July 16, 2014

JO, a new horror novel, coming to you on September 1st!

Hiya! Isn't it funny that I write horror and sci-fi, even though I'm usually sweet-as-pie and spend more time talking about my family than I do about blood and guts and gore? 

Well, regardless of all that, I'm at it again, and I've chosen the dates to bring my new novel, JO, into the world, and to online bookstores near you! 

So! September 1st!!! That's the date! It's also Labor Day, so everyone will be out of work/school and you can wake up and START READING! 

I'll do a cover reveal here on the blog and elsewhere throughout the internet on August 1st, and let me tell you: I can't wait for you to see it! It's GORGEOUS, in a bloody/gutsy/gory kind of way. 

So those are the dates! Mark your calendars! And in case you've forgotten what JO's all about...here's the first page.


Part 1: Preservation

I’m dead.
Sort of.
I thought you should know that right away, because this story won’t end well for me. I don’t have much longer. The battery that’s powering my brain is shutting down.
I’m sitting in my dorm room in the middle of the night. My mother’s asleep on the bed, and she’s snoring. It’s not a loud snore, not by any means, but it’s soft and it’s nasal and it’s there. I hear it. It transports me back in time, back to the days before things went sour and I had all the time in the world. Back then, sometimes, when I was very small, my mother and I had sleepovers in my bedroom, pretending we were girlfriends. We’d paint our nails and eat ice cream and giggle for hours.
Then my mother would fall asleep on the bottom bunk, and she’d snore like she’s snoring right now. So soft, so gentle. I’d lay in the top bunk and listen to her for hours. I loved feeling so close, so intimate, like I was the only one in the world who got to be with her like that. I felt so safe, those nights in my room so far away from here.
Right now, I wish I felt safe. I wish I could fall asleep to the sound of my mother’s snores, like when I was a little girl. I’m so tired. But I won’t let myself sleep yet. Because if I do, I won’t wake up, and I haven’t told you my story. I want you to hear it. I need you to hear it. Are you ready?
First, and most important, I’m not almost-dead by choice. I didn’t choose to be this way. I didn’t choose to become a monster.

That choice was made for me.

3 comments:

meredith short said...

OMG! I can't wait to read it. Ya know, again. Congrats, pal. JO is a gem.

Gadget Girls Reviews said...

Wow what a start to a book I can't wait to read this too, ive never read anything like this. I could see this as a major new film and I've not even read it lol! Congratulations hun it looks an amazing read!

Leah said...

Thanks, ladies!!! :D :D :D

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