Title: OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Genre: YA contemporary
Word Count: 76,000
Career Match 101 has revealed two things to seventeen year old Olivia Clayton; she’s entirely average, and the career in writing that she longs for is nothing but a far-fetched dream. Yet instead of choosing a safer career path, she decides to prove that she’s got what it takes and sets out to write an unforgettable article for the school newspaper.
While investigating her topic, a doctor rumored to sit on his porch naked, she encounters the much too hot Kade Steele, a photographer out to make money for his freshman year at college. Joining forces seems like a brilliant plan, especially when she discovers Kade’s supernatural powers and his connection to the doctor who’s involved in a conspiracy of experimental genetic manipulations.
Only Olivia finds more than her story...she finds love. And submitting an article about Kade is out of the question. So she prints an alternative piece which totally backfires and shatters her dreams of a writing career. And to top it all off, she discovers that Kade has a shadowy past he’s been hiding from her. But when Kade risks exposure to save her life, she comes to realize that no matter what career path she chooses, all she truly needs is love, friendship, and the ability to forgive.
Career Match 101. It was the subject for Norwalk High juniors, the one class that was supposed to give Olivia a clear picture of what she wanted to do with her life. Instead all it told her was that she didn’t excel at anything career-worthy and that going into the writing field was nothing more than a far-fetched dream. But she wasn’t about to give up her dream, even if it took desperate measures to prove herself…like spying on the small town gossip magnet, Doc Tucker.
Crouched and cramping a field away from historic house number 1986, Olivia Clayton patted the palm-sized notebook in her sweatshirt pocket. Mentally, she ticked off her list. 1. Prove that Doc Tucker comes out on his porch naked at four PM every day. 2. Submit article about said subject to Norwalk High’s newspaper. 3. Show I can be more than average, that the career-assessment test was wrong. 4. Convince myself that I can make it as a writer. She smiled. It was the perfect solution.
Glimpsing movement on the porch, Olivia grabbed her camera and squinted through the lens. Her quick breaths through the cold air spawned a film of humidity over the camera’s housing.
“I don’t believe it.” It did look like all the doctor was wearing was skin. Gross. She scrunched up her nose. “Give me something worth writing about, doctor.” Hitting the zoom button with her thumb, Olivia squeezed her eyes shut. Chicka.