By Christine Locke
ENTRANCING OPPORTUNITIES BECKON A YOUNG GIRL...
It's 1987, and 16-year-old Carin White desperately needs her first job. An elegant woman she's never met appears at her door offering employment. "Aunt" Helen asks Carin to work for her on the family's rambling, enigmatic estate in the tiny resort town of Eureka Springs.
IN A WORLD WHERE NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS...
Carin takes little notice of Rafe Allen, Helen's other hired help. But a brutal assault forces Carin to confront her own capacity for violence. Carin learns her mother concealed her identity from her, and the mansion hides horrific secrets of its own.
AND ONLY LOVE CAN SAVE HER.
Carin exposes the truth about her presence on the estate. Will she be strong enough to recognize love and redeem her family legacy? Or will the temptations of power and control lure her to the same dark places where others lost themselves?
Notes to Readers:
This novel is NOT about werewolves, vampires, or fallen angels. It is a story about magic. The gothic Mallace Mansion lives and breathes as a character, and only one woman controls its Legacy. Is Carin the one? Read OPEN DOOR to find out.
This novel does NOT have a cliffhanger ending. The author does not believe in them. The story is complete in itself, and the ending points the way to a new storyline for IN TIME, the second novel in the Legacy Trilogy due out this Halloween.
OPEN DOOR is a full length novel at over 46,000 words.
Casting Call for Open Door, the Movie, by Christine Locke
It’s great to be invited here to share my novel, Open Door. Open Door is a paranormal YA novel with enough ghosts and gore for a Halloween chill and a sweet love story for a romantic thrill. I am, most assuredly, not the only novelist who enjoys picturing her novel as a movie. What’s fun about a guest blog like this one is the chance to indulge my author’s fantasy to the fullest. I’d like to share a few character profiles with you. Who would you cast in these rolls?
Petite and pretty, Carin has dark brown hair with subtle red highlights and deep brown, almond shaped eyes. At sixteen, she’s far more attractive than she realizes; her nomadic lifestyle has given her little chance to see herself through the eyes of her peers. She fears the reason for her mother’s constant desire to keep moving might be a carefully-concealed mental illness. But Carin speaks of this to no one. Instead, she accepts a job on Mallace Estate, a vast property owned by Helen Mallace who claims to be family but will not explain the relation. Carin arrives at Mallace Mansion determined to work hard, earn money, and return to her life protecting her mother and guarding their secrets.
With narrow hips and tiny feet, blond and formerly-pretty Helen Mallace makes herself more imposing with big hair, heels and expensive clothing. At middle age, it’s not clear whether Helen ever invested herself in a career as she now wastes her time doing nothing in particular in her newly-inherited home. Helen does not seem comfortable in Mallace Estate, for she’s always ordering new furnishings and taking on projects to alter the view. For help with this endeavor, she brings in another distraction: a young man named Rafe Allen, a local from town hired to help with the heavy lifting. But Helen’s shallow personality might just be a ruse, as she, too, keeps many secrets—and none of them very well.
Tall and muscular in a sinewy, lean fashion, Rafe is not unattractive. In fact, with a haircut and shower with lots of shampoo, he could be downright hot. But Rafe seems to enjoy his off-putting, sexy-yet-repulsive persona. He takes pride in it, almost, in a manner that a sheltered girl like Carin might find hard to understand. Rafe has secrets, too, although they are the kind no one would ever care to discover. Rafe is a miserable sort of person, and his angry rejection of others keeps happiness ever beyond his grasp. Carin might have been an understanding friend, but he will never get the chance to know her in that way. Rafe sees women as objects and victims, simultaneously unattainable and unworthy of his trouble. He might put a woman on a pedestal only to delight in watching her topple off. With someone like him around, Helen might be amused, but Carin will be in danger.
Any casting suggestions for me? I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for reading, and thanks for visiting For the Love of Film & Novels.
About The Author
Christine Locke was born in California and grew up in various locations around the United States as a Navy brat. She was the oldest of six children and today is mother and step-mother to seven. She attended Texas A&M University, receiving her Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature in 1995.
Christine has worked as a writing instructor, a salesperson, and an award-winning retail manager and management trainer, among other things. Today, she co-ordinates makeovers for a local magazine. She and her husband, Mike, live with their children, two dogs, and two cats in Arkansas.
For years, Christine has been writing novels around her work and family life. Open Door is her first published novel. Several other manuscripts are almost ready to follow Open Door onto Amazon KDP, including the Open Door sequel, In Time.
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