I was recently introduced to #sixSunday by Angela Quarles, fellow Mobilian and blogger extraordinaire. The concept is to share six sentences from your WIP/MS. Pretty simple. And since I haven’t posted since … erm, Halloween, well, I owe you a little taste of what’s been taking up so much of my time.

Here’s the summary:

Nothing’s been the same for Dylanie since she and her family visited a Civil War site and the place came alive with cannon fire. Problem was, no one could hear it but 10-year-old Dylanie.

Six years later, her dad’s moved out, her mom’s come out of the closet and Dylan’s got a spot on Paranormal Teen, a reality TV show filming at historic Oakleigh Mansion. She’ll spend a weekend with two other psychic teens learning how to control her abilities.

None of them realized how much their emotional baggage would put them at the mercy of Oakleigh’s resident spirits, or that they’d find themselves pawns in a 150-year-old mystery. Each must decide what’s right or wrong, and which secrets are worth keeping. A wrong choice could be fatal.

Without further ado (okay, a little ado), here are six sentences from my current WIP, tentatively titled SURRENDER. It’s not the MS I’ve been querying, but a new one. I’m about 35,000 words into it. I’ve had a hard time classifying it: paranormal romance/magical realism/historical fiction/horror with a thread of LGBT. In other words, a total mutt. It’s set in the real world–just with ghosts and psychic teens with serious issues.


“It’s part of our history,” he said.

When we paid our admission to the cranky lady behind the counter and stepped from the snug, air-conditioned souvenir shop into the center of the fort, the place lit up.

But not with lights. With cannon fire.

The problem?

Only I could see it.

It’s hard to explain how difficult it is to pick just six sentences, but these are from the introduction, so I guess they make the most sense. More to come next Sunday!