Bridget stared at the clock on the wall and cursed its painfully slow progression toward three fifiteen. Was the big hand even moving? She slipped her cell phone out of her backpack for cross-reference. Damn. Seven more minutes. It was so like a Catholic school to make Latin the last class of the day. Institutionalized Purgatory.

“Hey,” Hector whispered from the desk in front of her. “Want to hit House of Pies after school?”

“Maybe.” The last thing Hector needed was another slice of Triple Chocolate pie.

“Maybe?” Hector swiveled his torso around to face her. “You got a hot date or something?”

Before Bridget could tell Hector to shove it, Peter Kim cleared his throat. “Shut up, you guys. Sister Evangeline’s going to kill us.”

Bridget glanced at the wizened little nun sitting motionless at her desk, engrossed in a romance novel. “Live a little, Peter. Seriously.”

Excerpt copyright © 2011 Gretchen McNeil

About the book:

Enlisted to help in dangerous cases of demonic possession, a teenaged exorcist discovers a race of part-demons intent on raising their forefathers to the earth in human form.

What people are saying:

“With demons, secrets, and a butt-kicking heroine, POSSESS is a whole lotta dark and twisted fun!”–Kimberly Derting, author of the Body Finder series

“A dark, unique, and intelligent novel with frightening twists around every corner that left me breathless.”–Courtney Allison Moulton, author of ANGELFIRE

Released: August 23, 2011

About the author:

Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown.  Her YA horror/paranormal POSSESS debut with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins, August 23, 2011.  Her second novel, TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer – is tentatively scheduled for a Fall 2012 release. Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4’s Code Monkeys and she currently sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. Gretchen is also a founding member of the vlog group YARebels where she can be seen as “Monday.” You can visit her at