It is time for a little bit of self-promoting. Earlier this year I published my first novel Dark Shield, which is the first of five in the Half-Breed Series, and is a young adult science fiction/fantasy. Here’s the synopsis and the prologue.
Elves. They live among us in secret, quietly hiding in the shadows, protecting us from the known and unknown evils of the world, with powers and technology beyond our imagination. A war is slowly building between those who fight for us and those who fight against us. Crey will soon find himself stuck right in the middle.
Crey is a teenager who is ripped from his normal life and thrown into a world he never knew existed, hunted down by an elf named Thalnaar who wants nothing more than to see him dead. To top it off he discovers that he is half elf and isn’t even supposed to exist.
Outmatched and underpowered, Crey will have to pass through a labyrinth of emotional and physical obstacles, defying all the odds and everyone’s expectations, becoming part of the agency that has sworn to protect the world. There he will find the means of seeking revenge on the one who has taken everything from him and nothing will stand in his way.
Andrea was used to dealing with bad situations. As a lawyer for a large firm, she’d been with the worst of the worst. Nothing, however, could ever compare to this.
Her husband dragged her and their newborn son through the building they came across in the alley, desperately trying to find them an adequate hiding spot. He needed to protect them from the group that had been chasing them for the past 30 minutes. They found a room with a lone desk against the back wall. Various supplies were spread out all over the desk, and a thin layer of dust covered everything like a soft blanket. This room had been empty for a long time.
Upon reaching the other side, they both dropped to their knees and stared deeply into each other’s eyes, praying it would not be the last time. He was stronger than any man she knew, but she saw no way out of this. She trembled, revealing her worries.
“I’m sorry,” he breathed.
She knelt there silently, not knowing what to say.
“He won’t stop,” her husband continued, “for anything.”
“I know,” she finally managed.
“I need the both of you to stay here while I go take care of it. Hopefully, I can hold him and the rest of his group off until help arrives.”
“I don’t want you to go.”
He took in a deep breath. “We will make it through this. I promise.”
She nodded her head, knowing it was a lie. “I love you, El.”
He leaned in, kissed her, and then took off through the door. She could hear the group that was chasing them shuffle into the other room to greet him. For a moment, there was nothing but silence, leaving Andrea anxious.
“Where is he?” a voice finally spoke.
“Far from here,” said El, trying desperately to convince them.
“You’re lying. I will find that abomination and eliminate him.”
“I won’t let you get to him.”
“See if you can stop us.”
Loud sounds of metal scraping against metal and gunshots filled the air. Every few seconds, there was a loud popping sound. Andrea was too nervous to try and imagine what it could possibly be.
Her heart beat even faster.
She looked down at her son, cradled in her left arm, who began crying. Quickly, she placed her right hand over his mouth to silence him, hoping that it was not loud enough for them to hear.
“They’re in the next room!” a voice called out, confirming Andrea’s fear.
The fighting became even more intense as the silence between each sword strike became shorter. Bullets flew through the wall, like rocks thrown through tissue paper, right by Andrea and her son. She ducked and covered her baby, protecting him from the dangerous meteor shower.
“Noooooo!” shouted El.
It felt like a bomb had gone off. A bright light flashed, filling the room, as heat swooped in so fast she felt as if she might burn. The dust stirred when the hot air rushed in, and then there was silence. She sat there motionless, afraid of what was to come next. The only sound was that of the baby crying. She rocked back and forth to try and calm him down until finally his crying subsided. It took a few moments before she felt brave enough to speak.
“El?” she whispered, but there was no response. “El?”
She got up and went into the next room. She felt like each step was bringing her closer to her doom, but she saw no alternative. When she reached the doorway, she expected someone to jump out and grab her, but there was nothing.
The room was destroyed. Debris from the walls, now only partially intact, lay everywhere. The entire room—walls, ceiling, and floor—was completely charcoaled. Her eyes slowly fell to the floor where she found her husband lying motionless. Andrea ran over to him and put his head in her lap.
“El?” whispered Andrea.
“El!” she screamed, but he still didn’t respond. She felt her eyes burn as tears streamed down her face. She struggled to hold onto her baby as she sobbed uncontrollably.
The love of her life had been taken from her. One of the only two people that mattered to her was gone. It was as if a part of her was cut away, leaving her incomplete. Now, she was left there to wonder.
She struggled to calm herself and pulled off his sword tip necklace. Andrea stood up and looked down into her son’s eyes. She was left alone to take care of him in the now somber world. She knew what she had to do. Nothing in the world could stop her from protecting her son. They would not get to him.
Brushing his face with her fingers, she spoke as softly and sweetly as she could manage, “I will never let them get you, Crey.”
I hope that if you have made it this far that you enjoyed the little piece I have given you. If you are interested you can purchase Dark Shield off of Amazon, Amazon UK or B&N. There is a longer sample on Amazon or you could visit my Website and read the PDF sample. The second book, Vampire King, will be out soon and I will be having a Facebook launch where I will be giving away copies of both novels. I will post later with more details.