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Ugly Young Thing by Jennifer JaynesSixteen-year-old Allie has already experienced a lifetime of horror, having lost her mother and serial killer brother to mental illness.

Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana, Allie ends up in foster care and is placed with Miss Bitty, an eccentric but kindly older woman who shows her a new direction and brighter future.

But Allie’s new life takes a devastating turn when young women in the area start turning up dead, and she discovers someone lurking outside her bedroom. As Miss Bitty grows inexplicably distant, Allie begins to wonder if death has found her yet again…or if it never really left her at all.

UGLY YOUNG THING is available from Amazon, Audible and Target.


“A deliciously dark read… filled with intrigue, darkness and suspense, it takes you inside the mind of a serial killer and disturbed teen and opens your eyes to the horrors of both.” – Blendy Reads It


Since graduating from Old Dominion University with a BS in health sciences and a minor in management, Jennifer Jaynes has made her living as a content manager, webmaster, news publisher, editor, and copywriter.

Her first novel, “Never Smile at Strangers,” quickly found an audience and, in 2014, became a “USA Today” bestseller.

When she’s not spending time with her twin sons or writing, she loves reading, cooking, studying nutrition, doing CrossFit, and playing poker.

She currently lives in the Dallas area with her husband and two sons.