Lindsey R. Loucks

Author of Romance and Other Scary Things

Ch-Ch-Changes: They’re Not Always a Bad Thing



Hurray! It’s time for MFRW’s YA blog hop, and I’m so excited to be participating! The theme for this hop is change, something that no one in the history of the planet can avoid. But change isn’t always a bad thing.


Take my main character, Leigh from The Grave Winner, for example (please don’t actually take her, though!) – one of the many changes she endures in this story is that her best friend’s brother suddenly takes an interest in her. She eventually realizes that this interest isn’t all that sudden, but her perception of him has changed now that she knows. She sees him for what he is – a hot jock who would do just about anything for her.


Of course, not all the changes that happen to Leigh are cute. She has just lost her mom, and as you can imagine, this leaves Leigh devastated. Her family now has to cope with the huge hole in their lives, and Leigh feels like she has to fill that hole with something. No, I can’t tell you what that something is. I can tell you, though, that it leads to very, very bad things…


Excerpts of all the YA authors’ books can be found here: YA_Hop_Excerpt_Book


Would you like a free e-book copy of The Grave Winner? Just leave a comment about how well you handle change or what the biggest change in your life has been so far and your email address! I’ll pick one random winner!


Single tree in field during winter 2


Leigh Baxton is terrified her mom will come back from the dead — just like the prom queen did.


While the town goes beehive over the news, Leigh bikes to the local cemetery and buries some of her mom’s things in her grave to keep her there. When the hot and mysterious caretaker warns her not to give gifts to the dead, Leigh cranks up her punk music and keeps digging.


She should have listened.


Two dead sorceresses evicted the prom queen from her grave to bury someone who offered certain gifts. Bury them alive, that is, then resurrect them to create a trio of undead powerful enough to free the darkest sorceress ever from her prison inside the earth.


With help from the caretaker and the dead prom queen, Leigh must find out what’s so special about the gifts she gave, and why the sorceresses are stalking her and her little sister. If she doesn’t, she’ll either lose another loved one or have to give the ultimate gift to the dead – herself.


  1. Love your cover! Cool premise for a teen read:-)

  2. Agree doing the blog hop with MFRW is awesome. What awesome books.

  3. Love your cover! I don’t handle change well. At all. I’m old and stuck in my ways, lol. Oddly enough, the best I’ve ever handled change was becoming a parent. Maybe not being a parent, mind you, but the transition from being bloated and pregnant to holding a small, Winston Churchill look-a-like wasn’t actually all that bad. Side note: was I aware you are part of MFRW? I feel as if I had no idea, lol. I’ve been with them since July of last year.

    • We must have joined MFRW at the same time, Heather! I mostly lurk since I’m still learning the ropes of all things writerly. LOL at the Winston Chruchill look-a-like!

  4. This is an awesome hop! And I’m very torn about change (like most people probably) I hate it and like it at the same time. Sometimes change is good and sometimes not so good. I haven’t had to undergo a huge change that really affected my life. I might have to move this year though, so that would really impact me. How I would react to it? I have no idea in all honesty.

    • Yep, it’s hard to know how you might react to change, especially if you can only sense it’s coming and there’s not much you can do about it. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Change is always hard…and if it is a huge change, my reaction tends to be first denial or worry… after going through that I start to rationalise and how it can make it work and then I jump in:)

  6. Biggest change = retirement! 🙂

  7. Going in the military and leaving home was huge for me when I was 21. I’ve benefitted from it for decades. Met my husband there. Saw the world. Made amazing life-long friends. But when I left home to go in, the homesickness was awful. I hated the changes in everything. Learning to adapt and roll with it made the biggest difference. Thanks for a great post.

  8. I can’t imagine that kind of homesickness! But I’m happy the change worked out really well for you. 🙂

  9. It depends on the change, if it is a good change, I will celebrate it, but if it is sudden or bad change, let’s just say you don’t want to see it. 🙂

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