Secret: At HL Woods
The Secret Series
by DK Davis
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?
1st Excerpt – Beginning of story, 392 w/c (from unedited ARC copy)
“What the—? Ugh!” Air exploded out of my lungs as I face-planted in musty dirt and leaves. A little fur-ball chipmunk had scurried across my path and should be a smear on the bottom of my tennis shoe, but I’d dove over it like diving off the raft. Air wheezed back into my body on gulps of mortification.
“Holy crap. Kyle, did you see that agile ballerina move? It’s none other than the dark witch-girl, Bri Lancaster. You know, the very one that unveils morbid Goth clouds wherever she goes.”
Max. My worst nightmare. No, no, no. Don’t look. Do not raise your head. I did, coughing and sputtering dirt from my mouth. Kyle, the guy that lived next door, ran full bore toward me, while Max struck a pose, laughing. A deranged hyena came to mind. What in the heck were those two doing this far into the woods? They’d never been in this area of the forest, at least not for the past three months I’d been jogging here.
“Are you hurt?” Kyle kneeled next to me and extended a hand.
I got to my feet on my own, brushing dirt from the front of my T-shirt. “I’m fine.” I glared at Max, who was still a distance away laughing his butt off. How mature.
“Max. It’s not that funny.” Kyle unfolded himself to stand beside me. His ice-blues twinkled from the sunlight filtering through the tree branches. “Are you sure you’re all right? That was quite a tumble.”
Stop staring at him and respond. A slap on my shoulder shoved me into Kyle. I nearly knocked him to the ground. Somehow he righted both of us.
“Get a grip, Goth-girl. He’s not into you.” Max jerked me away from Kyle and completed my humiliation. “You kissing the dirt made a perfect Snap Chat expose, my evil one.” He flashed me the picture on his phone. “Today we get to enjoy black spiky hair tipped in fluorescent fuchsia. What happened to your eyebrow stud?” He blinked his eyes and grinned, most likely for effect.
As if on auto-mode, my hands curled into fists with a deep-seated urge to punch his face. My hair wasn’t spiky, just short, and how he got his phone to grab a close up of me on the ground was beyond me. I hate him.
Hello, Linda and hello to everyone visiting – thanks so much for stopping by. Linda has asked me an excellent question: What is it about the book, Secret: At HL Woods, that makes it special?
I’m DK Davis, author of Secret: At HL Woods, a YA paranormal romance. Each of the Secret Series books is stand-alone stories with unique secrets, characters, and plots, there is no required reading order of these books.
Okay…on to Linda’s great question…things about the story that is special to me:
A couple special aspects are addressed in this book that impacted people in my life and compelled me to share – like the racial issues of the 1960’s and gay issues caused by certain mindsets that continue to be ongoing. These fictionalized events that seem all too real, bring a deeper understanding of the characters living within the pages.
Another special part of the story is the two main characters, Bri and Kyle. A number of their physical and personality traits were formed from two particular muses in my life (“hint” – grandchildren).
The book cover image is also high on my “special” list to do with this book as she represents Bri (the protagonist) and happens to be my granddaughter. My daughter is a professional photographer and followed the BWL Publishing, Inc. Art Director’s specifications for the image. My daughter, granddaughter, and I had a blast playing dress-up for the picture (like dressing a star for a part). Michelle Lee, Art Director, produced a beautiful cover using my granddaughter’s image.
I appreciate the opportunity to spend a day with you, Linda, and thank you and everyone for stopping by. Please don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win an Amazon gift card, a box of See’s Chocolates, or an e-copy of Secret: At HL Woods. Good Luck – and Happy New Year to all!
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/