Today Nichole Heydenburg and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for THESE DEADLY WORDS, her new YA Supernatural Thriller which releases April 25, 2023! Check out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!
On to the reveal!About The Book:
Author: Nichole Heydenburg
Pub. Date: April 25, 2023
Publisher: Poisoned Ink Press LLC
Formats: Paperback, eBook
What happens when the line between fiction and reality blurs?
All Camille Monroe wants is a quiet place to work on her novel. Hoping for inspiration, she retreats to a cabin in Asheville, with only her dog Brody as company.
Leah Strauss thought the summer after high school graduation would be amazing, but when her boyfriend Vincent suffers an untimely loss, her dream of the perfect summer is destroyed. Attempting to cheer up Vincent, Leah’s twin sister Ava and her boyfriend Noah join them on a road trip.
When a snowstorm strikes the mountains while Leah and her friends are hiking, they struggle to find their campsite. After becoming lost in the woods, they stumble across a cabin and seek shelter from the storm.
As the days pass, the guests feel increasingly unsafe in the stranger’s cabin. Camille seems to know all their secrets, and she doesn’t want them to leave. Who is this dangerous writer and what does she want from them? Their biggest problem quickly becomes escaping the cabin alive.
Tropes: Snowstorm, locked room mystery, cabin in the woods, 80s book, magical/supernatural powers.
Content warnings: alcoholism, suicide, swearing, murder.
Despite their quickened pace compared to earlier, the snow continued to fall, and the sky darkened as the storm rolled in, making it difficult to see. Even while using his flashlight, Vincent couldn’t read the map to determine where they were. When they stopped momentarily to discuss it, they all agreed it was likely that they had strayed from their original path. They wandered down the mountain, hoping they wouldn’t be stranded out in the open. All they cared about was finding a safe place to seek shelter until the snow stopped. They needed a place to set up camp until the morning.
Leah shivered and tried not to think about what would happen if they couldn’t find somewhere safe to stay for the night. The air became increasingly colder, and they had nothing with them that could keep them warm enough until the morning. They each wore regular hiking clothes, leggings and long-sleeve shirts, with light fleece jackets over their shirts, and hiking boots. Their tent, sleeping bags, and warmer layers of clothes were back at the campsite.
As they carefully traipsed down the mountainside, Vincent called out to them. “Look! Do you see that? A cabin!”
Leah’s gaze drifted to the spot where Vincent pointed. She wore glasses and had terrible vision for things that were far away, so she struggled to see what Vincent had spotted. “Where?”
Vincent pointed again, and as they ventured closer, Leah saw a log cabin several hundred feet off the trail. Smoke rose from the chimney, signifying a fire going, and more importantly, that there was most likely someone inside.
“We’ll knock on the door and ask if we can come inside until the storm passes. I’m sure they’ll understand,” Vincent said.
Leah and Ava exchanged concerned glances.
“We’re just going to knock on a stranger’s door and ask if we can stay with them? Are you for real?” Leah slowed down her pace as she considered the idea. She rubbed her arms in a futile attempt to warm herself.
“Don’t worry, we’ll protect you.” Noah grinned, gesturing to himself and Vincent. Noah stepped up to the door of the cabin and knocked.
They all waited for someone to answer, hoping someone would let them inside, fearing their fate if they did, and also what would happen if they didn’t. The snow swirled around them, the storm intensifying as they waited.
About Nichole Heydenburg:
Heydenburg is the author of The Quiet Girl and The Long Shadow thriller
trilogy. She also owns Poisoned Ink Press, where she provides editing services
to authors. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English with an emphasis in
writing from Adrian College in 2014. When she isn’t writing, Nichole enjoys
exploring new cities with her husband, reading, and drinking iced mochas. She
currently resides near Asheville, NC with her husband, Zed, and their crazy
dog, Mr. B.
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