#YASH!!!

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Happy #YASH hunting! (I love Easter egg hunts, and this is SO much better. I mean, you can’t fit a book in a plastic egg.)

For my Stargazers and my new visitors from other worlds, I’m so excited to present author Krystalyn Drown!

In addition to writing,
Krystalyn Drown is a website support technician who spent thirteen years working at Walt Disney World in a variety of roles: entertainer, talent coordinator, and character captain. She is also a former Sea World zoologist and an elementary school teacher. She lives in Davenport, Florida.

I heard a rumor that Krystalyn got to swim with dolphins 34 times when she worked at Sea World! I don’t know if that’s right, but doesn’t it sound awesome?

To learn more:
Check out her website
and obviously,
LEGASEA

When sixteen-year-old Aileen Shay sees a dead girl floating in the bay during a midnight yacht party, she never imagines Jamie Flannigan, her new boyfriend, may be involved. The only thing she knows about Jamie is that he personifies the one thing she has been drawn to her entire life – the ocean. But as she grows closer to him, she realizes he knows more about the murder than he’s telling. When another girl is attacked, and Jamie refuses to answer her questions, Aileen searches for answers on her own.

Aileen learns that Jamie’s family belongs more to myths and legends than they do in the real world. They are selkies, and after the Flannigans threaten her family, Aileen suspects they are responsible for both attacks. 

But they aren’t the only ones in her small fishing town who can keep a secret. 

As Aileen uncovers the truth about the murder, the selkies, and her own family, she learns why her soul is bonded to the sea. But with that revelation comes a choice – to permanently sever her connection with the water, which comes at a painful cost, or embrace a legacy that just might get her killed.
And now…the BONUS CONTENT!
Krystalyn has provided an alternate ending for LEGASEA, and even though I don’t usually read the end before the beginning, she has me hooked!

A little intro…
In the original draft of Legasea, the killer was someone completely different. However, I realized there weren’t enough players in the story, and the ending was too predictable. Here is the original climax where Aileen learns the identity of the killer.

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I cradled the pack in my arms and worked my way back to the bright orange raft and finally to Mont’s boat.

He stood at the back, waving me in and grinning from ear to ear. As he pulled me up into his boat, he said, “You found it, eh? Good work.” He patted me on the back, then pulled the anchor up. “Let’s get you home.”

“Okay.”

Mont put the boat in gear and eased us around the tip of the larger island. As my house came into view, I squinted to see if anyone was home. In the time I’d spent retrieving the skin, the sun had disappeared altogether, and my house was a faint outline against the darkening sky. No lights though. That was a good sign. If no one was home, I would have time to find a place to stash it until I could get something arranged with Mr. Glenn. I didn’t want to use Jamie’s spot in that cave on the beach. What if he came back? What if he found me there? What if he – “Oh, no!”

“Something wrong?”

“Look.” I pointed to Jamie’s house. There was a light in the living room window and a Jamie shaped shadow staring out of it.

“Damn selkies! Can’t just leave a person be.” Mont yanked the steering wheel and turned the boat hard to the left, away from my house.

“Wait! Where are we going?”

“Anywhere but here. You ain’t going home with them poking around.”

“Oh.” I held tight to a cleat on the back of the boat as it swung around. The light went out in Jamie’s house, and his shadowy figure stepped out onto the porch. I shivered, though whether it was the salt water spraying into my face or the sight of him, I couldn’t tell. Was it always going to be like this? Me watching over my shoulder, running from him? I rubbed the goose bumps from my arms and headed toward the cabin.

As I passed by Mont, he asked, “Something wrong?”

“I’m cold. I’m just getting a blanket.”

He nodded, and I couldn’t help but notice the fear in his eyes. I had always humored him about his obsession with mythical creatures, but now I understood. There was nothing funny about them. Us? Did I even want to include myself in their category? No, I decided, definitely not.

“Hurry up, then,” he said.

“I will.”

When I got down in the cabin, I noticed the bed was stripped clean. That’s when I remembered his blankets were all piled in a stack by our front door. Dad was supposed to return them, but with Mont gone, he hadn’t had the chance. Oh, well. There was probably a jacket in the closet. It would smell like fish, but I wasn’t gonna be picky.

The closet itself was tiny, about two feet wide and three feet tall. I punched the button on the wall light by the door and opened up the closet. A bunch of balled up rags covered in questionable slime came spilling out.

“Fish guts. Awesome.”

I knocked the rags to the floor, then dug around through the rolled up newspapers and mismatched boots, unsure if I even wanted a coat anymore. As I shoved aside the last pieces of crap, I saw a small metal loop flush with the floor of the closet. Another compartment? Maybe that’s where he kept the nicer things. Or the grosser things. Only one way to find out. I hooked my finger through the loop, swung open the hatch, and saw…

I clasped my hands to my mouth and stumbled backwards, falling onto the bed. The hatch slammed closed, but I knew what I had seen.

“What you doing down there?” Mont called from above.

“Um…nothing. I’ll be right there.” I jumped off the bed. My heart beat a million beats a minute as I reopened the hatch. Inside, nestled in something gray and spotted, was the lighthouse statue that had sat on our living room table for as long as I could remember. At Christmastime, we’d flick on the little light inside the dome. I always loved the way the windows sparkled as the light spun in circles. Now, the windows were caked in something brown and grotesque.

My eyes blurred, refusing to see what was there in front of me. I blinked, and it was still there, begging for me to do something. I swallowed down the bile in my throat and moved the statue to the side, using one of the rags to pick it up. I couldn’t bear touching something that had been a part of such violence. Then I reached in and found one, two, three seal skins. My grandmother and two girls were dead, and another one badly injured, stuck who knew where because they’d been forced to leave town. And it wasn’t because of the Flannigans. I’d always known Mont was crazy, but I hadn’t known he was crazy crazy. That he was capable of killing my…

I sank onto the bed, clutching my stomach. I was the one who told him she was a selkie. And now he had me and the skin. What was he planning to do with me?

***
Whew! Exciting stuff! Now, are you going to keep hunting, or do you need a minute?
Here, while you catch your breath, let me direct you to my giveaways! I have two Rafflecopters for you to enter.
The first one is for any one of my ebooks – winner’s choice! I’ll have three separate winners for this. Enter by subscribing to my newsletter (exclusives and more giveaways!), visiting me on Facebook, tweeting, or commenting on this post.

The second one is for a $10.00 gift card, so you can buy any of the books you don’t win! I’ll have two separate winners for this. Just enter by following any or all of the authors from #TeamPurple on their Amazon author pages. This helps authors gain visibility on Amazon – yay!
Both giveaways will end when YASH ends, on April 5. Winners will be randomly drawn, and notified by email.
Thanks so much for stopping by to see Krystalyn’s new ending, and entering to win prizes! But now it’s time to move on – off with you!

The next stop is Shauna Granger, author of AGE OF BLOOD, book three in the Ash and Ruin Trilogy. Happy hunting!

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26 Comments on “#YASH!!!”

  1. The last YA book I read was Under a Blood Moon by Carrigan Richards. Really good book. Thanks for participating and for the bonus giveaways. Wonderful to meet you!!

  2. The last YA book I read was Immutable by Cidney Swanson. 🙂

    Thanks for being a part of #YASH, and also for the bonus giveaways!

  3. Thanks so much to all who participated in these giveaways! I have a nice new list of YA books to read now! I hope everyone had fun hunting, and I can't wait to continue getting to know all you readers 🙂

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