**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for 17+ due to language, violence, and sexual content.
Just one tiny secret has the potential to ruin everything.
Being the daughter of the sheriff in a small town like Holden Ridge means that eighteen-year-old Danielle “Dani” Marks’ life is under constant surveillance. She’s made a habit of staying under the radar by being a floater among social circles at school, which has kept her out of trouble—until now.
After a missing persons case stirs up the entire town, Dani finds herself caught right in the middle of the scandal. When she’s labeled a possible suspect, things quickly go from bad to worse. The sudden return of her old flame, Parker Reed, manages to make her whole situation even more complicated.
When an elusive unknown person begins to blackmail Dani by threatening to reveal her deepest secrets, Dani refuses to play along. That is, until the person’s actions take a violent turn. Holden Ridge loses its sense of quaint town security, and Dani is caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Who can she trust when anyone around her could be a suspect?
One thing’s for certain though: Never underestimate the power of one tiny secret.
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Where did you get the idea for One Tiny Secret?
Whenever someone asks me where I got the idea for One Tiny Secret, I tell them that it was born from many years of reading R.L. Stine, Stephen King, Agatha Christie Christopher Pike, Carolyn Keene, Franklin W. Dixon, and V.C. Andrews, and from watching many, many, horror/thriller films. Even at a young age I had a fondness for scary(ish) literature and would tear through these types of books in mere hours. I literally lost count of how many times I just devoured novels like Fear Street, Goosebumps, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and a ton of others in just one sitting. And I can thank my parents for introducing me to this fun and thrilling genre, since they’ve always enjoyed horror movies and books since they were younger too.
So, when I decided to sit down and write my first standalone novel (after writing three with my mom under the penname C.A. Kunz) I knew that it would be a thrilling mystery with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure. Also, it absolutely had to take place around Halloween (my favorite holiday). I really wanted to craft a twisty-turny storyline that would have reader’s second guessing themselves when it came time to pick “whodunit”. I remember reading Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and loving the big reveal at the end of that novel. I’ve always enjoyed reading and watching fun teen slashers, like the Fear Street series and the Scream films, or good murder mysteries, like any Agatha Christie novel, in order to try and figure out who did it before the final reveal. So, that’s the same tone I wanted to have permeate throughout One Tiny Secret.
One Tiny Secret is literally a mash-up of my favorite book, movie, and television genres. With this novel, I really wanted to incorporate mystery, romance, suspense, and horror all into one. Not only does OTS combine all of my favorite genres, but it’s also a love letter of sorts to Halloween, the fall (my favorite season), and to YA and NA contemporary literature. My hope is that when someone reads One Tiny Secret, my adoration for all these things comes through on the pages.
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Adam Kunz is the A part of the mother and son author duo C.A. Kunz. Growing up, he always had a fondness for R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series. So, it was a no brainer when he decided to write his own novel that it’d be a thrilling mystery with a dash of horror, and some romance thrown in for good measure. When he’s not busy writing, Adam enjoys his job at a theme park in Orlando, Florida as a décor consultant. This job brings him face to face with all sorts of nightmarish creatures, especially when he decorates the haunted houses for the park’s annual Halloween event. It’s been said by many that his addiction to Starbucks coffee will most likely be his downfall later in life.