A boy from a hidden
world.When Celeste starts at a new school in a small, Kansas town, she hears
whispering voices, has vivid nightmares, and swarms of blackbirds follow her every
move. She is oddly drawn to aloof Rylan, the other new student who has his own
secrets.The exact moment she turns seventeen, she wakes to a bedroom full of
strange creatures, purple light emanating from her hands, and Rylan breaking in
through her bedroom window.
He knows what she
is . . .
deeply romantic, RUA is page-turning YA novel with a supernatural twist.
Miranda Kavi is a YA and Urban
Fantasy author. She has worked as an attorney, an executive recruiter, and an
assistant in a biological anthropology lab. She loves scary movies, museums,
and is hopelessly addicted to chocolate. She lives in the Houston area with her
husband and daughter.
Miranda Kavi was kind enough to do a guest post for me! It is told from Tink's POV!
Tink, the Ultimate BFF
People seem to be curious about Tink. He’s the best friend
of the lead character, Celeste. He’s fabulous, supportive and smart.
I adore Tink. He is near and dear to my heart since he is
inspired by the amazing friendships that I am so lucky to have in my life.
I thought it would be fun to write a scene from Celeste’s
first day of school from Tink’s point of view.
. . . .
Another boring lunch in my boring school in my boring town.
I load up my tray with the rubbery looking burger and a
double order of soggy school cafeteria fries. Not the healthiest, but I’m a
A flash of deep red curls catches my eye. The new girl. She’s
just managed to escape the wrath of Jennifer and her high-fashion clique.
I’m not the only one watching her. She’s the second new
student in just a few months, an oddity in our small town. Their eyes roam over
her wild hair, scarves and vintage sneakers like she’s some sort of exotic bird
You can already see the wheels turning behind their dull
little eyes: New girl, pretty, strange, different. They don’t want to like her.
They won’t like anything that’s not just like them.
I would know.
Edith nudges me. “Look. Rylan’s sitting close to her.”
“He’s got a pulse then. Good to know.” I turn my back on her
to grab a juice. I’m surprised, too. He’s kept to himself, barely speaking to
“She’s staring at him!” Edith cuts in front of me to pay the
cashier first. “Just gawking at him in the open like that.”
“Um, so are we. He’s hot.”
I walk away from Edith and her mountain of food.
I find a table and settle in to devour my tasty carbs. The
football players are clustered around the other end of the long table.
This isn’t my wisest seating choice. They’ve been picking on
me since eighth grade, but I won’t let them intimidate me. Plus, it’s right
next to the table with the new girl and I’m just as curious as everyone else.
One of the buffoons raises his voice to a fake feminine
pitch. “Oh, Tink. You look so fabulous today. Smooch!” He blows a big kiss my
way. They all burst into laughter.
I smile but say nothing. I can feel the heat rising through
my neck, but I control my face, casually taking a bite of a fry.
The new girl is at the next table over. I watch her pick at
her food, glance at Rylan and back to her plate. She looks lonely.
I leave the primates behind, grab my tray and slide in
across from her before I can even think about it. I shove my hand in her face.
“Hi, new girl! I saw you sitting alone, and we can’t have
that. What’s your name? I’m Tony, but people call me Tink around here.” The
words tumble out of my mouth.
Her face lights up in a friendly smile. She takes my offered
hand and shakes it vigorously. “Hi, Tink, I’m Celeste.”