I spent 2014 writing and publishing the 20 Something series, and there's still (at least) one more book to come, STILL WAITING. But it's going to have to wait a little while longer. :)
Because my next novel out for publication is the first book in a different series, and not only that, it's in a different genre!
HIDDEN DEEP is a YA Fantasy/Paranormal romance and the first book in a trilogy. I actually wrote it before writing the 20 Something books, but I put it aside to work on them, and late last year picked it up again and began the editing process with it.
I truly love this book. It was the one that made me a Golden Heart finalist in 2013, and it's set in a fictional version of my little Mississippi hometown. But that's where the ties to reality end.
Here's what the story's about:
Sixteen-year-old Ryann Carroll has just run into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. You might think she'd be happy to see him again. Not exactly. She's a bit underdressed (as in skinny-dipping) and he's not supposed to exist.
After her father's affair, all Ryann wants is to escape the family implosion fallout and find a little peace. She also wouldn't mind a first date that didn't suck, but she's determined not to end up like her mom: vulnerable, betrayed, destroyed. Ryann's recently moved back to her childhood home in rural Mississippi, the same place where ten years earlier she became lost in the woods overnight and nearly died.
She's still irresistibly drawn to those woods. There she encounters the boy who kept her from freezing to death that long ago winter night and was nowhere to be seen when rescuers arrived. He's still mysterious, but now all grown-up and gorgeous, too. And the more she's with him, the greater the threat he poses to Ryann's strict policy-- never want someone more than he wants you.
Seventeen-year-old Lad knows the law of his people all too well: Don't get careless and Don't get caught. It's allowed his race to live undetected in this world for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore…
Lad's never been able to forget about Ryann since that night ten years ago. When he sees her again, his fascination re-ignites and becomes a growing desire that tempts him to break all the Here'rules. He's not even supposed to talk to a human, much less fall in love with one.
And the timing is atrocious. The Assemblage is coming, the rift between the Light and Dark is widening, and mysterious celebrity fan pods are becoming more and more widespread and influential. Lad may have to trade his own chance at happiness to keep the humans, especially Ryann, blissfully unaware and safe.
The release date for HIDDEN DEEP is March 23rd.
I'm excited that I get to reveal the cover on Monday, Feb. 9th!!!!!! And if you'd like, you can help. If you have a blog- great. If not- no problem! I'd love for you to post the cover on your Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, side of your house, face-paint it--wherever you want!
Here's a link to sign up to be a part of the cover reveal:
And if you just want to sit back and watch... well, I'll see you Monday with a beautiful new cover to share!!