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Friday, January 3, 2020

both the bane of her life and her fierce protector - Sycophant by Meagan J. Meehan

"I love Meagan's work [...] This is probably one of my favorite. Definitely worth the read!" Traci P., Amazon


Published: December 1st, 2019

Dawn Daniels has always been aware of the dark force within her; a possession that is both the bane of her life and her fierce protector, Dawn must find a way to accept her reality and embrace her destiny. 


When I was little, everything seemed okay because no one noticed the pattern for years. My life with gramma was stable and loving and pleasant. We were happy, so while we registered the misfortunes that continuously took place all around us, we suspected nothing—hell, for all I know, gramma never did. But I wised up right quick. 

It started out slowly, unassumingly. First, my gramma's friends started dying off. Heart attacks, strokes, aneurysms; some were fatal and others were merely damaging, but all were very sudden and severe. Granted, most of my gramma’s friends were around her age or older and most people chalked it up to midlife health issues; such things are to be expected, especially in poor coal country. But then Lena Harker—the mailman's wife—took ill with cancer and wasted away before everybody's eyes. She was barely thirty. Chris, the aforementioned mailman, was never the same after that; he quit his job and spent the last years of his life drinking himself to death. Two weeks later, gramma’s neighbor’s—a jolly couple called the Parkers—three-year-old granddaughter tripped down the front porch steps and snapped her neck; she was dead before she hit the ground. Two months later, her mother—the Parkers’ only child—drowned herself. Some said it was an accident, others speculated suicide. Either way, grief was the culprit. The Parkers were never jolly again. 

All throughout my formative years friends, neighbors, and acquaintances had illnesses, had accidents, went broke, went crazy, went missing—oddly, no one thought any of it was strange. It seemed to be just a series of sad happenings over the courses of several lives. That was possible, reasonable even. After all, I was just a baby back then. Who would have connected the dots and realized that all the blighted individuals had been in my direct vicinity right before disaster struck?

About the author: 
Meagan J. Meehan is a published author, poet, cartoonist, and produced playwright. She pens columns for the Great South Bay Magazine, Blasting News, KidskinthaBlog, and Entertainment Vine. She is also a stop-motion animator and an award-winning abstract artist. Meagan holds a Bachelors in English Literature, a Masters in Communication, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Psychology. She is an animal advocate and a fledgling toy, game, and shoe designer. 

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lildevilgirl22 said...

What a interesting cover

katieoscarlet said...

This has a bizarre cover and I love it.

DebP said...

Love the cover. It attracted me to read the blurb, which got me interested in reading the book.

tetewa said...

Very different cover!

Bea LaRocca said...

An intriguing cover and synopsis. This sounds like a thrilling read.

Meagan J. Meehan said...

Hi Everyone,

This is author Meagan J. Meehan! I'm so glad you liked the cover! An artist named Jason Dube did it exactly as I envisioned it! His work is par-none.

You you want to listen to some of my horror stories (not the novella, but short stories), check out the Chilling Tales for Dark Nights channel on YouTube. Their audio narrators have brought many of my tales to life!


Bridgett Wilbur said...

Great cover.

Debra Branigan said...

The cover is very intriguing. The book sounds interesting and likely a good read for readers of this genre. Thanks for sharing.

BunnyClem said...

Great excerpt! I can't wait to read the rest! Awesome cover! ❤

Anna Josefin Bergman said...

Sounds good.

CCAM said...

Thank you all for your comments