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General Information

Name:  Penny Steffen  

Pen Name: Sasha Dawn

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Steffen lives in the suburbs of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Penny Steffen teaches English composition at McHenry County College and the College of Lake County. She earned her BA from Northern Illinois University and her MA from Seton Hill University. Her first book young adult novel, ''Oblivion'', is a psychological thriller written under the pseudonym Sasha Dawn. Her other published works include women’s fiction and a textbook that she contributed to titled, ''eFabulous: Publishing in a Paperless World.''

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Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1606845705

EgmontUSA. 2015

Now in paperback! Lisa McMann's Dead to You meets Kate Ellison's The Butterfly Clues in a psychological thriller full of romance, intrigue, and mystery.

I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM.

One year ago, Callie was found shivering in an abandoned apartment, the walls covered in her red-inked scrawls. She remembers nothing of that night. Nothing of the thirty-six hours before. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, hasn't been seen since. Neither has Hannah Rynes, a young girl from the parish.

Since that night, Callie's been plagued by graphomania--a compulsion to write. The words that pound in her head and flow through her red felt-tipped pen onto the pages of her notebooks, onto her jeans, onto her limbs, make no sense, yet they may be the key to unlocking her memory.

The anniversary of Hannah's disappearance is approaching. The words are coming faster and faster. Then Callie meets a guy at school who might be able to help her sort through the jumbled nonsense and piece the puzzle together, unlocking her past.

But some secrets are better left buried. . . .

Oblivion is a taut psychological thriller, full of romance, mystery, and tantalizing twists.

Also available in hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-60684-476-2) and eBook (ISBN 978-1-60684-477-9) editions.

ISBN: 1512411515

Carolrhoda Lab TM. 2017

Sixteen-year-old Sami hasn't seen her mother in ten years and neither has anyone else. The police suspect Sami's father had something to do with her mom's disappearance, but Sami's never believed that. Her mother chose to abandon her and start a new life. It's that simple.

But now, evidence has emerged about another missing woman who used to be involved with Sami's dad. Coincidence or evidence that the cops have been right all along?

As Sami investigates, she's forced to question everything she thought she knew about the dad who's always been there for her and the mother who supposedly abandoned her. And if her dad didn't kill her mother, what did happen?



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