Fog swirls through Eckhart’s twisted apple orchards and tumbledown farmhouses on the night seventeen-year-old Ava Nolan learns of Arabella's Curse, an occult ruby capable of resurrecting the dead. Necromancy isn’t really Ava's thing, though it would be nice to revive her family's dwindling bank account and rekindle her father's love. Creep factor aside, the ruby may be the solution to Ava's problems, but finding it may leave her anemic.
When a run-in with her supposedly dead mother lands Ava in the hospital, she discovers the path to immortality is paved with backstabbing--not to mention literal stabbing. Breaking into a crypt and falling into a rat-infested pit doesn't frighten Ava half as much as her feelings for the handsome boy who fills her nights with stolen kisses and her head with ruby lore. But there’s something strange about Ben Wolcott. He’s a bit too cunning, a bit too preoccupied with keeping Ava out of his basement, and much too interested in Arabella’s Curse.
BLACK HEART, RED RUBY is a 74,000-word YA gothic romance seeped in blood and scandal. My macabre soap opera will intrigue readers of Anna Dressed in Blood and the Pretty Little Liars series. A full manuscript is available upon request.
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BLACK HEART, RED RUBY
My brother would’ve killed the perv if I hadn’t stepped in to save the day.
Diving into the fray, I rammed
His name, we learned after
“I don’t get you, Ava.”
“Idiot!” I latched onto
One glance at my ‘I will cut you’ expression and
Heaving a long-suffering sigh, I slumped against the wooden fence and watched the fog swirl around the orchard of twisted apple trees. Uphill from the barn, our clapboard farmhouse loomed against a violet sky, all windows dim except for my bedroom where a halogen lamp flickered like a bug zapper.