Spotlight Post: Key Of Mystery by K.H. Mezek


Key of Mystery
by  KH Mezek
Teen Publishing, 77K
“Be careful who you love, it just
might kill you.”
Sera’s father is killed in a horrific accident, all he leaves behind is a
mysterious key. Sera places the key on a chain around her neck and vows to
avenge her father. Strange characters arrive in town including the otherworldly
Night Angels, who claim to be sent for her protection.
falls hard for one of them—exotic, arrogant Peter. But what if his promise of
love is only a ruse to gain access to the key? As Sera’s connection to the key
grows, so do her supernatural powers. Guided by clues left by her father, Sera
searches for the hidden chamber beneath the city, hoping to save what lies within
before the sinister mayor and his deadly followers drown humanity in a
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Before my
dad’s death and the move to Cliffside, I had known only lies. I hadn’t seen the
truth about myself, my family, or my friends. But here on the ground, covered
in blood and dirt, and most likely dying, I knew I didn’t want to go back
there. I wanted to stay with the truth. The truth hurt like hell, but it was
better than being numbed by ignorance.
“No.” I
think I said it out loud, but it sounded more like a gurgle. I tried harder.
“Never give you the key.” I gasped. “Never.”
He hissed in
anger. “Then I will turn you into undead.”
I knew he
was bluffing. If he turned me into one of them, he would never get the key. I
had to willingly give it to him, with a rational mind, and those undead were
anything but rational.
Gore howled
like he had on the plateau, and the nail raked across my face, penetrating deep
into my skin. He reached down and licked the blood with his long snake tongue,
a poison so painful seeping into my flesh that I almost passed out again.
When he spoke
next, his tone was venomous, each syllable biting as if they were his teeth.
“Clever girl, I will do something better. I will turn your brother into undead.
Think on that.”
I made a
feeble sound of terror, struggling to get up and unable to move.
He laughed.
“You will give it to me now. Or else your brother will end up like this.” He
grabbed one of the undead and pulled the grotesque, dead-eyed face down next to
mine. Then, he tossed it away like a stick.
This was the
end, then. Gore had won. I had to at least try to save my brother, even if
Gore’s promises were lies. With unbearable effort, I reached up and tried to
undo the chain. I couldn’t. I tried to pull it up over my head but somehow, it
became tangled in my torn clothes. I was too weak and the problem of removing
the key from around my neck overwhelmingly impossible.
little bitch, quickly.” Gore’s fingers dangled in front of my face, as if
itching to undo the chain for me. But he was powerless to do so.
A growing
uneasiness rippled through the undead standing in a circle behind him. Low
moans rose from cavernous mouths. Any second now, surely Gore would unleash the
hoard upon my brother to devour him. Why, oh why, couldn’t I undo the chain?
I grabbed
the key and pulled with all my remaining strength, whispering, “I want this. I
want to give him the key. I do.” 
About the Author:
Karen Hunt is the author and/or illustrator of
nineteen children’s books and the co-founder of InsideOUT Writers, a creative
writing program for incarcerated youth in Los Angeles, and the founder of the
MY WORLD PROJECT, connecting youth who live in remote, violent and poverty
stricken areas around the world through art and writing. She is a 2nd
degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, a first degree brown belt in Eskrima, and a
boxing and kick-boxing trainer. As a child, she and her family escaped out of
Egypt right before the 6 Day War, lived in a 17th century castle in
Switzerland and smuggled Bibles into communist countries, to name a few of her
adventures. As an adult, she continued her adventures, living between London
and a village in Yugoslavia. She writes her YA works under the name KH Mezek.
Key of Mystery, book I in the YA Urban Fantasy series, NIGHT ANGELS CHRONICLES,
was published February 5, 2016 with Evernight Teen.  
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