The Devil's Tree by Susan McCauley Genre: YA Horror ***YA Horror - Ghost Stories - Reviews - Trailer - Guest Post - Giveaway***

The Devil's Tree 

by Susan McCauley

Genre: YA Horror

Kaitlyn didn’t believe in ghosts—not until one killed her boyfriend and her best friend. Now she must stop the spirit haunting the Devil’s Tree, or she could be next.

Seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn wants to escape her drunk mama and her trailer park home life to enjoy a Saturday night off work. Instead, her boyfriend, Hunter, convinces her to go with him and their best friends, Dylan and Keisha, to photograph a desolate tree with an evil past. A terrifying presence chases them from the tree, killing Hunter and Keisha. Left alive with Dylan, Kaitlyn must struggle with her unexpected romantic feelings for him, come to terms with her loss, and face being trapped in a dead-end town. Kaitlyn is desperate to put the past to rest, but when their friends’ spirits begin haunting them, she and Dylan have no choice but to seek help from a Catholic priest and attempt to set the trapped spirits free.


“Susan McCauley delivers a poignant and frightening tale of love and redemption against a backdrop of evil, both supernatural and not. It’s a fast and exciting read filled with demons, ghosts, and stolen kisses, and it does an excellent job of reminding us that both revenge and love can be eternal desires. This is one teens and adults will both enjoy.” ⎯JG Faherty, multiaward- nominated author of Hellrider, The Cure, and Cemetery Club

“Evil is not always the only enemy you should fear . . . Fast-paced and deftly written, with emotional depth from the darkest of characters, this is a ghost story to savor.” ⎯Peter Adam Salomon, Bram Stoker Award® nominated novelist, author of All Those Broken Angels and Eight Minutes, Thirty-Two Seconds 

A Short Q&A with Susan McCauley

What inspired you to write The Devil's Tree?
I love going on ghost tours and researching haunted and historic places. I often listen to these stories and legends in an attempt to spark my imagination for a short story or book. When I heard the story of the Devil’s Tree in New Jersey, my imagination was ignited. However, I wanted to give the story a southern feel and address certain themes, which is why I set my novel in Texas.

What can we expect from you in the future?
I except I’ll have another novel or novella out in the next year, and the first book in a YA ghost story series following that. I’m also a professional screenwriter. One of my short films (“The Cask”) is available now on YouTube, and another of them is currently at festivals. There are two feature films I’ve written that are in development. So, hopefully, in the next few years you’ll see some feature films I’ve written either in the theaters or on Netflix (or both)!

About the Author

Susan McCauley was born and raised on the gulf coast of Texas, not far from Houston. She spent several years in Los Angeles, California acting, writing, and teaching college English. In 2002, she moved to London to further explore professional theater. While in London, her stage adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's "The Nose" was performed at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's George Bernard Shaw Theatre; and, scenes from her play The Prisoner: Princess Elizabeth were performed at HMS Tower of London. She returned to the U.S. in 2005. In 2007, she was the line producer of the Emmy Award nominated Civil War short film Now & Forever Yours: Letters to an Old Soldier. She has had short stories published in several anthologies, and her short story, "The Cask," was made into an award winning short film.


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  1. Hi! Thanks to those of you who have stopped by. I hope you enjoy The Devil's Tree, and I would love for you to stay in touch. : ) Happy reading!!!

  2. I love stories about ghost and paranormal activity.

  3. This is a must read for me. Thank you for sharing your book details and author Q&A


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