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RELEASE DAY SECRETS!
It's release day for Secret Keepers, the final novella in the Afterlife series.
Not only is it release day, but it's the official "cover reveal."
And by "cover reveal" I mean the little secret within the cover revealed...
First, check out the cover. It contains some of the items that appear in the book. There's the bowl with the special sachets used in a spell to cast out demons. Hazel's collection of wands that she doesn't know how to use yet. A painting of Penny, Hazel's "special" cat.
Then there's the jar. The jar contains smooth, black stones with names on them. These stones are charmed with a spell that allows the user to see ghosts and basically exist in their world. All you have to do is choose the stone etched with your name, kiss it and tuck it into your pocket.
You're a ghost whisperer, just like Indigo Eady.
You can see that names are written on the stones, but the names are too small to read...
|Cover designed and illustrated by Corona Zschusschen|
But, when the jar section is blown up like this...
...you can see that not only do the stones have character names engraved (Simon, Badger and Hazel), but some of them contain the names of my own family members (Allan, Amber, John, Donna and Alyssa), along with my illustrator Corona, and me, of course!
I love knowing about the secret hidden within my Secret Keepers cover!
Are there any secrets in your covers?
Here's a little excerpt. To set up the scene, Indigo and Badger are making their way through the dilapidated ghost hospital. Using the stones allows Badger to go through the hospital without seeing all the cracks in the floors and the possibilities of falling five floors to his death. But did I mention that the stones only last for a couple of hours? This is what happens when the spell wears off the stones...
I shrugged my pack on and helped him with his. Once again we climbed upward. We were slowed to one step at a time, me using my shoulder to leverage under Badger’s armpit to push him up to the next step. What seemed like an hour later, we made it to the top. The fifth floor. Our last stand. The final frontier and all that.
When we stepped out into the corridor, Badger yelled, “No!” He pulled me back, but clung to the doorjamb, as if we might fall into a pit of vipers.
My brief glimpse of the corridor hadn’t revealed anything untoward. “What is it? What did you see?”
“Th-the floor,” he stuttered. “There are gaping holes. It isn’t safe.” He ran the fingers of his free hand through his hair. “I don’t know what we’re going to do. We can’t go out there.”
The corridor on the fifth floor was dark and dilapidated, true. But it was no worse than the other floors.
And then it dawned on me as I looked closer. “Badger, where are your stones?”
He eyed me strangely. “Seriously? You’re going to question my masculinity right now?”
I rolled my eyes. “The charmed stones, you dork. The ones Hazel gave you.” Seriously.
“Oh. Yeah. In my pocket.” He reached in and pulled one out, our eyes meeting as he did so. The fire-engine red blush was adorable. Kissing the stone, he rechecked the situation in the corridor, then released a held breath. “Bloody hell,” he muttered.
“Better?” I asked.
He nodded. “Although it’d be even better if I didn’t know what lie underneath. What the bloody hell is holding us up?”
“Don’t think about it.” I wrapped his arm around my neck again. “When you kiss the stone, you are no longer in our dimension. You’re in theirs. Just go with it.”
“Go with it, she says,” he muttered under his breath. “Don’t think about falling through the gaping holes to your death, she says.”
He cracked a smile. “Oh shut up.”
About Secret Keepers:
In Second Death, Indigo and her team of sleuths escape the clutches of underground evil.
In Ghostly Gallows, Indigo and the gang managed to dodge the falling ruins and free those spirits trapped by the evil spell that bound them to Gallowsgate Prison.
Now in Secret Keepers, even though Indigo speaks to ghosties, there is so much about the afterlife she doesn’t understand. Such as…how can spirits be sick? They’re dead, for goodness sake! But once again Indigo is forced to go where she made it a point to never go: the hospital. There, the mystery of the sick and missing spirits explodes into a frenzied battle for souls where dawn may bring life or final death.
About Indigo Eady:
Much to her chagrin, Indigo Eady is a celebrity among spirits. She’s the girl who can see and speak with them. She has a proven track record in helping spirits find their murderers, so it’s no surprise when she’s drafted onto the Missing Paranormal Committee. Who better to help them than the experienced teenage ghost whisperer- investigator and her friends?
Tweets if you feel like tweeting:
“When you kiss the stone, you are no longer in our dimension. You’re in theirs. Just go with it.” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NUKXL9Y @UnRealms
"... correct me if I’m wrong, but… spirits are dead people." Secret Keepers. #Afterlife #Supernatural https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NUKXL9Y @UnRealms
"I have to admit, having friends who could float through walls came in handy." Secret Keepers. #afterlife https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NUKXL9Y @UnRealms
Secret Keepers available now!