child of Age, yet the true Maiden in Succession in the Stanton lineage.

Anise must decide whether or not to seek her out. Only NOHS Hunters are ordained to tread Jade Forest. If she breaks protocol and a Hunter discovers her trespass, there are consequences. And yet, she cannot take the risk alone. She must persuade Tom to help her. But can she trust the Graemes to keep silent?

The truth would cause civil unrest, a breakout of factions among the Nations of Headstead. To save her family from banishment—and rescue the only community she’s ever known from self-destruction—Maiden Anise learns where the real boundaries of family lay.

Stay in touch for more on this dystopian novel coming this year!

Published by A.E.H. Veenman, Author

My passion for writing began with a hunger for books from fellow New Jerseyan Judy Blume, and Nancy Drew mysteries. And each Saturday, a side dish of The Hardy Boys whet my appetite for hunting down clues and solving crime. Thus began a three-course menu for becoming a writer. For hors d’oeuvres, I sampled women’s fiction for a bit with novels, All Waters Gathering (2008) and Carruther’s Place (2011). It wasn’t until I realized murder should really be on the menu when the main course became my thriller, Barbecue (2011). My plate’s not quite clean of things that go bump in the night—plenty of horror and creepy thrillers in the works!—but one must always save room for dessert. Rich and sweet came Dial QR for Murder, the first Digital Age Cozy™ in the Marjorie Gardens Mystery series. And I haven’t reached the icing on the cake just yet! I couldn’t have enjoyed this feast of writing from my home in Holland without my husband and our daughter—to who I owe thanks for all their patience and compassion when (at times) I bit off more than I could chew! A.E.H. Veenman is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Crime Writers' Association (UK).

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