I'm so excited to welcome Tricia Rayburn to The Fort today! I started SIREN late one night when I was at the beach and I actually woke up at six in the morning to finish it. On vacation. Yes, it's that good. SIREN has a nice guy, some bad girls and some seriously creepy secrets. Here, I'll let Tricia tell you. (And make sure to enter to win a SIGNED, FINISHED copy of SIREN!)
Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything—the dark, heights, the ocean—but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge. That is until Justine goes cliff diving one night near the family's vacation house in Winter Harbor, Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.
Vanessa's parents want to work through the tragedy by returning to their everyday lives back in Boston, but Vanessa can't help feeling that her sister's death was more than an accident. After discovering that Justine never applied to colleges, and that she was secretly in a relationship with longtime family friend Caleb Carmichael, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor to seek some answers.
But when Vanessa learns that Caleb has been missing since Justine's death, she and Caleb's older brother, Simon, join forces to try to find him, and in the process, their childhood friendship blossoms into something more.
Soon it's not just Vanessa who is afraid. All of Winter Harbor is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes home to a string of fatal, water-related accidents . . . in which all the victims are found grinning from ear to ear.
As Vanessa and Simon probe further into the connections between Justine's death and the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance, and that will change her life forever.
Tricia Rayburn is the author of Ruby's Slippers and the Maggie Bean trilogy. Despite fearing all creatures of the deep, she's still drawn to the water and makes her home in a seaside town on eastern Long Island. Visit her online at www.triciarayburn.com.
Favorite comfort food?
This tends to vary from one day to the next! Today I could really go for some cheesy nachos with fresh guacamole.
Favorite game (think summer, flashlight tag, Marco Polo)?
Then: Red Light, Green Light. Now: Ping Pong!
Sun worshipper, spray tan or SPF 50?
I do enjoy a good sun session every now and then, but always with multiple applications of SPF 30+!
Beach or lake? Boat or shore?
It's practically impossible to choose between beach and lake. But, since it was such a huge part of my childhood—and now plays quite a large role in my adulthood—I'll have to go with beach. And definitely shore over boat. That one's easy!
Air conditioning or open windows?
Always open windows unless the sweltering East Coast humidity leaves no other choice.
Favorite summer drink (lemonade, iced sweet tea, Kool Aid, be specific)?
Thanks to many a summer afternoon spent at my Aunt Marion's pool, iced tea always tastes like summer in a cup.
Ghost story or Truth or Dare?
Truth or Dare.
Truth? Or dare?
Just like in my pre-teen/teen days, I REALLY want to say dare...but truth. Because I'm still a chicken.
What singer/musician/band is a must have for The Fort soundtrack?
What movie would you bring to watch?
Pretty in Pink. Also, even though I might have to sneak it in since it doesn't really qualify as a movie, Gilmore Girls. :)
Who's the ideal male mascot for the fort and why?
I was going to suggest Taylor Kitsch or Neil Patrick Harris, but I see they're already popular mascot nominees! So I'll go with Jason Segel. I think he'd make us laugh. Or Joseph Gordon-Levitt, preferably as his character in (500) Days of Summer. Or John Krasinski, either as himself or Jim Halpert. Maybe we could have a team instead of a mascot?
Marshmallows, lightly toasted or burned to a crisp?
The crispier, the better!
Awake all night or first one to sleep?
First one to sleep.
If awake all night, practical joke or no (and what kind)?
No time for jokes, too busy dreaming!
If you could have any YA author visit the fort and tell stories, who would it be and what story would you ask them to tell?
Ann M. Martin. I'd ask where she thinks Kristy, Mary Anne, Dawn, Stacey, Claudia and the rest of the gang would be 25 years after Kristy's Great Idea!
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