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CONTEST: Who Killed the YA Scream Queens?

The YA Scream Queens have been killed!

Now it’s up to you to solve this whodunit.

It’s a tragic thing, really, a horrific thing: 9 authors of YA horror who all died under bizarre circumstances. Cat, Courtney, Dawn, Hillary, Jenn, Lauren, Lindsay, Sarah, and Trisha—not one was spared. Whether turned to ash or stone, stabbed with a special blade or found frozen in the mountains, the deaths of Scream Queens are decidedly mysterious … and literary.

Kids, don't mess around with poison. Kids, don’t mess around with poison.

It seems as though authorities are pointing the fingers at other YA authors of horror and dark fiction, and a suspect pool has been gathered.

First, this week, from October 7-12th, learn how the Scream Queens perished on this blog.

Beginning October 13-24th, the suspects will post their denials or confessions. Follow the trail connecting one author to next. It will be up…

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That One Song

I have noticed a lot of chatter lately about book playlist. There are playlist widgets for blogs, contests where one lucky reader winds downloads of the individual songs, even dedication in books to certain musical artist. These playlists frequently loop in the background as the author types away, providing the background noise against which their novels are set.  I have talked to authors who spend hours, sometimes days, sorting through music, finding just the right songs BEFORE they type their first word.

Not me.

Perhaps I am the odd writer out there, but I do not have a playlist nor the desire to figure out how to install one of the blasted widgets (Every time I add a widget, my blog goes haywire. Yes, technologically challenged writer here!) There isn’t a song for each of my characters or a musical verse that perfectly fits any particular scene. What there is ONE song! And I listen to it consistently as I write.

One song for each manuscript, that for someone reason, stirs an emotional response in me.  It isn’t the poetic words that jar my muse into action, there isn’t one line in that song that I can pinpoint, rather the emotional undercurrent—the fear, pain, and anger—that drives my characters.  So yeah…music is key to my writing, but not because I have a huge playlist that exemplifies character traits or plot points, rather because one song drives the entire emotional undercurrent of my manuscript.

For my YA Contemporary, THE SECRETS WE KEEP, that song is “Don’t Give Up” by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush.  What is your ONE song?

Cover Reveal for YA Psychological Horror CREED


November, 2014 from Flux

About the Authors:

author pic 1 Trisha Leaver resides on Cape Cod with her husband, three children and one rather excitable black lab. She spent most of her childhood living inside her own mind, creating characters and stories that only a child’s imagination could dream up. She now spends her days breathing life into those characters, writing realistic fiction for young adults. Today, Trisha is a free-lance editor and a proud member of the SCBWI, YA Scream Queens, The Horror Writers Association, TheBookYards, and OneFourKidLit, a community of authors with debuts upcoming in 2014. More information about her solo and co-authored projects can be found at the links below.





lindsay author photo

Lindsay Currie lives in Chicago, Illinois with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids and one adorable, but irreverent Bullmastiff named Sam. She graduated from Knox College in the heart of the Midwest and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She is a freelance editor for young adult, new adult and middle grade fiction, and is a proud member of SCBWI, The Horror Writers Association, The YA Scream Queens, The BookYard and OneFourKidLit, a community of authors with debuts upcoming in 2014.





Dee Langley is seventeen and mere months away from total freedom and a life where state social workers, counselors, and foster parents don’t dictate her every move. She has spent years trying to eke out a normal existence, hiding from her past and walking the tenuous line between denial and self-preservation. A weekend away with her boyfriend, Luke, and his brother, Mike, seems like the perfect opportunity to forget and start over. Little does Dee know that she’s just trading one hell for another.

When an unexpected storm and a lack of gas force their car off the road, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves with no other choice but to wander into the nearby town of Purity Springs for help. But it’s not good Samaritans they find, but rather complete and utter silence, every store and every house abandoned. Forced to seek shelter in one of the deserted homes, they uncover a disturbing book with explicit instructions on how to correctly rear a child, complete with a hand written record of its use. It’s not until the next morning, however, that they discover the alarming truth – the town isn’t abandoned; it is populated by a deadly cult, and the leader, Elijah Hawkins, has plans for the three of them. The group’s only hope for survival lies in the hands of Elijah’s son, Joseph. But is Joseph really their ticket to freedom or is his game just as deadly as his father’s?

Pre-order on Amazon                                                                                                        ISBN-13: 978-0738740805

Mark it to read on Goodreads

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AND NOW…THE COVER!!!!!!!!!!!

Creed final cover

That One Perfect Line

We all have our favorite lines…phrases that encapsulates the entire theme of a book into one fantastically written sentence.  If you’re like me, you find them rattling around in your head for weeks, months, even years later.

“Because this is what happens when you try to run from the past. It just doesn’t catch up, it overtakes … blotting out the future.” ~Sarah Dressen, JUST LISTEN

“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”  ~Cormac McCarthy, ALL THE PRETTY HORSES

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”   ~John Green, LOOKING FOR ALASKA

It’s easy to point to these out in other people’s work. As writers we appreciate, even savor that truly awe-inspiring sentence and find ourselves dumbfounded by the profound depth they convey.  But when it comes to dissecting our own work, when we are cornered at a conference and asked to get the heart of our story in one compelling sentence, we often freeze, forgetting not only the name of our characters but the entire plot.

Today, as we start a whole new year of writing, I challenge you to read through your own WIP and find that one sentence that brings your entire manuscript to life.  I guarantee it’s in there, that awe-inspiring sentence that has you saying “Crap…I wrote that?”  Then share it here for the rest of us to marvel over. As encouragement, I will toss out one of my own.

 “The darkness would’ve scared me years ago, but not anymore.  If you couldn’t see it, then you didn’t know it was there to be afraid of.” ~untitled WIP