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Spending spring break on an isolated island rumored to be haunted is not sixteen-year-old Sam’s idea of fun. Spending spring break with her uncle and his ghost-hunting film crew on an isolated island is even worse. Way worse. Her family’s secrets—and a genetic ability she can no longer deny—surface, along with the ghost of a rich serial killer who left behind a trail of trapped souls. And he’s not through yet. With only one chance for escape, Sam must embrace her family’s curse and close the Seam between the living and the dead. Or be lost, forever.
The temperature dropped to the point where my breath fogged half the mirror. It was getting colder, and the insulation sucked. I wiped the fog away. The mirror fogged again. This time, the fog turned into ice crystals and formed weird shapes. The crystals spread. In a clear section, I spotted a tall shadow behind me. My heart punched, punched, punched against my ribcage. The shadow came closer. My heart threatened to explode, but I clamped my lips together, forced myself not to scream.
Kyle turned and gave me a heart-stopping smile, then climbed into the old motorboat. His faded jeans clung to his oh-so-grabbable ass. Damn, he was scrumdiddlyumptious. Maybe the week was salvageable, even though he took the one and only escape route off the island. I should have asked when he’d be back. I was such a dork.
Excerpt Three: I turned and screamed. Beetles covered every wall in the grand hall. There had to be millions of them. And they kept multiplying. The army on the floor continued to grow and work its way toward surrounding me. My heart leapt in my chest. The beetles came closer, making a clicking noise similar to the sound of typing on a laptop. This couldn’t be happening, couldn’t be real. I had to be hallucinating or something. Maybe I’d really and truly stepped over the edge and descended into madness. The beetles clicked closer.
Kathleen wrote her first story in elementary school about a Pegasus named Sir Lancelot. It had no plot or conflict, but it sparked a dream. After serving a fifteen-year sentence in retail management, the bulk in big box bookstores, she turned her love of reading into a full-time career writing dark and haunting characters and stories.
She lives by the mantra that a day is not complete without tea. Lots of tea. Kathleen lives in Ohio with her husband, two boys, and two attention-demanding dogs. When not writing or editing or revising, you can find her reading, cooking, spending time with her family, or photographing abandoned buildings.
She writes Young Adult: Science Fiction, Horror, Supernatural Suspense.
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