HEATHER BURCH TO RELEASE GUARDIAN ON OCT. 9, 2012 THROUGH ZONDERVAN

Book two in Halflings Trilogy Series Offers Action-Packed Read for Both “Fanlings” and New Followers Alike

image003Heather Burch announces the release of her highly anticipated second book release in the Halflings trilogy series. Guardian will hit stores nationwide through Zondervan on Oct. 9, 2012.

Burch exploded on the YA blogosphere, creating a huge buzz with the publication of her popular Halflings book. Guardian picks up where Halflings left off and is the story her “fanlings” are patiently waiting to get their hands on. Packed with the same exciting elements as her debut book, this second novel in the trilogy series speaks directly to Burch’s core audience, including a romantic subplot that will encourage new readers to join in.

Guardian was a blast to write, and I think that both Halfling fans and new followers alike are going to enjoy the journey,” says Burch.

Reminiscent of novels by popular authors such as Cynthia Hand, Stephenie Meyer and Tammar Stein, Burch’s concept is witty and original while drawing on inspiration from biblical passages.

“I want to write wholesome books that portray the voice of the regular young adult market,” says Burch. “People can pick up Halflings andGuardian which read very much like secular books with characters that have a much higher moral standard minus the cuss words, drinking and smoking.”

Guardian continues to follow the ever-so-popular Halflings characters through twists and turns in a battle of good versus evil unveiled in Burch’s plots of mystery, action and romance.

In Guardian, the mission to safeguard Nikki Youngblood depends on the fragile alliance of two half-angel, half-human guardians, both struggling with intense feelings for the girl who has been assigned to their care. Mace, steadfast and deeply in love, wants to protect Nikki at all costs, while Raven’s loyalty to Nikki finds him advocating for her independence while battling his own darker inclinations. At the same time, Nikki finds it harder and harder to choose between the two heavenly beings she may never have. Dangers intensify, and tensions between Mace and Raven flare as the purpose of their mission becomes clear. Can their defenses hold up to master manipulator Damon Vessler and the powerful secret he holds regarding Nikki’s heritage? Can anyone protect Nikki from her true purpose and destiny?

Although Burch is a new, budding author with a devoted fan base, she is quickly becoming a leading author in the YA market. Stretching beyond the teenage audience, Guardian is a “universal” read that is

capable of garnering mass appeal.

For more information about Guardian, please visit http://zondervan.com/9780310728214.

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