I'm delighted to host Author Kay LaLone today with her latest YA novel FAMILY SECRET. Welcome, Kay.
I wonder what this family secret is. It sure is a spooky cover.
Sixteen-year-old Thomas Patrick Henry is thrown into a web
of secrets and demons after his mother’s murder.
On the road to solving his mother’s murder, sixteen-year-old
Thomas Patrick Henry discovers a secret his father has kept from him for years.
Tom thought Dad’s secret put him in danger, Mom’s secret is far worse. Magic.
Witches. Ancient Book of Spells. Magical Amulet. Ghosts. Demons. Tom never
thought these things existed until he is face to face with them. There is
nothing else to do but destroy the demons before someone else Tom love dies. He
already lost his mom and a close friend because this secret was kept from him.
No one else will die. No one else will be possessed. Tom faces his demons. A
mother’s love gives Tom the strength to slay his demons.
“Ow.” Tom yanked the chain and dragged the burning amulet
from under his shirt. Even the chain was warm, but there was no way he was
going to take the stupid thing off. He let it drop to his chest and rest warmly
on the top of his shirt as he stared at the demon.
“It’s not your grandfather,” Tom whispered. Anger rolled
around inside him because of what this thing did to Sarah.
The dark figure stepped out of the shadows causing the boys
to take two steps back. The demon looked like a man dressed in thunderous
storm-like clouds from head to toe. Even his face was black and the eyes a
dimly puke-yellow that churned Tom’s stomach. He felt Rob’s heavy breathing
just inches behind him, but it didn’t stop a chill from shimmering up his spine
like fingernails on a chalkboard.
“I know who you are.” Tom tried to sound confident even
though his voice shook with fear. He swallowed hard. “What do you want?”
The demon raised a shadowy arm and then his stormy
cloud-like body started to swirl like a mini tornado. In a gust of black smoke,
the demon shot up into the air and zipped right over Tom and Rob’s heads. The
boys ducked and laid flat on the wet grass, afraid the demon would consume
Tom turned his head to see the black smoke head toward Mr.
Watson’s house. Tom got to his feet while Rob remained on the ground. The black
smoke swarmed over the house and then drifted back down. It slithered around
the house like a snake looking for a place to sneak in, circling several times
before seeping through the crack in the window and disappearing inside.
Rob scrambled to his feet. “That thing is inside my
grandfather’s house.” His voice was high-pitched in fear. “My…” He glanced
toward the empty driveway. Then he sighed. “Mom must still be at the hospital.”
Tom touched Rob’s arm to prevent him from doing something
crazy. He didn’t want another one of his friends to get hurt by this thing.
“We need to do something, but I don’t know what.” Tom
glanced over to the tents in Granddad’s backyard, hoping Matt or Granddad would
come running to save the day. But there was no movement over there.
Inside the house, Jake growled and then started to bark
wildly. Before Tom could stop him, Rob dashed upon the back porch and flung the
backdoor open. Jake continued his wild barking as if protecting Rob and the
house. If only the dog could save the day, but Tom feared nothing would save
A cracking noise caught Tom’s attention, and he turned his
head toward what he assumed was Mr. Watson’s bedroom window. The glass appeared
pitch black at first, and then a face appeared. The same puke-yellow eyes
stared at Tom and gave him an evil grin.
I’m Kay LaLone author of Ghostly Clues, my first MG novel. Family
Secret is my first YA novel. Both published by MuseItUp. I live in Michigan
with my husband and teenage son (two older sons and a daughter-in-law and my
first grandbaby live nearby) and two dogs. I love to get up every morning and
write about ghosts, the paranormal, and things that go bump in the night. I
write PB, MG and YA novels. No matter the books I write, I want my readers to
feel like they have met a new friend. I’m an avid reader of just about any type
of book (mystery, paranormal, and ghost stories are my favorites). I do reviews
and post them on my website and blog. I love to collect old books, antiques,
and collectibles. You can find many of my antiques and collectibles selling on
ebay and at fleamarkets.