I have a doppelganger, you see, and this other Sarah (Sarah Bromley) has a book coming out in the fall. A MURDER OF MAGPIES was the book that got me back to writing after a couple of bad years. My mother had died. My daughter was born. I’d had a horrible battle with post-partum depression I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. Vayda’s character came to me as a scream. In that scream, I knew she had a brother and father, that her mother was gone, and they were escaping a fire and would have to hide who they were. It took me another another eighteen months before I actually began to write the book, and a good 200 pages spilled out handwritten in one weekend. My hands have never been the same since. Neither has my writing. Fellow Scream Queen Hillary has called it a little bit Gothic, a little romance, a little horror.
Are you ready to see the cover?
Ah, ah, ah…not quite yet.
Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.
No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it’s not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.
Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.
Unwanted. That’s all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can’t explain the hold she has on him–inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn’t know what her powers can do. Yet.
Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn’t so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.
A MURDER OF MAGPIES releases October 28, 2014!