30 October 2010

Haunted Halloween: Lisa Cach

This is not so much a spooky story, as an unsettling one.

When I was thirteen, I had a horrible retainer I had to wear at night, a big black rubber thing that looked like one of the mouth guards that boxers wear. I hated it. It was huge, and there were little holes in the front for me to breathe through, that made me sound like Darth Vader.

Whenever I got sick and had to stay home from school, my mom had me sleep on the couch in the living room — we had the TV there, and it was easy for her to take care of me during the day. So when I caught the flu that year and had a fever, off to the couch I went, along with the nasty black retainer. Flu or no flu, I had to wear it.

One feverish night on the couch, I had a dream that I was standing with a group of people on the edge of a vast green plain. In the distance were white cliffs beneath a clear blue sky, and I knew that I and a few others were going on a long journey to those cliffs. In my dream, I handed my retainer to one of the people standing near me and said, “Keep this for me while I’m gone.”

When I woke up the next morning, the retainer had disappeared. We searched everywhere: all around the couch, underneath it, in the trash bins, even outside in the yard. The heating vents. The garage. EVERYWHERE. We couldn’t find it. We never found it.

My parents had to pay to have a new one made -- so you can bet that we looked hard for that thing.

Ever since, I’ve wondered what really happened on that night. Where did I go, and what did I do? Or more disturbing yet, I wonder who or what I encountered that took the retainer from me, and has ‘kept it while I’m gone.

Title: Wake Unto Me

Synopsis: A haunted castle, a handsome young man dead for four hundred years, one heck of a scary portrait of a witch, and a treasure hunt -- not to mention a princess for a roommate! -- all await 15 year old American girl Caitlyn Monahan when she earns a scholarship to a French boarding school.

There are secrets behind the stone walls of Chateau de la Fortune, buried for centuries along with the mystery of who killed Raphael, the charming ghost who visits Caitlyn at night. But as Caitlyn unearths the history of the castle, nothing scares her as badly as the secret she learns about herself, and the reason she was chosen to come to the Fortune School.

And nothing breaks her heart as badly as falling in love with a dead guy.

Available from Speak March 31st, 2011

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it and being a bit creeped out by it!

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  1. weird dream. Parents probably weren't happy to buy a new retainer. Book sounds interesting.


  2. Love the story! Wake Unto Me sounds interesting, I'll definitely have to look into it when it comes out. ^_^

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  3. I don't know, this one kind of made me laugh. It's like you hated the retainer so much it disappeared. Too bad you had to get another one. It is kind of spooky that you never knew what happened to it.

  4. Great post! I want to get a retainer and sound like darth vaider!!! *sigh* too bad I don't have to get braces.

  5. Great post! I had to wear a retainer for SIX years--I wish it had disappeared in a dream. Maybe you tossed it over the cliffs. :)

    Oh, and that cover is so pretty!


  6. Wow that is creepy! Though I love having dreams that I can remember and get me thinking. What a mystery.


  7. Wow, that's pretty crazy about your retainer. I once left mine at a McDonald's wrapped up in a napkin, but my mom made me go back to look for it and they had just taken out the trash, so out to the trash bins we went. I actually did find it and my mom was glad she didn't have to pay for another one.


  8. Falling in love with a dead guy must be the most difficult part of the whole story?

  9. Oh, that's just weird. I wonder what those kids in your dream would have done with your retainer.

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  10. Haha interesting story! Thats really weird considering the retainer is in your mouth, so it's not easy to drop or something :)

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  11. That is a little spooky. I wonder if it will ever turn up and how and where.

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  12. WOOT WOOT! First to comment, lol! Sounds kinda like a creepy read! Cover is awesome though :) Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I really want to read this book.... Great post!


  14. OOh I love the cover already!


  15. Interesting story. Sometimes things are better unknown.
    I can't wait to read Wake Unto Me. The cover and the plot sounds awesome.

  16. what a creepy story! And I love the premise of the book .. falling in love with a dead guy WOULD be rather disheartening!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

  17. Dreams like that are so weird and spooky. Luckily, nothing like that has happened to me. Thanks for sharing!


  18. Yeah, that was pretty creepy...


  19. The cover of this book is so pretty. Great post!

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  21. That was creepy I do love the cover very cool!


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