Welcome to Get your Spook On, where you’ll find over a dozen spine-chilling stories of the supernatural to put you in the Halloween mood.
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Now for my creep-a-riffic question:
What’s the scariest thing your main character has had to face? (Please answer this in first person from your character’s perspective.)
Alex (from Dead Heat): The scariest thing I ever had to deal with is knowing that if I ain’t around to stop him, my old man might go after Momma.
Anne Parson (from Saving Halloween): “Could I leave everything that was known behind — my family, my home, my schedule?”
Jenny (from After): the scariest thing I’ve had to face is the mysterious death of my parents and the murder of my boyfriend, the love of my life, Shane. How will I go on without them?
Alex (from How to Date an Alien): Too many things to name, but I guess I’ll go with the one that sticks out in my mind the most. The moment my life changed forever.
As I got lost in my own world, staring at all the white walls, I felt something crawl onto my arm. I tried to flick off whatever was there, but a cold, slimy hand gripped my arm, whirling me in the direction of a short, wrinkled woman who reminded me of some sort of wicked witch from a cartoon.
“Um, can I help you?” I tried to pull my arm away from the woman’s grasp, but despite her small stature, she had the strength of someone five times her size.
She tilted her head up, and I could see that she was missing an eye, the empty socket oozing with a black liquid that glittered against her wrinkled face. The one eye she did have was the size of a large egg and was focused right on me.
“You,” she said in a voice that sounded like a hawk’s cry as she pointed a long, curled fingernail at me, “are a traitor!”
“Uh, Dad?” My body trembled from her words. I thought she was probably just some crazy prisoner of war or a refugee from some third world country, but I didn’t want her touching me or talking to me like I was the dangerous one.
My dad finally stopped his conversation as both men rushed toward the woman.
Her slimy hands reached for my neck, those long fingernails scraping against my throat.
“Must destroy the traitor,” she screeched. Her fingers swirled like tentacles around my neck and suctioned onto it like a vacuum.
I wanted to tell her that she must have made a mistake. I was just Alex, not some traitor. I gasped for air, but the more I struggled or tried to explain, the tighter her grip became and I started to lose consciousness.
At least eight men ran in and tried to pull her vice-like grip away from me, but they couldn’t move her while she mumbled in some cryptic language. I thought I was going to die right there. My life flashed before my eyes—my parents’ divorce, the birth of my half-brother, and even the Columbia recruiter looking at me with those caterpillar eyebrows. I didn’t want to die like this.
Then the woman’s grip loosened and the air whooshed back into my lungs. I gasped, relieved that I might actually survive. I tried to focus on what was in front of me, but all I could see was the outline of a very tall man in a silver jumpsuit.
“No!” she screeched. “You, of all of us, should know what she is capable of!”
I looked up to see a pair of coal-black eyes staring at me as the man heaved the shaking woman away from my neck. The last thing I felt was the warm touch of his hand on my cheek before everything went dark.
Flora Hamilton (from Day of Sacrifice Omnibus): The scariest thing I’ve had to face is an entire group of Supernaturals depending on me. I grew up thinking I wasn’t worth much, just waiting to die so that my family could gain the Gods’ favor. Then, a few days before my sacrifice, my courage was put to the test. It was hard being brave for other when I couldn’t be brave for myself.
Give me spirits, witches, vamps, and evil angels anytime. My power is fire. I will burn you. J
Roxie, from Shadow Series: Well you’d think I’d say saving the world from the Shadow Apocalypse, but what felt just as epic was when I thought all my friends from middle school had abandoned me freshman year.
Desolation (from the Desolation series): By far, the scariest thing I’ve ever had to face is Michael. I remember exactly how it felt when he looked at me with all his love and goodness and knew that he saw me. All of me. He used to love me, but now? I am the exact opposite of him.
Clara (from the Amazing but True series): Well the worst thing so far I’ve had to face is traveling through time. There is this horrible cold, dark place I have to go through. It makes me sick to my stomach. But between you and me, I think there is something in the dark place. I haven’t seen anything, but it’s just a feeling I get that something is watching me as I travel through.
(Christy from the Watched series): The scariest thing I ever had to face was meeting up with a boy I’d totally betrayed. The bad thing was, I loved him, too.
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And now, here are our spooktacular books!
AFTER by Marla Bowie LePley (YA dystopian)
Ger, Laney, and Jenny, three teens who have never met, live a terrifying existence after all the adults suddenly die. Each have their own story. Psychotic teenager, Roc, takes over a secluded mountain town and nurses a cruel fixation for Jenny. She may be the town’s only hope and must choose between saving herself, or saving everyone else. Ger, having already experienced tragedy, doesn’t know how to cope and is all too ready to give up. Laney, lonely and lost before the disaster, discovers unexpected love. But will it last? As Roc’s evil begins to grow, the three of them must come together and find a way to end his reign of terror.
Created (book 3 of the Watched series) by Cindy Hogan (YA suspense)
Ari and her friends find themselves in an independent spy school in Belgium, Bresen Academy. Test scores reveal her true abilities and the director wants to send her onto to more advanced training school immediately. She is given a two week reprieve to explore the school’s training program and hopefully make amends with both Reese and Marybeth. Despite her lack of advanced training, the director convinces Ari she would be the best fit for a mission that surfaces in Prague with a group calling themselves Division 57. Uncertain, but wanting to please, she agrees. She quickly discovers there is nothing easy about being a spy and finds her very life on the line.
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Dead Heat by Lisa Nowak (YA paranormal/urban fantasy)
Alex is a machine whisperer. He can tell what’s wrong with a broken-down car with a touch. But his gift can’t save him from the brutality of his meth-addict father. For two years, Alex experienced kindness through Cole, his mentor. Now Cole’s dead, and the violence in Alex’s life is escalating.
When Cole reappears as a ghost, Alex clings to the tenuous link. Then he learns Cole might’ve sacrificed his chance to cross over. Jade, the first girl to look beyond Alex’s past, assures him Cole can reach the Other Side—if Alex escapes from his dad. But a previous terrifying attempt has convinced Alex it’s impossible. Unless he can find the courage to try, his friend may be earthbound forever.
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Inky the Icky Black Spider by Laura Marshall (Children’s short story)
Inky, the icky black spider is on a mission this Halloween night. His mission: to gain entrance to the impenetrable Victorian Manson to procure the mouthwatering candy that is stashed away inside. He’ll use all his spider skills to obtain access to the candy holding facility. But will all his training be enough?
This Flash Fiction Halloween treat for the senses is sure to delight children of all ages.
Saving Halloween by Lisa Ard (middle grade/ tween paranormal)
When book-smart Anne Parson meets Halloween Spavento, she sees exactly what she wants to see — a friend. Halloween waves away trouble, magically silences school bullies and offers Anne unfailing friendship. But, when the Spavento family’s enchanting exploits are exposed, will Anne face her fears and save Halloween? A spellbinding tale of outcasts who find acceptance, a girl who discovers the true meaning of family, and characters who are not always what they seem. 2012 Kay Snow Award Winner.
Shadow Slayer (book 2 of the Shadow series) by Laura Elliott (middle grade/ tween paranormal)
Shadows will do anything to become human. You see their influence everyday. You say things you don’t mean or do things that aren’t like you. You look, different. Friends you’ve known forever suddenly never call.
As a freshman, Roxie just wants to fit in which is impossible because she barely runs into her friends at her huge high school. Adrianne’s disappearance and Hayden’s attention rock Roxie’s world. But nothing rocks it like the most gorgeous guy at school, Drew. And nothing is more important to Roxie than astral projecting back to Planet Popular to solve the mystery of the map. But that changes when Drew invites Roxie to homecoming. Hayden warns her that something’s wrong. Why would a guy like Drew like Roxie anyway? Drew must want something. Hayden’s right. Drew is…different. Planet Popular was just the beginning. Part of a bigger world, the Shadow World. There’s a war brewing between the world of humans and the world of shadows. When the shadow invasion begins at Roxie’s high school, she’ll not only fight for her life but the lives of her family and friends, when she discovers she’s the Shadow Slayer, the one human who can save Earth from the shadow onslaught. But, Roxie can’t even kill a spider. Oh yeah, there’s an evil English teacher, an enchanted play, a sword of Sandonian steel, a homecoming of horrors, and seven magic words too.
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Day of Sacrifice Omnibus by Stacey Wallace Benefiel (New Adult/Adult Urban Fantasy)
Born to die, a group of Sacrifices and their Guardian Angels band together to kill the Gods and free the world.
The Day of Sacrifice Omnibus is intended for adults due to language and sexual situations.
All six Day of Sacrifice stories together in one volume!
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Desolate (book 2 of the Desolation series) by Ali Cross (YA paranormal romance)
Where darkness lives, all will become desolate.
It’s been two months since sixteen-year-old Desolation Black chose Earth over Hell and her friend Miri over her eternal love, Michael.
Desi goes through the motions of life: school, training, remaining vigilant against the forces of darkness, but her dreams are full of the choices she wishes she could change. When she’s injured by a strange demon, old temptations arise, and the lines between good and evil blur. Desi discovers those choices aren’t so final after all.
And this time, the power of love—for a friend, for a lover—may not be enough to save her from the darkness that lurks within.
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How to Date an Alien by Magan Vernon (YA science fiction)
High school senior Alex Bianchi’s estranged father gets her an internship at Circe Operations Center to pad her college applications. But Circe isn’t your typical military base. It’s an alien-run operation center and not all of the aliens are friendly, especially the one that tries to kill Alex on her first day. When Ace, a dark-eyed Caltian, enters and saves the day, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Can these star-crossed lovers survive when they’re on the brink of intergalactic war?
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