Last week, my editor sent over some of the printed materials that will go on the book jacket (not the cover or anything fabulous like that!), but some of the other fun stuff.
Here’s the excerpt from THE BODY FINDER that will go on the back jacket. I love this scene…I think it captures the creepiness of the story (which is some of the stuff that I love best!):
Violet strained to see into the lake below. Multihued light seemed to be radiating up from beneath the water, centered among the reeds, and then diffusing outward as it reached the surface. Violet had never seen anything like it, and she knew that the spectrum of light was defying its very nature by behaving in that way.
It could be only one thing.
There was something dead down there.
So, here is the jacket flap copy (at least this is what we’re planning on so far). I’m really happy with the way my editor captured not just the thriller portion of the story (of the spooky, paranormal variety), but also the romance angle. I was wondering how they were going to incorporate all of that into a few short paragraphs, but somehow (I think, anyway) she did it:
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.
Now if I could only see the cover design…