MYSTICAL HIGH IS HERE! Book #1 in The Desert Series



Nice to see you here.

I’m super excited about the publication of Mystical High, the first novel in my YA paranormal trilogy, The Desert Series. While I’m not exclusively a YA author, my first-written novel, Squalor, New Mexico, is a coming-of-age story, and I’ve been eager to return to the genre again—but in a very different way.

Having a lifelong interest in unexplained phenomena, I wanted to write a novel that deals with many issues that teens face in everyday life, but with a paranormal element being an integral part of the story. As my first three novels are all set in the eastern United States, where I’m originally from, I wanted to write a novel set in California, where I live now. I decided that the Southern California desert would be a great locale.

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As in all of my novels, if I write about small towns or specific areas, I fictionalize them, but when I describe big cities like Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles, the descriptions are always from firsthand experience. My descriptions of small towns are usually a hybrid of similar places but are never exact duplications. I’m a fiction writer, after all.


What I never expected to be, however, was the author of a series. I just didn’t see it in the cards. So how did I end up deciding to write a series? Well, I don’t think I did. As I was finishing the writing of Mystical High and falling in love with the characters and the story, the book itself simply told me: “Hey, you’re not quite through with me yet. Not even close. Guess what? You’re going to write a series.”

“Really? I’m going to write a series? But—”

“But nothing. Just get to work.”


And here I am, publishing the first book in a trilogy and happy to say that I’ve already written 25,000 words of number 2 and am over-the-moon excited about it.

Every novel in The Desert Series will be able to be read as a standalone novel. However, the secrets and revelations will be even juicier to those who have read the previous novels.

Now, let me tell you about Mystical High.


In Mystekal, a small, dying town in the Southern California desert, only 75 students attend the old, sometimes creepy high school dubbed “Mystical High,” where strange things have been known to happen. Jessie Dalworth and Jinxsy Patterson are juniors and lifelong best friends. At home, Jessie deals with the pain of an absentee mother who has abandoned the family for the lure of Hollywood; Jinxsy contends with a 17th “birthday present” she never wanted or expected.

Meanwhile, at school, the unexplained activity begins to escalate when Jinxsy keeps seeing a long-haired guy in the hallway checking her out. Jessie can’t see him, but her younger brother, River, can.

Then, in English class, a stapler mysteriously flies off teacher Eve Carrow’s desk, hitting a student in the face who has just mouthed off to her. The beloved teacher is in the unenviable position of having her brute of a father as principal, so she hates sending any student to his office. As Principal Ernest Carrow begins to terrorize Eve and others more openly, something or someone unseen decides that it’s payback time.

School is getting stranger, and Jinxsy and Jessie are faced with mind-boggling changes in their home lives that complicate everything. When a string of shocking events expose explosive secrets, decades-long mysteries are finally revealed.


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My official book tour will begin November 11th and run through December 6th. As soon as I have the schedule, I’ll be posting it here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Photos copyright of Lisette Brodey, 2013


MYSTICAL HIGH IS HERE! Book #1 in The Desert Series — 17 Comments

  1. Captivating! I absolutely love the cover too! Looking forward to the beginning of a great series. Great Work Lisette!

  2. No print copy yet? Boo 🙁 Buying a Kindle copy. Can’t wait!! I love YA lit!! 🙂 Congrats on your series!! I have NO doubt it will be awesome!

    • Thank you SO much, Deb. Thank you also for participating in the cover reveal. I’m looking forward to some down time so I can read some books, and yours are on my list, too!

  3. Lisette! What can I say. I’m one of the lucky ones who have been sucked into your pages and never seen again! (Until now of course) From the moment I started reading Mystical High, I was totally captured. SO exciting, SO brilliantly executed and the characters, OMG! they are just the most amazing characters.

    I really do not know how you do it. I am in total awe of your ability as a writer and of a human being. You are one of the good ones!

    Kudos to you and congratulations!

  4. Lisette, I am thrilled the launch day for Mystical High has arrived!

    I remember when you asked me if I may be interested in being one of your beta readers. My initial thought was hoping I would enjoy your latest as much as I loved your other novels. Well, I had no need for concern, Mystical High is one of the best books I have ever read. The story and unforgettable characters make for great entertainment long after I turned the last page.

    Congratulations Lisette, Mystical High is a winner! 🙂

  5. Hi Simon,

    I cannot remember the last time I literally ran back after having a short break from reading. Mystical High had me truly hooked, and – I needed – to know what was going to happen next throughout the entire book.:-)