In Too Deep by Sherry D. Ficklin – Spotlight & Giveaway

Clean Teen Publishing is excited to bring you In Too Deep, the second book in the #Hacker Series by Sherry D. Ficklin.



One talented hacker.
One dead body.
One explosive secret.
one reckless night leads Farris Barnett to the dead body of a
classmate, she’s as willing as everyone else to write it off as a
suicide. That is, until cryptic messages start coming in from someone
who knows the truth, and they want Farris on the case. Putting her
hacker skills to work, she begins to unravel the life of a victim who
might just have been the guiltiest of them all.
Her personal life in
turmoil, Farris turns to the only person she can trust to help her get
to the bottom of things—a friend on the verge of becoming much more.
Together, they confront a killer with a secret not even she could have
The biggest bombs, the ones that do the most damage, are the ones you never see coming.


I release his hand a moment before we
hit the water, the icy cold waves like shattered glass as I drive
through the surface feet-first. Every inch of my skin stings on
impact, the oxygen pushed from my lungs. Below the surface, I feel a
wave roll over me, the tide dragging me toward the shore.
Kicking my legs, I finally surface,
sucking in a deep breath just before another wave crashes over me,
threatening to take me back under. It’s only luck that allows me to
bob above the water, wiping the hair back from my face. I open my
eyes. A few feet away, I see Cole break the surface, gasping for air.
Whipping around, he searches for me in the darkness. Catching sight
of me, he laughs, cupping his hand and dragging it across the water,
sending a spray at my face.
I splash him back, feeling giddy as the
adrenaline floods my system. It’s a dizzy, relieved high, sort of
like the feeling you get at the end of a roller coaster ride. Part of
me is just glad to be alive, the other much braver part cheers to do
it again. Just then, a familiar tug grabs me as the tide begins to
pull me back out to sea. With a jerk of my head, I turn and swim for
shore, checking to make sure Cole is following.
As soon as I feel the sand under my
feet, I stand up and begin walking to the shore. Within minutes, Cole
is beside me, wringing the water out of his black T-shirt.
Every step is labored, the waves
pushing and pulling against my legs. My denim shorts and pale green
tank top are soaked and heavy. Even the wind blowing across my bare
arms hurts as we hike onto the shore and collapse to our knees,
I roll onto my back, too elated to care
about the sand sticking all over me. The moon is just rising on the
horizon, huge and full, its light bouncing off the choppy surface of
the water.
“Feel better?” Cole asks, still
catching his breath.
I put my hands on my chest. “Yeah, I
kinda do.”
We sit there like that for a few
minutes, just enjoying the rush of adrenaline and the sound of the
waves fracturing against the sand. Finally, he breaks the silence.
“What’s that?” he asks, jerking
his head down the beach.
I roll over, squinting against the
darkness. A huge lump of something has rolled up on shore a few yards
down from us. My first thought is that it looks like a black trash
bag. Then I see something else, something that looks a lot like a
“I think that’s a person,” I say,
climbing to my feet.
Cole is already upright, jogging toward
them. As soon as he gets there, he stops, dropping to his knees and
reaching out. I follow behind. The closer I get, the more the
crumpled body comes into focus. Cole rolls him onto his back and puts
two fingers on his neck, checking for a pulse.
There’s no point, really. His face is
waxen and swollen, his eyes wide and milky white, staring up at
nothingness. His blue lips are parted, white sea foam bubbling from
his mouth. The face is familiar; it’s a boy from our school. Not
someone I know well, but someone I’ve seen around enough to
“That’s Mac,” I say.
Cole clasps his palms against Mac’s
chest and starts doing compressions, but I put a hand on his
shoulder, stopping him. It’s too late. Much too late.
Mac is dead.
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Playing With Fire (#Hacker Series Book One)


One brilliant young hacker.

One experimental government aircraft. 
One chance to keep it all from going up in flames. 

Still recovering from her troubled past, Farris is no stranger to change. But when the military transfers her father across the country to an experimental aircraft squadron, settling in to a new life is the least of her problems. As a series of apparent computer glitches threaten the security of the fleet and the blame falls on her father, she decides to put her computer skills to use digging up the truth. Soon she’s drawn into the perilous world of a hacker who is determined to ground the fleet–at any cost.

When all signs lead to someone close to her as the mastermind, Farris will have to burn more than bridges to get to the truth. She will have to risk her fragile new life to uncover the identity of the cyber criminal before they can escalate from harmless tampering… to all out murder.

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About The Author

Sherry D. Ficklin is a full
time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids,
two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A
former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can
often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot
chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That
is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness
monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

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