Things are quiet in the morning, especially in an unassuming town like Aledale. When sixteen-year-old Jan (often referred to as “Jinx”) and her best friend Shelley attempt to catch low tide early in the morning at the local cove, Jan uncovers a little box with a mermaid carved into the lid, adorned with shining emerald eyes and a mysterious message and locket inside. After putting the necklace on, Jan begins to experience painful and unsettling episodes that leave her floundering for an explanation. Accompanied with the unrelenting desire to keep the locket close, Jan drags Shelley on a search for clues as to whom the necklace and box belong to. As they fall further into the intricate web spun by the people trying to get back what they claim is theirs, Jan and Shelley learn about a peculiar legend and why what they found needs to fall into the right hands. But not all hands are the right ones, and not all secrets can be kept. After all, some things are predestined to be jinxed.
Genres: Teen/YA (12-17+) dark/urban fantasy, supernatural thriller, mystery
Captivating [and] hooking...Melissa K. Magner and Patricia M. Kaspar did a wonderful job bringing this story to life.
A mesmerizing and subversive mix of seaside mystery, supernatural thriller, and spine-chilling fantasy.
Nancy Drew meets
Lord of the Rings...this witty, action-packed thrill ride snagged me by my senses and would not let go.
[Jinx]...echoes teen novels of the seventies, only to unravel so the reader gets glimpses of things going wrong...and finds out it's too late to go back.
Patricia M. Kaspar
Started "Jinx" (circa ~1970-80)
Patricia M. Kaspar grew up in Santa Monica, California, where she set the original version of "Jinx" (written sometime during the 1970s or 80s). It is heavily implied throughout the story that the character Shelley is an extension of herself, while Shelley's father (Mr. Waldbauer) was a clear nod to her own dad, Earl. Jan was likely based off of her best friend from childhood, Lenette. Once or twice has the family heard stories of an old car named "The Blue Bomb."
Patricia was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend. Her talent and love for writing lives on in her work, both professionally (as a technical writer at NASA) and creatively (through her poetry, short stories, and "Jinx" itself).