LOVE MONTH GUEST POST by DelSheree Gladden
Vanessa Roth’s Perspective on Valentine’s Day
So, February…the month of love and all that. The other girls at school are giggly and gushy and super annoying. They check their lockers between every class hoping some guy shoved a lame poem into their locker or something. Personally, I don’t get it.
But in all fairness, I suppose I may be a bit jaded when it comes to romance.
My best friend since kindergarten may have the weirdest name in the world, but he’s the kind of guy every girl wishes they had in their corner. Ketchup is as close to perfect as a teenage boy can realistically come. Sure, he’s a little bossy at times and thinks he knows better than me on pretty much everything, but I know he’ll always be there for me no matter how weird things get. In short, Ketchup is pretty darn amazing. So, why aren’t we together?
It’s a long story, a really long story, but the short version goes something like this.
The day Ketchup finally got up the nerve to try and kiss me, my brother, Zander, came home and basically tried to kill him. It wasn’t completely Zander’s fault, since the stupid unnatural hunger we both have for pain and suffering took a particular liking to Ketchup and he couldn’t control himself. Regardless of whose fault it was and who was royally pissed about the situation, I lost. If I value Ketchup’s life, and my own (that’s a whole other story), I have to keep Ketchup at arm’s length even though it kills me to be near him without giving in.
And if that wasn’t a good enough reason to spurn Valentine’s Day, Ivy killed the holiday forever.
That hunger I mentioned earlier, the one Zander and I are both cursed with, it wanted Ivy more than anything. Common sense would tell us both to get as far away from her as possible, right? Well, common sense and teenage boys rarely go together. This went way beyond that. Somehow Zander convinced himself he was in love with Ivy despite the fact that just getting within ten feet of her woke his hunger. Wanting to kill her wasn’t enough to overpower his love, blah, blah, blah. That was his excuse anyway. Once again, I was left furious and with very few options.
Somehow, falling in love always seems to equate death for my family, or at least the threat of it. I’m not giving up on Ketchup and having everything I want when it comes to the romance department just yet, but I’m not ready to die or see Ketchup killed, either. I suppose I’m not completely against the gooey, gushy, doe-eyed glamour of Valentine’s Day, because I still have hope that things will work, but you won’t see Ketchup checking his locker for notes or holding his breath for a romantic dinner together.
Maybe someday, but first I have to take care of few things like threats of death, psycho cults, stupid brothers, and a seriously wicked hunger.
by DelSheree Gladden
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
We are excited to announce the upcoming release of Wicked Hunger, the first book in the Someone Wicked This Way Comes series. Get ready for this mouth watering adventure that will hit shelves on April 1, 2014. Check out below for more information on Wicked Hunger and don’t forget to enter the exclusive giveaway for a digital ARC of Wicked Hunger.
“Love, love, love Wicked Hunger. It is deliciously consuming from beginning to end. My mouth is already watering for the next installment.”
– Elizabeth Hathenbruck (Author of When The Apple Falls.)
Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. Their whole life is a giant web of deceit made in an effort to conceal the deadly secrets that plague their family.
Zander will do anything to forget his mistakes, including pushing everyone away. He was barely surviving in his self-forced solitude before Ivy Guerra entered his life. The new girl in school, with her pink-striped hair and unyielding curiosity, incites something wicked inside Zander that can only be blamed on his family genes. Now Zander is forced to fight an internal war and make a choice between loving Ivy Guerra and killing her.
Vanessa wants nothing more than to shed the strange powers she wields and be normal. Because if Van were normal, she’d be able to have normal things… Like a relationship with the boy she’s been secretly in love with for years. Unfortunately, her life is anything but ordinary. That boy who owns her heart just happens to be her brother’s kryptonite and a
potential liability for her entire family. When choices between love and family loyalty have to be made, Van finds herself faced with an impossible decision.
As if the Roth family needs anything more to worry about, a vicious plot to expose Van and Zander for what they are is uncovered. When it becomes apparent that someone close to them is at the center of this devious plan, the fight to maintain control and keep their cover ensues. It’s a seemingly impossible battle because something is causing their powers to stir stronger than ever before… and it won’t stop until Van and Zander give in to their wicked hunger.
Wicked Hunger is the first book in the all-new paranormal series, Someone Wicked This Way Comes.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, The Destroyer Trilogy, and Invisible. The first book in the Someone Wicked This Way Comes series, Wicked Hunger, is scheduled to be released through Clean Teen Publishing on April 1, 2014.
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