Secret Series, #1
by DK Davis
Date of Publication: January 1st 2017
Publisher: Books We Love Ltd.
Cover Artist: Michelle Lee
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Secret: In Wolf Lake – Tagline
Samantha discovers a gifted creature living in Wolf Lake; now his life depends on her saving him.
From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Secrets: In Wolf Lake (Secrets, #1) . . .
Intensely intriguing and captivating. This has the drama of a teenager world. The isolation that comes with blending in to a new family. The confusion of the loss of a parent. The reality of how life can keep coming even when you are ready to give up and just let go of it all. Sam, Lisa, Mike, and Umdare have themselves a lot of catching up to do with this one. Trust, respect, understanding, and much more are needed if they want to make it to the next stages of what was coming their way. This was a young adult sci-fi/fantasy that gave the drama, brought on the mystery, and even had a bit of suspense holding you up in place. I am captivated and looking forward to the next installment.
Samantha’s dealing with a lot of emotional blow-back from her mother’s new marriage. Then she discovers a gifted creature living in Wolf Lake, and life suddenly becomes all about keeping his existence a secret, earning his trust. That is until his life depends on her saving him. But she won’t be able to do it alone…
Secret Series – Tagline
A series of secrets, invisible yet glaring, and most include a Supernatural spin, like an unwelcomed sensation sparking every nerve ending.
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Mike slipped precariously from the jet-ski onto the floor of the boat, his backside hit with a thud. I giggled at his embarrassment, but stopped when I noticed him staring at my bathing suit.
Lisa raised her eyebrows when she noticed what had Mike’s attention. “Look at little Sammy. She really is a girl.”
My cheeks heated. “Oh, shut up and get out of the way. There’s no fish in here.”
“You told me that the other day and yet, here you are. You wouldn’t have been hiding from us?” She grinned, and I could still feel Mike’s penetrating gaze.
At that moment I wanted to slap Lisa’s grinning face and poke out Mike’s staring eyeballs. I grabbed my T-shirt and shorts and slipped them on, and then turned and glared at Mike until he moved onto the boat seat.
“I wasn’t hiding. That’s something you do from your mom and dad. Now, move it or get run over.” I plopped myself on the seat and pushed the jet-ski away with an oar.
Lisa took the hint. She punched the forward button, leaving a small wake behind as she departed.
“And you…I’ll take you fishing only if you stop staring at me. It’s undignified and disrespectful.”
Mike’s eyes blinked as if they’d gone dry, and he turned his head from one side to the other. Over compensating, he closed his eyes whenever he faced me. That went on for a good two minutes until I broke down laughing. He laughed too.
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MY INTERVIEW WITH DK DAVIS
What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
DK – I’m working on the 2nd novel in the YA Secret Series, Secret: At HL Woods. Hoping to finish that one and start the 3rd one, Secret: Of Amber Eyes. I also write mainstream suspense-thriller romance as S. Peters-Davis. Have the first in the Kendra Spark series, Unorthodox, submitted to an agent. Keeping my fingers crossed. I started the 2nd in that series, Malevolent. Hoping to have this one done this year also: )
Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
DK – I’ve actually honed my process to help that natural flow. I’ve come up with a series of things I do to keep me focused and moving forward on a fiction project. I start with character sketches, a pretty full history for the main story-stars, and include secondary stars at a lesser degree. I plot the story out with index cards (and I use Syd Fields script writing layout). Once I start writing the story, I make notations on where I need more research (so it doesn’t hold me up from getting words on the page) and I also write a timeline / outline at the same time I’m writing the story. All of these little tools keep me flowing along.
Do you have a character that you have been working on for a long time that still isn't quite ready, but fills you with excitement to work on the story?
DK – To be honest, Samantha (a.k.a. Sam) started out as a thirteen year old boy. This character has been an evolution in writing for me. LOL I started writing the story in 2005 (hate to admit that), and my boy evolved into a girl, and then a number of years later grew into a fifteen year old girl. Another change with the character was to deepen her point of view and add a few relationship threads.
You can see why my writing process needed a focused change: )
If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional characters, who would they be?
DK – Harry Potter – I’d love to live in that fantastic world and follow him around taking notes
Bella in the Twilight series – I know this dates me a little, but I so enjoyed the relationships
Kaye Scarpetta – she’s always been an inspiration for suspense-thrillers
And this might seem like a cop out, but I’d honestly enjoy spending time with a couple of the Secret Series story-stars also, Samantha (1st book) and Bri (2nd book) – to view life through their eyes, unafraid of their discoveries and of their abilities.
Can you share your next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
Yes – my next two books in the Secret Series.
Secret: At HL Woods – stars Bri. She’s a seventeen-year-old and possesses the ability to communicate with ghosts. She comes across a couple (ghosts) in the woods, and they want justice. Is she enough to find it for them, or will she have to trust Kyle, the seventeen-year-old boy next door, with knowledge of her ability, so he can get his father to open a cold-case file…
Secret: Of Amber Eyes – stars Morgan. She’s a seventeen-year-old sent to her aunt’s wild life refuge and preserve for the summer. The place is used as therapy for troubled kids. She meets Rowan there. He’s different and she resonates with his off-ways and discovers a much deeper connection to him and his family…animal instinct.
Thank you for spending the day with me and sharing my interview responses to your readers. I enjoyed responding to your thoughtful questions. Thank you to everyone stopping by also – I wish you all an abundant and healthy 2017: )
DK Davis writes YA sci-fi, supernatural, and fantasy with a good dollop of all the relationships woven in between. When she’s not writing, editing, or reading, she’s hiking, RV’ing, fishing, spending time with grandchildren or her favorite muse (her husband) in Southwest Michigan.