THE KEEPER’S VOW
by Francina Simone
All Katie Watts wants is to pass her junior-year, at Hamilton Private, with as little effort as possible—devoting time to knitting hats, breeding gerbils, becoming a movie critic, or even just sleeping. No wonder she isn’t ready for a world with vampires, werewolves, and nightmares.
Her life is shattered to pieces when Tristan gets stabbed in her front yard. She has no idea where he came from and worse, he hears her thoughts—and when she can’t take anymore, she starts to hear his. No one is who she thought they were. Her father is keeping secrets and when she searches for the truth, she ends up homeless.
As the truth claws its way to the surface, Katie and Tristan grow closer together and they find themselves connected in more ways than she can believe. But is honesty worth more than the peace blissful, ignorance brings? Especially if it sparks a chain of events that will end the lives of millions? Can she live with the truth that begins with her dead mother and ends with The Keeper’s Vow?
Could he really read her mind, or was it just a coincidence?
His eyes flashed in her direction.
Not a coincidence.
“Do Will and Lucy know you can read their minds?” she said as he slowed down enough for her to drink and walk at the same time.
“I can’t read their minds,” he said.
“But you can read mine?”
“Yeah,” he said.
“Nope,” he said.
“How is that possible? Why is that possible?” she said.
His face was still expressionless. “Gift from your mom.” He stared straight ahead.
Katie knew that wasn’t possible. Her mom died giving birth to her. Not exactly enough time to send gifts—let alone some jacked up ability to read her only daughter’s mind.
“You still believe everything your dad told you? Nothing about yesterday made you question a few things?” he said, making an abrupt left turn.
“What’s that supposed to mean? What do you know about my mom?” It was strange saying that word. Mom. It was something she didn’t have but had always wanted—like a cat, E-Z Bake Oven, a sixty-piece oil pastel set. Something she’d grown out of and would never have. A mom.
Tristan held her gaze for a few steps, then stared ahead for a whole block before making another left turn. He didn’t say anything else.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH FRANCINA
-What inspired you to become a writer?
I think I’ve always had the story telling bug…but what really grew it was reading books and watching anime. I think Anime has some of the BEST storytellers. Hayo Miyazaki anyone? I don’t know how many times I’ve cried watching Naruto.
-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?
Well I would definitely visit on a day in Book two and go to the Festival of Lights. I think that would be an amazingly beautiful experience, and it’s during a time before all of the racial tensions and—well it was a good time before everything else happens. Also I’d tell Katie that things will get better. One day.
-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.
I learned that my city actually has an Underground city—at least it is rumored to have one. I choose to believe it’s down there and full of the paranormal now that history has forgotten it.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
I’d totally go to Gray City and have a really sugary cocktail with Mercedes. She’s so badass and I feel like I never get enough time with her. But I want to know everything about her. I mean you don’t get where she is without have a story worth writing.
-What do you enjoy reading in your free time?
I LOVE YA I’m pretty biased about Fantasy and everything under the fantasy umbrella (anything not contemporary really) Though I love some contemporary romance once in a while. I’m also a big fan of middle grade lit. I’m always on the search for quality stories and just a story that makes me contemplate another perspective.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
Horror. There is a scene in my third book that falls under the horror category and I ended up writing it at night and was totally creeped out for days. Ugh. Sometimes there are things your characters do that you have no control over and Zuri is one of those characters, I just wish Katie and I didn’t have to get wrapped up in it sometimes. That genre is 100% creepy and I just—I just can do it more than I have to.
Francina Simone is a writer of Epic Urban Fantasies brimming with Magic and Moral Ambiguity.
From the time Francina Simone entered kindergarten, she loved to read and share words with her friends. When she was in the fifth-grade, she was scared to read aloud and so the teacher concluded she wasn’t very good at reading—Francina read anyway.
Francina left her middle school book club behind for the daunting and exciting life as a high school freshmen. She was quickly told Young Adult books were childish and she should concern herself with finer literature—Francina read them anyway.
Francina waved good-bye to her high school life and strutted into University with her YA books and graphic paper to take notes. She witnessed the birth of a YA trend where publishers flocked to sell their stories to teens…stories that were underdeveloped and glaring with structural issues. The message she heard as a consumer was simple—common belief is YA readers aren’t good enough readers to discern quality stories or they are too childish to tell the difference.
Francina dropped her degree in chemistry and decided enough was enough—and set out to write the quality* stories her fellow readers deserved.
After her formative years she moved to Japan, with her best-friend and husband, land of some of the worlds best story-tellers and creators of unique manga. There she worked on her stories and the quest to understand what authenticity* in story means.
Now she lives in Boise with her husband, son, cat, and Catahoula. She spends most of her time battling the terrible-twos and puppy-dom. But when things are quiet—you can hear frantically typing away; her mind far away with her characters in their quest to make the right decisions in a world brimming with magic and moral ambiguity.
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