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Light as a Feather, Stiff as a BoardLight as a Feather, Stiff as a Board

published by Lovestruck Literary.  
AUDIO BOOK now available from Hachette Bandcamp.

 

McKenna Brady thinks her junior year of high school is going to be the best ever when she’s welcomed into the elite group of popular girls at Weeping Willow High School led by blond, gorgeous Olivia Richmond. Prior to junior year, McKenna was known in her small town as the girl whose twin sister died in a tragic house fire, and she’s overjoyed at the prospect of redefining her identity. She has a date to the Homecoming dance with Olivia’s handsome older brother, and a good chance of being elected to student council. For the first time since McKenna’s parents divorced, things are looking up.

But everything changes the night of Olivia’s Sweet Sixteen sleepover birthday party. Violet, the shy, mysterious new girl in town, suggests that the girls play a scary game called Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, during which Violet makes up elaborate stories about the future ways in which beautiful Olivia, brassy Candace, and athletic Mischa will die. The game unsettles McKenna because she’s already escaped death once in her life, but she doesn’t want to ruin her friends’ fun. It’s only a game, she reminds herself.

But it doesn’t seem like a harmless game a week later when Olivia dies unexpectedly in a violent car crash, exactly as Violet predicted. And something begins haunting McKenna’s bedroom at night, leaving her clues that all seem to point to Violet. McKenna enlists the help of her cute next-door neighbor Trey in finding out exactly what kind of curse Violet has put on all of the popular girls in the junior class. As Violet rises to popularity and seemingly steps into the life Olivia left unfinished, McKenna and Trey know they only have a limited amount of time to bring an end to Violet’s game before more lives are lost.

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Ouija coverRoom 9C

This story was written in partnership with Universal Pictures for the release of Ouija: The Movie in October of 2014.

It’s the middle of fall semester at Commonwealth University, and Cara Oliver is the resident assistant on the ninth floor of the Hynes Hall dormitory. Being an RA means she’s exempt from paying for her private room. Better yet, she earns a stipend in exchange for keeping the hallway clean, mediating roommate disputes, and suffering the advances of her boss, creepy middle-aged Mr. Flynn. It’s much better than having to find a part-time job on campus. And best of all, her boyfriend, is the RA for the tenth floor.

But something strange is going on in 9C, the single room that’s occupied by deaf freshman Hailey Warwick. Cara learns that there are frequent odd noises in the room, and Hailey’s oblivious because she can’t hear them. Cara’s best friend, Leigh Anne, tells Cara that the rumor is that a kid died in Room 9C one year, and it’s haunted.  She jokes that it’s either great planning on the part of the dorm’s general manager, Mr. Flynn, that there’s a deaf kid living in 9C that year. Something about Leigh Anne’s joke rings eerily true to Cara. Cara feels awful it’s taken her until October to realize Hailey might be in some kind of danger…

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