Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Guest Blog - Secret: At HL Woods by DK Davis


An Intro to Bri – story-star of Secret: At HL Woods

Hello, Roxanne and all of the Fang-tastic Blog Fans – it’s so great to be here!

I’m DK Davis, author of Secret: At HL Woods, a young adult paranormal romance. I appreciate the chance to share the early history of Bri Lancaster, the seventeen-year-old story-star of SAHLW; )

Bri’s ability to see and communicate with the dead started at an early age. She realized at four-years-old that some of her friends no one else could see or hear ~ those friends were labeled “imaginary” by the pediatric doctor. He prescribed an anxiety-type of medication with the understanding Bri was actually suffering from the tense issues going on between her parents (children can be so sensitive and receptive at this age). Thankfully her mother didn’t believe the prescribed drug was useful.

Bri spent a lot of time with her Aunt Lou Ann, who accepted Bri’s abilities. She’d much rather stay with her aunt over her mother or father.

Then at age nine, Bri’s family moved, and continued to move every couple of years or so, which resulted in her always feeling like an outsider…until at age fourteen when she met Luke. They were neighbors and in the same grade in Marshall, Michigan. By this time, she projected a goth-like exterior, mostly to alienate anyone from getting too close, but she and Luke connected for a similar reason ~ they were both considered odd, out of the norm.
After another move to the Southwest side of Michigan in March, she really felt like life was over – starting a new high school at the end of her junior year without her best friend. Her father settled her and her mother into an amazing house on a lake and then he left them.
This is where the story at HL Woods begins…

Bri, a seventeen-year-old ghost-seer, keeps her ability under wraps at the new school until a murdered couple from the 1960’s asks for help.

Kyle, a high school all-star 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?

Thank you again for stopping in ~ I hope you enjoy Secret: At HL Woods. Each book in the Secret series is a stand-alone – different characters with their own unique story.

Secret: At HL Woods
The Secret Series
Book 2
DK Davis

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publisher: BWL Publishing, Inc.

Date of Publication: December 15, 2017 

ISBN: 978-1-77362-990-2
ISBN: 978-1-77362-989-6
ISBN: 978-1-77362-988-9 print
ASIN: B077ZT2H5V

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.

Book Description:

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?

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2nd 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’s gonna 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/



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3 comments:

D.K. Davis said...

Hello Roxanne - thanks so much for hosting me today. Always have great times at your place:)

ShirleyAnn said...

I enjoyed the excerpt the book sounds fascinating.

D.K. Davis said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, Shirley Ann:) I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the excerpt. Good Luck in the giveaway.

 
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