Secrets Unfold for Teens in New Supernatural Young Adult Novel

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Author L. A. Matthies announces the release of ‘Surviving Curtis Hall’

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Yet, there are real life lessons to be learned even from a supernatural character

In her new young adult novelSurviving Curtis Hall: The Lure of Blood” (published by iUniverse), author L. A. Matthies introduces a cast of typical teenagers whose normal lives suddenly become much more fascinating – and dangerous – than they ever bargained for.

Attempting to avoid the violence and drugs at Hibernia High, 16-year-old Tristen McCoy and his friends have transferred on a sports scholarship to the elite Curtis Hall boarding school. Once hometown heroes, the boys are suddenly surrounded by peers who are as talented as they are – if not even more talented. While adjusting to their new circumstances, Tristen meets the beautiful and alluring Marcella. Their relationship buds as their very different worlds cross paths, but they soon discover that the boarding school may be hiding dark, supernatural secrets.

An excerpt from “Surviving Curtis Hall”:

“Deep within the subterranean tunnels, two boys were running as if their lives depended on it. Sometimes students in the tunnels would get turned around or confused, and sometimes they heard strange noises. Sometimes their imaginations could get carried away. The brown-haired boy in the lead was pushing his strides to their fullest in an attempt to put a safe distance between himself and whatever was in pursuit. The second boy was struggling to keep up with his friend; he not only ran on shorter legs but was also constantly pushing up his black-rimmed glasses. What they both lacked in athletic ability they more than made up for in intellect and creativity; however, that was of no use at this moment!”

To relate to her young adult audience, Matthies presents realistic teen problems, but she sprinkles in supernatural elements to animate the story. “‘Surviving Curtis Hall’ book has many exciting twists and turns while embracing some of the classic love, hate and friendship triangles that we all face in life,” she explains. “Yet, there are real life lessons to be learned even from a supernatural character.”

About the Author
L. A. Matthies has worked in the hairdressing and cosmetology field for most of her career. She lives with her husband and three children in New York. “Surviving Curtis Hall” is her debut book.

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