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Release date: October 31, 2014
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Pages: 244
Binding: 5.25 x 8 x .5
ISBN: 978-1-61822-026-4
Age level: 12 and up

"One (OK, three) of a kind for readers who prefer their fantasy tinted green, with fangs that sink into grains, not veins."

"...a fast-paced book with a cast of memorable characters."

The last mile is the longest...

In the final book in the acclaimed Lithia Trilogy, Kat has new losses to mourn but also new reasons to live. On the brink of new beginnings, she is back together with Roman, their relationship deepening more and more even as she wonders whether she may still harbor feelings for Alex.

Yet Kat finds it difficult to focus on such things as college and romance, with terror still haunting the hills of Lithia and threatening the entire town. As several recent earthquakes baffle scientists and put residents on edge, it seems that something more dangerous may be looming in Lithia’s future.

Trying to balance a busy life while keeping Lithia safe isn’t easy—and soon Kat realizes that nothing is a higher priority than saving her hometown, along with its abundance of land and animals, from devastation. The only problem is that she can’t find a way to do this without leaving Lithia forever—or risking her own life and the lives of those she loves. And her future with Roman appears as unsteady as the ground under her feet…

In a novel that weaves together stories of love, the environment, and Shakespeare, the natural and supernatural worlds collide in this stunning conclusion to the Lithia Trilogy.

Don't miss the other two books in the Lithia Trilogy: Out of Breath and The Ghost Runner.



"Lithia hasn’t lost a bit of its quirky, high-altitude allure...One (OK, three) of a kind for readers who prefer their fantasy tinted green, with fangs that sink into grains, not veins."

"The Last Mile [is] a book worth devouring – whether or not you consider yourself a ‘young adult’ … It’s the kind of book that anyone who cares about the environment and all of its inhabitants – and also loves a good, fast-paced read – can get behind.”"

"Readers familiar with Ashland will have fun identifying local landmarks...a fast-paced book with a cast of memorable characters...Young aspiring writers will likely be inspired by the trilogy's local setting and strong heroine."

"Richmond has created a lasting environmental and supernatural hybrid that opens readers' eyes to the wonders of nature and the ease with which we can live symbiotically with it, rather than cut it down in the name of progress."

Praise for OUT OF BREATH and THE GHOST RUNNER...

"Vegan vampires, Shakespearean actors, food–co-op aficionados and serious runners face off against old-school bloodsuckers and rapacious, forest-devouring builders in this follow-up to Out of Breath (2011) set in—where else?—Lithia…Spunky Kat is good company; Alex and Roman are better defined this time around, but most vivid character honors go to the setting, whose tall evergreens and babbling brooks, shadowed by brooding mountains, enhance the sturdy plot. Thoroughly entertaining."

"The question of who will prevail in this battle of good against evil, of humility against greed, is the most pressing of several cliffhangers that will keep readers eagerly awaiting the third and final volume in Richmond’s compelling trilogy."

"[A] fast-paced trilogy…[Richmond] does a great job capturing the flavor, politics and issues of the town…The Ghost Runner perfectly captures its setting while adding in engaging characters and a dose of the supernatural."

"Maintaining the fast-paced, mysterious tone of the first book, Richmond has succeeded in developing Kat’s character and that of those closest to her. Never wavering from the unexpectedly blended themes of environmental awareness and the paranormal, the reader is reminded that things are often not as they seem, and that sometimes we have to look back in order to move forward. And let us not forget the delicately placed Shakespeare component. It is Richmond’s modern take on the ancient language and introspective view of human (and not so human) nature that has the reader believing in all things, both seen and unseen."

"The Ghost Runner by Blair Richmond is a solid second book in a trilogy. The novelist mixes environmental concerns with themes of finding your ground amidst a turbulent sea and the ghosts of the past. It’s about dealing with your responsibilities as a part of nature and as a part of a wider society, and more than that it’s about changing your own actions and behaviors to make the changes in the wider society and world you seek."

"I loved The Ghost Runner as much as I loved the first book, Out of Breath."

"This series opener blends genre tradition with West Coast environmentalism ... the result feels fresh and original."

"Combining mystery, romance, vampires, and strong vegan and environmental messages, [Out of Breath] will have readers of light paranormal novels running to the next book in Richmond’s trilogy."

"All of you Twilight, Vampire Diaries fans out there are in for a treat...The characters are well developed and the story flows beautifully. I was hardly aware of turning pages."

"The good-and-bad-vampires theme, the dreary and forested environment, and the love triangle between the main protagonists are reminiscent of Twilight, and those who enjoyed that series will love Kat’s innermost thoughts and her difficulty in choosing between Alex and Roman while simultaneously being threatened by both."

"An eco-friendly, vampire-ridden mystery with a love triangle...a quick read with love of the environment, vampires, and a little mystery."

"Out of Breath by Blair Richmond is an eerie novel that takes a look at the consequences of our actions and how we cannot right the wrongs of the past, but only strive to change our futures. Readers will enjoy the mix of paranormal, young adult coming of age story, romance, and suspense mixed with a theme of environmental conservation and appreciation."

"I couldn't put it down...This is a book to add to your collection. A unique paranormal twist added into a spectacular story of an odd town with good-hearted people."

"You'll find this one a treat because it's much along the lines of a Twilight venue...Blair Richmond is a very strong author. Her style is not only agreeable but engaging, and it has a flow that makes one want to keep digging for answers. I was hooked from the beginning."

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