A Touch of Deadly, the first book in our new series, the Midnight Valley Vampires, is now available in ebook format from all retailers. If you enjoyed the Briar Creek Vampires, you'll probably enjoy this new series. Here's the summary:
When Emily Brooks’ mom packed up their bags and moved them thousands of miles away from Oklahoma, the only home she’s ever known, she knew she would have a hard time adjusting to their lives in Midnight Valley.
On the bright side, her hot new neighbor with the dazzling green eyes helps her make new friends. She even lands a role starring in a movie that’s being filmed in town.
But life becomes harder than she thought it would be when she realizes that something just isn’t right about Midnight Valley - and it has nothing to do with the bats that swarm the town, her strange new neighbor, or even the fact that the town doesn’t have cell phone service. After a few odd occurrences, Emily is convinced the whole town is haunted.
The only problem? No one believes her. And even worse? She thought Midnight Valley was only haunted by the dead. Not the living, too.
Now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.
I've been meaning to write this post for a while now, but things have been busy. Jayme and I have been working on a lot of projects: some of which you already know about, some that you don't. I'll post about that later in the week. Right now, I wanted to take a moment to talk about the passing of Lois Duncan.
The news broke out that YA author Lois Duncan passed away on June 15th, 2016 at 82 years old. She lived a long life, though I wouldn't necessarily say a happy one. Her career of writing YA paranormal and suspense came to an abrupt end when her daughter Kaitlyn was tragically, mysteriously murdered. Duncan chronicled the mystery and investigation surrounding her death in the book Who Killed My Daughter?
Lois Duncan's death made me think about how much I have to thank her for. She was one of the first authors to ignite a love for reading and writing within me. It is through her books (my favorites of which were Down a Dark Hall, Locked in Time, and Stranger With My Face) that made me fall in fall in love with the young adult paranormal and suspense genres in the first place. Growing up, her books were always at the top of my summer reading list and they were some of the only books throughout my lifetime that I've re-visited more than once.
(These books are still proudly displayed on my bookshelf. Though the new editions have new covers, I've always preferred the old covers).
Without Lois Duncan's influence, I don't believe that Jayme and I would have chosen to write in the YA paranormal romance genre. A lot of authors who write YA paranormal romance thank Stephenie Meyer for their love for the genre, but not me. Lois Duncan wrote the first paranormal books that I fell in love with. And for that, I will be forever grateful.
R.I.P. Lois Duncan. Thank you for the stories you told and for the inspiration you gave me.