WORK IN PROGRESS

What We Hide
(querying completed manuscript, 70k words)

Consumed by memories of that day, sixteen-year-old Ronnie Campbell doesn’t know how much longer she can hang on. If only she could go back and do things differently, then maybe her mother would still be alive, and her father could bear to look at her. But it’s been nine months, there is no going back—and unfortunately, there isn’t much going forward either.

With her life spiraling out of control, Ronnie is sent off to a boarding school for troubled teens. The first few days are rough as she acclimates to her new surroundings, which includes a nightmare roommate who happens to be a part of a prominent clique. And while the rest of the girls are nasty and unwelcoming, one girl stands out. Meek among the others, Eve befriends Ronnie and helps her navigate the students and staff. But when Ronnie happens to grab the attention of the cute and charming Will Tucker—the very boy the leader of the clique has her sights set on—she becomes the target of a cruel prank.

One evening, under the guise of a peace offering, the girls invite Ronnie to join them for an evening of fun and games. Ronnie is suspicious when their idea of fun is playing with a Ouija board, but she gives them the benefit of the doubt. She shouldn’t have. Because the girls pretend to make contact with her dead mother.

Now, as Ronnie questions the loyalty of her friendship with Eve, she begins hearing and seeing strange things. Things she can’t explain. It seems, their phony séance has opened a door to the other side. And while Ronnie fears her mother’s spirit has come to punish her, she’s forced to deal with the ghosts of her past. Especially if she’s ever going to put her spirit to rest.

But there are two problems: it’s not her mother they’ve let in…and someone at the school is guarding a deadly secret.

The Wild Ones
(drafting)

When Cassidy ends up homeless the summer after graduation, she joins a group of ragtag kids on the run in Wilder Beach, New Jersey.

Together, they face a pier with a haunting legend, a hurricane, and being hunted by an abusive parent and DCS.

But in the midst of it all, found family will make it a summer to remember.