It’s a new year, which means new books. 2014 was my best year as a writer (thanks to my awesome fans embracing the last two books in the In Your Dreams series) and I have every hope that 2015 will be even better.
Since I know my fans are hungry for a new novel, I wanted to share what I’m working on currently. I don’t have a release date for this new novel as yet–I don’t even have a title–but I’m hoping to get this book out sometime in the next few months.
This new novel will be the first in a Young Adult mystery/suspense series and features another kick-ass heroine. Her name is Quinn Callahan, and let’s just say Quinn has been through some stuff. Here’s the blurb (as it exists now, anyway–it will likely change as I get closer to publication):
After her cop father is killed in the line of duty, Quinn Callahan returns from New York to her hometown of Shady Springs, Missouri, to live with her aunt. Unfortunately, Shady Springs holds nothing but pain for Quinn, whose mother allegedly murdered Quinn’s best friend Emma and Emma’s mother before killing herself, leaving Quinn a bullied outcast at her upscale prep school. After almost four years away, Quinn finds not much has changed other than her bullies have grown older, taller, and even more cruel. And Emma’s twin brother Evan is still indifferent to her, which is more painful than any bully’s prank given how close they were as kids.
Determined to clear her mother’s name, Quinn begins re-investigating her loved ones’ deaths with the help of some new friends and–eventually–Evan. But will Quinn be able to live with what she learns about her family and Evan’s in the process? And can she face the possibility of losing Evan from her life again when the investigation has brought them closer together than ever?
(Even as I’m reading this now I’m thinking, “Yeah–that needs some editing.”)
Get to know Quinn a little better here with a little teaser from the first chapter (and, again, this is all subject to change during editing):
When your dad’s a cop, you spend your life primed for the knock at the door, the phone call in the dead of night, the message telling you to go to the principal’s office in the middle of the day. The fear isn’t primal or unchecked, rushing through you like adrenaline. Since it’s a daily thing, the fear is in the blood, pulsing through your system mostly unnoticed.
When the moment finally came for me, it came in the form of my dad’s partner, Danny McMurtry, sitting on the steps of our two-flat in The Bronx waiting for me to come home from an early Saturday morning run to the bodega down the street. My plan had been to get some eggs, bacon, and pancake mix to make breakfast for Dad when he got off his graveyard shift so I could send him to bed with a full stomach. But when I caught sight of Danny from a few yards away, his head bowed, his hands folded in front of him as his elbows rested on his knees, I knew. As I started up the steps, I tried to play it cool, said “Hi, Danny,” as if I had no idea what was coming next, but as soon as he said, “Quinn, I need you to sit down…” I didn’t need to hear any more.
And so I hugged the paper bag with my breakfast ingredients, went numb, and didn’t really listen. I just watched as Danny’s pale lips, set against his even paler, freckled skin, formed words with no sound. He was a TV character speechifying about something or other, but the TV was on mute…
So, yeah…Quinn’s in a pretty bad place when the book opens. This book is a little darker than the In Your Dreams series, but in a good way. And there’s some humor in the darkness as well (think of this series as Pretty Little Liars crossed with Veronica Mars, maybe?).
Anyway, I hope you enjoy your introduction to Quinn Callahan, and if anyone has any ideas on what I should call this thing, let me know. Stay tuned for more teasers from the new novel as it develops.