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teen-shrapnel4Publishing books is a lot like having kids. With the first one, you freak out and obsess, you treat it like the special wittle bundle of perfection it is because OMG isn’t it the cutest, most special snowflake you’ve ever seen???

And then the second one comes along, and you shrug instead of freaking, you laugh instead of crying, and when it enters the world, you’re pleased as punch that you lived through another one and hey, it’s pretty damn cool, too.

While I haven’t gone through quite the frenzy I did when Want hit shelves, I’m proud to bring you Shrapnel. Like Want, it’s dark, sexy and more than a touch disturbing, but it’s riddled with unexpected humor, very strong characters and multiple points of view.

Unlike Juli in Want, Dylanie (Dylan) is a tough-as-nails gothy chick who takes crap from no one. Jake was a blast to write. My critique group has commented more than once that I write freakishly well from a male POV. Jake–like Dave in Want–leaps off the page with his dirty humor and barely contained hormones.

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Oakleigh Mansion in Mobile, Alabama, the setting of SHRAPNEL

And OMG Jackson. Mmmm, Jackson. Like Isaac in Want, he’s a villain you love to hate and hate to love. Sure, he’s a horrendous jerk, but he has his reasons. It’s up to you to decide whether they exonerate him.

Add in a touch of horror, a good ghost story, some Civil War history and a tiny thread of LGBT and voila! You’ve got Shrapnel.

Please help me welcome it into the world and show it some love! If you plan to read it, add it to your Goodreads TBR list. If you’ve already read it, please consider leaving a review (good or bad, they all help!).

And did I mention you can win a copy? Yup, right here.

Synopsis:

It’s been six years since Dylanie and her family visited a Civil War site and the place came alive with cannon fire. Problem was, no one could hear it but her.

Now she’s sixteen, 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—Jake and Ashley—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 the 150-year-old battle for the South’s legendary Confederate gold. Each must conquer their personal ghosts to face down Jackson, a seductive spirit who will do anything to protect the gold’s current location and avenge a heinous attack that destroyed his family.

Right now, it’s available here (more locations to come):

Now please excuse me while I do this:

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