Author: R P Channing
Genres: Young Adult Romance / Paranormal Romance /High School / Vampires / Demons /Witches / Dark Fantasy / Horror
~ Kira Sutherland ~
After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her ‘boyfriend’), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated…), and being labeled as having ‘issues’ in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:
1. Continue her ‘therapy’ (where she’s told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often…)
2. Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for “Crazies and Convicts” (as the social media sites call them.)
She chooses the latter…
~ Cory Rand ~
Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother’s best friend…sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.
Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a girl, as usual – he has a weakness) he’s left with two choices:
1. Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named Bubba (he thinks…)
2. Go to Starkfield Academy, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least he’ll get an education.
He chooses the latter…
It’s at Starkfield that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too. As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him, things like fire and witches and demons.
Things he’s always ignored.
The Puppy Eyes
My life was perfect.
I had the perfect shoes and the perfect friends and I lived in the perfect house. My nails were perfect and my hair was perfect (except on Sundays, it was always windy on Sundays) and I had the perfect clothes. My lips were a perfect red and my hair perfectly straight. My eyeshadow was perfect, my hips were…okay, and my waist…well…also okay. Nothing was wrong in my life.
But then there was Jack.
Jack was a problem.
He needed to go. I mean, when you’re dead, you’re dead! I had told him this endlessly. Somehow, Jack didn’t get it. I mean, I felt sorry for the guy. Sure. Being stuck between this life and the next. But just because I found him, does that mean I needed to keep him?
I think not!
Sadly, when Jack got that look in his eyes, that weary, almost teary (if his tear-ducts worked) look, I melted. I just couldn’t send him away. Not even Jack knew where he would go after he died.
Would he, like, die? As in — dead, nada, kaput, finito, gone, no more? Bye bye, sayonara, ciao, hasta la vista baby and all that?
I couldn’t have that on my conscience. No way.
I lay on my bed, wondering what to do about him. “Jaaaaaaack,” I hollered.
Still no answer.
His eyes rolled down to the ground. He was making those puppy eyes again. “Jack, I told you not to do that. I told you not to play on my sympathies.”
His puppy eyes became worse.
His skin was gray and, well, dead.
“Oh, brother,” I said. “I have to do something about you. If mom finds out I have another ‘imaginary friend’ — at my age — well, I’d die of embarrassment. But, like, really die. Not like you.” I wondered about this. Would I die? Was Jack a freak accident, or did all people live on like him? Think of the cemeteries…
The idea excited me somewhat.
“What would you have me do, Miss Kira?”
“Knock off the Miss Kira crap. I told you it’s just Kira.”
“Yes, Miss Kira.”
The dead. There’s just no reasoning.
“Fine, Miss Kira it is then.” Rover barked like a lunatic in the garden. No one else might be able to see Jack, but I was sure my dog could.
“I have to do something about this,” I mumbled
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R P Channing started writing three years ago, but never published anything even after churning out over a million words of fiction. Thirst: Blood of my Blood is the first book he dared to publish. When asked why, he said, “Because it’s the first thing I wrote that my wife actually enjoyed reading.” When not hammering away (most literally) at his keyboard, he can be found buried in a book, reading anything from romance to horror to young adult to non-fiction to comedy.
Top Ten Things You Should Know About Starkfield Academy
Starkfield Academy is Cory Rand’s last chance at freedom. He’s left with no choice but to take the opportunity.
Kira Sutherland is in a similar boat.
But Starkfield is filled with things you would not wish on your worst enemy…
1. It’s run by vampires…maybe
Well, it’s not so clear if it is. But Alexander smiles at Cory with sharp white teeth and gleaming skin when he first approaches Cory in his holding cell about studying there.
So, is it?
2. All The Kids are either Crazies or Convicts
Yup, you either need to have been labeled with some mental disorder or have convicted a crime to study there.
3. The Kids Are Rich
You know rich kids can be worse than vampires.
4. Then, of course, there are the breathing walls…
When Kira finds herself alone in the courtyard of the girls’ dorms…she feels the walls pulsing…and breathing.
5. But not all kids are bad
Kira finds some great friends in Starkfield, people like her. As she gets to know them more closely, she realizes they might have been together before…
6. The Dean is Missing
And in his place we find Ms. Drake, a voluptuous woman who wears pencil skirts and has bright red lips…which Kira sees blood on when she first approaches her. Or did she imagine it?
7. Then there’s the romance…
If Kira had never gone to Starkfield, she would have never met Cory, the boy with an insatiable Rage inside him which he needs her help to understand.
She’s known her new friends before. Has she known him?
8. It’s HUGE
Starkfield is in an enclosed area that allows no one in or out, surrounded by woods and then walls outside those woods. Can anyone say creepy?
9. No phones, no internet
10. The Mist
The scariest thing about Starkfield is The Mist. I won’t tell you anything about it. Because you might lose your memory.