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CRY HAVOC Is Out In the World!

CRY HAVOC Is Out In the World!

This week has been a big one! I decided to launch an old book that was in print only briefly on Tapas, a serial novel platform. While doing that, I discovered that they were also running a contest for unpublished works, and I have had CRY HAVOC languishing in a drawer for too long.

So I dusted it off, and it is now available for everyone to read as a serial novel on Tapas! I’m releasing a new chapter everyday, so you don’t have to get antsy for the next installments. I’ve also entered it into the contest, as I said, and I would appreciate any and all likes, comments, shares, and subscribers.

What is CRY HAVOC about?

Cry Havoc by Vanessa Barger

Well, here’s the blurb:

Murder. Love. Madness. Betrayal. Seventeen year old Rebekka Mark isn’t prepared to be worth nearly a billion dollars just before her eighteenth birthday. But when her father is murdered, he leaves her everything. Worse, she’s the only one who got a glimpse of the killer, and her mom is sleeping with Rebekah’s prime suspect. Now everyone is her best friend, and behind every smile lies a threat.

Trapped on a Caribbean island with all the suspects and her father’s ghost, Rebekka must uncover the murderer’s identity before she becomes the next victim. Add the complications of two boys who may or may not be the enemy, and this trip to the islands may just be to die for.


The book is a loose retelling of Hamlet, and while it took a long time to write, I really like the story. I hope that you will give it a chance as well!


To Read Tuesday – The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

To Read Tuesday – The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

I know it isn’t technically YA fiction, but I love Simone St. James’ other novels, so I’m super excited to read this one! If you are intrigued, but this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, then I tell you to go pick up SILENCE FOR THE DEAD. I love, love that book.


the broken girls by simone st james

A breakout suspense novel from the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare.

Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .