Today I am so thrilled and delighted to welcome editor and author Danielle Thorne as she discusses her new release from Desert breeze Publishing, “Death Cheater”! Congratulations and welcome!
Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog today, Regina. I’m so excited to share the news of my next release, DEATH CHEATER, a young adult inspirational paranormal from Desert Breeze Publishing.
It’s interesting, as the ebook industry grows, how different genres are popping up all over the Internet market. I’d have to say that besides Inspirational Romance, Inspirational Suspense is one of my favorite genres to read.
Now, when I say my new book is an Inspirational Paranormal, I’m not quite sure if that’s a category or not, to be honest! Perhaps I’m drawn to this label because of the foundation of my faith and my beliefs of life after death. Writing DEATH CHEATER didn’t just give me the opportunity to explore a new audience, it gave me a chance to reach deep into what I feel waits for us after this life. Targeting the young adult market felt very natural as I dredged up distant memories of high school; crossing over into the paranormal was a fun little treat.
In DEATH CHEATER, Athena Gray lives vicariously through her sister because people in general avoid her. Whether it’s strange things like dead butterflies fluttering to life, or the time she saved her dying grandpapa just by willing him to live, Athena knows that she is different. The only person who doesn’t seem to think so is Dan, the most popular boy on Omega High School’s baseball team. But even Dan can’t understand the reason she acts haunted, until a spirit roaming the local historic burial mounds takes an interest in people Athena cares about.
It’s my intention to make a three book series following Athena as she finishes high school and begins college. Her experiences with the other side will be poignant, yet at the same time chilling, when the situation calls for it. While it’s fun to investigate what lies beyond our earthly realm, I feel it’s important to be respectful and delicate. I hope readers connect with Athena and her young adult angst, but at the same time, I also hope the stories give a little reminder about who we are, where we come, and where we are going. Life is about love, no matter what you believe, and love is all around us. We just have to reach out to find it.
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A low rumble echoed around me, and the tall, dark trees went still. Not even a leaf stirred. My heart hummed, and a tingle of apprehension made my palms damp. A snarl came from the shadow of a tangled thorn bush, and soft, padding footsteps shuffled in the late afternoon gloom. My breathing went ragged with fear. Maybe it was a raccoon or an angry squirrel.
Whipping around, I stared hard into the murk. A voice. It sounded gentle, but at the same time it sent chills down my arms. I glanced up through the hooded canopy of tree branches and tried to see heaven.
There was a growl, and the terror I’d been holding at bay zipped up my spine into my skull. I was sure my long hair stood on end, like when kids touched the electrostatic generator at the science museum.
Something was coming for me, and it wasn’t something from the woods. It’d been following me all day. Maybe even my entire life.