Spotlight: The Grandfather Paradox by Steven Burgauer

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The Grandfather Paradox: a time-travel story

 

Marooned in the present, their only hope for the future lay in the past.

But first there was still the small matter of staying alive.  The planet they were marooned on was crawling with bird-beasts, immense parrotlike carnivores that stood two meters tall, weighed upwards of fifty klogs, and had a giant scooped beak like a pelican.  They normally swallowed their prey whole, though not before crushing them to death in their vise-like jaws.

Then there were the vipers — writhing snake-like creatures armed with dozens of sucker-bearing tentacles.  They sprayed their victims with acid, then ate them while they were still alive.

But it got worse.  Much worse . . .

Now, join Andu Nehrengel and his female clone companions on an intense voyage through time.  First stop: the Civil War and the Battle of Shiloh, April 1862, one of the most horrendous land battles of all time.  Meet Mark Twain when he is still a riverboat pilot.  Journey with him north to Missouri when he joins the Confederacy.

Then it’s back to the future and on to Mars!

Available on Amazon.

 

Excerpt

PROLOGUE

 BIRD-BEAST

It is a hot summer’s day on the pampas of central Ancòn some twenty kloms inland from the briny sea.  A herd of small, horse-like animals are grazing peacefully in the warm sun.  None of the animals are aware of the vigilant creature lurking fifty meters away in the tall grass.  This creature — the female of the species — is an aggressive hunter.  She is presently hidden from view by the lush vegetation that blankets the lower elevations.

The she-hunter is a carnivore, one that resembles a giant, oversized parrot, though much more dangerous.  She is equipped with a trim, feathered body, a pair of reptilian eyes, and a massive beak she uses to gulp down huge swaths of flesh.  The eyes are set far apart on opposite sides of her disproportionately large head.  They remain fixed at all times on the grazing herd.

The creature’s immense head sits atop a long and powerful neck.  The head swings from side to side in rapid jerks.  This is a reflex habit.  It permits the predator to keep a fix on her prey, even without benefit of stereoscopic vision.

Before long the head drops down to the level of the grass.  The creature edges forward.  But, after several meters, she seems to change her mind.  She stops, again raises her oversized head and renews her surveillance.  With cold, reptilian eyes the female bird-beast scans the herd for any sign that she has been spotted.  Seeing none, she puts her head back down again and advances further.  At a distance of perhaps thirty meters, the carnivore is ready to strike.

The creature scratches at the ground now with her claw.  She lowers her head to a large rock close by her feet.  Then she rubs her cavernous snout against the boulder.  This is instinctual behavior.  Such rubbing sharpens the beak’s bladelike edges and completes her preparations for the impending attack.  Back and forth she goes, until the beak’s edges are razor sharp.

Now the terrible bird-like beast bristles her short feathers and springs from the tall grass.  She dashes forward toward the herd at high speed propelled by a pair of long, muscular legs.  Within seconds, she is bearing down on her prey at close to seventy kloms per hour.  Her small wings, useless for flight, are extended out to the sides for balance and maneuverability.

Stricken with fright, the herd bolts in disarray as the predator bears down upon them.  Undeterred, the attacker fixes her attention on an old male.  He is lagging behind the rest of the fleeing animals.  Although the old male is running desperately fast to escape annihilation, the she-beast quickly gains on him.  Only moments later, she is at his side.

Now, with a stunning sideswipe of her powerful left foot, the attacker knocks her prey off balance.  She seizes the fallen male in her massive beak and beats the hapless animal against the ground with repeated swinging motions of her giant head.  All too quickly the victim succumbs and the attacker swallows the limp body whole.  It is an impressive feat, even when one considers the bird-beast’s meter-long head and nearly as wide gape of her beak.

With stomach bulging, the gorged predator lumbers slowly back to her round nest of twigs in the nearby grass, where she resumes incubating her eggs.  There are two eggs in the nest, each roughly the size of a basketball.

She squats down upon the eggs and, like a good mother, grunts with satisfaction.  Something approaching a contented smile erupts on her giant, parrotlike face. Continue reading

Spotlight: Timecrack by William Long

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Timecracks act as passageways to other dimensions. They have existed since the creation of time, and when one arrives during a storm at the newly discovered pyramid site in the Yucatan jungle, it’s the beginning of a nightmare journey into another world for archaeologist, Malcolm Kinross and his wife, Lucy.

And when another timecrack strikes the secretive energy facility in New Mexico, their sons, Archie and Richard, along with their tutor, Marjorie, and their uncle, Professor John Strawbridge, all find themselves thrust into the same world of New Arrivals, ancient warring tribes and deadly enemies.

Richard is endowed with the ability to ‘see’ beyond his own world. Can he help Archie to find their parents, and help the scientists at Mount Tengi to find a way for all of them to return home, and can he escape the clutches of the mad high priest, Prince Lotane?

 

Excerpt 

 “It had come true – the warning given by old Mateo, the shaman in his village, the day Dr Kinross had arrived looking for workers to help him excavate the area around the ancient pyramid. Mateo, who rarely spoke to anyone, had been troubled and had warned Kinross and the villagers:

Beware the anger of the Gods. Those who would take from them, they also will be taken.’

 The young mestizos had ignored the old shaman. They said they were good Catholics and no longer listened to such nonsense. Besides, they would be well paid for their labour, and was this not more important to their families? Now some of them lay dead, and the doctor and his wife had disappeared.

As he prepared to leave the sacred grounds, Manuel prayed that the gods would not be too unkind to the doctor and his wife. Little did he know that Malcolm and Lucy Kinross had embarked on a very strange journey that few would have believed.”

 

 Press & Author reviews:

 William Long’s Timecrack is a good old-fashioned science fiction romp in the true spirit of the father of the genre, HG Wells. This dizzying Boys-Own adventure escapade through the wormholes of time and space will have you gripped right to the last with its fantastical vistas of new exotic worlds and ancient civilisations.

M McCullough Daily Mirror

 

A rollercoaster Sci-Fi adventure that flings the reader headlong into other worlds that are all the more unnerving because they blend the fantastic with the familiar. You catch yourself thinking – somewhere in our past or our future this might actually be happening. A novel that awakens the young adventurer in all of us.

                                                       Karen Maitland  Best-selling author

 

 Amazon reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars  Great Story!

By Paloma Fraile on 14 Aug. 2014

Format: Paperback

Really pleasant to read and very absorbing. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars  Great first book!

By Padsta on 16 Sept. 2014

Format: Kindle Edition

This is one of those books you can’t put down – each chapter keeps you wanting more!

 

5.0 out of 5 stars  Five Stars

By LindaMcConnell on 26 Oct. 2014

Format: Hardcover

Gripping book great for teens and adults it kept me turning the pages.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars  My son loved this book!

By Mariana Szebrat on 25 Aug. 2014

Format: Paperback

My son really enjoyed Timecrack.  I suggest checking it out!

 

 

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Spotlight: Me and My Bully by Gemma Sarsfield

“Me and My Bully” is a true story about an individual’s fight to gain control and autonomy over her ADHD, OCD and self-harming, conditions which so frequently resulted in feelings of despair, helplessness and the belief that suicide was the only solution.

Experience Gemma’s journey as she shows you the ‘mountains’ she climbed and ‘storms’ she survived simply to realise that searching for a solution was not the answer, what she should have been searching for were strategies.

Do you face challenges in your life? Do you know someone else who faces challenges in their life? If so, maybe you will find strategies in here that could help you or others. When in despair, anything positive or productive is worth a shot; you have nothing to lose from trying but everything to gain.

 

Excerpt 

 “Following 4 years of college I left for university where I stayed in halls for my first year. It was at this point in my life my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) really came to the surface, as far as I was concerned though I was living my life just as everyone else did. My room was spotless – I always made sure of that. No-one could come in as they would contaminate it. If the odd person did come in, temporarily, (a very rare occurrence as I went to others rooms instead) they could not wear their shoes and they had to sit on the floor; not on my bed or on my chair. This only happened once anyway! Most of my spare time was spent in the gym or sports hall. I kept my pots in my room, as I did not want to contaminate them from germs in the kitchen. When they were used I washed them immediately and put them straight back in my room before eating my tea, which would end up cold by the time I had washed up, in my room, alone….

….I was to embark on a journey I would never have anticipated. Thus, it was the start of a journey consisting of some of my toughest trials which so frequently saw me on the brink of suicide. I truly hope that the story I am about to share with you will motivate and maybe even inspire others who are facing the similar challenges to stay strong and persist. The road towards recovery is long, bumpy and contains many hurdles but it does get better. I can promise you that. You may not always see the destination during the journey but eventually the fog does lift and you end up arriving. So, sit tight, my journey is about to start. Welcome to my world and enjoy the ride!”

 

 Amazon reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars  Five Stars

By Sarah Watson on 22 Aug. 2014

Great, inspiring book!

 

5.0 out of 5 stars  Five Stars

By Nicola Clare Eastwood on 8 July 2015

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A wonderful inspiring book. I laughed and cried.

 

 

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Spotlight: Searching For Sodye by A.M. Mensah

A.M. Mensah has written a semi-autobiographical novel, depicting the care homes in the 1950’s and 1960’s England. The novel is from the perspective of mixed-raced children of African and Irish heritage. The book tells a child’s story of loss and abandonment as well as their struggles of self-preservation alone without parental support. At the time of flourishing 1960’s pop culture, two young girls are brought up by strict Roman Catholic nuns. In order to escape their traumatic upbringing, they travel to Franco’s Spain where the USA military were based during the Vietnam War. This is a search of two children ultimately seeking their own self-identity and self-determination and the dramatic outcomes of their separate lives.

 

 

Excerpt 

 “They could never pronounce my sister’s name correctly. I concluded this truth to myself after being informed by the voice at the other end of the telephone that Sue had died. African names were not that familiar when we were born in the 1950’s.

“She fell down the stairs this morning and broke her neck,” said the woman, after I had come out of the kitchen, to answer the telephone. I was tempted to let the telephone ring but as the ring tone did not stop, I guessed the caller was determined to speak to me.

At the time I was not sure if I heard the fatal message correctly.  The words seemed to take on a life of their own. They seem to echo back on themselves and persistently rebounded about in my mind. Each word just floated around in my head. There was no coherent meaning at all. Only words, unremittingly ricocheted around in my head. When the words finally made sense, I was shocked and deeply saddened by the death of my younger sister. All through Sue’s life no one could pronounce her name correctly; not even Sue.”

 

 

Amazon reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars  Eye opening and intriguing read

By Zara611 on 30 Jan. 2014

Format: Paperback

This novel was a very intriguing read and changes the way you perceive humans and human behaviour. The author has been able to capture me as a reader with the use of cliff hangers and a personal story. The novel is tear-jerking but there is also a sense of humour to balance it. It was a very enjoyable read!

 

 5.0 out of 5 stars  Unique insight into life in ever more cosmopolitan world

By Lucyw82 on 28 Jan. 2014

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Through a personal journey the author shows the struggles and heights of life as it affects minorities and the whole of us in general.

 

 

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Spotlight: The Mistletoe Run Part 2 by Margaret Loxley

After Laura’s marriage, they have problems with John’s ex-wife who has mental health problems because they live in the same house. After her death, there were some surprising revelations about her past and even more surprising is her Will.

Whilst pregnant Laura is attacked, it is touch and go whether they can save her baby. Because John is a multi-millionaire, they become quite famous through the media. Any detail about them becomes headline news.

Can their love be sustained through all the publicity?

 

Excerpt 

 “When we got to the door, there were all his friends with their swords raised for us to walk under the Guard of Honour. The cheering and the noise and the flashing cameras were unbelievable.

He patted my hand. “I think we are flavour of the month. It must be you, I have never had this much attention before. Everybody loves you. Come on, darling, under the arch, please don’t pull your face, keep smiling and think of sex,” he was laughing.

Someone started throwing confetti, rice and rose petals and it was like a snowstorm. We got into the car.

He said, “Come here, Mrs Miles, let’s give them a good photo,” and we started kissing, and there were so many flashes all round everywhere. We then broke apart and waved as we drew away.

“Mr Miles, my husband, I love you so much and I am on cloud nine. I am so happy. I had the jitters earlier; if it hadn’t been for our Ana, I don’t know what I would have done. She is such a treasure, she really has looked after me today. Well, not just today but especially today.”

 

Amazon reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars  A scandalous story & great read!

By Wordly Traveller on 27 January 2017

Format: Paperback

I enjoyed this adult novel, which is the second of two parts.  It reminded me of a really good Jackie Collins book – with sex, sinners and scandal.

When a fifteen year-old girl falls in love with a married Naval officer on her first Mistletoe Run, she ends up working with him in the same office, and eventually they get together and make love.  She moves in with him and his mentally and physically disabled ex-wife.  They arrange to get married, and there is much that she finds out about him along the way.

If you like a good scandalous read, this book is for you!

 

“The Mistletoe Run – Part 2” by Margaret Loxley is available from Amazon UK in paperback and e-book.

It is also available from Amazon US.

 

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 Contact:  Darin Jewell
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The Inspira Group Literary Agency
London, UK
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tel. UK +208 292 5163

 

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Spotlight: Hell Gate by Josh Matthews

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Sixteen-year-old Jason McCreary is living a nightmare within a nightmare. Not only is he trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by demons from Hell, he also shoulders the burden for humanity’s fate as it was his mother who opened the gates in a scientific experiment gone wrong.

In a last ditch effort to redeem his family name and erase his guilt, Jason joins a squad whose mission is to travel to Paris and close the Hell Gate. Once there, they discover an environment more frightening than anything they could imagine and demons more terrifying than they had ever encountered before.

Time is now against them.

Can Jason gain his redemption along with the respect of his peers, or will a new web of lies threaten to rip apart his world and jeopardize his team’s only chance for success?

Available on Amazon.

 

 

About the Author

Josh Matthews is a former New Englander who now lives in north Florida with his wife, teenage daughter, and four lovable but exasperating pets. Josh used to work for the U.S. Government where he had the opportunity to travel around the world and be exposed to numerous cultures, many of which will appear in the Hell Gate saga. He has always been a fan of horror novels and monster movies, and sees the Hell Gate saga as his way to share that love with a new generation of fans.

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Spotlight: The Night of the Eleventh Sun by Steven Burgauer

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Transport yourself back 40,000 years, and watch a life-and-death drama unfold.

Strong Arms, and his mate Brown Curls, are waiting patiently for a huge antler-animal to grow weak so they can finally kill it.  It’s been two days since the big beast fell into a glacial depression, fashioned into a trap by the pair.  Its legs have been crushed by boulders rolled down on it earlier by Brown Curls.

Brual hunting technique?  Very much so.  But it’s just another day for these Stone Age Neanderthals, who are trying to survive and bring back food to their ravenous clan.

Through the talented touch of author Steven Burgauer, the reader is transported across the eons to walk the Neolithic landscape in search of daily sustenance for Strong Arms’ clan.

Indeed, Burgauer’s vivid portrayal of day-to-day life back then — complete with bouts of anxiety, somnambulism, and even eroticism — make this novel breathe with an uncannily contemporary touch of reality.

“Neanderthals were not the stumbling, stupid brutes moderns once pictured them as being,” Burgauer asserts.  “Give a Neanderthal man a shave and a bath and dress him up in a coat and tie and you wouldn’t notice him on a crowded platform waiting for a train.”

This story is skillfully woven among fascinating — and plentiful — anthropological nuggets and ancient history.  But don’t think it’s just a dry recitation of facts and figures drawn from a dusty textbook.

Strong Arms and his clan practically leap off the page and into your imagination as they battle wolves during important tribal events, such as the chieftain’s eleven-year-old son’s coming-of-age ceremony — the Night of the Eleventh Sun.

In a different kind of struggle, Wide Smiles, the fourteen-year-old daughter, must battle her emerging sexuality to keep from going “knees-up” with her cousin, Long Legs.  Hormones rage — little different than in present day — and the instinctual, though taboo, urge to mate with a kinsman is hard to overcome.

As the mild European summer passes, however, the family unit is distracted from its dilemma of breeding stock scarcity.  There are ritualistic rites to perform, honoring the all-powerful Nature God, and even an occasional musical celebration, performed with hollow bird-bone flutes and turtle-shell drums.

Still other little-known historical notes emerge.  For example, it was not unusual for cannibalism to occur every now and then, savoring such delicacies as the sacred brains and livers of deceased clan officials.  And children, especially those belonging to important clan members were almost never buried.  Instead, their tiny bodies were placed with great reverence in cave wall niches and carefully sealed.

“It was believed that the Spirit of the one who had died would fly to the Nature God on the wings of a hawk or an eagle, only to return later in the guise of a son or a grandson.”

Much more could be said of this excellent piece of historical fiction, but suffice to say, it roundly deserves five stars for its unique ability to entertain as well as inform.  You will never look upon the cavemen in museum dioramas in quite the same way again.

Well done, Mr. Burgauer.  Another masterwork of writing, at once inventive and illuminating.

 

Excerpt

PART I

Chapter One

STRONG ARMS

 

The hunter stood in the cold water, his eyes watching for the telltale ripple.  In his hand was a sharpened wood spear.  On his arm, a deep scar — but one the hunter was proud of.  Around his neck hung a bear claw.  It was fastened with sinew to a thin ribbon of leather.

The hunter was a stout man with a thick black beard, hard, shrewd eyes and an air of blunt authority.  His hands were strong, with broad fingertips.  Powerful muscles ran down the length of his arms, from the shoulders to the wrists.

The place where he stood, the hunter had chosen with care.  The lake narrowed at this point.  Farther along it flowed through a short set of rapids that led to a cliff and a waterfall.  On all sides of the man were the greens of summer: flowing fields of grass and wild flowers, oaks and evergreens, snowcapped mountains in the distance.  Times were good — they had trapped a large number of furry groundcreatures this summer, plus beaver, two wolves, several antler-animals, and as much fish as they could possibly eat.  It was a shame, really, as the clan had no good way of preserving any excess meat for the coming winter.  His sister had always said that as head of the clan he really ought to put his mind to it and figure out a way.  But somehow he had never found the time.

Suddenly, there was a ripple in the copper-blue water and the hunter struck.  The spear flashed in the water in a single swift motion.  He jerked it back and dangling from the sharpened point was a fish, three hands long and still wriggling.  It was the first catch of the day; he would need several more before returning to the others. Continue reading

Spotlight: Boss of the Whole Sixth Grade by Ann Herrick

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Greta can’t wait to be at the top of the grade-school heap—especially since she’s dealing with loss at home. Her father’s away in Antarctica, her mother’s still angry with Greta’s Dad for leaving, and Grampa’s losing his memory.
 
But even sixth grade starts to feel like “life stinks.” Greta discovers she’s not in the same home room with her best friend. New girl Kiki moves onto the scene and starts acting like the boss of the whole sixth grade. And the handsome new teacher seems way too interested in Grace’s mother.

Greta agrees to be a candidate for class president only to stop Kiki from winning. She regrets accepting Kiki’s bet that if Kiki wins the election, she gets to tell Greta what to do for the whole school year.  It takes some inspiration from her school project about René Descartes and his “I think, therefore I am” beliefs to help Greta keep her sixth-grade experience from totally going down the toilet.

Available on Amazon.

 

About the Author

Ann Herrick is the award-winning author of several books and short stories for kids and teens. Included in the awards her books have won are the ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers, IRA/CBC Children’s Choice and EPIC Best YA Novel Finalist.

Ann grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from The Morgan School and Quinnipiac University.  She now lives in Oregon with her husband, who was her high-school sweetheart.  Their wonderful daughter is grown, married and gainfully employed, and has given Ann her only grand-dog, Puff, a bloodhound-Rottweiler-beagle mix and six grand-kitties.  While she misses the East Coast, especially houses built before 1900, she enjoys the green valleys, fresh air and low humidity in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  Ann loves cats, walking, the Oregon Ducks and working in her back yard.  In addition to stories and books for children and young adults, Ann also writes copy for humorous and conventional greeting cards.

She loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted through her web site:  http://annherrickauthor.com

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Spotlight: A Gleam of Light by T.J. & M.L. Wolf

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In 1995, at the age of eight, Una Waters survived a terrifying encounter at 30,000 feet aboard Flight 564 from Dallas to Las Vegas. It changed her forever. After 21 years, and a decade away from the Hopi Reservation where she grew up as a child, a surprise plea for help brings Una back, to solve a mystery that threatens their traditional way of life. The U.S. Army’s sudden interest regarding a cave discovery in the Sacred Peaks has triggered alarm, leading to violence. With the help of friends, new and old, Una must confront her painful past, seek proof to qualify the ancient site for protection under law, and stand up to a stiff-necked general, whose agenda is more concerned with retrieving a mysterious power source.

Available on Amazon.

Authors’ bio

T.J. & M.L. Wolf joined forces in the field of Healthcare, exploring mutual interest in the work of UFO researchers like Budd Hopkins and movie directors like Steven Spielberg. The History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens” became a focal point of their quest to uncover the truth regarding humanity’s purpose and how it pertains to our future. Married twenty years, they write Speculative Fiction and live in Boardman, Ohio with their six-pound Yorkie, who keeps the family in line.

Spotlight: The Angel Alejandro by Alistair Cross

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Man without a Past

After a near-fatal accident, Madison O’Riley is faced with an astonishing problem: What to do with the man who saved her life. Naive and heartstoppingly handsome, he calls himself Alejandro … and he has no memory of his past. As they set out to recover his lost identity, Madison realizes he harbors deep – and otherworldly – secrets that will shatter her understanding of reality … secrets that may put her in grave danger.

The Devil in the Details

And now, there’s another stranger in town. Gremory Jones has something for everyone, and for a small price, he’s willing to make a deal. By day, he walks the streets of Prominence in top hat and trench coat, tempting the citizens with nefarious wares from his shiny black briefcase. By night, he and his legion of insatiable acolytes corrupt the locals at Club Mephistopheles, a den of unholy delights housed in an abandoned church.

The Battle has Begun …

The townspeople are changing in outrageous and appalling ways and it’s up to Madison – with the help of a psychic, a local priest, and the new chief of police – to help Alejandro unlock his forgotten powers before an unspeakable evil tears apart the fabric of existence … and costs them their very souls …

Available on Amazon.

 

Excerpt

 

Stepping down the sloped roof, Madison’s shoes lost traction and her feet shot out from under her. The caulking gun flew as she windmilled for balance. The gravelly asphalt raked her elbows as she came down hard on her tailbone. A sickening thunk! resounded and a flash of white blinded her as the back of her head smacked the brick chimney. Pain bit her, crippled her, and she rolled down the slope, a tattered rag doll. Though barely conscious, she felt the roof disappear beneath her. Then she was freefalling.

Help me! she thought, unable to scream, to speak.

In the dream-like instant of her descent, the sky flashed – not lightning, but a shooting star streaking toward earth.

She plummeted into the koi pond below.

Icicle-cold, the water stole her breath. She panicked, tried fighting, but body and mind had parted company. She sank, paralyzed as blurred ribbons of blood rose and eddied around her. Like a failing bulb, her vision flickered and went out.

She was not aware of any time having passed. As if waking suddenly from a nightmare, she shot from the water, gurgling and choking, her lungs starved of oxygen. Splashing, writhing, her nails bit into bare shoulders and with the sound of rusty brakes, she sucked in a deep lungful of air. The black world resolved, and she glimpsed the face of a man, a stranger – no, not a stranger, not exactly. I know you, don’t I?

She gagged, clawed for purchase. Water gushed from her nose and mouth in explosive bursts as her lungs purged themselves. She locked onto the stranger, her fingers like anchors in his bare arms. Seconds later, she was on the sodden earth, on her back. She coughed, vomiting water. Hands clutched her head, turned it to the side, and water spilled from her mouth and nose like unspooling ribbons. More gurgling, more body-wracking gasps. Her vision came, dissolved, settled midway between blindness and sight.

A mouth covered hers, blew, and Madison’s lungs expanded with borrowed breath. As if the man were blowing on dying coals, warmth glowed inside her, spreading and swelling through her solar plexus, expanding, reaching her limbs, bringing heat to her skin and clarity to her mind. She could breathe, she could see, and what she saw was the stranger’s face.

Handsome. Full lips, strong cheekbones, eyes she couldn’t yet fathom. Close-cropped, golden hair backlit by a near-blinding halo of light. Yes, she knew him from somewhere – but where?

The warm buzz swam through her. Her fingers and toes tingled. She was losing consciousness again, but she didn’t care; the panic was gone. As the world pulsed in and out, the man leaned over and blinked black-lashed silver eyes at her. Not gray, but silver. Bright and shining, like disks of polished steel. The light behind him swelled and brightened just before the world relapsed into black and nothingness wrapped itself warm around her.

Excerpt from The Angel Alejandro, by Alistair Cross
Copyright © Glass Apple Press 2016.

 

Other Books by Alistair Cross

 The Crimson Corset

The Book of Strange Persuasions

The Cliffhouse Haunting with Tamara Thorne

The Ghosts of Ravencrest with Tamara Thorne

The Witches of Ravencrest with Tamara Thorne

Mother with Tamara Thorne

About the Author

Alistair Cross‘ debut novel, The Crimson Corset, a vampiric tale of terror and seduction, was an immediate bestseller earning praise from veteran vampire-lit author, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and New York Times bestseller, Jay Bonansinga, author of The Walking Dead series. In 2012, Alistair joined forces with international bestseller, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write – among other things – the successful Gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their debut collaboration, The Cliffhouse Haunting, reached the bestseller’s list in its first week of release. They are currently at work on their next solo novels and a new collaborative project.

In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, which has featured such guests as Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of HELLRAISER 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore.

Visit Alistair at: http://www.alistaircross.com