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Yonie Watereye lives in the bayou. The water there is full of guile, a power that changes people and objects. Yonie, 16, makes a living investigating objects affected by guile, but in fact it's her talking cat, LaRue, who has the power to see guile. Yonie becomes aware that someone is sending harmful guile-changed objects to certain people, including herself. Her investigation becomes entwined with her hunt for the secrets of her mother's past and leads her to discover dangers hidden within her own family. In the suspenseful adventure that follows, Yonie and her furry sidekick face challenges that could end their adventuring forever.

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Constance Cooper

Constance Cooper's debut fantasy novel Guile was published in March 2016 by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and other publications. Her work has been nominated for the SLF Fountain Award, translated into Swedish and Hebrew, and included in "Best of" anthologies. She also writes sf poetry, which has twice been nominated for the Rhysling Award.

Constance holds an MA in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Journalism from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has worked as a researcher for the Linguistic Data Consortium, a website developer, and a software engineer for a pioneering natural language search company. (There was also that stint as a professional balloon twister.)

She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has also lived in Surrey, England; Newfoundland, Canada; Philadelphia, PA; and Edinburgh, Scotland. She now lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children. Her website lives at www.constancecooper.com.

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