ASCENDERS: High School for the Recently Departed by C.L. Gaber

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Walker Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago…and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences.

Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead.

She doesn’t go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young.

These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. “There are even cheerleaders in death,” Walker observes. It’s not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who “used to have this band.” The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie.

Principal King explains the rules — there are none. Why? You can’t die twice.

There is no homework.
No tests.
You’re just there to learn because the human brain isn’t fully formed until you’re 24.

By the way, you can’t get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do …because no one knows how long you’ll stay in this realm or what’s next.

“Losing someone you love would be like dying twice,” Walker says.

* * * * * *
Walker Callaghan has just arrived at the Academy after a tragic car accident. “Is this heaven or is this high school?” she asks.

She finds out her new life is a bit of both as she falls in love with tat-covered, bad boy Daniel Reid who is about to break the only sacred rule of this place. He’s looking for a portal to return back to the living realm.

He needs just one hour to retrieve his younger brother who strangely never arrived at The Academy. Bobby is an Earth Bound Spirit, stuck at a plane crash site that took both of their lives as their rich father piloted his private jet nose-first into a cornfield on Christmas Eve.

Walker loves Daniel and risks it all to go with him.

Have they learned enough to outsmart dangerous forces while transporting a young child with them? Can their love survive the fragmented evil parts of themselves that are now hunting them down as they try to find a way back to the middle?

At the Academy, you learn the lessons of an after-lifetime.
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“Fantastic paranormal romance”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Kimberly Vanderbloom

I was blown away by this book. I enjoyed the pop culture references. I thought the writing was superb. My favorite character is Walker. She is smart and sassy. She is also courageous and tackles many obstacles. She begins as a young naive girl and transforms into a strong woman. I’m excited the writer made Daniel 18 years old because now I don’t feel bad having a huge crush on him. My favorite moment of the book is when Walker and Daniel jump off the falls. It was watching love and you could feel it through the pages. I was extremely impressed with this novel. I look forward to the second book in the series. I loved it so much it is ending up in a few of my friend’s Christmas stockings. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fresh take on a paranormal romance.

About the Author

C.L. Gaber is the author of The Ascenders Saga including Ascenders (Book One), Ascenders: Skypunch (Book Two) and Ascenders: Omorrow (Book Three). You can reach her at or at

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