OKAY, here’s what I can say about this series: whoa.
Two scenes came to me in a dream: one of two young adults on a beach, confessing attraction to one another (and one of them is noted to have bright eyes that the other can’t resist); another of massive logs falling upon one another to bar exit from a forest, and loud gongs sounding off at their arrival.
Now, while I didn’t choose to use the gongs, both of these scenes were prominent in helping me create this crazy, gruesome tale of a group of college students who were roped up in a disgusting scheme of shipping kids off to an island to teach them a lesson.
I’m not sure where my decision to feature this as a post-pandemic story came in, but I remember thinking post-pandemic, post-apocalyptic had a nice ring to it. A paranormal, post-pandemic, post-apocalytpic horror—quite a mouthful, yeah?
The details about the two characters I’d dreamt of I kept as accurate to my dream as possible; she was dark-skinned with icy blonde hair (dyed) and bright eyes; he was tall, muscular, jock-like, with golden eyes and also with darker skin. I was a bit nervous about writing POC characters, I’ll admit; but I think I portrayed them to the best of my ability, and I enjoyed writing in Kera’s (the young woman) voice. In the second novel, that I’ve titled ISLAND ILLUSIONS, I’ll be writing in the young man’s (Miles) voice—and I just recently got the epiphany I needed to start fleshing out the plot.
This wasn’t my first round at writing horror, but I feel like all my other attempts truly helped me for this one. It’s a novel on the shorter side, but it’s fast-paced and keeps you guessing, and—oh yeah, you know me, it ends in a cliffhanger!
Please mind your triggers when reading this series, as it contains gore, explicit language, trauma, violence, and some sexual situations.
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PARADISE PARADOX // BOOK ONE – BLURB
Sneaking into a campus party shouldn’t lead to expulsion, should it?
Colleges across the U.S. have been on alert because of rioters who all but rendered the American Ivy League universities extinct, after the end of the COVID pandemic in twenty-twenty-five. After their destruction, smaller subsidiaries of those Ivy Leagues have been thriving, thanks to donations and government grants.
In twenty-twenty-nine, Junior student Kera Mitchell learns the hard way that it’s actually a minor crime to crash a party on campus–it’s an invasion of private property. At her university, Valence, there are still severe punishments in place for disrespect to any structures on site. Kera finds out that though she won’t be expelled for her party-crashing, she did break a serious rule, and she’ll have to pay for it.
Along with the party-throwers, hot golden boy Miles, and drug-dealing douche Vick, she’s given a punishment none of them expected: they’re sent to an unknown, tropical island to learn how to control their erratic behaviors. Like a brainwashing vacation against violence, sex, drugs, and alcohol. Except Kera shouldn’t be there–she’s as docile as they come, and has never been rowdy and rebellious in her life. Wrong place, wrong time?
The island has many secrets, some of which Kera and Miles will stumble upon inadvertently, and that will change the course of the rest of their lives. Will they leave the island unscathed? Will they leave it… at all?
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