Paula writes quirky YA novels under the pen name E.J. Mara. Check them out below!
"Identity"- The Origin Story
It’s 1997 in the tiny town of Peake, Alabama and everyone’s talking about Unseen, a supposedly invisible superhero who kicks cow-tipper butt! To Unseen's credit, the hero is also known for taking on more serious criminals like the occasional gas station thief and …well, that’s pretty much it.
But this story isn’t about Unseen, it’s about one of the vigilante's fans- Karen Lyles. Sixteen-year-old Karen Lyles lives in Peake with her Deaf parents and little sister Tessa. The four of them are a relatively happy family until Karen’s mother inexplicably loses all of her memories and eventually, her will to live. Things get even worse when Karen’s little sister, Tessa, is kidnapped by one of Unseen’s enemies.
Determined to save Tessa, Karen teams up with her father and her best friend, Nathaniel, for the rescue mission. As the three of them dodge gunshots, memory-erasing devices, and the punishing blows of extraordinarily powerful mutants, Karen discovers that her parents have been hiding a tremendous secret about their past - a secret that links their family to Unseen!
Unmasking your town vigilante is one thing, but to discover your own identity- that’s the real adventure.
Identity is the origin story to The South Louisiana High Book Series, Identity takes place in 1997 and can be described as a slow reveal, its first half focusing on who the three main characters are and what kinds of families they come from. Bit by bit, each character's story unfolds into a science fiction adventure that’s tinged with hope and leads readers directly into the series!
"Almost Friends"- Book One
Swamp Rose is a small town that’s been shrouded in mystery ever since a vigilante called “Unseen” began making headlines. Unseen uses seemingly supernatural abilities to thwart criminals and rescue their innocent victims. But Almost Friends isn’t about a superhero named Unseen, it’s about three unheroic high school students named Mia, Kyle, and E.
Mia, Kyle, and E are the most popular girls at South Louisiana High and being a part of this mean girl trifecta is anything but easy. As the three friends embark on their junior and senior years at South Louisiana High, they find themselves facing extraordinary challenges. Mia doesn’t tell her two besties that she’s developed a disturbing super power, Kyle, meanwhile, struggles to keep her eating disorder under wraps, and E isn’t sure she can trust her two best frenemies with what she’s learned about her father’s connection to their town’s vigilante.
Clearly, Unseen isn’t the only mysterious figure in Swamp Rose. Mia, Kyle, and E have their fair share of secrets to protect. Can their friendship survive hidden abilities, extraterrestrial discoveries, and closet upon closet of skeletons?
Find out in, Almost Friends, the first book within the South Louisiana High series!
"Almost Twins"- Book Two
Via Nguyen and Gia Moretti have similar names and polar opposite personalities. Despite their differences, they’ve been best friends
since Junior High.
Now that they’re sophomores at South Louisiana High School, their friendship isn’t what it used to be. Gia is preoccupied with keeping her younger sister out of trouble, and Via finds herself busy with her new boyfriend.
Can their friendship survive tenth grade? Find out in "Almost Twins," the second book in the South Louisiana High series!