November 1, 2011

Octane Press announces the release of The Veil, the Young Adult debut novel by Cory Putman Oakes.

The Veil is available in paperback on Amazon, Barnes &, and direct from Octane Press. It is also available in eBook formats for Kindle and (coming soon) Nook, and iBook. The Veil is a Young Adult Urban Fantasy, suitable for ages 13-up/Grades 7-up.

Book Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Addison Russell is in for a shock when she discovers that she can see the invisible world of the Annorasi. Suddenly, nothing is as it appears to be—the house she lives in, the woman who raised her, even the most beautiful boy in town all turn out to be more than what they seem. And when this strange new world forces Addy to answer for a crime that was committed long ago, by parents she has never known, she has no choice but to trust Luc, the mysterious Annorasi who has been sent to protect her. Or so he says . . ..



This was the book I have been looking for all this summer. Emelie Sanders, The Pioneer Woman Blog

I was given the privilege of reading an advance copy of The Veil and let me tell you, it was awesome! It may be written for the teen crowd, but it kept me turning the pages until the very end. It has all the makings of a big screen movie. It’s adventurous, mysterious and down right thrilling – I LOVED it!! Sandie Lee, Imagination-Cafe Blog

Cory is an attorney and mother living in Austin, Texas.

She enjoys cooking and food and they play a role in her novel. Check out the link for her Writer’s Block Brownies recipe on her web site:

The Veil references books, movies, music and poems from sources as varied as Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, Arsenic and Old Lace, Arthurian Legend, and a Charlotte Bronte poem called “Evening Solace.”

Although a work of fantasy, the book is set in Novato and San Francisco, California in very real places including: Union Street; the Marin Headlands; Stafford Lake Park; the Palace of Fine Arts and the Fairmont Hotel.

Authors who inspire Cory Putman Oakes include Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, Eoin Colfer, Stephenie Meyer, Madeleine L’ Engle, and J.K. Rowling.

Set in the city of Novato, California, the narrative references real places including the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop, The Palace of Fine Arts, and The Fairmont Hotel, juxtaposed with the fantasy world of the mythical Annorasi whose powers include invisibility and flying.

About the Author:

Cory Putman Oakes was born in Basel, Switzerland, but grew up in Novato, California and attended Marin Catholic High School. She then spent three years at the University of California at Los Angeles before graduating in 2001 with a B.A. in Psychology. In 2004, Cory graduated from Cornell Law School with a Juris Doctorate Degree. Since then, she has been an associate at a law firm, taught business law to undergraduates at Texas State University and written several books for young people.

Cory now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and their daughter, Sophia. In addition to writing, Cory enjoys reading, cooking, running, and hanging out with her family and pets.

The Veil is Cory’s first published work. Further information is available at:


I also give it two thumbs up for creativity. If I had more thumbs, I’d give it several more! . . . I found the book to be very hard to put down. When I’d get to the end of a chapter, I just had to keep reading to find out what happens next. I am positive that this book will be one I read more than once! Danetta Young, Go YAY Blog

5 of 5 Stars:“I don’t want to say this is the next (insert your favorite book here), because The Veil is unique and stands on its own merit. Laughter, Shock, Love, Loyalty, and Suspense are sprinkled throughout this book in a way that will make it hard for you stop reading. Sarah Evans, Sarah’s Books & Life Blog

5 of 5 Stars: This was a refreshingly original and beautiful urban fantasy / paranormal romance. I read it in less than a day because the words flowed so well and I honestly couldn’t put it down! Rhiannon Pailee, author, The Flame of Surrender

I absolutely recommend this book for you, or for a teen that you know who likes this sort of urban fantasy (urban/realistic setting) books. Pick it up and check it out for yourself! Farrah Ritter, Outnumbered 3 to 1

It is alluring with the hint of the magical ‘Annorasi’ world. Tiffany Christie (and Orion), Tiff’s Pixie Dust

From the beginning I found myself enjoying it. The Veil captures super powers, parallel universes and romance. Julee Morrison, Mommy’s Memorandum

The author has also done a good job at developing characters and a story line that is well developed and compelling. You have the opportunity to be drawn into the story itself and you find yourself rooting for the main character and hoping that everything in the end will turn out the way you think it should.Dad of Divas’ Blog

This will be a great young adult read. I can see where they will accept this new world very quickly. 4 out of 5 Stars. Crazed Mind Blog

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The Veil

by Cory Putman Oakes Paperback: 308 pages Publisher: Octane Press; First edition (November 1, 2011) Ages 13-up/ Grades 7-up Language: English ISBN-10: 0982913168 ISBN-13: 978-0982913161 and e-book formats, Kindle, iBooks, and Nook

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