Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl


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Jim and Stephanie  Kroepfl

Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl are a husband-and-wife team who write YA novels and stories of mystery and adventure from their cabin in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Their stories and articles have been published in literary journals in the US and England. When they aren’t dodging moose, their story ideas appear during their walks with their dog, who far prefers playing in the creek to plotting novels. Jim and Stephanie are world travelers who seek out crop circles, obscure historical sites and mysterious ruins. Their debut YA science fiction novel, "Merged" was released on September 17, 2019 by Month9Books. You can find them at www.jimandstephbooks.com




Seven of our country’s most gifted teens will become Nobels, hosts for the implantation of brilliant Mentor minds, in an effort to accelerate human progress. But as the line between what’s possible and what’s right, draws ever blurrier, the teens discover everything has a cost. Scientists have created an evolved form of living known as Merged Consciousness, and 16-year-old Lake finds herself unable to merge with her Mentor. Lake, the Nobel for Chemistry and Orfyn, the Nobel for Art, are two from among the inaugural class of Nobels, and with the best intent and motivation. But when Stryker, the Nobel for Peace, makes them question the motivation of the scientists behind the program, their world begins to unravel. As the Nobels work to uncover the dark secrets of the program’s origins, everyone's a suspect and no one can be trusted, not even the other Nobels. As the Mentors begin to take over the bodies and minds of the Nobels, Lake and Orfyn must find a way to regain control before they lose all semblance or memory of their former selves.

Book Bubbles from Merged

Orfyn Chooses to Merge

In this scene, Orfyn is presented with the opportunity of a lifetime: he can become a groundbreaking artist, a once in a generation genius. All he needs to do is allow the consciousness of someone he has never met be merged into his brain. He doesn't understand the science or the legal implications, and doesn't really grasp what will happen to him and what could go wrong. But he wants to be a great artist, and he doesn't think twice when he hears that his potential "mentor" chose him. He wants this.

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