Haunted Love (Free short story)

Haunted Love (Free short story)

by Cynthia Leitich Smith

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Spirit, Texas, is a town of secrets, and as the new owner of the local haunted movie theater, Cody Stryker is juggling more than his fair share. When a mysterious new girl comes to town and runs afoul of the ghost that lives in his theater, Cody’s caught in the middle and needs to figure out exactly who he can trust. HAUNTED LOVE is a short story by New York Times Bestseller Cynthia Leitich Smith— set in the same dark universe as her novels TANTALIZE, ETERNAL, and BLESSED. This story includes a sneak preview of Cynthia Leitich Smith’s latest novel, DIABOLICAL, which unites characters from the previous three novels in the Tantalize Series along with a fascinating cast of all-new characters for a suspenseful, action-packed clash between the forces of heaven and hell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763660475
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 12/13/2011
Series: Tantalize Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 64,662
File size: 636 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

In suburban Kansas City, I began as a child poet and grew into a journalist. I was the editor of my junior-high and high-school newspapers. I went on to study journalism at the University of Kansas and law at the University of Michigan Law School.

Along the way, I had a ton of jobs. I worked as a popcorn popper at a movie theater, a cashier at a gas station, a waitress at a Mexican restaurant, a switchboard operator for a bank, a telemarketer, and a receptionist for a small law firm. I served as a reporting intern for various small-town papers and the Dallas Morning News as well as a marketing intern for a greeting-card company in Kansas City, an oil company in Oklahoma, and a nonprofit organization in Topeka. I also held summer/semester clerkships at a judge’s office in Kansas, a small women’s-rights firm in Michigan, and a legal aid in Hawaii.

After graduation I moved to Chicago, where I worked briefly in the law office of the Department of Health and Human Services. But after six months (and a long talk with some ducks in Lake Michigan), I quit my day job to write full time. I eventually relocated and settled in Austin.

I love to literally plunge into my fictional worlds.

For Tantalize, I went house shopping for my characters, confessed my intentions to the realtors, and walked away with floor plans and photos. At the local coffee shop, I tapped hirsute folks on the shoulder and asked if I could take pictures of them to use as models for shape-shifters. I also made a point to dine at every Italian restaurant in Austin.

For the New York Times best-selling novel Eternal, I walked every Chicago street that my characters did, trying to see the landscape anew through their eyes. I made notes about the sounds, the smells, the chill in the air. The ink in my pen froze on Navy Pier, and I ended up cutting that scene anyway.

For the Feral trilogy, I strolled ash-strewn acres of Texas that had been ravaged by wildfires and spent hours at Austin’s rescue zoo communing with lions.

Hearts Unbroken was more of a journey into memory. I had to revisit being a teen journalist whose editorials sometimes crossed swords with suburban Kansas sensibilities. I had to reflect on what it felt like to navigate Native identity on every level, sometimes in the face of bigotry, while also seeking joy and celebrating daily life, culture, and community.

What I love most about being a young adult author is hearing from young adult readers!
I’m happy to answer questions about my novels and to recommend additional books by other authors.

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Haunted Love (Free short story) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 191 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is literaly no story. The author was constantly explaining the plot, who people were, etc...for the entire 21 pages of the story. Terrible development, would not recommend for anyone over the age of 12
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book if u 12 or in ur teens
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I though the story was a good read but I felt it could have been longer. I think we could have gotten more back story on the characters and the town.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks like you could almost live it......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely short story, only about twenty pages. However this book is packed full with the supernatural. There are twists and turns in the plot that will keep the reader guessing until the very end. I will recommend this to any fan of supernatural intrigue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all the authors books! For a short story it was nice and showed a bit more of their world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For a short story it was good but it could be made into a way better longer book....overall good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not what I was expecting. It was a teenage vampire story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book so far because it's spooky.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tottaly awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was great for short book..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read this before in my immortal love stories book its great!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It looks ok but even i do get it, it is still free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luvd this book and i think u should read it. I read 10 times! I no wat ur ganna say ... Wat she read it that many times i just luvd it so much i luv vampire books lol u probably think im CRAZY
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This short story really had me hooked. Where is the rest of the book?
LisaRayns More than 1 year ago
I thought the author did a great job with this short story. It's original, nicely constructed, and well edited. I don't read a lot of present tense books but I didn't find it distracting at all. Thanks to the author for the nice, free read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its good, its short, and its free. Its a great story and you have nothing to lose by geting it if you end up not liking it
txmagggi More than 1 year ago
OK for a short story. Glad it was free not one I'd pay for.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Neat short story of a movie theater owner vampire who turns to mayhem and murder!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Idk if i should rad this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi i am wondering if this is a good book can you please tell me thanks i am a girl by the way.*
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read with exeptional errors and although it could have been longer it had me wanting more at the end....i recommend this to preteens at the least......xoxo -poohbear