Friday, October 31, 2014

CREED by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this upcoming release. I've been a CP (critique partner) for Trisha Leaver for years, and am thrilled at the buzz her debut novel, with co-author Lindsay Currie, is making. See what you think!

Coming November 8th 2014 from Flux 

Three of us went in
Three of us came out
None of us a shadow of who we once were.

When their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and Luke’s brother, Mike, seek help in the nearby town of Purity Springs. But as they walk the vacant streets, the teens make some disturbing discoveries. The seemingly deserted homes each contain a sinister book with violent instructions on disciplining children. The graveyard is full of unmarked crosses. Worst of all, there’s no way to contact the outside world.

When Purity Springs’ inhabitants suddenly appear, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of Elijah Hawkins, the town’s charismatic leader who has his own plans for the three of them. Their only hope for survival is Elijah’s enigmatic son, Joseph. And his game may be just as deadly as his father’s . . .

MTV’s Kat Rosenfield (author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone) said she’d rather “take a year-long gig teaching botany to the “Children of the Corn” then take a gas-and-bathroom break on a sunny day in Purity Springs.”  And Jenn Johansson, author of the Nightwalker Series, called CREED “an intense, eerie, and chilling ride from start to finish. I'll forever have second thoughts about any trip that takes me through a quiet small town or passes an empty gas station."  

So what makes this seemingly harmless town of Purity Springs so terrifying…it’s maniacal leader, Elijah Hawkins, and his 148 devoted followers who would rather spend a weekend locked in the sin shack then ever risk exposing the purity of their souls to the evils of the outside world.

Where to find Creed

Psst...rumor has it that if you pre-order it to your Nook or Kindle, it will magically arrive on your e-reader at midnight on 10/31...that's tonight!!!  Perfect Halloween Read.

Exclusive Excerpt:

I flipped open my cell phone and used the light from my home screen to navigate the edges of the room. Hooks lined the walls, most of them supporting yard tools. Hedge trimmers, weed whacker, leaf blower. Pickaxe. “Pickaxe? What would somebody need a pickaxe for?” I asked.

“I don’t know. Maybe they use it in the winter when people die and the ground is frozen,” Luke offered up.

I turned to glare at him, not even remotely thankful for his insight. Mike ignored us and continued rifling through some large plastic bins lining the wall, cursing as a large cardboard box toppled over onto his feet.

Papers spilled out and Luke bent down, casting the beam of light across the mess. Dozens of names hand-written in pencil lined the sheets. Next to each name was a date. I reached down and picked up the first sheet I touched. It was a newer one, dated November 5th … two days ago.  “James McDonald, age six. Margaret Elizabeth Cunningham, age fifty-four. Sadie Calbert, age twenty-two,” Luke read aloud. He inhaled sharply and began stuffing the papers back into the box. “These are … I think these are death records.”

I can beat that,” Mike chimed in. “Check this out.”

Luke turned his light in Mike’s direction, slowly scanning it upward until a sign came into view: Purity Springs. Population 152. He moved the sign aside; another one, nearly identical, was behind it. “Purity Springs, population 151,” Luke read before shuffling yet another sign aside.

“And looky here,” Mike said. “This one looks pretty new, not a scratch on it. Says ‘population 149.’ That’s messed up.”

Luke shook his head, grumbling something incoherent under his breath. I stepped aside, forcing myself to focus on the search for gas as opposed to the archaic death records scattered across the floor.

My mind flashed back to the grave we’d passed on the way here. It was new, and I couldn’t help but think there was a sign hanging on the side of the road somewhere that read Purity Springs. Population 148.

About the Authors:

Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent black lab. She is the co-author of the YA, Psychological Horror, CREED, releasing November 8th, 2014 with Flux/ Llewellyn. Her solo YA Contemporary, THE SECRETS WE KEEP, release April 28, 2015 with FSG/ Macmillan. Find out more at:
Twitter @tleaver

Lindsay Currie lives in Chicago, Illinois with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids, and one adorable, but irreverent Bullmastiff named Sam. She graduated from Knox College in the heart of the Midwest and has been writing for as long as she can remember.Today, Lindsay is an author of young adult and middle grade fiction. She is a proud member of SCBWI, The Horror Writers Association, The YA Scream Queens and OneFourKidLit, a community of authors with debuts upcoming in 2014. Her debut novel, CREED (co-authored with Trisha Leaver), releases from Flux on November 8, 2014.


  1. EWWW--Purity Springs give me goose bumps. Great premise. Best wishes on this imaginative tale!

    1. And it should give you goosebumps. Thanks for stopping by, JQ!


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