WHAT REMAINS - YA Horror
(coming soon, says the hopeful writer)
Deep in the swamp lies a danger worse than death.
Sixteen-year-old Madison blames herself after her best friend drowns. Filled with guilt over Sadie’s death, Madison is sent to the swamplands of Georgia to spend the rest of the summer with her aunt and hopefully recover.
But the dead won’t leave Madison alone. Not when she starts hearing Sadie’s voice echoing down the long halls of her aunt’s ancient house. Madison doesn’t want to believe that Sadie is haunting—even possessing her—but when she finds messages scrawled across the mirrors and recordings on her phone in her own distorted voice that all promise death, Madison can’t even trust her own mind and memories.
Terrified of what’s happening to her, Madison confides in Wyatt, the boy next door, and his friends. As she grows closer to Wyatt and they explore the nearby swamp together, Madison learns there’s something deadly lurking within the murky water--and it wants her.
And swamp tries to lure her to it, Madison must figure out how the it's connected to Sadie’s haunting—and how to stop both. Because if she gives in to either one, she won’t only become the next dead girl, she’ll condemn her new friends to death too.
WHAT LIES WITHIN - YA Horror
Sometimes memories don’t fade away.
Sometimes they become the monsters that hunt us.
Sixteen-year-old Penny doesn’t want to spend two months sitting around a campfire and talking about her feelings. And she really doesn’t want to talk about her dead dad—or explain to strangers how her life has been better off without him. But when her mom finds a summer-long therapy camp for teen girls, Penny has no choice.
But Camp Whitewood is so much worse than what Penny imagined. Instead of just dealing with her own personal kumbaya-hell, Penny starts to see things that shouldn’t be possible—a forest that shifts and changes, a sky that doesn’t move, objects that appear out of nowhere, and a creature that sneaks through the camp. And worst of all, the shadowy specter of her deadbeat dad keeps visiting her cabin every night.
Only no one believes Penny about the strange occurrences. And when other campers start losing their memory and acting strangely happy before disappearing, Penny wonders if the disturbing things she’s seen are connected with what’s happening to the other campers. Intent on searching for answers, she confronts the creature pretending to be her dad and is thrown into a hallucination created by it. Each time the creature comes to her, Penny is pulled into new and terrifying visions: a hospital room with a dying woman, a fire burning all around her, a drowned girl crawling out of the lake, and more. As Penny is forced into each new vision, she realizes they’re connected to the other campers—that she’s seeing their memories twisted into waking nightmares made by the creature.
And when one of the girls that disappeared is found dead in the middle of the woods with her heart ripped out, Penny knows she can’t hide from the visions and monsters anymore. She teams up with her crush, Harper, to figure out how to stop the things that are haunting and hunting them within the campsite. Trapped in the middle of the Appalachian mountains as the bodies start piling up, the two girls and their remaining cabin mates search for the truth, before anyone else can disappear—or die—next.
Bargains Made of Blood
(inspired by a Dutch folksong & Dutch mythology)
Some bargains are worse than the monsters who offer them,
some magic more deadly than both.
When a third girl goes missing from Saint Aechte’s monastery, a home for abandoned orphans, eighteen-year-old Tryn suspects that it’s more than love-sick fools running away. And after she witnesses a shadow-clad monster kidnap her sister, Tryn knows she must figure out how to bring her, and the other girls, back. But while trying to trap the creature, Tryn is accidentally snatched away to a kingdom full of magic and monsters and a court more deadly than any beast.
Alone in a world where bargains are bound by magic and can have dangerous consequences, Tryn makes a reluctant deal with Roelant, the shadow creature who took her from her home. Tryn must follow Roelant's commands in order to keep either of them from being found out and punished by the lord of the realm. In exchange, Roelant shows Tryn where her friends are being kept at Lord Halewyn's court, forced to dance until they die.
While forming a desperate alliance with Roelant, Tryn must outwit the lord and his treacherous bargains or risk becoming ensnared within his bloodthirsty realm and losing her sister forever.
To save the stolen girls, Tryn will do anything, even if it means betraying saints, fighting murderous creatures, and becoming as dark and dangerous as the very monsters she’s surrounded by.