Title: RUNNING FROM SHADOWS
Genre: young adult paranormal
Word Count: 78k words
Greta Shore's shadow has been stolen. Her magick is missing. Her traitorous mother has arranged for Greta to marry her ex-crush turned stalker. Throw in a side of fate and it's a McMisery meal for the seventeen-year-old unicorn shifter. This crap shouldn't happen in the twenty-first century. When Greta runs into yet more trouble, in the form of a shadow demon desperate for her soul, she's scooped into the arms of a mysterious boy, whose touch fills her mind with phantom memories of forgotten love. But her rescuer isn’t her salvation: he’s the source of all shadow demons. And the only way to stop them is to kill their creator… The boy she loves.
RUNNING FROM SHADOWS won first place in the 2012 Reveal Your Inner Vixen contest (Maryland Romance Writers chapter of RWA), won second place in the 20th Annual Heart of the West 2012 contest (Utah chapter of RWA), won second place in the 2012 Launching A Star contest (Florida SpacecoasT chapter of RWA) and is a finalist in the 2012 Show Me the Spark contest (Heartland Romance Authors chapter of RWA).
I am a PRO member of RWA, YARWA, FF&P and Backspace, as well as being active in my local RWA chapter, Chesapeake Romance Writers. My young adult paranormal romance, WITCH WAY TO TURN, is published through Lyrical Press, and USA Today recently recommended the book trailer.
The giant oaks of the Red Forest loomed above me. Unease prickled down my spine. Something else was in the woods. Lurking in the shadows. Watching me. I froze mid-step, ice in my veins. Peered into the darkness with my breath caught in my throat.
Haven slammed into my back. “Greta, seriously?”
A shiver rippled through me. The thing in the shadows had taken my attention so completely I’d forgotten my two best friends trailed behind me. What was that thing? Had I imagined it?
When I didn’t answer she stomped in front of me. “Don’t just stop like that.” Haven smoothed a loose strand of pink hair behind her ear. “Damn. Maybe I should take the lead.”
“Whatever.” I risked a quick glance over Haven’s shoulder toward the shadowy figure. Gone.
“What are you looking at?” She followed my gaze.
Jill joined us, her blond hair swaying over her shoulders as she bobbed her head up and down. The giddy smile on her face said she might start clapping at any second. “Ooh, I hope it’s something witchy and dangerous.”
Jill wasn’t even trying to hide her excitement. Of course, I couldn’t exactly blame her. She’d never done a spell with us before. Haven hadn’t ever asked her and I’d never been skilled enough to lead a circle. Until now.
I drew in a deep breath through my nose. The chill of it nearly gave me brain freeze. Was I crazy for needing to do this? For wanting answers?