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Shifter 
The Healer Chronicles 
Book Two
Michael J. Bowler

Genre: Teen and Young Adult Horror/Science Fiction
Publisher: Michael J. Bowler, Author
Date of Publication: 4/12/2022
ISBN: 978-1-7333290-5-7
ASIN: B09R2K41L7
Word Count: 105K
Cover Artist: Streetlight Graphics

Tagline: Alex fears his power. Andy craves it.

Book Description:

Fifteen-year-old Alex and his learning-disabled friends barely survived the events of Spinner, but their nightmare has only just begun. 

Alex’s wheelchair has never stopped him from doing what he wants, but his supernatural power to heal every human ailment known to science has put him in the crosshairs of a dangerous doomsday cult that will stop at nothing to capture him and his long-lost twin, Andy, who can shift illness from one person to another. When the boys combine their “gifts,” they unleash the power to control life and death.

Now Alex, Andy, and the others have been kidnapped by the U.S. military. On a creepy Air Force base in the remote Nevada desert, they must decide who to trust and who to fear while uncovering secrets this base wants to hide from the world. Who is the young boy with unusual abilities who’s treated like a soldier? What is hidden in an ultra-secret hangar that no one can access? And what unnatural experiments are conducted in that closed-off laboratory? 

As Alex unravels these mysteries, he strives to bond with his twin, but Andy is distant and detached, trusting no one. He’s also more attracted to the dangerous power they wield than Alex would like. When misplaced faith in science ignites a hidden lust for supremacy, rescue can only come from the most unlikely source, and Alex must confront a terrible truth. 

The Healer Chronicles continue…


Book Trailer:  https://youtu.be/SiHwa4Ml3Ns  

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Bewitching Exclusive Excerpt

Alex made a spur of the moment decision. He was done cowering to all these people who wanted to use him for whatever they desired no matter what he wanted or needed. He rolled forward aggressively, forcing the smirk off Jones’s face as he took a step back.

“You work for Ms. G?” Alex didn’t have to try for authority in his voice. It was already there.

“No, Alex,” Jones replied, warier now than when he walked in. “I know who she is and a little about what she wants. My goal is to keep you from falling into her clutches.”

Alex knew the man was telling the truth. It was in his tone and his eyes.

“Where’s my brother?”

Jones clasped both hands behind his back and glanced at the colonel.

“I’d like to know the same thing,” the colonel said, squinting at Jones with suspicion.

Jones eyed the colonel a long moment. “Very well, I’ll show you.”

He pulled a small remote control from his jacket pocket and aimed it at the wall to Alex’s right.

Alex looked over, seeing only what he’d noticed before—a large photograph of military planes against a backdrop of the setting sun. He heard a click from the remote and then, to his astonishment, the photo shimmered and disappeared, revealing a window. Beyond the window was another room, nearly identical to the one he was in, except this one housed his twin brother!

Alex gasped and rolled toward the window. Andy sat on his bed, staring off into space, apparently deep in thought.

“Andy!”

“He can’t hear you, Alex.”

Alex whirled around to face Jones. “Why not?”

“That room is completely soundproof,” Jones replied as though Alex should know this already. “His voice is, as you well know, dangerous.”

“It is not!”

“What are you talking about, Dav—Jones?” The colonel faced Jones with an accusatory look on his face.

Alex wasn’t so rattled that he didn’t catch the change of name. So Mr. Jones wasn’t Mr. Jones after all.

Jones studied Alex as though waiting for him to explain, but Alex didn’t know what he was supposed to say, so he remained silent.

“I’m sure Alex can best tell you how your men died during the capture, Colonel,” Jones said, his tone conversational. “The body cam footage doesn’t quite capture it all.”

“Those men were shot by Alex’s bodyguard,” the colonel announced with barely contained fury, “which was your fault for underestimating the situation.”

“Negative,” Jones replied, still poker-faced. “Only one man was shot by the bodyguard. The other three were killed by Alex’s brother.” He pointed at the window, where the oblivious Andy brooded in silence.

“That’s not true!” But even as he blurted out an automatic defense of his twin, Alex’s mind raced with images of the night before, which swam disturbingly into focus.

“What happened out there, Alex?”

Alex looked long and hard at the colonel. He felt the inherent decency within this man, not to mention devotion to the men he commanded. He owed the commander the truth.

 

 

About the Author:

Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of the five-book urban fantasy series The Lance Chronicles, the mystery-thriller The Film Milieu Series, the supernatural-sci-fi The Healer Chronicles, and several standalone books. He also writes screenplays. His horror screenplay, “Healer,” was a Semi-Finalist, and his urban fantasy script, “Like A Hero,” was a Finalist in the Shriekfest Film Festival and Screenplay Competition, and his sci-fi screenplay, “The God Machine,” was the 2017 Scriptapalozza First Place Winner.

He worked as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Hell Spa,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II.” 

He taught high school in Hawthorne, California, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook. 

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to eight different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a long-time volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. 

He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed him and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office. He also adopted a child in 2020.

His goal as an author is for teens to experience empowerment and hope; to see themselves in his diverse characters; to read about kids who face real-life challenges; and to see how kids like them can remain decent people in an indecent world. The most prevalent theme in his writing and his work with youth is this: as both a society, and as individuals, we’re better off when we do what’s right, rather than what’s easy.













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2 comments:

Jolanda said...

Sounds like a great read!

Victoria Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing :)