by E. Van Lowe
YA Paranormal Romance
There is a creature haunting the swimming pools of affluent Beverly Hills. So far the creature’s kills have been confined to small animals, but now he has his sites set on the beautiful girl next door, and unless Josh Butters and his friends Alan and Conner can figure out how to stop him, Alexia Dupree and other gorgeous girls of Beverly Hills are going to wind up dead.
The summer of Josh Butters’ sixteenth birthday will be very different from all the summers that have come before.
That summer Josh will meet his one true love.
That summer there will be an amazing and romantic adventure
That summer one of them is going die.
Josh never saw any of it coming.
From the author of #1 Teen Horror novel Boyfriend From Hell and The Falling Angels Saga comes a new paranormal series that asks the question “Do you believe in soulmates?”
There was no decision to dive into the pool.
I did it without thinking. One moment I was standing on the edge of the gym floor, peering into the murky waters, and then, I was in.
I kicked down toward the commotion in the deep. The water was cold, even for a hot summer’s night, and I felt a shiver ripple my belly.
The weight of my water logged clothing dragged against the buoyancy of the water, preventing me from going down. I kicked harder, pointed my head like a projectile, and I finally got moving.
I didn’t see the creature, but I could feel pressure from the churn of struggle beneath me, and after a while I saw the eyes, just as I’d seen them skulking in the drain of Alan’s backyard pool. They were emerald green, and they were angry.
I swam toward the angry eyes, and my struggling friend came into view. I arrived, and latched onto the claw that was clinging to his side. The claw was hard like a conch shell. I wrapped both my hands around the pincer, and yanked on it with all my might, expelling a tiny bit of air as I did. After several moments of struggle, the claw reluctantly released, and I was able to pull Alan free.
I corralled him in my arms, spun him around and pushed him up toward the surface. He began rising slowly like a figure in an underwater dream sequence. He wasn’t swimming. There were no arm movements, no leg kicks. Still, he was rising, a foot or so every few moments, getting closer to the surface.
Swim, I thought. Swim, dammit!
Something latched onto my ankle from below.
I peered down and could see the creature in all his hideousness, pulling me into the depths of the pool. I tried to kick, but all that got me was searing pain in my right ankle. Fresh blood appeared in the water.
Mine, no doubt.
The creature continued pulling me down, trying to drown me. The pressure of the water pressed against my chest. I needed to get free. I needed to get to the surface.I needed to breathe.”
E. Van Lowe is an author, television writer/producer who has worked on such TV shows as “The Cosby Show,” “Even Stevens,” and “Homeboys In Outer Space.” He has been nominated for both an Emmy and an Academy Award. His first YA Paranormal novel, “Never Slow Dance With A Zombie,” was a selection of The Scholastic Book Club, and a nominee for an American Library Association Award. “Boyfriend From Hell,” “Earth Angel,” “Heaven Sent,” and “Falling” are the four books of the Falling Angels Saga.
E lives in Beverly Hills California with his spouse, a werewolf, several zombies and a fairy godmother who grants him wishes from time-to-time.