Title: The 52nd
Release date: October 27th, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Tour: Irresistible Reads Book Tours
Not one of the sacrifices chosen over the long history had survived–until now.
On the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, the immortal Castillo family gathers in Tulum. Weary and haunted, they receive the names of fifty-two human sacrifices chosen once every fifty-two years for the Underworld, a tradition thought to have disappeared with the fall of the Aztec and Mayan empires.
Driving home one night, college freshman Zara Moss swerves to avoid hitting a ghastly figure in the road. Lucas Castillo witnesses the car crash, but when it comes time to supervise her abduction from the wreckage, he intervenes. Something is different about Zara: Lucas has been having dreams of her arrival for five hundred years.
As Lucas and Zara come together to put an end to the bloody sacrifices, they discover that the ancient tradition isn’t so easily broken. The gods are angry, and they have until the Winter Solstice to drag Zara to the Underworld.
Zara ~ “I wondered what she looked like, the sacrifice whose screams echoed in my ears, and where her family was. How long was she held captive until she finally met her fate?”
Lucas ~ Lucas shook his head and laughed mockingly. “If only my consequence was an upset stomach.”
“What does it matter what the consequences are? What’s wrong is wrong; the consequences don’t change it to a lesser degree. If you’re going to choose your actions based on consequences, you don’t know who you are. If you’re going to do something because you want to, no matter what the consequences, then I reckon you know who you are and what you want.” ~ Zara
About the Author:
Melissa Ballard, nicknamed Dela after her maiden name De La Paz, had no idea that her days of changing diapers and picking up spills would coerce to feeding exotic jaguars and training with gods.
When driving home from an anniversary trip in January 2011, THE 52ND’s main characters, Zara and Lucas, appeared very vividly in her mind. The relationship between the two was so intriguing that Dela returned home and immediately began writing a scene between the two. Within a few days it was apparent these fictional characters were like another child. They needed to be tended to, and too embarrassed to continue, Dela set down her laptop and continued on with her life as a mom. Only Zara and Lucas weren’t so easily ignored, and in April Dela picked up the computer again and began writing.
Dela lives in Las Vegas with her husband, three children, and two very, fat Chihuahuas.
Now, nearly 4 years later, THE 52ND will be available for release October 27, 2014.
Official Website: http://delaauthor.com/#home