Freaks of Greenfield High

Just in case you haven’t checked out my Books page lately….

I haz a new book out! With a really awesome cover!

And the really special thing about this particular book is that I originally wrote it a couple of years ago for my daughter, who was bemoaning the fact that she wasn’t allowed to read anything I’d written to date — and absolutely not anything I’d published. *cough* erotic romance! *cough*

So I got to thinking, why not try my hand at a book for Young Adults? You know, that whole “challenge yourself” mentality that I can’t quite resist when it comes to writing.

And, after writing lots of rather, er, graphic scenes of a certain nature between consenting adults, I gotta say it was fantastic to explore “love” in a completely different way. By that I mean, do you remember your first ever real kiss? I do. It made my stomach somersault and my knees turn noodle-limp. Gotta love that whole angsty, in-the-moment, no one else can understand what I’m going through, teen-psyche *g*

Anyway, I first wrote Freaks of Greenfield High with a male main character. It worked–even won an award, and placed 2nd and 3rd in subsequent contests. But after a couple of years of sitting in a computer file, when I took out the manuscript, brushed it off, and read through it again, I decided to mix it up. I changed the sex of the two main characters. So “Jay” is now a girl *g*

Here’s the blurb:

FREAKS OF GREENFIELD HIGH: When a teenage cyborg is forced to hide out at a small-town high school, the unthinkable happens: she falls in love.

Jay’s a cyborg who looks just like normal teenage girl. She’s super-strong, super-smart, and she can even appear to grow and age like a human. When a covert organization intent on using Jay as a weapon comes after her, she needs to find a place where she can blend in. Greenfield High seems perfect… except that the boys all think she’s totally hot and keep hitting on her, and she has no clue how to handle the attention. Who knew high school could be so perilous?

To add to her confusion she’s evolving – experiencing human emotions for the first time. And when she encounters ex-jock-turned-outcast Tyler, he sends her logical brain into a spin. She’s just starting to get the hang of this girlfriend/boyfriend thing when her pursuers track her down. Now’s sooo not the time for a cyborg to fall in love and get all emotional!

And, here’s the cover — which I absolutely love to bits and beyond! (Gotta thank my clever, multi-talented DH yet again for this one.)

Would you believe, there’s a scene straight out of the book where Jay is wearing jeans and a flannel shirt tied at the waist? If you’d asked me prior to scanning royalty-free stock photo sites, what my chances were of finding cover art that could have been shot straight from a scene in my book, I’d have said sub-zero. Spooky!

Freaks of Greenfield High is out now at Smashwords (in a bunch of electronic file formats) and Amazon US, UK & DE for Kindle. It’ll be available soon at Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Diesel eBooks etc etc. Please check my Books page for updated buy links and info.

And if you’d like to read an excerpt from Freaks of Greenfield High, check out the website landing page — yeah, you guessed it: also courtesy of DH. What a man….

Now all I need to do is introduce DD to the joys of eBooks *VBG*




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6 Responses to “Freaks of Greenfield High”

  1. Tez Miller says:

    Cyborg? I must have this! If you ever feel like swinging a review copy my way… ;-)

  2. My favorite cyborg book is Body Of Glass by Marge Piercy. It’s an old book but brilliantly done. It was in the back of my mind all through writing Freaks.

    Mmm. Ninjas. I love Ninja movies. Don’t know that I could do justice to them in a book, tho — don’t think my green belt in karate would help me much ;-)

    • Tez Miller says:

      Ooh, shall have to look for BODY OF GLASS. A glass cyborg? Me curious! :-)

      • It’s dystopian: enclosed glassed in cities, underprivileged masses, and self-sufficient satellites. Also incorporates a parallel story set in the past, about a golem. And what struck me most was that the cyborg is so self-aware, and yet still chooses… what he chooses. It’s a huge poke at ethical and moral stances based around the whole needs of the many vs needs of the few, and having your free will taken away from you. Great story! I’ve read it multiple times.