I love it when a book comes out that you think, just by looking at the cover or hearing about the story: I want to read that. So I’m happy to share with you the cover to Doug Solter’s new YA novel My Girlfriend Bites, an excerpt to give you a taste of his book, and more information. I love the cover, and the excerpts I read drew me into the story immediately.
Check out the cover:
Beautiful and arresting and almost painful at the same time, it definitely grabs my attention.
MY GIRLFRIEND BITES:
Sometimes the boy gets the werewolf.
Enjoy this excerpt from MY GIRLFRIEND BITES:
“Can I just take you home and we can talk about it later?” I ask. But my voice sounds more like I’m begging.
“No,” Bree says.
I stare at the glowing dashboard. “How do I ask this?”
Her voice softens. “Just ask.”
“You’ll think I’m crazy. I think I’m crazy.” I notice my hand twisting on the steering wheel. Like Bree’s hand did when she picked me up that rainy afternoon.
“Ask me the question,” she says her voice lower and more serious.
I can’t look her in the eyes. My stomach burns so bad I think the acid is eating through the walls of tissue. A part of me doesn’t want to hear the answer to this question. But it’s too late to stop.
“Are you some kind of animal?” I throw it out there quickly, getting it over with.
“Yes,” Bree says.
I search her face for any sign of joking or sarcasm, any sign that this was one big joke on me. But there’s none.
My brain goes numb.
“The light’s green,” she says.
I stick my eyes on the road and drive across the intersection.
“There’s another park up ahead. Please pull into the parking lot,” Bree says. “We need to talk.”
Need to talk? Is Bree going to kill me now? Is that nip she gave me on the train going to be a full bite that rips my neck and throat out? Letting me bleed to death in some city park to be discovered by some hipster out on his morning jog? I think the stomach acid has seeped into my vital organs.
I maneuver the truck into the parking lot. Switch off the engine. One single street lamp casts a weak, hollow glow inside the cab. A dark shadow covers Bree’s face, disguising that cute girl at the restaurant. This doesn’t help me relax at all.
The silence inside the truck is the loudest I’ve ever heard.
We sit there for a moment.
“We should take a walk together.” Bree opens her door and steps out.
I close my eyes. I have this awful feeling that I know something that I shouldn’t know about. Something dangerous. Something that will reveal its scary self and rip my body apart like Christmas wrapping paper. My door pops open without me touching it.
“Come. Walk with me.” Bree offers her hand.
“I won’t hurt you,” she whispers.
My shaky hand grasps hers and I climb out of the truck.
Bree then leads me into a grove of trees.
Wow, huh? It drew me right in. How about you?
MY GIRLFRIEND BITES comes out soon, on Tuesday, July 16th
About MY GIRLFRIEND BITES:
When he sets out to find the perfect girl, 16-year-old Aiden discovers she’s the imperfect werewolf he’s always been searching for.
After his “dream” girl rejects him, Aiden tries to commit suicide yet mysteriously survives. Now he feels like a total loser with zero possibility of finding a girl. Enter Bree, the creepy girl with too much hair who is rumored to be mentally disturbed. When Bree gives Aiden a ride home during a storm, the girl’s random act of kindness spurs a friendship that blossoms into love. But that love gets tested when Aiden discovers his new girlfriend is a werewolf.
To make this relationship work, Aiden needs to keep Bree’s secret from his best friend. Deal with a family of werewolves who want to protect their daughter. Stop Bree from killing the first “dream” girl when she changes her mind about Aiden. Oh yeah, and he has to stay away from Bree during her mating cycle. Girl werewolves can get a little crazy when they’re in love.
But Aiden’s true test comes when he must save Bree from an enemy determined to annihilate all the werewolves. An enemy who killed all the wolves in Bree’s pack. An enemy so terrifying…they give werewolves nightmares.
Too bad Bree can’t turn a coward into a fearless werewolf. That bite thing is only a myth. So Aiden will have to do the most frightening thing ever…believe in himself.
About the author:
Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Doug went to college at nearby Oklahoma State where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/Film production and worked in local television for 20 years. Doug began writing screenplays in 1998 and became a 2001 semi-finalist in The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting for his fifth screenplay, Father Figure. His tenth script, Rail Fan, became a quarter-finalist in 2009. Soon after, Doug made the switch to writing young adult novels. Skid, a young adult novel set in the world of Formula 1 racing, is his first.