Linda Varner Palmer has been writing for many years in genres ranging from adult romance to teen paranormal romance. She has over forty titles available in print and e-format, including full-length novels, novellas, and short stories. Linda won the EPIC Young Adult awards in 2011 and 2012.
Riley McConnell, 19, loves living in San Antonio while she attends the University of Texas. Her major: public health. Although grateful that her aunt and uncle took her in when her mother died, she welcomes the break from them and her three young cousins. How she wishes she could forget advertising for a housemate to share the rent. But her part-time job selling tacos in a mall food court just isn't cutting it.
Zander Bennett, 23, is also separated from his family by choice. A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he lives in a trailer park near Brook Army Medical Center where he receives care for injuries sustained in Afghanistan. Zander is a physical and emotional wreck, and the psychic gift that was an asset overseas is now as useless as his military training.
Or so he thinks, until he spots a zombie in the mall food court on Halloween night. To most, the guy with the creepy face paint is just another costumed shopper among hundreds. But Zander knows recon when he sees it, and this dude is definitely sizing up the area as well as the pretty brunette bagging tacos. Even weirder, he has buddies doing the same. Zander's skin actually crawls, a feeling not experienced since his return to the states. Should he warn the pretty brunette? Or is his paranoia just another symptom of his troubled state of mind?
Seventeen-year -old Leah Baker lives a pretty normal life considering she has no memories before the night State Troopers found her walking down a deserted highway at age six. Sure she'd rather have a real family, but she's happy enough at Pringle's Home for Youth, even if "Mad" Matilda Crawford, the woman in charge, has it in for her. One of the reasons for Leah's contentment is Matt Wright, also seventeen. Her best friend and secret crush, Matt makes life tolerable, and Leah dreads the inevitable day he will turn eighteen and leave her behind.
What Leah doesn't know is that there's nothing inevitable about her future, and when the mysteries in her past, including an old love, finally catch up to her, she and Matt will face challenges neither could have imagined.
Ally desperately wants "normal" for her half-sister Kayly, something she never had herself thanks to her liberated mom. First on her list of to-dos is contacting Kayly's dad, who promised he'd stay out of Kayly's life just as Ally's own dad once did. When Kat leaves the country on assignment, Ally drops in on the guy to introduce him to his baby daughter. But Kayly's dad doesn't live there--her half brother, Zach, does. And his shocking offer to help Ally find "normal" is nothing compared to what happens next.
When Jenny Jefferson agrees to help her sister open a B&B, she doesn't know that Jase Edwards will be working there, too. Jenny and Jase have history--an angry encounter at her sister's wedding four years ago. This time around their chemistry is as intense and supercharged as the lightning snaking down from the storm clouds overhead. Not even a mischievous house ghost can distract them from each other. But something far more sinister lurks in the shadows, and its eye is on Jenny. Can she and Jase unravel the mystery of the house's tragic past before history repeats itself?
Livvie Merrick hates the psychic gifts that make her different and cause nothing but trouble in her life. That's especially true when she has a vision that the school's star quarterback will break his leg. Naturally Livvie warns him--a warning misconstrued as a curse when it comes true. That makes for a lonely senior year until Alex Sawyer moves to town. Livvie is quickly lost in his big blue eyes. And though it's clear that Alex is as attracted to her, she knows the day will come when he finds out what a freak she really is. What neither of them knows is that Alex is different, too, and the psychic gifts Livvie despises may be exactly what she needs to save him.
Ren Montgomery has a secret gift: whenever she touches people, she sees a flash of color that reveals their soul. When Ren touches the boss/mentor/idol of her maybe boyfriend Dugan, the man flashes black, which means evil to the core. Ren has to figure out how to tell Dugan without revealing that she is different.