Entry Nickname: Death by Dozier
Title: After You Died
Word count: 70K
Genre: Young Adult Historical Thriller
Removed at author's request.
Entry Nickname: A Girl and Her Serial Killer
Title: The Confidant
Word count: 62k
Genre: Young Adult Thriller
18-year-old Stella Stokes has a secret: the main character in her novels, Gideon, a dashing English serial killer, actually talks to her. He’s been by her side, offering peanut gallery commentary, advice, and affection for every pathetic turn in her adolescent life, and as much as some of the darker suggestions he makes scare her, she’s never been worried to have him. After all, he’s not real; he can’t really kill anyone, nor can he make her do the killing for him.
The summer following high school graduation, Stella and her best friend, supernatural-obsessed, almost-transitioned FTM Quinn, decide to take a few weeks to explore California. However, their first stop at an idyllic beach town isn’t quite as calming as they would’ve hoped: a prank-gone-horribly-wrong leaves Quinn and Stella standing over four dead bodies. The killer? Gideon. As they clean up the mess and beeline out of town as fugitives, Stella is convinced that they’re in terrible danger, but Quinn refuses to accept it. Quinn pulls a timid Stella into a quest to discover just what Gideon is—ghost, demon, byproduct of a mental illness, or something else entirely. And, as the bodies stack up and the authorities close in, Stella has to resist cracking under pressure, or risk caving into Gideon’s deepest desire to see her kill with him.
First 250 words:
"You're barmy if you don't think a paid professional screwing up your haircut is adequate reason to kill them.”