Secret: At HL Woods
The Secret Series
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: BWL Publishing, Inc.
Date of Publication: December 15, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-77362-988-9 print
Number of pages: print book - 199
Word Count: 60,200 words
Cover Artist: Michelle Lee
Tagline: A high school ghost-seer, an all-star jock, and a bully, cross paths, sparks spew, and lives change…
Series Tagline: A series of secrets, invisible yet glaring, and most include a supernatural spin, like an unwelcomed sensation sparking every nerve ending.
Bri, a seventeen-year-old ghost-seer, keeps her ability under wraps at the new school until a murdered couple from the 60’s asks for help.
Kyle, a high school jock, realizes the new girl lives next door; she’s crazy cute, goth-odd, and too convenient to ignore.
Max, Kyle’s best friend, only sees Bri as a wicked threat.
Luke, Bri’s gay best friend, moves in for the summer, escaping his abusive father.
Paths cross, sparks spew…will anyone remain the same after?
Excerpt – First Meeting with ghosts, 380 w/c (from unedited ARC copy)
Without a word, I ran toward the mound of wild rose vines and thistles, where Kyle and Max had stood a moment ago.
A black man and white woman shimmered into view beside it, arms around each other, both staring at me.
I stopped so abruptly I almost lost it again. Apparitions.
“Martin, look at her. She’s seein’ us.” The woman’s distinct southern accent caught me, but what set off my cursed paranormal spidey-sensors was their clothing…straight from the 60’s, according to some of the old romance books I’d read from Mom’s stash.
“By damn, she does see us.” He stepped closer to me with the woman at his side. “You can see us.”
“I can, yes.” Holy crap, I just said that out loud. My whole body tensed. I glanced over my shoulder to see if Kyle and Max still roamed face-plant alley. A shiver shook through me. They’d left.
“We need your help, Missy.” Martin’s brows arched, his head tilted. “Please tell us you can help us.”
The woman turned to him and patted his cheek. “It’sgonna be all right, sweetie. We ain’t botherin’ this fine woman with our problems.” She turned to me. “It’s okay, darlin’, you never mind us.”
“Why are you both here?” Wherever I saw spirits of the dead, it usually meant they were connected to something in the area. I considered the mound, seeing something metal and rusty underneath all the greenery. “You should have crossed over, into the vortex of light…unless you’re meant to go to the dark plane.”
The woman gasped and clung to Martin.
Maybe I’d said too much. I yanked some of the vines away, getting scratched and poked from the effort.
A car, green, ancient. No wonder it was tough to see.
“We want justice, but we aren’t able to leave this spot. Something’s holding us here, like some kind of barrier.” Martin’s lips pinched together, his head nodding. He looked at the woman as if to confirm. She nodded also.
I scanned the area thoroughly to make sure Kyle and Max weren’t lurking behind a tree to get a shot of me talking to air. I’d dealt with Max enough during school to last a lifetime; his nasty pranks didn’t need to scar my summer too.
About the Author:
DK Davis writes YA sci-fi, supernatural, and fantasy with a good dollop of all the relationships woven in between. When she’s not writing, editing, or reading, she’s hiking, RV’ing, fishing, spending time with grandchildren or her favorite muse (her husband) in Southwest Michigan.
She also writes mainstream supernatural, suspense-thriller romance as S. Peters-Davis.
BWL Publishing Inc. Author Page: http://bookswelove.net/authors/davis-dk/