I was overjoyed recently when my short story Dark Eyes made it into the top 100 teen romance books on Amazon. It debuted at number 87 and within four days had climbed to 53. And it’s still climbing.
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I love this story, which you can read here. It’s only a short one, but well worth the read (not that I’m biased or anything – okay, maybe a little, don’t judge me). The main character Ariel is intrigued when the new kid in school arrives. With more secrets than socks, she quickly feels the need to know everything about him. The fact that he’s cute doesn’t hurt either.
I got the idea for this story after hearing about an urban legend. Spoilers below, so go read the story – now. You’ve been warned.
The legend is explained in the book, but it’s basically about a group of people known as the Dark Eyed People. Their eyes are completely black, can you imagine how weird it would be seeing someone like that? Our eyes are the window to the soul, they express so much and to have them completely blank? I don’t know how Ariel can carry a conversation while staring into those eyes.
Anyway, I digress, the Dark Eyed People are apparently real. If you Google it, there are countless stories of people claiming to have real encounters. Which I do find a little amusing, as the legend goes once you invite them inside they will kill you. Who is left to tell the story? Perhaps some people with more luck that just a four leaf clover can give you?
I liked the legend of the Dark Eyed People, I thought they were curious enough to actually exist and perhaps they do walk amongst us. I hope I never encounter one, not unless they read Dark Eyes first and enjoyed it, anyway. Perhaps they’re not as sexy as vampires or werewolves, but Gabe is pretty hot and that’s enough for me.
So, open up your minds, I’m sure we don’t know everything that the world has to offer. Read Dark Eyes and let me know what you think. The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive, readers keep telling me they want to see more of Ariel and Gabe’s story. Who knows? If enough people hassle me about it, I just might have to write it.
What’s your favourite urban legend? Share below, I’m always after new ideas!