As if high school isn’t hard enough, try being Bailey Wasserman. Try being the new girl in town, navigating a touchy relationship with your flighty mom’s rich new husband in a brand new town he’s just moved you to. Add to that finding out that your father, a semi-pro surfer who’s just mysteriously re-entered your life after nearly fifteen years of silence, is half sea-creature and you’re about to inherit that particular gene on your sixteenth birthday which is only a few days away, all after you just met the cutest surfer boy you’ve ever seen in your life.
Bailey feels she and her mom have always met life’s challenges as a team of two, more like best friends than mother and daughter. But her mom’s recent marriage has changed all that. Having her little brother Landry is all Bailey can find good about that union. The move to wealthy Del Mar from their humble beginnings has turned Bailey sour, until a chance meeting of surf hottie Jack West changes all that. Then, when her father reenters her life, with his annoying Zen-surfer lingo and a talking turtle he claims is her spirit guardian, no less, he threatens the only relationship Bailey thinks is working in her world. She soon finds out that’s not all his arrival will do. His presence and their shared family trait could ultimately force Bailey to make a decision that will alter the course of her own life and those she loves…..forever.
I am doubly excited about this book, because I drew a lot from my own teen years and somehow it makes the book more personal. I also feel that I have grown as a writer and my words and world-building is more layered and nuanced.
I hope you think the same when you get to read it! But never fear, even though the end of summer is a long time from now, I have the sequel to Spellbound coming out in about a month. Look for Everspell in January 2012! Logan and Serena would not let their story end there, though, so there will be a third and, I think, final chapter.
Lastly, I have two more completed works for which I am anxious to find a home. These are both a complete departure from my YA paranormal roots. The first one is a Middle Grade horror and the second one is a straight adult horror. I'm excited to showcase another part of my writing brain and the dark side of my moon, as it were. I also have a new YA paranormie in the primary stages of being a novel. I like where its going so far and have a working title of Wingspan. Premise is under wraps until I flesh it out a bit more, but I can say this: the title is important!
So, please celebrate me becoming a Musa author, a distinction for which I am filled with pride. I loved the contract and truly believe this is the right home for my new, edgy read, Waterdancer. Thanks for stopping by, and I'll chat with you later.
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