28 October 2010

Haunted Halloween: Cyn Balog

It was my thirteenth birthday, on a Friday, the 13th, and I decided to have a slumber party. I invited four of my closest friends and after a pizza dinner, I gathered them around a coffee table in the dark to show them the Ouija board I’d made. “Want to try it?” I asked.

Debbie, the tomboy, laughed. “That’s a bunch of crap.”

Lisa, the ditz, said, “You can’t just make one of those yourself. It has to be a special wood and um, stuff.”

Jeanne, the political one, said, “But there’s a debate on TV.”

Melanie, the smartest of the bunch and the one everyone looked up to for advice, said, “Sure, let’s do it.”

We gathered around the table, kneeling on our sleeping bags, and I said, “Who do we want to try to summon?”

There was a guy in the high school who had committed suicide the week before, and everyone was still talking about it. In unison, Debbie, Jeanne, and Melanie said his name, “Keith Simpson.” Lisa wanted to contact Madonna, but Melanie quietly leaned over and explained that the Ouija board was for talking to dead people.

Lisa rolled her eyes, obviously disappointed, as I began. “Keith Simpson?” I asked. “Are you there?”

“Wait!” Melanie said. “Don’t we have to put our fingers on the pointer or something?”

I shook my head and explained that this one was special. At first, there was nothing. Then, suddenly, the small rectangular piece of metal I’d used as a pointer jerked toward the “yes” in the very corner of the board. Everyone jumped back from the table, stunned.

I said, “Is that you, Keith?”

The pointer jerked toward “yes” again. Everyone began to look at each other. Lisa studied the doorway, wanting to flee from it.

I said, “Keith, do you have something to tell us? Why are you here?”

The piece of metal began to move furiously, spelling out letters. First a Y. Then an O. Next a U. We sat there for a moment, watching it move, and Melanie sounded it out. “You will all . . .we will all what?” she said, her voice cracking.

The tension was thick in the room as the pointer moved to D, then I, then E. Lisa covered her face in her hands and Debbie screamed. Jeanne shouted, “We will all die! Oh, my god! We’re going to—“ She stopped and stared at the pointer. It was still moving. It moved to the T, and just when everyone was sure it was going to spell out Today or Tomorrow, it just stopped.

Melanie stared at it. “We will all diet? What the hell?”

“Well, we did eat a lot of pizza tonight,” I explained, pulling a magnet out from under the table.

Title: Sleepless

Synopsis: Eron DeMarchelle isn't supposed to feel this connection. He is a Sandman, a supernatural being whose purpose is to seduce his human charges to sleep. Though he can communicate with his charges in their dreams, he isn't encouraged to do so. After all, becoming too involved in one human's life could prevent him from helping others get their needed rest.

But he can't deny that he feels something for Julia, a lonely girl with fiery red hair and sad dreams. Just weeks ago, her boyfriend died in a car accident, and Eron can tell that she feels more alone than ever. Eron was human once too, many years ago, and he remembers how it felt to lose the one he loved. In the past, Eron has broken rules to protect Julia, but now, when she seems to need him more than ever, he can't reach her. Eron's time as a Sandman is coming to a close, and his replacement doesn't seem to care about his charges. Worse, Julia is facing dangers she doesn't recognize, and Eron, as he transitions back to being human, may be the only one who can save her....

Even once they've become human again, Sandmen are forbidden to communicate with their charges. But Eron knows he won't be able to forget Julia. Will he risk everything for a chance to be with the girl he loves?

Cyn Balog's follow-up to Fairy Tale has more wit, more supernatural delights, and more star-crossed romance! Teen girls will love this story of a Sandman who falls in love with his human charge.

Available now from Delacorte Books for Young Readers

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  1. LOL... That was so funny. I prob would have freaked out! Great post!


  2. Ha ha!! That was a good one! The diet is probably going to be more painful too!


  3. That was great. That would have so been me. I loved my Ouija board when i was younger. I keep saying I am going to get my kids one. I am "that" Mom. *winks* My daughter thinks that nothing is cool because I like all the weird stuff. She said I take the fun out of everything. "Hey mom, I am going to dye my hair green" as she waits for the Mom reaction. I smile and say "dark green or light green. I will make the appointment, you talk daddy into paying for it". :)

  4. I want to read Sleepless really bad. The idea of the sand man is really intriguing to me. Great post.

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  5. That was awesome! I wish I had thought of that. hehe Maybe I still could hmmmm? lol

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  6. I like how light this story was. It was a good change of pace. Thanks!

  7. That was brilliant! Great story. ^_^

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  8. Haha wow the ending was surprising to me! Thanks for the story =)

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  9. Hahah...this is a great little story that really stands out from all the super creepy ones. Thanks for sharing :D


  10. Haha that was awesome!

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  11. Hahah! Love the ending.

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  12. The part with Lisa and Madonna was funny. Great post!


  13. It sounds to me like you were an evil 13 year old. lol

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  14. Haha loved the ending. Sandmen sound interesting. Going to have to read this one.


  15. That was funny. I refuse to go near a ouija board, but I'm intrigued by them. I would like to go get my cards read though or to a seance.

  16. haha! great story!


  17. OH NO! It's the 31st! :( This Haunted Halloween has come to an end! So bittersweet!

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  18. What a funny story! I'm going to have to try something like that!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries


  19. Hahahaha! That was so great! Thanks for sharing.



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