Monday, October 29, 2012

Trick or Treat #K10 - BLACK HEART, RED RUBY

Title: Black Heart, Red Ruby 
Category: YA
Genre: Gothic Horror
Word Count: 74,000

Seventeen-year-old Ava Nolan’s life as an amateur relic hunter is filled with backstabbing—not to mention literal stabbing—when her quest for an occult ruby pits her against her grave robber uncle and her ambitious boyfriend. 

Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costumed character do you relate most to and why? 
Since I’m a gifted tomb raider, Indiana Jones and I could be BFFs.  Plus, I know a thing or two about snakes, though there are no actual snakes in my story, unless you count certain members of my family. 

Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka unique/marketable)? 
Sex, lies, murder, madness, haunted houses, twisted love, and sinister family secrets.  BLACK HEART, RED RUBY is like biting into a poison apple…and liking it. 

First 200 Words:

The boy I caught lurking outside my bedroom window deserved a good beating, but my brother never knew when to quit.  Cam’s head, as our dad used to tell my brother’s probation officer, was filled with missiles instead of brains—and it only took a tiny spark to launch WWIII.  As his sister and keeper, only I knew how to work the controls.                 

Diving into the fray, I rammed Cam from the side and broke his stranglehold on the stranger. The creeper collapsed to the ground, choking and wheezing in the weeds. He was a scrawny guy about my age, seventeen, maybe nineteen at the most.  Propped against the side of the barn, he looked as pathetic as a scarecrow. Somehow he’d seemed scarier standing in my backyard, a dark prince cloaked in fog and shadow. 

His name, we learned after Cam put him in a headlock, was Ben Wolcott.

“I don’t get you, Ava.” Cam scrubbed the sweat from his buzz cut. “You wanted me to talk to him and here I am—” He kicked Ben in the ribs. Ben groaned and hacked up a string of bloody spittle. “Talking.”