Dark Before Dawn

A #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller for Horror/Occult and for Children’s Science Fiction, Fantasy & Magic.

If you could control minds…would you?

It's hard enough for Dawn hiding that she's a teen psychic from her new classmates and new stepfamily, but it gets even tougher when she learns that ESP spells D-A-N-G-E-R. When Dawn gets involved with a fortuneteller mentor and two girls who share her mysterious visionary talents, she finally belongs after years of being bullied.

After she learns her new friends may be tied to freak "accidents" in town, Dawn has an impossible choice to make. Should she succumb to peer pressure and develop the talent that makes her dangerous, or challenge the only people who have ever accepted her?
Order this supernatural YA thriller about loners and outcasts that catapults to a shocking conclusion.

Download the first chapter and the Mystery Lovers Sampler
Download the Reader's Guide
Download a Word Search Puzzle

Also available as part of the Young Ladies of Mystery Boxed Set


Dawn Christian curled under the covers, shivering in her nightshirt. Goosebumps popped up on her bare arms. She breathed in and out, trying to calm herself. Even the safety of darkness couldn’t hide it.
Something was wrong.

She knew it the same way she had known it would rain despite the weather report. Now gray clouds blistered outside the window.
I can’t go, I can’t go, I can’t go, something bad’s going to happen. Dawn rubbed between her eyebrows, the message flying around inside her brain like a loose pinball.


The red numbers of her alarm clock flickered to 6:29. Dawn rolled onto her other side and faced the wall. In an hour, she’d be starting her junior year at a lame new high school. She missed Boston and taking the T, the city’s subway system, wherever she wanted to go. Dawn used to hang out at museums, watch the college kids in Harvard Square and read books at the Common. Sometimes, she and her mother caught Saturday matinees in the theater district.
Not anymore. Ever since the wedding in July, Dawn had been stuck in Covington, Maine, a beach town overflowing with rinky dink carnival rides, cheesy souvenir stores and bad vibrations.

“Dawn?” She turned to find her mother framed in the dimly lit doorway, fully dressed. “Are you coming down for breakfast?”
“I’m not hungry.”
“Nervous about school?”

Gulping, Dawn huddled under the blankets. No way could she discuss her feeling with her mom. Her mother wanted a normal daughter who was on the basketball team or school newspaper, had friends and didn’t live in fear. “Kind of.”
Her mother lowered herself onto the bed and squeezed Dawn’s hand. Her manicured pink nails shone against Dawn’s pale skin. Since meeting Jeff eight months ago, Dawn’s mother had been letting her curly hair hang loose and wearing makeup.

She smoothed back a tangle of Dawn’s chestnut waves. “You don’t look like yourself. Do you feel all right?”
“I’m fine.” Dawn shoved her stuffed monkey, Buddy, further under the blankets. Her father gave her Buddy shortly before he died, and holding it was like hugging a piece of her dad. Still, sleeping with a toy monkey was kiddish and Dawn didn’t do it often. Her mother would get suspicious if she noticed.

Darn it. Her mother drew out Buddy by his slender tail and patted his furry brown head. “Calling in the reinforcements, huh? What’s on your mind, honey? Maybe I can help.”
Dawn sat up and clasped her knees. Her mother never understood about Dawn’s hunches. “I don’t think you really want to know, Mom.”
“Of course I do.”

Yeah, right. But Dawn didn’t have the stamina for lying today. “I’m getting one of my premonitions. Something’s wrong. I think it has to do with school.”
She waited and sure enough, her mother got the frightened look she’d worn too many times before. Dawn remembered the look that terrible night with Mrs. Frazier … but she didn’t want to think about that.

Reviews:on Fresh Fiction:

“A spooky and fast moving plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the shocking end…Stacy Juba is a quite a versatile writer and each of her books carry a unique plot that will capture you from the first page and hold you until the final sentence. Dark Before Dawn is a special book that should not be missed.”

on My Home Away From Home & Mera’s YA Book List Review:

“I’m officially, as of right now, Stacy Juba’s number one fan…The plot and writing style was riveting in Dark Before Dawn and I didn’t expect the outcome in the least...I love how Juba stitched everything together so magically.”

on The Masquerade Crew:

"Stacy Juba wrote this captivating novel for young adults from Dawn’s angle, with realism and a dose of suspense. The main characters are well developed and likeable. The plot is one the reader is willingly following.”

on WiLoveBooks:

“An intriguing and mysterious story. I recommend for anyone who enjoys YA paranormals, including older adults. The narrator for this story was spot-on. She was just right for the part of a 16 year old girl and also did a fantastic job differentiating between the characters, including the males.”

on Ariesgrl Book Reviews:

“Paranormal fans/Mystery fans/Young Adult fans will all be united on this excellent teenage witchy tale.”

on Shadow Kisses:

“I was truly taken with this book… It takes a great plot to really stump and throw the reader off and Juba did an awesome job of keeping me interested. This author is going on my favorites list and I can’t wait to read more of her books.”

on Peeking Between the Pages:

“This is a young adult novel but I can tell you that as an adult I was completely drawn into the story and anxious to see how it would all end…Stacy has an easy way of writing that draws you into her stories and keeps you there.”

on Tifferz Book Review:

“I am a fan of Stacy Juba’s and was intrigued by the plot of this story. I was hooked within the first few chapters. I refused to put it down till it was done…I would recommend this clean read to anyone!”

on Pandragon Reviews:

“If you like a nice, easy to follow story with a strong plot, then this will be right up your street.”

on Bookworm on the Loose:

“Let me just say that I loved this book. Every page gave me the chills and it just kept me guessing what would happen next.”

on Reading Shy With Aly:

“I was surprised how the ending came about as I didn’t think that would actually happen but it was certainly unexpected and that was good. It was certainly a good read and I would recommend it to anyone.”

on Bookworms and Coffee:

“What I liked about this novel: Dawn is your typical teenager (sans the psychic powers), with typical parental problems. This is good because the readers can relate more with the characters situation. Also, the message that the author is portraying, at least the message that I got, is to follow your intuition even when your brain is screaming the opposite…I recommend this book for teens, there is no mature content so parents, your kids will not be corrupted.”

on Becky on Books…and Quilts:

“Ms. Juba’s style of writing made Dark Before Dawn an easy and fun read.”

on Reading is my Happy Place:

“The writing style of this author was perfect. Throughout the book, I felt like I was in the head of a teenaged girl living in a new town and dealing with a whole new world. I enjoyed that there was a feeling of being an outcast and it was exactly how I would expect a girl to feel being thrown into a new family with an ability that she is unable to let surface.”

on The Midwest Book Review:

“Dark Before Dawn is a choice pick for those seeking works of modern fantasy and ESP.”

on A Girl and Her Kindle:

“If you love young adult paranormal fantasy, you’re going to LOVE this book.”

Dark Before Dawn YA supernatural suspense novel

Stacy Juba's Characters At A Crossroads Blog

Stacy Juba