My name is Amy Lukavics, and I am so beyond honored to be a part of this group of truly kick-ass debut authors. My posts here will revolve around the genre of my heart, which is, wait for it...
*makes ghosty sounds*
HORROR! Heck yes. I love it so much, in fact, that I have blogged about it quite a few times over at YA Highway, as well as help run a scary writing prompt game with fellow Fall Fifteener and YA Highwayer Kaitlin Ward. The current version of the game involves participants tweeting or commenting their two-sentence horror stories inspired by the photo prompt of the month. This month's prompt has been posted, so if you're interested in entering yourself to win a prize, please feel free to participate via the site or by accessing the hashtag #ScaryYAH on Twitter or Tumblr!
Anyway, I feel as though things for YA horror have come such a long way in the past few years, with more and more deals being announced for creepy books every month. Since horror isn't a genre that is usually widely accepted/applauded in the "mainstream," seeing the rising activity around YA horror has been truly delightful.
To kick off my series of future posts regarding current must-reads in YA horror, I will be giving away a signed ARC (advanced reading copy) of my debut novel, Daughters Unto Devils!
Here is the summary for Daughters Unto Devils (cover to be revealed soon!) :
When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner's family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly Ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.
When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn't right on the prairie. She's heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can't be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.
To win the signed ARC, all you have to do is either leave a comment below detailing your favorite horror novel or movie of all time, or tweet your answer with the hashtag #DaughtersUntoDevils. I will announce the winner and reach out to them on Friday, February 27th, around 3pm PST.
(For the record, my favorite horror novel of all time is Pet Sematary by Stephen King. Terror perfection, right there.)
Thanks for reading, and I'll see you next month!