Let’s Be Friends
Today, I’m over at A Book and a Latte talking “Eat Your Heart Out" and friendship in YA. Friendship between girls isn’t as easy to find in young adult novels as you’d think. But lucky you—I list five great YA reads that get by with a little help from their friend(ships).
Check it out! And a huge thanks to A Book and a Latte for hosting me!
It’s nearly here! Eat Your Heart Out is coming soon—so soon!—to a Kindle or Nook near you. Here’s just a little taste to get you ready for the adventure…
The sky appeared sick. A swirl of purple and gray tinged with green.
Rachel stepped out the sliding glass door to the backyard and clicked it shut. She breathed deep and let her bare feet sink into the grass. The earth was warm against the soles of her feet, the grass coarse.
The line of magnolia trees at the back of the property were dull and nearly black in the failing light, the air around her shaded with that same sickly green that splattered the sky. A storm was coming. As if in confirmation, another growl of thunder rolled across the sky, long and low and menacing.
Rachel rubbed her hands down her bare arms and wished for a cardigan despite the heat still burning through the evening air. The air was thick, full of the promise of rain and the tang of lightning. She stepped farther into the backyard, closer to the reaching arms of a giant oak and into the shadows of the magnolia trees.
A wind kicked up, whistling through the branches overhead and making them groan. Under the oak, the world was painted in grays. Spanish moss dripping from the tree rustled in the wind, wavering like the tattered cloak of some old ghoul. Rachel shivered and walked faster.
She needed to clear her head, to find her focus. She knew how to do this, to study despite the ache in her eyes or exhaustion in her shoulders. Rachel stepped from the shadow of oak and stretched. She pushed her hands to the small of her back and arched. She let her head fall back, her mouth stretch open. She rolled her neck side to side, then opened her eyes.
Rachel blinked quickly. What the—
Overhead, thousands of black shapes swirled in the sky. They were birds, thousands and thousands of them turning in a fierce circle. And not just one species. The black shapes varied in size, some flapping furiously and some soaring, yet they flew tight together. Swirling, swarming. They were a tornado. And the eye of their storm was directly over Rachel’s house.
What happens next? Just a few more days, and then you’ll be able to find out.
Ch. 18 of The Inbetween
The latest chapter of my sci-fi adventure THE INBETWEEN is up now over at JukePop Serials. Mellie is juggling two guys in two different realities. That’s not a recipe for disaster or anything…
“So,” Kaz said, his light brown eyes on her. “A whole day to myself in D.C. Will you be my tour guide?”
Mellie blinked. Why was he so trusting? It made her want to slap him and then maybe kiss him. She settled instead for another bite of croissant.
Kaz raised his eyebrows. “Is that a no?”
“No. I mean, yeah,” she said too loudly. A man reading the paper at the next table slid his gaze to them. “Absolutely. Tour guide.” Her face crumbled with a groan. “Sorry. Long morning. I’d love to show you around.”
Head on over to JukePop to give chapter 18 a read, +vote and share.
So I’ve been collecting and receiving picture books for Fetus Coon Peterson’s imminent arrival. A new one for the collection: “Journey” by Aaron Becker.
This book paints a lovely journey for a little girl with a red marker … and it does it with zero words. Check out my full review of “Journey” over at A Book and a Latte.