Wicked Charm by Amber Hart
Publication Date: January 30, 2018 | Publisher: Entangled Teen
Nothing good comes from living in the Devil's swamp.
Willow Bell thinks moving to the Okefenokee area isn't half bad, but nothing prepares her for what awaits in the shadows of the bog.
Girls are showing up dead in the swamp. And she could be next.
Everyone warns Willow to stay away from Beau Cadwell—the bad boy at the top of their suspect list as the serial killer tormenting the small town.
But beneath his wicked, depthless eyes, there's something else that draws Willow to him.
When yet another girl he knew dies, though, Willow questions whether she can trust her instincts…or if they're leading to her own death.
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Inspiration for Wicked Charm came naturally to me. I spent half of my time growing up in Georgia, and the other half in Florida, where there was no shortage of swampy waters and gators and southern charm. Most of that time, I was reading thrillers and imagining the things that could go wrong in such an eerie setting. I drew on this to crate the background scenery, then added a complicated boy who likes to talk in riddles, a feisty, curious girl, and a string of shadowy murders. The characters themselves are mostly created in my mind, but I certainly take tiny snippets and mannerisms from the world around me. Like the grandma, for example, reminds me of my own grandma—independent and funny. She’s passed on now, but this allows a way for me to immortalize her energetic, funny spirit. Moments like when Willow and her best friend are sitting in the swamp, eating homemade southern food, came from a time when I actually did that with a friend of mine when I was younger. Memories have a strong pull, and in this case, ended up lending to the overall story of Wicked Charm. I hope they shine as brightly on paper as they do in my mind.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amber Hart resides on the Florida coastline with family and a plethora of animals she affectionately refers to as her urban farm. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She's the author of several novels for teens and adults, including Wicked Charm, the Before & After series, and the Untamed series. Rep'd by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group.
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