Shayne Sideways

A How To Think Sideways Grad Novel Blog

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The Night In Question

Handsome, smart, and at the top of his law school class, Ash Avery had everything he wanted, until the night a stalker killed his sister and left him for dead.

Three months later, with no memory of that night and the killer never caught, Ash is falling apart. Not only has he been forced to move home with his overprotective parents while he recovers, but thanks to crippling migraines he’s on a forced hiatus from school as well. Worse still, he’s recently begun having nightmares, flashes of the night his sister died mixed with terrifying visions of a girl being kidnapped and murdered. At first Ash fears he’s losing his mind, until a local girl — a dead ringer for the girl in his dreams — goes missing, and any doubts about his sanity are replaced with questions far more pressing: Where is the missing girl? And how long does he have to keep the second part of his vision from coming true?

Unable to keep quiet with a girl’s life on the line, but afraid to go to the police for fear of looking crazy — or guilty — he enlists the help of Kit Vail, a young doctor just returned home to start her own practice. Kit isn’t thrilled about playing Watson to his traumatized and fragile Holmes, but when the choices are help find the missing girl or stand by while he gets himself killed trying, it’s not a choice at all. Armed only with Kit’s out-of-date knowledge of the town and the few clues that Ash has managed to glean from his dreams, they set out to stop a murder. Unfortunately, there’s far more to the visions than they realize, and the pair are about to discover that what you don’t know can get you killed.


Drinking the Kool-Aid (working title)

At the age of fifteen Gray Prescott became a media darling, and the public face of a tragedy that rocked the nation. The son of a charismatic cult leader, and one of only three survivors of a Jonestown-like mass suicide, Gray has spent the ten years since then running from the past and trying to forget: about his brainwashed former life, about the day he nearly died, about his father rotting away in prison. And about the FBI agent who was able to save only him. But when his father escapes custody and kidnaps the agent’s daughter, the past comes crashing back with a vengeance.

FBI agent Aaron Devlin is a desperate man. With his daughter kidnapped and no idea where to look for her, he goes to Gray, the only person who might know his father well enough to track him down. For Devlin it’s a last-ditch effort to save the child who means more to him than anything. For Gray, it’s a descent into the madness of a life that nearly destroyed him the first time around. Traveling that path a second time could finish the job in more ways than one, but he has a score to settle, and a debt to pay, and he’s not running anymore.


The Witch’s Boy

In 1561, Hope Rutherford was charged with heresy and witchcraft and burned at the stake, but not before her final words caused a panic that nearly tore the town in two. Four hundred and fifty years later, the people of Carver’s Bend still remember.

The first thing adrenaline junkie Kalen Parker hears when she moves to Carver’s Bend is to stay away from the witch’s boy, dark and dangerous 16-year-old Miles Rutherford. But when a man dies, and the town folk say it’s the result of Hope Rutherford’s curse, Kalen figures Miles is the obvious person to go to for answers.  He swears the cause of death is more mundane than magical, but the people in town aren’t so easy to convince. With each new death the tension climbs higher, and more than a few people begin to think that the last living Rutherford might have had a hand in renewing Hope’s old curse.

Before she knows it Kalen is in way over her head, trying to deal with fallout from the curse, a ghost, and her growing attraction to Miles, who may be far more dangerous than he first appeared. If they can trust each other they might be able to solve the mystery and keep the town from destroying itself. All Kalen has to do is keep 400-year-old history from repeating itself first.