by M.E. Rhines
He’s charming, funny, and incredibly hot. The only problem is, he’s a ghost.
When the chaos of school, her over-reactive mother, and her abusive boyfriend gets to be too much, sixteen-year-old Colleen turns to astral projection to escape it all. In the sanctuary of the astral plane, she mingles with the lost souls of the departed. They all need help to move on to the Summerland, and Colleen never turns down a spirit in need. Until she meets Daemon.
With just a glance, Daemon makes her forget all the turmoil back home. The calm is welcome and addictive, but Colleen knows the peace he offers will leave with him once he crosses over, forcing her to make a desperate decision: sever her ties to her physical body, or sabotage his salvation.
“This is one of the most unique books I’ve read in a long time. It had it all: the supernatural, a complex relationship with an ex-boyfriend, a realistic depiction of mother-daughter problems, and the love of a best friend who is always there for her.”
“The author does a lovely job at tackling a hard topic: abusive relationship. All in all, this is a well-paced story with a demand for tissue boxes on the side. The characters come across open and raw, their feelings clear and bare. This is one for fans of YA paranormal romance who enjoy a harsh bite of reality.”
“This truly is a interesting book with two different dimensions and was well explained. The world-building is amazing.”
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CIR: What inspired this story?
RHINES: As cliche as it sounds, I had a dream. Two people separated by life and death, longing to be together. I woke up and couldn’t stop thinking about how their heartbreak made me ache, too. Next thing you know, I’ve got a basic outline and voila! A book was born.
CIR: What was your favorite part of writing this book?
RHINES: The research. I want the details to be well-founded and thought-out in every story I write, so I learn as much as I can about the matter at hand. Inevitably, I find myself fascinated (and often sidetracked) by something I’ve learned for the first time, and usually that’s how my next book-baby is born.
CIR: Who is your favorite character and why?
RHINES: In this book, the main character’s best friend Eva is my favorite. She’s tough and no-nonsense. Brash at best, abrasive at worst, but still has a heart of gold. I love her, and she’s an essential secondary character to the story.
CIR: What other books, movies or shows might you compare to this story?
RHINES: AURACLE by Gina Rosati
CIR: What themes do you address in this story?
RHINES: Personal growth, self-acceptance and the very delicate issue of dating violence. I’ve done my best to handle that last one with delicate care, having some unfortunate experience in that area myself, I know how sensitive it is. I also hope readers come away with the idea that you need to find yourself, and allow that person you find to be enough for you. Your happiness does not depend on any other person.
NOTE: Due to the sensitive subject matter of dating violence, this book might not be suitable for all readers.