The gift of mind reading brings Marin Eriksen unwanted secrets to keep, difficult decisions to make, and heavy heartaches to heal in Olympus, California.
Just in time for back to school, the cover of my upcoming August release is here. A Thousand Little Secrets is part of the Splintered line at Turquoise Morning Press.
Here’s an excerpt from A Thousand Little Secrets:
Marin Eriksen would have given anything, anything at all to be unremarkable. Anything to be mundane. Anything to not be claircognizant. Anything to stop the noise of thoughts she heard in her head coming from other people’s minds.
Minds filled with anticipation, love, hope, greed.
Greed strong enough to drive a person to prey on an old woman living alone, unprotected, vulnerable.
At nine years of age, Marin made the mistake of talking about her claircognizance. After all, didn’t everyone hear people’s thoughts?
Her mother told her, “Stop making up stories. It’s not normal, and it won’t make you a good friend.”
“But I’m not making up stories, Mom. They’re true.”
“Even if you believe they’re true, honey, people don’t like it when you tell stories.”
But the thoughts Marin heard rang true with the crisp clarity of undeniable fact. At nine years of age, Marin learned being different could put her on the outside of social circles. And in the small town of Olympus, California, the last place she wanted to be was outside. So she closed her mouth, even though she couldn’t close her mind to the onslaught of people’s stray thoughts bouncing through the air like a bucket of spilled ping pong balls.
She stopped talking about what she heard and by the time Marin turned sixteen years old, she was the keeper of a thousand little secrets.
As soon as the sweet, suspenseful YA novel is released, I’ll let you know, right here on the TeacherWriter blog!