Today’s guest post is from authors Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie. Nancy and Debbie just launched a new paranormal young adult series called Wolf Springs Chronicles. You can visit the Wolf Springs Chronicles website here. The first book in the series is Unleashed, which hit shelves on November 22nd. Want to win your own copy of the book? Comment below for a chance to win!
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner written as a character from UNLEASHED
Cordelia Fenner spun in a slow circle in front of her mirror. She was wearing a rust-colored dress that set off her pale skin and auburn hair quite well. Her eyes were shining and she felt happy, truly, dizzyingly happy.
Even if she was scared to death.
But this was her night and she had to hold her head high. Her boyfriend, Bobby, was actually coming over to spend Thanksgiving dinner with her family. His folks were away on business and so after much deliberation, Cordelia’s father had said she could invite him over. It was going to be her father and Bobby’s first meeting.
And even though Bobby didn’t know it, it was his chance to prove himself to her father. They came from two entirely different worlds and her father’s approval was everything. She chewed on her lip for a moment, trying not to let worry get the best of her. But there was no real reason to fear. After all, she could remember when her older sister Regan had brought her boyfriend, Doug, home to meet the family. It had gone well. So well, in fact, that they were now married.
She blushed and grinned at her reflection. She didn’t know if that’s where things were headed with her and Bobby, but the thought of it was enough to make her tingle from head to toe. The cheerleader and the football player, a story as old as time itself.
She left her room and went in search of her father. She found him in the kitchen carving the beautifully browned turkey. He wielded the electric knife with practiced ease.
“Smells delicious,” she said.
He grunted and dropped another piece onto the plate. “That boy of yours should be here soon.”
Before Cordelia could respond, the doorbell rang. She ran to get it, heart hammering in her chest. When she threw open the door, she saw Bobby standing there, a bouquet of orange and yellow flowers in his hand. Cordelia took them with a delighted squeal but quashed her urge to give him a kiss. That could wait for later.
She took his hand and pulled him behind her into the kitchen.
“Daddy, this is Bobby Templeton. Bobby, this is my father.”
“Pleased to meet you, Mr. Fenner. Happy Thanksgiving.” Bobby said, sticking out his hand.
Her father stared at him oddly for a moment. “So, you’re the one who wants to take my little girl away from me.”
“Daddy,” Cordelia whispered, startled and embarrassed.
He seemed to shake himself and then he gripped Bobby’s hand. “Happy Thanksgiving.”
Cordelia relaxed slightly. Everything was going to be okay. She picked up a large bone chicken platter of meat and headed for the dining room with it.
Arial, her other sister, was just putting the finishing touches on the table, lighting the candles and checking the silver. She looked up and narrowed her eyes.
“Well, well, guess who’s coming to dinner,” she said softly.
Cordelia glanced over her shoulder and saw Bobby a few steps behind her. She turned back and glared at Arial. “Knock it off,” she hissed, softly enough that only her sister would hear.
Before Cordelia could say anything else, her father came into the room, closely followed by the rest of the family. They all took their seats and a moment later, her father’s face clouded over and he looked around the room like he was searching for something.
“What is it, Daddy?” she asked.
“Where’s your mother?”
Cordelia froze, shocked. She blinked rapidly and then asked, “Who?”
“Your mother,” he repeated, voice growing impatient.
Cordelia’s gaze flew around the table. Her sisters and their husbands looked just as stunned as she felt. Her mother had been dead for years.
“I thought you told me your mother was dead,” Bobby whispered quietly to her.
Not quietly enough.
Her father slammed his fist down on the table hard enough to make the wood creak and all the dishes on top jump.
“Of course she’s dead. What kind of idiot are you?” he demanded.
Bobby stared at him, open-mouthed.
Her father scowled at Bobby as if he’d seen nothing more detestable in his life. “Okay, Cordelia, you’ve had your fun, but enough. Get this worthless pup out of here.”
Bobby rose so quickly he knocked against the table, spilling his water glass, and headed for the front door. Cordelia jumped up to follow him.
“Bobby, I’m sorr–”
He turned to look at her. There was no trace of warmth there, only disgust. “Forget it. I think your father did enough talking for the both of you.”
She licked her lips. “I don’t know what’s gotten into him today.”
Bobby shook his head. “You should have at least warned me. I have enough drama in my life, you know?”
And without another word, he walked out her door.
Like one in a dream, Cordelia drifted back to the dining room, struggling to process what had just happened. When she sat back down in her chair, her father looked at her.
“I forbid you to ever see that boy again. Do you understand?”
She nodded, fighting back the tears.
“Do you understand?” he repeated, raising his voice.
“Of course, whatever you say,” she whispered before bowing her head over her plate.
Around her the others were silent. For that, at least, she was thankful.
Unleashed Blog Tour
12/1: Tynga’s Reviews
12/2: Soy Cazadora de Sombras y Libros (Hunter of Shadows and Books)
12/3: Urban Fantasy Reader
12/5: LitFest Magazine
12/6: The Compulsive Reader
12/7: Insatiable Readers
12/8: Literary Escapism
12/9: Good Choice Reading
12/10: Kings River Life Magazine
12/12: Books and Barks
12/13: Insatiable Readers
12/14: Bibliophile Support Group
12/15: The Children’s Book Review
12/16: WereVamps Romance
New York Times Bestselling author Nancy Holder was born in Los Altos, California, and her family settled for a time in Walnut Creek. Her father, who taught at Stanford, joined the navy and the family traveled throughout California and lived in Japan for three years. When she was sixteen, she dropped out of high school to become a ballet dancer in Cologne, Germany, and later relocated to Frankfurt Am Main.
Eventually she returned to California and graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at San Diego with a degree in Communications. Soon after, she began to write; her first sale was a young adult romance novel titledTeach Me to Love.
Nancy’s work has appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, LA Times, amazon.com, LOCUS, and other bestseller lists. A four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association, she has also received accolades from the American Library Association, the American Reading Association, the New York Public Library, and Romantic Times.
She and Debbie Viguié co-authored the New York Times bestselling seriesWicked for Simon and Schuster. They have continued their collaboration with theCrusade series, also for Simon and Schuster, and the Wolf Springs Chronicles for Delacorte (2011.) She is also the author of the young adult horror seriesPossessions for Razorbill. She has sold many novels and book projects set in theBuffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Saving Grace, Hellboy, and Smallville universes.
She has sold approximately two hundred short stories and essays on writing and popular culture. Her anthology, Outsiders, co-edited with Nancy Kilpatrick, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2005.
She teaches in the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program, offered through the University of Southern Maine. She has previously taught at UCSD and has served on the Clarion Board of Directors.
She lives in San Diego, California, with her daughter Belle, their two Corgis, Panda and Tater; and their cats, David and Kittnen Snow. She and Belle are active in Girl Scouts and dog obedience training.
Debbie Viguié is the New York Times Bestselling author of over a dozen novels including the Wicked series and the new Crusadeseries co-authored with Nancy Holder. Much of Debbie’s writing has a dark edge to it, including her retold fairy tales, her latest beingViolet Eyes, a retelling of The Princess and the Pea. In addition to her epic dark fantasy work Debbie also writes thrillers including The Psalm 23 Mysteries and the upcoming Kiss trilogy. When Debbie isn’t busy writing she enjoys spending time with her husband, Scott, visiting theme parks. They live in Florida with their cat, Shrödinger.
Want to read more from Nancy & Debbie?
This giveaway is provided by Random House
One winner will receive a copy of Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
Available on November 22, 2011 from Random House/Delacorte Books for Young Readers
About the Book:
Katelyn McBride’s life changed in an instant when her mother died. Uprooted from her California home, Katelyn was shipped to the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, to her only living relative, her grandfather. And now she has to start over in Wolf Springs, a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains. Like any small town, Wolf Springs has secrets. But the secrets hidden here are more sinister than Katelyn could ever imagine. It’s a town with a history that reaches back centuries, spans continents, and conceals terrifying truths. And Katelyn McBride is about to change everything.
Broken families, ageless grudges, forced alliances, and love that blooms in the darkest night—welcome to Wolf Springs.
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