Title: PENNY DREADFUL
Genre: YA paranormal romance
Word count: 60,000
16-year-old Penny Boudreaux isn’t afraid of death. In fact, it fascinates her. After her mother’s death five years ago, Penny decided to enter the family business and become a mortician. In between school, track practice, and working part-time at the mortuary, she doesn’t have much time for romance. And she knows she should stay away from Stephen Campbell, her psychiatrist father’s mysterious new client. But it’s Penny’s fascination with death that draws Stephen right to her. And Stephen has a connection to the dead Penny never could have imagined: He’s one of them.
Stephen is a Shade, dead for ten years and recently resurrected by a powerful necromancer. His mere existence is an aberration of nature; not bound by natural laws, he is all-knowing and all-seeing. But every bit of supernatural knowledge he shares with Penny brings him one step closer to a second death.
Penny coerces Stephen into helping her bring back her mother. But there’s more to necromancy than spells and potions. Stephen and Penny will have to get their ritual just right, or they could summon a demon instead of a corpse. And if Stephen slips and tells Penny what she really wants to know — what happens to people after they die — he’ll die again, and Penny will lose him forever. PENNY DREADFUL is a 60,000 word YA paranormal romance. It will appeal to readers of April Genevieve Tucholke’s BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA and Stephen King’s PET SEMATARY.
Penny Boudreaux had been sitting in the abandoned office for nearly an hour and had yet to crack open her textbook. The internet browser was taking forever to load, and she needed the internet to do some research. At least that’s what she kept telling herself.
Jesse sat beside her, working on homework of his own. After Penny had read over her notes for the tenth time or so, Jesse slammed his notebook shut. “I can’t concentrate,” he said. “It’s too hot in here.”
“It’s always hot back here. My dad’s too cheap to put in an air conditioner.” Surviving the September heat in Louisiana was almost impossible without air conditioning; fortunately, they had a high powered fan, and the office door was open, letting air from the main hall flow in.
“Yeah, I kind of noticed he was cheap when I saw my first paycheck,” Jesse said.
Penny snickered. Jesse had been an intern in her father’s office for four months now, since right after graduating high school. He had gone to school with Penny but was two grades ahead of her, so they never had any classes together. She hadn’t gotten to know him until he began his internship, though his workload had significantly diminished once his college classes had started a month earlier.
An error message appeared on the monitor. “Dammit,” Penny muttered. “The stupid internet cut out again.”
“I’ll fix it,” Jesse said.
“Are you sure? I’m closer.”
“Nah, it’s fine. I need to get up anyway. I can’t focus.”