Sally Bosco

Author of Dark Fiction

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My novella DOUBLE CRUSH is now published!

Double_Crush_5 inWhat if you developed crushes on a guy AND a girl, and both of them liked you back? Tough problem, you say? Well yes, actually it is.

I’m pleased to announce that my young adult novella, Double Crush, is now available from JMS Books / QueerTeen Press. This is my first attempt at a novella, so I’m really excited about its publication.

Warning!!! Double Crushes can be hazardous to your (mental) health.

Here’s the plot:

When Project Keylight begins shooting a science fiction film in her small New England town, seventeen-year-old Piper Handy jumps at the chance to apply for the job of production assistant. During the shoot she becomes friends with a guy and girl, Mia and Evan, who will be going to her high school in the fall. What she doesn’t anticipate is that, as she’s dealing with one disaster after another during the shoot, she develops major crushes on both Mia and Evan. When both of them seem receptive to her attentions, she has some difficult decisions to make.

Can Piper avert disaster as she navigates her way through the minefield of teenage dating? Read Double Crush and see.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Mia! You startled me.” All I can think of is getting her to a different street so Evan doesn’t see us together.

“Your dad can wait for a little while, can’t he?”

“Um…yeah, I guess so.” I pull on her arm. “Let’s go over one street.”

She pulls in the opposite direction. “Let’s go to my house.”

Her house is in the direct path Evan will take to my house. “Let’s go a different way.”

“Why?” Stubborn now, she pulls me back in the other direction.

“There’s something on the next street I want to show you.”

“Okay then.” She follows me.

My heart is beating like a cappuccino machine. I don’t know why I’m so afraid of Evan seeing us together. What would that mean, anyway? That Mia had followed me home because she needed to talk? Evan is pretty perceptive, and he might guess the truth. And I’d blow my chance at having a boyfriend for school in the fall. But what am I saying? I love Mia.

“Come on, let’s go to the cemetery,” I suggest.

“What? The cemetery? Why?”

“It’s kind of spooky and fun. There are some beautiful sculptures in there.”

She shrugs. “Okay, I guess.”

The Wildwood Cemetery is surrounded by a black wrought iron fence with little spikes on top. It’s waist high and not meant to keep anybody out. I find the gate, and it opens easily. “Wow! We’re in.”

“Yeah. Cool.” Mia looks a little apprehensive. “Is it illegal to go into a cemetery at night? I don’t want to get arrested.”

“No. The worst that would happen is that they’d ask us to leave.” I hope I’m right.

“Okay. I feel better about it.”

“All we have to worry about now are the ghosts,” I kid.

She gives me a sideways look.

We enter through the gate, and the moonlight throws creepy shadows along the tombstones. The scent of moss and jasmine drifts on the night breeze. She presses in toward me to get as far away as possible from the grave markers.

“Some of these are really lovely. Look at this angel that’s overlooking some kind of family crypt.” I point out an ornate sculpture of angel with stone wings.

“Yeah, creepy though.” She rubs her bare arms.

“Let’s sit on this bench,” I suggest. There’s a concrete bench that has little roses carved into the sides, and it’s overlooking a small garden. It’s hard to tell in the dark, but the flowers look like yellow marigolds and pink petunias.

Mia sits. She’s in a short skirt, so she winces a little at the cold stone and places her hands beneath her thighs. “It is very peaceful here,” she says.

“Yes.” It’s so quiet, I can hear her breathing, which is a little more rapid than it should be. She must have warmed up, because she takes her hands out from under her thighs and places them in her lap, palms up.

Neither of us says anything, but she reaches toward my thigh with her palm still upturned, then gradually flips it over until settles it onto my lap.

I jump a little, more out of surprise than anything, and she pulls away.

I grasp her hand and bring it back toward me. “No, I didn’t mean to do that. It’s just that I…I don’t know. This is…different for me.”

“Me, too,” she says, squeezing my hand. Then she leans forward and gives me a kiss. It’s not an “acting” kiss; it’s a real kiss with real feeling.

Her mouth is so soft and so sweet, I could get totally lost in it. Her hand reaches for my shoulder and pulls me toward her. My heartbeat speeds up and I feel myself get totally carried away. The softness of her skin is so foreign to me. That is, it isn’t foreign because it’s just like my own. It’s foreign in that I’ve only felt a boy’s kiss before. This is so soft and sweet, and I like it so much.

Neither of us seems to fancy talking much. We drop down to the grassy ground by mutual consent. She gets on top of me, and I think I’ve never been happier in my whole life. We kiss like that for a long time, and I reach this peak of excitement.

Then we hear a noise. “What was that?” she whispers.

“Shhhh. Maybe it’s a guard.”

“Maybe it’s a ghost,” she says, and we giggle.

We both pause holding our breaths.

“Who’s there?” It’s a man’s voice, and his flashlight shines on us like a spotlight. “What are you doing here?”

My heart is hammering so hard I think I’m going to pass out, and I squeeze Mia’s hand. I hope hope hope he’s not a maniacal killer.

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Cevin’s Deadly Sin is Live Today!

Cevins_Deadly_Sin_72dpi3inWriting Cevin’s Deadly Sin has been a wild ride for me. Literally six years in the making, seeing the culmination of my work published is a huge thrill for me. First, this is a departure for me, before I’ve always written horror and paranormal. For this project that didn’t fit. At first I toyed with the idea of having a cross-dresser vampire or cross-dresser werecat, then I decided, no. This story needs to be told in a realistic fashion.

Cevin’s Deadly Sin is the story of a closeted hetero teen cross-dresser. In most ways he’s a normal kid, yet has that one difference he has to hide. It makes him feel that no one will accept him for his true self. It’s the story of feeling like an outsider, and who hasn’t felt that way at one time or another?

This was my thesis novel for an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. I struggled with the plot tremendously and ended up scrapping and rewriting the entire book after graduation. Then once I had it finished, it was difficult finding a publisher. Publishers told me they liked it, but they didn’t know how to market it. Cevin is hetero so he didn’t fit into the LGBT category, strictly speaking. He doesn’t want to have surgery to become a woman, so he doesn’t fall into the transgender category.

My present publisher, Queer Teen Press, is a little more broad in its content, so they seemed like a good fit to me. I was so happy when they accepted it for publication.

Why did I write this book? I’m fascinated with gender. How much of it is inherent and how much is from upbringing? Why do people in our culture react so violently against someone who defies gender?

I have cross-dresser friends, and I’ve interviewed a lot of cross-dressers, and I know that they had no support groups they could access during their school years. I’m writing Cevin to help them out—to bring awareness to the public about cross-dressing and help CD kids to realize that they’re not alone.

Also, how do we treat those who are different in some way? Tessa is totally taken with Cevin, but when he tries to tell her about how he’s different, she doesn’t want to listen. She becomes afraid and pulls away from him.

In many ways, this is a universal story. Has there ever been a time when you felt like an outsider?

Link to purchase Cevin’s Deadly Sin:

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Special Halloween Blitz of a Fabulous Anthology

My short story, The Double, is in a new anthology of which I’m really proud. It’s called Hazard Yet Forward. Seventy-six writers connected to the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction program have created a multi-genre charity anthology.

This anthology is special because all proceeds will benefit Donna Munro, a 2004 graduate of the program, and my dear friend.  Donna, a teacher living in St. Louis, Missouri, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  An active member of the SHU WPF alumni committee, Munro helps organize the school’s annual writing conference, the In Your Write Mind Workshop.

Donna Munro

To aid Donna and her family, faculty members, alumni, students and friends of the Writing Popular Fiction program came together to compile this massive anthology.  The book features flash fiction, short stories and even a full-length novella.  In total, there are 75 works from various genres, which makes this anthology one that features something for everyone.

Genres represented in the book range from horror to romance to mystery – and everything in between.  Some of the notable writers in the anthology are World Fantasy Award winner Nalo Hopkinson, Bram Stoker winners Michael A. Arnzen and Michael Knost, Bram Stoker nominee Lawrence C. Connolly, ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults winner Jessica Warman, Rita finalist Dana Marton, Spur winner Meg Mims, Asimov’s Readers’ Award winner Timons Esaias  and WV Arts and Humanities literary fellowships winner Geoffrey Cameron Fuller.

This large volume is an electronic book for the popular Kindle platform and is available for purchase through Amazon for $9.99.

For more information about the book, click Here.

To purchase Hazard Yet Forward click Here.

Help! I’ve been infected by the “looked” virus!

This is in response to a challenge from talented and all-around-cool horror writer, Stephanie Wytovich. The challenge is to find the first instance of the work “looked” in your work-in-progress and post it, along with the paragraph before and after.

This is an excerpt from my work in progress, Poisonous Garden. The premise is: Written from the point of view of a person of undeterminable gender—Poisonous Garden is a love story between Palmer, an introverted artist, and the free-spirited but mysterious Jackie who disappears abruptly just after their love reaches an intense peak.

It’s finished except for the editing.

Excerpt from Poisonous Garden:

As we climbed the staircase, I had the familiar closing-in feeling. A dragon hung from the ceiling above the staircase, threatening to swoop down. On the approach to the large dance floor, people started to look strange. Little heads and big bodies. My heart sped up and my breathing became labored.

I concentrated on holding onto Jackie’s hand. She pulled me right onto the dance floor and I became surrounded by a whirling vortex of devils, witches and vampires. I thought I was going to pass out, so I immediately put in my earplugs. That made me feel insulated from the crowd, somewhat. I’d never danced before so I didn’t know what to do, but I matched their movements and in the crush of bodies I worked through the fear. Mostly I looked into Jackie’s eyes and she pulled me through.

Doran and Tim were dancing next to us. Tim with his white-guy awkwardness. Doran just into himself doing little moves. I was okay for a while, then as more people crushed in on us it got hard to breathe again. “Jackie,” I shouted over the din of music. “I need to go outside.”

The Werecat Chronicles is now available on Kindle.

I’m really excited about my new book, The Werecat Chronicles. Werecats have been a long time fascination of mine, and I’ve been working on it for several years, trying to get it to say exactly what I want it to. All of you writers know about the excruciating job of editing. I’ve always been one who can write a book quickly then spend literally years editing it. That’s what happened with this one. I vow that the next one will come out much more quickly.

I’ve realized that the theme of most of my books has to do with teens who are outsiders. I think that’s because as a kid I felt very much like an outsider. Thankfully, though it’s bad to be different when you’re young, it’s good to be different when you’re older, so now I’m very happy with being unusual and even consider it an asset.

Kenley, the girl in my story, finds out that her parents have been holding back from telling her about her shapeshifter heritage. The’d hoped it might skip a generation as it has for other members of the family. But no. Kenley is experiencing all kinds of weird sensations, and she has nowhere to turn for help. Who comes to her aid but the dark and mysterious Luis. And why is he coming to her assistance anyway? Why indeed. You may want to read the book to find out.

Oh, did I mention that it’s only $.99?

Lynne Hansen created my awesome cover art. Thank you, Lynne!

Available as an e-book through Amazon.com. Also available in other e-book formats on Smashwords.com. The paperback version will be out soon.

Don’t have an e-reader? You can download the Kindle application and read e-books from your Mac or PC.

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Welcome!

Cevins Deadly Sin 72dpi2inThanks for checking out my website. My newest novel is Cevin’s Deadly Sin.

Who knew that a little pair of red lace panties could get him into so much trouble…

Cevin thinks that moving to a small Florida town is the worst thing that ever happened to him…until he falls for Tessa. She may be the one person who can accept his cross-dressing, but her brother Hunt’s goal is to make Cevin’s life a living hell. When Hunt “outs” him at school, Cevin has to figure out how to come to terms with his own identity in order to keep Tessa and quite possibly save his own life.

Click on my Books tab to read more about Cevin’s Deadly Sin.

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