new book – urban legends!

My next book, Urban Legends, will be out in July! It’s the first in the Not Like Paradise trilogy and also my first mystery. This is probably the book I am most excited to publish so far, because the story is so different from my others and it was a new adventure to write! If you’ve read any of my previous books, this trilogy will be a prequel – it is about Jansen growing up in New York City. If you haven’t read any of my others, it is definitely not necessary; this one stands alone (and comes chronologically before the others anyway)! But if you’d like to check out my other books, there are a couple links below. 🙂

urban legends front cover

Urban Legends front cover

Here’s what this one is all about:

One night at a dive bar in the East Village, best friends Jansen, Jason, Hersh, and Clint create a secret society. One with a fake past full of murders, ghosts, and family secrets. A joke, meant to freak out their school friends, who will no doubt fall for it.

Because in the single-sex private schools of Manhattan’s über-wealthy Upper East Side, where GPAs and coke highs are through the roof, last night’s mind-numbing party is this morning’s eyeroll-inducingly exaggerated story, and relationships burn out faster than the cigarette between your fingers, induction to a secret society feels like a natural rite of passage.

The eerie notes left in Jansen’s, Jason’s, Hersh’s, and Clint’s bedrooms are the first clue their joke has hit too close to a very real, and very hidden, history of Manhattan. In a secret room only blocks from their penthouses, the mystery, one that began with long-dead twins named Anabelle and Jonathan, starts to unravel.

And after a cab chase, fruitless attempts at an impossible-to-crack code, and the offhand discovery of a book stacked on a desk in a backwater South Carolina bedroom comes the chilling realization their “joke” has also hit too close to home. Because as it turns out, murders, ghosts, and family secrets are the hidden history of their own parents.

 

Look for more updates and info coming soon! 😀 And in the meantime, check out my other books at either of the following links (all my paperbacks are also ebooks)! Happy reading!

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kella auerbach: character interview

The other day on Facebook, I called Jansen my most mysterious character. I guess at the time, I wasn’t thinking about Kella. Although I’d have to say Kella is really more secretive than mysterious…because as you read A Stranger Thing, you might not label her as either. So not only is she secretive, she’s really damn good at it. 🙂 Kella’s brother Jason describes her as having quant-à-soi, a sense of coolness and calmness in every situation, someone who is never surprised because she’s so aware of everything going on around her. I don’t really think anyone could describe her better. But for someone who never gets surprised, she sure drops a lot of bombshells in this book.

Kella, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at dollzmania.net)

Kella, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at dollzmania.net)

-What’s your name?

~Kella Auerbach

-How old are you?

~24

-Where do you live?

~Brussels, Belgium

-If you were an alcoholic beverage, which one would you be and why?

~Absinthe. It’s almost a mythical drink…most people have heard of it and have some image of what it’d be like, but not that many have actually tried it. By partway through A Stranger Thing, most people have heard of me, but few get close to me and even fewer really know me. Absinthe is so potent on its own that it has to be diluted with water and sugar, which makes it sweet. I would say deep down I’m also very…dangerous, but what most people experience, like when drinking absinthe, is my watered-down sweeter side.

-What’s your biggest secret?

~My entire life, since about age 14 or 15.

-What’s the biggest surprise we’ll see from you in A Stranger Thing (without giving too much away, of course)?

~Everyone I grew up with, went to boarding school or college with, work with, etc. will be most surprised when my name comes out as part of a huge story that’s going around in the media. Readers will probably be most surprised on my wedding day, although there are a few hints in my answers here. When I say my entire life is a secret, I really mean everything. I think most people will see the first big secret that’s revealed and not look farther. As I intended. 😉

-What’s one thing that happens in A Stranger Thing that you would change, if you could (again, without giving too much away)?

~I would change losing one of my best friends, which happens before the start of the book and would in turn change everything I do in A Stranger Thing.

-Thanks, Kella! As Kella tells Jansen in one scene, “Mystery likes to follow me, I guess.” That’s probably the understatement of the last decade in Kella’s life. To read more about that last decade, look for the upcoming trilogy Not Like Paradise, which is the story of Jansen, Jason, and Kella growing up in NYC. And after that will come the story Kella tells Jansen in A Stranger Thing about “what happened at boarding school.” Stay tuned!

In the meantime, be sure to check out the other character interviews for A Stranger Thing: Lorylyn, Kylar, Zibby, Brady, Xavier, Taylor, Cade, Jansen, Jason, and Thaler!!

And tomorrow, meet a character many readers of my past novels probably didn’t expect to grace a scene again…Brooke! And yes, by “grace a scene,” I mean steamroll other characters’ lives with her usual well-planned delivery of chaos and disaster. 😉

jason auerbach: character interview

Meet Jason, Jansen’s best friend growing up in New York City, her ex-boyfriend, and her friend with benefits for the last 10 years. In A Stranger Thing, Jansen and Jason’s relationship is about to undergo a major shift, because Jansen has a new boyfriend, her roommate Thaler. At the beginning of the book, Jansen has just gotten to NYC to spend her usual summer in the city with Jason, and the two of them are about to embark on their annual trip to Europe. Also on her way to NYC is Lorylyn, one of Jansen’s best friends with whom Jason has a newly developed friends with benefits relationship. And Lorylyn’s coming because she got a surprise plane ticket from an anonymous source…could it be Jason? 🙂

-What’s your name?

~Jason Auerbach

-How old are you?

~26

-Where do you live?

~New York City

-If you were an alcoholic beverage, which one would you be and why?

~I’d be the beer Delirium Tremens, because its name comes from symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, and I spend a good portion of the book in a kind of withdrawal from something that’s been probably the most important thing in my life since I can remember. The bottles of Delirium Tremens have pink elephants on them, and the whole time I’m in Budapest I feel like there’s a huge elephant in the room, so to say. But the beer goes down surprisingly smoothly, and I’d say my life stays pretty smooth through everything.

-What’s your biggest secret?

~I don’t really see myself as having secrets, but only a few people know about the crazy stuff that went down during high school when Jansen and I were growing up in the city, so maybe that. It also gets carried into the present in A Stranger Thing, so what happened back then plus what’s going on now is probably my biggest secret.

-What’s the biggest surprise we’ll see from you in A Stranger Thing (without giving too much away, of course)?

~Maybe what I do in Budapest? I don’t know.

-What’s one thing that happens in A Stranger Thing that you would change, if you could (again, without giving too much away)?

~Budapest and the few months after…I mean, I end up saying it was the best thing I did in 2009, but I could have done that same thing in some other way. Maybe never going to Budapest at all would have been better. But maybe it wouldn’t have. I just wish I could’ve made it less painful at the time, or been better prepared, somehow.

-Thanks, Jason! If you’re curious about Jansen and Jason’s past or how Jason’s relationship with Lorylyn began, find out more in All That Sparkles Isn’t Real Sapphire and I Don’t Want the Rest of Your Life. And for the full backstory about Jansen and Jason and the mystery and danger that made up their teenage years, look for the upcoming trilogy Not Like Paradise.

If you haven’t already, make sure to read the other character interviews for A Stranger Thing: Lorylyn, Kylar, Zibby, Brady, Xavier, Taylor, Cade, and Jansen!

And tomorrow, come back to meet Jansen’s new boyfriend, Thaler! See you then! 🙂

jansen montgomery: character interview

Today’s interview features Jansen, who has a way of catching those around her completely off guard with sporadic and unexpected glimpses into a past few of her friends can fully grasp. Like sophomore year of college, when Lorylyn, Kylar, and Zibby learned her parents disowned her at 16 because of a drug overdose, or when they found out her big sapphire ring has a secret none of them could have guessed. Or a few years later, when Jansen told them about her life growing up in New York, a story Lorylyn calls the craziest one she’s ever heard, yet a story none of them even knew existed before that night. In A Stranger Thing, more secrets from Jansen’s past will make themselves known, and her new boyfriend Thaler is in for quite a shock. Or maybe a few shocks…

Jansen, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at dollzmania.net)

Jansen, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at dollzmania.net)

-What’s your name?

~Jansen Montgomery

-How old are you?

~26

-Where do you live?

~In three months I’ll be moving to Chicago to live w/ my friends Kylar and Xav and my boyfriend-to-be Thaler. 🙂 He just asked me, the morning we were moving out of our house in Irvine, Indiana, where we went to college and lived with a bunch of our other friends, to be his girlfriend when I get to Chicago in the fall. In the meantime, for this summer, I’m living in New York City with my best friend Jason and his roommate Sinead.

-If you were an alcoholic beverage, which one would you be and why?

~I would be a gin and tonic because my life looks transparent and harmless, but if you get close enough for a real taste of my story, it’ll be hard to swallow and linger long after. 😉

-What’s your biggest secret?

~Probably my past. I don’t think of it as a secret, but only a few people know about it. By my past, I mean growing up in NYC w/ Jason and everything that happened there.

-What’s the biggest surprise we’ll see from you in A Stranger Thing (without giving too much away, of course)?

~I don’t know, because actually there are a lot of surprises. Maybe what happens in Budapest…or what happens later b/c of Budapest, or maybe the person who contacts me totally out of the blue, or maybe the very end of the book, when you find out something I’ve been keeping secret for a year at that point.

-What’s one thing that happens in A Stranger Thing that you would change, if you could (again, without giving too much away)?

~I would change how things ended in Budapest and how I was out of touch w/ the most important person in my life for a few months. I don’t think it would’ve had to happen that way.

-Thanks, Jansen! To read about Jansen’s college years and learn more bits and pieces of her past, check out All That Sparkles Isn’t Real Sapphire and I Don’t Want the Rest of Your Life. But don’t expect all the answers…those will be coming in a trilogy called Not Like Paradise, the full story of Jansen’s life from ages 14 to 18.

If you haven’t already, make sure to read the other character interviews for A Stranger Thing: Lorylyn, Kylar, Zibby, Brady, Xavier, Taylor, and Cade!

Tomorrow’s interview will be with Jansen’s best childhood friend and other half, Jason! He’s the only one who knows everything about Jansen’s past…but no, he’s not telling yet either. 🙂 Still, come find out what he does have to say…it’ll be good. 😉 See you tomorrow!