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Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities.
But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.
I open up my journal and stare at my list again.
Green eyes, dark hair. Sarcastic. Likes coffee. Ski lift? Or some kind of gondola? Name?????
The final item taunts me. I have vague memories of calling him by name, but what that name was vanished before I woke. It's frustrating in the extreme.
A voice breaks me out of my thoughts. "I have your delivery."
I turn around in my chair, catching a glimpse of the boxes of candy being unloaded from the back of a small delivery truck and wheeled over on a dolly. The delivery man starts to stack the boxes next to the table.
"Sorry I’m so late," he says. "Traffic."
I shove the notebook into my bag and get out of my chair to start opening boxes. I turn just as the delivery man is straightening back up and the world suddenly tilts on its axis as I see who is leaning against the wall of the store, just behind the delivery man.
Dark hair. Green eyes.
"Can you take this?" Delivery guy asks, handing me an invoice.
I am mute. I can’t stop staring over his shoulder.
"Are you okay?" He sounds concerned.
I force my arms to move, reaching out for the papers the delivery man is passing to me. I’m trying very hard not to stare at the guy leaning on the wall. Which is hard to do, because he’s staring at me. In minutes we have the boxes unpacked and a few more minutes after that, everything is displayed or stored under the table and I’m finally able to glance around. He’s gone.
"Crap!" I jump to my feet. I have less than ten minutes to try to find the wall guy before my father shows up to whisk me away. It’s doubtful that he’s still around. Maybe he went in the store. It’s worth a try. I start to head through the automatic doors into the store when a voice calls my name.
"Jessa." The voice came again. "Over here."
I look in the direction of the voice, and there he is--wall guy--only this time he’s leaning against the corner of the building and motioning to me. I wet my lips nervously and then I glance around. After all, some guy I saw in a dream --who somehow knows my name - is motioning me to walk around the side of the building with him. This has classic horror movie scenario written all over it. The attractive stranger who turns out to be a serial killer or something. I don’t even know him, really. Except, I do. I do know him, or at least I feel like I do. I take a deep breath, and then walk over to stand in front of him.
"DeLano’s debut novel is full of mystery, action, and romance. ... DeLano’s portrayal of a young man affected by autism shows the author’s sensitivity and knowledge and will be appreciated by those with relatives or friends diagnosed with the disorder. Fans of the 2010 film Inception will enjoy this novel." —VOYA
"Absorbing . . . DeLano has taken the love triangle and made it fresh again with inventive, paranormal twists and well-developed settings. With each new Jessa, readers will become intrigued with a different character’s story even as they root for the original Jessa to stay safe. Featuring skillful world-building and carefully plotted suspense, this novel will leave readers eagerly awaiting the sequel." —School Library Journal
"A wonderful debut filled to the brim with unique worlds and vibrant lifestyles. Jessa and Finn quickly found their way into my heart and the compelling characters didn’t even stop there. I’m eagerly anticipating what’s next and definitely recommend this to scifi and fantasy fans." —Hopeful Reads
“I LOOOVE Jessa and Finn. And I like the idea that Jessa will always be Jessa and Finn will always be Finn. Therefore, no matter what, they will always love each other.” —ronsharonron, Swoon Reader
“Ellie Delano does an incredible job in taking her readers on a whirlwind of a ride with Jessa and Finn. Delano’s unique writing style coupled with an impassioned and topsy-turvy plot makes for one amazing read.” —Toni Gardner, Swoon Reader
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Traveler by L.E. DeLano hits stores tomorrow (!!!) and we are so excited for you to fall headfirst into this masterfully created world where Travelers have the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into other realities. One of my personal favorite parts of Traveler is the idea that characters you’ve dreamt up in your head could potentially come ...read morelife, YA, fictional, character, L.E. DeLano, Teresa F., Traveler, fun, listicle