Number of pages: 273
Word Count: 83,000
Cover Artist: Char Andlesperger
Teenage girls don’t fall in love with ghosts, discover their magical powers or save their families from demons, or they?
Forced to leave the few friends she’s ever had and the only life she’s ever known, snarky fifteen-year-old Marissa arrives at Briar Creek, a remote Virginia plantation house, lonely and unhappy. Immediately upon arrival, she learns that her parents have come under the power of the demon that has dwelled there for over a century and that her very life hangs by a thread. With her life in peril, Marissa makes several discoveries that would turn any teenager’s life upside down.
Finding out that the nearby town of Mills Run is inhabited by the souls of her dead relatives who continually try to communicate with her is terrifying. Knowing her parents are under full control of the demon, who unbeknownst to her wants to father a child and rule the world, is even worse. Realizing that she only has Max, her faithful dog for support, Marissa begins to give up all hope.
That’s until she finds the journal of the long dead boy who used to occupy her room. Reading about his life, Marissa begins to fall in love and fantasizes about the seemingly impossible, meeting him. Her impossible dream miraculously comes true when Zachary materializes to save her life and teach her of the powers she never knew she possessed. Allied with her first love, and more powerful than any teenage girl ever dreamed, Marissa gains confidence and believes she can do anything. Together, can this improbable duo save Marissa’s family and the world from the demon before it’s too late?
MY REVIEW WILL COME LATER AS I HAVE NOT RECEIVED MY COPY YET. SO MAKE SURE YOU LOOK FOR IT!
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I reside in Northern New Jersey. By day I’m a teacher and family man. At night, the need to write drives me deep into the early hours of the morning. Growing up, my love of history and horror, including Stephen King, greatly shaped my reading and writing interests and style. My debut novel, The Beckoning, is a YA paranormal romance immersed in a historical setting. In additional to the sequel, I have two other YA novels in the publication queue.
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Many authors will tell you how well read they are and try to impress you with how long they’ve been writing. “It’s always been a dream of theirs and they’ve always won the 3rd grade writing contest in Mrs. So and So’s class.” Just who are they trying to impress anyway? I know for me when I hear them pontificating about it, it’s enough to make me ill and want vomit on their shoes. With that in mind, I’ll leave the self fulfilling sagas to the windbags and just tell you a little bit about the real me.
Spending my life bouncing back and forth between Southern California and New Jersey, I discovered a couple of things. In Jersey, I discovered I’m dyslexic and in California I discovered that the school system wasn’t equipped to handle a special education student. (At least in the 70’s, but who wants to date themselves.) Therefore, I learned to read with a lot of help from my parents and eventually got good enough to read novels. With the influence of my father’s interest in horror movies and history, I read two things, Stephen King and history books. It’s no surprise that many of my stories or the ones I have in my head, but have not put down on word yet, have a touch of both in them.
Working with the public, including the rental car business, my father’s diner, and later evolving into a teacher of Native American history, criminology, and special education, has allowed me to draw upon experiences that reveal much about human behavior. My writing reflects many of the different personalities and settings have I’ve come to know first hand. Of course I’ve never come across a demon, witch, the devil himself or a serial killer, but the personalities and people I’ve met are represented within each one of my characters.
On a personal note, I have a family, a house and the white PVC picket fence. I graduated from college and have a dog my kids call Roscoe. (Max from The Beckoning) What’s of more interest to you is that my favorite hobby is writing, the scarier the better
On the surface, The Beckoning is a story of a young girl who is forced to move from New Jersey to a remote plantation house in Virginia. Isolated from her friends, and ultimately her parents, Marissa (my protagonist) and her dog Max are left to fend for themselves in a world dominated by a demon hell bent on killing her family. In addition to the demon, Marissa must deal with a paranormal town her family frequents that is populated by ghosts. Eventually, Marissa discovers these ghosts are trying to reach out to her for help, for reasons she doesn’t yet understand. On the brink of insanity, Marissa finds the journal of the young man that lived in her room over a century before. In his journal, the young man left vital information about the history of the house and how to survive it. Lonely and scared, Marissa begins to fall in love with the young man spiritually before he does the seemingly impossible. He materializes to save her from the demon and show her the special powers she possesses. The love Marissa feels for him immediately grows ten fold. While their relationship blossoms, Marissa comes to realize that Zachary has not come to save her. Rather he has come to show her how to save the ghosts who are imprisoned in Mills Run, her family, and possibly the world.
Along with the romance, The Beckoning is packed with action, horror and the story of a young person finding out who she really is. Above all, The Beckoning is a story of a young person gaining confidence in herself and standing strong in the face of overwhelming odds.
There will be a sequel to The Beckoning. I will be writing that soon after I finish the steampunk vampire story I am currently writing that features Billy the Kid. In the sequel, Marissa will move to back to New Jersey, but find herself in a secluded Delaware River town. To her dismay the demon would have followed her and she will start noticing that even though her life is moving forward time itself is moving backwards a day or sometimes even a few weeks at a time. In addition to that people around her are dying incredibly horrible deaths and being replaced by their evil clones. Trying to escape the town Max and Marissa find out that some kind of powerful force is trapping them with the town’s limits. Perhaps Zachary can return and help her fight off the offspring of the original demon.
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