Thursday, November 3, 2016

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C I N (C I N #1)
Christina Leigh Pritchard
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Suspense
Release Date: August 31st 2010


Seventeen year old Lisa Brown’s life is falling apart. First, her mother and father divorce, then their house forecloses and now, her mother has decided to commit herself to a psychiatric hospital.

If that weren’t enough, she must leave sunny south Florida to attend a boarding school full of geniuses in cold, Lynn, Massachusetts. The city where the locals chant “Lynn, Lynn, city of sin; you never come out the way you went in.”

And, they aren’t kidding. Lisa must live in a tiny shack with two strange teenagers, a dog named Pig who growls when you look at him and a cat named Rat. “Mind the cat,” everyone says. What the heck is wrong with this place?

Lisa thinks she’s landed in her own house of horrors with the anti-social Alex and his facetious sister Ally. But, the real drama begins the day she is struck by lightning…

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Excerpt 3:
We drove along the dirt road and turned onto the main highway. Alex and Ally stared out the window intently. “Look at this place,” Alex sighed. “It’s so different.”
Ally said nothing.
“So, how old are you, Alex?” Amber asked. She looked at him in the rear view mirror.
“Eighteen, I guess.”
My mom turned into a Denny’s and parked. “You guess?”
Alex nodded.
We took a table close to the door. It wasn’t crowded inside the restaurant which seemed to ease the tension a little.
“So, what happened at the ‘you know what’?” I smiled, swallowing. Amber avoided my eyes. She didn’t go to the psychiatric hospital. But, who was I to judge her? If she wanted to lie to me then that was okay. “Did they help you?”
“She didn’t go,” Alex answered. “She never had any intention to really go.”
Amber’s lip quivered. Why did Alex have to be so cruel? Couldn’t he just let my mother lie to me?
“It’s okay, mom. I’m just happy you’re here.” I grabbed her hand. She squeezed me back hard. “Alex can be a little blunt sometimes. I don’t think he means anything by it, though. Millie considers them geniuses.”
My mom placed her hand on Alex’s arm.
She was going to tell him it was okay; that she understood and he hadn’t offended her. The truth was always the best policy. Yes, that is what my mother would’ve said for sure…
Alex screamed and smacked her hand away. He stood and picked up his chair. His face burned red and I could see one of his veins popping out on his forehead. He lifted the chair above his head, as if he were going to hurl it at my mother.
“Alex!” I yelled. “What are you doing?”
He looked into my eyes. His chair found its place on the floor again and he sat.
My heart pumped and my skin itched. What a lunatic. “Mom, don’t touch Alex, he doesn’t like it.”
My mother sat frozen at the table. “Uh, I can see that.”
Alex nodded and scooted back to the table.
Our waitress inched her way over with a look of horror on her face. “I-Is everything all right here?”

Ally smiled. “Yes, of course. We’re just very hungry.”

Guest Post-How did this story originate?

I had a strange dream that consisted of Lightning, a large boarding school, Ally and Alex, a rat with red eyes and a pig in a baby basket.
I went to work and started drawing the area that I dreamed about. The owner’s father came over and was like, “What’s that?” I explained to him what I saw and he said, “Ah, Lynn, Lynn, the City of Sin. You Never Come Out the Way You Went In.”
From that phrase, the entire series developed!

About the Author
Christina Leigh Pritchard was born and raised in South Florida. Her first stories were written at the age of nine in spiral notebooks and in the various diaries she kept.

Since she's upgraded to a computer, she's completed over fifty books, including her ALMOST Series, signed with Limitless Publishing.

Christina Leigh Pritchard is still going strong with many more to come! Her genre's include science fiction, dark fantasy, young adult, drama, suspense, historical romance, multicultural, comedy, poetry and many more.

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