Genre: YA Paranormal
Number of pages: 135
Word Count: Roughly 45,000
Cover Artist: Consuelo Parra
When Vivian’s mother dies in a tragic accident, Vivian’s world is turned upside down. Her life, as she knows it, is over. A new life, full of her mother’s secrets, begins…
Sent away by her father to live with two eccentric aunts on the mysterious Tremaine Estate, Vivian comes to learn that a powerful curse lurks over her family – one that only she may have the power to break. With each day she spends in Misty Hills, Vivian uncovers more unsettling discoveries about the town, her reclusive family, and herself.
Can Vivian let go of every truth she’s ever believed and discover who she really is, before the dark secrets hidden within the supernatural town threaten to consume her and those she loves?
“Actually, I lived abroad. I just moved back to the US. My dad sent me to live with my aunts when my…” My breath hitched. I couldn’t say the words aloud. The bus driver gave me a sympathetic look in the mirror. I realized he must have noticed me carrying the urn. I sank lower in my seat, staring out the window at the dreary landscape. Grey clouds covered the sun and bleached the color out of our surroundings. The only familiar thing at the moment was the fog rolling over the hills. It reminded me of San Francisco, where I'd lived the last few months. I had been so excited to move there. How could I have known it would end in such tragedy?
“Well, Misty Hills may not be the most exciting place to live, but there are plenty of stories about it.”
“What kind of stories?” I had tried googling it, but the search engine hadn't yielded much information. It was as if that one town in Colorado were cut off from all technology.
“All sorts of things. There are rumors that the original founders of the town were runaway witches from Salem. You know, from the Salem witch hunts back in the day?”
“Really?” I felt pretty skeptical. “So, they’re superstitious?”
“A little. I’ve heard all kinds of wild tales about the goings-on in Misty Hills. Too many crazy stories, but I guess the sources aren’t the most reputable. Try to take in as much as you can right now because we’re arriving around the time the sun sets.”
I hadn't believed my father was serious about sending me away until he instructed me to get on the bus. I begged to stay with him, but he was adamant. I got angry and threatened to run away as soon as I arrived at my aunts' house. He asked me to come to terms with what had happened. What about me? I thought. Don’t I get to have some time to get used to having lost my mother? Do I have to lose my father too?
Character Name: Vivian
Character Bio: I’m a sophomore that recently moved to Misty Hills after my mom passed away. My father didn’t know what to do with me so he sent me to live with my mom’s two sisters. I didn’t even know my mom had two sisters! It’s been a crazy rollercoaster ride finding out all this stuff about my mom’s past and where she grew up. I’m not sure my dad would have sent me here if he knew what I know now.
Describe yourself what is your worst and vest quality?
My best quality is that I can adapt to any place you take me to. I’m really good at making friends. I got used to new places after living in so many different countries. My worst quality is sometimes I care more about things than other people, so they think I’m meddling but I really just want to help.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
I wish they knew that
What are you most afraid of?
Losing people again
What do you want more than anything?
My old life back. Also, to have Rose treat me like a friend instead of an enemy.
What is your relationship status?
Single. But I like a guy and I’m not sure but I think he likes me too…
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
How much of a rebel are you?
Not much. I’ve always been a pacifist. It’s only recently that I have started rebelling against people who tell me I can’t do something.
What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
Only punching Allison once. I keep wanting to punch her smug face every time I see her.
What is your idea of happiness?
Spending time with family and friends. I like traveling too. One of the happiest moments in my life happened over a backpacking trip across Europe my parents and I went on.
What is your current state of mind?
Confused. I’ve been on such an emotional rollercoaster I don’t know how to process everything I’ve been through over the past two months.
What is your most treasured possession?
My mother’s necklace. She never took it off when she was alive.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I’d have to say my hair. It’s so black it has a blue sheen under sunlight. I’ve had strangers come up to me to touch my hair. It’s weird but I’ve gotten a little used to it.
What is your greatest regret?
I feel like I should have spent more time with my mother. Not sure if that would have been possible, but given what’ s happened, I wish I had spent more time with her and asked her more questions about her childhood and family.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
A sense of humor, I enjoy someone who can make me laugh.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I’ve always wanted to be a little shorter, just like my mother.
What is your motto?
Never give up.
Nadia Nader lives in Kuwait with her family.
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