I write YA speculative fiction. I love stories that are grounded in the real world but with monsters, mystery, and magic added in! I’m querying a YA paranormal suspense, editing a YA speculative thriller, and plotting a YA apocalyptic (and we just won’t talk about the earlier shelved YA paranormal romance. Ever).
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Supernatural stories with sweeping romances are my jam!
Epic fantasy and Hard tech-heavy Scifi aren’t for me
Seventeen-year-old Addy Arrowood has suffered PTSD since she witnessed armed men murder her father while robbing his store in Blight, California. After three years of blaming herself, Addy comes home from school to find him alive and well, as if nothing ever happened. Altered family photos, missing newspaper clippings, and other misplaced details leave Addy torn between reality—the one she remembers—and the alternate timeline she finds herself in.
Desperate for answers, Addy turns to Kezia, a secretive loner who makes abstract scrap art and seems to know more than she’s letting on. As Addy earns her trust, Kezia reveals her suspicions about her own father, who runs the local sleep clinic where Addy was treated for PTSD-related nightmares. The outsider spins a tale of unethical human experiments, a string of missing teens stretching across the country, and a hidden laboratory in the Arizona desert.
When Addy loses control behind the wheel of her father’s truck and almost drives them off a cliff, she becomes terrified she’s subconsciously trying to kill her father. She sets out to find the lab and take back control of her mind, but the truth will change everything she thinks she knows about herself.
You know that feeling when you bite into or drink something expecting one taste―but you get something completely different? And how, for a moment, your whole brain freezes up in shock as it tries to make sense of this clash between belief and reality?
Well, multiply that by a billion, and that’s basically how I feel as I stare into my locker. At the puzzling evidence . . .
Of a stalker.
There’s a tall stack of normal textbooks, ordinary notebooks, and bulging binders, and crowning these like a bloody butcher’s knife plunged into the top of a three-tier wedding cake―a red bag. It looks innocent enough, festive even, made of sparkly foil with twine handles and pink and white tissue spilling out in big, crumpled puffs. But the words emblazoned in gold enamel across the front throw me into a panic. Two words. Victoria Secret.
A preschool tune floats through my head: One of these things is not like the others. But in my mind the cheery notes become harsh and jarring, giving the song a dark and creepy edge. One of these things just doesn’t belong!
Someone knows my locker combination. Besides that, the closest mall to Blight, California is located some hundred miles west in San Bernardino. Meaning whoever left this gift traveled out of their way.
Imagining what’s inside makes my face hot. My blood cold.
“Hey, Adilicious!” pipes a voice at my shoulder.
I slam the door, nearly snapping my nose off, and spin the lock. “Bree!”
I’m getting inspired with so many new ideas I want to work on lately: ghosts, apocalyptic, a new twist on witches. My last book, a YA retelling of The Red Shoes with a dyspraxic protagonist was accepted into several mentor contests and got a lot of full requests, but no offers yet.
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