R.B. Shifman is a husband, father, writer, and contract market researcher by day. Raised in South Florida, he studied Creative Writing at the University of Miami. Thirty years ago, he moved to Pennsylvania, and, after earning a graduate degree at Temple University, R.B. settled into a quiet suburban life befitting a market researcher.
Like most authors though, R.B. never stopped reading and writing for pleasure. His writing is most profoundly influenced by E. Nesbit and C.S. Lewis.
R.B. lives with his wife, son (20), and daughter (18) near Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Both his children attend college, which leaves him plenty of time to spend with his wife and write his stories.
“Everyone Leaves This Place” represents R.B.’s debut YA contemporary fantasy novel.
Other interesting facts about R.B. Shifman: In high school, he won a district championship in wrestling, and he spent seventeen years coaching youth wrestling. A rabid University of Miami football fan, R.B. is the founder of the All-CANES Christmas Cookie Team, and pictures of past years’ winners can be found on his Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/rshifman3/?hl=en
Eighteen-year-old Evee Salazar undergoes an out-of-body experience! She’s feeling the stress of senior year and butting heads with her mom. Worse, Evee secretly falls for Mark Perrino, the new guy in her friend group, even though she suspects he’s stalking her.
To slow Evee's roll, her mom sends her to sit with Gramma Cynthia on Friday evenings at an assisted living residence. Sounds like an easy task, but Gramma, who’s descended from a long line of witches, decides to switch bodies with Evee on three separate evenings. Goaded by a mysterious friend, Gramma brews up this temporary body-switching remedy to increase her granddaughter’s gratitude. But it only leaves Evee fuming.
Gramma’s body-switching plans lead to mayhem, but the madness doesn't end there. Evee discovers somebody else with malevolent intentions is casting spells behind the scenes. This shadowy figure has stolen Gramma’s dark-magic spell book. And if Evee can’t figure out who it is, they may destroy her life.
Freed from a witch’s body, coed Evee Salazar takes a breath, expecting college life in Miami to simmer down. But when tragedy strikes close to home, a bizarre coven calls on her to help fight for their cause.
Evee’s new calling puts a strain on her relationship with her boyfriend and, even worse, thrusts her into a cat-and-mouse game with a narcissistic, billionaire witch.
In this mystical story of love and loss, Evee must figure out how to stop this wicked witch from corrupting a budding AI technology with dark magic, or she could become his next victim.
[Author’s Note: Book 2 in the Savage Spells series contains spoilers for Everyone Leaves This Place, Book 1 in the Savage Spells series. The author strongly recommends reading Book 1, Everyone Leaves This Place, prior to reading Book 2.]