Jinxed by Thommy Hutson





Jinxed

Jinxed Trilogy
Book One
Thommy Hutson





Genre: YA Horror/Thriller





Publisher: Vesuvian Books

Date of Publication: 3.13.2018
ISBN: 978-1944109127
ASIN: B076ZJX9G1
Number of pages: 243
Word Count: 66k
Cover Artist: Sam Shearon
Tagline: High school can be a real killer
Book Description:
Break a mirror
Walk under a ladder
Step on a crack
Innocent childhood superstitions…
But someone at the Trask Academy of Performing Arts is taking things one deadly step further when the campus is rocked with the deaths of some of its star students.
Layna Curtis, a talented, popular senior, soon realizes that the seemingly random, accidental deaths of her friends aren’t random—or accidents—at all. Someone has taken the childhood games too far, using the idea of superstitions to dispose of their classmates. As Layna tries to convince people of her theory, she uncovers the terrifying notion that each escalating, gruesome murder leads closer to its final victim: her.
Will Layna’s opening night also be her final bow?
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          Excerpt 4

There’s no way
off the island until Monday,” Daniel said to Max, after returning from checking
the perimeter. He shook off his hat, which was slick with moisture. “What we
need to do—”
“Listen,
asshat,” Max exploded. He picked up the manuscript splayed out on the table.
The thing that had caused so much trouble, so much pain. So many secrets.
“You don’t get
it, neither of you,” he added, looking from Daniel to Parker and back again.
“It’s all right here in these pages. What’s going to happen, how it’s going to
happen. The messed up thing is we still don’t know why, and I blame McKenna for
that. If you two don’t do something to get us off this rock, one by one, we are
going to die.”
Max looked at
Layna, whose eyes roamed across everyone in the room. He knew she was thinking
exactly what he was.
Who would be
next? Who was doing this?
Max also
wondered who was going to help them, if not Daniel or Parker.
Nancy grabbed
the script from Max’s hands. “Jesus Christ, if you’re all gonna sit there and
act like Helen Keller, I’ll figure it out.”
“What I’d like
everyone to do is calm down,” Parker said calmly. “We’ll find everyone, stay
together, and we will get off the island safely.”
“You did a
bang-up job with Alice,” Max said. “If you had listened to me—” But he stopped
himself. More to the point, the lump in his throat stopped him.
Layna grabbed
his hand and locked her fingers with his, turning toward Nancy as she flipped
through the script. “Well?”
Nancy stopped
turning pages and slowly ran her finger across the lines of black ink. “It
isn’t specific,” Nancy offered, “but this is what it says.”
Parker stood.
“Before anybody starts jumping to conclusions, let’s remember this is a piece
of fiction.”
Max shook his
head in disbelief, even as he watched Daniel nod his. “It’s a piece of fiction
somebody wants to turn into a really cuckootown crazypants version of MTV’s
True Life,” he stated. “Maybe, ‘I Was a Teenaged Murder Victim?’ So, I’m all
ears, Nancy. Go ahead.”
Parker cocked
his head and Max felt the man was unhappy with the attitude he was throwing.
But Max didn’t care. And he didn’t like the detective.
Nancy read,
“Should the white hare cross the wayfarer’s path from right to left, his
journey will be disastrous.” When she was done she realized the room was
silent.
It was Daniel
who broke the stillness. “I thought a rabbit, at least the rabbit’s foot, was
lucky.”
It sickened Max
he hadn’t thought of it before. That his friend, their friend, was out there
alone, maybe hurt, maybe worse, and here they were, locked away safe and warm
and talking about their fate in a way that felt strangely, frighteningly
cavalier.
He turned to
Nancy and frowned. He knew she would be affected the most. “White rabbits?” he
asked.
“Oh, God,” Nancy
yelped, dropping the script. “Crosby’s next!”
About the Author:
Thommy Hutson is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and author who is considered the foremost authority on A Nightmare on Elm Street. A graduate of UCLA, Thommy also wrote and produced critically acclaimed genre projects such as Scream: The Inside Story, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, More Brains! A Return of the Living Dead, His Name was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th, and Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th.
Thommy was born and raised in New York but now resides in Southern California with his husband and their cat.

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Promised to a Highland Laird by Sky Purington


Promised
to a Highland Laird
The
MacLomain Series
A
New Beginning
Book
Three
Sky
Purington     
Genre:  Time Travel Fantasy Romance
Date of Publication:  February 27th, 2018
ASIN: B077TG3VZQ
Number of pages:  265
Word Count:  82,000
Cover Artist:  Tara West
Book Description:
Christina has made her own way
for as long as she can remember and juggled men for even longer. The love ‘em
and leave ‘em type, she finally said goodbye to Virginia, moved to Maine, and
made a fresh start. Or so she thought until her best friends were pulled back
in time. Better yet, when a stubborn Claddagh ring on her finger declares she
can run but can’t hide. Not when it comes to men from medieval Scotland.
First-in-command of MacLomain
Castle, Graham MacLomain has more secrets than most and wants nothing to do
with a lass from the future. Especially not one who is promised to King Robert
the Bruce. Yet the moment he makes contact with Christina before she travels
back in time, he is drawn to her. Soon enough, despite his own commitments and
a life that can never include her, he’s eager to be by her side.
Friends from the start, Graham
and Christina devise a plan to pretend true love found them. Now they can
discreetly dodge destiny and follow their own paths. The only problem? Destiny
is unavoidable. Passion sparks and love ignites. Days before the Battle of
Bannockburn, they’ll have to face the truth and make a heartbreaking choice.
Give in to how they truly feel and destroy all those they care about or turn
away, and save Scotland from ultimate ruin.
Excerpt
They met each
other’s smiles, not a bit of discomfort between them as they discussed things
that would be entirely inappropriate with any lass from his time. More than
that, anything he would ever talk so casually about with a lass he just met.
“So back to us
moving forward together and trying to save my country.” He considered her. “Are
ye up for it, lass?”
She seemed to
contemplate it as she continued eying him. “So let me get this straight. You
want to skip all the love and intimacy and see if we can get out of this
ring-binding thing while we pretend to be together?”
“More the pity
on the intimacy part but aye,” he said. “What about ye? Do ye want to move
forward with me and take control of our own destiny rather than have anyone
or,” he glanced at her ring, “anything dictate it for us?”
She crossed her
arms over her ample enough chest and tapped her foot as she thought about it.
“Y’know what, Graham, I reckon I do.” She shook her head. “But can it be done?
Can we be together without actually being together?”
“I think ‘tis
best that we give it a try.” He nodded, more sure of this quickly hatched plan
by the moment. “Just as long as ye realize we cannae truly be together.”
“That sounds
doable.” Yet he saw the curiosity in her eyes. “So what gives? Are you in love
with someone your kin has forbidden?” Her eyes rounded in intrigue. “Secretly
married?”
“Is it so
important to know?” He remained perfectly honest with her. “Because I would
rather not share quite yet.” Graham issued his most charming smile. “Right now,
‘twould be best if, by the time we return to the house, we could say we’re
smitten and desire one another.” He shook his head. “And no one else.”
Christina’s
full, perfectly shaped lips twisted as she considered his offer. “What’ll
happen if we don’t?” Her foot tapped a little faster. “Is Bryce gonna want me?”
She cocked her head. “And is he a real dragon?”
“Half dragon,”
he said, sure to sound grave. “But aye, the MacLeod can easily shift into a
ferocious beastie.” He shook his head. “One that is frightening to behold.”
A little smirk
returned to her lips as she listened to him. “You’re exaggerating, aren’t you?”
“Nay.” He arched
his brows. “I’ve seen my cousin embrace his dragon, quite recently in fact, and
‘twas terrifying.”
Her smile didn’t
budge, and her bonnie eyes never wavered from his. “You’re determined to play
this up I see.” She stepped a bit closer, her tone that of a co-conspirator as
she looked right then left before she met his eyes again. “All right, I’m
game.” She pointed between them. “You and me. How do we go about it without
everyone knowing we’re trying to trick ‘em?” She held up her hand between them
and eyed the ring. “And what about this?”
“I think, for
starters, we let my cousins see how intense the attraction is betwixt us
already.” He nodded. While he had intended to spend more time getting to know
her, it really wasn’t necessary now. She was on board with deceiving everyone,
and that’s exactly what he needed.
“Wow, glad to
see you’re decisive,” she commented, but he could tell she approved. “Just
wondering…won’t your kin see right through it? Better yet, your sister?”
“Nay, they
havenae been around me enough to know better,” he provided.
“Ah.” She gave
him a knowing look. “So you really are off with lots of women.” Her look turned
sly. “Or one extra special top secret mystery gal.”
“I didnae say
that,” he denied.
“You didn’t have
to,” she said with approval, eying him over again. “Like I said, it makes
sense.”
He smiled.
“Thank ye.”
“You’re
welcome.”
“Yer quite
bonnie yerself,” he said, comfortable with how frank they were with each other.
She grinned.
“Heck if I don’t know it.”

 

“So we are in
agreement then?” he said, still dishing out his most charming smile though he
knew he didn’t have to. “We were smitten the moment we met, and refuse to be
with anyone else.”
 
 
About
the Author:
Sky Purington is the bestselling
author of over thirty novels and several novellas. A New Englander born and
bred who recently moved to Virginia, Sky was raised hearing stories of
folklore, myth, and legend. When combined with a love for nature, romance, and
time-travel, elements from the stories of her youth found release in her books.
Purington loves to hear from
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