Saturday, December 14, 2013
The Reunion Guest Post
by A.A. Pencil
Date Published: 11/12/2013
C. Moore Catholic High School's 10-year reunion was organized as many reunions are - to reminisce, to see who had made a success of their lives, and in truth, to gossip on who had not. But this party in the secluded, 1890's mansion once owned by a long dead, paranoid WWII Veteran, was to become anything but typical.
After a horrible accident within the mansion, the alumni realize they are locked in and fighting for their lives. Instantly, tempers rise and fingers are pointed as the number of living alumni begins to rapidly decrease. Theories range from there being a murderer in the midst to the mansion possibly being haunted by the previous owner's ghost.
Who or what is responsible and will anyone make it out alive?
Find out for yourself in this combination of a mystery and psychological thriller, with a twisted ending!
To celebrate the release of AA Pencil's debut novel "The Reunion" - During the months of November & December - 1% of the gross sales of all novels with Lavish Publishing, LLC will be donated to the Lupus Foundation of America. The donation will be made in May 2014 in honor of AA Pencil and National Lupus Awareness Month.
Guest Post: Inspiration to your writing
When I was in the third grade, the students would be lined up one two separate lines: boys and girls. Once or twice a week, we’d follow our teacher down the hall like two rows of obedient ducks. I’d be the zombified kid towards the end of the girls’ line annoyed that the person behind me almost stepped off the back of my shoe and frustrated that we were heading to the library. I called it the room of doom. Why? Because it was cramped and musty and housed thousands of old, dusty books. By the time library time was over, I had mini coughing attacks and felt as though I washed them with sand!
Of course, I tried to avoid the old boring books but diving into all of Beverly Cleary’s books. When I found R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps collection, I was in heaven (despite the need for a cough lozenge or two). Eventually, however, things went south when the school decided that we had to read the books from a specific list, take a computer exam on them and get points. Each trimester, we need a certain amount of points to avoid getting demerits. (Three demerits equates to a detention. Yes! I still remember!). To my dismay, Beverly Cleary and R.L. Stine’s books didn’t qualify and I was left with…you guessed it old, yellow books with more dog ears than a puppy mill. It was then that I vowed that one day, I’d have my books on the shelves of libraries and that kids would snatch them up and fight over them.
It turns out that that room of doom is what inspired me to become a writer. It stems from my drive to entertain and inspire people through words. I absolutely love seeing that random eye brow raise on a stranger reading something on their e-reader on the train or the kid who quickly looks away in embarrassment because they accidentally laughed out loud from a scene in a book that they were reading. That’s what drives me. To invoke a strong emotion through writing whether it be a smile, a few tears, shock or even anger. So, thank you room of doom.
A. A. Pencil works part time as a school nurse at an all-boys Catholic school in New York City. As a Lupus survivor, she uses writing as a significant part of her therapy and you will see influences from classical writers such as Agatha Christie and Edgar Alan Poe in her work. When not working or writing, she enjoys cooking, shopping and walking. She has sponsored a child in Mexico for over three years with a children's organization. She currently lives in a borough of New York City with her extended family who are her greatest supporters.
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