- Scary haunted houses. I know a lot of haunted houses are lame, but there is one outside of St. Louis called Terror Cave that is actually built inside of a natural cavern. The ‘rooms’ focus on providing lots of hiding places for the amazing live actors. These actors not only separate you from your friends, but also chase you all throughout the cave (especially if you shriek like a tiny schoolgirl, as I apparently do.) Last Halloween, I stumbled out of Terror Cave literally gasping for breath.
- Horror novels. On the adult side, I’ve read just about everything Dean Koontz has ever written. He does both supernatural and realistic horror so well. On the YA side, I remember tearing through Christopher Pike books when I was in grade school and then sleeping with the lights on and the door to my room locked. Some of my favorites are Slumber Party, Chain Letter, Weekend, and Spellbound. I don’t even know if those books are still in print, but just thinking about them makes me want to read them again!
|Vintage 80's Cover!|
- Breathtaking views. Breathless isn’t just about being scary. As a former rock climber (hey, I’ll still go if anyone is interested) turned avid hiker, I love the view from up high. I also love the ocean. Here are a couple of breathtaking views from some of my favorite vacation spots.
|Bryce Canyon, Utah.|
|Doubtful Sound, New Zealand.|
- Stunning works of art and architecture. I’m lucky to have traveled a lot, and there are so many jaw-dropping things to see that narrowing this down to a couple was excruciating.
|Notre Dame, Paris.|
|Michaelangelo's David, Florence.|
5. And finally, the last thing that makes me breathless (and, to be honest, terrified, excited, honored, surprised, and as giddy as a little girl who unwraps a pony on Christmas) is the chance to be part of Penguin Teen’s Breathless Reads campaign for Fall 2012!!