Ruby Release: DEATH AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
Posted by Darynda Jones Oct 2 2012, 12:01 am in Ruby Release
Hello Ruby Readers!
I am interrupting this commercial break to announce the release of the first in the Darklight Trilogy, DEATH AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, a new young adult (YA) series from St. Martin’s Press.
And I thought I might, you know, explain.
A lot of people have been wondering what prompted me to branch out into YA. Actually, I wrote YA long before anything else, since way back when I was a young adult, in fact, and my love for the genre has never waned. When I started DGND years ago, I knew I wanted to work on another YA project and I wanted it to be paranormal, so I just asked myself, if I were still in high school, who would be the last person I’d expect to see in algebra? Somewhere on that list was the Angel of Death.
But the fun part was figuring out WHY he was there. *insert evil laugh*
So, this is what I came up with:
DEATH AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR is about a girl whose life is irrevocably changed when the Angel of Death starts high school in her small town. What she doesn’t know is that he was sent for her. What he doesn’t know is that when the time comes, he won’t be able to take her. And that’s when their world gets turned upside down.
For this series, I knew I needed a to-die-for hero, and I think I found one in Jared Kovach. Still, his transformation onto this plane has not been an easy one. After all, he walked through the dusts of our planet as it was being formed. He’s traveled to the farthest reaches of our universe, felt the pull of a thousand black holes. He’s witnessed the formation of a million suns, seen the blinding sparks as they burst into stars. And yet humans fascinate him more than anything else. Especially one in particular. And becoming one of them, walking the earth as though he belongs, has been the biggest challenge he’s ever faced. He’s fought demons, waged wars, taken the lives of thousands in the blink of an eye, but nothing prepared him for the reality of life on Earth.
CHAPTER ONE EXCERPT:
Death and the Girl Next Door
T R A I T O R
The small town of Riley’s Switch, New Mexico, had only one
coffee house, so that’s where I sat with my two best friends,
knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that only two of us would
make it out of there alive. Though I did tend to exaggerate.
The fresh scent of pine from the surrounding mountains,
which mingled with the rich aroma of coffee, lingered forgotten.
In its place was a tense silence. It thickened the air around
us. Emotions soared and rage simmered as I glowered at the
traitor sitting across from me, waiting for him to flinch, to
cower under my scrutiny. I would make his life a living heck if
it were the last thing I did. Mostly because I wasn’t allowed to
use the word Hell, being the granddaughter of a pastor and all.
Otherwise, Casey Niyol Blue- Spider, aka the Glitch, would be
“I swear, Lorelei,” he said, caving at last as a telling bead of
sweat trickled down his temple, “I didn’t take it.” He shifted
nervously in his seat and scanned the Java Loft, most likely to
see if anyone was paying attention to the unscrupulous activities
going on right under their noses. Since we were the only patrons
in the place, probably not. “And even if I did, and I’m not saying
I did,” he added, jabbing an index finger toward me, “who the
I lowered my voice, controlled the tone and inflection of every
word, every syllable, striving to make myself sound menacing. I
took up a mere five feet of vertical air space, so menacing was not
always easy for me to accomplish. Slipping into a cryptic grin, I
said, “You realize the minute I touch your hand, I’ll know the
His gaze darted to the hand he’d wrapped around his whipped
almond toffee cappuccino with nonfat milk, and he jerked it back
out of my reach. His hand. Not the whipped almond toffee cappuccino
with nonfat milk.