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Levi Got More Than He Had Bargained For . . . Tainted Luck by @CynaMarie #YALit #thriller #horror #n

Title: Tainted Luck

Author: Cynthia Austin

Genre: YA Thriller/Horror

Publisher: Britain’s Next Best Seller

Book Blurb

Levi Kast was content living his life in the shadows. He didn’t want much, just his dad’s attention and the girl of his dreams to notice his existence.

Instead, he got more than he had bargained for.

Taylor James was the new student at Kennedy High. She was eccentric, impulsive, Gothic and…dark.

She always got what she wanted, and she decided instantly that she wanted Levi Kast. He became her obsession.

Despite Levi’s initial response to retreat from her other world presence, he was eventually drawn to this girl and her obsession of death and ghosts.

But Taylor had skeletons in her closest, including a dead boyfriend, and before Levi could understand them, he found himself her next victim.


The candlelight illuminated only half of the coach’s face stunningly revealing that he was not amused. His jaw clenched as he attempted to reason with his pupil. “These

types of ceremonies take months to plan. And they're done

with a group of experienced individuals.”

He glared at Taylor, “I vouched for you to your parents last week. If not for my interference, you wouldn’t have come home.”

Come home from where? I thought she was sick last week.

Taylor's eyes never left his, as she took her place back in the circle and leaned forward, “If not for your interference, I never would have been sent to the Manor in the first place.”

Manor? As in Pine Hollow? WTF?

She grabbed my hand and then snatched up Dylan McRae’s hand who was too stoned to do anything but go along with Taylor’s antics as she commanded the group.

“Everyone take hands. Now!”

Challenging the coach, she said, “I’ve been preparing all week for this, and I won’t have it ruined.”

Preparing? Last week she acted as if she was just released from the funny farm, scribbling on every sheet of paper. Was that Taylor’s idea of preparing?

Her voice held steady. “I guess two experienced individuals will have to be enough to host this séance. Like it or not, we're talking to the dead tonight.”

The group answered in sync, “The dead!?” As if we had a hidden script we were all following.

Realizing just how weird this was getting, I attempted to take my hand back, but Taylor clamped down on it for dear life.

“Don't you dare break this circle, Levi Kast.”


“But nothing. Now, follow my lead...”


I’m one of the authors participating in the Dog Days of Summer Reading Giveaway and you can win an autographed print copy of Tainted Luck + $5 Amazon gift card

Runs August 1 -31 and is open internationally.

Winner will be drawn September 3, 2018.

Good luck!

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Author Biography

Cynthia Austin is a multi-published author who lives in Northern California with her husband, two boys, and Olde English Bulldogge named Count Dogula. They love all things horror, gothic, and Victorian which prompts her friends to dub them as “The Adams Family.”

Social Media Links

Twitter Handle: @Cynamarie

Instagram: @Cynamarie

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