Today, we're doing something a little different. I wanted to bring a new release to your attention. Q.L. Pearce, an author I met on my journey, has an awesome new book that came out in late October. Let's check out the cool details, shall we?
The town of Saltlick Bluff is famous for an urban legend. Does the
spirit of a young girl wait on a misty cliff-hugging highway for her
ride to the prom?
In the house on Beech Street a terrible tragedy
occurred. Now neighbors won’t look at the place as they pass. Those who
live nearby draw their blinds and shutter their windows after dark.
What are they afraid of?
Hale Hallow Woods seems sinister and menacing even in the light of day. Does a thirst for revenge beat near its dark heart?
The answers lie within these pages, just waiting to send a chill up your spine!
Amazon Universal link: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01M7U859N
And Q.L. is giving us an exclusive excerpt of her book, Spine Chillers: Hair Raising Tales!
Grille was the real deal. An authentic drive-in restaurant with car hops on
roller skates delivering trays of burgers and fries to people parked outside.
It had been in business for decades. Other than a fresh coat of paint now and
then it hadn’t changed from the day it opened.
Andy and Jacob threaded around the cars and pushed through the glass doors to
the diner. A hostess dressed in a fuzzy sweater and a poodle skirt guided
customers to booths covered in red vinyl. A candy-colored jukebox blared from a
corner. The laughter and chatter of the crowd was louder than the music. Tyler
noticed Shay jammed into a booth with her friends. He raised a hand in greeting
but she ignored him.
pointed to the long soda fountain. “There’s room over there.” Tyler nodded and
they each claimed a stool.
it be?” Randy, the soda jerk adjusted his black bow tie and gave them a toothy
grin. The boys ordered shakes.
whirled around once on his stool and stopped to face Jacob. “So do they have
any place like this in Phoenix?”
is pretty cool.” He looked around and his eye settled on a wall of photographs.
“Who are those people?”
the prom kings and queens from the high school,” Tyler answered.
there’s like a hundred of them. What’s the deal with those two?” Jacob pointed
to a black and white photo that was larger than the rest.
slipped into telling the story that everyone in town knew by heart. “That’s
Johnny Tonnarro and his girlfriend, Samantha. He was like a rock star a long
time ago. He got killed in an accident off Yetter Point.”
“It was a
foggy night. He drove his car off the cliff and got squished like a pancake,”
Andy added. “His girlfriend waited for hours in the cold for him to show up.
She was all dressed for the prom and crying like a baby.”
gazed at Samantha’s sweet face. “That’s sad. What happened to her?”
lowered his voice for effect. “She drowned a year later on the anniversary of
the accident. She was down on the jetty throwing flowers out into the ocean,
those stinky white ones…gardenias. A wave swept her off the rock. Some people
say they’ve seen her.”
What do you mean?”
up the story again. “Every year around this time her ghost waits out on Thorne
Road near Highway One for Johnny to pick her up. Just standing there crying.”
placed the shakes in front of the boys and joined in. “This time of year the
evenings are usually foggy.They say she waits just off the edge of the road
in the mist - lavender gown, white gloves, and gardenias in her long, blonde
mouth dropped open and his eyes grew wide. “Really? A real ghost? You’ve seen
Andy couldn’t hold back their laughter. “Nobody’s seen her,” Andy snickered.
“It’s all made up. Not the accident part but the ghost part.
frowned. “So Samantha didn’t really die?”
She died alright. She drowned. But only little kids and tourists swallow the
ghost story. You have to be a real lamebrain to believe it. Last year the town
newspaper offered a ten thousand dollar reward for anybody who could get a
photograph of her. There were a lot of fakes but nobody’s earned the money
grinning, Tyler turned to take a sip of his milkshake and caught a glimpse of Shay.
She was staring toward the entrance. If looks could kill, her eyes were lethal
weapons. Tyler followed her gaze.
he whispered and his smile faded. His brother was holding the door open for
Anilla Jacoby, Shay’s arch-enemy. Anilla beamed up at Lane and slipped her arm
through his. The couple slid into a booth. Shay stood and stormed toward the
door without looking at them.
isn’t good,” Tyler muttered.
later his phone beeped. He read the text. Come outside now. We need to talk.
Shay was waiting for him as he pushed open the door.
I would die of embarrassment. I can’t believe he would show up here in front of
everyone with that airhead hanging on him like that. Now I know why he’s been
avoiding me.” She turned on Tyler. “How long has this been going on?”
me. This is the first time I’ve seen him with Anilla.”
to pay a price for humiliating me like that. I want to embarrass him in front
of all of his friends!”
shifted nervously. “Shay, I don’t want to…”
Shay. Maybe you should just let it go. He’s my brother. I can’t …”
going to let this go, Tyler.” She leaned in and growled. “You’re with me or
against me. And trust me, if you want to survive high school you don’t want to
be against me. I can make your life miserable.” Shay turned and stomped away.
-Excerpt from Spine Chillers, by Q.L. Pearce
Copyright © Glass Apple Press 2016.
Quite a riveting story!
I see Q.L. was also the mastermind behind the Titan A.E. movie and the series, Land Before Time. Wow! I'm seriously impressed! I loved Titan A.E. ;)
We'll be sure to check out this fascinating, new adult horror novel! Congrats on the book, Q.L.!
Readers, you can grab it now! :)
About the Author:
Pearce is the author of more than 120 books for young readers, from picture books
to YA, as well as film tie-in books for the Fox animated film Titan AE and the
Universal animated series Land Before Time. Red Bird Sings: The Story of
Zitkala Sa (Carolrhoda Books, with co-author and illustrator, Gina
Capaldi), received several awards including a Carter G. Woodson Book Award gold
medal from NCSS and a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award gold medal. Her fiction
includes the popular middle grade series, Scary Stories for Sleep-Overs (Price,
Stern, Sloan). Q believes strongly in the value of scary books for young
readers. When asked what credentials she has which qualify her as an expert in
this area she replies, "I was a child once. That was very scary."
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Q.-L.-Pearce/e/B001H9RTXO/