Title: OLD MAN BOONE
Age and Genre: YA Romantic Suspense
Word Count: 75,000
In OLD MAN BOONE, sixteen-year-old Hailey Johnston fears her life is over when her divorced mother moves them to Clearmont, Wyoming. But fear takes on a new meaning when someone starts terrorizing her family—especially at night, when the sky is darkest and the countryside quiet beneath a blanket of slumber, and Hailey awakens to her little sister’s bloodcurdling screams… A new love interest and his vindictive ex-girlfriend bring added uncertainty to Hailey’s world, as does the eerie story of a ghost—the ghost of Old Man Boone—who has haunted the rural town for decades. To save her family, Hailey must discover the truth behind who is frightening them.
First 250 Words:
This was hard for all of them. But whatever their troubles, they were in this together. The three of them. They had survived the upheaval of the last six months, and they could survive the next six. They were making a fresh start in a new place.
Things could only get better.
Hailey stared out the window at fields overflowing with sagebrush and felt the familiar hot rush that came just before an onslaught of free-flowing tears. She swallowed, forcing down the sob threatening to burst free. It would do no good to cry. She’d already spilled a million tears, but it hadn’t changed anything.
“What do you think?” Her mom, Ruth, glanced over from the driver’s seat, a cautiously hopeful expression on her too-lean face. The weight loss from everything that had happened over the last six months was evident, as were the gray hairs—hairs that had been dark brown a year ago.
Hailey knew her mom was doing her best to find the positive in a bad situation, and it was because of her example that Hailey found the strength to calm the gush of bitter emotion.
She summoned a small smile. “It looks like it could use a few more people, Mom. Maybe even people like us.”
The creases in her mom’s forehead smoothed. “Good!” She smacked the steering wheel enthusiastically. “I whole-heartedly agree. Why don’t you wake up Sarah? We’ll be at our new home in no time.” She stepped on the gas.