Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Now scheduling a one week tour for The Secret of Dartwood Manor by N. A. Triptow #YA #Fantasy #Romance #JaneAustenRetelling #SenseandSensibilityWithMagic

Now scheduling a one week tour for The Secret of Dartwood Manor by N. A. Triptow

This tour will be February 15-22 (weekdays only)

I am scheduling reviews, guest blogs, interviews and spotlight stops

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The Secret of Dartwood Manor
The Witchling Trilogy 
Book One
N. A. Triptow

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, 
Young Adult, Romance, Mystery
Publisher: Wishing Well Publishing
Date of Publication: January 18, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-7363844-0-4
ASIN: B08RS7PTG1
Number of pages: 382 pages
Word Count: 103,825 words
Cover Artist: Nicole Triptow

Tagline: A spellbinding reimagining of Jane Austen’s beloved classic, Sense and Sensibility.

Book Description: 

Witches. Ghosts. An ancient secret. Enter a world of myth and magic through this contemporary fantasy reimagining of Jane Austen’s beloved classic, Sense and Sensibility.

The small New England town of Tarryville, Maine is steeped in history, having been settled by the Dartwood and Farris families who fled Salem during the witch trials. The Dartwood sisters, Eden, Mariah, and Melissa, unexpectedly return home after their parents are found murdered. Upon their arrival, the girls are plagued by dreams in which dark spectral beings haunt them. 

When the hellish creatures seem to be more than just nightmares, another mystery begins to unravel as they discover that the circumstances around the murder of their parents may be far more menacing than they appear. Frantic for answers, they must untangle the mystery of their parents’ murders and reconstruct the pieces of an ancient secret. 

With the help of the young assistant curator of their family museum, Baden Correia, and an estranged friend from their past, Evan Farris, the orphaned Dartwood sisters must uncover the truth before the darkness haunting their family descends upon them as well.

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About the Author:

N. A. Triptow graduated from The University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching with minors in History Teaching, Theatre, and British Studies. She teaches high school English and Film Studies. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Strategic Communication and Advertising from Purdue University. In her free time, you can find her reading, watching and analyzing movies and television shows, attending the theatre, going on walks or hikes, and playing board or video games with family and friends. She lives in Utah.

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Now scheduling a Release Day Blitz for A Thousand Words by M. A. Fréchette

Now scheduling a Release Day Blitz for A Thousand Words by M. A. Fréchette

This blitz will be on January 29

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A Thousand Words
Unbroken
Book One
M. A. Fréchette

Genre: Dark contemporary romance
Publisher: M. A. Fréchette
Date of Publication: January 29, 2021
ISBN: 9781777069827
ASIN: B08RMRNFHP
Number of pages: 374
Word Count: 99,856

Cover Artist: Magali Fréchette

Tagline: She’s trapped in a nightmare. Unleashing his own could set her free.

Book Description: 

From the outside, Elora Reverie’s life is a dream. A handsome husband; a passion for writing children’s books; a beautiful home. In reality, she’s living a nightmare of abuse in a house that’s little more than a prison.

On a rare escape to a book convention, she’s shocked to win a raffle for a photoshoot with Vincent Voden, a stunning male model. Yielding to the temporary fantasy is an exercise in madness, especially with his phone number hidden in the lining of her purse. But when her husband turns violent, she’s forced to admit her marriage is truly a sham—and she dials that lifeline to Vincent’s safe, strong arms.

Vincent instantly recognized the hopeless look in Elora’s eyes. His mother wore it, too. That’s why he secretly entered Elora’s name into that contest—to shield her, however briefly, in his arms. Now he’s got a second chance to show her love doesn’t have to hurt. When a murderous crime organization re-emerges and targets abused women, Vincent will do whatever it takes to protect Elora from more than just her husband. 

No matter what favors from his violent past he needs to call in to make it happen…

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About the Author:

M. A. Fréchette writes the darker side of romance.

Being an extremist, she loves both the dark aspects of life and everything sweet. All her stories are either set in Canada where she lives or in alternate worlds she made up while living within her imagination. When not writing, she thinks of the next scene or plot while enjoying her work as a cover designer. Although she has a fascination for monsters, with a bachelor degree in criminology, she understands there’s no need to create the paranormal; humans are capable of inflicting nightmares of their own.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Now On Tour Of Lords and Commoners by Lynne Hill-Clark


January 18 Sadie’s Spotlight

January 18 Sapphyria's Books

January 19 I Smell Sheep (Guest Blog)

January 19 JB's Bookworms with Brandy Mulder (Interview)

January 19 Midnight Musings with Bertena

January 20 Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read
January 21 The Book Junkie Reads (Interview)
January 22 T's Stuff
January 25 Supernatural Central (Interview)
January 26 Lisa’s World of Books
January 27 Fang-tastic Books 

January 28 Paranormalists (Interview)

January 29 Roxanne’s Realm (Guest Blog) 
January 29 Westveil Publishing 

February 1 The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom (Guest Blog)

February 1 Jazzy Book Reviews


Of Lords and Commoners 
Of Lords and Commoners Trilogy
Book One
Lynne Hill-Clark 

Genre: paranormal, alternate history, fantasy, 
fantasy adventure, dystopian, occult fiction 

Publisher: Future Classics Publishing 
Date of Publication: 2/22/2018
ISBN: 978-0997635645
Number of pages: 388
Word Count: 100,000

Cover Artist: We Got You Covered 

Tagline: Entertainment that brings a fresh new perspective to cultural and social issues.

Book Description: 

Over 20,000 Downloads

Vallachia doesn’t know much…

But she does know that she loves her simple life.

This becomes even more apparent when that life is ripped from her.

Who will care for her widowed father and younger brother?

But she doesn’t have time to worry about that when she has to learn how to keep herself alive.

Not to mention she has to constantly thwart unwanted male attention.

She quickly finds herself on the wrong side of a brewing battle for vampire domination.

Not knowing whom to trust could have fatal consequences …

For everyone.

Live through the latter part of the Byzantine Empire and into the dark times of the Black Plague, where our heroine finds herself fighting to defend humankind.

The only future Vallachia could have imagined, as well as her wonderfully simple life, disappears when she finds herself in a struggle to figure out the rules of a strange new world - a world that involves superhuman strength, heightened senses and inescapable bloodlust. She must make new allies and learn the ways of supernatural politics during the decline of the Byzantine Empire.

As the pressure mounts, she faces the deadliest pandemic in history as the battle for vampire domination rages across Europe.

This is the first installment of the Lords and Commoners Trilogy written from the viewpoint of a common girl forced to contend with powerful vampires and lords in a struggle to control the world.

Both history fanatics and supernatural fans will love this story as it provides a fresh new look at the dark days of the Black Plague and a glimpse into the paranormal conflicts that are hidden in the shadows.

Fair warning: It will leave you wanting more. So don’t forget to check out the other books in the Lords and Commoners Trilogy…


Meet the Author Video: https://youtu.be/hs1Gf42d2xo 

Meet Vallachia The Heroin in Of Lords and Commoners  https://youtu.be/VVKyaeTWYT4

Want more of Vallachia and Elijah? Download the short story 
Kitch: The Orphan Boy HERE

About the Author:

Lynne Hill-Clark was born in Colorado and raised in a small town of eight hundred people. She received her Master of Science from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and her Doctorate of Psychology from the University of the Rockies, Colorado Springs, where she majored in criminology and justice studies. She has enjoyed living overseas on several occasions; including her time as an American Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan and a semester abroad in Xin Xeo, China. She is an advocate for Restorative Justice. 












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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Now scheduling a Release Day Blitz for Replaced Parts by Stephanie Hansen #YASF #YA #SciFi #YASciFi

Now scheduling a Release Day Blitz for Replaced Parts by Stephanie Hansen

This blitz will be on February 23 

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Replaced Part
Transformed Nexus 
Book One
Stephanie Hansen

Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Publisher: Fire and Ice YA and Tantor Audio
Date of Publication: 02/23/21
ISBN: 9781953735027
ASIN: B08RZB9PXL
Number of pages: 232
Word Count: 67,770
Cover Artist: Caroline Andrus

Tagline: When a clopil named Vex warns you of danger…Listen!

Book Description:

In the year 2163 a corrupt World Government controls everything on our planet and beyond. 

Sixteen year-old Sierra has been so caught up in her own world of saving animal test subjects and her father’s disappearance, she hasn’t paid much attention. When she finally finds his location, she and her friend set off on a covert interplanetary mission to rescue him, she begins to see the corruption first hand. 

Discovering that her father has been on the front lines secretly trying to save human test subjects inspires her to join a revolution. But she is afraid of the collateral damage of hurting the people she loves. Will she find the strength to make a deal with the mad scientist Cromwell to save not just her friends and family but everyone?

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/xOmzBgWfIN8

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About the Author:

Stephanie Hansen is a PenCraft Award Winning Author. Her novella series, Altered Helix, released 2020. Her short story, Break Time, and poetry has been featured in Mind's Eye literary magazine. The Kansas Writers Association published her short story, Existing Forces, appointing her as a noted author. She has held a deep passion for writing since early childhood, but a brush with death caused her to allow it to grow. She's part of an SCBWI critique group in Lawrence, KS and two local book clubs. She attends many writers' conferences including the Writing Day Workshops, New York Pitch, Penned Con, New Letters, All Write Now, Show Me Writers Master Class, BEA, and Nebraska Writers Guild conference as well as Book Fairs and Comic-Cons. 

She is a member of the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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Now scheduling a two-week tour for Little Ellie Isabellie Elephant Day at the Pool by Tracy Hartley #ChildrensBook #PictureBook

Now scheduling a two-week tour for Little Ellie Isabellie Elephant Day at the Pool by Tracy Hartley

This tour will be February 8- 22 (weekdays only)

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Little Ellie Isabellie Elephant
Day at the Pool
Tracy Hartley

Genre: Childrens/Juvenile
Publisher: Writers Republic
Date of Publication: February 26, 2020
ISBN: Paperback 9781646201440
ISBN eBook 9781646201457
Number of pages: 32
Word Count:  1085
Cover Artist:  Linda Solomon

Book Description: 

Little Ellie Isabellie is a baby elephant who is already figuring out the world around her. She has made many friends, and it makes her very happy when she is with them playing. 

One day, when her friends decided to play in a pool, Little Ellie Isabellie suddenly felt left out. Because she was small, Little Ellie Isabellie could not join her friends in the pool. But oh how badly she wanted to play in the pool with her friends. She thought of ways how to appear bigger than she is so she could be with them. But nothing worked. She was losing hope until she decided to seek help from her mother. 

Her mother understood Little Ellie Isabellie and offered to help. She thought of a solution that would work. Along the process, she made sure Little Ellie Isabellie understood that when all her solutions seem to not work, it is always a good idea to seek help.And when Little Ellie Isabellie’s mama gave her something that would allow her to join her friends, Little Ellie Isabellie was off to a great adventure. 

Find out what it was that Little Ellie Isabellie got from her mom in Little Ellie Isabellie Elephant: Day at the Pool.

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About the Author:

Author Tracy Hartley is a grandmother to a precious granddaughter who was born premature, weighing in only at two pounds twelve ounces. But because of abundance of love and proper nurture, her granddaughter is way on her way growing strong and doing well. Tracy and her husband of thirty years, Bill, have two grown sons—the oldest is a pilot (and the father of her granddaughter) and the youngest serves in the army.







Now scheduling a one week tour for Cursed by Athena Floras #YA #PNR


Now scheduling a one week tour for Cursed by Athena Floras

This tour will be February 22- March 1 (weekdays only)

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Cursed
Dark Kindred Spirits 
Book 2
Athena Floras

Genre: YA PNR
Date of Publication: January 4th, 2021
ASIN: B08P21DRQM
Number of pages: 104
Word Count: 25 299
Cover Artist: Nicholas Mallet

Tagline: Happiness and true love can come from sacrifice and the deepest sorrow.

Book Description:

All hail the Misfits and the Cursed…

There is a sanctuary for anyone who needs refuge. It’s called Beyond the Horizon. When a group of teens are invited to spend their summer vacation at the sanctuary, they think they just got lucky. But little do they know that things are too good to be true. Not everyone is who they seem to be at Beyond the Horizon. There are enemies amongst them waiting for the perfect time to strike.

For her entire life, Brianna Meadows has been misunderstood. Everything she does and says is wrong. She’s a klutz and always getting in people’s way. All she ever wished for is to be accepted, liked, and normal. When she gets an invitation to spend her summer vacation at Beyond the Horizon, she thinks her wish may come true. But she must be very careful what she wishes for, because it can turn into her worst nightmare.

Chase Hamell doesn’t have much time left. The family curse has started to take its toll on him. The first-born male in the Hamell clan will turn into a monster when he turns eighteen, which is just months away. When he hears that the sanctuary is owned by witches who can undo the curse, he seeks them out. But to break the curse involves making a huge sacrifice, one that Chase might not be able to commit to, because in order to end the curse, someone he loves must die.

Can Brianna and Chase find what they both need and desire before their enemies succeed in snuffing them out?

Amazon      Amazon.co.uk     Amazon.ca


About the Author: 

Athena Floras is a wife and proud mother of three who loves to read and write suspenseful and romantic stories. When she isn't busy being a mom, she spends her spare time in her den, totally immersing herself into the whimsical, fantastical world of fiction. She hopes the stories and characters she creates will bring readers as much pleasure and entertainment as they have her.

Website/Blog: https://athenafloras.blogspot.com/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlorasAthena 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Athena-Floras/e/B018N7U26S 



Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Today is the Last Day to Vote in the Critters Poll



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in the Annual Critters Readers' Poll 

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Now scheduling a cover reveal and one month tour for Goddess of Everything by Paul DeBlassie III #ParanormalThriller

Now scheduling a cover reveal and one month tour for Goddess of Everything by Paul DeBlassie III

The cover reveal will be on February 6

The one month tour will be March 15- April 12 (weekdays only)

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Goddess of Everything
Paul DeBlassie III

Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Hallowed Realms Press
Date of Publication: 2.11.20 
ISBN: 978-0-578-81368-4
ASIN: B08R13FQSH
Number of pages: 199
Word Count: 57,900
Cover Artist: Aaron C. Yeagle

Tagline: Goddess of Everything is a blood-curdling tale of the affection of one mother for her son and her son's struggle for truth, freedom, and love.

Book Description:

In the mystic land of Aztlan del Norte, a realm of supernatural happenings and unexpected turns of fate, psychiatric healer Gabriél de LaTierra encounters appalling evil within the Orphanage of the Holy Innocents. Children disappear for reasons kept secret by Mother Juana de la Cruz, Superior of the Nunnery and the Orphanage.

Love for Mother Juana, Gabriél's widowed mother turned religious superior, clouds her devoted son's mind. Consuela, Gabriél's wife, confronts his wall of denial. Torn between love for mother and wife, Gabriél turns inward.

It is Consuela who propels Gabriél's discovery of the nighttime blood sacrifice of children in the desert, a centuries-old ritual that imparts immortality to Mother and her nuns. Gabriél is further enraged by Mother Juana's vengeful attack on Consuela and her kidnapping of their four-year-old son, Cuauhtémoc. But his actions will determine whether Consuela and Cuauhtémoc live or die, and the fate of Mother Juana de la Cruz.

Goddess of Everything is a blood-curdling tale of the affection of one mother for her son and her son's struggle for truth, freedom, and love.


About the Author:

Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D., is a psychologist and award-winning writer living in his native New Mexico, crafting visionary thrillers energized with trickster mischief and natural magic.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56373593-goddess-of-everything

 


Monday, January 11, 2021

Now scheduling a two-week tour for Clover by Nicole Kilpatrick #YAUrbanFantasy #YA #UrbanFantasy


Now scheduling a two-week tour for Clover by Nicole Kilpatrick

This tour will be February 8-22 (weekdays only)

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Clover 
Nicole Kilpatrick

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/ romance 
Publisher: Fire and Ice Young Adult Books
Date of Publication: December 1, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-68046-983-7
ASIN: 1680469835
Number of pages: 270 pages
Word Count: 77K
Cover Artist: Ashley Redbird Designs

Tagline: Sometimes the best of luck can be the worst of curses.

Book Description:

When a handsome leprechaun reveals himself to Clover O’Leary on her eighteenth birthday, she is faced with three hard facts. One: he is the reason for her remarkably charmed life; Two: her luck has now taken a turn for the worse. Three: her name is a curse; a malicious gift from the powerful leprechaun who named her while she was still in the womb. 

In order to get her life back and undo the evil spell, she must travel to Ireland to seek the only creature who may be able to help: the Seelie Queen. With her intriguing leprechaun in tow, Clover crosses into the Faerie Realm, where fairies and mythical creatures abound and where finding her luck may ultimately lead to finding her love.

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About the Author:

Nicole Kilpatrick was born and raised in the sun-kissed Philippines islands, but now works and lives in the asphalt jungle that is New York City. A lifelong lover of books, she read the Godfather when she was twelve and instantly fell in love. While she still enjoys the occasional gangster novel, she has since discovered her true passion in young adult fantasy. Mario Puzzo was quickly replaced by J.K. Rowling in this author’s heart. 

When not writing, she can be found lounging in a cabin by a river, curled up at home reading a book, or concocting recipes in her cozy kitchen in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband. Clover is her debut novel.

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Now On Tour Alex Mckenna and The Academy of Souls by Vicki-Ann Bush #YA #Paranormal #LGBTQ #ExclusiveExcerpt


January 11 Fang-tastic Books (Guest Blog)

January 11 Midnight Musings with Bertena

January 11 Lisa’s World of Books
 
January 12 Paranormalists (Interview)

January 12 Roxanne’s Realm 
January 12 Dimitrius Jones (Review) 

January 13 Sadie’s Spotlight

January 13 Never Hollowed By The Stare

January 13 Sapphyria's Books

January 14 JB's Bookworms with Brandy Mulder (Interview)
January 14 The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom (Guest Blog)

January 14 Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read
January 18 The Book Junkie Reads (Interview)
January 18 T's Stuff
January 18 Supernatural Central

January 18 I Smell Sheep (Guest Blog)

Alex Mckenna and The Academy of Souls
Alex Mckenna Series 
Book Two
Vicki-Ann Bush

Genre: YA, Paranormal, LGBTQ
Publisher: The Parliament House Press
Date of Publication: October 20, 2020
ISBN: 979-8697729533
ASIN: B08HCFGHXJ
Number of pages: 314
Word Count: 61,823
Cover Artist: Shayne Leighton Machova

Tagline: The Dead Need Him

Book Description: 

After surviving a harrowing case, Alex McKenna just wanted to rest. Unfortunately, his plans are interrupted by the ghost of Seven-year-old Haven, who is lost in an in-between realm.
 
Despite his great-grandmother's warning, Alex crosses the bridge between the living and the dead, sending him and his girlfriend into the world of the Academy of Souls, a high school for dead teens who are unable to complete their journey.
 
There, Alex meets Ophelia, Haven's teenage sister, who's been searching for her for more than a century. Together, with a few friends he meets along the way, Alex must cross the treacherous terrain of the Underworld in-between, to save Haven from the clutches of the Soul Gatherer and reunite the sisters.

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Bewitching Exclusive Excerpt

Alex McKenna & The Geranium Deaths

Book One

He pulled away and eased out from behind the furnace. A chill ran up his spine, and the goosebumps running along his arms stung to the touch. It was close. Alex squinted, trying to distinguish the differences in the shadows. He took a step forward and hit a cloud of cold air. He was headed straight toward it. A deep, gravelly sound flowed like a wave in the ocean to his ears. He wasn’t sure if Margaret could hear it too, but he was not about to take the chance and give up her location by calling to her. He shifted his eyes toward the right—toward the door. He was waiting for the perfect moment. The beast lunged forward and reached for Alex with its icy arms. Alex ducked and swerved. He spun around and ran straight for the door. Leaping onto the staircase, he turned back to make sure it was right behind him; it was. Halfway up, his feet betrayed him, and he fell body-flat with his legs stretched out on the stairs below. A frigid grip on his leg triggered his reflexes, and kicking furiously, he broke free. Quickly, he scrambled back to his feet and up to the first level. He ran through the kitchen and dining room before reaching the steps to the second story. The entrance to the attic was in the hallway between all three rooms. Once he got the creature there, he could buy Margaret the time to find Wilby and get out.

The burning in his lungs gave a small distraction to the fate that lay before him.

Hesitating to take the next step, the creature set out a welcome mat. The attic door flew open and slammed into the wall. Shards of plaster catapulted outward, grazing the corner of Alex’s eyelid.

He pressed his palm on the wound to stop the bleeding and used the sleeve of his hoodie to smear the blood out of his eyes before running up the staircase. The musty odor soured his stomach, and his gag reflex rendered him motionless.

He bent over and placed his hands on his knees, taking in in several short breaths before his body would allow the passage of a deep breath. He searched for a place to hide, but every corner of the space was cluttered with remnants of generations before him. The only clearing left him completely exposed in the center of the room. He might as well hang a sign around his neck that said, come and get me.

A sudden boom startled him, but it was a familiar sound. The door had been slammed shut. His plan had worked. He was alone with the darkness and nowhere to go.

Alex backed up until he felt the cold air hitting his back. He was leaning against the only window in the room. In front of him, about fifteen feet away, hovered the grotesque entity of something that once had a life. Droplets of sweat descended from his brow, leaving a salty taste on his pursed lips.

He clasped his head, a piercing pain forcing him to close his eyes in agony. It stopped. Slowly opening them, the attic blurred, spilling images into one another before settling into a different landscape in the same space. An old bed lay up against the wall to his right. To  his left, boxes of children’s toys were stacked on each other, some spilling out onto the floor. In the center of the room, more boxes, neatly sealed and labeled. A ray of sunlight caressed the room, highlighting an old desk near the staircase.

Startled by a sudden gush of air, Alex jumped away from the window. A man—about forty years old—wriggled through the open window. He clutched a glass bottle containing a clear liquid in one hand, and several large rags in the other. Alex stood, unable to move. The movie was playing out, and he had to see how it ended.

The perpetrator drenched the rags with the mysterious liquid before scattering them around the attic. In getaway mode on the staircase, he pulled a box of matches out of his pocket, struck them, and released the flaming sticks into the air. In moments, the rags ignited, building a wall of flames that engulfed everything in its path. Shielding his face from the intense heat, Alex collapsed on the floor, struggling to breathe through the thick smoke.

And then, quiet.

Still crouching, he lowered his arms. The fire was gone, and he no longer found himself in the confines of the attic. A mahogany dresser with an overly ornate mirror masked the familiarity of the room. It was his mother’s bedroom, but not. A woman lay sleeping in the bed, the covers drawn to her shoulders and shrouding her face. The arsonist took out two more rags from his pocket, and once again, drenched them with the clear liquid. He staged a semblance to his actions moments ago, and the room ignited. The arsonist quickly opened the window and hopped out to the roof, jumping to the safety of the grass below.

The woman grunted and then coughed before groggily sitting up in bed. Alex immediately recognized her. It was Carol Bishop. Her eyes widened with astonishment when she realized there was a blazing fire at her feet. Leaping from the bed, she called out for Alister.

She fled to the hallway and ran into a man waiting for her— James Bishop. He punched her in the face, and she went down with a large thud. Bishop ran into the bedroom that was now Wilby’s. He emerged with a small boy and rushed into the second bedroom. A young girl of about ten or twelve followed him out. “Damn, that must be Alister and Ester,” Alex murmured.

Jim ran down the stairs with Ester close behind. He didn’t hear Carol call out to his daughter. The child turned and ran back to her stepmother. When she reached the hallway, the woman was waiting for her. Consumed with anger, she latched onto the child’s arm and squeezed tightly. The little girl screamed and tried to fight back, but Carol was too strong.

Alex turned away, distracted by Jim Bishop’s yells and the pounding of shoes as he came running back up the staircase. Carol, blinded by hate, yanked Ester up the attic stairs, dragging the child as she screamed and latching the door behind them. Reaching the inferno, Carol gasped. She hadn’t any idea the fire had originated in the very room she had boxed them into. The smoke swallowed the attic in moments, rendering her incapable of finding her way.

Alex squinted to distinguish them through the smoke. It was impossible to navigate; he could barely get a fix on them. Carol gasped, struggling for air. Crawling to get to the window, she collapsed unconscious on the floor. Jim pounded furiously on the door, trying to break it down. “Ester!” He screamed for his child, but only silence returned his call.

Crying, the child couldn’t speak. She clutched her throat, gurgling, and huddled further into the corner. Finally, she surrendered, and her lungs succumbed to the suffocating smoke.

Alex inhaled clean, cool air. He was sitting on the snowy front lawn. Two men and a boy lay next to him. The boy—Alister—was unconscious, and Kirkpatrick was attempting to revive him. Jim Bishop was catatonic with grief.

The sirens of the fire trucks blared in the distance, and when he turned to look for them, he found himself back in the attic. The malevolent spirit hovered no more than ten feet away as it glared at him.

Alex felt a connection. It was showing him the events of the fire back in 1932. It wanted him to know. But why? The hate from the creature was matched by his own confusion. Why bother to let him see this?

 

Again, Carol appeared. She crawled on the floor; the smoke had nearly taken her, but the fire reached out, consuming her flesh. The woman screamed in agony before shattering through the glass and plummeting to the ground below. Alex quickly looked away.

The spirit moved closer. Alex stepped backward and pinned himself to the wall. Swooping toward the ceiling, it circled the room and let out a high-pitched screech. A stack of unpacked boxes lifted off the ground and thrusted toward him. Alex managed to dodge most of them, but a corner clipped his right shoulder and knocked him off his feet and onto his ass. Struggling to recover, he limped toward the staircase, only to be thrown across the room and against the wall. The spirit opened the window with a glance. Alex groggily crawled a few feet and held onto an old nightstand to leverage himself. But halfway through his struggle, he found himself levitating off the floor and hovering midway between the ground and the ceiling, his body floating toward the open window.

For the first time in his life, Alex McKenna felt his death nearing. The only thing he could think about was Margaret. He saw her face. So beautiful. The life he hoped they have together seemed so clear a few hours ago.

“Why show me?” he whispered to the darkness. “You’re just going to kill me anyway.”

The creature pointed toward the window.

Alex turned his head. Straining, he could see part of the  driveway. The shadowy figure from last night’s encounter in the parking lot stood facing the attic window. Slowly, it pulled the black veil from its face. An elderly woman stood glaring at him; her eyes filled with hate.

“Marilyn Monroe,” Alex murmured. “Did she want you to show me?” He pointed to outside the window.

The spirit grew impatient and flung him against the wall by the window. He reached out and grabbed the framework. He was able to wrap his fingers around the molding. The spirit grew furious and, with a nod, Alex went sailing outward and through the open window. He clasped the other side of the frame with his left hand and held on, suspending his body in the opening.

“You fucking son of bitch! I’m not letting go!”

Alex heard a loud crash from across the room. He tried to maneuver to see who it was, but all he could do was hold on to prevent plummeting to his death.

Nel Santo Nome di Gesù, sigillo me, i miei parenti, questa casa, e tutte le fonti di approvvigionamento del Preziosissimo Sangue di Gesù Cristo.”

“Leave us, spirit! Go back to your keeper!” the voice commanded. “Nel Santo Nome di Gesù, sigillo me, i miei parenti, questa casa, e tutte le fonti di approvvigionamento del Preziosissimo Sangue di Gesù Cristo.”

Alex smelled incense of basil fill the room. “What the hell?” “Alex, hold on. This thing is dissipating.”

“Ma?”

“Yeah. I’m here.”

“Wilby and Margaret?”

“They’re safe outside.”

He blinked his eyes, trying to flutter away the tears. He thought he had been alone. He knew now he wasn’t going to die today.

His mom ran to the window, placed her right arm around Alex’s waist, and pulled him in. The two stood in an embrace for a few seconds before, overcome with exhaustion, Alex slid to the floor. His mom sat down beside him until he was ready to talk.

“How did you know to come here?”

“Alex, you called me.”

“What?”

“Maybe not consciously, but you did. I got your screams in my head. I knew you were in danger. I came straight home.”

Alex sighed. “I’m really glad you listened.”

“Me too. Now, do you mind telling me what the hell you were trying to do?”



About the Author 

Originally from New York, Vicki-Ann currently resides in Nevada. Writing Young Adult paranormal, she finds inspiration from events that have been in her life for as long as she can remember. Inheriting the sensitivity to the supernatural from her family, they continue to be an endless source of vision and access to behind the veil.







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