You heard correctly, I'm planning to release something new on or near Valentine's Day!
I've been playing with the idea of a YA paranormal comedy for awhile now. I experimented with different characters and situations and plotted various scenarios trying to figure out how I wanted this idea to bloom into a story. After developing half a dozen different mini-plots I became overwhelmed. I couldn't commit to just one idea because I liked all of them yet I didn't know how to unify the various themes. I was stuck, or at least I thought I was until I realized the answer was staring me right in the face.
Vampire Valentine will be the first installment in my new YA paranormal comedy short story series, Sucking the Life Out of Me!
How is it that vampires, werewolves and witches always manage to become glamorized in
? They are forever portrayed as the
overwhelmingly gorgeous, record-breaking athletic types with off-the-chart SAT
scores! This is such a load of crap. Let’s be honest with ourselves for a
minute. It’s never easy being different, even under normal circumstances. Now,
factor in the reality that your DNA is something far from human and imagine yourself
wandering the halls of an ordinary mortal high school. You still think this
would be cool, right? Well, you would be dead wrong (no pun intended). Take it
from someone who can claim this miserable fate, it totally sucks! Hollywood
The name’s Rhapsody Ripper and I am a freshman at Mundane High. Everyone in my school hates me and my two best friends, Hardy Hunter and Samantha Spell. Why? The answer is very simple. We’re freaks of nature, complete outcasts. We’re para-ab-normal misfits and we don’t fit in. Our peers go out of their way to avoid us on a regular basis but today something happened that has never ever happened before.
One of them was nice to me. Actually, he was much more than nice. With only five days remaining until Valentine’s Day, Reese Good, the deliciously warm-blooded star quarterback, invited me to the Sweetheart Dance. Maybe this year I won’t have to spend the holiday invented by a greeting card company alone.
Rhapsody Ripper – Blond and beautiful, even with crooked fangs, this brace-faced vampire is a hopeless romantic. She’s had her sights set on winning the affection of the handsome star quarterback of the Mundane High varsity football team and has finally captured his attention. Just when she thinks things are going her way her life becomes very complicated.
Hardy Hunter – This werewolf is an asset to Mundane High’s football team as long as he doesn’t get distracted or lose his temper. His loyalty to his friends is unwavering even when he becomes jealous and envious of attention they receive that he doesn’t. More than anything this guy just wants to fit in and be accepted.
Samantha Spell – This witch can’t master her spells or earn passing grades in her classes at Mundane High. Not only does she fail to fit in with the humans but she fears she’ll never get the hang of being a witch. This chick is in dire need of a serious boost in self-esteem.