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Throwback Thursday: Poisoned Apple

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Snow White’s a goth and Prince Charming’s a jerk.

On Neve’s eighteenth birthday, her stepmother kicks her out. A group of diner rats offer her refuge—including Brendan, who offers his couch for her to crash on. But the more time she spends with him, the more he confuses her. One second, he’s kissing her. The next he’s pushing her away.

Believing her life has reached rock bottom, Neve struggles to ditch her “damaged girl” label. But when she uncovers the truth about her life, she’s rocked to her very foundation. Will Neve be able to hold on to the good things coming her way, or will her bad luck poison everything?

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Release Day: Poisoned Apple

Today’s the release day for Poisoned Apple, my latest novella with Decadent Publishing!

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Snow White’s a goth and Prince Charming’s a jerk.

On Neve’s eighteenth birthday, her stepmother kicks her out. A group of diner rats offer her refuge—including Brendan, who offers his couch for her to crash on. But the more time she spends with him, the more he confuses her. One second, he’s kissing her. The next he’s pushing her away.

Believing her life has reached rock bottom, Neve struggles to ditch her “damaged girl” label. But when she uncovers the truth about her life, she’s rocked to her very foundation. Will Neve be able to hold on to the good things coming her way, or will her bad luck poison everything?

Get your copy HERE

Excerpt:

Neve knew this day would come. She’d been dreading it the past year, wondering what would happen and, for the life of her, unable to hazard a guess as to where the future would take her. After spending the past weeks worrying and hours in front of her computer screen talking to Internet strangers who had given her little useful advice, she’d grown wearier each day. At last, it had arrived—her eighteenth birthday.

Tugging at the spiked collar around her neck, she stole a glance at the front door of the house she’d grown up in. The peach siding created a gorgeous contrast to the stucco walls and the dark-brown roof tiles—a fairytale house in a fairytale suburban neighborhood. She rolled her eyes. Too bad life had been anything but.

She’d never wanted any of this, but such was life. Her dad hadn’t asked when he’d ditched. No, he’d pranced out of the closet and ran off with his lover, leaving her with Veronica.

Her neck itched from too much sun. She’d been out here two hours, pacing around her cul-de-sac one hundred thirteen times since she’d returned from her shift at the café and, so far, had accomplished nothing. Her stomach clenched with the stark hollowness of what would happen the moment she walked through that door. Inside, Veronica would be waiting. As much as she hated confrontation and knew in her gut trouble was brewing, she’d have to deal with her stepmother at some point and was better off handling this mess without a bad case of sunburn. Neve let out a weary sigh then trekked up the paved walkway to her front door. Time to face the beast.

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Letter to Poisoned Apple

This is included in the book, at the very end–a love letter to the joy of rewriting–and getting it right this time.

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Poisoned Apple holds a dear place in my heart, because I recreated it from the wreckage of one of my earliest manuscripts I wrote. My earliest works were my exploratory phase where I learned the basics, but trust me when I say, it wasn’t salvageable. I stripped the story down to the barest elements and rewrote everything, from characters to the ending. I wanted Neve to be goth with a bitter attitude and cynicism that stemmed from her bad past. And I changed Brendan around completely, from a sweetheart, to someone damaged as well, because I didn’t think Neve could relate to someone entirely good and whole considering how shattered she began and becomes through the story. The story that bloomed from that old manuscript became so intense for me and one I completely fell in love with. So, here’s to hoping you enjoy reading Poisoned Apple as much as I enjoyed writing it and to other writers out there: writing is never a waste—the important themes and stories will always find a way to surface.

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Poisoned Apple Sneak Peek

“Don’t tell me you’re nervous.” He arched an eyebrow as a steady stream of smoke escaped his lips. That man somehow managed to say the exact words to get under her skin.

“Not in the slightest.” She clenched her jaw before she marched inside.

Brendan and Neve banter! I love it the way they interact, even when it’s prickly.

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Snow White: The Original vs. Disney

In light of Poisoned Apple coming out, I wanted to explore the Snow White story. After all, my version is a contemporary romance that leans on the darker side of the emotional spectrum. Hilariously enough, darker and disturbed is closer to the original than the bright and cheery Disney version.

What I remember of the Disney Snow White:

Singing with birds in a high falsetto

Dwarves, now with musical accompaniment

The evil queen dressing as a warty old witch to trick Snow White into eating the apple

A lipsticked Prince Charming sweeping in at the end to kiss Snow White

Obviously, I’m missing a ton of details. While it follows the basic plot of the original, it’s the lite version.

In the original, blood is mentioned—a LOT. And each attempt to trick Snow White nearly kills her, like the laces making her pass out, the poisoned comb almost killing her, until finally the poisoned apple does her in. A note about the original–Prince Charming wants to take her home as his possession. Because keeping comatose women in boxes looks SO LOVELY in the trophy room.

The twisted ending involved the evil queen being forced to dance with red-hot iron shoes on until she combusts.

So cheery! However, the original is infinitely more badass.

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Poisoned Apple Excerpt

Her neck itched from too much sun. She’d been out here two hours, pacing around her cul-de-sac one hundred thirteen times since she’d returned from her shift at the café and, so far, had accomplished nothing. Her stomach clenched with the stark hollowness of what would happen the moment she walked through that door. Inside, Veronica would be waiting. As much as she hated confrontation and knew in her gut trouble was brewing, she’d have to deal with her stepmother at some point and was better off handling this mess without a bad case of sunburn. Neve let out a weary sigh then trekked up the paved walkway to her front door. Time to face the beast.

Sneak peek into Poisoned Apple which will debut on January 2nd!