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Local teen author Lauren Hudson to sign ‘The Deception’ at locations in NKY, at Colonel De Friday

It seems the only teenagers busier than Lauren Hudson are the main characters in her latest novel, “The Deception” (Headline Books, Inc.).

The 18-year-old Dixie Heights High School grad has spent the past year getting straight A’s, acting in her high school musical production “Grease,” competing in the National Mock Trial Championship, preparing for an internship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and getting ready to major in neuroscience at the University of Kentucky. In between homework assignments and other responsibilities, she has also been finishing her new novel, “The Deception,” which has already been named Best Young Adult Book in the San Francisco Book Festival.

Part 2 of a planned trilogy, “The Deception” picks up where Hudson’s award-winning, debut novel “The Ascension” left off, with teen triplets Felix, Jinx and Desdemona Anchor seeking to add a new member to their mysterious Asterian Society, which is striving to save the world from a dark power.

As they discovered in Hudson’s previous book, the siblings have inherited a unique ability to see the past, present and future. However, they soon discover that their super powers can have unintended consequences, while racing across time and space in a desperate attempt to save the world from a wicked character named Jane, a renegade Asterian.

“Asterians are like angels,” Hudson explained. “The novel is not religious, but there is a spiritual aspect to it. ‘The Deception’ is primarily a story of adventure that brings the siblings closer together.”


“The Deception” is Hudson’s second novel, but her third book overall.

At age 13, she co-authored the nonfiction “Our Best Tomorrow: Students Teaching Capitalism to America” with her father, attorney Robert Hudson. At age 17, she was named 2017 Independent Author of the Year in the Great Southwest Book Festival for “The Ascension,” which also received top honors in the Great Southeast Book Festival, the Great Northwest Book Festival, the London Book Festival and others.

“I can’t wait to delve into her new book,” said Karen Hendrix, principal at Dixie Heights High School. “It’s surreal to read the published works of one of our own students.  Lauren has already been a terrific ambassador for Dixie Heights both here and across the country.”

Hudson will sign copies of the book at several locations in Northern Kentucky: Art Around Towne (Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices) in Ft. Thomas, KY, on Friday, June 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Barnes & Noble, Newport, KY, Saturday, June 23, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; and Roebling Pointe Books, Covington, Saturday, June 30, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Hudson signs books and scripts at local charitable events on a gratis basis, donating profits to event sponsors.  She speaks to youth and community groups on literacy topics and her experiences as an author.

“I could not accomplish what have, without my father and certain other people in my life,” Hudson said. “The purpose of the ‘Ascension’ series is to show the importance of relationships with family and friends.”

“The Deception” is scheduled for release on June 15, 2018, and is available on Amazon.com. More information is available at www.HeadlineBooks.com and www.facebook.com/AscensionSeriesBooks.

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