Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 23, 2014
Great beauty hides dark secrets...
Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls.
The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost.
Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall.
Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.
Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?
The minutes passed slowly as Anastasia continued to lie there, listening to the sounds of Cedar Falls. An owl hooted loudly right outside her window, most likely in protest to the strong winds which blew through the trees, rattling their branches in the process. As these sounds persisted, they overpowered Anastasia’s thoughts and soon became white noise. She began to relax, and as her eyelids became heavy, she finally gave into the sweet temptation of sleep. Howl...
Startled by the unexpected noise, Anastasia’s eyes flew open and she sat straight up in bed. That had sounded like a wolf’s howl, but maybe she was just dreaming. Anastasia quickly wondered if she’d even fallen asleep, and if she had, why she was dreaming about wolves. Howl...
Now realizing that the wolf wasn’t a figment of her imagination, Anastasia’s body stiffened with fear. That howl had been near – too near. She’d never heard wolves in Cedar Falls before, far less right outside her grandparents’ house. Remaining still for several moments, Anastasia listened, hearing only the sound of her quick, shallow breath. It seemed as if the wolf had moved on, but she had to be sure. She pulled her duvet aside and then stepped out of bed. As her bare feet touched the cool wooden floor, a shiver went through her body. Quietly, she crept toward the window and then drew the curtains.
The moon and solar lights illuminated the night, making it easy to see that the woods were in great disarray. Pinecones and twigs rolled wildly on the ground, and her grandmother’s birdfeeders looked like they’d soon take flight. Even the tall, sturdy trees swayed dangerously in the increasing winds, as if foretelling that the worst was still to come. Yet, amongst the chaos there was no wolf. Seriously, Anastasia, get a grip, she scolded herself.
Anastasia was about to step away from the window when something suddenly caught her attention. A shadowy figure was racing in between the trees at such a speed that she wasn’t sure if her eyes were playing tricks on her. Then, as quickly as it had appeared, it was gone. With a pounding heart, she scanned the area, waiting to see if the figure would re-appear – it didn’t. She shivered while thinking about what she’d just seen.
Although it was difficult to be certain, the figure had looked somewhat human-like. Confused and a little scared, Anastasia wanted to tell her grandparents what had happened, but she knew that wasn’t a good idea. What if they thought she was making up stories? In fact, maybe she was. Combined, the moon, solar lights and trees could create odd shadows, so perhaps there really was no one outside. She began to relax, even though she was only slightly convinced by her reasoning.
Heather Beck is a Canadian Author and Screenwriter who began writing professionally at the age of sixteen. Since then she has written eleven well-reviewed books, including the bestselling series, The Horror Diaries, which has sold in six continents.
Heather received an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from university where she specialized in English and studied an array of disciplines. Currently, she is working on the Frostbitten series and has two anthologies slated for publication. As a screenwriter, Heather has multiple television shows and movies in development. Her short films include: Young Eyes, The Rarity, Too Sensible For Love, Circular, and the forthcoming Witch’s Brew.
Besides writing, Heather’s greatest passion is the outdoors. She is an award-winning fisherwoman and a regular hiker. Her hobbies include swimming, playing badminton and volunteering with non-profit organizations.