THE SHEPHERD by Travis Luedke
Release Date: September 27, 2014
After saving a mysterious girl from a hit and run, 16 yr. old Mike Evans soon finds his life spiraling out of control. Facing clairvoyant visions of grisly death, Mike struggles to avert disaster and make his way through the chaos.
punks, kleptomaniacs, clairvoyant visions and reincarnation...
THE SHEPHERD is unlike any other Young Adult novel you have ever read.
me, Mike Evans, a skate punk living in a white-trash trailer park, high school
dad's an out-of-work drunk. My ex-girlfriend avoids me like the plague. My best
friend, Anita, won't keep her hands off me...then there's Moses Lake's champion
wrestler. The a-hole is waiting for an excuse to beat my face into the skate
my visions of grisly death are back again, and if I tell anyone what I've seen
I might actually cause these terrible events to happen.
in way over my head, and Natasha? The girl I rescued from a hit-and-run? The
girl who's stalking me nightly and climbing through my window? There's
something seriously wrong with that girl.
witty, dark and gritty, The Shepherd is a paranormal thriller for all ages.
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Apart from worrying about Hoodie Girl, who had disappeared for an entire
week, I now had a big fat problem with Justin.
He was not happy about the video I posted to my Facebook. Though I had called him every day, left
voicemails and text messages asking how he was doing, he ignored me.
And then a few days ago the text war began.
Justin: WTF? (What The Fuck) I cant believe U sent that video 2 every 1!
Mike: Sorry dude, it was
pretty cool. You screamed like a
girl. Did U see all the comments it got
on my FB?
Justin: PBIAB! (Pay Back Is A Bitch) Im gonna
stomp UR ass when I see U!
Mike: Come on! U got 2
admit that was some funny shit!
ROTFLMAO (Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off)
Justin: U better run the next time I see U!
Mike: Sorry Jus, Im only
playing around. U posted that pic of me
pissing on the roadside and that video when I railed my nuts at the
skatepark. What’s the big deal? I’ll take it down.
Justin: Im not playin bitch! Im gonna beat you like the white trash U R!
I tried calling Justin several more times to apologize. He ignored me, the wicked silent treatment.
Silent indifference is pure evil.
It means they don’t even care enough to rise to the bait. Silence takes away all your power. I had always enjoyed getting a rise out of
Justin. He handled it so poorly. Made for great entertainment.
So, I had stopped by Justin’s house on Northshore drive. I’d never seen him so mad before. I had hoped to calm the situation down. Justin answered the door in a t-shirt and
boxer shorts, a scowl painted on his face.
“What the hell do you want.”
“I just wanted to say I’m sorry.
I wasn’t trying to be cruel or anything.
I thought it was funny. I guess
it wasn’t very funny to you.”
“Ha, ha, ha. Really fuckin’ funny. See how I’m laughing? You know what else is gonna be funny? Me and Tommy and the whole friggin’ wrestling
team are gonna beat the shit out of you in front of everyone. I’ll be laughing really hard then.”
“Dude, I’m sorry, I deleted the video.
I was just playin’ around. Look,
you can check my Facebook page. It’s gone.”
I held out my cell phone to prove it.
“Gimme that.” He snatched my cell
out of my hand and threw it across the yard.
“You’re not sorry, but you will be.”
I chased that phone like a dog after a Frisbee. I had saved up for two months to buy that
phone. Luckily it landed in the grass,
nothing broken. “Asshole!” I had a mind to put a foot up his sore ass.
“Get the hell off my property!”
He stood there pointing his finger out to the street, Mr. Righteous.
“You wanna be an ass? Fine! Send your gay wrestler buddies after me. See if I give a shit!” I stomped off.
“Better watch your back Mikey!
Moses Lake is a small world!”
“Did they test you for drugs at the hospital? I bet they’d like to know how much of your
mom’s Xanax you were on. Butt plug.”
“Go fuck yourself, Mikey. Post
that on Facebook.”
He used to be my best friend. We
used to tease each other all day long, joking.
Nothing was ever really serious.
So why was he being so serious?
After stewing on the situation for a day, I decided I didn’t owe Justin
anything. And if he was really planning
to jump me, why should I be apologizing?
And what made him so special that he could treat me this way? So what if he had money, and a nice house on
the waterfront. So what if my Dad
doesn’t have a dime, and we live in a white trash trailer park.
What gives him the right to treat me like trash when he’s climbing up
the side of the damn playcenter high on drugs?
I don’t have very many friends. I
can count them on one hand. I was so
angry with Justin. I couldn’t leave it
alone. They say you shouldn’t text when
you’re angry, but I was too pissed off to care.
Mike: What up Jus? R U still walkin funny? Maybe U should stock up on the hemorrhoid
Mike: Hey ramrod, what
up? A couple extra inches in the
pooter? Have U been able to take a crap
Justin ignored that one too.
Mike: I hope this has been
an enlightening experience. Im sorry U
had to fall on a fence post 2 finally realize U R gay J. R U
planning on coming out of the closet now?
He couldn’t let that one slide.
Justin: Stop calling me! Im never talking 2 U again!
Mike: S2BU (Sucks To Be You)
Justin: RUFKM? (Are
You Fucking Kidding Me) SFT2M! (Stop
Fucking Talking To Me)
Mike: ILT? (It’s Like That)
Mike: Whatever J Hope U get
well soon. U don’t want to miss out on
the video shoot next week because UR ass hurts.
The group of skate punks we hung out with had planned a skate video
shoot for the following week.
Justin: mlm (digital middle
Mike: BIOIYA! (Break It Off In Your Ass)
Our friendship was officially cancelled for the season. And I guess it was serious, Justin missed two
weeks of school after his playcenter adventure.
As friends we had been somewhat competitive, especially when it came to
filming skate videos. We had constantly
tried to outdo each other, to prove who was better. As enemies, the friendly rivalry morphed into
a bitter war.
Friends make the worst enemies.
They have all that personal, inside knowledge to hurt you with.
About the Author
Luedke is a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and
paranormal romance, best known for his violently sexy NIGHTLIFE SERIES. Travis
can be found catching a third degree sunburn in San Antonio, Texas, while
arm-wrestling a bottle of red wine. Though often defeated by merlot and shiraz,
he never gives up the fight.
the author of the Nightlife Series novels, Travis lives very vicariously
through his writings. He invites you to enjoy his macabre flights of fancy, but
be warned: The Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently
Is Teen Fiction Loyal To Teens?
As an author, I write both teen and adult fiction. Though there are many similarities between the two styles and novels, there is one major difference that seems to be missing from some of today’s teen fiction: teenage life and issues.
Teens live in a world dominated by school, peer pressure, raging hormonal drives, bossy adults (parents?) and on many occasions, a highly dysfunctional family setting. Teens are mostly dependent on these family members who may not be very trustworthy or dependable. Teens have all the thoughts, feelings and urges of adults, but they haven’t quite adjusted to that world yet.
Their existence is a purgatory floating between childish carefree abandon and the weight of responsibility and freedoms of adulthood.
These young adults are told to behave, as though children, and yet, at the same time, they are expected to tackle adult tasks like college applications, job hunting, dating, driving, and all the pressures of the real world. It’s no wonder they seem schizophrenic at times. The constant mixed signals are enough to confuse anyone.
Do we expect them to act like adults while treating them as children? Yes, we do.
In the world of teen fiction, there are many novels today that seem to have forgotten what it means to be a teenager.
So, as you scour the shelves for YA/teen novels, ask yourself, how many books have you found that are loyal to teens and the challenges they face? Many of these books are simply a platform for some adult to talk down to teenagers in an attempt to preach adult values and morals.
In writing for teens, please remember that acne-ridden, awkward, voice-breaking, hair-growing time in life when very little made sense, especially if it was coming from a math teacher, but somehow, someway, we survived to adulthood. Remember how it felt when some adult started preaching about making choices and taking on responsibilities, and growing up, and then proceeded to tell you that you cannot have the shoes you want, and you cannot go out past 10:00 p.m., and if your hands ever touch that girl’s ass again, they will be hacked off with a blunt instrument.
In writing my first ever YA novel, I endeavored to craft a story about teens, for teens, a snapshot of that insane, difficult time in our lives when nothing makes sense, but we are expected to understand it all anyway.
Ten books that should
be made into films:
The Dark Tower
Series by Stephen King – One of those HBO
series like True Blood.
The Stars My Destination
by Alfred Bester – An epic
scifi-adventure feature film
Under By Treaty
by Kayla Stonor – Epic space opera BDSM romance
film (It would probably turn out far better than the upcoming 50 Shades Film)
(Shimmer In The Dark
Series) by Ceri London –
Epic military scifi series on Syfy network like Stargate
The Waeld Fae Journals by Christopher Shields – A trilogy of
young adult fantasy films (would be awesomely epic)
Anita Blake Vampire Hunte
r – another one of those HBO series
like True Blood.
A Kingdom of Dreams
by Judith McNaught – a hilarious romp
medieval adventure romance film
by Dan Simmons – epic space opera series
like Star Trek
Bill The Vampire
by Rick Gaulteiri – awesome comedy horror
And of course: THE NIGHTLIFE
SERIES by Travis Luedke –
another HBO series like True Blood.
At least 6 seasons long.