Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Review: Into the Darkness

Into the Darkness Into the Darkness by Nora Ash
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Do not read this book if you have issues with grammar and sentence structure. If you have issues with England's English and slang this book is not for you. I don't normally have an issue with that sort of thing..yes it's irritating but it's manageable however; in this particular book I was getting whiplash between the two opposing cultures. Simply put it was a story written by an English woman about an American. That or she's an American writing a story about a Brit in America. I couldn't figure it out and it was sooo confusing. Amazon apparently decided to throw me into the cultural vortex that is Britain vs America and I have to say I believe I was the loser in this one. The story is almost non existent instead the author jumps straight into sex. That in an of itself is disappointing as the bare bones of a good story idea was actually there. Unrealized potential is perhaps the worst thing that can happen to a story and a reader. I really wish the author would have taken a bit more time to fully flesh out the back story, the world building, and the mystery between the characters. I'm ok with sex in literature but it can't ALL be sex with no story to support it. Sorry Amazon this week your suggested read gets one star from this reader.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

The Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers

The Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers

Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for a copy of the eArc in exchange for an honest review.

Chloe is on her way to visit her Dad with her best friend Jenna, she hasn't seen him in five months and he is getting married and she is a getting a new stepbrother. She really doesn't know what to expect, but when Landon opens the door she knows there is going to be trouble.

Landon is blow away by how cute his new stepsister is, and makes a mental not to keep his distance. As the days go on, they realize they are fighting an attraction that threatens to overwhelm them. Not only that Landon is determined Chloe not find out about his learning disability.

When his tutor and life long friend Monica confronts Chloe about it, and Chloe begins to understand how serious it is, will they be able to figure it out? Will their parent's wedding stop their budding love affair, and will Landon realize that just because he has dyscalculia doesn't make him less of a person?

Okay I will say what I don't like sort of, I am slowly coming around to the whole stepbrother romance thing, but in thought it just seems a lot icky to me. Kind of one of those things you feel guilty for liking. That's my own hangup though and for the most part this didn't really make me feel that icky. They weren't raised together, when they meet they are already 18 and almost 17, and it does strike a chord that you can't always fight how you feel about someone.

Now that being said this was a super fun, light, easy read with just enough seriousness to make it a great read! I actually had not heard of dyscalculia until I read this book, so I loved learning about that particular disability and how it affects people who have it. I totally loved how his family, Chloe, and Monica all come together to make him realize that the disability doesn't have to hold him back.

Landon and Chloe together are a super cute couple, and watching them fall in love was just what I needed today! If you are looking for one more fun summer read than look no further!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Shadow Born...First Book in a new Series! Plus giveaway time!!

All right, All right It's Monday the first day of the official work week and we have something new for you all. We've been selected to bring you information about a new series by Jasmine Walt & Rebecca Hamilton!

The Shadow Born series with the first book being of the same name is a new Urban Fantasy series geared toward adults. This means there's no YA story tropes but that's ok because we've promised that if you like the Chloe Neill Chicagoland Vamps series then this one is right up your alley. We'll be bringing you an official book review of Shadow Born later this week after I get my grubby little paws all over this. You know we like to keep it fresh and new around here so in honor of this new series we'll be having other readers read and give us their opinions as well. We'll be posting the "Readers on the Streets Review" of this book next week and you won't want to miss that.

Interested in being one of those readers or just want to know more about this new series? Look below for the release and book synopsis of Shadow Born. comment below with your name and email address to participate in the Readers on the Street Review and be entered for your chance to win a free copy of  Shadow Born from us The Book Whisperers.

You can also follow the link enter a prize giveaway from the authors themselves.



Shadow Born
Jasmine Walt & Rebecca Hamilton
(Shadows of Salem #1)
Publication date: August 16th 2016
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Chicago Police Detective Brooke Chandler is keeping a secret… and if she’s not careful, it could get her killed.
Brooke is no stranger to the supernatural. In Chicago, vampires are just as prevalent as drug lords, and infinitely more bloodthirsty. So when her partner and fiancé dies in a mysterious fire while chasing down a lead in Salem, she suspects something dark and otherworldly is at play.
Blessed with the ability to see into the past by touching inanimate objects, Brooke transfers to the Salem PD, hoping her talent will help her get to the bottom of things. Between dodging assassination attempts and being stonewalled at every turn, the going is tough. Add in a mysterious fae club owner with secrets of his own and a personal grudge against her, and it becomes nearly impossible.
If Brooke wants to play in the supernatural sandbox, she’s going to have to roll up her sleeves and get dirty. But how many people will have to die for Brooke to discover the truth about her fiance? And is she even ready to know?
Find out what lurks in the SHADOWS OF SALEM by pre-ordering SHADOW BORN, the latest Urban Fantasy hit readers are comparing to Karen Marie Moning and Patricia Briggs.
EXCERPT:
“They’re conniving, manipulative, and take things that don’t belong to them.” Maddock hissed, then shoved to his feet. “Such as the fae that have been going missing recently.”
“Well, I can’t argue with that,” I muttered, eyeing him warily. He was glaring at me, as if this were somehow my fault. “But how do you know it’s the witches doing this? A symbol on a wall isn’t what I call concrete evidence.”
Maddock crossed his arms and glared down at me, making my heart jump into my throat. “So yer defending them now? Somehow I’m not surprised.”
His sarcastic tone was so accusatory that his behavior suddenly made sense. All the animosity, the condemning glares…
“You think I’m a witch, don’t you?” I jabbed a finger at him. “That’s why you don’t like me, and why you always look at me like I’m a piece of shit stuck to your shoe.”
“I dinnae know what ye are,” Maddock growled, clamping his hand around my forearm. “Aside from a heaping of trouble. But right now, I need ye, which is why I’m tolerating yer presence in this city. Now let’s get going already. I’ve something to show ye.”


Author Bio:
Rebecca Hamilton writes Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids, along with multiple writing personalities that range from morbid to literary. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently.
Rebecca Hamilton is represented by the ever-more-amazing Rossano Trentin of TZLA.
Author links:
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Jasmine Walt: I'm obsessed with books, chocolate, and sharp, pointy objects. Somehow, those three things melded together in my head and transformed into a desire to write. Usually fantastical stuff, with a healthy dose of action and romance. My characters are a little (okay, a lot) on the snarky side, and they swear, but they mean well. Even the villains sometimes.
When I'm not working on my next book, you can find me working on my dao sword form, spending time with my family, or binge-watching superhero shows on Netflix. I love to hear from my readers, so if you've got a question or just want to say hi, feel free to contact me via my website at www.jasminewalt.com.
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review of These Dark Wings by John Owen Theobald

These Dark Wings by John Own Theobald,


Thank you to Netgalley for a couple of this eArc for review..


Anna is sent to live in the tower with her uncle after her mother dies during a bombing! Once there Anna begins to learn the old tales, that as long as there are ravens in the tower England will stand, but should they all be gone, then the country will fall. Soon after she arrives, the Ravens starting disappearing or dying, and Anna can't quite figure out what is going on. Will she be able to say Grip and find Mabel or will London fall in 1940 because the ravens have all gone.

I will say I am tad disappointed, I think I was expecting a fantasy, and that wasn't what it is. More historical fiction, now that being said I did enjoy the book. It was interesting to see what was going on in 1940, when England was not doing so well in the war.

To realize that many people thought England would be invaded, and that they were poised to lose everything. It's heartbreaking and fascinating, plus the real mystery would be Anna's parents, and who her father really is and what actually happened to her mother. One of which was sort of answered while leaving you with a massive cliffhanger. The other not so much.

I am interested to see exactly where this story is going and what the deeper storyline will be. I won't say that I am giving up hope that there will be some magical aspects with the ravens down the line.



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: Game for Marriage

Game for Marriage Game for Marriage by Karen Erickson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This review is part one of our "Kindle recommendations" book reviews. If you're new to our book review blog let me run down some basic tenants here. First off we review anything except biographies and autobiographies so be prepared to see reviews of all different types of genres and repeats of series that we're both reading. When possible we'll always strive to link a book review with other books in that genre or that follow the same story tropes so you, our faithful readers, will have OPTIONS! Three we will always give our honest opinion. No one pays us to write these so we don't have anyone to please but ourselves and we hope you understand these are our OPINIONS of the works that we've read. You are under no obligation to agree with us-we won't send the authors to your house to beat you up if you don't like a book we've reviewed and vise versa. Last but not least please leave a comment it's nice to know you've been here and we value your opinions on our blog. We're always looking to improve what we put out there and we need your unscripted feedback to do that. So exercise that Freedom of Speech and leave us a little note to let us know what you like or didn't like, what you'd like to see more of or any suggestions you may have. Just like you we're always looking for something new to read. The rest of this year we'll be working in the "Kindle Recommendation" reviews just to see how well Amazon thinks they know us. So without further ado Here's my first review of a Kindle Recommendation I got about a year ago.

This was a re-read for me. I read this for the first time hmm I don't know maybe a year ago? It's sometimes hard to remember when I read so many books. This one stuck out though due to it's main characters. I'm not the "roo-rah siss-boom-bah" cheerleader type. I'm the laugh at someone when they fall type so a book based on a Quarterback and a struggling artist falling in love was wwwaaaayyyy out there for me. So colored me surprised when I found myself actually liking it!
I liked these characters enough to not only roll with this first book but to also go out and buy the second book in the series. I did not however buy the third book but that strictly a money issue not a book issue-such is the life of an avid, obsessed, bibliophile le sigh-back to this book.

Let's start with the premise for the story. We have 1 starving artist and 1 uber successful Quarterback. Mixed well this is a recipe for disaster or the most adorable love story ever! It's none of those things by the way. It's neither a disaster because the characters saved the story nor is it adorable. This is a pretty gritty story about the underbelly of professional sports. Ok it's not THAT gritty but it does use the very real purpose of celebrity spin to launch the story.

Now let me talk about the yummy quarterback. Jared Quinn. Jared is the star quarterback for the Monterey Seahawks and he's a ladies man. He gets into a bit of trouble when the wife of one of his previous teammates sets him in a paparazzi scandal. The owner of the team tells Jared he needs to clean up his act or he's out. Enter the sleazy, yet effective, publicist Harvey Price. It's Harvey's job to clean up Jared's public image and he concocts a plan to have Jared get married. Since Jared's accused of being a homewrecker what better way to rectify this than by having him get married thereby showing his trust and faith in the institution of marriage. *Side note* Anyone whose been married or is currently married will you tell you it's WORK so you can see this is not going to end well. At first Jared is opposed to this solution as he actually DOES respect the institution of marriage and doesn't want to be disrespectful to it. Also he's embarrassed that his publicist is picking out his wife. Jared refuses this idea until he meets.....

Sheridan. Sheridan is our starving artist and she meets Jared at the Monterrey fair Taste of Monterrey! She's doing what's called a live capture painting of the event when Jared comes up behind her and begins asking about her work. Sheridan thinking she's going to nab some new clients for her failing painting business talks him up not knowing who he is until she turns around and sees him. Sheridan recognizes Jared right off (thank you for not making it seem like she's totally clueless) and makes the split second decision to have one night with Jared Quinn no strings attached. Those strings came later but I can't talk about those because SPOILERS!!

Later Harvey Price and Jared show up to Sheridan's art studio and it's there that Harvey makes the proposition to Sheridan. Marry Jared Quinn for one year and they'll help her flagging business as well as pay her an exorbitant amount of money. It has to be a real marriage and no one can know it's fake. Unbeknownst to them Sheridan's best friend Willow is the only child of famed entertainment Lawyer Walter Cavanaugh. Walter goes with Sheridan to negotiate the contract and Sheridan has him add the "no sex" clause in an effort to save herself from making a huge mistake. Two guesses how long that clause lasts and the first one doesn't count.

As I said before the characters are what make this story exciting not necessarily the premise hence why I only gave it three out of five stars. I'll never be a cheerleader and probably won't ever understand the world of jocks and cheerleaders so if you're into that kind of thing you'll probably give this story four to five stars. I'm sticking with my three as the character development and the story progression left me wanting more.

Kindle Unlimited scored a 3 on a scale of 1-5 with this book. I'd say Amazon knows me somewhat with this book.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana

Review of Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana

Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for eArc in exchange for an honest review. 


So where do I start, how about I read this book from start to finish today. Seriously loved it, it took me a little bit to get into it, but once the story got going I couldn't stop I had to know what was going on.

Micaela returns to Sleepy Hollow after learning about the death of her mother. She knows something is going on, because she received a note from her mother begging her to come back just days before her death. Micaela knows there is a deeper issue because her mother sent the note to her best friend and not to Micaela.

Once back in Sleepy Hollow she learns that one of Washing Irving's journals is missing and that many suspect her mother was the culprit. Mica stays with her childhood friend Bram, and is immediately torn between him and the handsome assistant teacher Dane.

As she learns more and more Mica begins to suspect her mother didn't die accidentally, and just how involved in it all is her father?

I can't say that I shipped either love interest, but I was mildly shocked by the ending, and yeah you know me no spoilers. However, I will say that someone won me over by the end, and that ending ahhhh.... It only shows one book on goodreads, but I can't believe this is the end. Not with the way it ended it is just begging for another story and I for one sincerely hope, beg, plead that there be another!

All of that aside Washington Irving and Mary Shelley in a book together, like words cannot express how much I love this, like I mean love this! This retelling or modern Sleepy Hollow story was the bomb! I mean, well you have to know how deeply I love Frankenstein to understand how happy this paring makes my heart! I didn't even know it was a dream come true until I read this and I hope that, yes that makes me so happy.
 I love how Mica grew during this book, really grew into herself and became comfortable with all that she could do.
 Also loved the descendants of Irving's family and how serious everyone in Sleepy Hollow was about recreating the book. Like that is a festival I would and I mean totally would go see people dressed up as Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman!  It was almost like the author took things out of my head that I didn't even know was in there, and put them all in a book for me.  So go read this now!!! Thank me later!

Monday, August 1, 2016

They made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

My inbox has been flooded with mafia fiction. Normally I'd say pass unless there's a mystery involved but I was persuaded to try it. I'm sort of glad that I did. So without further ado here's my review of my brief foray into Mafia Fiction.

The Sin Trilogy:

This was a three for one so I'll break this review into three parts. Book one, A Necessary Sin, kicks off this trilogy with our main character Bleu MacAllister. She's a trained FBI agent who goes off on her own time to infiltrate a Scottish Mafia known as The Fellowship. She's not doing this for work but to settle a personal vendetta against the man she believes murdered her mother and attempted to murder her when she was 7 years old. Her adopted father Harry MacAllister, also a trained veteran of the FBI, has spent years training Bleu to do this very thing. Now Harry is dying of cancer and this is their last chance to infiltrate and exact revenge before Harry dies.

Bleu has it all worked out with Harry the best way to infiltrate it through Sinclair Breckenridge the oldest son of the head of The Fellowship. To catch his attention she'll go undercover as a barmaid in Leith's pub known as Duncan's. Leith is one of Sinclair's best friends and she knows he won't be able to resist showing off his new "American" waitress to Sinclair.

Everything goes according to plan until Bleu realizes that to sell this story and get closer to Sinclair's dad Thane Breckenridge she'll need to establish a personal and intimate relationship with Sinclair, known as Sin to his friends. Bleu agonizes over going this next step but she's determined to see her mothers killer dead so she throws her virginity on the alter of vengeance and begins a relationship with Sin. Sin upon discovering that Bleu is a virgin become obsessed with keeping her and making sure no other ever lays hands on her. He offers Bleu protection and claims her secretly as no one outside of The Fellowship is ever allowed in. Bleu being on the outside means he can't claim her publicly.

Bleu is set move on her plan to kill Thane when tragedy strikes Sin and he ends up in the hospital by this time Bleu as discovered that she's in love with Sinclair Breckenridge. She can't go through with the murder of his father and Sin's evil Uncle Abram uncovers Bleau's FBI past sending Bleu running back to the states never to see Sin again........Or is that the end?

Book two The Next Sin, picks up where book one left off. It's been months and The Fellowship hasn't followed Bleu back to her hometown in Mississippi. She's no longer employed by the FBI and is instead working as a private investigator, a job she hates but it helps pay the bills. She's living with her younger sister Ellison a nurse at the local hospital and her father Harry is in hospice care. Bleu is trying to move on with her life without Sinclair in it but is finding it difficult. Her sister Ellison convinces her to come out one night with her and her friends to cheer Bleu up. It's at this time that she runs into an old childhood friend Cody.

Cody is a commercial airline pilot after having finished his time in the Air Force and he's eager to reconnect with Bleu. Ok this is where I got all excited and was like "yay love triangle" let's get emotionally messy but it's a tease. Bleu only has room in her heart for one man and thats the very one she shouldn't have any room in her heart for, Sinclair Breckenridge. So sadly no messy emotional love triangle in these books readers.

Unbeknownst to Bleu Sins been keeping an eye for her from a distance. Watching over her because his Uncle Abram has sent men after her to take her out. Sin shows up at Bleu's place, and by show up I mean he breaks in and waits for her in the dark living room, because that's not creepy AT ALL. After scaring the crap out of her tells her about Abram's plans and then drops a bomb on her. He says the only to prevent her death at the hands of The Fellowship is if she marries him.

I can't go any further..if I go into any more depth on this book review it's going to spoil the rest of the rest of the story and it's actually a great mystery.

So I lied this isn't a three part review it's a two part review because anything else will give the rest away. I leave it to you my readers to decide.
Will Bleu marry Sin?
Will she discover the truth about the night her mother was murdered?
Will Uncle Abram be brought to justice mafia style?
What will happen to her sister Ellison in the midst of all of this?
so many questions....you'll have to read the Sin trilogy to find out.

Interview with Gaby Triana

Today I have Interview with Gaby Triana, and tomorrow I will have a review of Wake The Hollow up on the blog!!!




I wanted to kick things off with a fun question, so what is your favorite book of 2016 so far?

A Work of Art, by Melody Maysonet. Hauntingly disturbing and beautiful.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

In Wake the Hollow, the characters’ names are all derivative of the original Legend of Sleepy Hollow characters. Micaela Caterina is named after Katrina Van Tassel (Caterina = Katrina in Spanish). Bram is derivative of Abraham or Brom, the charming town hero in the original book, and Dane Boracich is derived from Ichabod Crane, but you’ll have to read the book to find out how.

Did you always want to be a writer?

I’ve always been a writer, ever since Kindergarten when I penned a dramatic letter telling my mother I was running away. In 3rd grade, I wrote a short story that sounded like Mark Twain, and all throughout school, I wrote stories and entered writing contests. My first published novel was in 2002, though, at the age of 31. 

What inspires your writing?

The things I love inspire me. Ghost lore, Halloween, Disney, desserts, music, love triangles, strong snarky girls, and the list goes on. I love stories where unlikeable characters redeem themselves. If a writer can turn a villain into a hero in my eyes, I especially love that.


What was the hardest part writing “Wake the Hollow”?

The hardest part was getting the reader to connect with Micaela. In early drafts, editors kept saying they weren’t connecting with her, couldn’t feel for her or her problem, etc. It was tough, because she’s a jaded rich girl who hasn’t yet become the brave young woman she ends up turning into. Her return to Sleepy Hollow signals an awakening in her soul, and it isn’t until she begins learning about her mother’s life does she finally CARE about anything. So when she’s first arriving, she’s just like, “whatever, let’s get this over with,” but as she learns more, she becomes completely invested. It’s getting harder and harder to hold a reader’s attention, but I didn’t want to make her completely relatable right from the beginning. She had to grow into her skin first.


What is your favorite thing about writing “Wake the Hollow”?

Easy! Sleepy Hollow. Halloween. Headless Horseman, plus I got to include Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in there as well. I grew up reading Stephen King and Anne Rice, so I finally got to write a YA novel that embodied the eeriness I so loved in books as a teen.


Do you have any habits while writing? For example: a specific snack food you have to have or maybe music playing in the background.

I’ve gone through stages where I’ve had to light a candle every time I write. Other times, I had to write only at night locked in my room. But one thing I absolutely can’t do is write with music on. In fact, I’m very jealous of people who can. Because for me, music is verbal—I sing along to all my favorite songs, so I can’t write and sing at the same time. 

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing?

I’m always writing.  I wish I was kidding. Otherwise, I’m watching movies with my kids, which I both enjoy just for the sake of enjoyment, but I’m also learning about story structure and plotting my next story when I watch movies.

What or Who were your biggest inspirations for the characters in Wake the Hollow?


Wake the Hollow is a modern-day retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, so the main characters are straight parallels of the short story. Only in my book, they are dressed up with new purpose, new settings, new plotline. Micaela is the daughter of the richest “farmer in the county,” only here, her father is a businessman. Dane Boracich is Ichabod Crane, the schoolteacher who’s come to town, and Bram Derant is the local town hero. Even Betty Anne is one of Sleepy Hollow’s “old wives,” mentioned in the original story. 


What is your next project?

Right now, I’m finishing an adult romance series, but I would love to write the sequel to Wake the Hollow. It’s been on my mind for a very long time. It would follow Micaela on her next adventure and would develop her romantic relationship with one of the boys too. But which one?

What do you think is the most special thing about this world you have created?

I didn’t create Sleepy Hollow, but I did find a way to make a Hispanic character relevant to this retelling. I also found a way to work classic authors, Washington Irving and Mary Shelley, into the plot somehow. So in essence, it’s a paranormal retelling with roots in historical fiction. I included enough of the original classic to appease hardcore enthusiasts while introducing new concepts for modern readers.

What is the one thing you want readers to walk away from Wake The Hollow with?

A love for suspense and well-built creepiness. Not all paranormal and horror stories need jump scares. Sometimes it’s scarier to wait and see what will happen. The scares are in what you’re NOT seeing, rather than in what you are seeing. The not knowing. The going forth in the dark to find out. That’s suspense. That’s what I love.

 If could describe your book in five words, what five would you use?

Eerie. Clever. Intelligent. Modern. Classic.



Description:

WAKE THE HOLLOW by Gaby Triana (YA Fiction):

Tragedy has brought Micaela Burgos back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow. It's been six years since she chose to live with her affluent father in Miami instead of her history-obsessed eccentric mother. And now her mother is dead.
But while Sleepy Hollow was made immortal by literature, the town is real. So are its prejudices and hatred, targeting Mica's Cuban family and the secrets of their heritage that her mother obsessed over. But ghostly voices whisper in the wind, questioning whether her mother’s death might not have been an accident after all, and Mica knows there's a reason she's here.
With the help of two very different guys—who pull at her heart in very different ways—Micaela must uncover the hidden secret of Sleepy Hollow…before she meets her mother's fate.

Excerpt:

I hear the laugh once again, calm and satisfied. A solid wave of rage starts between my forehead and the back of my head, overtaking my entire body. Teeth clenched so hard, I hear them grind. I scream, “What’s so funny, you sick bastard!”
            Then a new sound, so clear there’s no mistaking it. A horse’s neigh, followed by the woody, hollow sound of hooves galloping right toward me.
Thirsty leaves rustle on the ground like littered newspaper in the wind. I stand paralyzed over my mother’s grave, eyes roving, searching for the source of the sound. A horse in the cemetery? Seriously? But there’s no one here! Yet the galloping feels a blink away.
Run, Lela!
I break free of the invisible straitjacket immobilizing my upper body. I plunge through the woods, boots pounding the earth in time with my breath, eyes focused ahead, dodging grave markers, logs, rocks, and fallen limbs in my way. Who’s charging me on a horse? The Headless Horseman is only a character in a story. A legend.
Isn’t he?
I run straight for the bridge, my breath short and choppy. Isn’t the horseman supposed to stop chasing his victims once they cross the bridge? How ridiculous that I’m considering the logistics behind a work of fiction. Maybe it’s not a real spirit at all, but someone playing a trick on me.
It’s unnervingly dark inside the covered bridge, but I have no other choice. The galloping is right behind me. I’ll have to go through it if I don’t want to sense a horse’s hot breath prickling my neck. I avoid eye contact with whoever is chasing me, in case paralysis freezes my body again.
I charge through the bridge, my breath loud in my ears, panicked footsteps echoing against the siding, plowing along the musty planks until I blast out the other end, nearly tumbling onto the ground. I check over my shoulder. Nothing followed me through. But next to the bridge, a hazy mist hovers above the ground in the shape of what could be interpreted as a massive horse with a rider on top. It stands at the edge of the river, watching me escape.
That’s no trick.


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GABY TRIANA is the award-winning author of six YA novels—Wake the Hollow (Coming 2016), Summer of Yesterday, Riding the Universe, The Temptress Four, Cubanita, and Backstage Pass, as well as thirteen ghostwritten novels for best-selling authors. Originally a 4th grade teacher with a Master of Science in Elementary Education and ten years teaching experience, Gaby earned Teacher of the Year in 2000, wrote her first novel, Freddie and the Biltmore Ghost, then left teaching to launch a full-time writing career. She went on to publish young adult novels with HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, win an IRA Teen Choice Award, ALA Best Paperback Award, and Hispanic Magazine’s Good Reads of 2008. She spends her time obsessing about Halloween, Christmas, and Disney World, as well as hosting parties, designing mugs, making whimsical cakes, and winning costume contests. When she’s not writing, she might also be watching Jurassic Park movies with her boys, posting excessive food pics on social media, or helping run the Florida region of the SCBWI. Gaby lives in Miami with her three sons, Michael, Noah, and Murphy. She has one dog, Chloe, and two cats—Miss Daisy, and the reformed thug, shooting survivor, Bowie. Visit her at www.GabyTriana.com.